Halong Bay Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 98%Local Culture
- 98%Adventure Travelers
- 75%Luxury Travelers
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- Halong BayMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 6Nov 14, 2013
Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes 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 site's outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest.The outstanding value of the property is entered around the drowned limestone kart landforms, displaying spectacular pillars with a variety of coastal erosional features such as arches and caves which form a majestic natural scenery.
- Halong BayMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Jun 24, 2013
Although overpacked with tourists everywhere we looked, we enjoyed the views. Loved to see the floating villages, the caves also nice ( though a huge port was beginning to be builded just at the caves entraance..)..Did not like to see the boats dropping the meals wastes (on the back side of the boat) over the waters...Liked but like many things in Vietnam, will be "destroyed" by non sustainable construction, tourism exploration,etc.
- Halong BayMember ofBusiness TravelersFamily TravelersFoodiesNightlife LoversMay 07, 2013
One of the most beautiful places in Vietnam. It is very touristic, so come prepared, but the scenery - limestone fins jutting out of the water - is absolutely spectacular. I would recommend spending a night on a boat, or staying on Cat Ba island and hiring someone to row you out on the bay at night!
- Halong BayApr 05, 2013
I has been to Halong bay 2 times. It was amazing trip.
My suggestion is 2 days 1 night trip including kayaking, overnight on Boat. I has joined with other travellers in my trip. Sharing cabin on boat with other person. It is my best way to discover Halong bay.
I love to eat sea food, to do kayaking around the bay and through hidden cave.
*Hint: Other options : 1day trip, or 3days 2 nights(one night on boat and one night at Hotel in Catba Island).
- Halong BayMember ofFoodiesMar 25, 2013
Truly one of the many wonders of the world. I went many years ago and since then I've heard it's lost some of it's beauty as it's gained more tourists and some have said it's gotten dirtier? But that's only what I heard. During my visit it's one of the most beautiful things I've seen and you have to at least check it out once in your life if you're in Vietnam. Our family took to a boat cruise out and we sailed around for a couple of hours while they gave us a brief history of how the rocks came to be. It's an inexpensive cruise. Also provided is a lunch prepared with their local ingredients. It's probably the only way and best view to view Halong Bay.
- Halong BayMar 10, 2013
We went in a group of about 30 people. The place is serene, beautiful in its natural way. The small islands and islets that dot the bay are a sight to behold. We were told during the monsoon period, the bay is closed to all people. We were there in Sept. 2012, we couldn't imagine the bay would be rough. But we were told that it would be.
- Halong BayMember ofLocal CultureFamily TravelersGreen Travelers+ 2Nov 12, 2012
When I was there, the sun was shy; otherwise the photo will look much better than this as the sea and sky will be blue! Having said that, I stll enjoy the cruise at Halong Bay. The visit to the cave was a highlight. Yes, it's touristy, but you can't miss it!
- Halong BayMember ofFamily TravelersSep 17, 2012
Famous for its limestone karsts that rise from the South China Sea, this UNESCO world heritage site is home to over spectacular 3000 islands each with their own story.
Some of the islands hide exotic cave systems, like Sung Sot Cave, others have beautiful, but isolated, stretches of sand clinging to their coves.
What's interesting in Halong Bay are the floating fishermen villages that have houses, schools and markets all built over the water, floating on the sea, with no habitable land area anywhere around. The families are always welcoming and friendly and what can be better than having a beer on a floating "bar"?
The only way to see Halong Bay is to take a traditional junk and enjoy the leisurely pace of pottering around the beautiful scenery eating freshly caught fish and seafood. It's not a hectic pace it's just peaceful and relaxing.
If you are looking at staying on one of the islands then Cat Ba is one of the largest and has a permanent land-population. Cat Ba also has two great beaches and the amazing remnants of the People's Army's HQ hidden deep in one of the islands caves, complete with war rooms and leisure facilities, this was where Ho Chi Minh plotted his strategy.
- Halong BayMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Sep 11, 2012
A UNESCO world heritage site that is gorgeous as you look into the horizon at sunset or sunrise. Just don't look too closely in the waters, as there is trash everywhere. Sometimes it's hard to distinguish what's a plastic bag and what's a jellyfish. I know they're doing a lot of work to preserve the waters, but I think the dozens of touring boats should do a little more.
