During the journey to experience all four continents, from South to North, stop for a few days in Ha Long Bay, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with beautiful natural scenes. If you want to travel to Quang Ninh and especially want to travel to Halong Bay. Here are some of the most useful things to do in Halong Bay like activities, when is the best time to travel, what to eat…
Ha Long Bay is situated in the northeast of Vietnam, in Quang Ninh Province. It’s covers an area of 1,553 sq km, including 1,969 islands. Ha Long Bay is globally renowned, twice recognized as a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. Special for the majestic beauty of the dense stones and islands, and the natural caves.
Top Things to do in Halong Bay
1. Bai Tu Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay consists of hundreds of large and small islands and many of which are large and inhabited. This is one of the attractive destinations not inferior to Halong Bay. Because the highlight is the diverse and attractive marine eco-tourism including beaches, caves … It also owns Bai Tu Long National Park with Biological environment contains diverse flora and fauna.
2. Lan Ha Bay
Located in the south of Halong Bay with more than 400 islands. It’s very interesting shapes, because every island here is covered with trees. With a cool climate all year round, this place is known as a “sleeping paradise”. Because the beauty of the bay is not inferior to Halong Bay, but it seems that tourism has only been paying attention to the development recently. Here it is.
3. Soi Sim Island
Soi Sim Island has an area of 8.7ha. It’s located in the west of Ha Long Bay. On the island is a primeval forest with a variety of rich plants. Especially on the island grows many Sim trees so it is called Soi Sim. In addition, there is also Soi Sim Beach with a beautiful view that attracts a lot of tourists every year.
4. Tuan Chau Island
This island is rated as the most beautiful of nearly 2000 islands in Halong Bay. Also it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations when traveling to HaLong.
5. Bai Chay Beach
It’s the largest beach in Halong City, attracting all the eyes of tourists. The artificial coastline, which stretches for more than 1000m and wider than 100m, is endowed with a wonderful beauty with blue water, beautiful clean beaches, which attracts a large number of tourists. Along the coast is a line of endless pine trees that create fresh air, peace, coolness of the sea breeze combined with trees.
6. Co to Island
Co To, the island district of North East of Vietnam. It is a place where the natural scenery overwhelmed to create unexpected emotions. Spectacular unspoiled sedimentary rock, beautiful white sand beaches, walking paths right next to the primeval forest, delicious fresh seafood with the taste of the sea, the people are sincere and hospitable, the romantic space or active entertainment activities are available in Co To. Coming to Co To travel, you will have dreamy experiences, mingle with the wild nature.
7. Dragon Eye Island
Located in the south of Halong Bay, Dragon Eye Island is the island waters adjacent to Bai Tu Long. The island possesses natural white sand beaches. Especially has a unique landscape of a beautiful circular formation located in the middle of the mountain. If finding a private space for family trip in Vietnam, Dragon Eye Island is probably a great choice.
8. Quan Lan Island
About 55 km from Ha Long City, Quan Lan attracts tourists by the green, pristine, fresh space and historical and cultural relics. It’s marking the glorious feats of our fathers in the fight against invaders. Especially it’s very famous beaches such as Son Hao, Chan Tien …
9. Cat Ba island
The scenery of the beautiful white sand beach and the limestone cliffs jutting out of the water will really make you flutter. It is also famous for adventurous activities. Such as climbing Hon tilt, trekking National Park, climbing unprotected cliff climbing, …
10. Ba Trai Dao beach
This beautiful beach is famous in Halong Bay. It is about 22km southeast of Bai Chay Tourist Port, near Cat Ba Island. This beach is famous for being clean, wild, charming and painted with tourists. However, a small note when visitors come to bath here is to learn the water carefully, be careful the convection currents. Because this beach only baths for 2-3 hours a day and when the tide gets high, engulf the entire sandy area.
