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.”
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 …
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 🙂
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!
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.
Update June 2017: Apparently the fee nowadays depends on if the gate keeper is there or not. She charges 10,000 Dong per person.
Update July 2018: Since the spot gets more and more famous, more residents apparently opened their doors to the entrance of the path. Now you will have to negotiate a price at the entrance.
Update January 2019: After two fires caused by tourists, this viewpoint is closed now by officials. The second fence is barbwired and painted with some green-coloured paste.
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