Top 5 must-see destinations in Halong
Being recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Halong Bay owns an extraordinary attraction with the magnificent natural landscapes and the fascinating tourist activities. It’s no surprise that Halong Bay is always on the bucket list of any travelers in case of setting foot on Vietnam. Here is the list of top 5 must-see destinations in Halong, which will surely offer you the marvelous moments. Do not forget to take Asian tour packages as well as tours to Vietnam to get more information about the best place to go in Vietnam.
Bai Tu Long bay
Bai Tu Long Bay
According to a survey from the customers of the UK ecotourism company Gecko Travel, Bai Tu Long is listed in the “top five” of the best tourist attractions in Southeast Asia. Being the lesser known neighbor of the world-famous heritage, Bai Tu Long Bay which is in the northeast of Halong Bay accounts for sea area of Halong City, Cam Pha Town, and Van Don district.
Comprising hundreds of islands, Bai Tu Long is mostly inhabited. With the imprints of thousand-year Halong culture, Bai Tu Long still remains it untouched charming beauty that is expressed through the wild islands with pristine beaches. The ecological zone stretching over 100ha with the 10-kilometer coastline, Bai Tu Long owns the picturesque beaches with smooth white sand and the turquoise seawater. Bai Tu Long island holds limestone as well as schist, with the types of tectonic having the age of about 300 million years.
The corrosion process has resulted in the glorious paintings of sea and islands as the present. There are several caves on the island. Especially Quan cave serves as a shelter for ships to hide when the sea is rough. Additionally, Bai Tu Long Islands also have soil islands for the residence including Quan Lan, Ngoc Vung, Dong Chen, etc. The Monkey Island is the home to many gold monkey that is bred to produce pharmaceuticals vaccine.
Vung Vieng fishing village
Floating village is one of the most popular attractions in Halong Bay and Vung Vieng is one of the four ones that remain intact. Sitting nestled in between plenty of towering limestone mountains, the multi-color houses of Vung Vieng which look like floating in misty natural. Most activities of the residential are closely related to the waters and gorgeous limestone islands. The village is hemmed by the natural limestone mountains, rolling rocks with the jade green seawater.
The scene of the whole village looks like an ink-painting picture that can be found nowhere. Coming to Vung Vieng, the visitors take the chance to have the authentic experience of the daily local lives as well as have a glimpse at the traditional culture of Halong. Despite being busy with the work round-year, the residential here are happy to share about the job and their distinctive life. Visitors can experience the traditional techniques of fishing, net weaving, or more excitingly get interesting knowledge about pearl harvesting.
Located in the center of Halong Bay, Titop island is 8 kilometers Bai Chay Harbor to the Southeast. The name Ti Top is named after the astronaut German Titop when he paid his first visit to Halong Bay in 1962, by Uncle Ho.
Despite being small-sized, it is fairly full since there are increasingly more and more tourist boats stopping here. However, reaching here in the morning may help you to get away from the crowds. Hike up to 400 steps, you will approach the gazebo and get a panoramic view of the spectacular natural landscape. The service of skydiving or kayak facilities is quite popular.
Ban Chan beach
If you’re looking for solitude on a pristine beach, Ban Chan is for you. Being absolutely “off the beaten track”, Ban Chan which owns the white silky sand, jewel-colored waters aren’t intervened by human or changed by the passage of time.
Ban Chan is surrounded by the towering limestone with the steep cliffs that are dotted with casuarina pines whose greenish foliage is a corner of the stunning picture of Bai Tu Long Bay’s rich natural ecosystem. The best thing to do is to contemplate your surroundings. However, swimming, snorkeling, taking a walk or beach volleyball are also suggested.
Co To Island
Co To island
With the untouched flawless beauty, Co To island evokes the sense of appealing authenticity and isolation. This aesthetic tropical beach owns a wonderful shore with powdery white sands and crystalline water. No matter day or night, sunrise or sunset, under the bright moonlight or in the misty morning, the endless charm of Co To will blow your mind away.
Reach the lighthouse, you can feel the breath of the ocean and enjoy Co To’s tranquil scenery. Occasionally during harvest time, you can even smell the sweet aroma of oranges originating from the nearby Island.
The staggering beauty of Halong Bay always touches the heart of any nature lover or adventurous travelers. Now you know what to see in Halong city, right? Let’s explore Bai Tu Long Bay, Vung Vieng fishing village, Titop island, Ban Chan beach, Co To island and have a memorable trip!