Located in the North of Vietnam’s East Sea, 165 km east from Hanoi. Halong Bay is one of the country’s most famous tourist attractions and was listed by UNESCO a World Natural Heritage, an area of outstanding nature beauty. Halong Bay covers an area of 1.500 square kilometers. Among many pleasant beaches, along its winding coast line is Bai Chay in Halong City and the peaceful coves of Cat Ba Island. The marine reserve in the bay is flourishing and offers great potential for kayaking.
The bay is the filled with thousands of islets of all shapes and sizes. A wide variety of birds and animals including bantams, monkeys and iguanas live on the islands. Pearl and coral is also exploited in some areas. With its spectacular beauty, Halong Bay is a wonderful destination. Tourists who visit Halong Bay at any time of the year are always enthralled.
From Hanoi, a scenic 3-hour drive through the Red River Delta leads you to Hanoi. In the famed Halong Bay, the sublime beauty of magnificent limestone formations rising dramatically from the waters is best experienced on a boat cruise. Every day, the Emeraude Cruise journeys through one of the world's most dazzling natural wonders that is Halong Bay. Named for a cruising vessel that plied these waters between 1906 and 1937, the Emeraude aspires to the magnificence of the bay itself. Its air-conditioned cabins, en suite bathrooms and award-winning cuisine set the stage for the voyage of a lifetime. Visiting the most famous Vietnamese World Heritage Site with Paradise Cruises is one of the highlights of Vietnam thanks to our high-quality facilities and accommodation. The architecture of our vessels draws its inspiration from the traditional Halong Bay junks. Indochina Sails has set a new standard for luxury cruising. The first company to offer overnight cruises on the bay, we are now widely known as the number one choice for discerning travellers. Our fleets of six wooden junks are designed in traditional style, with contemporary and luxurious cabins and facilities. What better way to experience the natural beauty and spectacular seascape than on board an Indochina Sails junk. The Halong Ginger, Halong Jasmine and Halong Violet, like the plants they were named after, are perfectly suited to the environment. With its golden sails, polished woodwork and refined Asian decor, private dock & waiting lounge, and longer cruising loops, Cruise Halong truly offers an unforgettable ambiance of relaxed elegance. The Indochina Junks, Red Dragon’s, Lagoon Explorer, Prince and Princess are designed to accommodate both romantic getaways for honeymooners, and to provide a relaxed and fun-filled atmosphere with all the amenities for families and small groups. The size of our vessels allows you to get much closer to Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay’s natural wonders, pocket lagoons and small fishing communities.
Halong Bay – Attractions
Situated in the north of Dau Go Island, Thien Cung is one of the most charming grottos in Halong Bay. Its structure is a complex with different levels and chambers, which contain richly ornamented stalactites and stalagmites formed millions of years ago. Come to Thien Cung grotto, visitors can enjoy interesting stories about the shapes of the stalactites and stalagmites closely connected to the Ha Long Bay legend of King Dragon.
Located on Dau Go Island, 300m away from Thien Cung grotto, it covers 5,000sq meters and is divided into three chambers. It’s called “Dau Go”, an ancient name, meaning “Wooden Stake”. The attractive and significant beauty of the cave is its ancient and mossy appearance. The first vaulted chamber is a large hollow, resembling a beautiful opera chamber, with a harmonious combination of paintings and sculptures. The middle and rear chambers of the cave are full of many blocks of pure stalactites blazed and reflected in the numberless coloured rays of the special lighting.
Sung Sot is situated on Bo Hon Island where there is a group of caves, 15km away Bai Chay wharf. Boasting as the most beautiful grotto in Ha Long Bay, Sung Sot covers 10,000sq meters and is divided into three chambers. Each chamber has its own beauty which surprises visitors, especially the third chamber, which suddenly widens into a large, curved, vault like, monumental palace. In the “Ha Long Tourism” book published in 1938 by the French, it was referred to as “Surprise Cave” - “Grotto de Surprise”.
Cat Ba Island
Cat Ba National Park is located on Cat Ba Island, 150 km east of Hanoi. The park covers approximately 200 km2, two thirds of which consists of a forested zone and one third, a marine zone. The island is home to over 600 kinds of plants including Bang, Goi Nep, Sang Le, and Kim Giao trees. The fauna living on the island is also diverse; the island is home to rare wild white-headed langur, deer, and macaques, to name a few. Cat Ba marine reserves comprise sea turtles, lobster, coral, oysters, and dolphins.