Located in northeast Vietnam, Quang Ninh province boasts the heritage site Halong bay, one of the new wonders of the world. Halong bay is on the west coast of Tonkin Gulf, including waters of Halong city, Cam Pha township and part of Van Don island district. Halong is also home to biodiversity with typical eco system such as mangrove forest, coral reefs, tropical forest…with thousands of diverse fauna and flora.
Halong means where the dragon descends on earth, Halong bay is like an immense picture of mountain and sea, very spectacular and lively with about 2000 large and small islands, most of them are limestone. Hidden inside the mountains and islands are wonderful caves and grottoes, nicknamed as heavenly palace on earth such as Thien Cung cave, Dau Go grotto, Sung Sot cave, Trinh Nu, Tam Cung cave…
Coming to Halong visitors can take a scenic cruise on the bay, you will see the dim mist like in dreams, the crystal clear water like a mirror reflecting the islands in the distance. And travelers will come across the floating houses of local people, with the boats come and go at the harbour. All these things will certainly make visitors entertained.
Besides tourists can not miss Tuan Chau island, one of the most famous resort islands in north Vietnam and is one of the best in 1969 islands of Halong bay, also this is the only island inhabited in Halong bay. Tuan Chau is famous for the largest artificial coast of Vietnam. Guests can enjoy entertainment on the sloping shoreline with white sand beach of Tra Co in Mong Cai district. The beach and water games such as beach volleyball, soccer, surfing, canoes, high speed water motorcycle will give you a healthy holiday, interesting and impressive. Especially visitors will have a chance to enjoy delicious food at Vietnam cuisine garden. The garden was designed in unique style with royal architecture in Vietnam in 17th and 18th centuries.
Halong has a huge cave system, each cave has it’s own charm and attached with a legend. Travelers can take a rowing boat to visit Luon cave on Bo Hon island, about 14km from Bai Chay area to behold the stalactites and bamboo shoots formed over millions of years with a variety of shapes and sizes. You won’t believe in your eyes at the majestic and magnificent scenery, in front of the cave is Turtle islet, on the right is Heaven Gate, there are sheer cliffs, calm all year round like a green mirror, close to the edge of water, a bow entrance opens at the foot of the mountain.
If you prefer a pilgrimage visit you are recommended to Yen Tu pagoda, this is a pagoda complex with temples, shrines, towers and dense trees blended with natural scenery, scatter from Red slope to Yen Tu mountain. The beauty of Yen Tu is the grandeur of the mountains blending with ancient contemplative focus of temples and towers coupled with pine trees, bamboo along the roadside making pilgrims forget the tiredness of the journey.
In the evening tourists can visit Bai Chay night market to buy souvernirs for families and friends or enjoy special food for sales across the road. At about 9pm the area is busy with people going up and down, shopping and dining. If you want to have a panorama of Halong city at night you can pay a visit to Bai Chay bridge, the biggest suspension of it’s kind in Vietnam. Conversely if you want to have a view of the bridge you can go to the former ferry station and have a cup of coffee, watching the sea and city at night. In addition to the huge complex of caves, Halong bay also has other famous beautiful places waiting for discovery, you will certainly have a lot of great memories in this destination.