Halong Bay which is located in the northeastern Vietnam is included in Gulf's Tonkin. Bay partly encompasses the sea area of Halong city, Cam Pha ward and Van Don island district. Halong is 150km far from the capital Hanoi. "Vịnh Hạ Long" - Halong Bay - means "Bay of the Descending Dragon" in the Vietnamese language. Ha means "descending" and Long means "dragon" in Sino-Vietnamese.
Popular Halong Bay Cruise Routes
Passing Halong, tourist can’t miss some these featuring splendid travelling sites such as Sung Sot Cave, Ti Top Beach, Cua Van fishing village and etc.
Sung Sot cave is situated in the centre of the UNESCO-declared World Heritage area, the Sung Sot or Surprise Grotto is on Bo Hon Island, and is one of the finest and widest grottoes of Halong Bay. Ascending to the grotto, the way is covered by trees and foliage, and consists of great paved stone blocks.
Ti Top Island includes steep slopes, a tilt with a bank of white sand, flat. The cruise ships usually visit here. Visitors go to the shore to swim or climb the mountain and see the whole island views, looking down from the peak. Ti Top beach is shaped like a moon embraces the foot of the island.
Two kilometers south-west of Ti Top Beach is the Me Cung Grotto or Bewitching Grotto. It formed on Lom Bo Island, and seen from afar, the entrance is like the roof of a house denting the island’s side.
Visit Cua Van fishing village, visitors are immersed not only in space quiet, peaceful, strangely seductive, firsthand views of nature charming, understanding the cultural life of fishermen, but also the rural fishing village directly female tour guide, instructions on how to paddle, spread a net to catch fish.
There are many optional Halong bay cruise routes to visit the splendid and majestic world wonder, Halong Bay as follow:
Thien Cung Cave - Dog Rock, Ba Hang fishing village, Dinh Huong (Lu Huong) Islet, Fighting Cocks (Ga Choi), Hoa Cuong fishing village.
Sung Sot cave, Ti Top or Soi Sim Cave, Me Cung Cave, Fairy Lake or Trong Cave or Trinh Nu (Virgin) Cave or Luon Cave and Bo Nau Cave.
Route 2 and overnight:
Sung Sot Cave – Ti Top or Soi Sim Beach – Me cung Cave - Fairy Lake or Drum Cave or Trinh Nu (Virgin) Cave or Luon Cave and Bo Nau Cave
Overnight at 690 Lach Dau Xuoi-Bo Hon Island or Trinh Nu-Trong cave or Fairy Lake or 587- Lat Cave)
Cua Van fishing village – Fairy Cave - Ba Ham Lake
Route 3 and overnight:
Cua Van Fishing Village – Fairy Cave - Ba Ham Lake
Overnight at Ba Ham Lake or Cua Van Fishing Village
Co Cave – Father Cave - Vong Vieng fishing village – Cap La Cave - Cong Dam fishing village or ecological zone Tung Ang – Cong Do Island or Xep Islet
Route 4 and overnight:
Co Cave – Father Cave - Vong Vieng fishing village – Cap La Cave - Cong Dam fishing village or ecological zone Tung Ang – Cong Do or Xep Islet
Overnight at Cong Do Island
Route 5: Port - Gia Luan Dock (Cat Ba - Hai Phong):
Dog Rock, Ba Hang fishing village, Dinh Huong Islet, Fighting Cocks (Ga Choi), Hoa Cuong fishing village.
Additional points for adults: Ba Hang Cave or Soi Sim Beach
Additional points in the route: Bo Nau Cave (Trong Cave or Luon Cave, Virgin Cave)