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

Ha Long Bay (Vịnh Hạ Long) is beautiful at any time of the day and in any season of the year. Thousands of bizarre islands form a mysterious labyrinth. Each island has its own legend.

Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay

Having seen Ha Long Bay, one cannot help but believe in legends and magic. The bizarre outlines of thousands of islands and rocks, framed by the blue of the exciting sea, are always different and unique, but invariably delighting in their splendor, like a fabulous mosaic, gather in the landscape of an extraordinary bay.

Ha Long is a natural heritage site of world importance

Ha Long Bay, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1994, is part of the Gulf of Thin and covers an area of ​​1,500 square kilometers. Scattered throughout the bay are more than 3,000 islands covered in lush greenery and jagged dolomite and limestone cliffs, cut by winding tunnels and underwater caves. The islands are over 250 million years old. Archaeologists are convinced that it is Ha Long that is one of the first cradles of humanity in this region.

Despite the large number, most of the cliffs have their own names - their contours are so varied and interesting that they make the imagination draw distinct images of old fishermen, pirate ships, mythical and real animals, and beautiful flowers. However, the outlines change depending on the point of observation and the time of day - magical mists and solar mirages add mystery and piquancy to all the scenes seen.

Ha Long Islands

Ha Long Bay - In the very center of the bay there is an island named after the Soviet cosmonaut German Titov, who visited Vietnam in 1962 at the invitation of the first Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh. While walking around Ha Long, Ho Chi Minh suggested that one of the islands be named after Titov - in honor of the dear guest and good friendship between the Soviet and Vietnamese peoples.

Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay

The largest of the islands of Ha Long Bay is the island of Cat Ba (Cat Ba) - Representative of Cat Ba archipelago. The area of ​​the island is 356 sq. Km. About half of the island was declared a national park in 1986 to protect the island's unique ecosystems. These include subtropical evergreen forests in the hills, freshwater marsh forests at the base of the hills, and mangroves along the coast, where rare animals and birds can be seen in their natural habitat.

Landscapes of Ha Long

Most of the coastline of Ha Long Bay (Ha Long) is steep cliffs, although small, cozy coves have great sandy beaches. The island has many freshwater lakes, waterfalls and grottoes in the picturesque limestone hills.

Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay

The splendor of the unforgettable Ha Long can be enjoyed by cruising colorful national ships - junk. All excursions around the bay depart from the pier of the city of Ha Long - a dynamically developing tourist center with many comfortable hotels and a variety of restaurants that keep the unique secrets of the recipe for seafood delicacies.

Diving in Ha Long

The rich underwater world of coastal waters will pleasantly surprise diving enthusiasts with the luxury of corals and a variety of colorful fish, and friendly dolphins can become graceful companions in sailing along the waves of the fabulous Ha Long.

Climate Ha Long

Winter in Ha Long is cool and humid, usually from November to April. The rainy season is in February and March. The air temperature in the cold season ranges from +16 to +18 degrees, in the hot season from +29 to +32 degrees. The best time to travel around Ha Long Bay is from April to October.


Ha Long Bay - Along with the tourist boats, lovely traditional junks still ply the waters of the bay. Fan-shaped sails, hand-sewn from coarse cotton, are dipped in vegetable dye for extra durability. As a result, they acquire the characteristic dark ocher color.

Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Caves

Thanks to the rocky relief of the islands, hundreds of caves of all shapes and sizes can be explored here, keeping the mysteries and magic of the past.

Hang Daugo Cave

dubbed by the French in the 19th century "The Cave of Wonders" (Grotte des Merveilles), full of bizarre stalactites and stalagmites, spectacularly illuminated by green and blue spotlights.

Hang Shing Shot Cave

or the cave of Awe, famous for the fact that in one of the halls there is a symbol of fertility - an astonishing rock in the form of a phallus.

To Thien Kung Cave

which in translation means "Heavenly Palace", are steep steps. However, the splendor of the natural decoration is undoubtedly worth the perilous ascent. In the center of the cave are four large pillars "supporting the heavens." According to legend, the Dragon Prince played a wedding here with the beautiful Mai, and all the guests were petrified by this incredibly beautiful sight, and remained in the cave. At the end of the cave there is a stream, the gentle murmur of which pleases the ear.

Quang Hanh Cave

The longest in Ha Long Bay. Its length is 1300 meters and it stretches over the Quang Khan Mountain.

Ha Long Bay Map