Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay is a place of interest in Quang Ninh Province, Viet Nam. The name Ha Long which means “descending dragon” is a gift of nature as well as the heritage of humanity. In 1994, Ha Long Bay was recognized as World Natural Heritage by UNESCO, and was re-recognized for the second time in 2000. Along with Nha Trang Bay and Lang Co Bay, Ha Long Bay is one of 29 “paradise” bays which was listed of “World’s Most Beautiful Bays Clubs – World Bays”. Visiting to Ha Long Bay, tourists seem to be lost in the fairy world.
After checking in Ha Long Bay, tourists start the journey to discover one of the most beautiful landscapes of Ha Long Bay.
Thien Cung Cave which is located in the south west of Ha Long Bay is one of the most beautiful cave of Ha Long. The road to Thien Cung Cave is quite hard. Its surrounding is high cliffs and tall trees. As entering the cave, tourists are surprised by the lively and splendid beauty created by the stalactites. The cave is divided into several sections with numerous stalagmites which bring strange and fascinating shapes. On the eastern cliffs, there is an enormous painting in which have fairy characters with extremely supple and subtle lines. It can be said that Thien Cung Cave is the Hidden Paradise in the Ground.
The beautiful island which is called Pearl Island is situated between two small islands, Hon Net and Phuong Hoang Island, in Ha Long Bay. Surrounding Ngoc Vung Island are fabulous beaches, Van Xuan Mountain (altitude of 182 m), archaeological vestiges in Ha Long culture, etc. To the South of the island is Ngoc Vung beach with pure white sand stretches for 3 kilometers. Tourists may swim, go sightseeing, and even participate in activities with local people. Apart from swimming and sightseeing, tourists will enjoy fresh seafood as well as specialties of the island like oyster, tiny shrimp, “cong gio” – a kind of small but fast crabs on the beach.
Hon Trong Mai which is a symbol of Ha Long tourism is located in the south-west side of Ha Long Bay. In the vast expanse of water, appearance of a pair of great rocks is one of nature’s favor for Ha Long Bay. It has shape of a chicken couple (a cock – a hen) which have been there millions of years. It represents for faithfulness of love. Hon Trong Mai is most beautiful at sunset – the chicken couple is dyed red and become brilliant. This image has become a symbol of Ha Long tourism in particular and tourism in Vietnam in general. Tourists will experience the emotions in love and is definitely an unforgettable experience for you.
Situated on east of Bo Hon island, in Ha Long Bay, Trinh Nu Cave is an attractive destination for tourists. It has not only many stalactites and beautiful scenery, but also a moving legend. In the middle of the cave, there is a stone-statue shape of a girl lying on her long hair, looking to the sea and hoping to meet her lover. Opposite to Trinh Nu cave, Trong Cave has a stone statue shape of a giant boy who look at Trinh Nu cave. The fishermen believe that Trinh Nu cave is their beloved home. And couples consider the place is a symbol of undying love and a romantic place for taking oath of love. The Virgin Cave has become popular for domestic and foreign tourists when choosing Ha Long as the destination.
Kayaking is an exciting activity that you cannot miss while visiting Ha Long Bay and it is also a perfect way to explore the hidden corners of the bay. The high rocky islands along with the vast expanse of water make Ha Long Bay into an ideal place to experience kayaking. You will contemplate the natural landscape as well as observe the ecosystem on the island. Also, discovering mysterious caves and peaceful beaches gives visitors a memorable kayak experience.
Experience for going kayaking:
Each kayak can include up to 2 people. Tourists have to adhere to the guidance of the tour guide as well as always wear a life jacket while kayaking in Ha Long Bay.
It is perfect to be able to swim in the cool water and watch the beautiful islands in Ha Long Bay. Tourists of all ages can participate in this activity, but to ensure safety you should be careful to listen to the tour guide. You can swim in a variety of beaches on the bay, from famous beaches like Ha Long beach, Ngoc Vung, Soi Sim to the pristine beaches. Sea bathing is a great activity for families or groups of friends while enjoying relaxing time on Ha Long Bay.
Vung Vieng fishing village is an ideal place for tourists to observe the life of local people living in the bay. Only with a small bamboo craft (a small boat used mainly in the fishing village) is that you can start the journey to Vung Vieng floating village. When coming here, you will have the opportunity to feel the peacefulness and relaxation of Vung Vieng fishing village. Especially, visiting to Vung Vieng, tourists can take part in a day of fishing, fishing with local people and then return to enjoy the fresh seafood.
After a whole day with full of activities, visitors will enjoy an amazing dinner in cave decorated luxuriously and warmly. The limestone islands of Ha Long Bay include numerous small and large caves, many of which have wonderful architectures. Special dinners are set in beautiful landscape areas, lit by sparkling candles along with delicious food. This is a spiritual gift for couples who are in love, married couples or a group of visitors who want to enjoy a luxurious and romantic dinner.
The cooking class is suitable for all ages helping tourists learn more deeply about the importance of food in Vietnamese culture. Chefs on the Ha Long pleasure-boat will instruct this activity on the deck. One of the most frequently-instructed dishes is “Cha Gio” – Vietnamese traditional food. You will be able to observe the preparation and detailed cooking of the chef, then cooking dish by yourself and finally enjoy your own achievements. Cooking class on Ha Long cruise is a fun and useful activity to help visitors have unforgettable experience.
