Not only inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but Halong Bay is also present in the global top lists, namely One of New Seven Wonders of the World, one of the world’s most beautiful Selfie site, etc., which raises people to seek best things to do in Halong Bay. Naturally gifted with an ecosystem of more than 2000 islands of various sizes and shapes, this famous Bay offers beaches, sandbank, and cave systems for a myriad of activities. Getting there, if you just do sightseeing, swimming, and eating seafood, then the experiences might not be enough. Any of the following top activities can perfect your vacation.
#1: Staying overnight on Halong Bay Cruises
This is a favorite activity for nature lovers and explorers. You will have the opportunity of floating on the sea and exploring almost every hidden corner of the Bay. Staying overnight on Halong Bay Cruises amid the sea, attending the seafood parties, or squid fishing in the evening, etc., will be the very-exciting memories to cherish. The quality of the cruises will determine your satisfaction level. As money can buy comfort, treat yourself on the 5-star cruises if possible, and the experience on this splendid floating hotel will turn out to be the beautiful page in your life story.
The overnight cruises will grant everybody the beautiful opportunities to watch the sunset and the sunrise amid the extensive seascape. At night, when everything becomes quiet, only the sound of the wave, the mist, and the sea wind cover the ambiance. This is also when you all will savor the complete serenity and get real peace of mind.
#2: Kayaking in Halong Bay
One of the best activities that you should not ignore is kayaking in Halong Bay. The National Geographic magazine did vote Halong Bay as one of 25 top kayaking destinations in the world. The foreign tourists extremely enjoy kayaking to reach the hidden corners and access the small entrances. Floating on the emerald sea and through the mysterious caves, you are like the real explorers who unveil the mystery of the land.
Taking pictures while you are padding a yellow kayak with the loved one is a must to do. This records your happy time together, in the beautiful scenery, which is hard to find elsewhere. This fun workout is best for a couple, friends, and even family with kids. Groups of kayakers will have so much fun and laugh while they together paddle in Vung Vieng fishing village, Cong Dam village, etc., and begin their explorative adventures.
#3: Flying above Halong Bay on a Seaplane
The Halong Bay seaplane tours will start from Tuan Chau Island for a scenic flight over the Bay of 12 minutes, 25 minutes, or 40 minutes upon your request. There are also seaplane packages from Hanoi to Halong Bay, taking around 45-minute aerial transfer, plus 15-minute scenic flight. Sitting on a seaplane, passengers will be able to spread eyes as far as possible to grasp the panorama of the whole Bay. Then, some of you will understand why “the Bay of Descending Dragon” won the UNESCO title.
The price is the only thing that makes this premium service, not for everybody. But if you’re high-budget and want a journey of distinction and luxury, enjoy the aerial trip and the bird’s-eye sightseeing of the emerald sea and limestone towers across the entire Bay. The experience is worth every dollar and cent. The more expensive version of the aerial trip is a helicopter tour over Halong Bay. The aircraft with long blades will go round very fast for thrilling rounds and wholesome bird’s-eye view; sometimes, it stays still in the air and then moves straight upwards or downwards to excite you fantastically.
#4: Night Squid Fishing in the Fishing Villages
Halong has pristine and mysterious nature, and especially the rustic villagers who preserve the traditional fishing culture and lifestyle. In particular, people often get to Vung Vieng fishing village, Cua Van fishing village, and Ba Hang fishing village. Their daily activities cultivate the peaceful atmosphere and unique culture that only exist in Halong Bay.
Spend an evening in the fishing village, tourists will enjoy a trip on the bamboo sampan and get immersed into the serene, magnificent atmosphere, learn about the local fishing culture and how to row, etc. Furthermore, the exciting experience that most people enjoy is to go squid fishing with the fishermen, and then enjoy the squid dishes on the spot.
#5: Panoramic Riding with Halong Queen Cable Car
It is exciting to admire the spectacular Bay with Queen Cable Car, which connects Bai Chay Beach and Ba Deo Mountain (Hon Gai Island). The ride over the World Heritage Site is highly memorable as that amazing scenery is unique and eye-catching from almost every dimension. The Queen Cable Car was designed with the counseling and design of the two world-known architects: Doppelmayr and Garaventa. It is 2.222m long, with 2 towers. Outstanding and different, this construction only includes duplex cabins, with the transportation speed of 2.000 passengers/hour. Halong Queen Cable Car received two Guinness World Records: 1) the cabin with the largest capacity in the world (230 passengers/cabin) and 2) the cable car with the tallest tower from the ground level (T1 pivot is 188.88m high).
The Queen Cable Car is Asia’s first reversible gondola system with a duplex cabin, which won 02 Guinness World Records that you should always experience the service quality. More than everything, the panorama of the entire Halong Bay from the cable car view is astonishingly gorgeous. The ride across the UNESCO Bay by the cable car is the unique activity in 5 best things to do in Ha Long Bay that you can only have here.
Others might list more than 20 activities to do in Halong Bay, but make sure to engage yourself with these top five that provide settings for swimming, scuba diving, cycling, cave discovery, eating seafood, and more. Even the simple sunbathing on either the sundeck or the wild beach is enjoyable. The Bay of fantasy can beautify a page of your travel stories that you’re proud to tell about your voyages in Halong Bay.
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