Halong Bay is assessed by two factors: tectonic history and geology, geomorphology. Visitors to Halong Bay are not only witnessing the wonder of the world, but also a precious geological museum being kept outdoors for more than 300 million years. There is plenty to explore in the 4000 square kilometer body of water, and it is easy to find peaceful places to swim, fish, or just relax without seeing another soul, yet surrounded by majestic scenery.
Environmental geology of Halong Bay is also fundamental values arise such as biodiversity, archeology and culture of other human values. Halong Bay concentrate with high biological diversity of ecosystems, tropical waters such as mangrove ecosystems, coral reef ecosystems, sea grass ecosystems, forest ecosystems and tropical plants especially agricultural ecosystems specific parts. To date preliminary assessment flora in the bay area has about 347 species of vascular plants belonging to 232 genera, of the 347 known species of plants, 16 species are listed in Vietnam’s red Book of endangered and endangered soon. In the rare species of plants, 95 species of medicinal plants, 37 species of ornamental trees, 13 fruit trees and 10 groups with different usability. Halong fisheries and aquaculture operators harvest many sea products such as abalone, sea cucumber, shrimp, fish, squid, octopus, oysters, clams…etc.
The best time to visit Halong Bay is really depends on your own definition of a perfect trip.
Halong Bay is great to see any time in a year. However, the dry season from October to December and the spring time from February to May are best in terms of weather. Although during the winter months of December, January, and February, the weather can be cool and overcast with low visibility, you still enjoy the trip here. The mist even makes Halong Bay more stunning and magically. You may feel that you are in the middle of a fairytale land.
If you are a budget-minded traveler, choose the low season from May to September. The weather in those months is great for all of activities in Halong Bay as it is in summer. However, temperatures rise and storms are more likely during this rainy season.
You’ll need walking shoes, sandal, sunglasses,sunblock, mosquito repellant and a wide-brimmed hat short and T-shirts when travelling in summer. When traveling in winter, warm clothes are recommended.
For beach days, pack two swimsuits, one beach cover-up or large T-shirt, two rash guards for each person. Pack a light sweatshirt or sweater for chilly mornings and evenings, and a lightweight nylon jacket if there is a probability of rain in the forecast.
You should bring your light luggage on board and photo equipment for taking landscape of Halong Bay
If you travelling with children, please bring milk, cookies, snack… for them; also bring some medicine in case your children are not fine.
During summer, especially May, June, July, before going to swim, you should ask the guide or captain for advice because it is when the jellyfish are most active.
Please read the safety on board carefully when you check in the boat and follow all the cruise staff advisers.
Travelers may have a hard time finding way around this popular destination. Cruise is therefore the best way to savor the amazing beauty of Halong Bay. Recently, there are hundreds of cruises in Halong Bay has been launched to adapt to the need of travelers which are devised into 3 types of cruise: luxury, midrange, and budget cruises.
For the luxury cruises, the outstanding cruises are the following ones: The Violet cruise, the Paradise Cruise (including Paradise Luxury, Paradise Peak, and Paradise Privilege), Au Co Cruise, Jasmine cruise, Valentine Cruise, Indochina Sails, Ginger Cruise, Jasmine Cruise, Bhaya Legend, Signature, Aphrodite cruise, and Starlight cruise
For list of Midrange cruise, the Bhaya Classic, Calypso Cruise, Paloma Cruise, Glory and Glory Premium Cruise, Victory Star Cruise, Dragon Pearl, Red Dragon Cruise, Oriental Sails.
For the Budget cruises, guests can choose among the following cruisers: Halong Poseidon Sails, Phoenix Cruise, Huong Hai Junk, Bai Tu Long Junk, and A Class Cruise.
For travelers who are seeking for romantic or intimate moments in Halong Bay, the Bhaya Legend 1 Junk, Premium Valentine, Paloma Family Junk, Bhaya Legend, Paradise Privilege, Halong Princess Junk and Prince Junk would be their best choices.
Almost highlight spots of Halong Bay are included in the itinerary of the cruises. Bellows are some of these famous names:
Situated in the center of Halong Bay, the Sung Sot (Surprise Grotto) is one of the finest and widest grottoes of Ha Long Bay. Ascending to the grotto, the way is covered by trees and foliage, and consists of great paved stone blocks. It is regarded as an epitome of karst caves in Ha Long Bayand an Opera Theatre, with 3 main chambers that promise to take your breath away.
Other visit-worthy caves are Thien Cung, Dau Go, Bo Nau and Trinh Nu...
Bai Tu Long Bay which occupies three-quarters of the Ha Long Bay area, is a place so packed full of aesthetic beauty, biodiversity, and culture. You won’t be disappointed with stone mountains, long sandy beach, corals, forests, and fewer tourists as a bonus.
Besides beaches and caves, Halong Bay is also famous for its islets and islands. The two most famous islet/ island in Halong Bay are Soi Sim Islet and Titop Island. You will be impressed by peaceful ambiance and natural beauty of green primeval forest and blue sea. There are charming beaches on these islands with white sand and clear seawater. Moreover, from the top of the hills, you will have great views to the spectacular scenery of Halong Bay.
There is another island that you may visit when you take 3 days 2 nights trip on Halong Bay cruise, that is Cat BaIsland - is the biggest island in Halong Bay. Cat Ba included Cat Ba islands and Lan Ha bay where many tourists love to come to trek in to Cat Ba national park or take a cruise to visit Lan Ha bay islets and beaches and floating villages.
Coming to Halong bay, you will have your great time with many activities such as kayaking; discovering the geology, geomorphologic and biodiversity value of the bay; fishing; visiting fishing villages; coraldiving; and cycling on islands. In the Sunset, enjoy your time on the sundeck then sleeping on the boat at the bay, immersing in the majestic and mysterious, inspiring and imperious nature of the calm water and the starry sky...
It is difficult to find the suitable cruise for your trip in variety of the cruises in Halong Bay. That is the reason we established our Halong Bay team with experienced Cruise Specialists in our 3 websites as bellows: