Halong Bay may be such an extremely famous name to almost people in Vietnam as well as foreign travelers. Being listed as one of the natural wonders of the world, Halong Bay has proved to become the most amazing and attractive destination once you travel to Vietnam. Let’s see how extraordinary this place is by taking a brief look at it right now!
Located in the area of the Gulf of Tokin, Halong Bay, which means “descending dragon bay” in Vietnamese, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular travel destination in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam. Administratively, the bay belongs to Ha Long City. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and sizes. Halong Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bai Tu Long Bay to the northeast and Cat Ba Island to the southwest. These larger zones share a similar geological, geographical, geo morphological, climate and cultural characters.
Halong Bay has an area of around 1,553 km square, including 1,960 to 2,000 islets, most of which are limestone. The core of the bay has an area of 334 km square with a high density of 775 islets. Amazingly, the limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. The evolution of the karst in this bay has taken 20 million years under the impact of the tropical wet climate. The Geo-diversity of the environment in the area has created biodiversity, including a tropical evergreen eco-system, oceanic and sea shore bio-system. Therefore, Halong Bay is home to 14 endemic floral species and 60 endemic fauna species.
You would find that Halong bay is crowded with people mostly in around late May and early August. From January to March, it is often cool and drizzly, and there might have fog which can make visibility low, but adds bags of eerie atmosphere for this appealing place. From May to September, there are usually tropical storms. However, the best time to make a beeline here is in October and November where there are sunny blue-sky days and lack of crowds.
Coming to Halong Bay, you cannot definitely neglect a cruise trip around this amazing wonder as it will show you a glimpse of Halong bay, yet if you want to get the most out of your trip, allow at least two days. You will be able to see the most stunning moments on Halong Bay or its greatest wonder: the sunset, sunrise and a starry or moonlit night. Just book a 2 days 1 night on board cruise tour and you would be amazed by enjoying the one-of-a-kind beauty of nature that hardly you can catch in daily life! For those who love photographing, this place is absolutely a perfect choice for you to take some incredible photos of the beautiful and wonderful landscape. If your time is limited, one day trip to Halong bay would be great too, watching the local life and do kayaking Halong bay or bamboo round boat in these places, would bring you excited feeling.
As reaching Halong Bay, it is highly recommended that you should explore some of the gorgeous places there such as Bai Tu Long bay, Sung Sot Cave, Thien Cung Cave and Hon Ga Choi Island, one the iconic symbol of Ha Long Bay. What’s more, along the beach coasts, you will have a chance to enjoy the crystal clear beaches with the soft long and white sand. Rarely in your life can you have such a memorable vacation alone or with your family at one of the paradise in the world like in Halong Bay.
If you have ever seen the movie King Kong: Skull Island, you would notice that the background is taken from Halong Bay, the extraordinary destination. Now that people from other countries have known about it, Ha Long Bay deserves to be known worldwide so that people could spend their little time to come and discover one of the unique wonderful attractions existing in Vietnam.