Halong bay to end parties in cave

At a press briefing in Ha Long city, Mr Pham Hong Ha – Chairman of Ha Long city people’s committee, also head of the management board of Ha Long Bay – said the conclusion of the meeting between the Committee and related agencies, Quang Ninh provincial People’s Committee demanded an end on dining activities in the caves October 2016. However, Quang Ninh Provincial People’s Committee also assigned Ha Long city to coordinate with the departments concerned to advise and propose to develop new tourism products, but to ensure the safety, security, environmental sanitation and compliance with regulations and laws.

Halong cave dining

Halong cave dining

According to Ha, from 2005, the Quang Ninh authorities have assigned Halong Bay tourism service company to organize dinner service and art activities in Trong cave only. However, recently, at other caves and grottoes such as Ho Dong Tien, Tien Ong, Grass cave, Virgin caves continue to organize this type of service.

Therefore, Quang Ninh Provincial People’s Committee decided to completely terminate dining service in the caves of Halong Bay to preserve intact the natural values of the World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay, minimize activities likely to have negative impact to the landscape and environment of Ha Long Bay, promoting the values of the world natural heritage Ha Long Bay.

Quang Ninh Provincial People’s Committee requires Ha Long city authorities to notify individuals and organizations to cease cave dining before the end of September 2016. For the Ha Long Bay tourism service company, to stop dining operations at Trong cave before October 31.

As reported before, the dining service in the cave by Halong Tourism Service company has caused a sensation in the public, as it is not only harming the heritage but also making the picture of Halong bay ugly as a famous landscape worldwide.

Agreeing with the prohibition of party in caves of Ha Long bay, especially in the core area, but some travel companies suggested that research is needed to develop this product in a certain area , with the extremely strict regulations, to provide catering services in Halong bay became a “specialty” of international standard only in Ha Long.

Representative from an international travel company said dining service of small scale in some caves or beaches in the buffer zone of Ha Long Bay has always attracted travelers, especially international visitors, and not all tourists can enjoy this service, only travelers doing long trip on the bay are allowed. This is a special advantage of Ha Long Bay.

Source: http://www.cruise-halong-bay.com/news/halong-bay-cave-dining-banned.asp

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Customize your trip to Halong bay

Halong bay tour for couples and families Top in the list of Vietnam travel attractions, Halong Bay is a destination you should definitely visit in your trip to Vietnam. As the creator has made it magnificent masterpiece. Usually you have to spend a significant budget for a trip to Halong bay, however with my experience you can arrange a private Halong bay cruise with a moderate cost.

Halong bay junk cruise

Halong bay junk cruise

Halong bay is about 160 km from Hanoi and you can save the cost by catching a public bus which departs at Luong Yen or My Dinh stations in Hanoi, it takes 4 hours to arrive in Halong city. You can have a bit of comfort and convenience by renting a private car at the cost 75 usd one way. If you are going to do a private tour with family we recommend that you arrange a private car as you will be picked up at hotel at the start of your trip.

Tours in Halong: Arriving in Halong city around noon you can have lunch at one of the restaurants near the wharf, price is reasonable and you can order from the menu. In the early afternoon walk to the tourist port and rent a boat to visit the bay, note that you have to pay entrance fees separately, cost for a private charter boat is 80 – 120 usd for a 4 or 6 hour cruise, in summertime May to August price is probably higher.

There are 2 types of tickets to visit Halong Bay are day trip tickets for a cruise in 4 hours and 6 hours. The 4-hour ticket allows you to visit Heavenly cave, Dau Go grotto, Fighting cocks islet, and cruise around near the shore. For 6-hour ticket you can visit further places such as Amazing Cave, Titop island…

For those who take 2 day tour staying on board the cruise you will have more activities. There are many tour company offering private charter cruise with full service such as Paloma cruise, Helios cruise, Victory Star cruise. Spending the night on the bay is really a nice experience although price is much higher than the hotel stay.

