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Bai Tho Mountain is famous for its spectacular and breathtaking views of Halong Bay and the surrounding area. Recently it has gained a lot of attention, but not in such a positive way. Many people share their frustrations at reaching the top with many not being able to do so. Due to it’s popularity on social media, locals have made it difficult to find and almost impossible to reach the top. It can be a bit of a challenge, but we’ll guide you through everything you need to know so you can make it to this insane viewpoint!

Bai Tho Mountain Entrance

We visited Bai Tho Mountain from our accommodation in Halong City. From Halong City you can either catch a taxi or rent a scooter. We decided to get a scooter as it’s a much cheaper and easier option to get around. We rented a scooter for half a day which cost 80,000 VND ($4.50 AUD). Driving in the city can be quite busy and crazy, so if you’re not a confident driver we would recommend taking a taxi.

Bai Tho Mountain is located on the east side of the City. If you’re coming from the west you’ll have to cross over the bridge. If you want to GPS yourself there, the entrance to the mountain is located on ‘Hàng Nồi Street‘. Alternatively you can GPS ‘Poem Mountain’ and it should drop you on the same street. However once you arrive, finding the way up is the tricky part.

If you’re planning on visiting Bai Tho Mountain from Hanoi, you’ll have to hire a van to drive you to Halong City. We used 12Go to book a van from Hanoi. 12Go is a super cheap and reliable way to get around Vietnam and other popular Southeast Asian countries. We definitely recommend it if you’re looking to visit Bai Tho Mountain or any other spots in Vietnam.

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How to climb Bai Tho Mountain – Our Experience

We spent some time walking around Hàng Nồi Street trying to find an entrance. We eventually walked down a small ally which was located next to a PhotoCopy shop. This lead us to an older womens house. We could see the path to the mountain in her backyard, although it was fenced off with guard dogs barricading the entrance. We asked her if we could go up to the mountain but she refused. Both of us also offered her money although she wouldn’t let us pass. We even tried to sneak past the guard dogs which was a very bad idea! If you see the guard dogs, don’t try pass them without a local because they will try and bite you. They’re very aggressive!

We then went back to the street and tried to find another entrance. To our luck, another older women was sitting on her front porch and indicated up to the mountain. After paying a fee, she lead us through her tiny house and to her garden, which is where the entrance to the top of the mountain was. When we visited in September 2018, the gate leading to the top was completely sealed and covered in barbed wire. It’s impossible to climb over or around without the help of a local. We were lucky enough that this women showed us how to climb the slippery rocks around the barbed wire so we could continue up the stairs to the top of the mountain.

Entrance Fee 

The entrance fee will vary depending on whose house you walk through and which lady shows you the way. We paid 50,000 VND per person ($3 AUD). We tried our best to bargain the price down but the lady wouldn’t budge at all. Maybe you’ll have some better luck, although the price was definitely worth it since they show you how to climb past the fence.

Opening Hours

As the only way to reach Bai Tho Mountain is through a local house, there are no set opening hours. Be sure to pick a reasonable time to visit as the lady might not be awake. We visited at 4pm and had no issues. Since the mountain is also so hard to find, there should be no one else around when you visit.

How long is the climb to the top?

Once you have climbed your way past the barbed wire fence, it’s an easy path to follow and should take you roughly 30 minutes to reach the top. With the humid Vietnam heat, it might take a bit longer.

Is it safe to climb Bai Tho Mountain?

Climbing Bai Tho Mountain is definitely safe and the hike up is no different to climbing any other viewpoint! The only thing that might not be safe is if you try to sneak past the guard dogs or climb around the barbed wire fence without the help of a local. Please don’t try doing any of these on your own.

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What to Expect at Bai Tho Mountain

Once you reach the top of Bai Tho Mountain, you’ll no doubt be left speechless. This is definitely the best Halong Bay Viewpoint and you’ll be able to admire the incredible panoramic views overlooking the entire area. From here, you can see the limestone islands for as far as your eye can see! You can also see the busy city below which is a crazy contrast to the beautiful peaceful islands. This is definitely one of our most memorable and favourite viewpoints we have ever been to. Finding this place might be hard, but there is no doubt that it’s completely worth it.

From the top, there are plenty of different angles and views for some great photo opportunities. For the best soft lighting, aim to be at the top just before 5pm as the sun slowly starts to set. We usually like to visit places for sunrise so there’s no one around, although it’s definitely not necessary for this spot because there is normally no one around anyway! Additionally, if you visit too early you won’t be able to reach the top since the lady might not be awake yet.

Be sure to spend your time at the top enjoying the nice cool breeze and the amazing views. You can’t get another view like this in the whole of Vietnam.

