Halong Bay

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Visit halong bay

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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Festivals, Events and Seasonal Reasons to Visit

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Halong Bay, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Halong Bay on a bespoke touring itinerary to Vietnam, do not hesitate to contact us.
Vietnam Adventure Tour: Kayaking, Hiking & Cycling

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Sapa - Mu Cang Chai - Phong Nha National Park - Hue - Da Lat - Nha Trang - Cai Be - Ho Chi Minh City
Highlights of Vietnam: Amazing Ha Long Bay to Labyrinth Cu Chi Tunnels

Hanoi - Mai Chau - Ninh Binh - Halong Bay - Hoi An - Hue - Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be
Vietnam Luxury Tour: Luxury Honeymoon in Vietnam

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City
Essential Vietnam Tour: Family Fun Filled Vacation in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be - Hoi An - Hue - Halong Bay - Hanoi
Vietnam Family Holiday

Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Halong Bay - Hanoi
Best of Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be - Hoi An - Halong Bay - Hanoi
Classic Vietnam Tour

Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be - Hoi An - Hue - Halong Bay - Hanoi
Indochina Culture & Beach Tour

Luang Prabang - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be - Can Tho - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap - Sihanoukville

Cruises in Halong Bay

Swan Cruise
Swan Cruise is a traditional wooden vessel with helpful staff. One of the best cruises in Halong Bay, the cruise itinerary also includes the more pristine Bai Tu Long Bay, which is less touristy.
Aclass Legend Cruise
Aclass Legend Cruise is one of the finest deluxe cruises in Halong Bay with reasonable price and unique route to visit Halong Bay, Surprise Cave, nice beach and fishing villages. You will have an amazing holiday in Halong Bay with Aclass Legend Cruise.
V'Spirit Cruise
Discover the splendors of Halong Bay on a V’Spirit Cruise, one of the best mid-range cruises combining classic beauty with modern comfort. Explore the karst limestone mountains and islets, visit floating villages, and kayak in misty waters.
LaFairy Sails
Locating in Halong Bay, Halong LaFairy Sails offers a splendid, sweeping view from its rooftop swimming pool and panoramic fitness centre. The warm hospitality with superior service bring the best memories about Halong Bay.
GrayLine Cruise
Built in 2013, Gray Line Cruise Halong Bay is the newest classic cruise of 113-years worldwide brand Gray Line. More different than other cruises in Halong Bay, the Gray Line Cruise's first criterion is taking serious care to ensure you the highest satisfaction and safest cruising in Halong Bay.
Pelican Cruise
Believing that “4-star” has various shapes, Pelican Cruise has strived to perfect its luxury line for fresh experiences in Halong Bay, with an upgraded level of premium cruising services.
Aclass Carina Cruise
Unlike most cruises in Halong Bay, Aclass Carina Cruise benefits from being one of the most intimate junks with just 9 luxury en-suite cabins. The Aclass Carina Cruise also supports sustainable and responsible tourism to ensure the Ha Long Bay environs remains cared for and not exploited.
Aclass Stellar Cruise
Aclass Stellar Cruise offers a one-of-a-kind experience aboard the traditional oriental-style boat in Halong Bay. Its crews provide you with first-class service throughout the length of your journey. That makes your vacation be a truly unique and unforgettable experience.
Dragon Legend Cruise
Embark on Dragon Legend Cruise and be captivated by the landscape of Bai Tu Long Bay, the less crowded areas of Halong Bay, admire the distinguished World Natural Heritage site and experience a fulfilling voyage you will want to tell others about.
Ginger Cruise Heritage Line
The gracious Ginger is Heritage Line’s new vessel cruising the Lan Ha Bay, which is a tranquil part of the Halong Bay in Vietnam. Ginger expresses her elegance with warm timber floors, marble bathrooms and distinguished design themes that interlace the long-lasting traditions of Northern Vietnam paired with contemporary accents.

Ideas for Experiencing Halong Bay

Sung Sot Cave (Surprising Cave)
Explore Sung Sot cave, the largest and one of the most spectacular and largest grottoes of Ha Long Bay.