Discover Halong Bay - Hanoi
Halong Bay has been designated as a World Heritage Site in 1994, and is renowned for its enchanting landscape of limestone islets. Because of this, Halong Bay attracts visitors all year. Halong means “Bay of Descending Dragons,” and the archipelago is made up of 1,969 islands. If you want to explore the entirety of this magical bay, Trip Guru highly recommends you allow yourself a few days to take everything in.
One activity to look forward to is kayaking around the bay and seeing the cliffs up close, and taking a day cruise can enable you to experience a beautiful sunset, a stunning sunrise and a relaxing moonlit evening. Halong Bay is dotted with nearly 2,000 uninhabited limestone cliffs, and it makes for exceptional scenery. If you opted for a day cruise, expect the food to be delicious and filling, the staff hospitable and the caves very exciting. One such cave is Surprise Cave, being the largest and most impressive in Halong Bay—travelers who have an adventurous bone in their bodies would be tickled pink at the sight of it.
Another island to go to is to Soi Sim Island, where you can swim or climb 389 steps to the very top of the island and be treated to picturesque views. On a cruise, you can opt to relax while waiting for your next adventure while reading your favorite book or enjoying the cool wind on your face. Although you can visit Halong Bay all year-round, the best time to visit is from March to June. As much as you can, avoid public holidays and you can also opt to head there in December, where the weather is cool but dry—if you go from January to February, there may be slight drizzling.
To get to Halong Bay, you can take a bus from My Dinh Bus Station in Hanaoi to Bai Chay. From Bai Chay, you can take a motorbike taxi to Ha Long City. You can also take a train from Hanaoi to Hai Phong and from there, you can walk for 30 minutes to the ferry station and purchase a bus-ferry-bus ticket to Cat Ba. If you take the first train at around 9:20am, you can make it to Cat Ba around 4:00pm.