Top 5 best attractive destinations in Ha Long
Ha Long, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world recognized by UNESCO, is not only the pride of Quang Ninh people in particular but also of Vietnam’s tourism industry in general. Every year, Ha Long welcomes thousands of domestic and foreign tourists to the fascinating attractions that it possesses. The Ha Long Bay region is home to nearly 2,000 islands, 59 discovered caves and grottoes, and hundreds of beaches - many of which remain vastly undisturbed by modern tourism. Nature lovers and adventurous travelers are drawn to Ha Long for its wild exploration potentials and to appreciate the abundant wildlife, flora, fauna, marine life, and coral reefs. Here are top 7 places Whatsup Vietnam would like to recommend for your trip.
1. Co To Island
Co To Island is considered as one of the most spectacular islands in the Northern Gulf as well as one of the most appealing tourist destinations in Ha Long. With an area of 47.3km2, Co To Island is famous for more than 50 islands, large and small rocks and fresh green beaches - the idyllic and harmonious natural sceneries, which is an exceptional ideal place for swimming and relaxing in the summer. Co To Island is a name only passed around by people who are “in the know”, as they say, and that’s exactly why it’s retained a sense of authenticity, isolation, and intact natural values unti these days.
Between the white sandy beaches, the turquoise water, the craggy cliff faces, the cheap and delicious seafood, Co To Island is so much more than just another Ha Long Bay attraction. Beach activities, trekking, and motorbike road trips are the list-toppers while visiting Co To.
When you arrive in Co To island, you should visit Van Chay beach which has gentle waves, shallow water region and charming scenery promising to melt the heart of visitors. Visitors can experience the pristine feeling of sleeping in a tent at night and walking on the beach in the morning breathing fresh air, which will surely bring about an impressive and har-to-forget island trip.
2. Tuan Chau Island
The entire area only covers 2.2 kilometers, but despite its humble size, Tuan Chau Island packs a punch. A newly developed tourist zone just outside Ha Long City, Tuan Chau is one of the top Ha Long Bay attractions for those looking forward to enjoying some recreational activities and beachside resorts. The construction of this road was undertaken by Tuan Chau 5-star yacht company and officially started on February 28, 1998. Investments have been poured into the island to construct a modern tourist resort. It includes attractions such as the dolphin, sea lion, and performing-seal club, animal circus club, golf course, cultural-sports center, beach, rural market, ornamental fish lake, villas in Hill 1 and Hill 2, guesthouses, five 80-room villas by the beach. The ensemble of five restaurants and one round house built in the pagoda motif can serve up to 500 guests at a time.
From 2014, there is another way to reach Tuan Chau Island from Hanoi that is a direct flight from Hanoi to Tuan Chau Island by seaplane of Hai Au Aviation. The flight allows you to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the thousands of limestone karsts jutting up from the jade green waters and see remote fishing villages before landing at Tuan Chau Island Marina.
3. Ba Vang Pagoda
The pagoda was built in 1706 during the reign of King Le Du Tong. The temple has been repaired and embellished many times for over a hundred years. These days, it has put on a magnificent beauty waiting for people to discover. Located at an altitude of 340 meters above sea level with the beautiful terrain like Green Dragon and White Tiger on the both flanks, Bang Dang river in front and the pine forest behind, Ba Vang Pagoda has become a landscape that can captivate the heart of any visitor.
Before stepping into the temple, you will be surprised with the unique and fancy system of statues more than 2 meters high. In particular, the statue of Amitabha is one of the largest wooden Buddha statues in the Northern Vietnam. Next to the pagoda is the complex of constructions such as the lecture hall, the library and the bell tower, which are harmoniously designed to facilitate the monks as well as Buddhists to worship Buddha.
4. Dau Go (Wooden-Steak) cave
A thousand year ago, Dau Go cave was discovered and used for preparation of a special Vietnamese fight against the invasion of the Mongolian-China army. In 1288, the incumbent general of Vietnam, Tran Dung Dao, stored a numerous number of woods in this cave. He ordered his soldiers to cover a wooden head with sharp metals in one night only and place them in the mouth of Bach Dang river which is around 10 kilometers away. The high tide hid the battle field and it was time the Vietnamese used small boats to provoke the giant ships of the enemy. The tide dropped after they had entered the field and the large ships trapped inside the pit. The Vietnamese used fire to burn the wooden boats without movement and they won the fight. Wooden Steak cave and the burning boats of the enemy came to the side of Ha Long city and burned the whole forest for days. As a consequence, the land appeared after the fire is called “Bai Chay” (meaning: burning region), which is the biggest harbor in Ha Long now.
5. Ti Top Island
Ti Top has long been included on many cruises itineraries as one of the ‘must-see’ Ha Long Bay attractions, thanks to its picturesque view from the vantage point at the center of the island as well as the tourist-friendly beach down below. Unlike many other tourist destinations on Ha Long Bay, in addition to beautiful natural scenery, Ti Top Island also owns a stunning beach, called Ti Top Beach. Although the beach is not too large, it is extremely quiet and clean. Visiotors often come to the beach to sunbath or climb to the top of the mountain with a view to conquering a panoramic view of the island. Looked down from above, Ti Top beach is shaped like a full moon embracing the island's foot.
Written by: Hieu La