Halong Bay tours, Halong bay cruise and Halong Travel Deals
When mention about Halong Bay tours. It would be a miss if some one going to Halong without staying overnight on a Halong bay junk cruises.
Most of Halong bay tours always start from Hanoi capital. From here, tourist would be picked up and transfer to Halong bay. There are many tours companies; travel agencies and tour operator in Hanoi organize tours to Halong Bay every day. You can easy book a Halong bay tour at a good deal or a discount rate for Halong bay cruises or tours on internet.
The difficulty for tourist is to choose the right one to organized Halong Bay tour at a good price and good qualities. In the old quarter of Hanoi, there are many cafes, tour desks...and some kinds of Sinh or Kim cafes they all offer tours to Halong Bay at very low rate. But who know for the quality? They have no right to organized tour or travel to Halong as they need to have International tour operator license which is issued by Vietnam Administration of Tourism. So when booking Halong bay tours, you should be aware of that. There are many boats or junks in Halong are upgraded ones from the small boat by some tour company in Halong Bay or Hanoi. Then they will sell Tours to Halong Bay for tourist at very good rates. However, it is not safe as there are many cases the overnight boats just turn up side down after a small win. It is definitely not worth to book some kind of boat or junk like that.
It is no comment if some one says: “As long as I am there” and then you can choose any and as cheap as possible. As you will get what you really pay for. And many backpackers still choose the cheap option and they can go for a loner trip with their right budget.
But when you really care about quality and being look after well. And we suggest you to choose the reliable one to organized trip to Halong Bay for you at your right budget
There are some options for package to Halong Bay:
+) Going to Halong Bay with a private vehicle and tour guide (or without tour guide) and share Boat (you will have you own cabin on a Halong Cruise). The cruise is just like a floating Hotel and save you most of the meals when cruising
+) Going to Halong Bay with private van and taking a charter Halong Bay cruise. This option is quite expensive but worth as you will have all crews on a junk or a cruise will save you and you beloved only. And you don’t have to share boat with any one and the Halong Bay travel program is more flexible for you as that is your trip and you will do it your way
+) You will share a shuttle bus or van with other people from Hanoi to Halong bay. Normally you will be picked up from you appointed hotel in Hanoi then transfer to Hanoi. In some cases you need to go to certain places to be picked up. Transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes us about 3 hours and a half. On the way most of the van will stop at some humanity center for a short break and if you would like to buy some sorts of souvenir. Then you will go to Halong. You will arrived Halong tourist wharf around 11:30 or 12 o’clock then transfer to Halong Bay cruise by tender or get on boat right from the dock if you take small Halong Bay cruise
There are many options for Halong Bay cruises or junks.
+) We have luxury Halong Bay cruises like: Ginger, Jasmine, Indochina Sail, Bhaya, Emeraude. Those offer tourist not only big junk or cruise but international standard service. Normally on the luxury cruise in Halong Bay take about 2 or three days. The two days tour in Halong bay is seem to be very popular as it is about enough and you are experience Halong enough. However, if you want to do some options like: Kayaking in Halong Bay, caves exploring... and you need to have three day in Halong Bay. That give you more chance to explore this seclude Bay. On the luxury Halong Bay Junk or cruise, the foods are more than expectation and service is signature. You will be treated very well by professional and well trained people. Off course, the service in different luxury boats cruises or junks in Halong are different. And it also depends on your Halong bay tour experiences.
+) We have a cheaper option are deluxe boat cruise in Halong Bay like: Bai Tho Cruise, Oriental Sail Cruises, Halong Emotion Cruise
+ We also have some option for Halong Bay Superior Cruises like: Classic Sail Cruise, Huong Hai, Jewel of the Bay...
+) There are some kind of unique cruises: such as Princess junks, Indochina Junks ... those offer the Halong bay tour program are different with any other, they more focus on private and unique experiences and then the service are very good too. For those small junks in Halong and you can go to more remote and untouched area in the Bay as the big boat can not go on that rout.
+) There are some boat recently just offer new activities in Halong bay like: diving or rock climbing (on Cat Ba island) and those are definitely for some one looking for a truly adventure Halong bay trip
Those cruises normally offer good qualities and good food. So if you would like any of our Halong bay cruise and do not hesitate to contact us for Your Halong bay best travel deals.
Please keep in your mind that we are here to assist you at any time for Halong Bay tour, Halong bay cruise and Halong Bay junk cruise. Just simply email us or call us at 84 4 5561146 to talk with our professional travel advisors
Halong Bay Value
Halong Bay Location
Located in the Northeast of Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin, Ha Long Bay is one of the World’s Wonder. In 1998, Halong Bay was recognized as a world Heritage site. The Bay covered the area of 1553 sq. km with 1969 limestone islands and islets of various sizes and shapes, of which 989 have been named.
The Halong area looks very much similar to some world famous sites such as: The Limestone Garden in Quilin, China and Phuket, Thailand. But Halong Bay is larger in the size and more beautiful than two other counterparts
There are three bays in the area: Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay and (Lan Ha Bay) in Cat Ba archipelago. Those bay look very much similar with Limestone Island and islets which emerged from emerald water. There are more than 3000 island and islets in the whole area of three bays: Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay (in the Cat Ba arch.).
Most of the islands and islets in Ha Long Bay are limestone and schist islands most lying in the two main areas:
- In the southeast part of Bai Tu Long Bay and southwest part of Ha Long Bay.
