Ha Long Bay situated in Quang Ninh province in Vietnam – Part 2

Ha Long Bay is a popular travel destination that is situated in Quang Ninh province in Vietnam.

Halong Bay Cruise Tips

Islands of Ha Long Bay

Ban Sen
• A thickly forested island
• It is almost uninhabited island.
• It is reachable by ferries to Quan Lan from Cai Rong.

Cat Ba
• It is the home of the endangered cat: Ba langur.
• There is a national park.
• There are numerous caves.
• The most popular destination in Ha Long Bay is this island.
• It can either accessed by:
– local bus
– ferry from Hanoi’s Luong Yen bus station
– by tourist boat from Halong City
– by local bus or ferry from Haiphong

Quan L?n
• This is a historically significant outlying island.
• It has some tourism infrastructure.
• It also has some beautiful beaches
• It is accessible by ferry from Cai Rong or also from Halong City.

Van Don
• This is a large island.
• It is well inhabited.
• It is connected by road to the mainland near Cua Ong.

Dau Be Island
• It is visited by commercial cruises to Cat Ba.
• This is a very popular swimming.
• It is a diving spot.
• It is so as it is very rich in coral and deep grottoes.
• It also has three inland lakes.
• The grottoes and caves can only be visited by rowing boat at low tide.
• This is when access is possible.

Dau Go Island
• It is visited by commercial cruises to Cat Ba.
• It is a large and heavily damaged cave that is plastered with multicoloured lights and concrete.

Bo Hon Island
• It is visited by commercial cruises to Cat Ba.

The Virgin Cave (Hang Trinh Nu)
• This is one of the most famous caves in Halong Bay.
• It is best known for its shrine.
• Legend claims that a beautiful woman committed suicide in the cave.
• It was unable to return home after being forced to marry an old Mandarin.
• Here her body tuned into stone.

Hung Sung Sot Cave
• This is also on Bo Hon Island.
• It has a steep path lined with shady trees.
• There are two chambers in the cave.
• It has a square-shaped outer chamber.
• It also has a ceiling about 30 meters high.
• The inner chamber formations look like sentries conversing with one another.
• There is another formation, resembling a general surveying his troops.
• This formation lies in the middle of the chamber.
• The moving light reflected from the water outside seems to bring these formations to life.

Pelican Cave (Hang Bo Nau)
• This is also popular with tourists.
• Many of them love to take photos of this cave.
• It has spectacular stalactites hanging from the ceiling.

Must Do
• Halong Bay cruises
• Have a well-cooked seafood dinner
• Swimming in the emerald water
• Kayaking to lagoons of the bay
• Overnight cruises
• Visits to cave
• Visit to Islands
• Funny team building games on beaches
• Sunset watching with a cocktail party
• Night activities on board

About Cruises

– Day Cruises From US$ 35/person.
– Budget overnight Cruises
• From US$ 79/person for one night itinerary
• from US$ 175/person for two night itinerary
• All include shuttle bus transfer.
– Luxury overnight Cruises
• From US$ 250/person for one night itinerary
• from US$ 399/person for two night itinerary
• These may include shuttle bus transfer or private car transfer from and back to Hanoi.

Halong Bay Casino (Royal International Casino)
• Located by the main road to Bai Chay
• Walking here can take you about 10-15 minutes from the wharf
• Foreigners need to show a passport to enter
• There is no deposit required
• A coffee lounge with slot machines on the ground floor
• The main hall is up on the first floor.

Awards and Designations

• In 1962, the Vietnam Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism designated H? Long Bay a ‘Renowned National Landscape Monument’.
• Ha Long Bay was first listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
• In October 2011, World Monuments Fund included the bay on the 2012 World Monuments Watch.
• In 2009, the New 7 Wonders Foundation, which runs the New Seven Wonders of the World program, included Halong Bay on its list of nominations as one the World’s New7Wonders of Nature.
• In 2012, the New 7 Wonders Foundation officially named Halong Bay as one of new seven natural wonders of the world.
• Ha Long Bay is also a member of the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World.

Best time to visit / climate

• The climate of the bay is tropical.
• It has two seasons: hot and moist summer, and dry and cold winter.
• The average temperature is from 15°C- 25°C.
• The annual rainfall is between 2000mm and 2200mm.
• H? Long Bay has the typical diurnal tide system.
• The salinity is from 31 to 34.5MT in the dry season and lower in the rainy season.

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How to get there?

Independently from Hanoi
There are 4 main ways to transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay:
• From Hanoi, you can take a mini bus from Gia Lam bus station.
• Tickets are bought at the ticket counter for 90,000 VND.
• The ride is approximately 4 hours long.
• Air-conditioning is minimal.
By open bus: US$15 one way, pick up & drop off at Bus Station.
By shuttle bus: Pick up & drop off passengers in the Ha Noi old quarter. Fare about 10 US/ way.

By Train:
• Take cargo train from Hanoi to Yenvien and then to QuangNinh.
• The terminal is about 50km away from the harbor.
• Expect train delays and cancellations without notice.
• Hard sleeper only.
• US$10 one way.

To Get around
The islands can be accessed from various ports:
• Haiphong, a large historic port city at the mouth of the Red River.
• Halong City, spanning a portion of the northern part of the archipelago.
• Cai Rong, a small port serving the north-easterly part of the archipelago.

Some Travel Books on Vietnam

Vietnam (Country Travel Guide) DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Vietnam and Angkor Wat To Vietnam With Love

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.in
Hotels at hotels-in-vietnam.com
Hotels at agoda.com

Blogs / Sites about Ha Long Bay – Vietnam

blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs at halongbay-vietnam.com
blogs at tripadvisor.com
blogs and reviews at whc.unesco.org

Images and photos of Ha Long Bay – Vietnam

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