Halong Bay is located in Vietnam's Gulf of Tonkin, 165km north-east of Hanoi. The bay is endowed with over 3,000 limestones islands jutting out of the emerald sea water. Every day, luxurious junk-styled wooden boats ply the heavenly beauty carrying tourists to visit different islands with breathtaking caves inside.

 From Hanoi, you can travel to Halong Bay, enjoy a cruise for five or six hours on the bay and come back to the city within the day. Alternatively, you can have a cruise for one or two nights staying on board a wooden boat with private cabins. All meals are served on board with local seafood and the experience is just unforgettable.

The boat pier at Bai Chay, Halong City
The boat pier at Bai Chay, Halong City

Some adventure travellers can choose to have a kayaking tour on Halong Bay for up to five nights. Choosing these trips, you'll kayak from one area of Halong Bay to another with option of staying in tents on deserted beaches or on board the support boat.

Normally, the junk leaves Halong Pier at mid day and cruise its way through the towering mountains of the bay at Dau Go Cave and Dinh Huong Islet.

 A scenic passage on Halong Bay
A scenic passage on Halong Bay

 

Islands on Halong Bay and a distant view of Halong City
Islands on Halong Bay and a distant view of Halong City

 

In the afternoon, the junk would arrive at Ti Tov Beach which you can climb to top to get the panoramic photo of the bay and of the magical sunset

View of sunset on Halong Bay from Ti Tov Island
View of sunset on Halong Bay from Ti Tov Island

 

Alternatively, you can go kayaking around the area

Kayaking on Halong Bay Vietnam
Kayaking on Halong Bay

or visiting the Sung Sot Cave

Sung Sot Cave, Halong Bay
The Sung Sot Cave

 

 

A peaceful sunset on Halong Bay
A peaceful sunset on Halong Bay 

 

 

In the evening, the junk would anchors in a nearby designated area of the bay

Sail boat at Bo Nau Cave, Halong BayA sail boat near Bo Nau Cave on Halong Bay

 

The next day, there'll be the Luon Cave which is a lagoon surrounded by mountains and there is only one opening to travel in and out

Luon Cave, Halong Bay
The Luon Lagoon on Halong Bay

 

The the junk travels leisurely to other sites on the bay before cruising back to the shore

Halong Bay
Chaste beauty of Halong Bay

Food on Halong Bay is normally with local seafood which is often more than sensational!

Crabs for lunch on board
Crabs for lunch on board

 

A seafood springroll on board
A seafood springroll on board

 

Fried squid for dinner on board
Fried squid for dinner on board