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Halong Bay, Halong Bay

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Cruise among the conical peaks and karst pillars of Halong 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 your visit to Halong Bay and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Halong Bay travel itinerary maker.
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  • If you go to Vietnam a cruise around Halong Bay is a must. We spent 2 nights on the beautiful and traditional junk "Jasmine". The service, food and attention to detail was 5*+. The scenery was sublime...  more »
  • I did a one night stay in a cruise. The most enjoyable part of the visit was sitting at the sun deck enjoying the sunset view against all the beautiful islands with white boats scattered all over. The...  more »
  • We were really struggling to make a decision on 2N or 1N on Halong Bay. Am very glad we went for the 2N option. We were on Garden Bay Junk which is an older boat so there was some wear and tear, howev...  more »

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Where to stay in Halong Bay

When touring the scenic bay, most people stay in Halong City, where you can find many budget hotels, motels, and backpacker-style hostel lodgings. Another option is staying on Cat Ba, one of the larger islands in the bay, which features a variety of affordable hotels. You can also choose to stay in the port city of Haiphong and take day trips to explore Halong Bay.
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