Halong Bay Vietnam
Located in the northeast corner of Viet Nam, 165 km from Hanoi, Halong Bay is among the most favored attractions of Vietnam.
In 1962, Halong Bay was recognized as a vestige and beauty spot of national significances by Ministry of Culture and Information of Viet Nam and was also proudly recognized as a World Natural Heritage Site twice by UNESCO: the first time, in 1994, for its exceptional and universal value of the landscape and the second time in 2000 for its special value of geology and geomorphology. Halong Bay’s center area was recognized as a world heritage area by UNESCO and covers an area of 434 sq. km, including 775 islands, of which 411 are already named. In 2009, the New 7 Wonders Foundation, which runs the New Seven Wonders of the World campaign, includes Halong Bay on its list of nominations as one the World's New 7 Wonders of Nature. On November 11, 2011, the New 7 Wonders Foundation provisionally named Halong Bay as one of them. Halong bay is also a member of the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World.
View from above, Halong bay looks like an extremely vivid huge drawing. This is a wonderful and skillful masterpiece of the Creator that turns thousands of dumb soulless stone islands into fantastic sculptural and artistic works of various graceful shapes, both familiar and strange to human beings. Thousands of islands emerging uneven in the fanciful waves look strong and magnificent but also mild and vivid. Amidst these islands, it feels like we are lost in a thrillingly legendary world. There are many names given to islands on the bay according to their shapes and forms. This one looks like somebody heading toward the shore: Hon Dau Nguoi (Human Head Island); that one looks like a dragon hovering above the sea surface: Hon Rong (Dragon Island); another looks like an old man sitting fishing: Hon La Vong; some look like a big sail struggling amidst the wind to set off for the sea: Hon Canh Buon (Sail Island); then two islands look like a pair of chicken lovingly playing with each other above the sea: Hon Trong Mai (Male and Female Chickens Island); and amid the vast sea stands an island like a big incense burner like a ritual offering to heaven: Hon Lu Huong (Incense Burner Island). All are so real that people are taken aback by them. Those stone islands have experienced unpredictable changes over time and they take different shapes from different angles of view. Here, we come to realize that they are not dumb inanimate things but are vivid and soulful. With a tropical climate, Ha Long Bay is also home to a great biodiversity with typical eco-systems like mangrove forest, coral and tropical forest as well as thousands of plants and animals of numerous species, for example shrimp, fish and squid. Some species are particularly rare and can be found nowhere else.
Interestingly, visitors to Halong Bay can take part in a number of recreational activities, such as sightseeing, kayaking, swimming, trekking, rowing, and fishing while enjoying the magnificent beauty of the bay. Recently, Halong Bay has become one of the premier sea kayaking spots in Vietnam and visitors will find kayaking inside limestone karst one of the greatest excitements. All of the Halong Bay Cruises, such as Emeraude Cruise, Indochina Sails, Bhaya Cruise, Aclass Cruise, … offer kayaking service included in their travel program. As a matter of fact, the 2 days/1 night cruise tours with 1 night on boat are the most popular choices of travelers to Halong Bay. By joining this tour, customers can fully explore the magnificence of Halong Bay and enjoyably participate in such interesting activities at the same time. Moreover, the 3 days/2 nights cruise tours, also a popular option for visitors, bring about more wonderful experiences of Halong Bay. With this travel program, some cruises, such as the Poseidon Sails, grant customers a chance to discover Cat Ba Island’s natural beauty by doing trekking through Cat Ba National Park, such a great news for those travelers who love trekking. Especially, during any cruise trip, travelers will find it extremely exciting visiting floating villages on Halong Bay such as Vong Vieng and Cua Van villages where they experience astonishing local people’s way of living.
Since Halong Cruise Tours have been rated as the best option for visiting Halong Bay, it is highly recommend that customers choose to book a proper Halong Bay cruise/junk as part of the travel plan. Fascinatinghalongbay.com, as an official Halong Bay Cruises Operator, has been designated to assist customers making the best choices for Halong Bay tours.
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