Ha Long Bay is a unique natural wonder, however its worn-out with garbage and over-crowded with tourists. With a quick stop on a day cruise you will be disappointed and with an expensive multi-day cruise, after spending the money, you will not be convinced. So it is a tricky dsetination to manage a worthy experience and return with smiles. Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay, Cat Ba Island, Ti Top Island (with Panoramic Views), Nam Cat Island, Surprise Cave, and Virgin caves are among the popular attractions.What to do in Ha Long?- Ha Long bay day cruise.- Bai Tu Long Bay 2-day cruise.- Kayaking/canoeing across Ha Long Bay.- Photostop – fighting cock islet.- Leisurely exploring Ha LOng, Cat Ba, Bai Tu Long independently.
Ha Long Bay- Oh! the poster boy of Vietnam. That red boat you see floating in the backdrop of beautiful limestone mountains is “Ha Long bay” meaning the descending dragon bay. This place deserves at least 2 days to do justice to the stunning nature. I was short on time and took the day trip. Include the Cat Ba islands on your 2 day trip to wake up to a gorgeous island morning and enjoy some kayak on the waters. The day trip included our Junk boat ride, visit to Thieng duong caves, kayaking into caves and open waters. We also enjoyed a sumptuous lunch on the boat and spent time clicking the bay views. You can choose to stay at the Halong city as well.
The legend goes that the people of Vietnam were born from the union of the dragon and the fairy. The dragon rose up from the sea and onto the Earth to unite with the fairy of the mountains. Together they created one hundred sons. When the dragon returned to the sea, fifty sons followed to live thousands of feet deep in the oceans. Once Vietnam became threatened by Chinese invaders in the North, the Gods summoned these dragons to resurface.
They released jewels and jade from their mouths creating islands across the bay, forming a great wall of protection. As the mother dragon made her way onto the Earth, she fell so heavily that deep valleys formed and filled with water when she plunged back into the sea.
The peaks left behind became the region known as Ha Long or “where the dragon descends to the sea.”
For thousands of years ancient civilizations lived in these jungle covered limestone islands surrounding the bay. It is in this labyrinth of channels that the Vietnamese stopped invasions from its coastal neighbors. Many years later it was through these same waters that hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese refugees fled Communist rule en route to Saigon. Today communities live on and from the sea in floating villages.
A UNESCO world heritage site and one of the new Wonders of the World it has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in all of Southeast Asia.
Tourists cruise across the bay snapping photos, passively observing the surreal beauty and foreign way of life.
Day 1 8.00: Leave Hanoi – Transfer to Halong Bay by Private Car/Van pick up from Hotel. Your heavenly journey across Halong Bay starts around noon on Tuan Chau Island at the doorstep of Vietnam’s most fascinating wonder. As the vessel sets sails, you will be greeted by Paradise Crew and Cruise Manager who will aim throughout your stay at providing you with the highest standards of service for a pure pleasure and utmost comfort onboard our luxury facilities in the stunning surroundings. Discover some of the treasures disseminated across the Bay of the Descending Dragon during the afternoon: fascinating caves, pristine beaches, picturesque floating villages, fantastic rock formations rising up out of emerald water. While on-board, you can take advantage of our Spa, Beauty & Massage services; surrounded by a stunning setting in motion, you will attend our chef’s cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking. Defined to be one of the highlights of your Paradise stay, a highly refined, innovative and varied cuisine will be presented for Lunch and Dinner in the elegant dining-room, accompanied by a wide selection of wines and beverages from around the world. Important notes: Includes unlimited house wine, beer, soft drinks, mineral water, tea, coffee, fruits… A la carte menu: unlimited order! (Lunch, Dinner) during stay on board!!
Day 3 Hanoi – Halong Bay. O/n on board (BLD) At 8 am the driver picks you up at the hotel and transfers from Ha Noi to Halong city on the car about 3.5 hours to Ha Long City and have views simple, country side, rice paddy life. At 12.00, the junk crews welcome guests on board at Hon Gai Wharf. Enjoy welcome drinks and check in Deluxe cabin on Junk. Pm: Lunch with fresh local seafood while cruising into Halong bay. Then, start cruise program with a fantastic cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay and a traditional Vietnamese lunch. We visit Poem Mountain, the center market, Teapot islet, Goat’s head islet, Indochina film studio up to your imagination. You will visit Thien Canh Son Cave is a great time for exploring the hidden lagoons in Bai Tu Long Bay. Next, enjoy swimming in the crystal water of Bai Tu Long Bay. Have dinner and overnight on board nearby Vong Vieng Fishing village Day 4 Halong – Hanoi (BL) Am: Wake up early in the morning for a great sunrise and a breath of fresh ocean air. This morning you do a leisurely cruise through thousands of seemingly never ending islands. This is a chance to capture some amazing photographs, you stop to visit a floating fishing village and listen to some legendary stories of the fishermen’s daily life. Then take swimming somewhere in the middle of the bay to refresh. Then the junk cruises back to the Halong city pier & ashore the pier. Pm: The driver welcomes you at the pier and hit the road back to Hanoi. On the way back Ha Noi you will have chance to see beautiful landscapes. You arrive in Ha Noi at 16.30 pm. Free to have your own dinner. In the evening you are free to enjoy and discover Ha Noi city to get more experience of people here. Overnight at hotel.