Halong Bay

The most famous tourist site of Vietnam, twice recognized as Natural Heritage of Vietnam, Halong Bay is a must when travelling to Vietnam. Located in the Northeastern coast of North Vietnam, Halong Bay is well known for marvelous beauty with more than 1969 islands on the watery landscape.  The name Halong Bay come from local legends of Mother Dragon and her child down from sky to help Vietnamese protect country border against invaders. All the islands in the Bay are the symbols of Dragons for thousand years.

In geological research, Halong Bay was formed by millions year ago by geological changes, created thousands of island, many caves and beautiful beaches.

Halong Bay is mainly divided into two parts: Halong Bay center and Bai Tu Long Bay. While Halong Bay center is the most popular tourist visiting area, Bai Tu Long Bay is known as a less visited part of the Bay. The bay has many caves as: Amazing cave, Thien Cung caves, Me Cung cave, Thien Canh Son cave… the beaches are small but very nice with white sands.

On Halong Bay, local people groups in floating villages and live on fishing, you can find some name: Van Gia fishing village, Vong Vieng fishing village, Ba Hang fishing village… The life on water of Halong Bay is so unique, each village has a numerous floating house, they are all small, wooden made and colorful. However, following the local authority policy, most of local people in floating village have been moved to main land to protect environment, some left on the bay to ride sampan for tourist activities.

Visiting Halong Bay, you can enjoy lots of fresh seafood, it is all delicious and well cooked by local chef. Food on Halong Bay will leave you impressive tastes of locals.

Weather 30C

Estimated Stay 2 days

Attractions

Amazing cave

Amazing cave (Sung Sot cave) is the biggest cave in Halong Bay, locates on Bo Hon island. Inside the cave, there are many stalactites in different shape and formation that makes the amazing beauty of the cave. The cave divided into two chambers, linked by a narrow path. Visitors should spend at least 45 minutes to pass by the cave and admire the natural beauty. Until you get into the cave, you will see your effort to climb for hundred steps worth.

Vong Vieng fishing village

One of the biggest floating villages on Halong Bay, the village used to have hundreds of locals living. In the past, they live on fishing and live in colorful floating houses, home to multiple generations.  Nowadays, following the local authority,  all of residents of floating village moved to mainland for better life and children education opportunity. Now, the village looks like the museum of local life on the World Heritage site

Bai Tu Long Bay

Being one of two main part of Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay is much bigger than Halong Bay center, occupied ¾ of the total area. This Bay has similar natural beauty with its sister but known as less touristic. Visitors can fine the unique beauty of the Bay in Cong Dam, Cong Do area, Vong Vieng fishing village or Thien Canh Son cave…

Things to do

Kayaking

Kayaking is the best outdoor activities to explore the natural beauty of Halong Bay. This activity is normally included in overnight cruise package offered by cruise operators.  Paddling around the limestone island, get close to the marvelous nature of the Bay is possibly the best experience of your cruise trip. In addition, the sea water is calm on Halong Bay while the wind is not strong, let’s expect clear sunny sky when you kayak there.

Overnight cruise

While day cruise is an option for time limited travellers, it is not enough to discover the bay and enjoy its marvelous beauty. An overnight cruise will let you experience some outdoor activities including swimming, kayaking, beach relaxing or a BBQ on a wild beach, spending a quite night on Halong Bay will bring  you a highlight of Vietnam, a life time experience that should not be missed

Dinner in cave

Dinner in cave is a special activity offered on Halong Bay cruise, image a candle light dinner set up inside a natural cave among thousand island, it is quite potential to become you most romantic moment with your partner, a happy time cheering with family, friends. However, this dinner in cave is not offered in all cruises, it is limited and require a higher budget to join.