Halong Bay Tour: Luxury cruise amid 3,000 islands on emerald water

Littered on the emerald water of Halong Bay in the gulf of Tonkin of Vietnam, the 3,000 islands and islets were believed to be dragons sent down from Heaven to help the Vietnamese protecting their country from foreign invasions. In fact, there were many fierce battles in the ancient times and recent times on the bay that helped to bring victory to Vietnam and the Vietnamese people.

Nowadays Vietnam is at peace yet Halong Bay is still invaded by foreign tourists who assault the bay in wooden luxurious junks toting digital cameras and trying to capture as many images of the bay as possible. Most travelers to Vietnam would visit the bay on 2-day or 3-day cruises; it is possible to day-trip to Halong Bay from Hanoi though. There are a number of boat companies which offer luxury junk cruises on the bay following different routes.

 A little boat on Halong Bay Vietnam
A little boat on Halong Bay Vietnam

There are quite a few limestone caves on many islands on Halong Bay that you can visit on cruises such as Dau Go Cave, Thien Cung Cave, Sung Sot Cave... Beside visiting the caves, you can get get off the junk and hike up to the top of some islands to get the panoramic view of the bay. Alternatively, you can go swimming or kayaking amid the towering islands or venture into many underwater caves, hidden lagoons, secret beaches…

A boat sailing in the wonder of Halong Bay, Vietnam
A boat sailing in the wonder of Halong Bay, Vietnam

 Halong Bay has been listed to the World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO twice: for the natural landscape and for the geological history. The bay is 160km from Hanoi and it only takes 2 hours to get to Halong Bay from Hanoi via the highway.

Dinh Huong Islet on Halong Bay
Dinh Huong Islet on Halong Bay

 

Sunset over Halong Bay Vietnam
Sunset over Halong Bay Vietnam