11. Ti Top Island
Located in a prime location in the middle of the Bay, Ti Top Mountain has about 400 steps leading from the beach to the top viewing tower. This is the place for visitors to admire the beauty of Halong Bay at different heights. Although there are boats anchoring here, Ti Top Mountain is still a destination that is considered quiet, a refreshing and wonderful view of the Bay.
12. Sung Sot Cave
Considered one of the “legendary” tourist destinations. This place is the most famous cave in Ha Long Bay. Not like to Phong Nha – Ke Bang to admire a splendid cave, 100 stone steps open the entrance to different spaces with the splendid color light of geological wonders that overwhelm visitors. The deepest part of the cave is called the “royal garden”, where you can find a clear lake with extremely rich flora and fauna.
13. Dau Go cave
This cave is said to be the largest limestone cave in Ha Long. It is recorded nearly 2 million years old with a width of 12m and an entrance of about 17m high. As soon as you step into the cave. You will see the wonderful detail that the photographic art photos of the photographers still record that make many tourists bewildered. Especially the light reflected from the stalactite. vibrant colors as if you mistook yourself into the realms of paradise.
14. Drum Cave and Trinh Trinh Cave
Located on the wings of a small mountain arc east of the island of Bo Hon. It’s about 3km from Sung Sot cave along the sea to the southeast. These two caves are 700-800m apart over a small sea.
Visitors coming here will hear the story of two names: a cave with a horizontal rock looks like a girl lying with her hair stretched out to the sea. So it is called the Virgin cave and the other cave has a very tall stalactite column looks like a giant boy standing looking out to sea, fishing people here say that on rainy days, the wind and wind come here to hear the sound of the wind hitting the cliffs like the drum and they call this cave the drum cave.
15. Luon Cave
Ha Long owns a huge cave system, each cave has its own beauty and associated with it. One of the typical caves is Luon cave located on Bo Hon Island, 14km from Bai Chay. You can see stalactites created over millions of years in different shapes and sizes.
16. Thien Canh Son Cave
Thien Canh Son is a fairly wild cave located on Bai Tu Long Bay and Ha Long Bay in Cong Do conservation area. This is also an interesting attraction for tourists thanks to its natural beauty, pristine limestone stalactites and surrounding landscape.
17. Thien Cung Cave
This cave is located right near Dau Go cave, the mouth of the cave is 25m high. This is a cave of the most beautiful one in Ha Long that people know with a width of nearly 10,000m2 with a very complex structure, including many levels, many compartments with very high and wide ceilings and walls. Especially when you stand in the cave will be overwhelmed by countless blocks of stalactites and stalagmites with strange shapes.
18. Kim Quy Cave
The cave has a length of more than 100m, running in the North-South direction. In front of the cave will be opposite to Dam Bac island and behind opposite Soi Sim island. The four colors of Kim Quy cave have water flowing throughout the stalactites, stalagmites from the ceiling caving down, creating a magnificent and fanciful scenery.
19. Cua Van fishing village
As one of the most famous fishing villages in the region. Cua Van fishing village is located in a calm sea and is one of the largest fishing villages with a population of up to 733 people in 176 households.
The beauty here is accreted from small houses tied together against storms. Not only can you explore the life of a fisherman, you can also observe the beauty of the ocean directly below the boat, which is a valuable and unforgettable travel experience.
20. Vung Vieng fishing village
Located on Tu Long Bay area, Vung Vieng fishing village is a bit smaller. There are about 50 households with a population of 200-300 people.
21. Ba Hang fishing village
Ba Hang fishing village is one of the famous fishing villages with all tourists coming to Ha Long. Coming to this village, you will enjoy the beauty of idyllic mountains and earth and experience the fishermen’s life for themselves.
22. Bai Tho Mountain
Bai Tho Mountain is a beautiful limestone mountain. It’s more than 200m high and stands towering in the heart of the city. From the top, you will see a truly comprehensive and beautiful Ha Long landscape. On the way up the mountain, you will see images of free-grazing goats or birds fluttering down the bay. So you should never forget to bring a camera with a full battery to Capture all those moments.
