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Halong Bay

Halong Bay overview

Halong Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The site’s outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest.

Outstanding Universal Value

Brief synthesis

It covers an area of 43,400 ha and including over 1600 islands and islets. Most of which are uninhabited and unaffected by humans, it forms a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars and is an ideal model of a mature Karst landscape developed during a warm and wet tropical climate. The property’s exceptional scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest.

The outstanding value of the property is centered around the drowned limestone karst land forms, displaying spectacular pillars. With a variety of coastal erosion features such as arches and caves which form a majestic natural scenery. The repeated regression and transgression of the sea on the limestone karst over geological time has produced a mature landscape of clusters of conical peaks. And isolated towers which were modified by sea invasion, adding an extra element to the process of lateral undercutting of the limestone towers and islands.

Integrity

All elements necessary to sufficiently protect the outstanding scenic and geological values of the Halong Bay property are included within the boundaries of the property and its size and area provide sufficient integrity for the large scale morphological processes to operate unhindered. It benefits from being completely surrounded by a large and extensive buffer zone with both the size and area providing sufficient integrity for the large scale geo-morphology processes to operate unhindered.

Protection and management requirements

Ha Long Bay was established as a historical and cultural relics and classified as a National Landscape Site in 1962. Subsequently designated as a Special National Landscape Site under the Cultural Heritage Law amended in 2009, land tenure is held by the Provincial Government. The property is protected effectively by a number of relevant provincial  and national laws as well as governmental decrees including; the Cultural Heritage Law, the Bio-Diversity Law, the Tourism Law, the Environmental Protection Law, the Fishery Law and Marine Transport Law. Under these laws, any proposed action within the property that could have significant impact on the property’s values must have official approval from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, along with other relevant ministries.

Best things to do in Halong Bay

Halong Bay day trip or overnight

The decision to visit Halong Bay in one day, or take an Halong Bay overnight cruise, comes down to two factors: budget and time. There are benefits to day trips, which involve approximately four hours of cruising and cruising the Bay on longer, overnight trips.

Halong Bay Day Trip

If you have limited time and a smaller budget and don’t mind long road trips, The Halong Bay Daily Tours may be for you. Generally, you’ll be picked up at around 8:00 AM from your hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter or other designated meeting point, drive the 3.5 to 4 hours to Halong — with a 30 minute comfort stop — and arrive at Halong Bay at roughly noon. Lunch will be served on the boat while you cruise the islands and islets of Halong, and there may be one or two excursions — for example kayaking or a cave visit — in the afternoon. You’ll depart Halong Bay for Hanoi around 5:00 PM and arrive back in Hanoi at around 9:00 PM.

Halong Bay overnight cruise

The Halong Bay overnight cruise is a much more leisurely affair, and allows you to see and experience more of Halong Bay, particularly if you choose the 2-Night, 3-Day option. You can enjoy a wide range of excursions, designed to give you a deeper insight into this UNESCO World Heritage site, and participate in a variety of onboard activities. Watch the sun rise over the limestone karsts while performing Thai Chi on the sun deck, take a Vietnamese cooking class, pamper yourself with a spa treatment or simply watch the sun set with a cocktail or two during happy hour. After dinner where you will dine on world class cuisine, relax with a movie or feel all the excitement of squid fishing with the locals. Staying two nights ensures that you make the most of your time in Halong Bay as your Halong Bay cruise ventures farther into more secluded areas of the Bay where there are fewer tourists.

Halong Bay day trip or overnight ?

If you know you don’t want to do a day trip — and most day trippers to Halong Bay wished they had spent at least one night in Halong Bay — and you are having difficulty choosing which how many nights you’d like to stay, a 1-Night, 2-Day cruise will be sufficient. A 2-Night, 3-Day cruise, which covers Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay is the perfect choice for a full experience of this ancient, mysterious landscape.

Check out the : Halong Bay Day Trip & Halong Bay Overnight cruise  details bellowed before you decide!

