Located in the north of Vietnam East Sea, 170 km east of Hanoi, Halong bay is one of the country's most famous tourist attractions. Halong Bay was listed on December 17, 1994 by UNESCO ''Worl Natural Heritage Area'' at 18th meeting of World Heritage Committee of UNESCO in Thailand, an outstanding natural beauty known as both in Vietnam and around the world. On December 12, 2000 Halong Bay was recognized as world natural heritage for the second time based on its geological value.
The bay became famous since the movie ''Indochine'' was realized with French star Catherine Deneuve in 1991. Halong bay covers an area of 1,500 square kilometers with more than 2,000 islands and limestone islets rising from emerald water. Among many pleasant beaches, along its winding coastline is Bai Chay in Halong City and the peaceful coves of Cat Ba Island. Halong Bay is home to 232 species of coral as well as a wealth of fish, shrimps, shellfish and other sea creatures. The area's salt water-flooded forests have the most diversified collection of species of salt water-flooded plants in northern Vietnam. There also are 14 endemic species of plants in Halong Bay. Many animals live in this area, including 200 species of migrating birds, 10 species of reptiles, deer, weasels, squirrel and white-rumped leaf and white-head leaf monkeys.
The bay is filled with thousands of islets of all shapes and sizes. A wide variety of birds and animals including bantams, monkeys and iguanas live on the islands.Pearls and corals are also exploited in some areas. With its spectacular beauty, Halong bay is a wonderful destination. Tourists who visit Halong bay at any time of the year are always enthralled. The marine reserve in the bay is very flourishing and offers a great potential for kayaking.
WHEN TO GO?
Visitors can discover Halong bay all year-round, except moonsoons, natural disasters, typhoons or bad weather.
HOW TO GET THERE?
Travelers will take a private car or shuttle bus from Hanoi to Halong bay for 4 hours approx. Many cruises and junks in Halong bay offer shuttle bus service Hanoi - Halong bay - Hanoi if you book 2 days/1 night cruise on their boat. You also book your transfers and cruises with our company at any time.
WHERE TO STAY?
There are 02 options for your choice:
Whatever you want to choose, we are happy to assist you for your precious time in Halong Bay.
WHAT TO DO?
Enjoy a 4 hours cruise aboard or 2 days/1 night on junks to discover Halong bay. You have a wide choice to make.
Other option is that you take a boat trip from Halong Bay to Cat Ba Island if you expect more adventure activities. On Cat ba Island, you paddle to Cat Ba National Park to explore the fauna and wild life or ride a bike to Viet Hai villages to meet fisman, local people or just inspire the fresh air in the countryside.
WHERE TO SHOP?
There are some small shops in Bai Chay along the Halong road. You have all kind of souvenirs or handicrap products to bargain.
WHERE TO EAT?
When you are in Halong bay, you mostly have seafood in anywhere from small restaurants for Vietnamese people to luxury cruises such as Paradise, Ginger, Jasmine, Violet, Syrena, Emeraude, Au Co, Bhaya, Indochinasails.
If you stay at hotel in Halong city, you take a taxi to find the restaurants below:
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