Halong cave stalactites damaged by tourism

Cave in Halong bay

Cave in Halong bay

The issue of cave dining in Halong bay is still hot then came the problem of many stalactites in the grottoes were destroyed.

Halong Bay was twice recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site, it is one of the new seven natural wonders of the world. Tourists to Halong bay are attracted by the three elements of stone, water and sky. It has thousands of islands along with the blue of the sea make up the giant picture, However to attract more travelers we cannot but mention the abundant cave system that is focused in the heritage center.

Recently, the problem many caves in the heritage core zone of Halong bay such as Trong cave, Tien Ong Cave, Virgin grotto, Dong Tien lagoon being used as a dining place has drawn attention of public opinion and heated the social forums. Soon the authorities of Ha Long City and Quang Ninh provincial People’s Committee had measures to terminate the dining services in the cave from the date of 30th October 2016.

However, once again the public opinion rose again about the disappearance of stalactites in caves in Ha Long Bay such as Tien Ong, Trong caves. In the small caves in the area of Cap La stalagmites have lost with signs of being cut out. The remaining stalactites had moss as an impact of man by the consequences of the use of the cave as a place to organize dining service is still left.

Cap Be cave is located at a height of 50 meters over sea level, the cave entrance is about 60 meters wide and about 50 meters long inside, the cave ceiling height of about 3m. Many stalactites here have signs of tips being cut, debris scattered on the cave floor.

Pham Dinh Huynh – Deputy Head of Halong Bay management – said, as soon as the information on stalactites in caves on Ha Long Bay are cut down, the inspection team was set up including Halong Bay Management Department, the Department of Culture and Sports of Quang Ninh province, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of Quang Ninh province, the Department of Information and Communications, police in Quang Ninh, Ha Long city People’s Committee and press agencies went on examination of the places, however the results showed no stalactites being cut in the cave (?).

No one can be sure when the stalactites lost, there are many reasons that lead to the collapse in the caves, maybe due to geological development. Before Halong bay was recognized as a heritage there was not standing guards on the bay and the problem of destroying the stalactites still happened, however those are separate cases and not exploited and sold as bonsai, people just liked a stone shoot and broke it. Since the recognition of Halong bay we deployed the guards almost 24 hours on the bay and the problem no longer occurred.

Reporting on the results of examination, identifying the location of destroyed stalactites in the caves, Ha Long Bay Management Board stated: “The destruction of stalactites in caves on Ha Long Bay did occur, however, this problem had occurred before Halong Bay was recognized as a world natural heritage. Since 1995, the Ha Long Bay Management Board was established, under which 5 centers of heritage conservation were formed with a total of 130 staff working directly at the points at sea and in collaboration with some 80 collaborators who are organizations and individuals participating in economic activities on the bay to to perform administrative tasks, protecting the heritage value of Ha Long Bay, including protection of the caves. In addition, the team also handled violations on the bay with a total of 13 officers participating in patrolling all areas Halong Bay”.

Currently Halong bay has discovered nearly 60 caves, in which 8 caves are put into tourism operation, other caves are closed to preserve value. During 20 years of implementing the tasks of managing, conserving and promoting the values ??of the World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay, the Ha Long Bay Management Board has not detected any cases of abuse, destruction of stone shoots in the caves in the bay” the report stated.

Measures applied by Ha Long Bay Management Board in the conservation of stalactites in caves are also mentioned in the report: “For the caves being exploited for tourism: Based on detailed planning on conservation and promotion of the value of world natural heritage Ha Long Bay, the current regulation on implementing measures. Every year, Ha Long Bay management Board in collaboration with the Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources deployed investigation, search, evaluate the current situation in the cave, from which propose solutions that manage, conserve and promote sustainable value for each cave, choose the cave with large scale, aesthetic value, scientific to gradually build the Profile management to serve the management, conservation and sustainable promotion of ??cave values”.

Although Ha Long Bay Management Board has confirmed there has been no destruction of stalactites in the caves, but this also poses the problem of remediation, conservation of stalactites in caves in Halong Bay and effective measures to promote the value of preserving world heritage. Because, in order to promote conservation of the heritage value of Ha Long Bay there is no room for indifference.

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New terminal in Tuan Chau tourist port

Tuan Chau international tourist port has officially put the new station into operation.

Tuan Chau wharf

Tuan Chau wharf

The new station was built on the ground of the old station, which was invested, renovated and expanded with professional design, with the total floor area of over 8,000 m2, more than 1,000 seats and can receive about 3,000 visitors at the same time waiting for boarding the cruise to visit Halong Bay.

To meet the needs of tourists, as well as creating the best conditions for the implementation of service units working in the port, the port management unit has arranged the station according to functional areas. Specifically, the area for procedures are widely arranged with modern equipment, to meet the needs of the work force at ports such as inland waterway, Halong Bay Management Board, Port management…

Besides, the new terminal also has a supermarket, children’s play areas, health centers, tradition music performance, post office and travel information areas. To assist passengers about schedules to visit Ha Long Bay, the new station is equipped with large screen monitor, continuously posting information about services, provide drinking water machine, free cold towels for tourists.

Enjoy comfort of a private cruise in Halong bay

Private Halong bay cruise

Private Halong bay cruise

If you are traveling to Quang Ninh for business or holiday, everybody wants want to visit Halong Bay. However it is not easy to choose and rent a boat to for a cruise in Ha Long Bay with reasonable price and good quality. We would like to share to you some experience to rent a boat in Halong bay.