Halong Bay Day Trip

Halong Bay Day Trip a perfect option for busy travelers who have limited time but still want to get a glance of the amazing Halong Bay. A day trip to Halong bay can offer you an overview of the Bay with at least 3.5 hours or more (4 hours, 4.5 hours, 6 hours, 6.5 hours, 8 hours, and 10 hours) cruising time in the Bay. Even if with the limited time frame, you will have a wonderful opportunity not only to visit beautiful attractions in Halong Bay such as Titov Island and Heavenly Cave. A Halong Bay day trip doesn’t mean that you will be limited to attend in various activities. On the contrary, you still can take part in a plenty of activities such as paddling through Luon Cave by a sampan, swimming in Soi Sim Beach.

Halong bay day tour 6 hour cruise

Some companies offers Halong Bay day tour 6 hour cruising: Cozy Bay Cruise,  Lazalee (6.5 hours Day Cruise); Dragon King, Wego Halong Bay. All boats exploring Heaven Cave, kayaking or boat rowing in the deep blue sea waters (Alova Day Cruise); or admiring impressive limestone islets like Fighting Cocks, Duck, Finger, Incense Burner, and Dig shape stone.

Halong Bay day tour 4 hour cruise

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Halong bay overnight cruise

Halong bay overnight cruise the best way to enjoy Halong Bay. Now kick start your journey by hiring a boat cruise through the bay that will let you indulge in the breathtaking vistas of islets. There are plenty of options when it comes to cruising in Halong Bay. Halong bay wins tourists’ heart by a number of junk boat cruises to select from. These are said to offer both day and overnight trips, with comparative prices. From the junk, it is quite possible to navigate some magnetic islands as well as reach concealed caves and less-visited bays by kayak. On board, you are able to enjoy freshly cooked spice squid and drink cool cocktails on the polished top deck when the sun goes down. Boats have different sizes, such as 10-, 20-, or 24-cabin vessels. In case you would like to gain an intimate experience, then booking a private boat is a fine choice.

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Ti Top Beach

Some 14 km east of Bai Chay is Ti Top Beach, which takes the shape of a crescent encompassing the island. Small though it might be, it wins kudos for its quiet and airy atmosphere, its clean and clear waters, as well as its alluring landscape.
Got its name from Ghermann Titov, a former Soviet Union hero, Ti Top Island displays a beach shaped like a crescent moon and sand that has been washed to a snowy white by the tide.

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History of  Titop Island

In 1962, this tiny island had the honour of receiving a visit from astronaut Ghermann Titov, a hero of the former Soviet Union, accompanied by President Ho Chi Minh. To perpetuate the remembrance of their visit, Uncle Ho named the place Ti Top Island. It has now become an attractive beach for tourists and has various of tourist services.
The beach boasts pristine white sand, clear and blue water and small waves, which make it ideal for recreational activities like swimming and other sea sports. At present, there has a bar in the island which also provides swimming costumes, floats and lukewarm shower. Fresh water was carried to the island from inland. Swimming at Ti Top Beach is really enjoyable. After swimming, you can enjoy fresh sea food specialities in an ideal environment of immense sky and sunshine.

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What to do in Ti top Beach

This beach is very beautiful and is well worth a visit to cool off when the heats starts to get to you. If you spend a day at the beach and elect to take a deckchair, you will be asked to buy either a baguette, some lovely pineapple or a drink, otherwise you will have to pay for the seat. During the full moon, you are able to wander around until late at night.
The island has become a popular tourist destination. On summer holidays, the famous beach of Ti Top Island cools off visitors heading to Quang Ninh Province and you will surely have a chance to join in an interesting journey to the natural wonder…
Besides the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent landscape and beach activities, tourists will be pleased with a Halong bay cruise.

Can you swim at Halong Bay?

Yes, off course! You can swim in Halong Long!

The bay is favorably blessed with powdered beaches as well as clear and calm water. Hence, it is a stunning place for swimming. Visitors have an unlimited number of charming and beautiful beaches to chill out, such as Ba Trai Dao, Soi Sim, Ngoc Vung, Ti Top, etc. Most of these prominently feature idyllic sands and pure water so that you’re totally able to indulge in the sandbank while contemplating the eye-catching scenery. Avoid going swimming in later autumn and winter as the water is cold.

