Discover for yourself the allure of one of Vietnam's most enchanting landmarks.
One of Vietnam's most iconic attractions, breathtaking Halong Bay exhibits the wonder and majesty of Asia at its very best. An awe-inspiring collection of thousands of limestone pillars and islands rising from the emerald waters of a peaceful lagoon, this is an area of supreme natural splendour, and one of the country's must-see sights. Preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the whole area seems suffused with a rare and timeless magic. Every moment seems precious and intensely memorable; days dawn ripe with the promise of adventure, and every new horizon seems to contain some fresh sight or experience, each more incredible than the last.
Understandably incredibly popular with tourists, Halong Bay may feel a little crowded for some. Less well-known, but equally striking, the emerging destination of Lan Ha Bay may be more appealing. Only 20 kilometres to the north, you'll be able to enjoy the same magnificent scenery and lost-in-time atmosphere alongside a sense of complete harmony and tranquillity.
Possessed of a flawless, ethereal beauty, these mesmerising labyrinths are best explored by boat for the perfect immersion in the landscape. Pristine ecosystems sheltering no end of flora and fauna, holidaymakers are transported to another world. You can even hire your own rowing boat or kayak to get enviably close to the scenery. There are thousands of uninhabited islands to hop between, as well as spectacular caves and grottoes including Thien Cung, widely considered to be the most picturesque cavern in the area due to its unique structure of stalactites and stalagmites.
Those seeking to get a flavour for Vietnam's traditions and culture are in the perfect place. The cuisine – featuring locally-sourced oysters and seafood – is among the finest in the country, and there are plenty of amazing, authentic floating fishing villages to visit. Naturally, water sports and snorkelling are highly recommended here. Both bays boast unbelievably picturesque beaches, and there are dozens of secluded bays to slip away to if you crave some solitude.
Approx. 11 hrs 40 mins
Best Time To Go
March to April; September to October
Halong Bay's climate is humid and tropical, with two distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid, lasting from around April to September. Generally the best times to visit are early and late summer (from March to April, and September to October), so as to avoid the heat and humidity. Winters are dryer and colder, lasting from October through March. It is best to visit during the dry season, although from December to February the weather can be cool and overcast, causing low visibility. Storms can be likely during the summer.