- Halong BayMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 6Aug 09, 2012
Luxury cruising through the stunning Halong Bay, swimming in turquoise waters, lazing on island beaches, kayaking through caves, cocktails on deck - for me anyway - and amazing 6 course meals.... such has been our lot for the last few days. It's a hard life!
As north Vietnam is our last stop in what have been an incredible six months in SE Asia, we decided to treat ourselves to a bit of luxury and see Halong Bay in style. A decision we did not regret. Our three days cruising with Indochina Sails around the beautiful Halong Bay were perfect - a memorable experience and a definite highlight of the trip. Luca loved every minute of it and joined in every activity - from captaining the ship, to jumping off the boat for a swim, to owl spotting in caves and even kayaking. His energy never ceases to amaze.
From Halong Bay, we returned to Hanoi for a brief 24 hours, and then headed to Sapa on the overnight train. Again we decided to spoil ourselves with a few luxurious nights in Topas Ecolodge, a peaceful bungalow resort set amidst the misty, ethereally beautiful rice terraces.
- Halong BayMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 16Aug 01, 2012
A natural wonder of the world and one of Vietnam's five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, magnificent Halong Bay lies 160km to the east of Hanoi. Over three thousand jagged limestone islands emerge from the emerald green waters of Halong Bay. While some islands are no more than large rocks others are much more substantial and contain huge cathedral-like caves of stalactites and stalagmites...
- Halong BayJul 29, 2012
I'm not one for mainstream tourist destinations, and Halong bay is one of the most touristy places I've ever been- but it didn't ruin it for me at all, it's just that wondrous. Anyone who goes to Vietnam should not miss this. it's an easy day trip from Hanoi and one of the most unique visions you will ever see on earth. Rumor is that it was the inspiration for Avatar.
- Halong BayJul 26, 2012
Just a few clicks outside of Hanoi are the sprawling mountain laced waters of Halong Bay. Go for a day boat trip around the bay, and if time permits book an overnight on a boat so you can sleep under the star studded sky. Typically the trips are on old fashioned Vietnamese Junk boats with brilliant red sails and dark wood halls. They can be as extravagant or low budget as you like, just ask at your hotel, or check this site that appears to have similar tours to the one I took: http://www.opentourvietnam.com/Halong/Halong_cuise.htm
- Halong BayJul 05, 2012
When you gaze upon luscious green rock formations protruding out of beautiful teal and baby blue waters – welcome to Ha Long Bay.
The Bay is not a residence and there are no guesthouses on the island. For that, you must continue on to Cat Ba. And you’ll have to take a bus across to the busy part of town to get there.
Although the island is quite large (40 Km wide) you’ll probably just get a glimpse of it. A wonderful way to get around is by motorbike ($10 day). Cat Co 1, 2 and 3 are supposedly more resort like, and could be pricy too, depending on the season.
A good option would just be to stay in the main part of Cat Ba Town where all the nightlife resides. Note that it would be best to avoid mainstream Vietnamese holidays when hotel prices can shoot up almost 500%!
- Halong BayJul 05, 2012
I went for a cruise to Halong Bay onboard Bhaya II, one of the best junks there in operation in mid November 2011.
Although Halong City is a three-day service bus ride from Ha Noi, passing through more cities and towns give you a feel of experience of the countryside.
There are sprouting hotels and restaurants there in that northern city but the concentration of the activity there is in the cruise. The package will cost about $300 to $100 per person, depending on the kind of services that a Impress Travel Vietnam company can offer.
- Halong BayJul 04, 2012
Come to Vietnam without visiting Halong Bay. This means you haven't been to Vietnam. Halong Bay Vietnam always go together when tourists talk about Vietnam vacation.
Halong Bay has twice been recognized as world natural heritage by UNESCO. The first time is for Halong bay's beauty landscapes. The second time is for Halong bay's geology formation. Magnificent Halong bay Vietnam is One of 7 must-visit places on the earth. You can see best choices for your Halong bay tours:
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By Kathy Tran