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Ba Ham Lake

Ba Ham Lake is located in the southwest of Halong Bay. It's on Dau Be Island Range, Lan Ha Bay. The lake is about 25 kilometers far from Bai Chay Tourist Wharf. Ba Ham Lake comprises three round pits linked with each other by a narrow and dark tunnel.

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Ba Ham Lake

Ba Ham Lake comprises three round pits linked with each other by a narrow and dark tunnel. The tunnel’s ceiling has the height ranging from 4 – 5 meters. Thus, the only way to access the lake is by local sampan. Sailing through the tunnel, tourists can see various stalactites in strange shapes hung down from the ceiling. The pits inside is enclosed by vertical lime-stone mountains. On these mountains are the residence of many species such as orchids, benjamin figs, banyans and cycads. There, tourists can also have chance to see endemic animals of Halong bay like golden monkeys, flying squirrels, silver-headed parrots, bats and butterflies. Ba Ham Lake is an outstanding site on Halong Bay where still remains untouched natural scenery and special ecological environment.

Kayaking in Ba Ham Lake

Kayaking in Ba Ham Lake

The river is deep yet so clear that one can see shoals of fish swimming. Some 100 m from the entrance one finds a shaft of light coming from the roof of the tunnel, which reveals different kinds of orchids clinging to the cliff, cycads growing here and there, Truc Doi Ga (a kind of reed with cock’s tail-liked yellow leaves) flourishing in clumps.

In the southeast cliff of the second tunnel there grows an old carambola tree, which bears fruits all year round. Tourists can find groups of monkeys, flying squirrels, or silver-headed parrots gathering in its branches. Lying one cliff away from the second one, the third tunnel is home to various species of bats and butterflies.

On your Halong bay tours through the tunnel, you will be irresistibly drawn to a cluster of spectacular and colorful stalactites hanging from the ceiling in a myriad of distinctive shapes. Any noises from outside can hardly penetrate into Ba Ham Lake thanks to its location and topographical features, which renders the lake extremely tranquil. The silence is just interrupted by the faint sound from the boat’s oar. The natural scene that you see from boat sailing around the lake is the perfect combination of the emerald clear water, the bright sky and various forms of rocks. The deeper you go into the tunnel, the darker it becomes. However, there is still enough light for you to admire peculiar things inside the tunnel. The water is deep yet so clear that, if fortunate, you can come across several schools of fish swimming.