Cruise itinerary Typical itinerary for the 2 day private Halong cruise is after arrving at the port you will check in the cruise, lunch will be served on board as the ship is cruising. About 3pm passengers will visit Amazing cave, spending about 1 hour in the cave and then continue the cruise to Titop island beach for swimming, towards the end of the day you will be taken to a deserted place for kayaking. The second day will start with a taichi excercise on the sundeck, after breakfast the ship will sail to Bai Tu Long bay that is a more wild and untouched area where you can visit Luon cave by rowing boat, stop and visit a floating village and other beautiful sites such as Stone dog islet, Swan islet…you will return to the port in another way, the last meal will be served on the way back. About 11.30 you will arrive at the dock. For the 3 day trip passengers will spend the whole 2nd day kayaking, rock climbing or other activities, some cruises will combine Cat Ba island in the package.

Charter rates for private cruise: – Standard cruise, 2 floors, capacity 48 people: 15 usd/hour – Superior cruise, 2 foors: 25 usd/hour – Deluxe cruise, 2 floors with air-conditioner: 36 usd/hour

Entrance fees to tourists sites in Halong bay From 2014 entrance fees to visit Halong bay have increased, In general sightseeing tickets to Halong Bay in the day time from 6.30 am to 6.30 pm is 6 usd, not including entrance fees to islands, caves… Entrance fee to one of the attractions that was invested by the state: Soi Sim island, Ti-top beach, Cua Van floating village…ranges from 1.5 to 2.5 usd/person. Fares fore passengers staying one night and visit Halong Bay is 16 usd, two nights is 23 usd. Children from 7 to 15 years old, elderly people aged 70 or older, poor people, people with disabilities will pay decreased 50%, children under 7 years old will be exempted from entrance fees.

source: http://cruise-halong-bay.com/blog/how-to-arrange-a-private-halong-cruise.asp

Natural beauty of Halong Bay

With its spectacular archipelago of islands towering out of misty water, Halong Bay takes the breath away with its mysterious yet enchanting beauty. These 3,000 naturally-formed limestone pillars, known as karst, are what make Halong Bay a unique place not found anywhere else in the world, and recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1994. Here, you can explore a landscape of fascinating caves, arches and lakes, filled with rare wildlife, Halong bay boat trips

Cruise in Halong bay

Cruise in Halong bay

Karst are not unique in Asia, as these limestone towers are also found in Thailand’s Krabi island and China’s Guilin region. But Vietnam’s Halong Bay leaves other karst formations in the dust, as the islets here fill the entire bay as far as the eye can see, almost like a civilisation that has been drowned by the ocean. Some of these islands are also so large that they have lakes, beaches and forests filled with animals.

Located in Northeastern Vietnam, Halong Bay is 165 kilometers from Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, and forms a part of the Gulf of Tonkin. It is possible to arrive by land via Halong City, but the best way to come is actually by boat from Hanoi, which also offers lovely sea views on the way and the opportunity to spend a night sleeping on a boat. International cruises also frequently come this way, bringing visitors to shore to visit the islands. Halong bay beaches

With its mild tropical climate, Halong Bay is a great place to visit at any time all year round. It does have a winter season, but temperatures typically hardly ever dip below 10°C, usually staying between the range of 15°C to 25°C. Frequent rainfall in the months of February, March and April mean that the air in the bay will feel moist but cool, and a romantic fog will fall over the water, shrouding the islands in its distinctive mist. In the hotter months, visitors should expect sudden thunderstorms, which can affect cruises and water activities depending on severity.

It is unlikely today to see any dragons in Halong Bay, but the bay is a place full of biodiversity. The islands and coastline are covered with beautiful rainforests where wildlife lovers can spot many species of colorful birds and amphibians. Underwater, it is a marine paradise of corals and many endangered species of fish and marine animals, including the dugong.

