Halong Bay has been recognised twice by UNESCO as a World Heritage site — once in 1994 its exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance and again in 2000 for geological and geomorphic features
While Halong Bay is world famous for its geography, it is not so well known for its biodiversity: the area supports complex ecosystems and is home to dozens of rare and endangered plants, animals, bird and marine life.
History buffs will delight in their visit to Halong Bay, which is rich in culture from ancient Vietnam, including traditions, myths and legends - and people.
The legend of Halong Bay is all about dragons and war and victory. Learn about the dragons who protected Vietnam from its enemies and then retired in peace in Halong Bay.
The floating villages in Halong, Bai Tu Long and Lan Ha Bay are reminders of a time long past, and each village has its own history and distinct charm.
Halong Bay amazes its visitors with the beauty of its limestone islands — many harbour diverse marine landscapes, fascinating karst caves and peaceful grottoes.
The limestone of Halong Bay has resulted in beautiful karst cave systems that are ready to be explored by eager tourists. Depending on the itinerary, no cruise trip to Halong Bay is complete without a visit to one of these spectacular caves.
With the cooler, winter temperatures, luxury overnight cruising of Halong Bay during peak season is not to be missed when visiting northern Vietnam.
With warmer weather, cheaper prices and fewer travellers, a luxury overnight cruise of Halong Bay during low season is highly recommended.
Sunrise in Halong Bay is a peaceful time of day on your cruise. Welcome the dawn as the sun peeks shyly over this ancient landscape, awakening new adventures and experiences.
Dusk, when the sun sinks pink and red and orange into the grey-green ocean, is mesmerising in Halong Bay. As night falls and stars come out to play, feel the cool sea breeze on your skin.
Cruising UNSECO World Heritage site Halong Bay, you will see view — and perhaps swim in — some of its finest beaches: Tuan Chau, Bai Chay, Ba Trai Dao, Ti Top, Ngoc Vung and Soi Sim.
This 1,553 km2 UNESCO inscribed site is home to 1,969 limestone islands and islets, the less well known islets are worth exploring for a unique experience and an insight into Vietnamese culture.
After a month of investigation and hundreds of complaints and requests from travel agents, operators, and visitors, the Halong Bay authorities have finally lifted the ban on kayak use.