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Halong Bay Pearl Farm

Halong Bay, the must see in Vietnam, where every traveler wish to visit at least once during their trip to this pretty country disclose a lot of beauty and secret. The Mother Nature blesses this bay not only magnificent geological creature, breathtaking scenery but also precious natural products, the most famous of which is Halong’s pearls. Although pearl harvesting is a long-time local tradition, the tour to visit pearl farms on the bay has been put into practice for 4 years. This is a very special experience besides enjoying Halong Bay cruise. The pearl farm on Halong where people visit is owned by Halong Pearl Join Stock Company, who developed pearl handicraft from a traditional sea product to a valuable item.

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What to see in Halong Bay Pearl Farm

The Halong pearl farm is located in an isolated water area named Tung Sau, surrounded by undulating limestone islands. The pearl growing and handicraft system has been based on Vietnamese traditional experience and Japanese technology.
Visiting pearl farm, tourists witness the whole process to make a valuable pearl and expensive jewelry from the first step of growing and harvesting pearl from Halong Bay. Most of them are very surprised by the magical process to create the beautiful jewelry from the skillful hands of artisans. This is really a very interesting visit because not many people understand how the white and bright pearls are created. There are cages growing oysters in the water. Locals have many secret experiences in growing the oysters to have big and round pearls. Tourists can even observe the artisans working on their pearls after they are harvested from the water. They do sophisticated technique with their many specialized tools to create a perfect pearl. All are handmade in very intricate level. When watching the complete pearls in the same size, we cannot recognize the raw pearls when they are in the oysters anymore.

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Kayaking in Halong Bay

Halong Bay is one of the best places to swim in Vietnam. Diving and kayaking are other water sports that you can indulge in. Many private operators close to the bay offer equipment on rent for these adventure activities. The serene water and exquisite islands of the bay make it totally perfect for going kayaking. This activity is done by many travelers once they spend a cruise here. For them, it is a wonderful opportunity to discover the Halong’s beauty and essence by themselves. If you are not expert at kayaking, there is no need to worry. The reason is that the junk’s crew is willing to provide you with detailed instructions.

Where to visit for admiring the superb coral reef and various systems of sea creatures? Try some sea zones around Monkey Island, Co To Island, Cu Island, and Sen Island.

Kayaking in Halong Bay

Have a dinner in a cave

Planning a trip to Halong Bay with your partner? Want to have the romantic set up to amaze his/her? Then dining in a stunning cave is an excellent choice. Several luxury cruises with 3 days and 2 nights offer this activity, such as Dragon Pearl Junk. The extra price is costly since it usually includes set-up fee, personnel, food, and hiring the cave. After stepping inside, you and your lover will be impressed by a thousand candles and rose petals. Sweet scenery, sparkling candles, and exotic dishes will certainly create a romantic space. Plenty tourists successfully proposed to their special ones within this sweet theme.

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See Halong Bay from helicopter or seaplane

Get a bird’s eye view of this marvel of nature as you take a helicopter tour from Hanoi to Halong. Do not miss the experience of a lifetime! As one of the top things to do when you’re in Halong Bay, a view from helicopter/seaplane is truly a wonderful way to marvel at the beauty and grandeur of the bay. There are two convenient options for tourists to consider: By helicopter and by seaplane.
In fact, traveling to the bay by helicopter is quite expensive. In general, it can cost about over $7.000 by MI-17 (about 24 people) and $13.000 by EC- 155 (about 12 people). But, the cost is often fixed, no matter how many people take part in. For that reason, it is a good idea to travel in a large team. The more guests, the lower the charges.

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Bicycling in Cat Ba Island at Viet Ha fishing village

Biking is one of the exciting outboard activities that gets much attention from tourists. In general, this activity is often included in an itinerary of 3 days 2 nights. Viet Hai Village – the “isolated oasis”, belonging to Cat Ba National Park and located about 18 kilometers from Cat Ba Island, is usually the most popular area to organize cycling tours. Perfectly surrounded by high mountains, vast ocean, and thick jungles, Viet Hai village is absolutely separated with the outside world. Riding a bicycle around the village, you will have a chance to visit old houses, enjoy the freshly airy ambiance, admire natural scene and take striking pictures of forest trees.

