Halong Bay

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  • Area: 1,553 square km, including approximately 2,000 islets
  • The most of islets were formed of limestone with many shapes and different characteristics
  • One of UNESCO World Heritages
  • One of the World’s New 7 Wonders of Nature

Located in northeast Vietnam, Halong Bay is one part of the Tonkin Gulf. It was called 'the wonder standing in the heaven' by a world cultural Celebrities-Nguyen Trai. In 1994, Halong Bay was recognized as the World natural heritage about the values of geomorphology by UNESCO.

Halong bay is known as the capital of Quang Ninh province, Vietnam. The city mainly lies on Bai Tu Long which is part of the Halong Bay. It is located about 160 kilometers northeast of Hanoi. According to the census in 2001, its total population is 185.288. Halong city is divided into 2 parts: East Halong and West Halong. The eastern part (Hon Gai), where the most official buildings and industry are concentrated, is connected by bridge with the western part (Baichay) which is considered to be more of a tourism attraction.

Halong Bay is one part of the Tonkin Gulf,including the sea area of Ha Long City, Cam Pha Town and part of Van Don island. The Bay has a total area of 1553 km2, including 1969 islands, of which 989 islands have name and 980 islands have no name. Islands of Halong Bay are divided into 2 types: limestone islands and schist islands which concentrated in two main areas of southeast (belonging to Bai Tu Long) and the southwest (belonging to Halong Bay). Because Halong bay is situated in the north, the weather has 4 seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. Tourists can travel to Halong Bay whenever you want. It is the best choice if you choose to travel from April to October and from December to February. In the winter, tourists will have opportunities to enjoy a bit cold and foggy weather.

This place has many islands with the spectacular views and famous caves-this is central natural heritage of Halong Bay. The heritage area recognized by the world has total area of 434 km2 and 775 islands. It likes 3 vertices of a triangle: Dau Go Islet (in the west), Ba Dam Lake (in the south) and Cong Tay (in the east).

The magnificence of nature creates the beauty of Halong Bay. Halong was called "the wonder standing in the heaven" by a world cultural Celebrities - Nguyen Trai. Moreover,  Halong bay also associated with the development of national history and famous spots such as Van Don, Bai Tho Mountain and Bach Dang River.

In addition, the archaeologists research into the sites at Dong Mang, Xich Tho, Soi Nhu, Thoi Gieng, which proves that Halong is one of the cradles of humankind.  Besides, Halong focuses the biological diversity such as mangrove ecosystems, coral reef ecosystems, and tropical rainforest ecosystems. Furthermore, it has thousands of animal species, especially many rare animals that only found in this place. Discovering Halong Bay, tourists will feel like lost in fairyland; the island looks like the dragon which flies above the water (Dragon Island); the island seems to be an old man who sits to fishing (Ong La Vong islet). Moreover, there have Canh Buom Islet, Trong Mai Islet, Dinh Huong Islet…            

In the heart of stone islands, there have the beautiful caves such as Thien Cung Cave, Dau Go Cave, Sung Sot Cave, and Tam Cung Cave that are really the castles of the heaven. With the special values, on December 17th 1994, in the 18th session of World Heritage Committee of UNESCO held in Thailand, Halong Bay was officially recognized as the World natural heritage. In November 2000, Halong Bay was recognized by UNESCO as the World natural heritage about the values of geomorphology. On April 27th, at the My Dinh national stadium (in Hanoi), Mr. Bernard Weber who founds New7Wonders, officially stated that Halong Bay became one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You can learn more Halong bay with travel guide, attractions, cruises, hotels...

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Halong Bay Tours

15 Days

Let’s start a family-friendly tour through the best of Vietnam, including nature exploration and culture experience of modern life, with more traditional gems that you will never forget. Starting in the sedate capital...

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16 Days

The diversity of natural environment, geography, history, and culture have created a great potential for Vietnam tourism industry. Consisting of long coastlines, forests, and mountainous regions with numerous...

