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Halong Bay

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Sprawling Halong City is the gateway to Halong Bay - the jewel in Vietnam’s scenic crown. Widely considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world, this UNESCO World Heritage listed region is simply breathtaking. Thousands of majestic limestone, jungle covered peaks and isles, rise dramatically out of the sparkling emerald waters of the bay. On the tiny islands, illuminated caves and picturesque hidden coves of all shapes and sizes await discovery and the towering peaks provide some of the best rock climbing in South East Asia. There are also a number of colourful floating markets dotted around the bay.

The ideal way to explore Halong Bay is onboard a traditional Chinese style Junk boat which can either be privately chartered or shared. Enjoy a idyllic cruise on a Junk and explore remote offshore islands, kayak and swim in the warm waters and capture an incredible sunset over a panorama of peaks. Halong Bay is near from the jungle clad Cat Ba, which offers a wide range of activities including trekking in Cat Ba National Park, biking, climbing and sailing. Just south of Cat Ba, the offshore islands of beautiful Lan Ha Bay, offer pristine white sand beaches.
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Ha Long Bay, in every photo I’ve ever seen looks like one the most magical places on earth. The UNESCO protected site, is a fairy-tale landscape scattered with limestone karsts and islands that soar from emerald waters.
Khuong Nguyen
Vietnam Travel Specialist

Things to See and Do in Halong Bay

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Bai Tu Long Bay

Just northeast of Halong Bay is Bai Tu Long Bay which is just as spectacular as neighbouring Halong and yet it remains refreshingly untouched by tourism. Sail to Bai Tu Long Bay, passing through extraordinarily shaped islands with other such evocative names as Poem Mountain, Teapot Islet and Goat’s Head Islet. Swim in the pristine water here before heading to the tranquility of Cong Do and the hidden wonder of Thay Cave.
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Vung Vieng Fishing Village

Vung Vieng is located in the heart of Bai Tu Long Bay, 24 km from the mainland. Take a rowboat to visit the Vung Vieng fishing village, where you can interact with the local fishermen and see them at work. You will not only be immersed in the quiet and peaceful location viewing the charming landscape, and discovering the cultural life of the fishermen but also will be instructed in the fine arts of sailing and casting fish nets.
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Join a Taichi class in the sunrise

One of the benefits of staying on board a junk in Halong Bay is the chance to be on the water as the sun rises. It’s worth emerging early from your cabin - the crew will often have tea and coffee waiting - to see the peach-pink sky reflected by the limestone.

Many junks offer an early morning tai chi class, held up on deck. An experienced teacher instructs you in a series of relaxing, gentle movements accompanied by the sounds of waves lapping against the boat’s hull.
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Hike up Titov Island

Most photographs of Halong Bay are taken from the water, but the top of Ti Top Island offers a different viewpoint. You can hike up to the summit of the island, which is named after Russian astronaut Gherman Titov (who relaxed on the Island during an official visit) to smooth relations with the Soviet Union in the 60s. The island is a jungle-covered wedge of rock with a flight of steps leading right to its peak. Here you’ll find a wooden viewing platform from where you can take in views right across the bay. After the steep climb and descent, you can relax on the island’s small crescent beach.
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Try your hand at rocking climbing

There are enough different routes in the bay to keep climbing junkies entertained for weeks if not months, and newbies can also learn here with easier roped climbs available on some of the small islands. DWS, or deep water soloing, is a form of rock climbing that needs no ropes, and is becoming increasingly popular in beautiful Ha Long, especially on Butterfly Island.
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Explore Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island lies just to the south of Halong Bay. Its densely jungled interior offers the opportunity to spot some of the 32 animal and 70 plus bird species that call it home. Those who trek in the island’s interior have a small but more realistic chance of seeing one of three macaque species, civets, deer and squirrel. Hiking opportunities abound, with the chance to climb to the island’s highest peak or trek to a remote village before taking a ferry ride back to Cat Ba town. Another great pleasures of a Cat Ba trip is hiring a bicycle and exploring. Head up to the Cannon Fort, not far from town for a slice of military history together with awe inspiring views over Lan Ha Bay.

Best Time to Visit Halong Bay

In general, we can visit Halong Bay year round, and each season creates a markedly different atmosphere. From March through to November, it tends to be the best time to visit, with April boasting the clearest skies and least rain - although the occasional shower still occurs. Visit Halong Bay in January or February and you’ll find it cool and wet but the ensuing fog can be incredibly atmospheric.
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
21
Feb
20
Mar
23
Apr
27
May
31
Jun
32
Jul
32
Aug
32
Sep
30
Oct
29
Nov
26
Dec
22
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
18
Feb
36
Mar
39
Apr
71
May
159
Jun
203
Jul
292
Aug
323
Sep
320
Oct
90
Nov
39
Dec
18
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
21ºC
18mm

FEB
20ºC
36mm

MAR
23ºC
39mm

APR
27ºC
71mm

MAY
31ºC
159mm

JUN
32ºC
203mm

JUL
32ºC
292mm

AUG
32ºC
323mm

SEP
30ºC
320mm

OCT
29ºC
90mm

NOV
26ºC
39mm

DEC
22ºC
18mm

Festivals, Events and Seasonal Reasons to Visit

  • 01

    One of Halong Bay’s outlying islands, Quan Lan holds an annual festival to commemorate a historic victory against Mongol invaders in the 13th century. During the two-week celebrations, usually held in June, villagers aren’t allowed to leave the island — but guests are warmly welcomed. The festival culminates in a traditional rowing competition across the bay.
  • 02

    Held in Halong City in April, the Carnaval Halong dances its way through the streets. Showcasing a bright array of traditional costumes, performers travel from across Vietnam to join in, as well as persuading many watching locals and visitors to join in the party.
  • 03

    Vietnamese New Year, known as Tết, is the country’s most important festival of the year, usually falling in late January or February. It’s celebrated across the whole of Vietnam with towns, cities and even boats decorated yellow and red to signify good luck.