Ha Long Bay – Vietnam
It’s easy to see why Ha Long Bay was recently named as one of the New7 Wonders of the World. The magical bay is home to nearly 2,000 stunning iconic limestone karsts and islands, which stand proudly above a beautiful clear turquoise ocean. Formed over 20 million years by the tropical coastal climate, the inspiring landforms are accessible by a fleet of impressive traditional junks. These sweep you away to the very best hidden lagoons, gorgeous beaches and magnificent grottos Ha Long has to offer. Bai Tu Long Bay is a stunning embodiment of the area, with peaceful serene azure water surrounded by a variety of striking, tree-topped limestone towers. Sung Sot and Dau Go caves are perfect for exploring the incredible interior of the natural landmarks, which are home to magnificent rock formations as well as swarms of bats. Ecotourism is also blossoming, and sea-kayaking is another fantastic and exhilarating way to see the magical landscape up close.
Where is it?
Ha Long is located in the north-east of Vietnam, around 100 miles from Hanoi, the capital city. It is also relatively close to country’s border with neighbouring China.
What is it?
Often described as one of the natural wonders of the world, the stunning bay is home to a multitude of beautiful islands and striking limestone towers. The core of the Bay was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994.
Best time to visit?
March, April and May are the best months to visit the bay, as these give the most temperate conditions, avoiding the very hot summer months and often biting cold winter months.
An overnight cruise is the best way to ensure you see Ha Long Bay in all its natural glory. See the ancient landforms capped first by a vivid, glowing orange sunset, a beautifully clear starry night sky and then an unforgettable sunrise. An unforgettable experience.