How to get the best view over Halong Bay – for free!

I first saw this magical view on the profile of one of the most famous Instagrammers ever, Jack Morris from @doyoutravel. Shortly before I arrived to Halong Bay I saw a recreation of that picture popping up on another Instagrammer’s profile. So that spot seemed to be accessible for ordinary people as well. I was curious how to get there and I decided simply to ask the latter and maybe he would reply nicely. He did and the way seemed actually not that difficult! Basically his words were „Go to Mount Pho Tsi and point towards the mountain. The locals will show you the way.”

Stoked to be heading to 3 new locations this month, starting tomorrow morning! ✈︎ guess where 👅

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The day I reached Halong City, I asked in a hostel for more information and they told me the approximate point where the ascent to the top of the mountain is situated. I went there with my newly found Swedish friend from the hostel who conveniently went with his own motorbike. The spot is also reachable by bus without any problem.

Depending on your location there might be different bus lines, so look for a bus that is going in the direction of Hon Gai district (that’s the Eastern part of Halong City). To let them know where you want to go, show them the following sentence:

Xin lỗi! Làm ơn cho tôi xuống chỗ gần nhất lên núi Bài Thơ? Cảm ơn!

Excuse me! Could you drop me off at the place where nearest to go to Poem Mountain please? Thank you!

The beginning of the way up is here:
[Update April 2017: There is now even an entry in Google Maps concerning the location!]

When we reached this point on the map, it was not quite obvious where the way starts exactly. For this case I used another sentence to show it to locals. They understood and brought us to a small alley leading to a courtyard.

Xin lỗi ! Làm ơn chỉ đường cho tôi lên núi Bài Thơ? Cảm ơn!

Excuse me! Could you show me the way for climbing to the top of the Poem Mountain, please? Thank you!

Believe it or not – the entry looks like this (yeah I know, veeeeery inconspicious…!):

If you made it until here, half of your work is down, what is left from there on is your physical effort to climb up all the stairs…

Oh wait, so while you are walking through the alley, you will reach at a gate (closed with a bike lock). The woman wanted to charge 10,000 Dong each  if I remember correctly. We were a bit surprised that we should pay for this and called the hostel to confirm. When she saw that we were calling someone, she just let us in for free. So no idea how it is normally …

Goats on Pho Tsi Mountain, Vietnam

The way is quite straightforward, just follow the stairs, there are no forks leading in different directions. Once you’re up you will be rewarded with some magical views over the bay. And maybe you land a better goat picture than we did 🙂

Have fun!

View from Pho Tsi Mountain over Halong Bay, Vietnam

Extra tip: To catch the soft light of the sunrise come here at 5.30am in the morning. We went at noon but still there were no people, so this is definitely still a hidden spot!

If you want to go to an almost unknown island, let me introduce you to >> Co To Island << just few hours away from Halong City!

View over Halong Bay from Bai Tho Mountain, Halong City, Northern Vietnam

View over Halong Bay from Bai Tho Mountain

I hope you enjoyed to read this post and will find it useful for your next vacation. As always, let me know in the comments how it went.

Grußwort

Update June 2017: Apparently the fee nowadays depends on if the gate keeper is there or not. She charges 10,000 Dong per person.

PS: … because sharing is caring! ♥pho-tsi-mountain6

 

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    tashasoyster
    23 October 2016 at 16:37

    Really useful post! Thanks for sharing how to get to this beautiful viewpoint.

    • Reply
      keza
      23 October 2016 at 16:46

      Wow, that was a quick reply, Tasha 🙂 Thanks a lot! Always glad to help.

  • Reply
    Laura
    23 October 2016 at 22:08

    This is an incredible view!! And such a useful guide 🙂 thank you

    • Reply
      keza
      24 October 2016 at 03:44

      Hey Laura,

      thank you for your comment. Yeah the view is super enriching. Could have stayed up there for quite some time 😊

  • Reply
    Ziv
    10 November 2016 at 08:19

    You are something! Next time I travel I make sure you were there before 😘

    • Reply
      keza
      10 November 2016 at 08:49

      Honestly, this is the greatest compliment ever! ☺

  • Reply
    dealang
    17 November 2016 at 13:35

    Wow, du machst das ja ganz professionell! Der Eingang zum Berg ist toll, kein Wunder traut sich dort niemand hoch ^^ Ich hoffe ich erinnere mich an deinen Post wenn ich eines Tages in Halong lande =)

    • Reply
      keza
      12 March 2017 at 09:36

      Den Kommentar habe ich irgendwie übersehen, entschuldige… freut mich sehr, dass er dir gefällt 🙂

  • Reply
    Gina Bear
    12 March 2017 at 12:07

    The view is amazing and definitely worth going to. When I decided on a Halong Bay Tour, I went through Cat Ba because I wanted to avoid all the tourists in Halong City. I see I was mistaken and you can get a super instagram worthy photo there!

    • Reply
      keza
      12 March 2017 at 12:15

      Hey Gina,
      I have been to both places (Halong City as well as Cat Ba), and also joined tours departing from both havens. I totally agree with you, because I personally preferred the tour from Cat Ba, mainly because there was so much tranquillity. Yet, when returning from Cat Ba to the mainland, I think having a quick peek at this really gorgeous view point is worth the trouble.

  • Reply
    Ziva and Lori
    20 March 2017 at 17:35

    Hey! Me and a friend of mine recently just did a trip through Vietnam. When researching Ha Long Bay and views of it, we really wanted to go to that same spot as doyoutravel blogger did, but had no idea where is it nor how to get there. Then we stumbled upon your website and your great detailed post about it and would just like to thank you how helpful it was and how easy we found it. Keep up the good work and greetings from Slovenia 🙂

    • Reply
      keza
      20 March 2017 at 18:11

      Your comment has made me speechless, dear Ziva and Lori. I am so glad you could find the spot through my guiding and I hope you enjoyed the view!
      Love and hugs from Germany.
      Korinna

  • Reply
    Maria Jesus
    29 March 2017 at 16:32

    OMG! I wish I knew this before, I’ve already been there – I’ll have to get back then!
    Thanks for sharing this spot with such a stunning view! 🙂

    • Reply
      keza
      29 March 2017 at 18:02

      You’re very welcome, dear Maria. I believe your visit to Halong Bay was still very impressive 🙂

  • Reply
    Jo Castro
    2 September 2017 at 06:36

    Wow, what an amazing view – and what a fantastic thing to do. Much better than the run of the mill views. Fantastic. Well done 🙂 Oh and thanks for popping by to my blog earlier – appreciated.

    • Reply
      Korinna
      6 September 2017 at 13:48

      Thanks a lot, girl! It is indeed a very special view – and definitely better than any of the ones from the boat tours (except for Monkey Island), which I will pursue in a different article very soon.

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