Hạ Long Bay, Halong Bay

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Cruise among the conical peaks and karst pillars of Hạ Long Bay, a World Heritage Site-honored scenic seascape of various limestone landforms modeled into natural arches and towers by coastal erosion. This site features nearly 1,600 mostly uninhabited islands and islets. Legend has it that this is the place from which a mountain dragon plunged into the sea, crushing the land with his powerful tale and leaving behind a scatter of islets. Go kayaking, explore caves, visit a fishing village, or spend the night in an island bungalow. The extreme popularity of the bay among locals and tourists alike has taken a toll on the natural environment-- sometimes the water is so polluted that it is not suitable for swimming or snorkeling. Plan to visit Hạ Long Bay during your Halong Bay vacation using our convenient Halong Bay trip itinerary tool .
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  • Was on a 2 day Cruise with accommodation on the boat. Takes about 2 hours in very calm pace to sail out to the spot where you throw the anchor and all other boats also are located. Thought we sailed a lot more around the Bay. However, it is still really neat to see the site, but is maybe a little overrated. Can see a cave and sailed in through a tunnel to a Lake, which all tourists do. Be NOTE on prices of drink on the ships is screwed up violently.
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  • Beautiful natural scenery was awesome. They do a great job keeping it clean and it’s a natural wonder for sure. So glad we made this trip. Want to come back to Vietnam again soon.  more »
  • I am not going to take away from the natural beauty of this 'new 7 natural wonder' it is incredible. That being said it is strewn with rubbish; beaches, in the water, on the islets just every where. I...  more »
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  • Look. The place is naturally stunning - the limestone formations, the trees, the colour of the water under the sky, the caves - all gorgeous! However, for a world heritage area, the pollution really takes away from the natural beauty of the place. There's trash everywhere - both on land and floating in the water. It's just gross! Our guide (a local) even recommended not to bathe in the water at the designated swimming spots as it wasn't exactly 'healthy'. I guess mass tourism has contributed, but having been to other world heritage sites that also have mass tourism but are still managed well and kept clean, surely this beautiful place could be cleaned up and a more ecological model of tourism adopted to bring in even more tourists and boost the local economy even more.
  • It's mesmerizing the perspective from here, totally amazing and certainly different from all I have ever seen. It helps if is a sunny day but even in different weather I am sure it will be great. I suggest taking a boat trip of 2 times so you can sleep in here. It's certainly well worth the money! We also gone to a pearl factory as well as the caves & did yoga at the sunrise. We additionally did kayak just swimming at sunset. You will find no more words for describing it! Just go!
  • We went in January 2013 and spent 2 nights on a boat. What an experience. It was extremely cold in January but we still loved every minute of this epic wonder of the world. We kayaked around this epic lake and was totally amazed at how the locals fish. Its all still very primitive but so natural. Lets hope that civilisation does not ruin this magnificent gift from God. I would love to go back again in the Spring.
  • Might blowing location!!! - Only through cruise one could access this heaven. - Food and other amenities like night fishing,Kayaking,exploring caves located among these limestone islets will be part of this package. - Rather than 2 nights,I would suggest 1 night will suffix complete justice to this place. - Plus food arranged by the cruise crew will also give you an idea about how good the Vietnamese cuisine is. - Overall must visit location,if you're planning Vietnam.
  • This is one of the locations on earth that are truly magical! Absolutely stunning in every way from the brilliant water and sky to the magnificent and imposing chain of islands that you navigate through. Due to the rain, all of the islands are carpeted with the most amazing, emerald green forestry!
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