Literally means “bay of descending dragons”, Halong Bay is a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site in the northeast of Vietnam. The bay features 1,969 islands and islets in various shapes and sizes, most of which are limestone formations rising out of the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, such as the “Fighting Cocks”, the “Stone Dog” and the “Incense Burner” Islets.

 

An overnight cruise on a Vietnamese traditional junk-style boat is the best way to experience Halong Bay, which includes a visit to caves and floating villages, swimming, and kayaking to hidden lagoons, as well as spare time to relax. It is also possible to see Halong in one day, or spend two nights on the boat to explore the most of the bay.

Images of Halong Bay

Ideas for experiencing Halong Bay

Seaplane to Halong Bay

The scenic seaplane flights between Hanoi and the “bay of descending Dragons” have become an exclusive travel experience in northern Vietnam. In fact, it is the best way to get the most out of the Red River Delta and the seascape of Halong Bay.

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Cruise & Explore Halong Bay

Halong Bay boasts thousands of limestone formations rising out of the emerald waters. An overnight cruise on a traditional Vietnamese junk is the best way to experience the beautiful seascape of Halong Bay, though it is possible to do a day trip from Hanoi.

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Kayak in Lan Ha Bay

Located in the far southern end of Halong archipelago, Lan Ha Bay is technically a water area of Cat Ba National Park. The bay is extremely spectacular with abundant tranquil lagoons, small beaches and hundreds of limestone islands.

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Map of Halong Bay

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