Ha Long Bay comprises the sea area of Ha Long City, Cam Pha City and a part of Van Don island district, Quang Ninh Province. The bay covers a total area of 1,553km2, including 1,969 islands of various sizes and different forms, 989 of which have been given names. This is the place containing important traces of the formation and development of the Earth, at the same time considered as a great visual art work of the nature with extremely interesting cave system in the rocky islands.
Besides, Ha Long Bay is also home to thousands of fauna and flora species. It was also the cradle of the ancient Vietnamese people and attached with magnanimous cultural – historical values of the nation.
Why visit Ha Long bay
Ha Long Bay was recognized as World Natural Heritage Site two times in 1994 and 2000. The UNESCO-recognized zone has 775 islands spreading out the area of 434km2 and looks like a giant triangle with Dau Go Island (to the west), Ba Ham Lake (to the south) and Cong Tay Island (to the east) as its three angle points. The bay was also voted as one of new seven natural wonders of the world and always on the list of the world most beautiful bays.
There are two types of islands in Ha Long: limestone islands and schist islands. The bay has been developed by various activities for hundreds of millions of years.
Top things to do around Ha Long bay
Ha Long Bay has many wonderful caves such as Dau Go, Thien Cung, Bo Nau, Trong, Trinh Nu and Sung Sot. Each cave is associated with interesting legends.
Coming there, tourists can travel by boat to visit islands, floating fishing village, discover natural beauties, visit historic and cultural relics (Bai Tho mountain, Duc Ong temple, Long Tien pagoda), fish market to study cultural values and even kayak.