23. Sun Wheel and Queen’s Cable Car
The Queen’s Cable Car is connected from Bai Chay to the top of Ba Deo hill, which owns the highest suspension tower in the world (188.88m) recorded by the Guinness Record. This will be a great place for visitors to admire the panoramic beauty. marvelous nature of Ha Long Bay.
24. See Ha Long by seaplane
With the increasing number of tourists visiting Ha Long Bay, seaplanes were born to provide an additional service to bring more excitement to tourists. Sitting on the seaplane, you can watch the whole beautiful bay the perspective of an altitude of 150 to 3000m above sea level.
25. Yen Tu relics
Yen Tu is one of the most famous pagodas in the North with a system of pagodas, towers and ancient trees blending with natural scenery, scattered from the Red slope to Yen Tu mountain in gradually increasing height.
26. Cai Bau Pagoda
Cai Bau Pagoda (also known as Truc Lam Giac Tam Zen Monastery) was inaugurated in 2009 and is located near Bai Dai – Van Don tourist area. It possesses an absolutely tranquil setting, the temple bells and the sound of the waves swept away to create a truly deserted and sacred atmosphere.
27. Play adventure games in Dragon Park
Adventure games here are really challenging for even the bravest. But the feeling of participating in games here, shouting loudly and overcoming your fear is also an experience. should try.
Kayaking is a sport that is very popular. If you come to Ha Long and skip this experience. It is extremely unfortunate for you. The feeling of sitting on a small Kayak boat and then rowing the oars on the emerald green water, watching the magnificent mountain river, you are looking for the absolute peace of nature.
29. Climb the mountain
In addition to kayaking, Ha Long Bay with diverse and rugged terrain including many islands and mountains. It is also a challenge for those who love climbing. For those who love climbing, the spikey cliffs, the majestic corners of the mountains, the cliffs, the caves in Halong Bay will really challenge you.
30. Spend Overnight on a Cruise Halong
There are many types of cruises in Ha Long Bay. Therefore, they have different costs base on each cruise. The day cruise trip starts with the price from 50 USD per person. When you choose longer time the price is more expensive than. Also you choose share cruise or private the cost is so different. Therefore, the price of room on cruise base on the cruise name you choose. Cruise cost around 100 usd/per person to 500 usd/per person or more expensive than. You may book Vietnam tour packages including Halong Bay, you will save time and money.
It is recommended that you should choose from budget of 3-star quality to luxury 5 star to travel on Ha long Bay cruise. It is good for price and service quality.
How Halong Bay is #1 Tourist Attraction in Vietnam?
UNESCO recognized it as a World Natural Heritage twice. Ha Long Bay encircles 1, 969 islands of various sizes that are concentrated in two chief zones: the south east and the south west. The bay has been known as a World Natural Heritage in 1994, by UNESCO for the pure beauty, also for the second time for its geographic and geomorphologic values since 2000. Because the reason as below.
The Value of Natural Beauty
Ha Long Bay covers a total area of 1,553 km², such as 1, 969 islands of different sizes, 989 of that have been given names. There are two types of karts. It’s is limestone and schist. The average age of the islands is between 250 and 280 million years old. Ha Long Bay was called by the wonderful national poet Nguyen Trai: A marvel of the earth erected towards the large skies. While discover the beauty of Ha Long bay, visitors may feel lost in a world of stone islands that shapes change depending upon angle and the light. There are various names given to islands based on their shapes and forms. Such as Hon Dau Nguoi, Hon Rong, Hon Canh Buom, Hon Trong Mai…
However the beauty of the Halong Bay doesn’t consist only in the types of its islands and the color of its waters. But additionally in its rich system of grottoes and caves. Like Thien Cung, Dau Go, Sung Sot, Tam Cung, Trinh Nu, Thien Canh Son, Me Cung, Hang Luon… Each is a grandiose and refined natural architectural creation.
