Hạ Long Bay, Quảng Ninh, Vietnam (with Map & Photos)

Located in northwestern Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is one of the best-kept treasures in the country. Its great beauty has made the area worthy of even having its own legend.

Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay

1,500 square kilometer extension of water. This is exactly what Ha Long Bay, located in Quang Ninh province, on the Gulf of Tonkin, encompasses. The great presence of islands of various sizes and its proximity to the border of China, make this remote place, the ideal place to travel, especially in the health situation in which we find ourselves. And it is that Vietnam is one of the countries that is best treating the pandemic, becoming one of the safest to travel.

Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay

Considered one of the most beautiful natural areas in the world, this bay could not deserve anything other than to be a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, since it has occupied it since 1994. It is also, since 2011, one of the seven wonders natural world. Do you need anything else to pack your bags and head to Vietnam?

The legend surrounding Ha Long Bay


Each special place has its history, and this was not going to be the exception. Ha Long Bay is inhabited by the spirit of the dragons that once settled there, after helping the people of Vietnam to prevent the invasion of the Chinese empire. Incredibly beautiful, they threw jade and stones to sink enemy ships. A help that gave them the right to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay

Cat Ba Island in Ha Long Bay


Cat Ba is the name of one of the islands that make up the bay. But why is it so special? Well basically because it is the largest of all. It occupies 300 square kilometers and has 14,000 inhabitants. Some data to which we must add that it is declared a Biosphere Reserve.

Dedicated to fishing and tourism, its size makes it the island in charge of hosting a large part of the accommodation and travel agencies. Therefore, if you visit the bay, you will surely end up loving the dense vegetation of this place.

Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay

Many excursions depart from Cat Ba. For example, towards Lan Ha Bay, somewhat less known than Ha Long Bay, but also extremely beautiful. Or, if you like history, then you cannot miss the “hospital cave”, which during the Vietnam War was used as a military base and later as a refuge and hospital.

Ha long Bay, ideal for activities?


If we talk about the activities that you can do in Ha Long Bay, first we have to stop and think for a long time. And there are too many things to do among its 2,000 islands and islets. But there is one that is quite clear if we think that what is most in the area is water. Do you have any ideas?

Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay

Effectively! The plan that you cannot miss is a small cruise along the entire coast. A cruise that you can decorate to your liking. You can choose to sleep on the boat, to have dinner, to travel in a luxury one or, instead, to do it in a cheaper one. We leave that to your liking.

Another option on this trip is to go on a kayak excursion. If you have never tried it before and it gives you some respect, it is important that you know that this bay is the perfect place to debut because its waters are usually very calm. In addition, with this excursion you can discover caves and lagoons.

Ha Long Bay Map