Things To Do In Halong Bay

Top 10 Things To Do In Halong Bay

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Take A Cruise Trip Around The Bay

The best way to explore Halong Bay is by taking a boat cruise across the waters. Like the traders, merchants, and explorers before you, take in the stunning beauty of Halong Bay from the deck of a boat.

There is a large variety of Halong Bay cruises, one will be sure to fit your needs.

Luon Cave
Explore Caves

Part of its unique geology, among the karst formations, are hidden picturesque caves waiting to be explored.

Here are 3 famous caves in Halong Bay that you would want to visit: Thien Cung Cave, Sung Sot Cave, Luon Cave.

Vung Vieng Floating Village
Visit The Floating Villages

Fishing the waters of the majestic bay and navigating around its limestone mountains have long been a way of life for the locals. Visit the floating villages of Halong Bay to understand this unique culture of the people living within a marvel of the world.

Snorkel At Lan Ha Bay
Snorkel At Lan Ha Bay

A geological extension of Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay has over 300 islets and limestone karst formations. Less touristy than Halong Bay, it is more pristine and less polluted, making it an ideal place to snorkel.

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Kayak Through The Dark And Light Cave

If you are feeling particularly up for adventure and fancy combining two activities, consider going kayaking through the Dark and Light Cave.

The only way to explore this cave system is via sea-kayaking – a great opportunity for thrill-seekers.

Tuan Chau Island
Explore Tuan Chau Island

Tuan Chau Island is the most developed resort destination of Halong Bay. It is connected to the city via both sea-links and by a two-kilometre-long road.

The island is not for those seeking a secluded getaway, but rather for the traveller who wants comfort and amenities close by. There are plenty of beachside resorts to choose from along the two beaches of the island, known for their white, soft sand.

Titop island
Take Photos From The Top Of Titop Island

Titop Island is a small island in Halong Bay only accessible by boat. With pristine white sand beaches, Titop is a charming islet to pass some time in.

Titop Island is not meant for overnight guest but has a small shop that acts as a café and rents out beach loungers, and equipment for snorkelling.

The panoramic views of Halong Bay are well worth the hike, this is probably the best place to see and photograph the majestic bay from an island.

Quang Ninh Museum
Spend Time At Quang Ninh Museum

The building complex, a museum, library, and convention centre, is connected by an overhead bridge, and assembled with 14,000 square metres of glass. It is intended to look like a massive mirror reflecting the beauty of the bay.

The Quang Ninh Musuem highlights the region’s past from prehistory and proto-history to the modern era. It also showcases the different ethnic groups of the province and their distinct cultural identities.

Sun World Halong Park
Visit Sun World Halong Park

A mega theme park covering 214 hectares, it is the largest theme park in Southeast Asia. Sun World Halong Park’s two major areas are Dragon Park and Typhoon Water Park.

The area is connected by a large cable car ride which is easily the highlight of this excursion. The cable ride car takes you high above the waters and the karst formation, offering two kilometres of unparalleled views. At the cable car terminal, you will find a large Ferris wheel that takes 20 minutes to complete a full cycle, which also offers aerial views of the seascape.

Cat Ba Island
Spend Time At Cat Ba Island

While in Cat Ba Town, check out the seafood market and scarf down a local specialty, dried squid. Visit the Cat Ba Town Harbour during the evening for some beer. Bia Hoi (draught beer) stalls line the harbour, they are the makings of an affordable and cheerful night out. Sit at one of the open-air stalls, get a pint in hand, and enjoy the night lights of the harbour.

Cat Ba Island is the starting point for many adventures, tours, and cruises; with a laidback atmosphere, it is a nice place to relax and spend some time before zooming off to see the rest of the bay.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any guided tours available at Halong Bay? 

Yes, there are a variety of guided tours available for visitors to Halong Bay so they can make the most out of their visit. Whether you’d like to learn more about the local culture and history of the area or explore some of its most famous limestone karsts such as Thien Cung Cave or Sung Sot Cave, you’ll find something that suits your interests and needs. 

Are there any water activities available at Halong Bay?

Yes, Halong Bay offers plenty of exciting water activities for visitors to enjoy such as kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing. There are also various cruise tours available so visitors can explore the vast bay while admiring its stunning limestone karsts from a unique perspective. 

Can I rent boats to explore Halong Bay?

Yes, boat rentals are available in many areas around Halong Bay so you can explore it at your own pace without having to join a tour. Most boat rentals also offer packages that include safety equipment, life jackets and a driver to help guide you around the bay. Another great option is to book a tour which includes a cruise!

Is swimming allowed in Halong Bay? 

Swimming is generally allowed in most parts of Halong Bay but it’s important to be mindful of the currents and take safety precautions such as wearing a life jacket. Additionally, visitors should also avoid swimming near boats and fishing nets as this can be dangerous.

Are there any restrictions on camping in Halong Bay? 

Yes, there are certain restrictions regarding camping in Halong Bay so it’s important to check the local regulations before you set up camp. Generally speaking, camping is not allowed within the core zones of the bay and it’s advised to use designated camping areas near the shore where possible.
Additionally, it’s important to respect nature when setting up your campsite by avoiding any activities that may potentially damage the environment or disrupt wildlife.

Are there any cultural activities that can be experienced in Halong Bay?

Yes, besides admiring the breathtaking views of Halong Bay and enjoying its various water activities, visitors can also learn more about the local culture and history by attending performances such as traditional Vietnamese music and street theatre. Additionally, there are various festivals held throughout the year which give visitors an opportunity to experience local customs and cuisine firsthand.

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