Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay cruise ship, vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Visiting Halong Bay

Also called Ha Long, this massive bay is scattered with thousands of surreal limestone rock formations. It’s a popular World Heritage Site about three hours from Hanoi – but don’t rush it, stay on a boat and soak in the peaky tranquility, you made need some down time after Hanoi and before Ho Chi Minh City!

Halong Bay caves, grotto, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay grotto, Thien Cung. Photo by Erik A. Drables.

Ha Long’s 120 km coastline looks onto 1, 969 islands according to locals (as it happens, the year of the death of Ho Chi Minh), that range in height from 50 – 100 m and often contain cave systems, lakes and beaches. A couple of islands, Tuan Chau and Cat Ba, host tourist hotels with many facilities including kayaks as well as beaches. Cat Ba is the largest.

Halong Bay sights

Halong Bay floating fishing village, Vietnam, Asia

Halong Bay fishing village. Photo by Christophe Meneboeuf.

The bay supports four land-based fishing villages as well as several floating fishing villages.
Emails from travellers suggest that the market in Ha Long town, opposite the Heritage Halong Hotel, is the place to buy souvenirs of anywhere in Vietnam at bargain prices, especially if you haggle a little.

A crowded high season day in Halong Bay, Vietnam

A crowded high season day. Photo by Tango717.

Sunset over a junk on Halong Bay, Vietnam

Good Evening Vietnam! Photo by Andrew Crump.