Unfortunately, the natural wealth and beauty of Halong Bay has also made it a target for those who wish to exploit its resources. Today, it is in danger of losing much of its magnificent aura due to the pressure of overfishing and hunting in the area. Game hunters are fast reducing the populations of rare animals, while many precious coral and shells in the sea are being ripped out to turn into souvenirs and trinkets for tourists.

Halong bay cruises – The government has tried to put a stop to this by creating national parks and reserves to protect the bay, but visitors can play a part by rejecting wasteful exploitation and embracing a more environmentally-friendly form of eco-tourism. Only then can they ensure that the beautiful Halong Bay will remain a treasure that can be kept for future generations to come.

source: http://cruise-halong-bay.com/blog/natural-beauty-of-halong-bay.asp

Cruise Halong Bay Vietnam

Cruise Halong bay

Cruise Halong bay

With bright flashes, thunder and torrential tropical rain has on the night a storm over the Bay Tung Sau discharged. The “Paradise Cruises I”, a traditional Vietnamese junk, has still barely moves. Even in bad weather, the water is almost always calm between the pinnacles, cones, sugar hats and miniature islands of Halong Bay in Vietnam. The sky is low over the bay, the morning light is still red, as Tai Chi champion Miss Xuan training session for the sun deck invites.

In slow motion it takes graceful movements, while the early birds among the passengers try to coordinate arms and legs. Then push apart the clouds, sunlight falls on the velvet blue of the water. As the air begins to evaporate, dismisses Miss Xuan their students for breakfast.

165 km between the capital Hanoi and Halong Bay. Three and a half hours it takes by car, five by train, 30 minutes by helicopter only. But for the journey is like for Tai Chi, the slower the better. For larger, the contrast between heat, noise and bustle of the metropolis, where thousands of moped drivers honking pave their way, and the sublime silence of the South China Sea as smooth as glass in Halong Bay do not have.

The best preparation is several hours drive to the coast. Lotus flowers, dozing ox, a flock of geese, which is driven past the markets of small towns and the emerald green rice fields, emerging from them Vietnamese pointed hats – though these pictures are evidence of a laborious life, they have in their archaic force is a very special magic.

A higher down from the sky dragon, which is called in Vietnamese Ha Long, and his children left behind the bizarre islands in the sea, as they spat in the fight against invaders pearls that were to land. So says the legend. Geologists may know better, but the myth fits perfectly with the magnificent, strange and beautiful landscape. Those who do not believe in dragons, for which science has an explanation ready: So it is in the bay around a sunken limestone plateau in the last ice age, extend of which only the top of the water.

Colorful fishing boats bobbing on the sea, the rocks look around like in rock-cut mythical creatures. Since 1994, UNESCO, the 1,500 square kilometer region is one with its 2,000 islands as a World Heritage Site, today it is one of the most important stops on the route of travelers through Vietnam.

Therefore, it is now already necessary to avoid other tourists. Where crossed in the early days of tourism 50 boats are now hundreds on the road. The end of 2008 the fleet grounded “Paradise Cruises’ starts from the island of Tuan Chau – 15 miles from the popular point of departure Bai Chay, a district of Halong City, away. That means definitely an advantage. In addition, the Vietnamese society have an anchor at the pearl farm approval Sau Tung said the French manager Vincent Le Cannelier, whose enthusiasm for the bay – and for its fleet – to rein in, even after 150 trips can hardly be.

Here, only three ships may moor at night instead of the usual 40 to 50, so we at the evening kayak trip is not constantly the hiss of opening beer cans off. That the Bay of the clock is navigable only to 20, gives the world heritage site, at least at night alone.

Unlike most other junks in the bay are the crossing under the golden sailing ship “Paradise Cruises’ historic replica Vietnamese boats and not those from nearby China, do not look bad, but just different, especially flat. They come from Vinh in Central Vietnam, where some craftsmen still dominate the traditional design. With ships like these already visited the Vietnamese emperor to Halong Bay.