Visiting to Ha Long tourists not only have the opportunity to explore beautiful limestone mountains and caves but also enjoy the special dishes, especially fresh seafood.
Cha Muc which is the famous dish in Quang Ninh Province is one of ten Vietnamese special dish in the list of Asia record in 2013. Cha Muc is made from “Muc Mai” (Mai squid). “Muc Mai” is the Vietnam’s and rare squid having high nutritional value. Especially, “Muc Mai” have to be caught in Ha Long Bay, Cha Muc will have a sweet smell which is a specific characteristic in Ha Long. Perhaps this makes the dish become special. Enjoying “Cha Muc” with sticky rice is the best. One of the best places to enjoy this dish is Cha Muc Lang Chai. Address: 10 Ha Long, Bai Chay, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh province.
Seafood vermicelli is on the list of the top 5 Ha Long’s special dishes that you should not miss. A bowl of seafood vermicelli include ingredients such as shrimp, squid, fried fish, crab, vegetables, especially “bun”. “Bun” (rice vermicelli) is made of rice flour which is turned into small, circular and white. The sweetness of the bones along with sweet taste of seafood make a delicious and nutritious dish. Many restaurants and eating-house around Ha Long city serve this wonderful dish.
Some well -known restaurants:
Snails is one of the most delicious seafood in Ha Long. You should eat the dish on the sidewalk booth to feel the hospitality and friendliness of the local people. We can say, Ha Long is the paradise of snails. You can enjoy a variety of snails such as ốc móng tay, ốc hương, ốc bươu, ốc gai to, ốc vặn, ốc mút, etc. You will surely be attracted by the simply and delicious dishes. To enjoy the snails, you should go to Snails “supermarket” on Bai Chay Street or Hung Anh restaurant in nearly Van Lang School.
“Sam” is on the most special dishes in Ha Long that you shouldn’t miss. It is a kind of marine crab that often live in pairs in deep water. The meat of Sam which is very soft and sweet-smelling can be cooking into a variety of delicious dishes such as crab salad, fried eggs and crab, steamed crabs, fried crab, etc. After eating Sam in Ha Long, you will hardly forget the sweet taste.
Some famous addresses:
Banh gat gu is famous dish in Tien Yen Town, Quang Ninh province. Banh gat gu is made of rice flour that looks like Banh Cuon (Ha Noi) but it is more thicker and more sticky. Go to Tien Yen Town, you should spend time to visit Mrs. Cuc ( at 73 Hoa Binh street) and Mrs. Thia (at 30A Hoa Binh street). Two famous restaurants have not only delicious and soft cake but also special sauce. When eating, you can eat it with “khâu nhục” (steamed pork) and some vegetables. The sweetness of the cake along with the fatty taste of the “khau nhuc”, certainly makes you satisfied.
If you don’t book any tour for your trip, then you have to buy the ticket before visiting Ha Long bay.
– The general ticket
+ Price: 120,000 VND / person / time
+ Time: 06h30 to 18h30.
+ Places to visit: Tourists will visit the beautiful landscapes on the water, the core zone and the buffer zone of Ha Long Bay and do not stop to visit any sites.
– Ticket for 1 site:
+ Price: from 30,000 VND/person/site to 50,000 VND /person /site
+ Time: 06h30 to 18h30.
+ Places to visit: Ba Hang cave, Luon cave, Tien Ong cave, Cat La cave, Hang Thầy, Thien Cung cave, Dau Go cave, Sung Sot cave. , Ca Cung cave, Ti Tep beach,…
– Ticket for route:
+ Route 1: Price: 250000 VND/ person/ time
Sites: hòn Chó Đá, hòn Đỉnh Hương, làng chài Ba Hang, hòn Trống Mái, Thiên Cung cave, hang Đầu Gỗ
+ Route 2: Price: 250,000 VND/ person/ time
Sites: Sung Sot cave, Titop islands, hang Trống, Trinh Nu cave, Soi Sim beach, Me Cung cave, hang Luồn
+ Route 3: Price: 200,000 VND/ person/ time
Sites: Cửa Vạn floating-cultural center, Tiên Ông cave, Ba Hầm Lake, Bà Men temple, Áng Dù.
+ Route 4: Price: 250,000 VND/ person/ time
Sites: Hang Cỏ, Hang Thầy, Hang Đỏ, Hang Cạp La, Vông Viêng, the ecologic area of Tùng Áng-Cổng Đỏ, Hòn Xếp Park.
– Night ticket on the Ha Long Bay:
+ 1 night: 200.000đ
+ 2 nights: 350,000 VND
+ 3 nights: 400.000 VND
Private boat have routes: 4 hours, 6 hours and 8 hours
+ A beautiful boat of 48 seats (including fans, air conditioning): from 250.000VND/hour to 300,000 VND / hour.
+ V.I.P boat (including fans, air conditioners, karaoke): 1,000,000 VND / hour
Menu: from 120,000 VND/meal to 150,000VND / meal
Advice: You should book tickets at the online booking site of Ha Long to ensure that the ticket prices are stable.
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