Bai Tho Mountain
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mintraf
orleans5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Everything went exactly as described in past year review

At 6:30am, we didn’t see the old lady

No need to climb the rock, behind the small house on your right, you will find the ladder, as described by Jasmin L

We climbed with our 4 kids, from 14 to 7. They made it without major issues (we helped the little ones to climb the first rocks)
Written 9 February 2024
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Shannon
Suva, Fiji1,142 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The mountains officially closed and rightly so unless you're a law breaker than attempt it at your own risk. So the old lady was supposedly the safest way to get up there because she's behind the wall or something. All you need to do is walk through her blue door and her dog will alert her. Don't worry the dogs are harmless and there's more dogs on the roof around five of them. As soon as she saw me she said it cost 500k, after you pay she takes you to the back on the roof. It didn't look that difficult until I had to lift an unstable ladder up the hillside then position it up against a 4 metre cliff. Which she indicated you had to climb over. Once seeing how dangerous it was I told her I wasn't going to do it and gave her 200k for wasting her time as she's quite elderly. Overall a brilliant mountain just a shame it's closed off. Recommend waiting for it to officially reopen and that you should visit other mountains.
Written 28 January 2024
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Andy Jonas A
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
(follow the numbers indicated at the corners of the photos)
-No.1.: Nothing is impossible.
-Climb on your own risk!
-Forget about the old lady.
-I did not pay a penny to anyone.
-If you familiar with advance/extreme hikes, then the climb itself (after the entry gate) is a piece of cake. The actual danger is the fact that locals blocked the gate. They thought that it'll stop tourists, but clearly not. So during your climb through, is the point when you doing the biggest risk to yourself. If there was no wall, there is no major risk of harm, injury or accidents.
-So at the end of the day...what did they actually achieved with blocking this gate ???
Written 14 December 2023
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Albert
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
April 20,2023 update: we tried to go here but the old lady asked us for 1 million vnd. So we just backed out. It wasn't worth it. The house is creepy, stinks like fermented rice (dog food) and lots of rubbish outside. Not worth it to go. SHE ALREADY KNOWS HOW MUCH MONEY SHE CAN SCAM FROM YOU. The house feels like a scene from a scary movie. It was cloudy that day and visibility of the islands are minimal to none. So we just accepted the fact that we can't go. But seriously not worth spending our money.
Written 19 April 2023
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Jasmin L
Germany8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
We did it! But it wasn’t easy! It’s more of a climb than a hike 😅

We started our hike at 6:15 am in the morning (end of February) and the sun/ sunlight was already up. We decided not to hike in the darkness because we’ve heard so many different things about this trail.

Here’s our hike description in many details - we hope that it will help you:

Firstly we started with the staircase which is kinda hidden and very small but when you walk down the street you will see it. All the locations we found online were right. There are two entrances: one is next to a photocopy (yellow sign) with a blue door - in this entrance there’s always a dog waiting for you but it’s a very small one. We didn’t use this one. If you‘re standing in front of the photocopy sign then look left and you will see a motorbike „store“, also there is a big sign at front (red and white text: Cam Leo Nui) - there was our staircase. See picture 1.
Usually there is a lady sitting at front of the entrance and when we saw her on the day before our hike (we went there to check out the street and the entrances). We’ve read a lot about the lady’s online - the one at the blue door/ dog entrance can sometimes help you to pass one of the gates or she can be really rude and send you away or even call the police. „Our“ lady was very mean when we just wanted to park our scooter in front of her entrance in the afternoon, so we moved it and decided to park it somewhere else in the morning. Both ladies mostly want money (carry some small money with you- we’ve had a maximum of 200.000 dong with us). But luckily when we started our hike at 6:15am no one was there. So we didn’t pay anything.

If you walk up the small stairs (we were so so silent hahah we were so scared to wake her up!) don’t use any of the doors !!! Just keep walking until you get to a blue/grey gate (there are actually two of them). We were a bit confused but you need to pass the LEFT GATE. If you look through that gate you’ll see a dangerous sign - that’s the way you have to go. (Photo 2) Also there was another chair (empty) but maybe sometimes there’s a woman sitting here as well, we don’t know. Just be prepared.