Although the play in contemporary Vietnamese junks everyday no longer relevant. But its nostalgic charm, in conjunction with the clear size of 17 cabins must for a romantic travel experience. Captain Nhat, which controls more than 20 years by the bay, knows every rock in the water and gives off a sovereignty that is entrusted to you.

The rock cones and needles are uninhabited lack of flat surfaces. Not only visitors are therefore dependent on boats, even the residents. For generations, the people here live on the water. The fishing village of Cua Van is one of four floating villages in Halong Bay. His wooden huts stand on pontoons, there are even television and electricity from the generator, but, although this is required by law, no sewage system.

Once the boat from the junk in the Bay of Cua Van, rowing approaching children who deal with the boats as naturally as their peers elsewhere on a scooter. For pennies a minute, they offer mussels, which are certainly not allowed to perform. A school is part of the floating village, visit the children until the fifth grade. Then they would go to boarding school, but what few people, like Nguyen Van Huu said. The 84-year-old lives with his wife, Vu Thi Dai and five other family members in the lodge, which consists of two rooms and a hallway in between. They wash themselves with water from the rain barrel. They have to buy drinking water. The three-generation house has a small terrace with two fish tanks in front: Fish farming is the main source of income of the 500 villagers.

In an old Coke can stand the toothbrush of the family, a blanket roll on the floor one bed suggests. On the neighboring terrace, which is only two meters away, a dog is tethered. Before every house flies the Vietnamese flag. The inhabitants of the floating village do not pay taxes, but receive no benefits. If you take the compulsory education seriously, do not get caught with drugs and there is no prostitution, the Ministry of Culture, the floating villages adorned with the title of “cultural village”. The Glory and honor, but no money.

As visitors pass back to the fish tanks to balance the boat, waving to the children of a sales campaign last goodbye. The boat leaves in a wide swing in the next bay and into another world, back to the junk, where guests are greeted with ice cold sweaty towels from which rises the smell of lemongrass.

source: http://cheaphalongtours.com/resources/cruise-halong-bay-vietnam.php

Halong Bay Travel chapter 4

An indispensable activity of all Halong bay tours from Hanoi is the cave visits, there are hundreds of mountain caves and lagoon tunnels in Halong Bay Vietnam, travellers who take 1 day trip usually take a 4 hour cruise, visiting Thien Cung or Heavenly cave and the huge Dau Go (wooden stakes) grotto beside, longer halong bay cruises in 2 or 3 days will take visitors to Amazing or Sung Sot cave. Thien Cung and Sung Sot are the 2 best caves in Halong Bay, in a single trip travellers can visit only 1 of 2 caves, other attractive caves and grottoes include Me Cung cave (Bewitching), Trinh Nu (Virgin grotto)

Halong Bay Vietnam

Halong Bay Vietnam

Travellers doing Halong Bay kayaking prefers hidden lakes and lagoon tunnels, kayak paddlers usually go to Titov island or Luon cave to go kayaking, other places also draw attention of kayak rowers such as Ba Ham lake, Ba Trai Dao islets (Three Peaches) or Con Coc (Toad islet)

Luon cave is a popular site for those who love kayaking, the water is clear as crystal, especially in the morning, travellers use small boats to pass through the entrance which is a tunnel under mountain, the tunnel is filled with statagmites, it is just like a hidden gate to a lake inside, in the morning when the water level is low visitors can visit the lake by using small boats, however in the afternoon when the tide goes up the entrance is hidden under water, behind the tunnel is a round lake, surrounded by sheer walk of rock cliffs rising from water.

