15 Best Things To Do And See In Ha Long Bay
Located in northern Vietnam near the border with Chinese, Halong Bay is regarded as the most visited tourist attraction in Vietnam and one of the 7 natural wonders of the world as well as designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. Coming here, tourists will have a chance to experience various interesting activities such as: sunbathing on the sand, discovering grottoes, taking a cycling tour, etc. In this blog, Whatsup Vietnam will provide you a must-try list when you are planning to take a trip to Halong Bay.
1. Taking A Cruise
If tourists truly want to contemplate a wide range of amazing limestone islands and schist rocks with majestic structure and shape, going on a cruise round the bay is best option to enjoy the valuable moments. With many cruise boats and some 2,000 islands to choose from, visitors will have lots of different options about how and where you want to go. Depending on the tour operator you can also enjoy a buffet meal as part of the cruise or even stay on the boat overnight for a truly memorable cruising experience.
Whilst some people love seeing the natural scenery in a traditional junk boat cruise, others have passion for more adventurous things. And, kayaking might be one of the favorite activities to do in Halong Bay for those people. Kayaking is a type of padding, which uses a kayak to move across water. Thanks to clean, blue water and calm tides at any time of the year, there are a substantial number of people taking part in this activity. While the kayak is going through the unnamed islands, visitors still get the opportunity to admire the beauty of coral reefs, the tiny fishes swimming and dancing around and many other interesting sceneries. 3 Peaches islets, Dark and Light cave are the most common areas for kayaking.
3. Scuba Diving
For tourists who are passionate about discovery, along with kayaking, diving will be a must-take activity on Halong Bay. By scuba-diving, tourists will have chance to see the wonderful underwater world of Halong by their all naked eye. It must be an amazing experience when you can explore various kinds of fish as well as pristine coral reefs at the bottom of Halong Bay; and even touch them. All facilities are regularly checked and match safety standard. Therefore, it’s unnecessary to worry about your safety.
Nothing can be more wonderful than a refreshing swim in the clean and calm water of Halong Bay. Dipping in the cool turquoise water will dispel any fatigue, stress, and affliction and make you feel really relaxing and free from the hustling and bustlinmg daily life. Some charming beaches tourists should not miss are Ti Top Beach, Bai Chay Beach, Tuan Chau Beach, Ngoc Vung Beach and Quan Lan Beach.
5. Going Spelunking At Hidden Caves
Coming to Halong that is well-known for its unique aesthetics and archaeology values, visiting caves is an indispensable activity attracting tourists from all over the world. There are a wide variety of hidden caves and grottos, lakes and lagoons inside the islands. Anyway, travelers should not miss a chance to visit the most famous caves such as Dau Go Cave, Thien Cung Cave, Sung Sot Cave, Trinh Nu Cave. Each grotto has its markedly charming beauty, its own legend relating to the name, and mysterious things to discover. Because they are all located on the sea, you have to take a cruise to travel around the Bay to visit the islands and caves.
6.Visiting Floating Villages
While Halong Bay is an invaluable present bestowed by The Creator, the floating villages are truly unique wonders created by fishermen. There are four main floating villages nestling in the quiet coves of Halong Bay with a total of around 1000 residents: Cua Van, Ba Hang, Vong Vieng, and Cong Tau. Staying here, tourists will have time interacting with the local people who have lived for generations drifting on the sea and visiting floating pearl producing farms. Also, it’ll be regrettable if you don’t try seafood made by villagers or buy drying products and hand-made of local residents for friends and family.
7.Going Night Squid Fishing
Squid fishing in the evening is considered a memorable experience that everyone is looking forward to doing. You can, at the same time, contemplate the glamorous beauty of Ha Long Bay, sparkling at night. However, notice that you can only take part in this activity under good weather. Normally, the suitable time for squid fishing is between April and January of the next year. On the floating villages or on cruises is one of two options for being engaged night squid fishing.
8. Shopping in Halong Bay
Paralleling with dipping in imposing and majestic nature, purchasing at local markets is an indispensable thing when coming to Halong Bay. Though Ha Long is not a paradise for shopaholic, there are some popular places such as Halong Market, Bai Chay Commercial Center to try out local foods and buy souvenirs, seafood; especially Ha Long Floating Market is a unique feature attracting many tourists. These “shops” are usually found wandering around nearby cruise boats and tourist areas such as the caves and beaches in Halong Bay. You’ll have to rise with the sun to take an opportunity to enjoy the various fresh fruits: dragon fruit, durian, lychees and mangoes,..etc. Don’t forget to bring a camera to memorize the valuable moments.!
9. Taking Part In Amusement Park: Sun World Complex
Regarded as the leading entertainment complex in Viet Nam with modern and captivating gaming systems, Sun World Halong Complex will surely bring visitors unforgettable experiences. The complex is divided into 2 main sectors: the coastal entertainment zone and the Ba Deo entertainment zone, connected with each other by a unique Queen cable system. And if you come to the amusement center, you have to join awesome activities such as experiencing games in Dragon Park and Typhoon Water Park, surfing on the hill and flying in the air from Ba Deo Mountain. Exciting and full of charm, a trip to Sun World Halong Complex is the first choice for visitors during the summer.
10. Experiencing Tuan Chau International Entertainment Center
Aparting from Sun World Ha Long Complex, Tuan Chau International Entertainment Center is considered a remarkable tourism and recreation complex set in the marvelous seascape. Like other amusement parks, it offers boundless fun and joy via a variety of fascinating games and performances from different animals but the most noteworthy thing is The Oyster-design Amphitheater for Water Music Show, outstanding performances in this setting making you feel like you are visiting the Colosseum of the old Roman Empire
11. Viewing Halong Bay From Helicopter
If you would like to splash out and enjoy the grandeur of Halong Bay from a height, a tour on a seaplane will a wonderful recommendation for you. The helicopter will take you up to a height of 300 meters above the water, so you can fly over and see whole prestigious spots like Dau Go Cave, Thien Cung, Tuan Chau Island and lots of other breathtaking landscapes. The price for each sightseeing tour is from $135 to $450, depending on the length of your flight.
12. Watching Sundowners On The Deck
In the end of the day, there is nothing more delightful than sipping a tipple and watching a jaw-dropping sunset on the lounge of your cruise. The natural landscapes immersing in the fanciful sunshine truly form a vivid and colorful picture, giving visitors the feeling of total satisfaction and interest.
13. Cycling In Halong Bay
There are various means of transportation to explore the famous attractions in Halong Bay, and biking can be a perfect suggestion for travellers. You can take part in bicycle tours or do it alone and explore at your leisure. Renting a bike costs about 20,000 VND per hour. What can more romantic than cycling on the most beautiful coastal road of Halong and listen to the sea waves fluttering!
14. Enjoying BBQ On The Beach
Possessing crystal clear water, unblemished golden sand, fresh air and imposing scenery, the beaches in Halong Bay such as a Trai Dao Beach (Three Peaches Beach), or Soi Sim Beach, etc., are the most ideal destinations of blowing your mind away with tasty BBQ. It is very promising for tourists to be served by various fresh meat and seafood dishes, like roasted chicken, baked king prawns, grilled beef rump, etc. This is really a once in a life-time experience!
15. Climbing Bai Tho Mountain
In addition to water-based activities, climbing Bai Tho mountain is one of fabulous activities tourists should not miss. Locating at an altitude of 200m with half lying on land, half lying on the sea, Bai Tho mountain is a beautiful limestone mountain that relates to historical stories as well as is an ideal place for tourists to admire the whole panorama of Ha Long City in a flash.
By Ngoc Van