The Wilderness Beauty Of “Little Sahara Desert” In Binh Thuan

The Bau Trang sand dunes are known the “Little Sahara Desert,” with the mesmerizing white sand mountains and the large lakes, creating an impressive wilderness scene.

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Bau Trang or Bau Sen – Mui Ne sand dune, which is about 65 kilometers from Phan Thiet towards the Northeast, is located in Hoa Thang commune, Bac Binh province. Bau Trang has formed a long time ago. It used to be a large lake, then local people built a sand dam, which divided it into two parts.

The wilderness scenery of Bau Trang charms tourists (Photo: Nguyen Thanh/TTVXN)
The wilderness scenery of Bau Trang charms tourists (Photo: Nguyen Thanh/TTVXN)

In the local language, ‘Bau’ means ‘lake’ and ‘Trang’ means ‘white’. The word ‘Bau Trang’ depicts a water body surrounded by stretches of white sand. The other name, ‘Bau Sen’, translated as ‘Lotus Lake’, signifies a specific feature of the area.

Driving on terrain vehicles is one of the best activities here. Photo: Nguyen Thanh/ TTVXN
Driving on terrain vehicles is one of the best activities here. Photo: Nguyen Thanh/ TTVXN

Binh Thuan province has always been an intriguing destination for both domestic and foreign tourists with its extraordinary landscape. Bau Trang, an oasis-like location is one example. The area gives the impression of a desert, with vast sand dunes covering most of the land. As you climb up on sandy hills, the gigantic lakes will come into view. The lakes are brightly lit under the radiant sun, sparkling like they are made of a thousand diamonds.

Tourists enjoy their fun times on Bau Trang sand dune. Photo: Nguyen Thanh/ TTVXN
Tourists enjoy their fun times on the Bau Trang sand dune. Photo: Nguyen Thanh/ TTVXN

A large part of the water surface is covered by clusters of lotuses. The soft pink tone of the flowers, mixing with the lush green shade of the leaves and the translucent blue color of the water creates a scenic, mesmerizing landscape.

Visiting Bau Trang, tourists can hire a fishing boat from the local villagers to explore the area around and enjoy their fun fishing activities. The water in Bau Trang is sweet and cool all year round, easing the hot atmosphere of the vast sand dune. This is also one of the most favorite tourist destinations in Binh Thuan that its uniqueness charms every tourist who comes here for the first time.

Photo: Nguyen Thanh/ TTVXN
Photo: Nguyen Thanh/ TTVXN

Tourists are advised not to visit Bau Trang in the afternoon because of the harsh sun. When visiting the stunning location, should prepare hats, sunscreens, glasses, and a long-sleeved shirt to shield your skin from the sun. The best time to visit Bau Trang is during the summer months (particularly July and August) when the flowers blossom and the weather is sunny for most of the time. However, there may be a sudden downpour as the rainy season is not over yet. Therefore, watch the weather forecast beforehand to avoid any unwanted disruption.

The lovely combination between the large lake and vast beautiful sandy slopes. Photo: Nguyen Thanh/ TTXVN
The lovely combination between the large lake and vast beautiful sandy slopes. Photo: Nguyen Thanh/ TTXVN

How to Get to Bau Trang?

There are two common routes to get to Bau Trang, the first one starts from Hon Rom and the second one starts from Phan Thiet City.

Photo: Nguyen Thanh/ TTXVN
Photo: Nguyen Thanh/ TTXVN

With the first option, you will drive along an extensive road to Mui Ne and then continue onward the coastal line for about 12 km before reaching Bau Trang.

With the second option, you need to follow the National Freeway 1A and then turn right at Luong Son Town. From there, you will go through a landscape of hills, sand stretches filled with seashells, and coconut.

Charlotte Pho