Value of Geological
The most remarkable events of Ha Long Bay’s history in the last 1,000 years incorporate the advance of the sea, the raising of the bay region and the strong erosion which has formed pure and coral blue and salted water. This process of erosion by sea water has escalated the rock, contributing to its fantastic beauty. Nowadays. Ha Long Bay is the outcome of the long process of evolution which has been affected by so many factors. It’s because of all of these factors the tourists visiting Ha Long Bay aren’t just treated to one of the true wonders of the world, but additionally into a precious geological museum which has been obviously preserved in the open atmosphere for the last 300 million decades.
Value of Biodiversity
Results of scientific research shows that Ha Long Bay features ecosystems of a tropics ocean region. Like ecosystem of coral reefs with 232 species of coral distributed mostly in the regions of Cong Do and Bo Hon. It’s also home to 81 species of gastropoda, 55 species of polycheta, 130 species of bivalvia and 57 species of crabs. The ecosystem of salt water flooded forests mainly concentrated in the areas of Tuan Chau area. It’s the most diversified collection of species of salt water flooded plant in North Viet Nam.
In addition, living in this ecosystem is a great of species of animals: migrating birds, polycheta, seaweed, reptile. Ha Long Bay has ecosystem of tropics rain forests with creatures and various rare. Such things. Deer, weasels, squirrels and particularly, white tabby and red haired monkeys. Additionally, there’s a system of small caves along the sea, that are the living and development areas for many animals and plants: algae, aquatic plants, algae, fish and shrimps. Deeper in the water, there are also many species of shrimp, fish, abalone along with other sea specialities.
Historical and Cultural Value
Ha Long is a location closely linked to Viet Nam’s history with this kind of geographic names as: Van Don, Bai Tho Mountain and Bach Dang River.
This isn’t all, Ha Long has been proven by scientists to be among the first cradle of human existence in the region, with archaeological sites like Dong Mang, Xich Tho, Soi Nhu and Thoi Gieng.
When is the best time to travel to Halong Bay?
Ha Long Bay is located in Northern Vietnam, with four distinct seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. That you can travel to Ha Long at any time of the year. But the best time is from April to October with Vietnamese visitors. And in October last year to April next year for International visitors, the weather in these months is quite cool and pleasant, the winter months can be a bit cold and cloudy, with occasional heavy rain for Ha Long Bay is even more beautiful.
How to travel to Halong Bay from Hanoi?
From Hanoi capital to Ha Long is quite easy. You can choose many types of vehicles to get here:
- Motorbike / car: If you choose a motorbike to travel, the shortest driving route from Hanoi to Ha Long will be 155km with a travel time of about 3 hours.
- Train: Currently, to serve the needs of visitors, the Halong Express tourist train departing from Gia Lam station has been opened. With a ticket price of about 5 USD / way for Vietnamese tourists and 15 USD / way for foreign visitors. This train will take you to Ha Long with the travel time of about 5 hours.
- Local bus: Currently, all bus stations in Hanoi. Such as My Dinh, Nuoc Ngam, Giap Bat … have buses to Ha Long. Ticket prices for seats from VND100,000 to VND200,000 with a travel time of over 3 hours.
Accommodation in Halong Bay
Due to the early development of tourism, the number of 5-star resorts and hotels in Halong City is relatively large. But the mainly in Bai Chay and Tuan Chau Island. These resorts are expensive. But the facilities are very well invested to serve groups of tourists who like to rest and relax with high standards. You may check our recommendation hotels in Halong at Origin Vietnam that you can find the perfect one for you.
Special dishes in Halong Bay
Vermicelli and seafood pancake
Bun or seafood pancake in Ha Long is suitable for your breakfast when coming here. A full bowl of vermicelli noodles or seafood pancakes costs about 40,000 VND with shrimp, crab meat (or exotic), superficial, fish cake, vegetables. Vermicelli, multi-seafood bread served with raw vegetables will harmonize the sweetness of the broth with the refreshing taste of raw vegetables. For detail about Halong Bay cuisines here.
Wishing you a happy journey and unexpected experiences with the Ha Long travel experience handbook above!