Often included in informal lists of the world’s greatest natural wonders, Ha Long Bay’s karst formations make it a fantastic place to visit for travelers looking to devote a considerable amount of time on the water.
Islands in the area include Cat Ba—home of the endangered Cat Ba langur, a national park, and numerous caves (keep in mind that this is the most popular destination in Ha Long Bay for tourists)—Ban Sen, a thickly forested, practically uninhabited island, Quan Lạn, an outlying island with some very beautiful beaches, Van Don, a large island with a sizable population, and many others.
One of the best ways to explore Ha Long Bay is on one of the many junk boat cruises that are available. Numerous groups offer packages that include transportation to and from most reputable Hanoi hotels. You can relax on the deck, swim in the clear waters, and enjoy the attentions of a dedicated crew. Explore secluded lagoons via kayak, and sample some of the best cuisine that area has to offer.
Most tours include several seafood lunches, dinner, and breakfast. You can also try your hand at night fishing, the fruit of which can be bountiful indeed.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Ha Long Bay is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on earth. If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam, try to set aside some time to explore it.