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.

Halong - A site for archaeologists

In 1937, the accidental discovery of the first artifact by a glass craftsman in Ngoc Vung Island in Halong is later recognized as one of the cradles of mankind.

During that time, Vietnam was still a French colony; the discovery made archaeological enthusiasts came to Vietnam to exploring the ancient human civilization. From that time, a lot of discoveries has been found, in the Halong coastal area, such as thousands of antiques like stone tools, ceramic receptacles, stone jewelry and human’s bones, all dated back to Neolithic age.

After the liberation of Northern Vietnam in 1945, Vietnamese and Soviet archaeologists started working together. In 1960, an exploration crew found pieces of wherry of the ancient apes, and a lot of copper arrows, which are belong to Hung Kings period (from 2879 to 258 BC). The results from all of searches were clear evidences of an ancient civilization in Halong Bay dated back 3,500-5,000 years ago.

From 1960 until now, archaeologists have expanded their research to 40 sites in Halong and found strong evidences to prove that an even older civilization existed in Halong Bay area, not just 3-5 millenniums ago, but back to 18,000 - 7,000 years BC. Ancient people used to live scattered in the area of Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay, Me Cung Cave, Tien Ong Cave, and Thien Long Cave. Collected artifacts such as eatable sea snails and rude working tools proved that people here lived mainly on fishing, collecting sea-snails and oysters, digging roots and bulbs. The most recent discovering was in 2006, when important antiques of Trong Dong Civilizations were found, including cavemen’s bones, stone axe, ceramic pieces, mollusk deposits used to make foods and jewelry.

Archaeological researches have been conducted restlessly in Halong Bay to decipher all the found artifacts from the ancient civilizations existed in Halong Bay. From all the evidences, archaeologists say that Halong Bay is one of many cradles of humankind.


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