If traveling alone or in small groups, travelers can buy tickets at the booking office of Bai Chay Wharf. This way is a little inconvenient when you will have to wait until a boat has enough tourists, or to join a group. In summer, there are more visitors and it is easier to join a group than winter. Price depends on the quality and size of the vessel and depends on the number of hours the boat goes. Currently, most boat cruises in 4, 6 or 8 hour itinerary.

And if you want to rent a private boat to visit Halong bay, you may contact the Information Centre for Tourism Promotion of Quang Ninh, address: International Park Royal – Bai Chay area, Ha Long city. Here you will consulted and introduced about chartering, pricing, etc, you will also be given a tourist map, leaflets about tourism in Quang Ninh and Ha Long bay.

Also note, if you want to have food on board, you need to be agreed upon in advance with the ship owners on the menus, prices and so on. You can also buy seafood directly from fishing farm on the bay and have the boat staff to prepare for you. Drinks are usually for sale on board but you should ask before buying because the price could be higher than normal.

There are over 350 cruise ships serving various kinds of visitors to Halong Bay private tours. Guests can contact and rent a boat at Bai Chay Wharf (or call 0978 586 555 for more information) or deal directly with the companies operating the cruises. Depending on the extent to meet the requirements for facilities, equipment, cruise ships are classified in specific classes

Some notes on renting a boat:
– Small boats are not allowed to spend the night on the bay
– Wooden boats are usually for rent by groups, if you are traveling individually you need to join them if possible.
– In order to charter a boat you are recommended to ask the hotel staff to contact boat company and arrange a cruise for you.

Here are some of the cruise ships in Halong you can contact:

Huong Hai Company.
Address: No. 1, Vuon Dao, Bai Chay, TP. Ha Long, Quang Ninh
Phone: 3845042; Fax: 3846236
Hai Au Company.
Address: 4 Ha Long Road, Bai Chay, TP. Ha Long, Quang Ninh Province
Phone: 3847416; Fax: 3847769
Halong Bien Ngoc Company.
Address: Group 3 Bai Chay district, Ha Long, Quang Ninh Province
Phone: 3849681; Fax: 3849694
Hai Long cruise company
Address: 32 Cherry, Bai Chay, TP. Ha Long, Quang Ninh Province
Phone: 3846099; Fax: 3845704
Pacific II Company
Address: Halong – Bai Chay, TP. Ha Long, Quang Ninh Province
Tuan Chau hotel Co. Ltd
Address: Tuan Chau Ha Long, Hanoi. Ha Long, Quang Ninh Province
Phone: 3842888; Fax: 3842166
Au Lac Company Limited
Address: Tuan Chau Ha Long, Hanoi. Ha Long, Quang Ninh Province
Phone: 3842115; Fax: 3842119
Bai Tho cruise company
Address: 175 High Green, TP. Ha Long, Quang Ninh Province
Phone: 3826274; Fax: 3626409
Bai Tu Long Co. Ltd
Address: 34 High Green kgu 2A, TP. Ha Long, Quang Ninh Province
Phone: 3829325; Fax: 3829325
Dreaming Sea company
Address: 3A 18 Yet Kieu district, Ho. Ha Long, Quang Ninh Province
Phone: 3826090

Source: http://privatehalongcruises.com/news/how-to-rent-a-cruise-in-halong-bay.php

How to go kayaking in Halong bay

Kayaking in Halong bay

Kayaking in Halong bay

Halong bay has been considered as one of the best places for kayaking in the world. Kayaking tours in Halong Bay appeared in the early 90s of the last century. At first, private Halong cruises with kayaking was primarily for adventurous foreign tourists. But so far, the domestic travelers, especially young people who are active and love exploring are also very interested in this type of tourism.

Kayaking will help you discover Halong Bay in a unique and exciting way. Once you visit Halong Bay, have a go at rowing the kayak and visit fishing villages in Vung Vieng, Cong Dam… and explore the beautiful scenery on the bay as well as the lives of the fishermen here. For many visitors, the most interesting thing is that they are rowing into the tunnel caves to explore countless stalactites that Halong bay is blessed with strange shapes and sizes. Especially when the kayak go into the lower tunnels, you will have to stick your hand inside and pushed the boat into the cave, visitors will have to lie on the boat to go through the cave. According to experienced rowers, kayaking in Halong bay is a sport that is quite dangerous for those who can not swim, or lose your temper. However, to feel all the majestic beauty of the bay and explore the stunning cliffs and caves, visitors do not miss this opportunity. You can paddle alone or accompany others to discover the bay in your own way.

As a visitor you want to experience to discover Halong Bay by kayaking, you can join the tour overnight on the bay with luxury junks. Because this is part of an itinerary most cruise ships are equipped with kayaks for guests to explore in the beautiful and safe places. On the other hand, traveling to Halong bay, you can also go to destinations such as Ti Top Island, Sung Sot cave, Bo Nau cave, Vung Vieng fishing village where there are kayak rental service, you’ll be able to rent the kayaks yourself, for about 10 usd/hour. There are several types of kayaks made of composite plastic, molded rubber or inflatable boat with oars. Areas such as Luon Cave, Ba Trai Dao, Ba Ham, Dau, Hang Co islets… is the appropriate place to go kayaking.

source: http://privatehalongcruises.com/kayaking.php