Vietnam – Halong bay
Ha Long Bay
- What is it?
Ha Long bay is one of the most amazing natureal wonders in Vietnam with numerous limestone moutain doting on the sea. Name of Ha Long bay means “descending dragons” which is related to a legend of dragon family. Having nearly 2000 islands doting on bay, Ha Long is stunning about the unique scenery all over the world. Ha Long bay is formed by Cat Ba island to the South, Ngoc Hung and Van Canh islands to the East and the Vietnamese coastline to the North and West. The bay covers a total area of 1553 square kilometers. Occupying the middle of the bay between Halong town and Cat Ba island, the central World heritage area stretches for 434 square kilometers. Such is the signigicance of Halong bay that in 1994, UNESCO recognized the heart of Halong bay as being a site of natural World Heritage and stated that “ Apart from Halong bay there are no equivalent sites on the World Heritage list…” in 2012, the new 7 wonders foundation officially named Halong Bay as one of new seven natural wonders of the world.
Ha Long bay is located approximately 165 km by road from centre of Hanoi to North West. it belongs to Quang Ninh province and lie down on the Westernside of the Gulf of Tonkin Vietnam. Quang Ninh province has border with China at northen side.
- Why to come?
The most outstanding feature of Halong bay and undoubtebly its most special attraction are the 1969 islands, islets and rocky karst outcrops. A half of islands and islets have been given imaginative name by locals over hundreds years for example: Candle island , Lonely Man’s head, Fighting Cock.
Another extraordinary geological feature of Halong bay is nummerous caves and grottoes inside limestone islands such as Supprising caves, Thien Cung caves ….
The sea in Halong bay is generally less than 10 meters deep and boasts of various flora and fauna which is about 1000 species of marine animals and over 160 species of coral have been identified.
- How to go?
To go to Ha Long bay from Hanoi is pretty easy, you should go to Giap Bat or My Dinh bus station and ask the bus to Ha Long bay. The locals will show you the bus. In addition, you could rent scooter from Hanoi to get there but it’s very far. 175km from Hanoi city.
In case you want to come to Cat Ba island, we have a ticket for you. Get picked up from your hotel in Old Quarter, transfer by bus to Hai Phong city and get hydrofoil to Cat Ba island. Total of time would be 3.5 hours.
We also supply tourist transport service picked up at 8am at your hotel in Old Quarter to Halong bay and back. It costs 8USD per person.
Swimming, kayaking, hiking and photography are must-do things when the tourists go to Ha Long bay. Various decent seafood is also detectation.
Floating fishing villages are the most favorite human attraction. The whole of villagers live, work and die on these floating house. The residences are mainly fisher men and follow the tourists boats around their villages to sell their produce such as sourvenier to the passing tourist trade.