You choose a Halong Bay Cruise for spending your precious time on exploring and experiencing the exciting strange land, where is believed we will be got the unforgettable impression. What an exotic landmark!
What is Halong Bay Cruise?
Onboarding the boat of a floating journey, you seem to be overwhelmed by natural beauty where mountain lakes are closely integrating. That is why Halong Bay Cruise is increasingly becoming a great option for travelers to travel in Vietnam.
1. Halong Bay Location
Halong Bay is located in northeastern Vietnam, is part of the Gulf of Tonkin including a marine part of Cam Pha Town and Van Don island district, about 150km far from Hanoi. The travel time from Hanoi center to Halong city is around 3.5 – 4 hours by national roads, but it is recently reduced to 2 – 2.5 hours due to the operation of the new expressways Hanoi – Hai Phong – Halong that makes it more convenient and comfortable to visit Halong Bay.
On December 17th, 1994, during the 18th session of the World Heritage Council of UNESCO held in Thailand, Halong Bay was officially recognized as a Natural Heritage, which claims the value of global World Heritage.
2. Traveling on a Halong Bay Cruise
Halong Bay is formulated by more than two thousand limestone islands and islets strewn on the blue claim water; therefore, the best way to explore the captivating beauty of this natural wonder is sailing on a cruise deep into the bay. From the cruise, tourists can easily grasp and capture the pristine beauty and essence of Halong Bay at a very close distance.
The cruises are divided into mainly two types including day boats and overnight boats. Each Halong Bay Cruise has an assigned itinerary and cruise terminal controlled by the local authorities. There are three ports that all cruises embark from, including Tuan Chau Marina, Hon Gai Port (both in Halong City), and Got Ferry Port (in Hai Phong). The cruises from these ports will explore different parts of Halong Bay with various attractions. Guests after arriving at the port will complete check-in procedures on board and start the discovery of the natural scenery.
3. Halong Bay Main Attractions
Halong Bay owns the karst cave topography, the limestone islands, and islets. The vast majestic mountains surround the emerald gulf. The stones carry the unique shape of which characteristics are associated with rustic homely names from truly physical characteristics or origins.
From the cruise terminal, tourists take 4km to visit Thien Cung Cave. It is located on the island of Dau Go. The inside cave is a naturally aesthetic architecture, bringing the beauty of nature.
Dinh Huong Stone sits across the middle of the Bay, it is very similar to leaf shield. When the tide is out, the stone reveals as a 4-foot meandering censer. Passing through Dinh Huong rock, approximately 1 km, visitors will see two stones looking like the shape of two chicken with wings lifted together on the sea, known as Fighting Cock.
Chopstick Rock is a high rocky mountain round about 40 meters, looking like its previous natural exposure. In addition, there are other gulf islands such as Cat Ba Island and Monkey Island.
Another must-see site is Sung Sot Cave, first called by Frech name Grotte de la surprise. It is located in the center of the World Heritage, Halong Bay, on Bo Hon Island. This attraction is considered one of the largest and most beautiful caves in Halong Bay.
There are also plenty of outdoor activities for customers such as swimming, kayaking, hiking, following the cruise route in the heart of the heritage area: Sung Sot Cave - Titov Beach - Me Cung Cave - Luon Cave and Bo Nau Cave.
4. Choosing a Halong Bay Cruise
All of Halong Bay Cruises are built of iron or wood in which most wooden cruises are old boats sailing for years. Due to the safety requirements from the local authorities, all new boats are steel/iron vessels with white-painted cover and modern facilities. Each cruise can include many cabins and until now, the newest is President Cruise with 46 cabins. For family holidays or visitors who love the privacy and do not like to share with everyone else, a small private boat with 2 – 6 cabins can be a great option. You can check out the Family Halong Bay Cruises or Private Halong Bay Cruises collections on our website for reference.
On the cruises, the facilities and amenities are fully equipped and well-displayed from the public space to the cabins. Besides restaurant and bar areas, the cruises also provide beauty care services (sauna, foot and body massage), Karaoke or movie room, and morning Tai Chi class on Sundeck.
The outdoor recreation is almost the same on the cruises. The most popular activities are kayaking, cave exploring, swimming and hiking on the bay islands. Tourists can also spend time on squid fishing at night or playing small board games offered by the crew team.
Halong Bay is a natural maze of limestone islets that you should never miss if you have a vacation to Vietnam as taking a Halong Bay Cruise is a fun and relaxing experience. We hope that the above information helps you understand more about cruising in Halong Bay. If you want more information, check out our articles about Halong Bay or contact our Cruises Expert Team for any inquiry.