recognized as the Natural Wonder of the world by UNESCO, Halong Bay is
among the worth-visiting landscapes in Vietnam for tourists, both
domestic and international, who love discovering wonderful works of the
Being recognized as the Natural Wonder
of the world by UNESCO, Halong Bay is among the worth-visiting
landscapes in Vietnam for tourists, both domestic and international, who
love discovering wonderful works of the Mother Nature. Halong Bay might
be most beautiful during summer, yet sometimes it has heavy rains or
even sea storms. In the autumn, the weather is ideal and cool for
vacations and holiday. Besides, the temperature is low in winter, but
not as cold as that in the West. In spring, it is often get foggy and
wet. That is definitely not good for travelling or visiting the sites as
well as taking photos.
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 Halong Bay.
1. Sleeping On Board
a lot of new hotels are being established on the islands, experienced
tourists recommend new ones to spend at least one night on board a boat.
By this way, they could admire the bay much closer up in a more special
manner. There are various types of boats available in Halong Bay,
from high standard cruisers to diesel-powered junks. Of course, the
costs you have to spend for the junks are much less expensive in
compared with the cruisers but bear in mind that they are obviously
small and do rock much. Thus, if you have enough budgets, do not
hesitate to book a cruiser for your trip. However, regardless of your
choice, try it at least one night. Believe me, you will not regret about
2. Sunbathe In Halong Bay
of the most satisfying things to do in Halong Bay is sunbathing or
swimming. Having thousands of grottoes and limestone, Halong Bay offers
countless places for tourists to enjoy swimming, sunbathing,
snorkelling, fishing, or kayaking upon cruising around. For example, if
you choose to stop at Cat Ba Island, there are different famous beaches
for you to relax on, such as Cat Co 1 (Cát Cò 1), Cat Co 2 (Cát Cò 2),
and Cat Co 3 (Cát Cò 3). According to some experienced tourists, they
said that the sunning scenery of mountain cliffs rinsing out of this bay
becomes an ideal backdrop for many water-based activities.
3. Practice Tai Chi on desk
Chi is the ancient martial art which has been performed for thousands
of years in China in order to improve the physical health, mental health
through its controlled, soft movements. If you practice Tai Chi in the
peace, with the help of great outdoor aids, you could achieve a lot of
benefits via this art form. Hence, is it a great idea of practicing Tai
Chi when being surrounded by the sublime natural beauty of Halong Bay?
can practice Tai Chi under the instructions of experienced Tai Chi
Master to learn to take control of your body as well as mind. The
location of practicing could be on the deck of the junk boat cruise. It
will definitely bring to you a unique experience of breathing in the
air, watching sun rise and practicing Tai Chi.
4. Visit floating villages
is an interesting feature of the daily life of Halong Bay locals. For
most of us, a cruise on the emerald clear green water of Halong Bay is a
unique experience, so it might be hard to imagining living everyday
life surrounded by the beauty of this well-known bay. However, for a
large number of families of the traditional floating fishing villages in
Halong Bay, water world is their second hometown. This sounds strange
but it does. Rising and falling with the natural tide, these floating
villages have been “warm” homes to many generations of fishermen in
Halong Bay. These families earn their living from the diversified supply
of the marine life. You could understand more about the real life of
those fishermen on floating boats by chatting with them. Pay a visit to
one of those charming villages, meet playful kids, and meet some
grinning fishermen. This way, you are experiencing of the most
interesting things to do in Halong Bay.
5. Ride on Cat Ba Island
Cat Ba (Cát Bà) is considered as the largest island in Halong Bay, Cat Ba
owns some impressive natural beauty found in the area, not to mention
to wide range of species as well as natural habitats. The best way to
approach this isle is by boat, and the best way to explore it is on foot
or by rented bicycle.
Let yourself flow with the beauty of Cat Ba
by exploring limestone hills, discovering those hidden waterfalls,
grottoes and lakes; spotting wildlife hidden in coastal forests as well
as mangroves; or going snorkelling off this coast to search the
underwater life. There are endless options for you to experience this
island in your own way.