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Visit a floating village in Halong Bay

Halong Bay is well-known for not only limestone cliffs, spectacular caves, and stunning beaches, but also common floating villages. Some of the must-visit fishing villages are Ba Hang, Cua Van, Cong Dam, and Vung Vieng.

After dropping by one of these villages, you may indeed mingle with an authentic natural setting where blue sky and ocean, fresh and cool air, as well as picturesque seascape are beautifully vivid in front of your eyes. Besides, it is also a good occasion to broaden your knowledge and take hands-on photos about local culture and daily life. People here are very sociable, friendly, and enthusiastic. Just asking, and they are always ready to guide you how to spread a net, row a sampan, or even bait a hook. It is very great, right?

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Participate in a BBQ on beach

If traditional Vietnamese delicacies on a halong bay cruise trip are not tasty enough to tickle your taste bud, then a BBQ party in a unique way will surely make you inspired. Such BBQ party is often organized in reputable beaches on bay, like Soi Sim Beach, Ba Trai Dao Beach, and so on. Try imagining how romantic it is when you take a seat on a beach, spread your eyes over ocean’s waves, listen to the soothing melody of birds, sample array of mouthwatering and grilled seafood, as well as share joy with other members. Without a doubt, you should not skip this chance of a lifetime!

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Join a Tai Chi exercises

Indulging yourself to a Tai Chi morning class session is a perfect way to build up the sense of calm, keep fit, improve your health of mind, and start a new happy day in the Bay. In fact, Tai Chi is a gently physical exercise that flawlessly combines deep breathing and relaxation with easy and slow movements. Without complicate and fancy equipment, this kind of exercise is gently suitable for tourists of all ages. Make sure to wake up early and attend one of the Tai Chi classes between 6.30 AM and 7 AM on sundeck. At that time, a Tai-chi master will instruct you how to harmoniously control your breath, mind, and body while enjoying the fresh air. How fun it is!

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Go squid fishing at night

Squid fishing is indeed an engaging activity to spend your free time on the Halong Bay cruise after having a dinner. But, this activity is just done, depending on the Halong Bay weather. Typically, months from August to December is considered the best time for squid fishing since this is when you can luckily catch the big squid. Once the darkness totally covers the bay, you will be welcomed to the side of boats to engage in this activity. Fishing rods and rackets are essential tools that you can get after that. Then, a local fisherman will guide you how to fish a squid in the sea. Lucky or seasoned guests may catch more than 15 squids per night. And these squids will be used to cook dishes for them.

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Rock climbing at Halong Bay

Adventurous travelers in Ha Long are very keen on exploring the whole cliffs by rock climbing. It is one type of outdoor and thrilling activity that helps them enjoy the original nature with beautiful 3000 limestone cliffs, rising from the water. Typically, Cat Ba Island is the most favorite spot wholly chosen to take their climbing by many tourists.
People will challenge their bravery by reaching reach the summit of 30 meters. Of course, it is seriously recommended to make use of protect belts in some risky areas. Unlike climbing activity in the land, tourists are able to jump down to the sea to avoid other dangerous obstacles.

Halong Bay rock climbing

Halong Bay Cruise

Halong Bay is trusted to become one of the most glorious sunsets in the world. Seeing the dawn and dusk on desk here has long fascinated both Vietnamese and Western guests. In sunset, the bay becomes very magical among the vast sea. Furthermore, colorful lights from the spectacular Halong Bay cruises reflected into the water also create an amazing vista. In sunrise, the bay just likes an impressive natural painting with early sun-shines that still hide after mountains.It is highly advised to have a seat on the long lounge chair of your Halong Bay Cruise as well as enjoy the valuable moment with a camera on hand.

