Halong Bay

Located in the Gulf of Tonkin (about 150km from Hanoi), the bay is recognized by UNESCO as the Natural World Heritage that contains some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The bay’s outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest. It is an incredible place to explore and discover its many islands, coves and hidden grottoes.

 

Halong Bay belongs to Ha Long City, Cam Pha Town and part of Van Don District. Halong Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bai Tu Long bay to the northeast, and Cat Ba islands to the southwest with similar geological, geographical, geomorphologic, climate and cultural characters. Halong Bay has an area of around 1,553 km², including 1,960 islets, most of which are limestone. The diversity of the environment, climate, geology, geography, and geomorphology in the area has created biodiversity, including tropical evergreen bio-system, oceanic and sea shore bio-system. Ha Long Bay is home to 14 endemic floral species and 60 endemic faunal species.
Nowadays, Ha Long Bay is one of the most popular travel destinations in Vietnam. The beauty of the site is the mingling of a number of factors: the mountain’s size and form, the color of the water and the clouds. Halong bay, because of its varied terrain, climate and soil, features a diversified and abundant environmental system.
Best time to visit: During the spring or fall. Because the bay is situated in the northern part of the country, it can get colder in the fall and winter, and though you won't see extremes such as blizzards, it's still a lousy place to be when it gets cold. This area is one of the most popular destinations for vacations in Vietnam. Though there will be more tourists in the area in the spring and summer, the area is still a good place to go. In some situations, it's actually better that there are more people there. There will be more places to go for food and more entertainment in the area. When the weather is good you can go out in the bay on a junk, or a boat, and take a tour of the area. You can go swimming if you wish and just explore the beauty of the area. You can't do all of that in the fall and winter because it gets too cold. When you visit the area you should pack a swim suit, some shorts and a t-shirt. You should have enough clothes to keep you comfortable.
Sites to visit: Get a ticket for a boat trip to explore Halong Bay's beauty. There are two routes for you to choose:
- Route 1: Thien Cung GrottoDau Go Cave, and other sites.
- Route 2: Sung Sot Cave and other sites.
You should visit Su Tu Bien Islet on the route to Thien Cung Grotto and Dau Go Cave.
Things that you must not miss at Halong Bay: Visiting caves, island stopovers, cycling among paddy fields, swimming, climbing Titov Mountain. Don't forget to taste the flavor of local dishes, seafood including mussels, shrimp and su fish, and rice dishes.

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