Both gates are closed and locked there’s no chance to pass them „normal“. You have to go up on the left side of the gate. There is a small tree and behind it a little wall with a fence on top. It’s a bit narrow and very tricky to get your legs up as it’s really hard to get a good grip with your shoes. (Photos 3)
If you pass this gate you have to walk behind the house (left side of the house) - there is a white arrow on the wall. (See photo of dangerous sign in the background, 4)

And here they come: the dogs!!
They heard us walking next to the house and came barking towards us. We were so scared because they sounded like really big dogs but they weren’t! Exactly opposite. They are small, some of them are puppies but they all just bark very loud. As soon as you walk towards them they run hahah so don’t be scared of them. They are as much afraid of you as you are of them. The only thing is the noise, so make sure to keep on walking fast up the stairs (you’ll see them right after walking behind the house) otherwise the woman might show up. In our case she didn’t.
When you get to the top, it seems like there’s no further way. On the left you’ll see a locked entrance, but you have to go right, climb next to the small house and behind it there’s a silver ladder. (Photo 5)
Be careful it’s not secured.
As soon as you reach the top you have to climb further up some rocks. There are some trees you can hold on to.
On top there’s this huge rock where you’ll see two trails, we used the left one, which leads you around the rock and to the stairs. The original trail.
On the stairs: Turn around and remember the entrance (the rock kinda looks like a crocodile - from the top stairs). (Photo 6)

Now you just follow the stairs.
In the end they will turn into rocks, but you just have to keep going.
We reached the top at 7:07am - so our climb/hike was 50 min in total. Don’t underestimate it. You really can’t do it in 20 min - at least we think so:) or maybe if you have a great description like this one Hahha but we didn’t.

Et voilà THE VIEW!! (Photo)

It’s really nice on top but very often it’s quite cloudy and very windy so sometimes you don’t even get to see the sunrise. And we definitely wouldn’t recommend going for the sunrise because it’s just a bit too dangerous to do everything in the dark. You often need both of your hands to climb. And it’s really more of a climbing than a hiking.
On top we had the company of some goats :)
Our way down only took 30 min.

We hope that you’ll find the way- good luck!
Written 25 February 2023
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Richard Huynh
Adelaide, Australia6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Hey guys, I'm just writing this review as a warning. Please hike at own risk. If it is raining, I would highly recommend not doing this hike as it is very dangerous!

To put into context, my partner and I did this hike late November 2022. My partner and I are relatively fit and have hiked before and also visit the gym occasionally. We have read travel blogs and reviews before going also.

You still have to go through the back entrance and bribe the lady (she will ask for double once you bring out the cash). The fence previously used by other tourists is now blocked off and you will have to climb a ladder (which is not tied down to anything) and then do a bit of climbing to get on the track. I would also like to mention that it wasn't raining at this point in time.

When we got to the top, the view was amazing and we took some nice photos, but it started to rain and so we decided to go down before it starts pouring. Going down on the hiking track while it is wet, was quite dangerous as the rocks are very slippery, but you will manage if you are careful with your footing. The mud also gets very slippery so be careful! (Remember no one has been maintaining the mountain since it's been closed off to the public, so there are many over grown vegetation and the track also has not been maintained - sometimes the track is completely covered in vegetation and it is easy to go the wrong way, so be careful where you are going).

The real issue starts when you go off track to head back down. The descent is very steep and there is no clear track of heading down so keep a close memory of how you got up. My partner and I didn't take too much notice on the way up, so we did struggle with direction on the way down. However it started to rain quite a bit and everything was extremely slippery and wet. Because some of the descent was so steep, it looked like the edge of a cliff and doesn't look like a clear way down. There are many overgrown vines that can tangle your body and legs so be careful. Don't trust holding the vines on the way down also as they may snap (if you are using vines and trees to help make sure they are very strong, there were several of broken branches and vines, which I assume were broken by previous hikers). The descent down was extremely difficult when it rains, and my partner and I had big concerns for our safety. There is definitely a real danger of seriously hurting yourself or even fatal danger - as one slip off will keep you rolling down the mountain (remember this is off track).

