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"What can you do when visiting Ha Long Bay?"

lanhnguyen
Submitted by: lanhnguyen Length of trip: Less than a week
Trip taken: March 2008 No. of people on trip: 16 people

Locations visited:

Far East and Asia: Vietnam

Trip Features:

lanhnguyen took this trip with her Guy friends and also recommends this trip for those traveling with their:
> Guy Friends
> Extended, large family
> Immediate Family

The cost category of this trip was: moderate

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a popular travel destination, located in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam. The Bay has an area of around 1,553 km2, including 1,960 islets, most of which are limestone. The core of the bay has an area of 334 km2 with a high density of 775 islets. The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. The evolution of the karsts in this bay has taken 20 million years under the impact of the tropical wet climate.

It's not the cliffs themselves that make Ha Long Bay unique, but rather their sheer number. A huge bay, dotted with nearly 2,000 mostly uninhabited limestone cliffs, the breathtaking scenery is very similar to that of the Andaman coast of Thailand, Vang Vieng in Laos and Guilin in China.

Please check our guidance for visitors who is going to Ha Long Bay for the first time and activities you may take part in while visiting Ha Long bay, the world natural heritage in Vietnam

You may visit a floating village

The floating villages draw a lot of attention and are one of the highlights of the trip. Locals have been living in these floating houses for many generations as fishing is still the villagers' main income. Some communities offer reasonably priced home-stays to visitors, too. If you pass by them on your cruise, don’t be surprised if the boat's on-board chef stops to shop for fresh seafood from one.

You may get to kayak

Halong Bay is the spectacular featuring thousands of limestone islands and rocks rising from tranquil turquoise waters and offers some of the most beautiful scenery in Asia. Halong Bay is also the extraordinary place for arranging kayaking trip.

Going on a kayaking trip in Halong Bay is the perfect way not only to enjoy the outstanding beauty of nature, seafood and the comfort of the accommodation on deluxe junk, but also to explore the hidden caves, untouched beaches and all the challenges this active trip may brings…

Diving in Halong Bay

The time from April to December is the most wonderful period for Travellers to join “Halong Bay Scuba Diving”. The temperature of water at this time is from 26-29 celsius degrees. You can explore hidden beauty underwater with thousands of splendid coral such as sun mushroom coral, leather coral, magnificent stag horn coral, compact coral and fish like sergeant major fish, Clark’s anemone fish... in Halong Bay. With internationally- licensed, well- trained scuba divers and assistants, you will have unforgettable experiences.

You may sleep over on the bay

Two and three-day tours always offer a night in a cabin. On any given night, about 80 boats are allowed to drop anchor in one of three designated areas -- that means each area is filled with 20 to 30 boats. Sometimes they anchor very close to one another, other times they'll find a more private spot away from other boats.

You may overnight on Cat Ba Island

A trip to Cat Ba Island can do separately or in combination with a visit to Halong Bay. Cat Ba Island is the largest island in the Cat Ba Archipelago that consists of 350 limestone outcrops adjacent to Halong Bay. This is an oasis where you can be gone for one or for several days. If you start from the Halong Bay Wharf, it will take you four hours by boat, with stopovers for swimming, visiting spectacular karst and eating fresh seafood. You can contemplate the beautiful scenery of Halong Bay before reaching the island.

And visit our web site for what you should bring for Vietnam Tour and Halong Bay Cruise

This article written by Lanh Nguyen from Vietnam Heritage Travel

For original article, please visit:

http://vacationstovietnam.com/lastest-travel-news/what-can-you-do-when-visiting-ha-long-bay.html

Vacations to Vietnam

http://hotel-in-halong.com


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