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 Snails

Halong Snails

Favored by the Mother Nature as an unbelievably beautiful coastal  province, Halong is famous for its variety of fresh and delicious seafood specialties such as crabs, prawns, and snails (ốc).

Visiting any random snail restaurant in Halong, gourmets might be  surprised with a very long list of different exotic snails there. Each  species possesses distinctive appearance and a very distinctive flavor.  Coming to Halong Bay without trying these dishes is just a big waste.

With the diversity of Halong’s snail, remembering all the names takes forever, not to mention their distinguish appearances, let’s only list  some popular dishes such as ốc hương, ốc đĩa, ốc gai to, ốc vặn, ốc mút, and ốc len. All you can do is being an adventurous traveler, trying a  random dish that catches your eyes or going with a local, who can show  you the difference among the ốc. Although Halong chefs have a similar  recipe to mix dipping sauce for almost every snail dishes, including  fish sauce, rice vinegar, chili, sugar and ginger, you may still feel  clear differences if you taste different dishes.

Eating snails in Halong, gourmets may have to use a local tool, a  very strange long pin, to hook the snail out from its shell. It is said  that Halong snails always lie deep inside its shells, unlike snails  living in other provinces in the Northern Vietnam. Using this tool  properly will help you conquer any Halong snails. However, you can eat  some species of snail without using any tool, just by sucking or bumping the snail onto your dish.


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