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Shopping in Halong bay at a local market Halong City

One of the do-not-miss things for travelers in the bay is to go shopping. Through this activity, they can not only learn more about culture and society of Vietnam, but also bring back home a few lovely souvenirs for their family members and friends. Don’t forget to head towards one of the most popular shopping areas, namely the night market in Bai Chay Town. There are plenty open air stalls inside the market, which sell many types of delicious seafood and traditional products, like ceramic tea sets, chopsticks, conical hats, and so forth.

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Attend a cooking class

Many cooking classes are held to help guests not only to try fine cuisine but also expand their knowledge about Vietnamese culinary culture. In general, a chef on the Halong Baycruise will expertly show and guide you how to make traditional dishes or how to impeccably carve different kinds of fruits and vegetables. Some of you can be also invited to take part in an interesting competition to find who makes the dish fast. After the competition, don’t mind sharing your achievement with other companions

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Halong Bay Caves

Halong Bay is one of the places that have the greatest number of magnificent and mysterious caves in Vietnam. Thanks to the pristine feature of those caves, they have attracted a wide range of domestic and foreign tourists every year. Here is the list of top most beautiful caves in Halong bay that you should not miss when paying a visit to this beautiful place.

Dau Go Cave

It can be said that Dau Go Cave is the center of ancient architecture and little stalagmites and stalactites. It is such a wonderful experience to admire the picturesque beauty of Halong Bay in this spectacular cave.
From the far away, you can see the blue entrance of Dau Go Cave, which looks like the blue jellyfish in the center of Halong Bay. You must pass 90 stone staircases to enter the cave entrance. On standing at Dau Go Cave’s entrance, you will feel as if standing in front of a magnificent and luxurious castle with marvelous architecture.

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Trinh Nu Cave – Virgin Cave

Trinh Nu Cave, along with other caves in the same cave system such as Sung Sot Cave, Dong Tien Lake, Luon Cave, is located on Bo Hon Island, which is about 15 kilometers from Bai Chay of Halong Bay. In the past, the French came here and called this cave as La Vierge (Virgin Cave). On the other hand, this cave is called “Trinh Nu Cave” by the Vietnamese. For the fishermen, Trinh Nu Cave is always their cozy home but for the lovers, this cave is even a symbol of their love. On entering this cave, you can easily see a stone statue of a girl lying in the center of the cave. The girl statue is very lively with long hair and the hoping, miserable look in her eyes. Opposite of Trinh Nu Cave is Trong Cave (or Male Cave). Inside Trong Cave is a stone statue of a man looking at the girl statue. You can even feel the despairing scream of the man and the sound of his knocking the stone wall for endless times.

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Me Cung Cave (Maze Cave)

Me Cung Cave is about 25 meters from the sea level on Lom Bo Island, which is about 2 kilometers to the Southwest to Titop Island. The cave’s entrance has such a complicated structure with many rooms, floors, as well as the stone ceiling and 100-meter-long balcony. There is also a lake called Me Cung inside the cave.

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Thien Cung Cave

Thien Cung Cave is located at the North of Dau Go Island, which is about 4 kilometers to the South of the port. This cave is about 10 000 meters square in width. Being one of the most beautiful caves of Halong Bay, Thien Cung Cave has such a complex structure with many rooms and wide, large ceiling. Especially, inside the cave is a great number of stalactites and stalagmites in weird shapes.
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Sung Sot Cave

Sung Sot Cave is one of the most beautiful caves of Halong Bay. This cave is located on Bo Hon Island, which is in the center of Halong Bay. Every year, Sung Sot Cave attracts a great number of visitors, who come here to contemplate its spectacular and magnificent beauty. Before entering the cave, you must pass the long stone staircases to pass the luxuriant forests. Tourists will have an interesting opportunity of climbing the mountain.

The total area of Sung Sot Cave is 10 000 kilometer square. Inside the cave is a wide range of stalagmites and stalactites in mysterious and weird shapes. You may be overwhelmed when contemplating the pristine beauty of this fairy-tale-cave. The French used to call this cave as “Grotte Des Surprises” (The cave of surprises) thanks to its unique feature. When visiting caves in Halong Bay, you should not forget to explore and contemplate the marvelous beauty of this cave. Most of the halong bay overnight cruise will visit this cave. Please check  itinerary of Cozy Bay Cruise  / Cozy Bay Classic Cruise or Cozy Vietnam Travel the details.

