Being one of the most wonderful natural heritages in the world, Halong Bay has attracted a lot of tourists thanks to its marvelous rock formations scattered around charming bay. Joining a short excursion to Halong bay from Hanoi, tourists will get a chance to eyewitness the amazing sights of the bay, as well as to experience some outdoor activities like kayaking, swimming or rock climbing.
Stretching over 1500 square kilometers and comprising more than 2000 limestone island and islets which are mainly located in a small area in the center of the bay, clustering together to form a spectacular sight, the unique natural landscape of Halong Bay was twice acknowledged as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO – in 1994 for its outstanding and aesthetic value and in 2000 for its outstanding geological and geomorphological value. It was also voted as one of New Seven Natural Wonders of the world in 2012.
The two most suitable itineraries for a Halong Bay trip are one day tour or 2 day 1 night tour with one night on boat as spending overnight on Halong bay cruises is the best way to enjoy unforgettable Halong landscape. The Halong bay cruises will not only show you the famous limestone formation but also offer a glimpse into the styles of another culture inside the bay.
There are many things to do during your floating time on the bay, including visiting famous attractions, soaking up amazing views of the rocks, going for a swim in the amazing warm and transparent waters on the most beautiful beaches of the Gulf of Tonkin as Titop beach, kayaking to touch the limestone, or going rock climbing up the soaring stone towers. You can have time explore Sung Sot Cave, one of the famous caves in Halong bay.
Start from Hanoi, you can reach the mysterious land after 4-hour drive. You’d better take a city tour around Hanoi before moving to Halong Bay, as the charming city with full of exotic cultural attractions will help you learn more about the country’s history and traditions. Top attractions to visit in Hanoi include Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Cottage, Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, and Ngoc Son temple. You should not miss an opportunity to watch the water puppet show at the theater nearby the lake.