Top 6 most fascinating things to do in Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay is one of the most famous spots in Vietnam and it consists of a series of amazing limestone islands which are also a designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Coming to this natural wonder, you will not only be able to witness the breathtaking scenes of the nature but also enjoy numerous popular but interesting things to do in Ha Long Bay. Here’s a quick rundown of the top 6 fascinating and fun activities to keep you busy on your trip to Ha Long Bay.
1. Cruise on Ha Long Bay
If you truly want to see all the beauty of Ha Long Bay then you need to take to the water and sign up for a boat cruise. There are a huge number of companies to choose from and you can go island hopping in Ha Long Bay.
With some 2,000 islands to choose from, you will have lots of different options about where you want to go and what you want to see, from the main ‘big hits’ to less well known and smaller islands. Many of the boats used are built in the traditional style and are known as ‘junk boats’. 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.
Once must-included in the list of the top 25 kayaking destinations in the world by National Geographic Magazine, Ha Long is an ideal destination for you to try this fascinating sport. With a kayaking experience, visitors will have unforgettable memories when sailing on their own, exploring the islands and caves on the bay.
Kayaking in Ha long Bay is very easy to take part in for every tourist, even adventurous kayaking. The adventure kayaking will be hold in some of the most beautiful places in Ha Long Bay with mountain surrounded, beaches and water tunnel cave. The most common places are 3 Peaches islets, Dark and Light Cave. Adventure kayaking often offers tourists the option of 2 or 3-day tours.
3. Explore the fishing village
In the journey to visit the bay, you not only admire the majestic natural scenery but also have the opportunity to explore the life of the fishing village people. Amidst the charming paintings, fishing villages seem to embellish the beauty of tranquility and dreaming.
After dropping by one of these villages, you may indeed mingle with an authentic natural setting where blue sky and ocean, fresh and cool air, as well as picturesque seascape are beautifully vivid in front of your eyes. Besides, it is also a good occasion to broaden your knowledge and take hands-on photos about local culture and daily life. People here are very sociable, friendly, and enthusiastic. Just asking, and they are always ready to guide you how to spread a net, row a sampan, or even bait a hook.
4. Discover stunning caves
The landscape and ecosystem of the Ha long Bay are considered by specialists to be one of Vietnam's most valuable natural assets. What makes it so remarkable is the submergence of these well-known calcareous towers that have culminated in the formation of a number of caves and grottoes over millions of years of erosion. There are 59 officially listed on the registrar (including a recent discovery of 23 more), but experts say it's just the tip of the iceberg.
The majority of Ha Long Bay cruises will include at least a couple of caves on their routes and will give you the chance to hop off the cruise ship and explore the caves yourself, and believe us- there are definitely a few that are worth visiting. It has become somewhat of a Ha Long Bay tradition to attribute legends and folklore to each cave (everything from demons, dragons, and tragic love stories), so if you manage to find yourself a cruise with a tour guide who knows their stuff, you’ll be in for a treat.
5. Spiritual tourism
Not only beautiful beaches, high-class resorts, Ha Long Bay tourism is also a destination for tourists to have a spiritual tourism journey with many number of temples and pagodas. Truc Lam Yen Tu Zen Monastery, Cua Ong Temple, or Cai Bau Pagoda are famous landmarks. In particular, Cai Bau is dubbed as the most beautiful coastal temple in Ha Long Bay. Traveling to temples and pagodas, you can learn about the long history, immerse yourself in nature and live virtually with a plenty of beautiful check-in corners.
6. 2-storey cable car
Hanging on a 2-story cable car is also one of the memorable experiences for you when traveling to Ha Long Bay. Located in the entertainment area worth VND 6,000 billion, the Queen's Cable Car is like a giant 2-storey bus with a capacity of 230 people, taking passengers for a walk, watching the whole view of Ha Long Bay from above. With a height of 188.8 meters, the tower on the head of Bai Chay on a cable car sets a record as the highest tower in the world.
Written by: Hieu La