Halong Bay

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  • Area: 1,553 square km, including approximately 2,000 islets
  • Most islets are made of limestone
  • 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

12 Days
HanoiSapaHalong BayHueHoi AnHo Chi MinhMekong

We will start the tour from Northern Vietnam in Hanoi, Sapa and Halong Bay with antique Water Puppet Show and a city tour to historic relics, with happily trekking time in mountainous Sapa, and the relaxing time in...

Only From $998 $1,174
8 Days

Recent time has witnessed important, fraught, considerable changes to Vietnam. But North of Vietnam, with both boisterous and natural beauty of the country: Hanoi, Sapa, Trang An, Halong Bay – remains. Appreciated the...

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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
  • · Firstly explore the beauty of Vietnam from the North to the South
  • · Take a delightful Halong bay cruise program with about 01 or 02 nights on an boutique wooden boat
  • · Enjoy your relaxing time in Hoian Ancient Port Town which is one the most desired and must-to-see place in Vietnam
  • · Have short time to learn about the history of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) – the young city which has witnessed the amazing transforming of Vietnam nation
  • · Immerse yourselves in the charming nature of the Mekong river from Saigon to Siem Reap in a 07 nights cruise stay
Experiences :
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  • · Four days visit the highlights in the North of Vietnam, Hanoi, Halong Bay, and Ninh Binh.
  • · Chance to learn more about the culture and the history of Vietnam.
  • · Enjoying with local daily life.
  • · Have fascinating cruising tour around the World Heritage, Halong Bay and an exciting boat trip visit the "Halong Bay-on-land", Tam Coc.
Experiences :
Only From $253 $288
  • · Chance to visit the highlight in the North of Vietnam, Hanoi capital and World Heritage Halong Bay.
  • · Learning about the architecture and culture of Vietnam in the past by visiting the Hanoi's Old House.
  • · Discovering the stunning Halong Bay and feel the pristine nature here.
  • · Time to talk with a famous artist in Hanoi and learn about the Vietnam's art or even take a sample.
  • · An opportunity to enjoy a typical cyclo tour in Hanoi.
Experiences :
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  • · Relaxing in the capital city of Vietnam blending with a bustling city and a peaceful one and feeling the romance, poetry on the river banks and parks at night.
  • · Exploring Tam Coc - Hoa Lu area with many awesome scenes and enigmatic caves before understand more about the history of Vietnam.
  • · Halong Bay offers many best cave scenes with varying activities blending with fresh air, cool water and blue sky.
Experiences :
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  • · Explore the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi and Ninh Binh with a number of historic sites as Mosque, One Pillar Pagoda, Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam, Hoan Kiem lake, Hoa Lu, etc
  • · Experience pristine natural beauty of Halong Bay with famous rocks and islands
  • · Enjoy a peaceful cruise into well-known Tam Coc, Bich Dong
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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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