Where to stay 

Many people do not stay in Halong City and instead only go to Halong Bay to do one of the many cruises. If you plan on visiting Bai Tho Mountain, then we definitely recommend that you stay in Halong City. There are a variety of accommodation options from budget to brand name hotels. We found the best area to stay is close to the Sun World Amusement Park. There are nightly food stalls and markets close by.

Royal Halong Hotel – Luxury: If you’re looking to treat yourself to a bit of luxury, then this is the place for you! With 2 pools and even a casino, this is the ideal spot to spend a getaway. The rooftop pool is super tropical and a perfect way to spend a hot day. Additionally, you’ll even have views of Halong Bay from your own room. The rooms are also large and clean.

Muong Thanh Luxury Quang Ninh Hotel – Midrange: This hotel is a great place to relax and unwind while in Halong City. For the great price, you have beautiful clean rooms with ultimate luxury. It’s one of the tallest buildings in the area so you’re sure to have an incredible view. They even have a rooftop pool!

Huy Duong Ha Long Hotel – Budget: This is where we stayed when visiting Halong City. We found this place to be in a perfect location and a great place to stay for a quick 2 night visit. Some of the rooms have incredible views that look out onto Halong Bay. They even give you 1 free beer voucher on arrival.

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Bai Tho Mountain (Poem Mountain) – The Best Viewpoint In Halong Bay / 2023

The climb to the Halong Bay secret viewpoint involves bribing, puppies, rock climbing, blood, sweat, and tears. If you’re ready for the best view in Ha Long Bay, then you’re in the right place 

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🤔 What to Expect 

🔎 How to find the hidden entrance 

🧗🏼 How to climb Bai Tho Mountain 

⛰️ The BEST view

☠️ Things to be aware of

⁉️ FAQ’S

🏨 Where to stay

What To Expect At Bai Tho Mountain

The initial hunt for the Halong Bay viewpoint secret entrance is very exciting, it is what we imagine traveling to be like before the internet. Expect to bribe a homeowner, go through her house and scale a rock face. All of that is just the start of the climb.

Once you begin the hike, the path consists of stairs until halfway up. From there it is rocks which you have to climb over, which can be difficult. The whole ordeal is completely worth it. You are rewarded with the best view of Halong Bay at the top.

Once you reach a small building, you can climb onto the roof, please take extra care when doing this, it is totally worth doing. It was the best view of Halong Bay we have witness. You will see the limestone formations and the tiny boats below, it is honestly the best experience we did in Vietnam. 

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How To Find The Secret Bai Tho Mountain Entrance 🔎

The entrance to Bai Tho Mountain or Poem Mountain as it is also known as can be found here. 

Find the blue door pictured below, this is the entrance to the house that will lead you to the Halong Bay Viewpoint. There will be a few dogs behind the door so be careful. 

Most locals will know why you are there and will point you in the right direction. Look for the barking dogs!

We read a lot about the scary dogs but the owner came out to calm them down. The only reason the dogs are barking so much is because she had given birth to puppies the day before. She was being a protective muma!

There are several puppies as you walk through the house and one even joins some climbers on the hike. We got to the top and a group of backpackers had the owner’s dog guiding the way.

Not only did this make her happy but she helped us climb up. Without her help, I (Milly) wouldn’t have been able to do this climb. As we got to the wall other people were turning back, claiming it was too difficult for them to do.

How To Climb Bai Tho Mountain


The first step was to bribe the homeowner, the next step is the rock face. You will have to scale this wall and slide under the fence at the top. If you are lucky like us, the homeowner will come and help you get up.

When I started to climb, she grabbed my legs and put my feet into the right holes. She also pushed me up until she couldn’t reach me anymore. I stupidly wore a playsuit, so she got a great view while I was climbing up. She was amazing and without her help, I wouldn’t have been able to climb this wall.

She doesn’t speak a word of English which is why she is very hands-on, but she wears gloves!

Once you have climbed up the 4m wall, the next step is to slide under a barbed-wire fence. The hole isn’t too big so we would recommend taking a small bag. On the way back down, we had to take it off completely and throw it down.

Last but not least, The famous green roof. The building at the top is where you can climb onto and watch the world go by. This green roof has been made famous by Instagram and it is the place to get a great photo. Equally, if you keep climbing up to the radio mask, there is a rock most people sit on to get great photos too.

The Best Halong Bay Viewpoint ⛰️

The photos really do speak for themself as to how amazing this viewpoint in Halong Bay is. Even though this was a tough climb for me, I was so proud of my self for completing it. Even though we looked exhausted and defeated at the top, we didn’t care that we were dripping with sweat. 