I am writing this review not to scare anyone off, but to write is as a warning. When it is dry, it's definitely achievable if you have hiked before, but if it rains, please think twice before attempting. Never risk your life for a photo. I usually never write reviews, but I felt like I had to write this one just because I can see someone seriously hurting themselves or losing their lives if they go unprepared. The mountains main entrance is closed for a reason. And the fence entrance also got blocked off for a reason. The hike is not 100% safe. Sorry for the long review, but I hope it helps if anyone is deciding to hike the mountain.
Written 5 December 2022
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BD9062
Atlanta, GA2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The unofficial entrance is still accessible as of 08/2022. As others have mentioned, look for the blue-colored entry next to the photocopy shop (you can find these images all over the internet). There is 1 dog stationed at the entrance constantly who will bark whenever anyone passes the door (we walked by at night to scope out the area and the next day for the hike and it was always present). Some of the neighbors sitting along the street noticed us and commented that the entrance was closed and we wouldn't be able to get up. However, one tenant heard the dog barking and asked us to come up. He directed us to walk up further where we were greeted by the woman that many of the reviews mentioned. There will be an additional 10+ dogs, but all of them are harmless, so don't be intimidated by their barking. The women requested 100k from each member in my group (400k total). You never know how much she's going to ask for and it is about impossible to bargain with her (we are Vietnamese and can communicate with her). The backyard is quite filthy and the woman herself is quite rude (she mocked us after we asked again if we needed to turn left after the ladder), but that's fine. We were grateful to be given entry.

The climb currently is far more difficult than what others have mentioned. I hike regularly and this is by no means an easy or moderate hike. There is a ladder at the beginning followed by a steep climb requiring you take your time to get proper footing and to get a hold of some vines. This is tricky as well on the descent. If you are not in great physical condition, please do not convince yourself into doing this hike. The path itself, due to rain and less people frequenting the path, has many sections overgrown with plants. There will be branches and thorns in some areas you need to watch out for. Add the continuous incline and the humidity and it makes this a pretty challenging hike. Some people mentioned 20 mins up and 10 mins down. This is not possible for the vast majority of people. Double or even triple this time. Plan for at least 2.5 hours in your day to factor in the climb, soaking in the sights up top, and the descent.

Again, if you are not in great physical shape, please don't take the risk. If you do, wear comfortable outdoor shoes, put on some bug spray, and bring plenty of water. Bring a towel as well since you will sweat quite a bit. Enjoy the incredible views up top!
Written 4 August 2022
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Samir
London, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
The entrance is by no means official, and involves walking through someone’s house and climbing up some rocks, but access is possible. Other reviews have mentioned a hole in a fence, but that wasn’t something that we saw. You’ll need to pay the lady 500k for access. Climb is relatively easy if you’re fit, and the views are great!
Written 7 July 2022
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Pablo M
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We didn't read this on time unfortunately. We can also confirm that is closed :(
You can still see part of the bay from the coastline, but obviously it's not the same
Written 2 March 2020
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Warren C
Mount Waverley, Australia3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Visited Poem Mountain on 6th Jan 2020 and it’s closed ☹️
We visited another place on LAN Ha Bay where you stay on floating house to experience fishermen lifestyle but with English speaking host, fresh seafood and free kayak all day long around the so much less crowded Lan Ha Bay. We had the whole bay, lagoon, beaches to ourselves.
The host have vast knowledge about the bay and its history and because of this experience it makes missing out Poem Mountain slightly easier to take.
Find in Airbnb, InnerX-Stay, floating Homestay in Lan Ha Bay. Hosted by Charles.
Many similar floating homes in Ha Long have been closed down by the government just like Poem Mountain so try it before they are close too.
Best of luck!
Written 6 January 2020
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