Ban Sen – A new destination in your Halong Bay holiday
Ban Sen is located on Van Don Island – most populated and most developed island in the Bai Tu Long Bay). It’s absolutely a potential destination for tourists to discover other spectacular landscapes of Halong Bay attractions. Comparing to other communes of Van Don Island, Ban Sen is the closest island to central of Van Don Island. It takes about 1 hour to get to Ban Sen Island by boat, or few tens of minutes by cano. Ban Sen has an area of around 139km2, including 72km2 of floating land, the rest of Ban Sen is water surface and rocky islands.
The Ban Sen’s limestone island is still uninhabited and has many beautiful caves. According to local people, at least, this area has 6 caves can be exploited for tourism business (this figure may be even greater, since many existing offshore rocky islands undiscovered). Only in Quyet Tien area, there are 5 caves carrying not only value of aesthetic beauty but also archaeological value. This is also an advantage to Ban Sen attract more tourists if travel services is developed here.
Beside the tourism potential of the cave, Ban Sen is very close to Minh Chau, Quan Lan. As people may know, Quan Lan Island has beautiful beaches, has been developed sightseeing tours, resort for many years; and Minh Chau has the largest and most unique primeval forest in Vietnam. These communes also has huge peanut worms farm. It used to feed 50% fisherman on these island.
Currently, a road linking from Ban Sen to Tan Lap village (Quan Lan Commune) and a bridge from Tan Lap Village to Mo Cat area (Minh Chau Commune) are under construction since February 2008. It is expected that the route and the bridge will be completed respectively in 2009 and 2015. When this road, bridge are completed, they will connect 3 islands: Ban Sen, Minh Chau, Quan Lan together and form a closed tourist routes.
At that time, Ban Sen will contribute a significant role to attract tourists to visit the caves. Moreover, Ban Sen also provide local specialties such as Van tea, Sen Oranges etc. According to local people, Sen oranges have unique flavor, unlike oranges of the other provinces because it is grown in limestone valley. Currently, local development is growing oranges on an area of 300 hectares.
Ban Sen also provide several seafood species are farmed like geoduck, snails, sea oysters etc on thousands hectares area. It can be said that when Van Don economic zone was established and developed in the future is “golden opportunity” to Ban Sen promote existing potentials, become an attractive tourist center of Van Don Island Tour.
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