Located in Quang Ninh province - the northeastern part of Vietnam - with over thousands limestone islands rising from the emerald water, Halong Bay is an exquisite gem of Tonkin Gulf, which has been recognized twice as the World Heritage by UNESCO. The bay is also home to tropical forests and many amazing coral reefs.
According to a famous Vietnam legend, Halong means “where the dragon descends into the sea” - its beauty lies in the immense mountain and sea.
Thus, the real Halong will be best explored from the deck of a cruise, enjoying a cocktail and watching the sun and the horizon collide. The most popular way to get there from Hanoi is by bus, which departs frequently during daylight hours.
From Halong, you might head to other stunning sites such as Cat Ba Island, Lan Ha Bay, or Bai Tu Long Bay and take part in various activities to discover the local life and the gorgeous nature, e.g. kayaking, cruising, swimming, or visiting floating villages.
It is possible to visit Halong all year round, but if you want to see the bay at its best, you can plan your trip from October to April, when the average temperature is around 25ºC, the water is warm, and the sun is not burning too much.