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Halong Bay

Halong Bay

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Introduction

Halong Bay is a geological marvel and natural wonder; an enormous stretch of jade-hued sea broken by the eruption of limestone towers that rise above its still waters. Its surreal landscape attracts huge numbers of tourists a year, who climb aboard junk boats and weave between its peaks both day and night. Its vastness is such that you will always find a new cave or hidden grotto to explore among its emerald inlets – ask our specialists for their insider tips.

Halong Bay cruises

To see this UNESCO-listed world wonder at its best we recommend a stay on a traditional Vietnamese junk boat. As you glide across the glassy waters of the bay, you’ll have plenty of time to admire the scenery, take a refreshing dip and get up close to the limestone outcrops on kayaks. The most luxurious ships offer elegant restaurants and spacious cabins with panoramic picture windows to get the best views. Of course, you’ll want to spend as much time on the sun deck as possible, taking it all in. Choose from a scenic cruise bookended by city stays – like our Vietnam & Mekong holiday – or simply add on a short two-day cruise to your existing plans.

Aerial view of boats at Halong Bay
Halong Bay

Lan Ha Bay

While Halong Bay attracts the tourist crowds, its quieter little sister is an ideal alternative for those seeking a little more peace and tranquillity. Lan Ha Bay is just as stunning as Halong Bay, with much the same dramatic topography and over 400 limestone cliffs to explore. Those who make it will be treated to isolated panoramic views, relaxed swims among the stunning caves and karsts, and quiet beaches for soaking up the sun. The junk cruises here are just as impressive, too, expect full-board dining and spa treatments on our favourite itinerary.

Aerial view of Lan Ha Bay limestone peaks
Lan Ha Bay

Cat Ba Island

To the south of Halong Bay is Cat Ba Island, the largest island in the bay. The population is small and the island quiet, green and beautiful – half of it is a designated national park. The flora and fauna along the trails are as intriguing as the views out to the bay, and while the critically endangered Cat Ba langur, are difficult to spot in the wild, there is an active rehabilitation initiative that’s worth a visit before you leave.

Views of Lan Ha Bay from Cat Ba Island
Cat Ba Island

 

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Top itineraries in Halong Bay

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From its great cities and iconic temples to off-the-beaten-track gems, this tour takes in the must-see highlights of two Asian heavyweights – Vietnam and Cambodia.

Lan Ha Bay, Halong Bay

Highlights of Vietnam

12-day tailor-made holiday from £2,995 pp incl. flights

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Fishing Boat, Mekong River, Vietnam

Vietnam & the Mekong

14-day tailor-made holiday from £2,715 pp incl. flights

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Ginger, Heritage Line

Heritage Line Ginger

Luxury cruise ship

Heritage Line's Ginger cruises among the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Lan Ha bay – the quieter little sister of the world-famous Halong Bay. Her all-inclusive luxury makes for an unforgettable journey.

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