Introduction to halong bay, vietnam

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Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a popular travel destination, located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam.One of the great natural wonders of Asia, Halong Bay is the single most popular side trip from Hanoi.

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Introduction to halong bay, vietnam

  1. 1. halongmekongcruises.com Introduction to Halong Bay, Vietnam Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a popular travel destination, located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam.One of the great natural wonders of Asia, Halong Bay is the single most popular side trip from Hanoi. The beauty of the bay and its 3000 islands is so awesome that an excursion there should be considered an essential part of any visit to Northern Vietnam. A one or two day trip also makes a delightful and inexpensive romantic getaway if you meet someone special.
  2. 2. Halong Bay is center area was regognized as a world heritage area by UNESCO and covers an area of 434 square. Km, including 775 islands, of which 411 are named (designated as such in 1994). Of the more than 700 islands and islets in this area, only a few are habitable. Some islands were originally named by local fisherman, usually based on their shape. You’ll find the likes of Tea Pot Island, Mother and Child Island, and Stone Dog Island in Halong Bay. Despite what geologists may claim, the bay was actually created when an immense dragon plunged to Earth here before recorded history. Its mighty tail carved the great stone seabed violently before the creature flew away to the place where legends are born. This fable does not seem so far fetched as you sail among thousands of limestone outcroppings, which look like so many blades thrust deep into the mist from below the sea. Many are
  3. 3. barren, weathered and rocky. Others are cloaked in vegetation so dense that it is impossible to see the stone beneath. At dusk, they all take on mysterious shades of gray, mauve and olive. The water is warm, clean and clear, so swimming is always a pleasure here. Be prepared with swimwear and a towel.The climate of Halong Bay is tropical, being wet and hot. It is devides into four main seasons: winter is from November to March of following year, the temperatures drop to between 15oC – 20oC. Summer is from May to September, the temperatures increases to between 26oC-27oC Two others seaons: Spring and Autumn, climate is cool. The annually average temperature between 18oC – 19oC. On most boats it is necessary for you to bring your own beverages, even though the crew may cook your lunch aboard
  4. 4. . A visit to Halong Bay about a 4-hour drive from Hanoi usually includes an overnight stay (though it can be done in one very long day). Given the logistics, the trip is best done through an agent or with a group. When you book a tour with an overnight stay, you’ll probably cruise on a junk for 4 to 6 hours along the bay, stopping to explore two or more grottoes and other sights along the way. You might pause for swimming or kayaking, depending on the operator (some offer just cruising; others have extensive adventure agendas). Overnight trips can cost anywhere from $16 to upward of $150. It depends on whether you hire a bus or a private driver, where you stay, and what you eat. Sinh Café does a fine job on the low end, but don’t expect much more than the ride and a surly guide. Good luxury options abound .
  5. 5. The best time to visit is from May to October. Though the weather’s at its hottest, it’s your best chance for good visibility. Note that entrance to the park (usually included in day tours) costs 30,000 VND.As Halong gets more and more crowded with Halong Cruises, some companies are branching out with tours by boat to Bai Tu Long Bay, just north and east of Halong. The area is a busy fishing zone, and the scenery is not quite as dynamic as in Halong, but many visitors appreciate the absence of huge tour groups.Travel agencies in Hanoi offer an overnight trip, including all transportation, two days of sailing on the bay, accommodations in a modest hotel and good meals. If you have an extra day, you can add a night the wildlife sanctuary on nearby Cat Ba Island. View More: Introduction to Halong Bay, Vietnam

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