Islands of Ha Long Bay

Visiting Ha Long Bay- The Ultimate Guide

Ha Long Bay is a truly iconic UNESCO site in Vietnam. Sail among thousands of majestic limestone karsts, and nearly 2000 islands, that rise out of the calm jade-colored waters. Experience secluded beaches, charming floating villages, and an unforgettable starry night skies. Here’s how to visit Ha Long Bay in Vietnam.

Ha Long translates as ‘descending dragon’. The legend tells of a dragon who was defending the Vietnamese from invasion, using fire, emeralds, and jade. The jewels landed in the ocean to form the limestone karsts and islands, which then prevented invaders ships from coming any further. The story of Ha Long bay adds even more magic to an already surreal landscape. One which has existed for 500 million years!

What to See & Do in Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world! It can be experienced on land; however, a cruise on the calm, emerald waters is best! Cruises will typically come in packages with activities included. These are some of the activities you can expect to do while in Ha Long Bay:

Kayaking in Ha Long Bay

Most tour operators offer the option to kayak from the boat. There is nothing better than having the freedom to paddle where you please, going for a swim in the cool turquoise waters, and spotting colorful fish. This is a great way of getting up close and personal with the limestone cliffs towering above you. It also allows you to get a perspective on how huge they are. One of nature’s beautiful miracles!

Island hopping

Go between one of the thousands of islands by boat, only stopping to relax on the small secluded beaches or see the many cheeky monkeys. The majority of the islands are uninhabited, which gives a real desert island feeling. No time to read now? No worries! Save on Pinterest to read it later. SAVE TO PINTEREST

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