The green roof was a lot easier to climb onto than we expected. It is very dangerous, which is why Olly climbed on first, to help me over. Once we got on the roof it became very windy, so we couldn’t move the tripod any higher.

We sat on the edge and watched the eagles sore below us. It was insane to be the same height as these birds we had admired from the ground. 

Things To Be Aware Of When Climbing Bai Tho Mountain


↠ The climb to the Halong Bay secret viewpoint depends on your personal fitness level. We read it could take anything between 20 minutes to an hour to reach the top. It took us two hours from start to finish, which included sitting at the top for a while and taking photos.  Give yourself enough time to get up and back down before it’s dark. You do not want to climb back down in the dark. 

↠ Another thing to beware of is the house you must walk through to reach the Halong Bay Viewpoint is someone’s home. She might not always want people walking in and out so don’t be alarmed if she turns you away. We had no problem with her but we have read others have. 

↠ This climb can be dangerous, the rocks are not secure and there are very steep drop-offs. Don’t do this alone but if you are planning to, then tell someone where you are going. 

↠ Make sure you bring plenty of water! Like anywhere in Vietnam it is hot and humid and hiking up a mountain makes it that much worse.

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Climbing Bai Tho Mountain (Poem Mountain) FAQ’S⁉️

How do I get to Bai Tho Mountain? Simply order a grab to this location. Once here, find the blue house to enter and up the stairs.

What do I wear to climb Bai Tho Mountain? Wear trainers and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Is it hard to climb Bai Tho Mountain? The initial rock climb is hard but doable. The walk-up is also doable, but take your time and don’t rush.

How long does it take to get up to the Halong Bay Viewpoint? It took us an hour and a half to climb up, sit at the top, take photos, and get back down again.

How much do I need to bribe the homeowner? This really depends on her mood, we paid 100,000VND each, others have paid less.

Where To Stay In Halong Bay

A lot of people who visit Halong Bay not stay within the town as they are here for a cruise, and will be sleeping on a boat. But if you want to visit Bai Tho Mountain you will most likely end up staying in Halong Town. Here are some accommodation options in Halong Bay.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Vietnam is in the dry season. Typically the dry season in Vietnam is between November – February, the temperature is a little cooler and their humidity and mosquitos are a lot less intense.

Things To Do In Halong Bay

There is so much to do in Halong Bay, most of which involve boat tours around the bay. We have listed some of our favorite things we did.

Getting Around

Vietnam is very easy to get around, from riding a motorbike across the country to using the extensive bus and train networks. Not only is an affordable but a lot of the time, “notice we didn’t say ALWAYS”, they are efficient and on time. We like to use 12Go to get around Vietnam and most of Asia. You can easily book online and check all of the bus and train time tables.

Wifi and Sim Card’s

If you are spending a long time in Vietnam then you are going to want to stay connected. The free Wifi you find in restaurants and hotels is reliable. But when you are out exploring having data on your phone is a must. We order out Sim Cards online so it is ready and waiting for us when we arrive.

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Admire A Gorgeous Halong Bay From Bai Tho Mountain (Mar, 2022) / 2023

Traveling to Halong Bay, every tourist may think of visiting Halong by cable car or a tour ship. Recently, a definition of admiring Halong Bay from Bai Tho mountain has expanded in the tourism community who used to visit Halong. The mountain has become a new check-in destination and a new breeze for those who want to have the climbing experience above the space of the ocean.

Bai Tho – the Mountain of Poetry

Bai Tho Mountain (or Poem Mountain) is a beautiful limestone mountain lying on the coast, and a half is under water, located in Halong city, Quang Ninh province.

The history of Bai Tho mountain was written in the process of building and preserving the country, associated with the glory of defeating Mongol invaders on Bach Dang river of Hung Dao Vuong Tran Quoc Tuan in 1228. It has been said that, in the old days, the guards on the mountain had a responsibility of lighting fire to alarm the Capital whenever invasion of territory occurred. Afterward, the name of Truyen Dang mountain (Lighthouse mountain) was born.

In spring 1468, King Le Thanh Tong sent troops to patrol in the Northeast sea, stopping at the foot of Truyen Dang mountain in which is the border of Halong Bay, to drink wine recite poetry. Embraced by the beautiful and romantic nature of the place, the poet – the King Le Thanh Tong had carved a poem on the cliffs. On this mountain, for the time being, the Chinese poems of Le Thanh Tong in 1468 and Zhenggang in 1729 inscribing on a stone still exist. These poems were the root of the later name Bai Tho mountain.

