General Introduction of Halong Bay
Located in the northeast corner of Viet Nam, 165 km from Ha Noi, Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh province is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and actually the most popular travel destination in Vietnam with spectacular seascape of limestone pillars and is an ideal model of a mature Karst landscape developed during a warm and wet tropical climate.
With the bay of great beauty and its 3000 awesome islands, Ha Long Bay should be considered an essential part of any visit to Northern Vietnam. Thanks to the precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by human presence. The site's outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest.
There is a plenty of things to explore in the 4000 square kilometre body of water, and it is easy to find peaceful places to swim, fish, or just relax on your own without being bothered by anyone or anything, yet surrounded by majestic scenery.
There are two separated seasons in this area: hot and moist summer and cold winters. Most of tourists prefer to visit Halong bay during summers as it is the best time to enjoy the great beauty of the bay. The water is warm, clean and clear making swimming always a pleasure here.
With the amazing beauty scenes and tourism, historical and cultural values, In 1962, Ha Long Bay was recognized as a vestige and beauty spot of national significances by Ministry of Culture and Information of Viet Nam before being considered the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
Lots of travel tours have been opened to take tourists from different regions to Ha Long Bay. Travel agencies in Hanoi offer an overnight trip, including all transportation, two days of sailing on the bay, accommodations in a modest hotel and good meals. If you have an extra day, you can add a night in Cat Ba Island.