Halong Bay Vietnam, or Descending Dragon Bay, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular travel destination along the coast 170km east of Hanoi. The Bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles dotted with caves and grottoes.

Halong Bay is 1,553km2 and includes 1,960 islets, most made of limestone. Nearly 500 years ago, it was called the ‘rock wonder in the sky’ by poet Nguyen Trai in his verse Lo Nhap Van Don.

The geo-diversity of the environment has created an incredible range of biology spread over tropical evergreen, oceanic and sea shore ecosystems. While tourism and industry have taken a toll on the ecology, constant efforts to practice sustainable bio-tourism ensure that we will continue to enjoy this natural wonder in a responsible manner.

After enjoying the above ground wonders, step into another world through the expansive caves dotted throughout the islets. Each cavern contains jagged stalactites and stalagmites in a vast spectrum of shapes, all open to interpretation.

A fine example of aging with grace, the bay has been in geological transformation for 500 million years. Be respectful and it just might last 500 million more.

Apart from natural beauty, Halong Bay has also been the setting of two James Bond films. Though it may be difficult to imagine a speedboat chase through such serenity, how can you blame them for taking advantage of the cinematic scenery?

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Novotel Ha Long Bay Hotel

Novotel Ha Long Bay Hotel

The 4-star Novotel Ha Long Bay Hotel offers comfort and convenience whether you're on business or holiday in Halong. The hotel offers a wide range of amenities and perks to ensure you have a great time. Tours, family room, restaurant, coffee shop, shops are just some of the facilities on offer. Guestrooms are fitted with all the amenities you need for a good night's sleep, including satellite/cable TV, television, mini bar, coffee/tea maker, separate shower and tub. Entertain the hotel's recreational facilities, including spa, kids club, massage, outdoor pool. Friendly staff, great facilities and close proximity to all that Halong ...

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Halong Golden Lotus Junk

Halong Golden Lotus Junk

Located in Halong / Bai Chay, Halong Golden Lotus Junk is a perfect starting point from which to explore Halong. The hotel offers a wide range of amenities and perks to ensure you have a great time. Restaurant, smoking area, airport transfer, coffee shop, executive floor are there for guest's enjoyment. Designed for comfort, guestrooms offer complimentary bottled water, inhouse movies, hair dryer, ironing facilities, fan to ensure a restful night. To enhance guests' stay, the hotel offers recreational facilities such as water sports (non-motorized), private beach, massage. Halong Golden Lotus Junk combines warm hospitality with a lovely ambiance to ...

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Paradise Luxury Cruise

Paradise Luxury Cruise

Paradise Luxury Cruise is perfectly located for both business and leisure guests in Halong. The hotel offers a high standard of service and amenities to suit the individual needs of all travelers. Car park, restaurant, safety deposit boxes, concierge, bar/pub are there for guest's enjoyment. Designed and decorated to make guests feel right at home, each room comes with bathtub, mini bar, inhouse movies, television LCD/plasma screen, complimentary bottled water. Recuperate from a full day of sightseeing in the comfort of your room or take advantage of the hotel's recreational facilities, including sauna, water sports (non-motorized), jacuzzi, massage, spa. No ...

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The Square Restaurant

The Square Restaurant

Come to Square Restaurant in Novotel Ha Long Hotel for a sumptuous buffet breakfast and dinner or order lunch a la carte. For a romantic evening, enjoy the menu’s international flavours and dine by the poolside.

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Top Reasons for visiting Halong Bay

Top Reasons for visiting Halong Bay

Halong Bay is the jewel in Vietnam’s crown. There are many amazing scenic places in the country, and Halong Bay takes the top spot. It is an astonishing place of special historical, cultural and scientific interest. Covering 600 square miles it contains at least 1,960 islands, ranging from tiny islets to large well inhabited ones. Five hundred million years in the making, the islands take...

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Hang Sung Sot

Hang Sung Sot

One of the largest caves in the Halong area, Hang Sung Sot was dubbed the Cave of Marvels by the French upon discovery. The narrow passageways open into a massive interior cavern with a 30 metre ceiling illuminated by multicolored fluorescent lights. The artificial additions may not be to everyone’s taste, but the space is impressive nonetheless. Look for stalagmites and stalactites in the shap...

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Discover Cat Ba Island

Discover Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island is the largest island in the UNESCO World Heritage that is known locally as Halong Bay, The Bay of Descending Dragons. Cat Ba is large at around 110 square miles. Fifty percent of the island is given over to the Cat Ba National Park; an astonishing natural resource that contains extremely important species of flora and fauna. The island has a large indigenous population split abou...

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Fishing Villages

Fishing Villages

Innumerable fish and around 1,600 people call the waters of Halong Bay home. These fishermen and their families live in floating villages consisting of wooden huts, fish farms and even a school dotted throughout this UNESCO world heritage site. Fishing trips and overnight stays can be arranged.

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The Hidden Halong Bay

The Hidden Halong Bay

Halong Bay holidays are becoming extremely popular and not without due cause. Exploring the Hidden Halong Bay may not be the easiest thing to do, but it is so worth the effort. The Bay is a 600 square mile UNESCO World Heritage site in the Gulf of Tonkin 100 miles from the Capital of Vietnam, Hanoi. It has almost 2,000 small limestone islands called karsts that shoot out of the water and t...

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Bai Tu Long Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay

While the limestone karsts of Halong Bay may be Vietnam’s most famous destination, these spectacular islands continue 100km north to the Chinese border into Bai Tu Long Bay. Though just as impressive as its more famous neighbor, Bai Tu Long remains mostly undeveloped, which means no pollution, but also no tourist infrastructure.

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Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island

Situated 50km east of Hai Phong, Cat Ba is the largest of the 366 islands in the Cat Ba Archipelago. Named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2004, the island has an impressive national park that houses a small population of langurs, an endangered monkey found only on Cat Ba. If you don’t suffer from a fear of heights, climb up to the park’s observation tower, but you have been warned: much of the t...

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Novotel Ha Long Bay's Spa

Novotel Ha Long Bay's Spa

Located on the 3rd floor, modern and elegant in design, In Balance Spa by Novotel offers a variety of spa treatments and a relaxation place to release all your hustles and  create a world of peace, tranquility and well-being.

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Nui Bai Tho

Nui Bai Tho

Translated to Poem Mountain, Nui Bai Tho is one of the best spots in the bay to take in the view. In 1468, Emperor Le Thanh Tong was inspecting the area and became so overcome by the beauty of his surroundings that he composed a poem and had it carved into a 106 metre high mountain. It has since faded, been re-carved and joined by the work of other poets like Lord Trinh Cuong.

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Hang Dau Go

Hang Dau Go

Named after a popular story from Vietnam’s resistance against the invading Mongols, Hang Dau Go, or Wooden Stakes Cave, is a natural wonder and historical monument. Here, General Tran Hung Dao and his troops prepared sharp wooden stakes to be planted in the riverbed of the Bach Dang River, trapping Kublai Khan and his men at low tide.

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