Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, Quang Ninh province, Vietnam, Ha Long Bay has an area of around 1,553 km2, including 1,960–2,000 islets, most of which are limestone. With various shapes of islands, Ha Long is really a great gift of Creator, a triangle island of Dau Go Cave to the west, Ba Ham Lake to the south, and Cong Tay Island to the east.
Ha Long’s climate is humid and tropical with a hot, humid summer and dry, cold winter. Ha Long Bay is most beautiful in the summer, but it sometimes has heavy rains or even sea storms. In the fall, the weather is cool and ideal for holiday. Ha Long’s temperature varies from 15ºC to 25ºC. All year around will be fine. The best time to visit Ha Long Bay from Sept and October, March and April.
By Sea: Travelers often come to Vietnam by Luxury Cruise via Ha Long and Hai Phong City ports.
By open bus: You can book open bus from Hanoi ( it is recommended to book package tour with high quality bus for your trip from Hanoi Agencies to Ha Long)
By shuttle bus: Pick up and drop off passengers in the Ha Noi Old Quarter. 4-6 hours depending on how many stops en route the driver makes to pick up/drop off passengers (The price can be a little higher depending on the kind of shuttle bus).
By Train: This way is not advisable for Tourists
Ha Long Bay is a geographic work of art completed after millions of years of geological changes. While exploring the Bay, visitors will have a relaxing peaceful atmosphere. And more interestingly, you will feel like living in the fairy world with miraculous rock shapes, and grottoes with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Many islands have typical names of shapes or legendary stories about the islands. The Dau Nguoi Island is like a man standing and looking towards the mainland. Dragon Island is similar to a dragon merging up from the water green as jade.
A number of other islands such as Cho Da Island, Dinh Huong Island and Trong Mai Island are all resemble to the shapes described.
An island tourists can not miss during a visit is Titov Island, named after a former Soviet Union hero of the last century who ever traveled outer space. Inside the islands, there are wonderful and mysterious caves: Thien Cung, Dau Go, Sung Sot and Tam Cung.
In addition, it has been proven by archaeologists that Ha Long Bay is one of the first cradles of human being with Ha Long culture at such famous archeological sites as Dong Mang, Xich Tho, Soi Nhu, and Thoi Gieng. Many prehistoric relics have been found in these areas. Ha Long is also home of biodiversity with ecosystems of mangrove, coral reef and tropical forest and shelter of thousands of flora and fauna.
With all values of culture, history, geography and geology, Ha Long Bay has twice been official recognized by UNESCO as a World’s Natural Heritage in 1994 and 2000.
Here is a list of some caves you might want to visit,
- Do Go (Cave of the sticks)
- Hang Trinh Nu (Virgin Cave)
- Thien Cung Grotto (Heavenly Cave)
- Sung Sot Cave (Surprise Cave)
- Luon Cave (Tunnel Cave)
- Trong Cave (Drum Cave)
- Tan Cung Cave (Three Palace Grotto)
- Bo Nau Cave (Pelican Cave)
Visiting Ha Long Bay, you will have a chance to enjoy delicious and tasty seafood of North cuisine.Tours of the Bay can be done in one very long day, but it is usually best to have a two-day tour. Some overnight stays are on Cat Ba Island or can be spent on the tour boat. Check with your travel agent for the best boat tour of Ha Long Bay.