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One of Vietnam’s most popular destinations, Halong Bay is made up of thousands of limestone karsts that are over 500 million years old. The UNESCO World Heritage site sits around 170kms east of Hanoi in the Gulf of Tonkin and is best seen by taking an organised cruise.Don’t Miss
There are over 1,600 islands in Halong Bay, some of which are inaccessible and others that have infrastructure like hotels and restaurants, like Paradise Suites Hotel on Tuan Chau and Vinpearl Ha Long Bay Resort on Reu.
Cat Ba is the largest island in Halong Bay as well as being the most visited of them all. Most of the island is covered by national park that is home to the endangered Cat Ba langur, numerous caves and some beautiful beaches that boast beachfront resorts like the Cat Ba Beach Resort.
There are some stunning beaches on Quan Lan, including Quan Lan Beach and Son Hao Beach. Beaches on this island are quite remote and completely untouched, with many cruises making a stop at one of these for an afternoon escape. Ban Sen is an inhabited forested island that is great for trekking.
Most cruises leave from Tuan Chau, which is connected to the mainland by a cement road. There are some budget cruises that go around Halong Bay as well as some more upmarket ones, like the Aphrodite Cruises and Gray Line Halong Cruise. Before setting off, visitors should be sure to see the sea lions and dolphins, play a round of golf or visit the sports centre.Restaurants and Bars
Halong Bay has a few specialities that no visitor should go without tasting, like ngan (clams), tu hai (a rare shellfish) and sa sung (sandworm). Those that can’t stomach these dishes can dine on other seafood and Vietnamese cuisine. A few places also offer Western food, though this is mainly in the hotels and on the cruise ships. Cat Ba is the centre of Halong Bay’s nightlife scene, though beer can be enjoyed in any restaurant.Shopping
All of the islands in Halong Bay that are frequented by visitors have a market that sells souvenirs and straw safari-type hats. There are also a couple of small shopping centres in Halong City close to the marina.