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Discover Halong Bay - World Heritage of Vietnam

If Hanoi is the grand old dame of Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City is the brash young floozy, then Halong Bay, Hue and Hoi An are the alluring mistresses you encounter along the way.

How to find safe travel in Halong Bay

Having read the news about tourist boat sunk in Halong Bay, Vietnam some days ago, ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA would like to give out some advices about how to travel safely and enjoyably in Halong Bay.

Cruising Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay looked picturesque and was sunny and warm. Indochina sails, Ha Long bay , Vietnam We got up early today as we need to catch the bus for our trip to Ha Long Bay, about 3 hours west of Hanoi.

Kayaking and Cycling in a World Heritage Bay

Halong Bay is one of the most spectacular, and therefore heavily 'touristed' attractions in Vietnam. Kayak on Ha Long bay, Vietnam .

A Look into Beautiful Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay has been declared a UNESCO World heritage site and it really deserves the designation. It is one of the most exciting unusual places I have been to in my life.


Ha Long Bay to focus on safe tourism, clean environment

Ha Long Bay has seen a boom in tourism over the last two months, as a result, authorities in Quang Ninh Province are paying special heed to ensure safety and security for visitors and implementing measures to protect the environment.

Ever since Ha Long Bay was listed among the New Seven Wonders of the World, the numbers of visitors have kept increasing.

According to Ha Quang Long, Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, province authorities have implemented several measures to improve quality of tourist vessels operating on the Bay.
Fire prevention and other safety measures are being strengthened on all vessels.

The province is planning to install electronic devices to keep round-the-clock track of 100 per cent of all tourist vessels on the Bay, even those that may be undergoing maintenance or repairs.

Besides this, the province is planning to spend 4-5 per cent of its total budget this year on environment protection projects to preserve the Bay from being polluted from heavy tourist traffic. A total fund of VND500 billion (US$24 million) will be put aside to protect the pristine and sublime atmosphere of the Bay.

Quang Ninh Province is also working on a programme to relocate people living in fishing villages along theBay to mainland areas, so that they can avail of better health and education facilities.

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Halong Bay Treasures the Caves of the Dragon

Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries of Southeast Asia and one of the most popular destinations for European tourists. Among its natural landscapes the Halong Bay in the north of the nation, continues to surprise visitors from around the world.

The Vietnamese call this place the Bay of the descendants of the Dragon (Vinh Ha Long). It extends along a coastline of 120 kilometers. More than 3 000 irregular limestone islands emerge from their deep blue waters with dense vegetation and the sound of birds singing since early in the morning.

According to the legend, during the time of the Emperor, the Chinese invaders wanted to seize the land of the Vietnamese empire. The Emperor asked for help to a family of dragons that launched pearls and jades in order to sink the enemy ships. Once finished the battle, due to the beauty of the place, the dragons and their descendants decided to stay.

In November 2011, Halong Bay was declared as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, a title which was formally ratified in January this year. It already had the status of World Heritage granted by UNESCO since 1994.

While some islands are nothing more than large rocks, others are much more important and contain large caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites. The largest island in Halong, and one of the few that are inhabited, is Cat Ba, which has beautiful beaches and a national park.

Many caves have formed in the huge islands of Halong. The most famous are Hang Sung Sot (Stunning Cave), Hang Dau Go (Hidden Wood cave), Hang Thieng Cung (Heavenly Palace Grotto), Hang Bo Nau Cave (Pelican), Dong Tam Cung (cave of the three Palaces) and Hang Trong (Drum cave). During your Vietnam holidays you can not miss visiting the small island of fishermen, Sung Sot Cave (Cave of Surprises), famous because inside has a shaped like penis rock.

The best way to appreciate the charms of Halong bay is to cruise it between the islands in a wooden boat. The vastness of the place makes such a walk essential for you to enjoy the beauty of this natural landscape. Local fishermen sell directly from their rowing boats fish and seafood, which can be cooked instantly for a delicious lunch. In the morning activities continue, including Tai Chi and demonstration on how to cook spring rolls.

