Halong City

Area: 271.5 sq. km

Population: 215,915 habitants (year 2009)

Administrative division:

  • Wards: Ha Khanh, Ha Lam, Ha Trung, Ha Phong, Ha Tu, Hong Hai, Cao Thang, Cao Xanh, Yet Kieu, Tran Hung Dao, Bach Dang, Hon Gai, Bai Chay, Hong Ha, Ha Khau, Gieng Day, Hung Thang, Tuan Chau, Viet Hung, Dai Yen.

Ethnic groups: Mainly the Viet (or Kinh)

Halong City, formerly the Hon Gai Town, is the cultural, economic and political centre of Quang Ninh Province. It borders Cam Pha City to the east, the Quang Yen Town to the west, the Hoanh Bo District to the north and Halong Bay to the south with the coastline of 20km.

The city is divided into two parts: East Halong and West Halong. The eastern part is an industrial zone where most of the province’s official buildings are also concentrated. The western part, also called Bai Chay, is the animated tourism zone.

Halong’s population are most having emigrated from other places to settle here. Also in the city, there are temples, pagodas and historical relics. In addition to the most active branch of tourism, there are other economic activities such as: trade, seaport, coal, marine products and the production of construction materials

Halong Bay

Halong Bay is the center of a larger zone including Bai Tu Long to the northeast and Cat Ba islands to the southwest. It was recognized as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1994 and listed in the New 7 Wonders in 2012.

History & Tales

While Hanoi’s old name is Thang Long (Ascending Dragon), Halong literally means Descending Dragon. And like many other Vietnamese towns’ names, Ha Long Bay has the origin from a legend. Once upon a time, Vietnam was invaded shortly after they started building the country. The Jade Emperor sent Mother Dragon and her Child Dragons down to help Vietnamese people. The dragons emitted from their mouths many pearls, which then turned into thousands of stone islands emerging in the sea like great walls stopping the invaders’ boats.

These boats crashed into the islands and broke into pieces. Vietnamese won the battle thanks to the tricky battle field. After the victory, the dragons decided to stay on the bay and the pearls still remained. The location that Mother Dragon landed is then called Ha Long Bay and where Child ones descended is Bai Tu Long Bay.

Weather

The annual temperature of Ha Long bay is 22.8 degree Celcius, suitable for tourists to travel all year round. The best time to visit is from March to August, because during this time, tourists have the chance to shoot exotic photos with blue sky and sea as smooth as mill pond. It’s cloudy and rainy in autumn and chilly in winter. Especially, the period between August and October is the typhoon season.

What to do

Visitors to Ha Long shouldn’t miss Bai Chay beach (Scorched Beach – close to the coast of Ha Long Bay), whose sand is dark. People often mistakenly think that this is due to the climate or lack of wind in this area. However, the weather here is quite pleasant and the temperature is around 22oC. From Bai Chay, you can hire a boat and go out to the bay, where you will find some of Southeast Asian most fascinating limestone islands. Taking a cruise trip around Halong is one of the best ways to experience the beauty of the Bay.

The limestone formations are both bizarre and awesome. They are Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Cave) – 4km from the wharf outside of Ha Long City, Dau Go (Wooden Stakes Cave) – 8km south of Bai Chay, Bo Nau (Pelican Cave) , Trinh Nu (Virgin Cave) – 15km south of Bai Chay, in the island range of Bo Hon, in the system comprised Sung Sot (Surprise Grotto), Dong Tien Lake and Luon Grotto, etc.

 

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Peace Charm Cruise 3 days
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  • See the magnificent off-the- beaten- track World Heritage site - Halong Bay
  • Get a close look at the area’s unique and spectacular limestone formations and caves
  • Visit Van Gia village and go fishing with local fishermen and learn about traditional fishing methods

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Peace Charm Cruise 2 days/ 1 night
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  • See both the magnificent Halong Bay and the more primitive Bai Tu Long Bay
  • Join paddle in our 2-person kayak through a limestone Tunnel Grotto called (Hang Luon) into a lovely lagoon
  • Climb up the top of Titop Mountain peak for a 360 degree of amazing view of Halong Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay 

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Paradise Luxury Elegance 3 days/ 2 nights
  • Experience the highest level of service, a journey of a lifetime on the top luxury cruise
  • Admire the ultimate views of Halong Bay with thousands of limestone and colorful caves
  • Take part in exciting activities on board: cooking class, doing tai chi, squid fishing, movie, kayaking, etc

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Paradise Luxury Elegance 2 days/ 1 night
  • Admire the ultimate views of Halong Bay from top deck
  • Enjoy a unique feeling and unparalleled perspectives of the World Heritage Site Halong Bay
  • Experience the highest level of service, a journey of a lifetime aboard the most opulent vessel 

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Halong full day group tour to Sung Sot cave & Titop island
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  • Pass through uninhabited islets and outcrops including Cock Fighting, Incense Burner, and Thumb
  • Visit Titov Island, enjoy swimming on sandy beach and climb up Titov Peak for a panoramic view of the bay like paradise
  • Explore Bo Hon Archipelago to get closer to the marvel natural beauty of the bay and understand about the Karst foundation

Price from $52$44