HA LONG BAY (Quang Ninh province - Northeast Vietnam)

HA LONG BAY (Quang Ninh province - Northeast Vietnam)

Things to do - general

Location

Hạ Long Bay is located in northeastern Vietnam, from E106°56′ to E107°37′ and from N20°43′ to N21°09′. T The bay has a 120 km long coastline and is approximately 1,553 km² in size with about 2,000 islets. The area designated by UNESCO as the World Natural Heritage Site incorporates 434 km² with 775 islets, of which the core zone is delimited by 69 points: Dau Go island on the west, Ba Ham lake on the south and Cong Tay island on the east. The protected area is from the Cái Dăm petrol store to Quang Hanh commune, Cẩm Phả town and the surrounding zone.

The bay consists of a dense cluster of some 1,600 limestone monolithic islands each topped with thick jungle vegetation, rising spectacularly from the ocean. Several of the islands are hollow, with enormous caves. Hang Đầu Gỗ (Wooden stakes cave) is the largest grotto in the Hạ Long area. French tourists visited in the late 19th century, and named the cave Grotte des Merveilles. Its three large chambers contain large numerous stalactites and stalagmites (as well as 19th-century French graffiti). There are two bigger islands, Tuan Chau and Cát Bà, that have permanent inhabitants, as well as tourist facilities including hotels and beaches. There are a number of beautiful beaches on the smaller islands.

A community of around 1,600 people live on Hạ Long Bay in four fishing villages: Cua Van, Ba Hang, Cong Tau and Vung Vieng in Hung Thang commune, Hạ Long city. They live on floating houses and are sustained through fishing and marine aquaculture (cultivating marine biota), plying the shallow waters for 200 species of fish and 450 different kinds of mollusks.

Many of the islands have acquired their names as a result of interpretation of their unusual shapes. Such names include Voi Islet (elephant), Ga Choi Islet (fighting cock), Khi Islet (Monkey), and Mai Nha Islet (roof). 989 of the islands have been given names. Birds and animals including bantams, antelopes, monkeys, and lizard also live on some of the islands.

Almost all these islands are as individual towers in a classic fenglin landscape with heights from 50m to 100m, and height/width ratios of up to about six.

Another specific feature of Halong Bay is the abundance of lakes inside the limestone islands. For example, Dau Be island has six enclosed lakes. All these island lakes occupy drowned dolines within fengcong karst.

Climate

The climate of the bay is tropical, wet, sea islands, with two seasons: hot and moist summer, and dry and cold winter. The average temperature is from 15 °C- 25 °C, and annual rainfall is between 2 meters and 2.2 meters. Hạ Long Bay has the typical diurnal tide system (tide amplitude ranges from 3.5-4m). The salinity is from 31 to 34.5MT in the dry season and lower in the rainy season.

Geology and geomorphology

In 2000, the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has inscribed the Hạ Long Bay in the World Heritage List according to its outstanding examples representing major stages of the Earth’s history and its original limestone karstic geomorphologic features.

Country Vietnam
Visa requirements

Visa is required.

Languages spokenVietnamese, English
Currency usedVND, USD
Area (km2)1.553 km2

Sports & nature

ROCK CLIMBING
The ideal time to have fun on Ha Long Bay's DWS and sport climbing cliffs are the spring (April - May) and autumn months (September - November). The weather is generally good and there are generally over 15 days a month where you can Deep water solo.

KAYAKING
The most intimate view of Halong Bay comes from sea level in a kayak. Since the bay is a protected area, local companies will rent you a kayak and gear only if you join their supervised tours, with lengths ranging from single-day trips to week-long ventures. The boats dock at specific sites in the bay, where your tour guide leads you through the area in your private kayak. You'll float past enormous islet pillars sprinkled in lush greenery, contrasting against the crystal-clear, emerald-colored water. Explore inlets and caves up close, leaving you to wonder why anyone would settle for just a simple boat ride to experience the splendor of the bay.

ADDITIONAL AC
Tour groups often combine kayaking trip with options to explore land. If you prefer the sea, you are welcome to stay aboard the boat or swim in its surrounding warm waters. Otherwise, take advantage of opportunities to delve into the caves tucked into the islands of Halong Bay. Follow your guide deep within caverns, brilliantly illuminated with multicolored spotlights enhancing the natural texture of the jutting stones. Another likely stop is Cat Ba National Park on Cat Ba Island, presenting the traveler with hiking trails and scenic lookouts over Halong Bay.


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ALISA CRUISE 5*

ALISA CRUISE 5*

Alisa Cruise Halong were built according to the traditional Vietnamese junk design and present a la More info
APRICOT CRUISE 3* 2D1N

APRICOT CRUISE 3* 2D1N

Apricot Cruise is the initial 3-star cruise on Halong Bay operators a Exclusive and Distinction Itin More info
APRICOT CRUISE 3D2N

APRICOT CRUISE 3D2N

10 / 10
Day1: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Apricot Cruise via Dog Islet, Fighting cock islet, Hoa Cuong Fishing Vill More info
CRISTINA DIAMOND CRUISE 4*

CRISTINA DIAMOND CRUISE 4*

DAY 1: HA NOI – HA LONG BAY – BAI TU LONG BAY (L,D) 07.45- 08.30 Transfer to Halong Bay from your ho More info
GOLDEN STAR CRUISE

GOLDEN STAR CRUISE

DAY 1: HA NOI – HA LONG BAY (L/D) 07:45 – 08:30 Meet your tour guide then go for Ha Long More info
HUONG HAI SEALIFE CRUISE

HUONG HAI SEALIFE CRUISE

DAY 1: Vinashin Tourist Harbor – Bai Tu Long Bay -Thien Canh Son Cave- Cong Do Sleeping Area. More info
IMPERIAL CLASSIC CRUISE

IMPERIAL CLASSIC CRUISE

DAY 1: HANOI– HALONG BAY (L, D) – Scenic cruise, swimming 07:45 – 08:15: Pick up at your More info
LEMON CRUISE 3* 2D1N

LEMON CRUISE 3* 2D1N

DAY 1: HON GAI HARBOR – BAI TU LONG– BAN CHAN BEACH – CONG DO (L, D) 08:00 – 08:30 am Pick up at More info
MOONLIGHT LEGEND CRUISE 3* 2D1N

MOONLIGHT LEGEND CRUISE 3* 2D1N

DAY 1: HA NOI – HA LONG BAY (Lunch and dinner included) 8h00 – 8h30: Our bus and tour guide pick you More info
SEASUN CRUISE 3* 2N1D

SEASUN CRUISE 3* 2N1D

DAY 01: HANOI – HA LONG BAY (L, D) 08:00: Hotel or private address pick up with our shuttle bus. Sho More info
SILVERSEA CRUISE 4* 2D1N

SILVERSEA CRUISE 4* 2D1N

Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay (L, D) Scenic cruise, kayaking, swimming 07:45 – 08:15 – Pick up at your h More info
THE VIET BEAUTY CRUISE 4*

THE VIET BEAUTY CRUISE 4*

DAY 1: HA NOI – HA LONG BAY – BAI TU LONG BAY (Lunch and dinner included) 8:00-08:20 – Meet your tou More info
VIOLA CRUISE 4*

VIOLA CRUISE 4*

Day 1: Ha Noi – Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long Bay – Vung Vieng – Cong Do – Sunset party – Cooking Class ( More info

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RANGE ROVER

RANGE ROVER

Price per day $ 60
Car typeCar rentals
Max people7
Door count5
Minimum driver age21
TransmissionAutomatic
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?Yes