What is about Halong bay cruises? Be a UNESCO world heritage site of Vietnam and popular in the world, Halong Bay in Halong City, Cam Pha town, Quang Ninh Province definitely deserves your visit and also does not disappoint you at any cost. Because the bay is a perfect combination of emerald water areas, limestone islands, rainforests, and phenomenal caves, the best way for exploring this wonderful land is Halong Bay Tours in which travelers can easily approach the nature’s miraculous charm.
Halong bay cruises 2016: top things to see
Sung Sot cave
The cave splendidly emerges into the heart of Halong Bay’s heritage area. In 1901, the French unintentionally discovered this cave and called it Grotte des surprises (it means an amazing cave). Inside the cave, there are three chambers with high ceiling and plenty of stalactites formed in unique shapes (the most prominent ones are a horse-shaped stone and a sword-shaped stone), surprising anyone lucky to enter and contemplate the cave. Especially, the ancient legend here reveals that the Thanh Giong hero, after prevailing all enemies, left those weapons and flew to heaven. In general, it is well worth penetrating into the cave and observing its natural masterpieces from stone.
Positioned about 14 km away from Bai Chay Beach and to the northeast of Bo Hon Island, Luon Cave is also one of the highlights in your Halong Bay cruises. The ceiling’s height is from 2.5 to 4 meters above sea level, depending on the tide here. What indeed fascinates people to the cave is its fantastic mixture of emerald water and limestone mountains, which creates a picturesque scene and also is perfect for kayaking. Not only that, after cruising through the cave, you will be dazzled by a lake looking like an impressive stadium with high podium and the intact setting of orchids, ferns, and wild golden monkey.
Vung Vieng fishing village
Another thing to experience in Halong Bay cruises is paying a visit to Vung Vieng Fishing Village, around 24 km away from the mainland and right in the center of Bai Tu Long Bay. There is nothing sophisticated here, but you will be convinced by the rustic and tranquil beauty at a traditional fishing village. It is an outstanding picture about the idyllic water area where there are hospitable fishermen and innocent children with bright smiles. Besides relishing the charming natural scenery, you will get a chance to meet the locals and learn about various exciting features in their culture and lifestyle.
Cua Van fishing village
Supposed to be the largest and wealthiest fishing farm of Halong Bay, Cua Van has attracted both international and domestic tourists not only because of its breathtaking landscapes, exciting marine, costal ecosystem, but also the peaceful life of locals here. Lying in the heart of the bay with lots of mountains around, and 20km from the boat wharf, the village is where you can discover how the fishermen live and cling to the fishing as their butter and bread.
The island was named in a special occasion in which the Russian astronaut Titov, accompanied by the Ho Chi Minh president, first visited Vietnam; to mark this meaningful visit, the president put the island’s new name after his foreign friend. As a masterpiece from the nature, the island is extremely stunning, picturesque, and prominent in photos. Moreover, with its clean emerald water, fresh atmosphere, and white sand, it has drawn a large number of tourists from many areas and is ideal for all beach activities.
Lan Ha bay
Situated to the east and south of Cat Ba Town, Lan Ha Bay with over 300 karst islets and smooth white-sand beaches are enough seductive to blow your mind when being on a visit there. One wonderful thing is that there are not too many tourist boats sailing through Lan Ha as the area is too far from the bay center; then, it will have lots of things isolated to explore. In addition, it is fantastic to take the chance to experience the local’s style and learn about the marine life, such as seals, dolphin, fish, coral reefs, and others.
Cat Ba national park
Another highlight of Halong Bay cruises is Cat Ba National Park widely known as one of the large biosphere reserves to the north of Vietnam. See on lonelyplanet.com to gain the clear description of the park’s beauty and diversity. Exactly, it is the home of 11 species of frogs, 20 species of mammals (among them is golden-headed langur which is referred to as the most endangered primate in the world), 20 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 69 species of birds.
Halong bay cruises 2016: top things to do
The most wonderful method for approaching the real charm of Halong Bay is kayaking. Why? Actually, you also think that there is not big boat going through hidden areas of the bay, so this interesting activity will allow you to freely discover romote islets, lagoons and hidden grottoes while experiencing an adventurous feeling. There is nothing more spectacular than touching the nature’s great magnificence through paddling by yourself. Swimming
Of course, a Halong Bay cruise is not merely about sightseeing and leisurely cruising, but swimming. Try to think how awesome it will be while you immerse yourself into the cool emerald water at the bay and play water with your companion. Besides, relaxing on a long white-sand beach in some islands is also too fascinating to experience after swimming.
Dinner in cave
Normally, you will be served with a romantic dinner on board for any cruises. However, this voyage is uniquely designed for bringing you the dinner in cave – an incredible taste for sure. How do you think about the prospect in which you enjoy your meal while everything around looks like a miraculous picture naturally formed from limestone? It’s unbelievable, right?
Fishing for squid at night
Do you love fishing? If yes, fishing for squid at night also delights you so much. Just use a rod and line, and you will get a taste of the special fishing type in a peaceful night, which you have had no idea before. Hence, try your hand at this activity and see how different it and normal fishing are.
The best time to visit Halong bay
It is true that you can pay a visit to Halong Bay anytime of the year since the weather is always nice all year round. The average temperature at the bay is about 25 degree Celsius. However, you can find many different recommendations on travel forums where you are advised that Spring and Fall are perfect for trips as it is the time of sunshine and beneficial for water activities.
What to eat in Halong Bay
Let’s give a try at some famous dishes of the bay during your Halong Bay Cruises: sea snails, squid sausage, tuna steak, chicken and beef skewers, fresh salad, and others with seafood. More absorbingly, the Halong cuisines are always garnished in an eye-catching way.
Halong Bay – one of the best natural wonder of the world
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