Another spot which is favourite with travellers rowing kayaking in Halong Bay is Titov beach, the beach is located at the foot of Titov island, on the island is Bai Tho or Poem mountain, all boats going halong bay cruises visit Titov beach island as a part of their itinerary, visitors can take a 400 step stair up to the top of the mountain, this is really a view point of the bay in panorama view

Local tourists on their Halong Bay tours visit the beach, known to domestic travellers as Bai Chay or burning town, Halong Bay Vietnam is famous with beautiful beaches like Bai Chay beach, Tuan Chau beach, going further out to Cat Ba island there are Cat Co beach, Monkey island beach…
Cat Ba island is about 1 hour boat ride from Halong Bay, travellers can go to Cat Ba by catching a ferry from Tuan Chau island, which leaves every 2 hours, to Gia Luan port, from Gia Luan one can catch a bus in 45 minutes to the town centre. Domestic traveller usually visit Halong Bay via Hai Phong, from Hanoi it takes just 2.5 hours by public bus to Hai PHong, from Binh harbour in Hai PHong one can catch a boat or hydrofoil in 1 hour to Cat Ba island.

source: http://www.travelhalongtours.com/travelnews/Halong_Bay_Vietnam-part-4.htm

Halong Bay Travel chapter 5

Halong Bay Travel

Halong Bay Travel

It’s been a long way since Halong Bay Vietnam was opened to tourists in mid 1990s, before this time Halong Bay, known by local people as Bai Chay or Burning town, had few tourists, as the bay is located in the Gulf of Tonkin, during the 80s of the last century only foreigners form former Eastern Europeans could visit Halong Bay due to the sensitive relations between Vietnam and China

Halong Bay was officially opened for tourism in 1992, since then there have been a big development of Halong Bay travel, as there are more and more visitors go on Halong Bay tours on their vacations to Vietnam, smaller boats were no longer used by travel companies, the cruisers built in recent years can accommodate up to 50 travellers at one time, some boats offering Halong Bay cruises have facilities of a luxury 5 star hotel

It costs about more or less than 100 usd/person for a 2 day cruise in Halong Bay, including all meals on board, transfers round trip from and to Hanoi, entrance fees and guide, travellers going 2 day tours will visit the most worth seeing part of the bay such as Amazing cave, Stone dog islet, fighting cocks.

Halong Bay tours start from Hanoi, after about 4 hours road travel visitors will arrive in Halong city, after check in the cruiser visitors will visit Thien Cung and Dau Go grottoes, enjoying fresh seafood lunch served on board, the boat will keep cruising taking tourists to beautiful areas such as a fishing village where local fishermen raise fish in big cages under their houses and sell to tourists, after a few minutes at the fishing village the cruise will keep sailing towads Titov island through Incense burner islet. Titov beach is an ideal location for travellers love Halong bay kayaking, there are hidden lagoons under mountain for kayak rowers to explore. Those active travellers who love kayaking in Halong Bay usually take 3 day tour and they will have a full 2nd day for kayaking, swimming and more relaxation on the bay. Towards the end of the bay all boats will go to one place designated by the authorities, for the night actitities travellers can join singing karaoke, and a fishing trip at night is something not to be missed

Early in the morning of day 2 passengers will take a Tai Chi excercise on the sun deck, it’s quite a sight beholding the Sunrise from the sea while doing the Tai Chi. After some coffee passengers will have a light breakfast before continuing to Luon cave, in the morning when the tide is low visitors use small boats to get through a tunnel inside the lake inside, after that the cruiser will sail towards Bai Tu Long bay in the other side of the bay, after lunch on board the boat will go back to wharf at the end of the cruise.It’s been a long way since Halong Bay Vietnam was opened to tourists in mid 1990s, before this time Halong Bay, known by local people as Bai Chay or Burning town, had few tourists, as the bay is located in the Gulf of Tonkin, during the 80s of the last century only foreigners form former Eastern Europeans could visit Halong Bay due to the sensitive relations between Vietnam and China

Halong Bay was officially opened for tourism in 1992, since then there have been a big development of Halong Bay travel, as there are more and more visitors go on Halong Bay tours on their vacations to Vietnam, smaller boats were no longer used by travel companies, the cruisers built in recent years can accommodate up to 50 travellers at one time, some boats offering Halong Bay cruises have facilities of a luxury 5 star hotel.
It costs about more or less than 100 usd/person for a 2 day cruise in Halong Bay, including all meals on board, transfers round trip from and to Hanoi, entrance fees and guide, travellers going 2 day tours will visit the most worth seeing part of the bay such as Amazing cave, Stone dog islet, fighting cocks.