These islands and islets represent the most ancient images of a geographical site having a tectonic age of from 250 million to 280 million years ago. The Seascapes are the result of many times of up-rising and lowering processes of the Asia continent to form karsts. The process of nearly full erosion and weathering of the karsts created the unique and amazing Ha Long Bay in the world. In a not very large area, thousands of islands and islets with different forms look like glittering emeralds attached to the blue scarf of a virgin. All look just magnificent
- In Halong Bay, the area where many stone islands mainly concentrate in Halong Bay has spectacular scenes and world-famous caves and is the center of Ha Long Bay, including Ha Long Bay and a part of Bai Tu Long Bay.
Halong Bay World Heritage Site
The area of Halong Bay is recognized as the World Natural Heritage Site that covered the area of 434 square km only with 775 islands. It looks like a giant triangle with Dau Go Island (in the west), Ba Ham (three lakes) Lake (in the south of Halong) and Cong Tay Island (in the east of Halong Bay) as its three angle points. The nearby area is the buffer area and areas classified as national beauty spots in 1962 by the Ministry of Culture and Information.
Halong Bay Island & Islets
If you take a Halong Bay by Helicopter trip and view Halong Bay from above, it looks like an extremely spectacular huge painting from the Mother Nature. Halong Bay is truly a wonderful and skilful masterpiece of the Creation and of nature 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.
In Halong Bay, thousands of islands and islets emerging uneven in the fanciful waves look strong and magnificent but also mild and vivid. Amidst these islands in Halong Bay we feel as if we were astray in a petrified legendary world. The Island was named normally based on their shape and forms. This one looks like somebody head: 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 sit fishing: Hon La Vong; some look like big sails struggling amidst the wind to set off for the sea: Canh Buom (Sail Island); then two islands look like a pair of chicken lovingly playing with each other above the sea: Hon Trong Mai (Fighting Cock Island), this one may be is the most popular pictures you would have seen in Halong Bay; and amid the vast sea stands an island like a big incense burner like a ritual offering to Heaven: Hon Dinh Huong (Incense Burner Island), the area of Dinh Huong is very impressive. The beautiful setting of the scenery mix together with the fishing village image... All are so real that people are taken aback by them. Those limestone islands and islets have experienced unpredictable changes over time and they take different shapes from different angles of view. In the foot of each island and islet, after thousand of years, the water from the wave just slaps the lime stone and the foot of the island getting eroded. Some islands have the shape like a chop stick and may be collapse in some year later. Here, we come to realize that those islands and islets are not dumb inanimate things but are vivid and soulful.
Halong Bay Caves & Grottos
Halong Bay has many breath taking caves and grottos such as Thien Cung (Heaven Palace), Dau Go (Wooden Heads), Sung Sot (Amazing cave), Trinh Nu (version girl), Tam Cung and many others. Some caves are being opened and served for tourists to visits. But some caves are closed in order to preserver for the later generations.
There are two most beautiful caves in Halong Bay:
+) The Heaven Palace cave (Thien Cung in Vietnamese). This caves was discovered in 1995 only, with very small entrance this cave was under covered for thousand years when is only few km from Halong city. The cave was discovered by chance by a family of a fish man. The man and his child try to cut some wood for lodge on the island, they drop their knife and they try to find it. Finally they found the huge cave. They got a big bonus from the local government at that time.
+) Next to Heaven Palace cave on the same island is the Wooden Head; this cave was used since 12 century by local people. This cave has a huge entrance and the beautiful decoration of the color inside. Both Heaven palace and Wooden Head cave are the popular place for Halong Bay One Day Trip.
+) The Amazing cave is the furthest and normally could be visit in Halong Bay2 day trip or on Halong Bay Cruises. Many Halong Cruise company choosing Amazing Cave for their Halong Bay tour itinerary. This cave is just huge and has three parts: The fist part is the smallest and makes people feel wonderful already. But ht second and especially the third part of the cave is the most pretty. The cave is well decorated with many different colors and lights.
These are really magnificent palaces of the Creation on earth. Long ago, Ha Long Bay has been called by the great national poet Nguyen Trai: “a wonder of the earth erected towards the high sky”. Many men of letters from all over the world have been taken aback at the grandiose scenery of Ha Long. They seem to get puzzled and incompetent as their treasure of vocabulary is not rich enough to depict the splendor of this place.
Ha Long Bay is also attached to glorious pages of Vietnamese history, with famous sites such as Van Don, a bustling trade port in the 12th century, charming Bai Tho Mountain, and not very far away from here is the Bach Dang River which witnessed two famous naval battles of the Viet’s ancestors against invaders. Also, Ha Long is one of the cradles of human kind with the glorious Halong Culture culture in the late Neolithic age, discovered at such archeological sites as Dong Mang, Xich Tho, Soi Nhu and Thoi Gieng.
Ha Long is also home to great biodiversity with typical eco-systems like mangrove forest, coral and tropical forest. It is also home to thousands of plants and animals of numerous species, for example shrimp, fish and squid. Some species are particularly rare and can be found no where else.
With such special values, at the 18th Session of UNESCO’s Council of World Heritage held on 17 December 1994 in Thailand, Ha Long Bay was officially placed on the list of the World Natural Heritage. In 2000, UNESCO recognized it as the World Heritage for the second time for its geographical and geomorphologic values. This confirms the global premier value of Ha Long Bay. <<<