Located in the Western Coast of Northern Bay, Halong Bay includes 1969 islands, mostly limestone islands. The tectonic history of the region experienced more than 500 million years. It is famous for the incredibly serene emerald waters, multiple small limestone islands, a broad array of caves and grottoes, and evergreen rain forest ecosystem. The beautiful Halong Bay with spectacular limestone mountains is surrounded by emerald green sea water. This wonder of the world is definitely worth to visit once in life.
When to go
There are four separated seasons in Halong, which is typical for climate of the north of Vietnam. International tourists should visit this wonder of the world from November to March in the following year because from July to September, tropical typhoons often effect on East Sea as well as Halong. On the other hand, in the winter, it is dried, cool and suitable for experiencing in Halong bay tour.
What to bring
If you travel on the high season, you should book tour early because there are so many tourists come to Halong during this period of time and it is very easy to run out of the room availability. Normally, tourists often choose Halong bay overnight cruise to discover Halong beauty in either two day one night tour or three day one night tour. Therefore, it is necessary for tourists to bring a coat for the cool weather in the early morning and a sport shoes for trekking or caving. For tourists have a sensitive skin, it is suggested to bring mosquito repellent or insect repellent.
What to do
Discovering the beauty of Halong Bay, there are a number of popular activities such as swimming, fishing, kayaking, trekking and cycling. It is truly a paradise for active visitors.
Sleeping On Board
Though many new hotels are being built on the bigger islands, experienced visitors recommend newcomers to spend a night on board a boat. This way, you will be able to admire the bay closer up and in quite a special way. Pick the boat/accommodation that suits your style and budget, then try it for at least one night.
Swimming and Sunbathing
Halong Bay has thousands of limestone islands and grottoes. There are countless places to stop for swimming, fishing, snorkeling and kayaking when cruising around. On Cat Ba Island there are some well-known beaches to relax on such as Cat Co One, Cat Co Two and Cat Co Three. The stunning scenery of sheer mountain cliffs rising out of the bay makes an ideal backdrop to water-based activities.
Kayaking, Trekking, Cycling
There are many beautiful places in Halong which are ideal for kayaking. On kayaks or small bamboo boats, tourists can enjoy the beauty of Lan Ha Bay, Light Cave & Dark Cave. Trekking is a good option on Cat Ba Island. There are lots of animals to see, including green and hawksbill turtles and some species of monkeys. Visitors can choose from various trek routes; either way it’s an impressive experience. Another way to enjoy a visit to Cat Ba is to cycle around the local villages.
Viet Hai Village
Viet Hai Village is located in a remote corner of Cat Ba National Park. Many people still live in simple houses made of bamboo, wood, leaves and soil. It is a chance to experience the true roots of Cat Ba culture which have carried on for hundreds of years.