Famed for its towering limestone islands, jungle strewn cliff faces, misty mountains, and emerald waters; Halong Bay is one of Vietnam’s most treasured natural assets.
The Halong Bay region, now appointed with World Heritage site status, has twice been recognised by UNESCO for its impressive scenery as well as the significance of its ecosystem. Halong Bay is home to dozens of ancient caves and grottoes, rare coral reefs, thousands of species of marine creatures, and some of Vietnam’s most pristine beaches.
Historically, Halong Bay and its people have survived and thrived on their rich marine life- fishing having been the primary source of income for most. Thousands of indigenous people (and very often, their dogs) lived, worked, and enjoyed their days in the floating villages dotted throughout Halong Bay’s waters. Children were educated in floating schools until they were old enough to begin work of their own.
Nowadays, because of Vietnam’s burgeoning tourism industry, the economy and the lifestyle here has been transformed. Yet despite the changes brought along by modern times, the deep rooted culture of Halong Bay is far from fragile.
Every year, thousands of tourists travel from all over the world for the chance to spend some time wandering through the impressive landscape. Cruising through Halong Bay has become an activity favoured by travelers who visit Vietnam, and thanks to the innovation of the local people, there are now a variety of means for travelers to explore the area.
Rowboats and kayaks meander through the waters, providing access to caves and beaches that are too remote to be reached by a cruise boat. Locals welcome visitors onto rafts, and into the houses that make up Halong Bay’s coveted floating villages. Fishermen encourage travelers to gather round, and learn how to weave nets and catch fish in the traditional way.
Yes, it is easy to say that it’s the stunning islands, the misty mornings, the beautiful beaches, or the blazing sunsets are what make Halong Bay so special, but in reality- there is so much more.
Cruises Visiting Halong Bay