TOP things to do in Ha Long

Halong Bay is one of Vietnam’s top attractions – The name “Halong” is translated as ‘where the dragon descends into the sea”. You can observe the magnificent view of blue water intermingled with over two thousand limestone islets. Halong Bay is made up of 1,969 islands of various sizes, 989 of which have been given names. This densely concentrated zone of stone islands, which is world-famous for its spectacular scenery of grottos and caves, forms the central zone of Halong Bay, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Multi-day Cruise tour 

There are various types of boats available in Halong Bay, from high standard cruisers to diesel-powered floats.

Visitors can explore Halong Bay on an overnight cruise aboard a traditional-style junk boat. A variety of activities allows you to experience the best of this UNESCO World Heritage site, including cave visits, swimming, kayaking, practicing Tai Chi, and a cooking class. However, you are also free to just relax on board and enjoy the scenery.

 

Floating Village

Floating Village is an interesting feature of Ha Long Bay. For most of us, a cruise on the emerald clear green water of Halong Bay is a unique experience, so it might be hard to imagine living our lives surrounded by the beauty of this well-known bay.

Only after visiting these floating villages, you can truly immerse yourself in the authentic, natural setting with cool and fresh air, blue sky and ocean, and picturesque seascape. In addition, you can also broaden your knowledge about local culture and daily life. The indigenous people here are extremely friendly and sociable. They are willing to teach you how to row a sampan, spread a net, bait a hook… So, be ready for interesting experiences as a real Halong Bay fisherman.

 

Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba (Cát Bà) is considered the largest island in Halong Bay. Cat Ba is the home to some impressive natural wonders found in the area, also a wide range of species as well as natural habitats. The best way to approach this island is by boat.

There are different famous beaches for you to relax on, such as Cat Co 1 (Cát Cò 1), Cat Co 2 (Cát Cò 2), and Cat Co 3 (Cát Cò 3). According to some experienced tourists, they said that the sunny scenery of mountain cliffs rinsing out of this bay becomes an ideal backdrop for many water-based activities.

 

Dining in the Caves

Coming to Halong Bay, tourists should not miss an interesting activity like dining in a certain cave. A few cruises offer this service on their trips and the crew members will prepare delicious and delightful feat in the cave. Some cruises add this activity as one of their included features, while others make it an optional activity. The dinner does not only come with a fine candle-lit dining experience, but also a chance for visitors to admire the great work of Mother Nature. This is something that you may never find in places other than Halong Bay.

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