Luon Cave

Luon Cave is located on Bo Hon Island, which is about 14 kilometers to the South of Bai Chay. The location of this cave is a steep rock with quiet crystalized water. The total length of Luon Cave is about 60 meters, and the cave’s ceiling is between 2.5 meters and 4 meters, depending on the water level. On entering the cave, if the level of water is high, you must lower your head to pass it. This must be the reason why the cave is called “Luon” in Vietnamese. The cave’s ceiling has so many beautiful and magnificent stalactites that you will surprise and amaze by the talent of Mother Nature. After passing the entrance, you will see a large lake surrounded by luxuriant forest and spectacular mountains. It can be said that the beauty of Luon Cave is such a masterpiece of nature.

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Tam Cung Cave

Tam Cung Cave is located in the center of Halong Bay, which is about 5 kilometers to the Northeast of Sung Sot Cave.
The cave is divided into 3 rooms with a lot of beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. The cave’s ceiling has many stalactites, which look like a white orchid cacti’s bud.Especially, the 2nd room of the cave is a lively natural museum with many stone sculptures of the lion, the seal, the water deities, etc. There is a long stream inside the cave, too. The cave’s wall looks like a magnificent stalactites curtain. And at the last room, tourists will have the opportunity to contemplate the spectacular and skillful sculptured artworks of the Mother Nature.

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Hanh Cave

The French used to call Hanh Cave as Le Tunnel (or The Tunnel in English). A special feature of Hanh Cave is that its entrance is very low, therefore, if you want to explore this cave, you must travel by small boat. Hanh Cave is one of the most beautiful and the longest caves in Halong Bay.
This cave attracts a great number of foreign tourists, who love adventure coming here to contemplate and explore the cave by kayak. The total time of a full trip to Hanh Cave is about 60 to 90 minutes.

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Shopping in Halong Bay

When travelling, shopping might be among the most favorite as well as popular activities of tourists. When visiting Halong, you not only enjoy the breathtaking scenes here but also have many chances to shop fresh seafood and souvenirs. Typically, in Halong Bay, shopping is not about big malls with famous branded items. You could totally expect a different experience of shopping in this area.
Shopping in Halong Bay could be a fantastic experience though the options are rather limited for tourists. The most interesting thing about shopping in Halong Bay, as well as in other coastal cities of Vietnam, is that you will see local people selling products on those small boats. Such floating stores could catch your own eyes almost instantly when you are on junk boat tours. According to experienced foreign tourists, they are surprised by such images so much.
Here bellowed is the most detailed guide of shopping in Halong Bay:

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Halong Market

This market is built and officially ran in 2003. Being a new market in Halong, this is one of the most attractive places in the city for both locals and tourists coming for shopping in Halong. Situated in the center area of Halong city, the market is reckoned as the largest market of this city. The products displayed and sold here are very various, ranging from normal to luxurious goods with pretty competitive prices. Guests coming here could easily find anything they want, such as clothes, electrical devices, and accessories. Besides, the drinks and food here are sold out in restaurants inside the market. These restaurants are often small in area. Some detailed information about this market includes:

What to buy in Halong Market ?

The first floor: you can find jewelries, pearls, embroidered paintings, electronics, and mother-of-pearl mosaic paintings
The second floor: you can find clothing, footwear, marine products and seafood
If you want to buy some most featured specialties of Halong, including seafood and dried squid, at reasonable prices, and then Halong market is your ideal destination. Halong Market is most crowded during weekend.

Opening hours: 6:00 – 18:30 every day
Location: Bach Dang (Bạch Đằng) Street, Halong City

Halong Night Market

The market is situated in the center area of Halong City and near the beach. Thanks to the good location, this market attracts a large number of people, including locals and visitors. It is crowded with most domestic tourists from April to July.
Opening hours: 6:00 – 22:30 every day

What to buy in Halong Night Market ?