View from Bai Tho Mountain

The wonderful things on the mountain

Although this is not the highest mountain in the city, it is the ideal location for tourists to admire the panoramic Halong Bay from above. Moreover, to explore Bai Tho mountain, it is not as hard as many thoughts. The mountain is approximately 200 meters high, so it will take climbers only about 30 minutes to be able to get to the top of the mountain. The best time to get here is early morning and afterglow. If you intend to catch the dawn, you should climb from 4.30 a.m, and 4.00 p.m if you want to catch the sunset.

There are two ways to admire Halong Bay from Bai Tho mountain, Long Tien street which is next to Long Tien Pagoda, or Hang Nui street which is a very small alley. If choosing Hang Nui, so tourists should pay attention or ask the local people. Travelers can park their vehicles in Halong market or the opposite Cay Thap street.

Not only is it a scenic spot, but Bai Tho Mountain is also considered as a unique historical and cultural site. Long Tien pagoda located on the cliff is the famously sacred pagoda of Halong city. Tourists should come here to incense and enjoy the quiet atmosphere before starting the journey to the mountain. Excluding the sound of people climbing to the mountain, there are footsteps of the goats that are freely grazed. If you’re lucky, you’ll probably find monkeys calling each other on the cliff.

Bai Tho Mountain

Then, up to the highest point of Bai Tho mountain, standing in the top, tourists cannot help admiring, overwhelmed capturing the panoramic view from the romantic Halong Bay with blue sea, white sand and waves to the crowded city with tall buildings, the splendor of the Sun Wheel and the Queen Cable Car, etc. The immense and majestic Halong is so vivid and likely in front of the “telescope” in the top of the mountain. It is a unique factor which creates a distinctive and engaging pleasure for visitors climbing Bai Tho mountain.

TIP: If the sky has fog or mist, tourists should not climb the mountain, whereas they may experience the rain without any places for sheltering. Also, when it is dark, the visibility is very limited, so when climbing up to the top, you can hardly see the scenery below.

So, exploring Bai Tho mountain to experience nature and admire the city from above is one way to cherish the cultural values of history, to be proud of the ancestor’s patriotic tradition. This gorgeous mountain is a must-see spot in any Halong tours, providing travelers with satisfaction when coming here. If this is helpful for you, like and share with others. Thank you.

Bai Tho Junk Halong Bay 2022 / 2023

With for newly built boats, Bai Tho is one of the enterprises with the most number of overnight boats in Halong Bay. Bai Tho Junks – the first choice for travelers to explore the world heritage site of Halong Bay.

As 3-star traditional wooden vessel, we will accompany you throughout the journey to discover the natural wonders. All ships are equipped with modern equipment, of which each ship has a different design style such as bamboo and rattan. It will be a great experience when you discover the natural landscape from the surrounding terrace of limestone mountains and caves. 


Deluxe Double Cabin

No. of cabins: 8

Type of cabin: Double bed

Size: 12 square meters

Capacity: 2

Deluxe cabin

Deluxe Twin Cabin

No. of cabins: 7

Type of cabin: Twin beds

Size: 12 square meters

Capacity: 2 pax

Cruise facilities


Located in a spacious and open-air deck, Bai Tho cruise restaurant offers guests with the most popular Vietnamese cuisine while admiring the beauty of Halong Bay. Seating capacity passengers: 30


The bar opens from 7.00AM until 11.00 PM in the dining room, offering you relaxation, entertainment as well as the world-class drinks and beers.

Bai Tho restaurant


Bai Tho sundeck is an ideal place for sunbathing, enjoying cocktails, viewing the breathtaking seascape of the bay, and taking part in many interesting onboard activities.

Spa & Massage

We always meet your expectation for relaxation by proposing spa & massage services. These help you to recover your energy after a long day exploring. Please contact our consultant for proper services.

Highlighted activities


In Titop Island, tourists are free to swim or climb to the top of the Island with a height of over 200 meters to see the stunning view of Halong Bay.


Tourists will bathe or kayak in Bright cave and Dark cave to explore the scenery here.

Bamboo boating

Taken by bamboo boat to Luon cave, tourists are seemly lost in the paradise of the sparkling stalactites with a lake inside looking like a stadium with towering standing and circling around. 

Night activities

After dinner, you may choose to enjoy drinks from the bar or top deck or experience squid fishing before retiring.

Other choices for you are Legacy Cruise or Lavender Cruise.

About discount policy

We apply discount policy for different customers as follows

From 4 to 8 years old: 50% of adult’s fare and sharing bed with parents.

From 9 to 11 years old: 75% of adult’s fare and using existing bed.

Students with ID card student: 95% of adult’s fare and using existing bed.

Over 11 years old: 100% of adult’s fare and using existing bed.

For details about the terms, you can see at Our terms and conditions. 

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