First Guild Imagine 2000 or more islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and you have a vision of breathtaking beauty.
Designated a World Heritage site in 1994, this mystical landscape of limestone islets is often compared to Guilin in China or Krabi in southern Thailand. In reality, Halong Bay is more spectacular. The bay’s immense number of islands are dotted with wind- and wave-eroded grottoes, and their sparsely forested slopes ring with birdsong.
- Halong Bay is the world heritage site in Vietnam with thousands of islets rising from the sea. There are also caves, beaches, and fishing villages in Halong Bay.
- Halong Bay is about 170 km (105 mi) east of Hanoi and you can get their by public bus, private car, and even helicopter (not popular and expensive), but the most popular transportation mode is using shuttle bus (mini van) from cruises. It takes almost 4 hours driving from Hanoi to Halong Bay (one-way).
- Halong Bay attracts visitors year-round. February to April is often cool and drizzly, and the ensuing fog can make visibility low, but also adds an ethereal air. From May to September tropical storms are frequent but the summer promotion comes! October to December is also good time to go!
- 2 and 3 day trip are recommended to have more time to enjoy the bay! You should take one day trip only when your time is limited! One day trip means only 3 hours and a half on the bay, 8 hours on the road!
- All cruises offer the same activities including visiting a cave, a fishing village, a beach, Tai Chi in the early morning (upon request), Cooking demonstration (upon request), kayaking, and squid fishing at night. They are different in terms of cruise quality, food, route, and the prices.
- A luxury cruise costs around USD 200 per person for one night and a midrange cruise costs around USD 150 per person while you can find a cheap one around USD 100 per person! The differences are rooms and food!