Ha Long Bay – a World Heritage Site

Being recognized as the world heritage site for many times, Ha Long Bay has thousands of small and big islands as well as beauty spots, attracting millions of tourists each day.

Legendary has it that Ha Long Bay location is the place that dragon descends. Lying on the west of the Gulf of Tonkin, belonging to Northeast area, Vietnam, it stores many traces of forming and development of the earth, as well as be the very first home to ancient Vietnamese.

Visiting Ha Long Bay, tourists will have chance to admire nature’s masterpiece with 1969 islands in different shapes and discover many special caves. Below is a list of popular attractions for you to choose:

  1. Visiting famous caves

Hang Hanh Cave: This is the most beautiful and longest grotto in Ha Long bay with the length of 1,300 metres. You can travel to the cave by canoes or by cars but you have to wait for the time the tide falls. Hang Hanh Cave with lissome quartz emulsion will interest everybody.

Thien Cung Cave: When the boat lands on Cau Go wharf, tourists will go through a high and dangerous cliff with a grandiose wilderness. Inside the grotto, you will see a stunning picture with characters of tales on the east and many blocks that are complicatedly carved.

Virgin Cave: Located on the island range of Bo Hon, it represents the endless love. This is also the landed location for fishermen after offshore fishing trips.

Sung Sot Cave: It is the beautiful and largest cave in Ha Long Bay. It is situated on Bo Hon island, covered by “velvet” and natural light by brilliant stalagmite inside.

  1. Famous islands in Ha Long Bay

Trong Mai Islet: Being tourism symbol of Ha Long Bay, Trong Mai islet is carved as the shape of 2 cocks by the nature. This also represents for faithfulness of love.

Ti Top Island: It displays a beach shaped like a crescent moon and sand that has been washed to a snowy white by the tide.

Ba Hon Island: This is the only island that has primitive forest in Ha Long Bay. On the island, there are many rare animal species such as chamois, stag, monkey,…

Quan Lan Island: Stretching on a total area of 11 square kilometers, Quan Lan is unlimited resource for glass making which serves people. On Quan Lan Island, there is an temple which was built in 18th century and nearly remains unspoiled with ancient architecture and sophisticated carved patterns.

Accommodation in Ha Long

Ha Long is always the most tourist attraction site that many travellers visit all year around. Visiting Ha Long, tourists have chance not only to admire famous beauty spots but also use tourism services with reasonable price.

The issue that visitors concern most when having a tour there is Ha Long Bay accommodation. As many other tourist cities, motel and hotel system in Ha Long is designed with different price and services to suit each customer’s financial situation.

If you want to relax in high-quality areas with amenities and having beautiful view, you can choose 4 to 5 star Ha Long Bay city hotels such as: City Bay Palace hotel at 156 Le Thanh Tong – Bach Dang (1.700.000 to 6.400.000 VND), Saigon Ha Long hotel at 168 Ha Long – Bai Chay (1.575.000 to 19.118.000 VND), Mithrin Ha Long hotel in Hoang Quoc Viet street – Bai Chay (1.700.000 to 3.500.000 VND)…

If you do not need beautiful view or expensive services, you can choose some hotels with cheap price (250.000 to 350.000 VND/room/night) such as Tien Lon g hotel (Vuon Dao – Bai Chay), Van Nam hotel (31 Vuon Dao – Bai Chay), Ha Long Holiday hotel (81 Vuon Dao – Bai Chay), Cong Doan hotel ( Dong Hung Thang – Bai Chay)…

Besides, you can save more money by staying in motels which take you 100.000 to 150.000 VND/room/night such as: Thon Vy motel (106 Vuon Dao – Bai Chay), Thanh Dong motel (63 Vuon Dao – Bai Chay), Nam Phuong motel (42 Anh Dao – Bai Chay), Thai Binh Duong motel…

Finally, to assure your accommodation, you should find out more information on reliable websites about suitable Ha Long Bay hotels and make a reservation in case no vacancies left.

Attractions around Ha Long

Quang Ninh is one of provinces that have a lot of tourist attractions in Vietnam. Visiting Quang Ninh, people can admire the famous beauty of Ha Long Bay and discover many nearby attractive destinations.

It can be said that Quang Ninh is the “heaven of tourism” with four big cities: Ha Long, Cam Pha, Mong Cai, Uong Bi, all of them has beauty spots related to the development of service and tourism. To fulfill your trip, it is recommended to have plans for visiting these outstanding places near Ha Long:

  1. Yen Tu Mountain

It is a range of high mountains lying on the border between Bac Giang and Quang Ninh, Vietnam. This is the cultural historic vestige closely linked to the formation and development of Vietnamese School of Zen Buddhism: Truc Lam, and so-called the “Buddhist land of Vietnam”.

