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Halong travel guides: Everything you need to know about Halong Bay

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Halong travel guides will help to make your vacation in Halong Bay a fun-filled and memorable experience.

Halong travel guides will help to make your vacation in Halong Bay a fun-filled and memorable experience. There’s no denial that Halong Bay is one of the top pick destinations in Vietnam for any traveler, that’s why finding information about Halong trips can be a little overwhelming as there’s a lot of websites and blog posts on the Internet. Don’t be too concerned because this post is the first and the last Halong travel guide you’ll ever need.

Halong Bay Overview

Halong Bay is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO thanks to its thousand-year old limestone karsts. The entire bay stretches to 1.500km2, with around 1.969 islets and islands in different shapes and sizes. Rather than being on the ground like the other typical limestone mountains, Halong Bay’s limestones rise high above the water, making a one-of-a-kind scenery.

There’s a myriad of interesting things for you to try during a Halong Bay trip. You can join farming activities, go kayaking/trekking/cycling/rock climbing, sunbathe on the beach, participate in a Tai Chi session or a cooking class.

The most convenient means of transport to visit Halong Bay is cruises. There are different types of cruise for you to choose such as day cruises, overnight cruises, 3-star to 5-star cruises etc.

Halong travel guides and overview

Halong travel guides and overview (Source: Collected)

When is the best time to travel to Halong Bay?

Many travelers choose to visit Halong Bay October to December. This is considered the most ideal time for a Halong Bay tour as the temperature is not very high, with clear sky and calm waters. However, expect large crowds of visitors all over the world if you visit Halong during this time of the year. Moreover, it can feel a little freezing due to humidity and the weather can become quite dull.

Halong travel guides - Most famous attractions in Halong Bay

There are three main routes to go further the Halong Bay area and visit other popular attractions. Each route covers different attractions for you to explore. In case you want to see the attractions that are not included in a certain route you choose, you’ll need to pay for extra tickets in order to visit them. You can buy tickets directly the Bay Management or via travel companies.

Route #1

  • Tien Ong Cave: Be prepared to marvel at the unspoiled beauty of Tien Ong Cave as you observe the stunning stalactites and stalagmites.

  • Cua Van Floating Village: Cua Van village belongs to the fishermen and it’s listed as one of the most unique and beautiful villages in the world (Huffington Post). Here you can learn more about the locals’ lifestyle and observe how they work.

  • Three Peach Island: Thanks to being less touristy than other attractions in Halong Bay, Three Peach Island offers travelers with crystal-clear waters and soft sand. You can have a swim or go kayaking around the island.

Three Peach Island is less touristy than other attractions in Halong Bay

Three Peach Island is less touristy than other attractions in Halong Bay (Source: Collected)

  • Viet Hai Village: As Lan Ha Bay is getting more and more crowded, Viet Hai village still preserves its tranquility and unique culture.

  • Coc Cheo Islet: This islet makes a strong impression with its interesting shape.

  • Maze Cave: As the name suggests, Maze Cave boasts an amazingly sophisticated structure that looks like a maze.

Route #2

  • Vung Vieng Floating Village: Observe the colorful houses of the fishermen within Vung Vieng floating village while you’re cruising on a junk boat.

  • Tung Sau Pearl Farm: Learn about the process of cultivating and harvesting pearls.

  • Finger Islet: This islet will impress you with its finger-like shape pointing towards the sky.

  • Kong Skull Island: This is the area where they filmed the Hollywood blockbuster “Kong Skull Island”. Come here and you’ll relive the spectacular moments of the movie.

  • Dau Be Island: Admire the picturesque scenery of Dau Be island and take in the fresh air.

  • Thien Canh Son Cave: This cave is a true natural wonder with thousands of stunning stalagmites and stalactites. Travelers also have a chance to climb up 100 stone steps, which looks like a stairway to heaven.

Thien Canh Son Cave is a true natural wonder of Halong Bay

Thien Canh Son Cave is a true natural wonder of Halong Bay (Source: Collected)

Route #3

  • Titov Beach: Observing above, Titov Beach looks just like a crescent moon. It’s a world famous beach that you don’t want to miss out on while visiting Halong Bay.

  • Ba Ham Lake: This is a great place for swimming, snorkeling or kayaking thanks to its tranquil waters.

  • Surprise Cave: Prepare to be blown away with the breathtaking scene of Surprise Cave - the largest cave in Halong Bay area.

  • Trinh Nu Cave: There’s a touching story about the faith in romance related to Trinh Nu Cave. While visiting the cave you’ll get to hear the story and admire the beauty of nature.

  • Luon Cave: Take a boat through Luon cave and observe stalagmites and stalactites at a very close angle.

  • Cong Do Island: As a little-known destination, Cong Do Island has wonderfully diverse and unspoiled nature.

Cong Do Island of Halong has an untouched natural diversity

Cong Do Island of Halong has an untouched natural diversity (Source: Collected)

We hope that the above Ha Long travel guides will help you better prepare for your trip to Ha Long Bay. Don't forget Sao La Tours also has a team of experienced travel consultants who can assist you a lot in arranging itineraries, booking air tickets, staying...Please contact hotline: (+84) 24.668.999.11 for more details.

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