1. Overview of Halong Bay Vietnam

Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, Halong Bay is considered one of the most famous places for tourists when it comes to Vietnam. This is also the only landscape in Vietnam that has been recognized by UNESCO as one of the 7 world natural wonders three times in 1994, 2000 and 2023 respectively.

With an area of 1553 square kilometers, Halong Bay has more than 1600 limestone islands created over millennia in all shapes and sizes, undulating in the emerald green water. Creating a majestic and poetic natural beauty. Attracting nearly 2.7 million visitors according to statistics from the Halong Bay Management Board

  • Area: 1,553 square km
  • Province: Quang Ninh Province
  • Region: Northeast of Vietnam
  • Heritage type: UNESCO World’s Natural Wonder (1994, 2000 & 2023)
  • Best time to visit: May – Aug; Sep – Nov
  • Things to do: Cruise the bay; Explore hidden caves & Floating Villages; Kayaking; Visit Quang Ninh Museum, etc.

2. Best things to do in Halong Bay Vietnam

  • Cruise the Bay

Taking a cruise to visit Halong Bay is considered a wonderful experience, giving visitors the opportunity to admire the majestic and poetic beauty of this wonder. Besides, visitors can also participate in various activities in the tour program such as swimming, kayaking, cooking class, taichi sessions, etc. With modern facilities and amenities, Ha Long cruise will bring you unforgettable experiences

Halong Luxury Cruise

Halong Luxury Cruise

Chef in Halong Luxury Cruise

Quality service is provided on the cruise

  • Explore hidden caves:

Besides 1,600 islands, Halong Bay also has more than 200 large and small caves. Among them, some caves have stalactites created by nature over thousands of years. Exploring these hidden caves is an interesting activity, giving visitors the opportunity to explore the magnificence of creation.

The most famous caves include: Sung Sot Cave, Thien Cung Cave, Dau Go Cave, Trong Cave, etc.

Visitors exploring Halong Bay Vietnam

Exploring hidden caves

Thien Cung Cave (Heavenly Residence Grotto)

Thien Cung Cave (Heavenly Residence Grotto)

  • Kayak through serene water

Kayaking is a popular recreational activity in Halong Bay. Bringing visitors a wonderful experience to explore this scenery from a very different perspective. By this way, visitors can discover hidden gems that large boats cannot reach. At the same time, kayaking is suitable for all ages and interests.

Kayaking activities in Halong Bay

Kayaking in Halong Bay

  • Visit Floating Market

Fishing Village is a famous tourist destination, scattered in the scenic complex of Ha Long Bay. This is the living space of the fishing villagers, who have been attached to the sea for a long time and created a special culture for this area. Therefore, coming to Halong, you can not only admire the beauty of nature but also learn about the lives of the locals.
Some of the most famous fishing villages include: Cua Van, Vung Vieng, Cong Dam, Ba Hang, etc.
Fishing Villages in Ha Long Bay

Fishing Village from above (Source: Vietnam Tourism)

  • Quang Ninh Museum

Rising along Ha Long’s coast, Quang Ninh Museum (built in 2013) stands as a modern symbol of the province. This architectural gem houses a wealth of history, culture, and nature treasures, offering a rewarding journey through Quang Ninh’s past and present. Explore ancient artifacts, delve into local customs, and connect with the land you’re visiting – a truly rewarding experience awaits.
Quang Ninh Museum in Halong City

Quang Ninh Museum

Whales bones is displayed in Quang Ninh Museum

Whale bones

3. Best time to visit Halong Bay Vietnam

Halong is located in the tropical monsoon region, so the climate is also divided into 4 distinct seasons:

  • March – April (Spring): The climate is cool and pleasant. Temperature fluctuates between 19 – 30 degrees.
  • May – August (Summer): Halong summer with typical high temperatures ranging from 34 – 35 degrees. This weather is very suitable for activities to explore Halong such as swimming, sunbathing, kayaking, etc. In particular, May – June is considered the best time to travel to Halong Bay. However, during this period, there are often sudden rains and occasional storms.
  • September – November (Autumn): This is considered a short but very beautiful period in Halong. The average temperature this season is about 27 degrees Celsius, the air is cool and pleasant, and the sun is golden.
  • December – February (Winter): Dry weather, little rain, favorable for participating in tourist activities. However, during this period the climate is relatively cold, and at some times fog will appear. So you need to prepare appropriate clothes.
In summary, May – June and September – November are the two times that tourists consider the most ideal times to explore Halong Bay. While the remaining seasons, each stage will have its own beauty suitable for different forms of experience. You should check the weather before each trip to be fully prepared.

Ninh Binh: Halong Bay on land: Click here