6. View Halong Bay from helicopter
might be one of the most costly things to do in Halong Bay. Halong Bay
is well-known for its wonderful limestone karsts and caves that attract
millions of travelers worldwide. Actually, admittedly, there is no
better way to witness Halong Bay from the helicopter. Despite cruising
can help you view the bay at the horizon, yet the view may not be
spectacular and appealing as there are many karsts as well as islands
rising in the bay. The helicopter will allow you to reach the height of
300m above the water level, so you will see almost whole famous
landscapes of Halong Bay, such as Dau Go Cave (Hang Đầu Gỗ), Tuan Chau
Island (Đảo Tuần Châu), and so on.
7. Discover Hidden Grottos and Caves
thousands of jungle-covered peaks dramatically rising out of the
emerald water of Halong Bay, there are a few illuminated caves,
picturesque hidden coves, isolated grottos of all sizes and shapes.
Tourists could hire a row boat before venturing out to explore those
hidden gems, like Thien Cung (Thiên Cung) Cave, known as Heavenly Palace
Cave, which is well-known for its stalagmites and stalactites, and Dau
Go Cave (Hang Đầu Gỗ), which is known as the Cave of Wonders.
8. Dining in the cave
to Halong Bay, tourists should not miss an interesting activity like
dining in a certain cave. A few cruises offer this service on their
trips and the members of crews will prepare a delicious and delightful
diner in the cave. Some cruises add this activity as one of their
included activities while others make it optional activity.
after a day of kayaking, swimming or joining in other activities, there
is nothing more relaxing than having a diner in such a quiet, romantic
and a little mysterious cave. Most tourists make use of this dinner for
their special occasions such as a romantic anniversary, birthday party,
conference group or even a small wedding with no more 60 guests. These
dinning services have both fresh Halong Bay seafood and Eastern and Western cuisine for those people who would like a change from what they have enjoyed in Halong.
9. Kayak between karsts limestone outcrops
enjoying the landscapes in a traditional junk boat cruise is a great
way to experience most great aspects of Halong Bay at a relaxing pace,
some of you might love something more adventurous. And, kayaking should
be one of things to do in Halong Bay for those people. Kayaking is a
type of padding, which uses a kayak in order to move across water.
Thanks to thousands of isles and islands, clean blue water and calm
tides, Halong Bay is perfect for this activity.
Halong Bay is very easy to take part in for every tourist, even
adventure kayaking. The adventure kayaking will be hold in some of the
most beautiful places in Halong 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
2-3 day tours.
Bay is blessed with clear and calm sea water. Thus, it is a perfect
place for tourists to experience the wild nature of Halong Bay via
swimming. Just simply dip in the cool jade-green water of the Bay, you
will feel really relaxing and free from hustle and bustle daily life.
This is a good opportunity for you to enjoy such charming beauty of
Halong Bay’s beaches, including Ti Top Beach, Bai Chay (Bãi Cháy) Beach,
Tuan Chau (Tuần Châu), Beach, Ngoc Vung (Ngọc Vừng) Beach and Quan Lan
(Quan Lạn) Beach.
11. Cycle in Halong Bay
deeply experience quiet atmosphere as well as scenic setting on the
beaches of Halong Bay, trekking and cycling will become great things to
do in Halong Bay for tourists. Upon trekking on the beach, travellers
could enjoy cosy white sand and gaze at stunning seascape of the Bay.
Trekking and cycling are great for those who want to explore around the
wild nature of the sea. You could combine these activities with a BBQ
meal on the beach.
