Ha Long Bay is on the World National Heritage list for itâ€™s magnificent geographic and geomorphologic values. Located in the northeastern part of Vietnam, Ha Long Bay constitutes part of the western bank of Bac Bo Gulf. This includes the sea area of Ha Long City and Cam Pha Town and part of Van Don island district. â€œHa Longâ€? literally means â€œBay of Descending Dragons,â€? and thereâ€™s no better way to experience the history and the mystery of this breathtaking bay than on a Ha Long Bay Cruise.
Ha Long Bay is northern Vietnamâ€™s most popular attraction and with good reason. Here, visitors will navigate around roughly 3,000 limestone and dolomite islands (also called grottos), as well as mesmerizing lagoons, and secluded coves. The surrounding landscape is filled with cliffs and caves, and mountain ranges covered in cacti, ficas, and mangrove. Besides scenery, Ha Long Bay has a unique history and numerous historic sites such as famous sites such as Van Don, a bustling trade port in the 12th century, Bai Tho Mountain, and the Bach Dang River where two major naval battles took place between the Vietâ€™s ancestors and invaders. Ha Long also houses amazing archaeological sites including: Dong Mang, Xich Tho, Soi Nha, and Thoi Gieng.
Because Ha Long Bay is a popular tourist attraction, you will find a wide variety of Ha Long Bay cruises on the menu. Cruises range from the simple to the luxurious. Passengers may choose between Junk Cruise (traditional or deluxe), a paddle steamer cruise, a private charter, or other types of motorized vessels. A Ha Long Bay Junk Cruise take place aboard a traditional wooden Junk boat some with three levels, and more than a dozen shared cabins.
If youâ€™re looking for luxury during your Ha Long Bay cruise, choose a Deluxe Junk boat. Deluxe Junk Boats typically feature three full decks, elegant restaurants, lounges, bars, boutique shops, libraries, and luxury sleeping cabins with private baths. Just a few onboard activities may include: watching Vietnamese folk music performances, going fishing on the bay at night, kayaking, or learning how to make Vietnamese cuisine.
A popular luxury Ha Long Bay Cruise is the Bhaya Cruise. The Bhaya Cruise is the newest luxury cruise in Ha Long Bay. The boat is a traditional wooden junk with modern contemporary Vietnamese design. It offers deluxe accommodations and pampering services. Bhaya Cruises feature: roughly 20 spacious cabins and suites with own bathrooms, a large sun deck, an elegant dining room, a lounge bar, a beauty spa, massage, kayaking, and live entertainment.
Other Ha Long Bay cruises include: Ginger Cruise, Huong Hai Junk, Bai Tho Junk, Emeraude Cruises, Jewal of the Bay, Dragon Pearl Cruise, Lagoon Explorer, Hai Long Cruises, Annam Junk, Haiau Cruises, Sea Turtle Cruise, Indochina Sails, Jasmine Junk, and BienNgoc Cruises.
Prices for Ha Long Bay Cruises vary depending on type of cruise, accommodations, and length of cruise. Ha Long Bay Cruises can last a few hours up to several days or more. Its up to you. Because Ha Longâ€™s weather can be horrible at certain times of the year, itâ€™s best to stick to the most popular times to visit, even if it costs more than visiting off-season. The weather can be damp, rainy and cold, during the winter months. This means, you will spend most of your time in the bay itself — Ha Long’s waters are comfortably warm year-round. The best times to visit Ha Long are during the spring and fall months. The weather during these times is nothing short of spectacular.
To book a Ha Long Bay Cruise, visit the Ha Long Bay Cruises website or contact your local cruise travel agent.