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Halong Bay is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Vietnam thanks to its breathtaking natural landscape. Discover the bay from the comfort of a so-called junk, a traditional wooden sailing boat. The bay’s beauty, and its UNESCO heritage listing, is due mainly to the thousands of limestone islands that rise out of the sea.
Halong Bay is located some 150 kilometres (100 miles) east of Hanoi. The wharf of Bai Chay is a 3-hour drive away and the most comfortable way to get there is on an organised tour, with pre-arranged accommodation. You can also take a minibus or train to the bay and try to get a last-minute deal for a boat trip locally.
Follow a guide through illuminated caves or go rock climbing on the islets. The sheer cliffs can reach up to 90 metres (300 foot) high. Go kayaking in the bay by hiring gear from a floating hut. Most tours also include a fisherman’s floating house where you can try some fresh ngan (Vietnamese-style clams) for lunch. Buy fruit and nuts from the hawkers who row past.
Take an overnight cruise to see the more remote islands. Cat Ba and Tuan Chau Island offer adventure sports and man-made beaches. Watch the sunset and see the silver moonlight give the bay an ethereal appearance. Dive in to see the illuminating effects of your movements in the phosphorescent waters.
Back on the mainland, visit the stylish Halong Bay Marina and the nearby Dolphin Club or take a taxi to the Nha Tho Hon Gai Temple.
The best time to visit Halong Bay is between March and October. In winter, dense mist affects visibility, though the eerie effect of this is a sight in itself. When you see the rising mist slowly reveal the shapes in the bay, it’s easy to imagine the towering peaks to be gentle giants in a mythical landscape that is out of this world.
Beautiful and peaceful resort. Their breakfast and dinner buffets are excellent with very reasonable pricing. We would come back. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to stay at Halong Bay.
Overall hotel is good but below par with many of the Novetel hotels. Dinning area need more staff to clear the used plates and help with service. Only 1 or 2 waiters busy coping with large number. Food was average too compared with five other hotels we stayed in this current trip. No boiling water ...
Just another 4.5 star hotel, nothing outstanding. Best thing was the view from the room.
I loved the decor and hotel was beautiful and clean. Staff were very helpful and spa was amazing. Close to all amenities.
For the price it did not live up to expectation. We were told that it was only 6 months old so granted there would be teething problems. This hotel was not suited for foreign guests, with nearly no staff speaking basic English; coffee, water etc was not understood. The level of professionalism from ...
The rooms are beautiful and spacious and the staff are wonderful. Highly recommend
Pretty much everything was spectacular but what made it so special was how well the staff took care of us. My girlfriend has a number of unusual allergies and Son, Lucky and Joy made sure everything was checked for her and alternatives brought out. The room was class and the route beautiful and quieter ...
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