Halong Bay tours start from Hanoi, after about 4 hours road travel visitors will arrive in Halong city, after check in the cruiser visitors will visit Thien Cung and Dau Go grottoes, enjoying fresh seafood lunch served on board, the boat will keep cruising taking tourists to beautiful areas such as a fishing village where local fishermen raise fish in big cages under their houses and sell to tourists, after a few minutes at the fishing village the cruise will keep sailing towads Titov island through Incense burner islet. Titov beach is an ideal location for travellers love Halong bay kayaking, there are hidden lagoons under mountain for kayak rowers to explore. Those active travellers who love kayaking in Halong Bay usually take 3 day tour and they will have a full 2nd day for kayaking, swimming and more relaxation on the bay. Towards the end of the bay all boats will go to one place designated by the authorities, for the night actitities travellers can join singing karaoke, and a fishing trip at night is something not to be missed

Early in the morning of day 2 passengers will take a Tai Chi excercise on the sun deck, it’s quite a sight beholding the Sunrise from the sea while doing the Tai Chi. After some coffee passengers will have a light breakfast before continuing to Luon cave, in the morning when the tide is low visitors use small boats to get through a tunnel inside the lake inside, after that the cruiser will sail towards Bai Tu Long bay in the other side of the bay, after lunch on board the boat will go back to wharf at the end of the cruise.

source: http://www.travelhalongtours.com/travelnews/Halong_Bay_Vietnam-part-5.htm

Halong and Jeju tourism corporation

The Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Quang Ninh has celebrated the signing of the agreement on tourism cooperation with the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Administration of the special autonomous province Jeju (South Korea)

At the signing ceremony, Mr. Trinh Dang Thanh, deputy director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has introduced some features about the potential and advantages of developing tourism in Quang Ninh province. In recent years, Quang Ninh has developed cooperative relationships with many tourist provinces and cities of South Korea, the province has sent delegations to promote tourism in Korea. Quang Ninh highly respond the great importance of Korean market. Currently, South Korean tourists stand in the top 10 markets of international tourists to Quang Ninh, Halong bay cruise private charter

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr. Kang Seung Su, general director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Administration of the special autonomous province Jeju, South Korea stressed the special relationship between Vietnam and South Korea in recent years. Currently, Jeju Province also carried out many cooperation activities with Vietnam in many fields.

Halong bay in Vietnam

Halong bay in Vietnam

Representative of Quang Ninh tourism leaders have committed to the content of the agreement on tourism cooperation. According to a memorandum of understanding on tourism cooperation, the two sides will strengthen relations and cooperation to promote the development of tourism, creating a healthy environment, develop new tourist products, push promotion of tourism. At the same time, the two provinces will try to form a group or international involvement of other regions in the world towards the development of tourism. Jeju province will help Quang Ninh set up an office in Jeju, organize human resource training courses, including travel and tourism marketing training. The two sides will jointly promote the exchange of practical experience, knowledge and skills to develop tourism

Also at the ceremony, representatives of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Quang Ninh and the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Administration of the special autonomous province Jeju has confirmed the signing of tourism development cooperation agreement is an important legal basis for strengthening tourism cooperation between the two sides in the future. This event marked the development of tourism cooperation between Quang Ninh and Jeju, the two sides pledged efforts to implement the agreement.

source: http://www.travelhalongtours.com/travelnews/halong-jeju-sign-tourism-corporation-agreement.htm