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Halong Bay in Vietnam

Halong Bay’s limestone islands in the Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam

HaLong Bay was visually one of the highlights of my Vietnam trip. Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring  1500-2000 islands and islets in various shapes and sizes, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars.

Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay is so beautiful!

Hạ Long Bay (also written as Halong Bay or Ha Long Bay) is located in the Gulf of Tonkin, in Quáng Ninh province, in northeastern Vietnam.

Kayaking in Halong Bay, Vietnam
We went kayaking while surrounded by breathtaking views

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Annika profile - nearly every moment of the Halong Bay Vietnam trip included a backdrop this striking
Annika profile – nearly every moment of the Halong Bay trip included a backdrop this striking

Ha Long Bay in Vietnam

Halong Bay limestone
this photo gives you a sense of the scale – by Ms Saigon

Jumping off the boat in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Jumping off the boat – so much fun! (more fun jumping photos of these to come)

Vietnam - Halong Bay - view from the boatSeveral of the islands are hollow, with enormous caves, other support floating villages of fishermen, who ply the shallow waters for 200 species of fish.

beautiful sunset in Vietnam - Visit50.comHalong Bay is a Unesco World Heritage Site

Sarah's view from the boat
Sarah’s view from the boat
here's a photo of me from just outside a cave
my view from just outside a cave
Annika and Lisa
my new friends Annika and Lisa – view from the boat

It’s often compared favorably to Guilin in China (photos coming soon!) and Krabi in Thailand – Lonely Planet called Ha Long Bay in Vietnam even more spectacular. While Halong Bay can be a bit of a “tourist trap,” it’s so beautiful that it’s worth the tradeoff.

Where is Halong Bay?  In Vietnam, 105 miles east of Hanoi, Vietnam’s largest city, and takes about 3 hours from Hanoi via bus.

floating school in floating village
This is a floating school in their floating village, Vietnam

Getting to Halong Bay:  Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam, and book a tour. This will be easily the best way to do it and comparatively it’ll be hassle free.  There’s a huge range in pricing and service – agents will promise the world and offer terrible service. Choosing a tour company.

Halong Bay, Vietnam panorama

Flying to Hanoi:  The closest airport is Noi Bai International Airport, 25 miles (40km) north of Hanoi. If you can’t get a direct flight, head to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, and then catch a connecting flight.

Halong Bay limestonethis photo gives you a sense of the scale of the limestone pillars – by Ms Saigon

Halong Bay, Vietnam limestone pillar
Halong Bay Vietnam from the lookout Photo credit

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Where to get more info:  wiki-travel and Lonely Planet have a wealth of info.

Going to Vietnam? I used a Lonely Planet book on my trip –