Halong Bay Travel Guide
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- 91%Green Travelers
- 80%Luxury Travelers
- 78%Local Culture
- 76%Family Travelers
- 74%Adventure Travelers
Member Reviews (52)
- 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 ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2May 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.
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