Visitors to Ha Long Bay now must board tourist boats at the international pier of Tuan Chau inside the Tuan Chau Tourist Zone instead of the pier at Bai Chay port.
The Tuan Chau tourist wharf opened on August 19 and by September 30, all tourist boats operating at the Bai Chay tourist wharf will have been moved to the new pier. The Bai Chay wharf will be closed in 2015.
Located in the southeast of Tuan Chau Island, the port included two wharves, the first being 4,441 meters in length and the other 1,443 meters. It falls within the detailed planning for northern ports. The wharf was built by Au Lac Quang Ninh Co. Ltd.
According to a decision by the Vietnam Maritime Administration, the management board of the port is permitted to collect fees in accordance with law.
The Quang Ninh Provincial People’s Committee noted that the port can cut fees to attract cruise ships and other vessels to the port.
The Tuan Chau tourism area is located on an area of 1,200 ha and is 2 km away from the center of Ha Long city. It includes a complex of 50 five-star villas, 300 hotel rooms, restaurants and other entertainment facilities, such as performances by dolphins, seals and sea lions, martial arts, and a musical fountain park.