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Halong Travel Information

Halong Bay lies in the Gulf of Tonkin to the east of Hanoi. It consists of some 3000 tiny islands which together form a dramatic limestone seascape which is without a doubt Vietnam’s most natural wonder. If you’re in Hanoi then you simply MUST ensure that you find time for an overnight visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
Legend has it that Halong Bay was created when a dragon that lived in the mountains ran to the sea its mighty tail gouged out valleys and crevasses, the areas dug up by its tail became filled with water leaving only the high land visible. Geologists on the other hand blame wind and sea erosion! Visitors who were previously in Thailand will notice a close similarity with the limestone scenery around Krabi on the south west coast.
 

Halong Bay Tours from Hanoi

Halong Bay Cruises?

Experience Halong Bay Overnight on Junk Boat, Bai Tho Junk Cruise, Sailing with Deluxe Bai Tho Junk in Halong Bay
From Hanoi there are many operators offering tours to Halong Bay. Some of these are full day excursions returning to Hanoi the same night. Considering it’s a 3½ hour drive this hardly seems worthwhile. A far better option is to take an overnight or preferably a two night stay with overnight accommodation onboard one of the many vessels touring the islands.
 
The weather can be quite changeable in this area. Visitors between February and April might not get to appreciate the beauty of the area as a result of cool, drizzly conditions which create a low fog and poor visibility. During summer on the other hand the danger of tropical storms may force boat operators to vary their schedules.
 
It’s well worth paying more than the minimum for these tours as there is quite a range of quality of boats taking passengers around Halong Bay.
 

Halong Bay Sightseeing and Activities

The main attraction of Halong Bay is the stunning limestone karsk scenery. The moment you’re ship sets sail you’ll be snapping away with your camera but don’t worry there’s no rush as the scenery just gets better and better.
 
Besides the magnificent views, visitors come to explore the caves in the region which can only be accessed from the charter boats.
 
Cat Ba National Park is another attraction where you can go hiking or simply sunbathing on the beaches. You won’t find sandy beaches within Halong Bay itself but there are some small sandy strips on Cat Ba Island and in Lan Ha Bay which is just off the island.
 
The organised tours will normally stop in a safe place for you to have a swim but watch out for the current which we found very strong. Also if you take a two night stay onboard a ship you’ll be able to take a kayak and explore a number of grottoes. Some Hanoi companies offer tailor made kayaking holidays through Halong Bay with the option of overnight camping.

See also

Top Attractions Saigon Vietnam
Hoi An Travel Guide
Saigon Travel Guide
Hanoi Travel Guide
Top Attractions Hanoi Vietnam

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