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Last time we counted, UNESCO had picked out 830 World Heritage sites around the world, chosen for their cultural and historical importance, and also for their geological uniqueness. Ha Long Bay offers a little of all three.
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.
Created over millions of years, tectonic forces slowly thrust the limestone above the water-line. During this process waves lapping against the stone carved out a number of vast, striking caverns, as well as other geologically interesting formations, such as tunnel caves and uniquely shaped massifs.
Over the ages, Vietnamese fishermen with too much time on their hands began to see shapes in the stone massifs atop many of the islands, and named the islands accordingly -- Turtle Island, Human Head Island, Chicken Island and so on.
In what constitutes one of the most fascinating cultural features of the area, some of these fisherman still live on the bay today -- on floating fishing villages, where houses are set atop barges year round, the inhabitants catching and cultivating fish throughout.
Ha Long Bay cruises mostly run out of Hanoi or the coastal town of Halong City (which faces out and over the bay). There are hundreds of agencies selling tours on the bay, but very few actually run their own boats -- instead most are consolidators or resellers. Organising a tour is very much a buyer beware scenario -- talk to other travellers and shop around -- if you're paying $15 a head for a two day tour of Ha Long Bay rest assured it will be pretty dodgy. Try to include a stay on Cat Ba Island if you can.
The only part of Ha Long City most visitors see is Bai Chay harbour, the embarkation point for boat tours of Ha Long Bay that begin and end in Hanoi. However, with its small beach and given recent upgrades to the city -- including the construction of a wide promenade and the planting of gardens along the coast -- Ha Long City isn't a bad place to spend a night or two en route to one of the outlying islands or a boat tour of the Bay.
The provincial capital of Quang Ninh province, Ha Long City is actually comprised of two towns, Bai Chay and Hon Gai, which are connected by a bridge. The former is the tourist town part of Ha Long City, while the latter is home to more of a local scene. Bai Chay is packed with hotels and hosts the pier from which the Ha Long Bay tour boats leave -- chances are, if you're overnighting in Ha Long City, you'll find yourself in Bai Chay.
While there are some luxury hotels with decent swimming pools and high-altitude rooms with fantastic views over the bay, Ha Long Bay is known for its mini-hotels -- scads of them, all clustered together in and around Vuon Dao Street (which means "Peach Garden").
These hotels fill up with Vietnamese in the summer and occupancy in Ha Long can reach capacity during festivals and holidays, so if you're travelling during these periods, be sure to book ahead. The rest of the year, the mini-hotels are more or less empty, or closed.
The best way to get to Halong Bay, will be to fly into Noi Bai International Airport, 40km outside Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city. From there you will need to transfer to Halong City, and there are a number of ways you can do this. The best way would be to hire a car, mini van or bus, with a driver, this is a relatively inexpensive option and the driver will be able to pick you up directly at the airport. It is not recommended that you take a private bus, although practically free at the price, it is overcrowded, stops every 5 minutes and will take more than 6 hours for your to reach Halong City. We recommend you to book your transfer from Hanoi or Hanoi Airport with Asian Trails. We offer competitive rates at excellent quality and with high safety standards.
If you really feel like splashing out, you can pick up your helicopter at the airport and zip through from Hanoi to Halong City in just one hour, and enjoy a spectacular bird’s eye view of the bay. Asian Trails can provide the necessary arrangements for this. Please ‘contact’ us.
Another exciting option would be to pick up your vehicle and your driver, and get him to make the 2 hour trip to Hai Pong, where you would then board a hydrofoil to Cat Ba Island, where one hour later when you arrive, you board your boat to tour all of Halong Bay. The best way to see Halong Bay is by boat; you can either join a tour, hire a private boat or junk, and spend up to 10 days cruising around Halong Bay at your leisure.
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Amazing views! I want to visit this destination for my next holiday. Is halong-bay-tours agency reliable and good for my trip, Chrisphh?
Another unique way to discover directly Halong from Hanoi is in aviator. You can offer a private flight from Noi Bai international airport to Halong an have around to see the Halong bay from the airplane. And then book a cruise to have a luxury experience in Halong bay. That would be great. More information, feeling free to visit website of Exotic Voyages and contact them, they are an international tour operator.
More information, you can visit website adventureindochina.com.vn. This is the best place in Vietnam to find out Halong Bay
Halong is regarded as one of the wonders of the world. Scenery of Halong is breathtaking. Besides Halong, you can come to visit Bai Tu Long, Lan Bay, Cat Ba,...
Halong Bay is amazing, however, ive heard that overnight cruising will be end soon
yea, thats the source: Halong Bay Overnight Cruises to be banned 'soon'
Halong bay is a great destination to visit in Vietnam. I myself had a wonderful trip with Glory legend cruise with 3 day packages last year.
Halong Bay is such a lovely place for hiking, scuba diving, rock climbing as well as for cruise tours. I have been twice to Vietnam, and I had the most incredible time at Halong Bay. There are many interesting things to do, and especially the floating villages are the most special attractions of Halong Bay. If you're looking for nice accommodation, then visit Halong Bay Hotels for more details.
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