Halong Night Market is another destination for tourists who want to enjoy diversifying experience of shopping in Halong Bay. The market is a big group of hundreds of stalls selling various kinds of products, including handmade accessories, handicrafts, clothes and other dispensable stuff like lotion, hat, or swimwear. Visitors tend to come to this market for buying unique products of the coastal city such as necklaces made from seashells, and wooden small boats, snails, or T-shirt with beautiful images of Halong Bay painted on. The great thing about this night market is that sellers here are very friendly and could speak English rather well, so tourists will be able to bargain easily. Even, you could have a nice chat with vendors about the city and its features.

Bai Chay Commercial Center

Another suggestion about shopping Halong Bay is Bai Chay Commercial Center. Built on the base of the minuscule market, it is the most modern center for shopping in this coastal city. The products sold here are diverse from normal to luxurious goods, and the prices seem a little bit higher than the two mentioned-above markets. Nevertheless, it is still reasonable because the customer service here is very good. This extra money is paid for more professional services, and ensured quality of products.
It just takes about 600 meters for you to go from the night market to this shopping center. Being very popular for locals, this shopping center has various goods, including clothes, shoes and other high quality products like Halong Pearl, crocodile leather, wooden souvenir and coal souvenir items.
Opening hours: 6.00 – 18:30 every day
Location: Vuon Dao (Vườn Đào) Street, Bai Chay Beach area.

Halong Floating Market

This market could be found nearby wharf, Halong Bay cruise ships, and in makeshift areas in which sellers lash their boats together. The waterborne convenience stores here carry most traditional fare, and fresh seafood. The most noticeable goods sold here is fruits. This floating market sells most fruits available in Halong city. The market will surprise most visitors for its interesting form. While it might cost more to purchase traditional stuff from this type of shop, the unique experience is usually worth the additional cost for every tourist.

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Nearby Market in Halong City

Whilst visiting Halong Bay, you should make sure that you visit Mong Cai Market. This market is popular for sightseeing and buying clothes, fabrics, fruits along with high tech products.
Rather different from the markets introduced above, Binh Lieu (Bình Liêu) Market is situated in the highlands of Quang Ninh (Quảng Ninh) province. This market is the gathering destination of vendors from ethnic groups, such as “San Chi” (Sán Chỉ), “Tay” (Tày), and “Dao” (Dao). Here, you could find agricultural products as major trading goods, including rice, oils of cinnamon, anise, particularly forest honey. The most interesting thing in this market is that vendors will not sell their products till final prices are precisely as what they expected in advance.

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Trang  An Grottoes and Trang An Landscape Complex is a prominent place in Southeast Asia and the world which contains abundant archaeological evidences preserved, mostly shells, animal bones, pottery, stone tools, kitchen floor and human remains. There are 31 wetlands connected by 48 caves, including 2 km of water caves, such as Dia Linh cave, Sinh Du cave or May cave. Nothing is more interested than having a boat trip through caves that you can experience the feeling of thrill and admire the strange shapes on the caves when the boat enters the deep grottoes.

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Ninh Binh – 19 Best things to do 2019

Ninh Binh Travel Guide – How to get to Ninh Binh from Hanoi, Hai Phong, Halong bay, Cat ba Island…Ninh Binh is surrounded by a stunning landscape of lush green paddy fields and striking limestone outcrops with main tourist sites including Hoa Lu Tam Coc, Trang An, Bich Dong, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Van Long Nature Reserve, Cuc Phuong National Park, Phat Diem Stone Catheral, Thung Nham Bird Garden…The cycling activities is a best way to really appreciate the striking scenery along the roads.

Dinh King temple in Hoa Lu Tam Coc

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital in Ninh Binh

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital has many palaces, pagodas, tombs and pavilions that were built by different dynasties. Despite going through many centuries, Hoa Lu has been home to many beautiful sites to visit. Visiting here, you will have a chance to understand more about the history of Vietnam and can join many traditional cultural festivals. The ancient capital is a magnificent and majestic palace which is surrounded by rocky mountain, spectacular scenery and numerous calm lakes, which makes a Hoa Lu’s picturesque landscape.

