Ha Long Bay is located in the northeastern coastal part of Vietnam, just over 160 km from the capital city. This beautiful natural wonder is gifted with 1,600 limestone islands and islets, covering a total area of over 1,500 square kilometers. Under the supervision of both Quang Ninh and Hai Phong provinces, this extraordinary land was designated, by UNESCO, as a World Heritage Site in the 1990s and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature a few years after. For many tourists, this place could have been captured from a fantasy movie; how could you miss such a lifetime visit? Indeed, Ha Long Bay features a wide range of landscapes, animals and plants at the very heart of a surrealistic scenery. Sometimes referred to the Gulf of Tonkin, Ha Long Bay has an area of around 1,500 km2, including 1,969 karst islands and islets towering like skyscrapers throughout the bay for millions of years. Here are some need-to-go places that you shouldn’t miss there: Dau Go cave, Sung Sot cave, Ti Top island, Kim Quy cave, or Tien Ong cave.
Ha Long Bay has welcomed thousands of people, from world leaders to fashion icons to Hollywood directors. On this precious list, you may find the names of Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie, the chef Anthony Bourdain, several diplomats from the United Nations, numerous Presidents and Prime Ministers, Facebook’s Founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife. No surprise to find out that the movie Kong Skull Island has been filmed here as well.
The perfect time for visiting? Could be any month of the year, as long as you are not afraid of Vietnam’s divinely unpredictable weather. However, the best way to prevent yourself from deception is to double check with your tour operator or cruise company before booking anything.
Travelling to the Far East is considered a luxury that should be enjoyed by those who appreciate history, culture and diversity. When you visit locations like Vietnam, Indochina and Cambodia then you need to go with a plan so that you can see as much as possible during your time there. This is best accomplished ... Read more