12. Spot the birdlife and wildlife on Cat Ba Island
Halong Bay, there are a number of large islands, and one of the most
well-known islands is Cat Ba Island – the largest one and also home to a
national park featuring with 30 different mammal species and over 70
species. The National Park
provides tourists with fantastic chances for hiking and spotting rare
“Cat Ba languor” monkey. This park covers both water and land, and those
keen walkers could spot wild boar, giant oriental squirrels, civet cat
and deer. There are different bird species in this National Park,
including hornbills, hawks, and cuckoos.
13. Chill out on beautiful beaches of Lan Ha Island
Halong Bay boasts of many caves and inlets, it might not have many real
beaches, except at Lan Ha (Lan Hạ) Bay, which owns approximately 100
sandy stretches of beach. You just need to spend a few days on exploring
the floating villages here, enjoying rock climbing, witnessing the
stunning views and scuba diving. Or, you could simply chill out on one
of those beaches and watch the local daily life go by.
14. See sunset on the desk
tourists wonder that what they should do or where they should go during
the golden hour. The answer is to watching sundown on the deck. In the
evening, the sun slips below karsts, staining the sky in luminescent
hues and creating dramatic silhouettes of karsts and mesmerizing
reflection over the water. It is recommended have a seat on the lounge
chair of your cruise and enjoying a cruise with a camera on hand.
15. Hike on Ban Sen Island
you want to experience something really adventurous, go for hiking on
Ban Sen (Bản Sen) Island. This is one of the most thrilling things to do
in Halong Bay. This island is thickly forested and probably
uninhabited, making it a peaceful getaway for you. What you need to do
is to take a ferry to the Quan Lan (Quan Lạn) from Cai Rong (Cái Rồng)
and then enjoy your little piece of paradise. If you want, hire a tour
guide who could regale you with mysterious stories of local folklore.
16. Night Squid Fishing
in Halong Bay? Then, think of night squid fishing. It might be one of
the most lesser-known things to do in Halong Bay, but it gives every
tourist who used to take part in this activity. Night squid fishing
provides you with great pleasure of the night trip on Halong Bay. You
will be supplied fishing rods, racquets to actively use them to catch
squids. During the squid season, it will be popular for tourists to see
many large shoals of squids surrounding cruisers and each tourist could
catch about 30 squids for each fishing night.
You could use the
squids caught for making dishes. This is a perfect time to enjoy Halong
Bay by night. At night, the surface of the sea water is sparkling with
the reflected light from those cruises that anchored on this bay.
International tourists really love the boiled whole squids as upon
eating, they could enjoy the wonderful feeling of ink line which breaks
out pitch-black within their mouth. Tourists could also eat whilst
singing Karaoke or dancing. With a little bit alcohol yeast, everybody
will become enthusiasm and excited dancers and singers.
17. BBQ on the beach
should be one of your gastronomic things to do in Halong Bay. Trust me!
There is no doubt that having BBQ on one of beaches of Halong Bay will
bring to you a unique experience that you hardly have anywhere else.
With various fresh meat and seafood dishes, like roasted chicken, baked
king prawns, grilled beef rump, etc, it is very promising for tourists
to have an exceptional and tasty meal in the bay of islands. Just
imagine, in the light of the dawn, you and your loved ones feast on a
delicious BBQ meal and sip perfect cups of cocktail or wine, surrounded
by green islets, white sands, and the blue sea. This is difficult to
18. Scuba Diving
only is Halong Bay a spectacular destination for sightseeing in
Vietnam, but also is an ideal place for adventurous sports. Tourists
coming to this landscape can enjoy not only the boat trip but also scuba
diving. Scuba diving has been opened in Halong Bay recently, making it
one of interesting things to do in Halong Bay, particularly for those
underwater lovers. The most suitable period for scuba diving in this bay
is from April to December. The water temperature during this time is
about 26-29 degrees.
19. Climb Mountain
The last but not less interesting one in this list of things to do in Halong Bay is
climbing mountain. In fact, Halong Bay is reckoned as among the most
majestic climbing regions of the world. It is estimated that there are
more than 3000 limestone islands in Halong Bay area. This area has a few
sport climbing routes and has much potential for additional