Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay Holidays

No trip to northern Vietnam would be complete without visiting UNESCO World Heritage listed Halong Bay, one of the natural wonders of the world. Both mystical and magnificent it is it is truly one of the most stunning places in Southeast Asia and cannot fail to impress.

This huge bay encompasses some 579 square miles of indigo sea which is scattered with over 3,000 limestone islets and cliffs, almost all of them uninhabited. Oddly shaped rocky outcrops of varying sizes jut dramatically from the sea and create a rather surreal, yet enchanting vista. Several islands boast beautiful grottos and caves while the waters are also host to coral reefs, freshwater swamp forests, mangrove forests, small lakes and sandy beaches.

By far the best way to tour, see and appreciate the sheer beauty of the bay is aboard a junk boat or boutique ship to cruise around the islands, if time allows we highly recommend the one or two night cruises rather than the day excursions. A cruise also offers the opportunity to visit one or more of the floating villages, usually by smaller bamboo rowing boat, to catch a glimpse of traditional Vietnamese life. These true water worlds that rise and fall with the tides are often home to many generations, with fishing the main source of income.

Around the bay there are countless places to swim, fish, kayak and snorkel. Additionally, popular Cat Ba Island, a national park and part of the Cat Ba archipelago, offers  trekking and cycling as well as wildlife to spot.

Equally impressive, Lan Ha Bay is further from Halong City, so has a more isolated appeal. As well as 300 or so karst islands, Lan Ha also has numerous white sand beaches.

    Why visit Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay?
  • Wealth of history
  • Colonial buildings
  • Unique theatre
  • Cultural monuments
  • Great food


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Essential facts about Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay
Local Time

GMT +7 hours

Currency

Vietnamese Dong

Travel information

Hanoi is the nearest large city to Halong Bay and the road journey takes approximately 2 hours 30 minutes, or it's a 2 hour flight from Ho Chi Minh City.

Best time to go

There are two main seasons, hot with sporadic rain from April to October and cooler from November to March. While the best time to visit is April to October, as you swim off the boat and relax on sundecks, even during the cooler months Halong Bay is still exceptionally scenic.

Visa information

British Citizens visiting Vietnam for stays of up to 15 days and arriving up to 30 June 2021 do not require a visa. For stays of over 15 days or if you plan to re-enter Vietnam a second time within 30 days of your first departure you will need to obtain a tourist visa.

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