Yen Tu has spectacular scenery such as Ngu Doi fall, Vang Waterfall, the Heaven Gate, Bao Sai Pagoda,…

You can have a tour in Yen Tu all year around but there is only one season of festival, taking place from January 10 to the end of March in lunar calendar annual.

  1. Co To island

Co To Island is comprised of more than 50 different islands varying in size. Tourists can experience many interesting thing when visiting Co To.

Tourists can travel by boat to Co To seeing scenery and wild coast here, or offer cuttle fishing with local fishermen to cook delicious meals at home. You also can ask commanding officer for permission to climb up light house for watching stunning scenery of Co To Island.

Besides, Co To also has 2 most beautiful places which are Hong Van beach and Vang Chai beach. Their coastlines are all highlighted with imposing and fascinating cliffs lying along the sea. There are numerous pebbles under the water to make these places suitable for relaxing and swimming.

  1. Tra Co beach

Tra Co beach is located in Mong Cai city, Quang Ninh province, stretches over 17 kilometers. It is assessed to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam. Tra Co has capacity of thousands of tourists coming to visit and swim. It has peaceful space, white sand coast, deep blue sea and various coastal forest ecosystems.

Being 9km far away from city center, the beach still remains its wild, lyrical and romantic beauty due to being untouched by human.

  1. Cai Bau Pagoda – Truc Lam Giac Tam Monastery

The pagoda is situated in Ha Long town, Van Don district, Quang Ninh, built on the throne of Phuc Linh Tu pagoda (Tran dynasty) and inaugurated in 2009. With total land area of 20ha, the main edifice has two stories occupying an area of 6000 square meters , three-door temple gates, temple bells,… Nowadays, Truc Lam Giac Tam Monastery still continues adding more other items.

Cai Bau Pagoda – Truc Lam Giac Tam Monastery is considered as a cultural and spiritual work of Vietnam that has beautiful architecture and scenery. This area now is a must-see attraction in a trip discovering Van Don Island District, Quang Ninh.

  1. Bai Tu Long National Park

Lying in the northern province of Quang Ninh, Bai Tu Long National Park includes marine ecosystems with 2/3 land area. The park stores a lot of gene models of rare animal species listed in Red Book.

Bai Tu Long National Park is a protected natural, cultural and historical area zone with archaeological vestiges such as Soi Nhu Cave (where the existence of ancient Viet people 14 thousand years ago was found), and crowed Van Don port many years ago.

Besides, the park also has natural beach with a white sand coast stretching 2 km, is the ideal destination for those who love travelling and discovering.

 

 

Ha Long city

Ha Long city is the largest center of culture, politics and economy of Quang Ninh province. This is also one of the most famous tourist attractions in the North area of Vietnam, attracting many local and international visitors.

Visiting Quang Ninh province, travellers not only can admire the beauty of one of seven wonders in the world – Ha Long Bay, but also discover other famous Ha Long attractions. If you have chance to come here, do not ignore these places:

  1. Hon Gai church

Located on Dao mountain, Nha Tho street, Bach Dang district of Ha Long city, Hon Gai church was built in 1933. Due to the damage of war, until 1988, it was rebuilt with the largest scale in Quang Ninh province.

Putting your foot on the mountain to visit Hon Gai church, tourists can have a panoramic view of Ha Long city from the high point and explore its religious structure as well as local people’s customs and values.

  1. Long Tien Pagoda

Being the biggest pagoda in Ha Long, it was built in 1941 with special architecture, decorated with the pattern of dragon, phoenix and flowers. The pagoda is situated on Long Tien street, under the foot of Bai Tho mountain, worships Buddha, Tran dynasty’s generals and Holy Mother of Three Places.

  1. Tuan Chau

Tuan Chau is an island district of Ha Long city. It has become an international tourist area including: amusement parks, service and tourism area with manmade beach, traditional cuisine street, animal performing area, villas, markets and sea creature lake,… which will surely makes visitors satisfied.

  1. Bai Tho mountain

Lying on Bach Dang street, Ha Long city, Bai Tho mountain has an elevation of about 200 meter. King Le Thanh Tong used to compose a poem and carve it on the southern side of the mountain. Besides, there are also some other poems and paintings of Lord Trinh Cuong and some celebrity in Nguyen Dynasty.

  1. Tran Quoc Nghien temple

The temple is located at the foot of Bai Tho Mountain, in the area of Ben Doan – Hon Gai, Ha Long city, Quang Ninh province. The temple is built on a high ground with its back resting on a cliff and the front overlooking the bay. It is built by the boat owners to be dedicated to Tran Quoc Nghien. This is a beautiful monument and famous for its sacred in Quang Ninh province.

  1. Quang Ninh museum

Being built in 1991, it is in 165 Nguyen Van Cu street, Ha Long city where stores and displays various valuable objects and materials about the forming process and different development periods of Quang Ninh province. The museum also contains the values of daily activities of local people.