Mua Caves Ninh Binh, Hang Múa Ninh Binh

Mua Caves Ninh Binh

Hang múa – Hang means cave & Múa means Dancing the name from the old time story why this place is called Mua caves (Hang Múa) dancing cave the name of this place was taken from a folk tales saying that the King Tran came to Hoa Lu ancient capital to establish Thai Vi temple about 1 km from the Mua peak and often went to the cave below the peak to hear the beautiful female singers singing and dancing so the local people called this place Hang Múa dancing cave after this story. The Lying Dragon Mountain (Núi Ngoạ Long) there is a lying dragon on the top of Mua peak view point, it is a popular selfie spot .The stairs are bordered by the imitation of the Great Wall of China.

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Halong Bay Cruise

Halong bay cruise the best way to enjoy Halong Bay. Now kick start your journey by hiring a boat cruise through the bay that will let you indulge in the breathtaking vistas of islets. There are plenty of options when it comes to cruising in Halong Bay. Most cruises fall under one of the three categories: Halong Bay. Most cruises fall under one of the three categories: Halong Bay Budget Cruises, Halong Bay Deluxe Cruises and Halong Bay Luxury Cruises, with the luxury level ascending in that order. Some cruises go as far as to accommodate a 5 star resort room type on board, with diverse forms of entertainment.

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How to get to Halong Bay

Hanoi is approximately 165 kilometers from Halong Bay. So a road trip between these destinations will take travelers around 3.5 – 4 hours. There are a few different ways to move from Hanoi to Ha long Bay. Most popular ones are by coach, by cruise’s bus, or by private car. Thanks to recent road works, getting to Ha long Bay or Ha Long City is so much easier than it used to be. The most common departure cities are Hanoi and Hai Phong. Both of which have her own international airports and a complex of highway that connects to Halong Bay.

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Best Halong Bay Restaurants

Halong Bay is very rich in seafood as it offers tons of shrimps, fish and oysters annually. The caught seafood served in most restaurants often comes right out of the fishing boats in early morning.
Most of these Halong Bay restaurants feature delicious and fresh seafood dishes of Halong Bay. Although these restaurants are a little bit pricey, they are really worth a visit as they provide high quality food dishes.

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Best food to eat in Halong Bay

Enjoying the local specialties all the Best food to eat in Halong Bay. It is also a great way to understand more about the culture of Vietnamese. Not only seafood here is worth savoring, but lots of Vietnamese traditional dishes and international cooking styles from luxury restaurants here can even also please the pickiest tourists. The following are best dishes and drinks you should try during a trip to Halong Bay!

Flightless Bird Cafe, halong nightlife

Halong Bay Nightlife

The night market in Halong Bay & food street of Halong is located on Ben Doan street, Hong Gai ward. Covering an area of total of 11,000 m2 with approximately 87 booths, this night market includes 60 outdoor stalls operating from 16:30 to 24:00 and 27 covered stalls that sell from 5:00 to 24:00. With various choices of food in booths, tourists are not limited to enjoy specialties of Halong, Quang Ninh province.

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Cat Ba Island

Best things to do in Cat ba Island, Cat Ba National Park, Frog Lake in Cat Ba Island, trekking, cycling, camping in Cat ba, How to get to Cat Ba island in cheapest and fastest way? Cat Ba is a perfect place for various tourist activities since its beautiful natural scenery, abundant forest and sea resources. More and more services have been invested and upgraded to meet the demand of tourists and keep them stay there longer… Most cruises fall under one of the three categories: Halong Bay Budget Cruises, Halong Bay Deluxe Cruises and Halong Bay Luxury Cruises

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Bai Tu Long Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay- Off the beaten track with experienced locals. Bai Tu Long Bay is also home to long and eloquent sand beaches and crystal clear sea water. This area is less touristy than Ha Long Bay and a place for anyone wants to truly enjoy the beautiful beaches. It is unique because of its historic and cultural sites, precious and rare specialties, and the archipelago’s unspoiled beauty.

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