Halong Bay Travel Guides

Ha Long City Overview

If Halong Bay is heaven, Halong City can be hell. Overdeveloped but underloved, the hideous high-rise hotels come in every shade of pastel and the beaches are definitely not the best in the region. However, the majority of food, accommodation and other life-support systems for Halong Bay are found in Halong City.

How to get to Halong Bay & Cat Ba island

Hanoi to Halong Bay
Halong Bay’s sister cities of Bai Chay and Hon Gai are about 165 kilometers northeast of Hanoi. The repaving of Highway 18 (and the redesign of Highway 5) has cut a full 90 minutes off what was formerly a 3-4-hour trip from Hanoi.

Karst and Caves of Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is distinguished by the hundreds of small limestone islands that rise steeply or vertically from its shallow waters. Its dramatic and beautiful landscape is deservedly famous as one of the world’s outstanding natural sights, but it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site of international geomorphologic significance.

Sleeping in Halong City

If you have any choice in the matter, stay on a boat in the bay rather than in a hotel in Halong City. 

Eating in Halong city

Minihotels aside, most hotels have restaurants. If you’re in Halong City as part of a tour, the meals are usually included.

Getting There & Away and Getting Around

With a marked improvement in road around the region, boat transport is not as popular as it once was, but the hydrofoil Mong Cai remains a good option for any overlanding to China.

My stunning kayak in Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam was one of the destinations that I most wanted to visit in Southeast Asia, and I finally made it there last week!

Things should Do with Private Tours to Vietnam

You are planing tours to Vietnam? So...Where to start? What must include and what can pass? That is general questions for all plans. We classify some most common travel purposes in which we suggest some must-done activities accordingly. You are planning a private Vietnam tour, so check it out and add whatever you want to your tour

Plain sailing - Halong Bay, Vietnam

With 10 years’ experience hosting international travellers on the tranquil waters of Halong Bay, Indochina Sails has set a new standard for luxury cruising.

There be dragons – Halong Bay

The legend goes that the islands of Halong Bay were formed by dragons who spit out jade and jewels into the sea to help the Vietnamese build a barrier to defend against would be invaders. After attempts to conquer the area were thwarted, the dragons fell in love with the bay and took eternal residence there. One look at these giant, limestone karsts, and I couldn’t help but be overtaken with the sense that we were sailing among the sleeping beasts.

Cruise through life - Halong Bay cruise trip

Three days and two nights floating on Halong Bay can bring you the unforgettable moment in your life. Duc Hanh explores.

Halong Bay, Vietnam - Rock the boat

When it comes to taking package tours to Halong Bay Caitlin Worsham notices a pattern: no matter how much the price changes everything stays the same

Halong Bay in Asia's top five tropical island paradises

CNN (USA) recently listed Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay ito the Asia’s top five tropical island pradises where have the most beautiful sunsets that visitors should not miss. Accordingly, five sites were selected including Anambas Islands (Indonesia), Langwaki (Malaysia), two islands of Koh Chang; Similan (Thailand) and Ha Long Bay (Vietnam).

How to Enjoy a Trip to Halong Bay, Vietnam

Vietnam is a country of stunning natural beauty and a turbulent history. In the northern part of Vietnam, near Hanoi and the country’s border with China, lies Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The towering natural cliffs and islands that rise above the bay offer a picturesque view and the smooth water is an ideal surface for boats of all sizes.

How to pick the right Ha Long Bay cruise

The first thing you need to know about Ha Long Bay is that it’s beautiful and well-worth seeing.The only real question for the traveler in Vietnam is how best to see it and, like many things in Vietnam,  things are never as clear as they could be. 

Kayaking and Cycling in a World Heritage Bay

Halong Bay is one of the most spectacular, and therefore heavily ‘touristed’ attractions in Vietnam.  Stretching along the Northeast Vietnamese border with China it comprises thousands of limestone karst outcroppings and more than 750 islands of all sizes that dot the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin.

Cat Ba Island

Rugged, craggy and jungle-clad Cat Ba, the largest island in Halong Bay, is straight out of Jurassic Park. Lan Ha Bay, off the eastern side of the island, is especially scenic and offer numerous beaches to explore. While the vast majority of Halong Bay’s islands are uninhabited vertical rocks. Cat Ba has a few fishing villages, as well as a fast-growing town.

Kayaking in Halong Bay - Things to know

Halong Bay attracts thousands of passengers every month. Nearly five hundred cruises run every day and hundreds of passengers stay on board every night. Halong Bay is famous for its natural beauty and thousands of limestone islands and islets.

Trip To Vietnam

Julie and Andrew wrote about their travel to Vietnam. This is the entry about their memory of kayak in Halong bay

Vietnam offers much in Halong Bay tours

According to ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA’s tours to South-East Asia, travelers want to visit some marvelous places in Vietnam that have been recommended by travel experts and reporters.

ACTIVETRAVEl ASIA recommends kayaking and cruising places in Vietnam

ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA ) aims to advise travelers places to kayak and cruise in Vietnam. Travelers have the chance to discovery the breathtaking landscapes, remote scenery and get exciting experiences.

Floating in paradise in Halong Bay on luxury junk

GETTING to Halong Bay in Vietnam’s northeast has been quite a journey. 
It has taken almost four hours by road to cover the 180km from Hanoi, and all the while we are dodging a typhoon.

Grant Ha Long Bay

The first thing that I wanted to do when I got to Hanoi was leave. I ran into my man Stewart, who I had met previously in Hoi An. He had just booked a trip to Halong Bay with Fansipan Adventure company. I ran and grabbed Oskar so we could book the trip to go along.

Ha Long Bay conclusions and a confession

And now, our adventures at sea have drawn to close. We’ve sampled the budget, mid-range, and luxury tour options. And as we reflect on the experience, what conclusions can be drawn?

Ha Long Bay for backpackers

Two night/three day budget tour
Crammed into a jam-packed minivan, our tour commenced with us circling the block a few times to avoid getting ticked by the cops for illegally stopping to pick up some of our passengers, but then we were away and our guide introduced himself.

Ha Long Bay for budget-busters

One night/two day upper-range tour
Many of the luxury tours offer two nights on the boat, and skip the whole Cat Ba Island experience, so we booked a two-day, one-night tour just to give us a taste of luxury.

Ha Long Bay for flashpackers

Two night/three day mid-range tour
As with the budget tour, we kicked off with a packed minivan, but unlike the previous tour the staff were better trained, spoke better English, and were more informative.

Ha Long Bay - The kayaking trip that wasn't

Our guesthouse in Hanoi, selected mainly for the convenience that it offered all of the tours we wanted to take, was happy to take our money and send us off on a “kayaking adventure” of Halong Bay, one of Vietnam’s premiere tourist sites. 

Bai Tu Long Bay

There’s more to northeastern Vietnam than Halong Bay. The sinking limestone plateau which gave birth to the bay’s spectacular islands, continues for some 100 km to the Chinese border. The area immediately north of Halong Bay is part of Bai Tu Long National Park.

Halong Bay - The New Seven Wonder of The World

Known as one of the new seven wonder of the world and one of Vietnam’s five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Halong Bay (Vietnamese: Vịnh Hạ Long, literally: “descending dragon bay”) is located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam, 170 km east of Hanoi. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes.

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A natural wonder of the world and one of Vietnam’s five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, magnificent Halong Bay lies 160km to the east of Hanoi.


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