Around the bay there is a typical Vietnamese village with quaint houses, a small pagoda and a market, next to the port. To access the village you have to cross a road at the base of the bay, surrounded by hotels and a beautiful bridge, which reminds those of Lisbon, Portugal.

For its natural wonders Vietnam has increased the reception of tourism growing in 2011 to a total of 19% compared to last year. In January this year, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism reported an increase of 25% over the same month in 2011.

Source: Technorati


Discover the beauty of Ha Long Bay in your own style

Have you already started planning for next vacation? If you are planning to spend the vacation outside the country, you can think about Vietnam, especially Ha Long Bay.

About Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay has been declared as world heritage by UNESCO and now has been known as one of the new seven Wonders of the World. The bay is a body of water of about 1,500 sq. kilometers in the northern part of Vietnam with a long coastline of 120 kilometers. The bay is known for its high terrestrial biodiversity. It features over 1000 beautiful limestone karsts and islands of different shapes and sizes. The bay is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

How to reach Ha Long Bay

Tourists generally visit the place on pre-purchased tours from Hanoi. The best way to reach Ha Long is to rent a car from Hanoi airport. You can also take a tourist open bus.

Sites to visit during your tour to Ha Long Bay

Ha Long has become one of the most popular and sought after holiday destination of Vietnam. People around the world come to this bay to explore its stunning natural scenic beauty. There are a lot of sites that you could see, for example: Thien Cung Grotto, Dau Go cave, Sung Sot cave ...

Another must visit is Su Tu Bien Islet on the route to Thien Cung Grotto and Dau Go Cave.

Things that you must not miss at Ha Long Bay

You must not miss visiting caves, kayaking, island stopovers, bike riding amongst paddy fields, swimming, climbing Titop Mountain. You should taste the flavor of local dishes, seafood including mussels, shrimp and su fish, and rice dishes.

Things to remember

Here are the 3 things which you should keep in mind while traveling to Ha Long Bay.

- Hire English speaking guide
- Don’t forget to keep your own bottle of water, if you are on the boat
- Don’t forget to buy your trip cancellation insurance, because if you cancel your trip, you can get your money back.

Ha Long Bay – the name itself is a travel-invitation. If you are a passionate traveler, you will love to explore the gorgeous bay. It is a must-see for every Vietnam tourist.

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Halong is magical no matter the weather

I’ve been haunted by Halong Bay for years. This beautiful spot on the north coast of Vietnam screams ‘dream holiday’ from every photo, with its famous blue skies, clear seas and towering limestone columns.

We ignored the hundreds of touts offering organized tours and arranged an independent trip from Hanoi. Our reward was a personalized, cheap and flexible weekend, minus the crowds.

Transport was easy to arrange. We bought a local bus-boat-bus combination ticket from Hanoi’s Luong Yen Bus Terminal to Cat Ba Island. To return, we organized a speedboat and bus trip which took us directly to Ninh Binh. Our bumpy bus rides passed beautiful rural scenes and we felt like pirate explorers when our boat approached Cat Ba Island - the first views of around 1,600 islands and islets are dreamlike.

Budget accommodation was readily available on the sea front and our evenings were spent exploring the many restaurants which sell delicious sea food and Vietnamese dishes at low prices.

On our first day we hired scooters and traversed the length of Cat Ba Island. We stopped off at the national park and went hiking for hours, listening to the call of monkeys and tropical birds. At sunset we went to the public beach - a glistening expanse of white sand and turquoise waters.

The second day was water based, with a boat tour round the islands by a local fisherman. We stopped off at a floating village to marvel at life-lived-on-water and share some rice wine with fishermen.

Did I mention the weather? Sadly, it being January, there were no blue skies and not a drop of sunshine. Testament to the wonder of the place, the poor weather did not detract from our experience. Whatever the conditions, Halong Bay is one of the most beautiful places on earth to visit.

Source: thesaigontimes
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Add: 27 – A6 – Dam Trau Quarter – Hai Ba Trung District – Hanoi – Vietnam
Tel: +84 – 4- 39842362
Fax: +84 – 4 – 39844150
Email: info@indochinasails.com

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