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Halong Bay Holidays

Thousands of jagged, green peaks rising out of the emerald waters, surrounded by the colourful sails of traditional boats, give this bay an almost magical appeal.

Halong Bay is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Vietnam thanks to its breathtaking natural landscape. Discover the bay from the comfort of a so-called junk, a traditional wooden sailing boat. The bay’s beauty, and its UNESCO heritage listing, is due mainly to the thousands of limestone islands that rise out of the sea.

Halong Bay is located some 150 kilometres (100 miles) east of Hanoi. The wharf of Bai Chay is a 3-hour drive away and the most comfortable way to get there is on an organised tour, with pre-arranged accommodation. You can also take a minibus or train to the bay and try to get a last-minute deal for a boat trip locally.

Follow a guide through illuminated caves or go rock climbing on the islets. The sheer cliffs can reach up to 90 metres (300 foot) high. Go kayaking in the bay by hiring gear from a floating hut. Most tours also include a fisherman’s floating house where you can try some fresh ngan (Vietnamese-style clams) for lunch. Buy fruit and nuts from the hawkers who row past.

Take an overnight cruise to see the more remote islands. Cat Ba and Tuan Chau Island offer adventure sports and man-made beaches. Watch the sunset and see the silver moonlight give the bay an ethereal appearance. Dive in to see the illuminating effects of your movements in the phosphorescent waters.

Back on the mainland, visit the stylish Halong Bay Marina and the nearby Dolphin Club or take a taxi to the Nha Tho Hon Gai Temple.

The best time to visit Halong Bay is between March and October. In winter, dense mist affects visibility, though the eerie effect of this is a sight in itself. When you see the rising mist slowly reveal the shapes in the bay, it’s easy to imagine the towering peaks to be gentle giants in a mythical landscape that is out of this world.


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Novotel Ha Long Bay £49
Reviewed on 4 Sep 2019
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Novotel Ha Long Bay

Novotel Ha Long Bay

160 Ha Long Road, Bai Chay Ward, Ha Long, Quang Ninh
     
    4.2 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Bed could be better and spa service could be more satisfying.

    Vinpearl Resort & Spa Ha Long £113
    Reviewed on 30 Jun 2019
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    Vinpearl Resort & Spa Ha Long

    Vinpearl Resort & Spa Ha Long

    Reu Island, Bai Chay Ward, Ha Long, Quang Ninh
       
      4.5 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Beautiful and peaceful resort. Their breakfast and dinner buffets are excellent with very reasonable pricing. We would come back. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to stay at Halong Bay.

      FLC Halong Bay Golf Club & Luxury Resort
      Reviewed on 29 Jun 2019
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      FLC Halong Bay Golf Club & Luxury Resort

      FLC Halong Bay Golf Club & Luxury Resort

      Nguyen Van Cu Street, Hong Ha Ward, Ha Long, Quang Ninh
         
        4.0 of 5
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        For the price it did not live up to expectation. We were told that it was only 6 months old so granted there would be teething problems. This hotel was not suited for foreign guests, with nearly no staff speaking basic English; coffee, water etc was not understood. The level of professionalism from ...

        Halong Athena Cruise £221
        Reviewed on 28 Sep 2018
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        Halong Athena Cruise

        Halong Athena Cruise

        Athena Office No 6 Le Thanh Tong Street, Vinashin Harbor, Hon Gai Wharf, Ha Long, Quang Ninh
           
          4.2 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Special mention to Ha for making my father so happy with the coffee, and to Quang for taking care of us (thanks for the cap). Wonderful trip!

          Wyndham Legend Halong Hotel £63
          Reviewed on 24 Mar 2019
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          Wyndham Legend Halong Hotel

          Wyndham Legend Halong Hotel

          No. 12 Halong Street, Bai Chay, Ha Long, Quang Ninh
             
            4.5 of 5
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            comfortable

            Alisa Premier Cruise £226
            Reviewed on 27 Jun 2019
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            Alisa Premier Cruise

            Alisa Premier Cruise

            Lounge 16, Tuan Chau Port, Halong Bay, Ha Long, Quang Ninh
               
              4.7 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nice people Nice trip Enjoyed good experience with others.

              Paradise Suites Hotel £43
              Reviewed on 9 Jun 2019
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              Paradise Suites Hotel

              Paradise Suites Hotel

              Paradise Town, Tuan Chau Island, Ha Long, Quang Ninh
                 
                4.4 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                I loved the decor and hotel was beautiful and clean. Staff were very helpful and spa was amazing. Close to all amenities.

                Mon Chéri Cruises
                Reviewed on 27 Aug 2019
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                Mon Chéri Cruises

                Mon Chéri Cruises

                #3, Got Pier, Cat Hai, Haiphong, Ha Long, Quang Ninh
                   
                  4.7 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Great overnight cruise in Halong bay. Elegance suite with balcony has large king bed, bathroom with tub and shower, private balcony, plenty of room. Staff very accommodating, friendly, with decent English proficiency. Food excellent (lunch, snacks, full bar).

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