Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Halong Bay has 120km-long coastline, an area of around 1,553km², including 1,969 islets, most of which are limestone. The core of the bay has an area of 334km² with a high density of 775 islets. The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. The geo-diversity of the environment in the area has created biodiversity, including a tropical evergreen biosystem, oceanic and sea shore biosystem. Halong bay is also home of 14 endemic floral species and 60 endemic faunal species.
Halong Bay is a popular travel destination with lots of attractive activities. Tourists can stay on a modernized version of a junk, a classic Asian sailing vessel, and overnight and visit the floating villages, as well as many fascinating limestone caves. The water inside the caves is so clean and clear that the sea bottom and its various corals and creatures become visible. The fresh seafood is always a treat and the on-board chef’s prepare amazing meals.
If tourists are more interested in exploring the most remote corner of Halong Bay on their own, kayaking in Halong will meet their expectations. The only companions on a kayaking trip in Halong Bay will be the rocks, local fishermen, sea birds and the occasional monkey. A morning swim and diving off the second story of the Junk, is also a favorite activity for many of the tourists that visit each year. The sea is blue, the sun is yellow and the sand is white. Many small isolated islands are available for tourists to sunbathe and swim on and around.
Since Halong Bay is a very famous travel destination not only in Vietnam but also all over the world, the tourism industry here is well-developed. Tourism services are high quality, the roads to Halong Bay from Hanoi are very developed, and the boats are well maintained and comfortable. The onboard rooms vary to accommodate the budget conscious travelers as well as the luxury traveler looking for a private tour with their family. Traveling to Vietnam and taking a cruise on Halong Bay will be a well-deserved treat and an experience that will not be forgotten.