Halong Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin, within Quangninh Province, in the northeast of Vietnam, is165 km from the capital of Hanoi. Covering an area of 43,400 ha and including over 1600 islands and islets, most of which are uninhabitated and unaffected by humans. This extraordinary area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
Halong Bay is one of the most amazing places you would go to on planet earth because it is all natural and there is nothing additive or artificial involved with it. The stunning karst outcroppings in Halong are made of 3000 years of chemical reactions between limestone and dripping water. There is endless leisure and adventurous activities here such as cruising, kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, and the list goes on. Most travelers spend a day or two to explore this bay as a whole.
Located in the southwest of Halong Bay, Thien Cung Cave (also known as Dau Go Cave) is the most dazzling primitive cave of the Bay. The interior of this 10,000 square meter cave is filled with complex structures of stalactites and stalagmites – all formed naturally and accentuated thanks to a vibrant system of lightning and sound.
Navigating around Halong Bay through a diverse range of islets is the most soul-stirring experience that you would find nowhere else. Enjoy the jaunt passing through the Stone Dog islet, Man Dad islet, Incense Burner islet, Fighting Cock islet, Horse islet, etc. to fill you with imagination and creativity.
The most rewarding sports activity you must try in Halong Bay is kayaking. Discovering hidden corners around Halong Bay by yourself is a fun challenge.
Sunbathing and swimming in Ti Top Beach, which takes the shape of a crescent encompassing the island. This is the time to chill after a long day of exploring the bay.
Halong Bay attracts visitors year-round with peak season from October through April. January to March is often cool and drizzly, and the ensuing fog can make visibility low, but adds bags of eerie atmosphere. From May to September tropical storms are frequent, and year-round tourist boats sometimes need to alter their itineraries, depending on the weather. November's sunny blue-sky days and lack of crowds make it the best time to make a beeline here.