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  • · Join a trip along famous heritage sites in Vietnam: Halong Bay, Hoi An Ancient Town, Hue Old Citadel
  • · Watch a special folk art performance telling the Vietnamese ancient stories – Water Puppet Show
  • · Reach the magnificent observation view when trekking in mountainous Sapa
  • · Immerse yourself in peaceful atmosphere along the lantern streets in Hoi An ancient town
  • · Learn how to make traditional Vietnamese specialties in Mekong Delta: Coconut Candy, Rice paper, Pop corn
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  • · Walk through the vibrant Old Quarter in Hanoi with colorful local stores and delightful coffee shop
  • · Blow your mind in magnificent trekking route in Sapa
  • · Once-in-a-life-time trip to colorful ethnic Sunday Bac Ha market (Lao Cai Province)
  • · Unforgettable experience with various local transfer: Night train to Sapa, Cyclo riding in Hanoi Old Quarter, Boat trip in Trang An, Cruise trip in Halong Bay
  • · A comfortable trip with top choice accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi, Halong Bay cruise, private coach
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  • · Discover the tradition and modern styles of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city
  • · Feast your eyes on the beauty of Halong bay and have fun trying kayaking or bamboo boat in the bay
  • · Taste fresh seafood with affordable price in Hoi An, Nha Trang, and Phu Quoc islands
  • · Learn how to make traditional cuisines: Spring roll, Rice paper, Pop Corn candy…
  • · Relax at stunning beaches in Hoi An, Nha Trang, and Phu Quoc islands
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  • · Cruise amongst the thousands of limestone islets in Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • · Take in the stunning scenery of the famous Fighting Cocks Islet, Thien Cung Cave and Dau Go Cave along the way
  • · Enjoy a delicious lunch on board
  • · Admire the magical stalactites and stalagmites at Sung Sot Cave
  • · Explore the emerald waters by kayak or bamboo boat at Luon Cave
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  • · Hop on a cruise to explore the bay and stay overnight amongst thousands of karst islets and islands
  • · Learn how to cook a traditional Vietnamese dish at a cookery class onboard
  • · Relax on the sundeck and take stunning photos of the magnificent bay
  • · Kayak through a floating village and see the off the mainland life of local people
  • · Explore one of the most beautiful caves of Halong, Sung Sot cave
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  • · Discover the stunning beauty of Halong Bay
  • · Enjoy swimming, squid fishing, cave visiting, or simply relax on the sundeck
  • · Take part in a Vietnamese cooking demonstration for a tradtional dish
  • · Start a new day early with a Tai Chi lesson in the first ray of sunlight
  • · Go kayaking to hidden lagoons and beaches
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Things To See In Halong Bay

Ba Trai Dao Islet Ba Trai Dao Islet
Ba Trai Dao Islet (Three Peaches Islet) lays near Cat Ba Island, in the...
Con Coc Islet Con Coc Islet
Con Coc Islet (Toad Islet) is situated about 12 kilometers from Bai Chay...
Dau Nguoi Islet Dau Nguoi Islet
Dau Nguoi Islet (Human head shaped Islet) is situated in the south of the...
Dinh Huong Islet Dinh Huong Islet
Dinh Huong Islet (Incense Burner Islet) is so - called Lu Huong Islet. It's...
Soi Sim Islet Soi Sim Islet
Soi Sim Islet is a small soil island in the southwest of Halong Bay. It's about...
Trong Mai Islet Trong Mai Islet
Trong Mai Islet (rock of 'the kissing cocks') is a famous islet on Halong Bay....
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Things To Eat In Halong Bay

Halong Bay Squid Sausage Halong Bay Squid Sausage
Halong squid sausage is well-known not only in all three parts inside the...
Halong Bay Lobsters Halong Bay Lobsters
Lobsters have long been titled as King of highly nutritious seafood. Lobsters'...
Halong Fried Sea Snails with Chili Sauce Halong Fried Sea Snails with Chili Sauce
Apart from lobsters, squids, Halong has a less expensive food but sharing the...
Hoanh Bo Soaked Rice Wine in Halong Hoanh Bo Soaked Rice Wine in Halong
This unparalleled drink is a local culinary delight of Halong. Made from a kind...
Halong Bay Oysters Halong Bay Oysters
An additional well-known seafood in Halong is oyster. Oyster is a...
Co Ngu Restaurant Co Ngu Restaurant
Lying in the heart of Bai Chay beach, Co Ngu restaurant is a unique dining...
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Things To Do In Halong Bay

Discover Halong Bay Caves Discover Halong Bay Caves
Halong was honored twice with the title "World Natural Heritage Site" by the...
Discover Halong Bay Cruise Discover Halong Bay Cruise
Halong Bay was listed as one of Asia's top five tropical island paradises in an...
Cycling in Halong Bay Cycling in Halong Bay
In order to deeply enjoy quiet atmosphere and scenic setting on the beach,...
Halong Helicopter Tours Halong Helicopter Tours
Helicopter tour (also called air-taxi) is a new tourism service that has been...
Halong Bay Kayak Halong Bay Kayak
Halong Bay is considered as one of the most ideal place for kayaking in the...
Halong Bay Mountain Climbing Halong Bay Mountain Climbing
Mountain climbing is most favored by tourists who like energetic activities....
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