Halong Bay is a paradise for photographers as each of its rock formations is unique to itself. Tour companies always offer tourists plenty of choices of where to stop and each stop is a guaranteed memorable one.
Some of the most popular activities in Halong Bay are swimming, fishing, snorkeling and kayaking, trekking and cycling. It is truly a paradise for active visitors.
Sleeping On Board
Though many new hotels are being built on the bigger islands, experienced visitors recommend newcomers to spend a night on board a boat. We call it a cruise travel. This way, you will be able to admire the bay closer up and in quite a special way. The boats in question range from diesel-powered junks as well as higher standard cruisers. The junks are less expensive compared to cruisers but keep in mind that they are usually small and do rock a lot. Pick the boat/accommodation that suits your style and budget, then try it for at least one night.
Swimming and Sunbathing in Ha Long Bay
Halong Bay has thousands of limestone islands and grottoes. There are countless places to stop for swimming, fishing, snorkeling and kayaking when cruising around. On famous Cat Ba Island there are a few well-known beaches to relax on, some with easily remembered names like Cat Co One, Cat Co Two and Cat Co Three. The stunning scenery of sheer mountain cliffs rising out of the bay makes an ideal backdrop to water-based activities.
Trekking is a good option on Cat Ba Island. There are lots of rare animals to see, including green and hawksbill turtles and golden-headed langur monkeys. Visitors can choose from various trek routes; either way it’s an impressive experience. Another good way to enjoy a visit to Cat Ba is to cycle around the local villages.
Viet Hai Village
Viet Hai Village is located in a remote corner of Cat Ba National Park. Many people still live in simple houses made of bamboo, wood, leaves and soil. It is a chance to experience the true roots of Cat Ba culture which have carried on for hundreds of years.
Cat Ba Island Resort and Spa offers a grand swimming pool with water slides and waterfalls. It is the only hotel in Vietnam that has a water park as such and is a brilliant place for families.
Sun World Halong Park
Newly built and opened from Summer 2016, Sun World Halong Park is becoming the most popular park in Halong.
Featuring a total area of 214 ha, Sun World Ha Long Park consists of 2 main sectors linked by a sea-crossing cable car line: Beach amusement complex and Mystic Mountain complex
The 2-km long cable car will take visitors to the Mystic Mountain complex. There are numerous activities and things to see including the Zen garden, coin-op games and Sun Wheel – world’s top highest ferries wheel.
Halong Bay night life
When not cruising Halong Bay, it can be a romantic idea to just enjoy the evening by spending time at the waterfront venues.
The choice of nightlife in Halong Bay is limited but there are a few interesting places to visit. In such a gorgeous setting it’s really not hard to spend a night to remember for a long time.
Blue Note Bar
A well-known bar which also has Karaoke, they have a good list of drinks and stay open until very late.
Location: At Ward 1, Cat Ba Island.
Tel: +84 (031) 888967
Flightless Bird Cafe
Flightless Bird Cafe is another popular place among travelers. Open from 18:30 onwards choose a seat on the second-floor balcony. It will be hard to take your eyes off the beautiful harbour view. This is a good place to get information about Halong Bay as well as to exchange books.
Location: On the main street of Cat Ba Island.
Tel: +84 031) 888517
Noble House is a hotel with an outstanding restaurant on the first floor. There is a very nice bar on the second floor which also has a pool table and board games.
Location: Centre of Cat Ba Island, next to the post office, across from the pier.
Tel: +84 (031) 888363
Did you know?
a) The best time to visit the Halong Bay area is in spring and summer. In the autumn and winter the sea is not very clear because of the muddy waters. In summer, days are clearer and temperatures can be somewhat high. In winter the area may be visited, but you won’t be able to swim.
b) The People’s Committee of Quang Ninh Province has decided to stop the operation of jet-ski services in Ha Long Bay in a move to protect the world-famous tourist site from possible environmental pollution.