The image of Ha Long Bay is one that imprints in the memory of all those who visit. The towering karsts with their wild patches of vegetation seem almost as if they have landed in the calm blue waters from another land. The otherworldly beauty is one that will fill you with awe for the work of nature.
A corner of Halong Bay
The three bays of Ha Long, Lan Ha and Bai Tu Long stretch along the north-west coast and manage to cram some of the most magnificent scenery in the whole country into a relatively small space. The thousands of islands and islets in the area range from thin tall columns which rise vertically out of the water to the larger inhabited islands, and each one has its own unique charm. Many of the islands are named after the scenes or objects they depict such as Elephant Island, Stone Dog Islet or Teapot Islet.
Trong Mai islets
The skies of Ha Long, Lan Ha and Bai Tu Long Bay are equally as dramatic as the scenery. Viewing the sun rise up from behind the shadowy karsts whilst casting a golden glow on the water is truly magical. Depending on the season, during the day, the sky ranges from a vivid blue to an atmospheric misty grey. Sunset over the bay is equally as beautiful as the sunrise, with the sky set ablaze with colour changing from dusty pink to dark indigo.
Sung Sot (Surprise Grotto)
A large portion of Ha Long and the surrounding bays' natural beauty is hidden inside the rock the face. As well as creating the maze of limestone peaks, the erosion of the sea has left behind some incredible caves and grottoes. The soaring cliff faces open up into caverns dripping with amazing rock formations some of which can be explored on foot such as Sung Sot (Amazing) Cave or Thien Cung Cave (Paradise Cave) and others which can only be reached by kayak like Luon Cave.