Ba Trai Dao Islet (Three Peach Islet)

Ba Trai Dao Islet (Three Peach Islet) is in Lan Ha Bay, near Cat Ba Island, within Halong City, Quang Ninh Province. It is 22 kilometers in the Southeast part of Bai Chay Tourist Wharf. This islet is a group of three small mountains which, seen from afar, resemble three giant peaches – a fact that accounts for the name “Ba Trai Dao”, which means three peaches in Vietnamese. The average height of three mountains is 23 meters giving the islet a majestic beauty. It boasts three small beautiful sandy beaches (Ba Trai Dao Beach), embracing small islands. 

Ba Trai Dao islets

Ba Trai Dao Islet

There is also a myth behind the unique name of Ba Trai Dao Islet. The residents of Halong Bay tell the old story of how the fairies escaped Heaven and came here for sightseeing and swimming. The youngest fairy, beautiful and virtuous, fell in love with a poor fisherman on Ba Trai Dao Islet. Her deep love empowered her to do something she had never thought of: stealing the eternal peaches from Heaven to give to her lover so that they could live together forever. However, when she was waiting for the fisherman where we see Ba Trai Dao Islet today, the King of Heaven showed up. It turned out that he had known everything about the robbery. The King turned the three peaches into three stone islands and forced the young fairy to return to Heaven. Too desperate and helpless, the young fairy complied. Therefore, the locals named the islet “Ba Trai Dao” Islet (Three Peach Islet).

The sandy beach at Ba Trai Dao

The sandy beach at Ba Trai Dao

Engulfed by tides rising most of the day, Ba Trai Dao Islet only reveals its beaches for 2 – 3 hours each day. The beaches are beautiful with white sand and crystal blue water, where on sunny days, visitors can see through to the bottom. Compared to other beaches on Halong Bay, Ba Trai Dao Beach is shallower, and the water is knee-deep in most places. Shaped like a bow embracing the islet, the surrounding peaks create a stone shelter for the beach and add its stunning beauty with its abundant green vegetation and vibrant wildflowers. The combination of the mountains, the white sand and the ocean gives this spot an unprecedented stunning landscape.

Ba Trai Dao is becoming one of the best-loved destinations for those looking for a serene and primitive stopover, a place to explore the wilderness with many exciting and relaxing activities such as kayaking, swimming, or just sunbathing on the beach.