Ha long Bay is a charismatic natural bewilderment which is located in the northern side of Vietnam along with the Chinese borderline. It is speckled with approximately 1600 limestone islets spreading over an area of 1,500 square kilometres. UNESCO declared this exceptional area as the World’s Heritage Site in 1994, since then this magical place is a great allurement and enticement for the tourists.
It owns an extensive range of multifariousness while many movies have used its serene and awe-inspiring landscapes to draw the attention of the viewers. The most convenient way to reach here is by taking cheap flights to Hanoi from where minibuses, cars or buses will take you to 170 kilometres away Ha Long Bay.
You should have some days with you for exploring this astonishing place because its attractions are countless. Historical studies have revealed that the formations of karst and limestone have gone through millions of years. Besides it also owns some 14 different floral and 60 distinctive faunal breeds. The New Seven Wonders Foundation nominated Ha long bay for the list of 7 natural wonders in 2009. There are many other small captivating islands here that form the astounding Ha long bay amongst which the Cat Ba Island is the most famous resort as it is bordered with a number of luxurious bars, restaurants and hotels and also the picturesque natural sceneries are found here in abundance.
Another amazing island is of Dau Be which is a very popular destination as it offers various diving and swimming facilities and is enriched with mysterious caves, coral reefs and also three scenic lakes. You would love to visit Dau Go Island which is very well known for the biggest grotto of the Ha long which is Hang Dau Go ‘Wooden stakes cave’. It comprises three subsequent chambers which contains stalagmites and stalactites in abundance, ranging between the heights of 20-25 metres.
One of the most appealing and engaging site of Ha long is its Floating villages. As the people here earn their livelihood with fishing so they are residing in floating homes since so many years. You can also stay there as they offer very economical rates and buying seafood from the fishing farms will be much enchanting for you. Another striking area of the bay is the Virgin Cave which is highly esteemed and respected as a holy place.
The locals believe that a very pretty woman killed herself inside the cave because she did not want to tie the knot with an old man and her body was converted into a stone statue so then a shrine was built in her memory. Apart from all such inspiring attractions, you can indulge in various other amusing activities like kayaking, sunbathing, swimming, cycling, fishing, snorkelling, sleeping on board, trekking and unwinding at the spas.
Undoubtedly Ha long is a paradise for adventurous travelers who want to capture the beauty of jaw-dropping scenes. The best time of the year to visit Vietnam is between October and April when it is pleasant with a little cool weather.