6Reasons to Visit Halong Bay

  • Scenery
    Scenery

    Scenery

    When it comes to scenery, Halong Bay can just be described as a 'wow'. Known for its thousands of rocks and caves emerging out of emerald water, Halong Bay has won numerous world recognitions as well as charmed millions of visitors through our the years. As you slowly explore the Bay, you will go from one surprise to another: one cannot stop asking himself/herself 'how could nature have gifted human such a wonder!'.

  • Culture
    Culture

    Culture

    In Vietnam, culture is something that is always there to impress you, and Halong Bay is no exception. Taking a trip to Halong Bay and you will feel a part of Vietnamese's Northern coastal life which is significantly different from it is in the centre and the south: Some make a living on the floating villages - others serve delicious fresh seafood which they just caught from the sea.

  • Cruise tours
    Cruise tours

    Cruise tours

    It is not exaggerating to say that cruise tours make an important feature of Halong Bay. Each cruise and junk has a different itinerary that takes one to visit caves and helps one experience local life on water. These cruise tours often include transfer from Hanoi to the Bay, food on board and a knowledgeable tour guide who will assist you all through your trip. Lodging varies in style and quality from inexpensive, party-style to extremely luxury ones.

  • Food
    Food

    Food

    Halong is famous for its seafood: crabs, prawns, sea clams among strange native specialties (check out Food section to learn more about these specialties). If you stay in one of the hotels on land, make sure you visit one of our recommended restaurants in town to experience authentic Halong Bay cuisines.

  • Value for money
    Value for money

    Value for money

    Halong Bay can be said to be one of the best places to travel in Southeast Asia, especially in terms of value-for-money. Whatever budget you spare for your trip, you will get more than what you expect. This is thanks to the low hotel costs and excellently organized cruise tours. For example, from only $70/ person you can get food and boarding along with an exciting cruise program for 2 day 1 night.

  • Unique experience
    Unique experience

    Unique experience

    Ultimately, it is the unique experience that you have in Halong Bay that counts the most. Imagine waking up in the beautiful sunrise amid the rocks, islets and caves. Some will remember their cave dinner for a lifetime while others enjoy the breathtaking view from a mountain top that gives a bird-eye view of the Bay. All of these second-to-none moments are awaiting you in Halong Bay.

A quick look on Halong cultural heritage

Halong is closely attached to important historical milestones of Vietnam from the establishment stage to the present time.

During the 12th Century, Van Don Port in Halong used to be the busiest port in Northern Vietnam, which soon welcomed foreign traders in the neighbour areas come to trade specialties of the local countries. Van Don Port is especially convenient for business activities that attract a lot of international traders thanks to a system of ground, islands, and rocky islands that separate Halong Bay into smaller lagoons and deep canals, which are all airtight for ships and boats docking safely.

Besides Van Don Port, Halong has the famous Bai Tho Mountain (Mountain of Poem), which preserves the valuable poet of King Le Thanh Tong engraved on its cliff in 1468, on the occasion of his trip to the East Sea; and the hand-writing of Lord Trinh Cuong in 1729.

Bai Chay in the Western side of Halong Bay recorded the victory of Tran Dynasty for burning the battleships of the Mongol invaders, and Dau Go Cave is the historical vestige of Lord Tran Hung Dao triumph on Bach Dang River. Hundreds of vestiges in Halong combine together and the imagination of local people have built up many interesting legends of the bay.

Talking about the traditions and customs of Halong, Hát Giao Duyên (a variable of the local folk singing) could be said the most unique feature, which is belong to fishermen in Cửa Vạn fishing village. This type of traditional folk singing includes Hát Đúm, Hò Biển, and Hát Đám Cưới, in which Hát Đám Cưới (wedding singing) is still remaining and preferred by the local as their pride.

Elders in Cửa Vạn Village say their wedding singing is not less pleasant and attractive compare to the famous Quan Họ Singing in Bac Ninh Provine. Additionally, all the wedding in Cửa Vạn Village are organized in the 15th day of a lunar month when the Moon bright the whole bay with its gentle light that make all the fishes stay deep under the sea.


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