Even in a country with Vietnam’s diversity, the spectacular seascape in Halong Bay can stun the most powerful to humility. This UNESCO World Heritage site located in the northeast of the Gulf of Tonkin in Vietnam… The lush jewel and greenish-blue waters are home to more than 1,600 mostly uninhabited islands, according to UNESCO. In Vietnamese, Ha Long means “descending dragon.”The dragons play a vital role in Vietnamese culture. And the most popular legend says that one of those creatures and their children descended from the sky to defend the Vietnamese people from invaders. She and her children stayed on Earth.
Places to visit in Halong Bay
- Cannon Fort – For one of the greatest views in Vietnam, head to Cannon Fort where there are breathtaking sceneries of Cat Ba Island’s jungle-clad hillsides rolling down to vivid tangles of fishing boats in the harbour and out to the karst-punctuated sea beyond. The entry gate is a steep 10-minute walk from Cat Ba Town and from the gate, it’s another stiff 20-minute walk to the fort. Those who have knee pain we advised them to take taxis. There are two well-preserved gun emplacements, out to two viewpoints overlooking the island. There’s even a cafe (with more great views from its terrace) and a tiny museum. The tunnels and gun emplacements here were first installed by the Japanese in WWII and also utilised by the French and Vietnamese during subsequent conflicts.
- Lan Ha Bay – Geographically, Lan Ha is an expansion of Halong Bay but lies in a separate province of Vietnam. Approximately 200 species of fish, 500 species of mollusc, 400 species of arthropod, and various hard and soft coral live in the waters here. Tourists now tend to switch from Halong Bay to this place. This place =confirmed to be in the developing phase.
- Cat Ba National Park-Cat Ba’s stunning national park is a haven to 32 types of mammal, including most of the world’s 65 remaining golden-headed langurs, the world’s most jeopardised primate. There are some good hiking paths here, including a hard-core 18km route up to a mountain peak.
How to reach here?
Halong Bay -165 kilometres from Hanoi (formerly known as Thang Long, “Ascending Dragon.”) It’s easily accessible by bus, taxi, motorbikes, ferry, hydrofoil, and private tour companies. One can also take a Halong Bay transfer directly from the airport. A tour company from Hanoi highly recommended, as most tourists at Halong Bay will be on tourist boats anyway.
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