An otherworldly landscape of limestone towers jutting from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, Halong Bay is one of the most jaw-dropping tourist attractions of Southeast Asia. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and featured among the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World in 2012, it is guaranteed to impress even the most experienced traveller.
Countless cruise liners shuttle between the main attractions of the bay, their decks full of camera-wielding tourists, but with an area of 1,600 square kilometres Halong Bay is able to accommodate all of them. Better still, the neighbouring bays of Bai Tu Long and Lan Ha are as impressive but receive just a trickle of tourists compared to Halong Bay, offering a quieter alternative for those wishing to avoid crowds.
Geologists estimate that the area took over 500 million years to form, but according to traditional lore the rocky formations were created by dragons rescuing Vietnam from a foreign invasion. Whatever the truth, Halong Bay is a bliss to explore, a delightful location for a wide range of outdoor activities.
A monument built by the Japanese Army and provide the most spectacular panoramic views of Halong Bay.
The mountain which gives you a spectacular view of Halong and the bay surrounding it.
Come to Island once known as the prime vacation spot for Ho Chi Minh.
Come to an island only known by a select few tourists and grazed by even fewer.
A piece of tranquil and natural beauty surrounded by protective karst giants during Lan Ha Bay.
This is the tranquil and peaceful extension to Halong Bay, where people take time out to indulge in life’s simple pleasures.
Come to see the beach surrounded by limestone crops which are off the beaten track.
This is one of the local communities who love visitors yet live sustainably.
Bai Tu Long Bay is the untouched, unspoilt and relatively unrecognised part Halong Bay area, yet the most spectacular of all the Dragon’s lairs.
Come to the island of exotic fruit that exudes a feeling of intimate touches with nature.
Prehistoric men lived in the cave, known as the maze, where people get lost easily.
A traditional village protected by the jungle, which still follows the old ways of life.
Located in the Trung Trang Valley, this cave is known as the golden treasure by the locals.
Consisting of three areas that resemble peaches if seen from far away, these are islets of love.
Come and see the cave with a dark side and an aura of light at the edge of Halong Bay.
Monkey Island is a paradise resort of unspoilt beaches and clear turquoise sea, a place where you’ll see more monkeys than tourists.
Come and visit the former homeplace of the legendary Dragon King and his beautiful bride.
The moon crescent-shaped island named after a Russian cosmonaut where you can sunbathe, snorkel and drink cocktails.
One of the largest and most visited caves in the Halong Bay area, les grottos des surprises was discovered in 1901.
This island gives you the creature comforts, ancient wild fauna, and the idyllic opportunity for exploration.
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