- Halong Bay Travel Guide

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Halong Bay

HaLong Bay is a perennial travel spot in Quang Ninh province in northern Vietnam, located approximately 105 miles east of Hanoi in the Tonkin Gulf. This bay site is well-known for its breathtaking ocean limestone landscape and is widely acclaimed as one of Vietnam’s most scenic natural wonders. Halong Bay features more than 2,000 limestone karsts and thousands more of limestone monolithic isles spread along the 74-mile coastline of Bai Chay Beach. The weather of Halong Bay, like every other place in Vietnam, is tropical with two main seasons: cold/rainy and dry/hot. The temperature may vary from 59° to 77°F.


What Makes Halong Bay Truly Special?

The rich natural topography of Halong Bay has created diverse ecosystems which include oceanic, seashore and tropical green bio-systems. Travelers may find themselves amid spectacular coral reefs, unspoiled freshwater swamp forests, dense mangrove forests, sparkling water lakes and stunning white-sand beaches. Halong Bay is also a natural preserve of 60 endemic faunal species and 14 endemic floral species. With its aesthetic value and immense conglomeration of wildlife, it’s worthy for Halong Bay to be authenticated by the Vietnam Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism as a ‘Renowned National Landscape Monument and later declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.


History and Legend of Halong Bay

The real meaning of the name Halong is “Bay of Descending Dragons”. The Vietnamese legend states that in the ancient times, the locals had to defend themselves from invaders when Vietnam was just beginning to develop into a nation. In order to aid the locals, dragons came from the heavens to protect them. The dragons spitted jewels and jade which turned into a multitude of islands and islets that linked together and formed a natural fortress against the invaders. After the locals were saved, the dragons decided to live in the bay. The name Halong was given to the very spot where the mother dragon descended and settled. Today, visitors can explore caves and grottos which have unified chambers inside along with hidden lakes and splendid limestone formations.


Indulge and Enjoy the Beauty of Halong Bay

It seems that the best way to enjoy the natural wonders of Halong Bay Vietnam is to book one of several Halong Bay tours that regularly visit the scenic locations. You can go for a once-in-a-lifetime cruise on board traditional junk boats. Most of these vessels have been built in conventional style but with luxurious cabins and state-of-the-art amenities. These boats are floating masterpieces themselves as they feature sophisticated craftsmanship and brightly coloured sails.


Booking Halong Bay tours and Halong Bay cruises are excellent ways to reward yourself a holiday, immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture and relish the exotic feeling and the natural wonders of Vietnam. After all, whether you want an amazing way to explore the lush environment and diverse ecosystem or a romantic holiday amid some of the world’s most captivating scenery, Halong Bay Vietnam has all to satisfy your pleasures… you’ll surely have a memorable trip that you can never forget! Halong Bay is certainly the highlight of every traveler’s visit to Vietnam and definitely a must on everyone’s bucket list.


Halong Bay 1 day tour: 35 USD/ 1 pax