All travelers to Vietnam confirm that “Halong Bay is a great destination that just has to be on your itinerary when visiting Vietnam”. You just cannot find another place on Earth with such majestic scenery.
In Halong Bay, travelers can see stunning scenery and enjoy many interesting experiences. The famous travel blog, the Globe Wanders, recommends their Top 5 Things to do in Halong Bay.
1. Explore Sung Sot & Dau Go Caves
Also known as ‘The Amazing Caves‘, Sung Sot & Dau Go Caves are a must see in Halong Bay. These caves are vast and truly beautiful, and you’ll feel like you’re stepping to heaven. Both have many unique rock formations that can’t be found in anywhere on the earth. In 2012, the Surprise Cave was selected by the Czech Association of Travel Brokers and Offices as one of the top 10 most beautiful caves in the world.
2. Spend a Night on a Junk Boat
Besides the stunning scenery, Halong Bay has a lot of interesting and unique experiences. Taking a cruise around Halong Bay on a boat is a joy for all travelers to this beautiful bay. Experience an exciting night on the water on a Halong cruise. Travelers can partake in kayaking, swimming on the clear beaches, and watching the sunset. Tai Chi morning exercise and squid fishing at night are also lots of fun. Travelers can also visit famous attractions such as Surprise Cave, Thien Cung Cave, Thien Canh Son Cave, TiTop Island, Bai Tu Long Bay, pristine islands and fishing villages on Halong Bay.
There are various types of boat available in Halong Bay, from high quality cruisers to diesel-powered junks. Of course, the cost of the junks are much less expensive in comparison with the cruisers..
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3. Kayak Around the Islands
Kayaking is a great activity while visiting Halong Bay, and is the perfect way to explore the hidden corners of the bay for active travelers. Many rocky islands and islets with various shapes, emerge from the tranquil waters. Paddle through islets; visit hidden caves, lagoons, unspoiled beaches and floating fishing villages.
Most junk boat and luxury cruisers will carry kayaks, or they’ll have a drop off point where you can hire them out yourself. When kayaking, you must follow the tour guide; it is risky to do by yourself without guidance or instruction. The tour guide will help you use the paddle and guide you to the safe areas. You should prepare suitable clothes: T-shirts and shorts or swimming suits summer; warm clothes in winter; wet shoes, a hat, and sunglasses etc. Also bring suncream, a dry bag for storing your phone or camera and some insect repellent.
4. Visit a Floating Village
Floating villages are a common sight in Halong Bay. They are home to many Vietnamese who spend their lives on the sea. You will be captivated by the lives of the fishermen, whose lives revolve around the bounty of the sea, and they are a simple but happy people. A lot of junk boats and luxury cruisers will anchor near a floating market or village so that you can take the opportunity to visit. The most popular floating villages are Vung Vieng Village (Bai Tu Long Bay), Cua Van Village and Ba Hang Village,…
On your voyage around the bay, you will have the opportunity to feel the tranquility of the village, take part in everyday fishing life with the locals and sample some of the delicious flavors of freshly caught seafood. This is a perfect experience for any keen photographer who wants to capture the most authentic images of the people and natural scenery of Vietnam.
5. Climb to the Lookout on Ti Top Island
Titop Island is one of the most popular islands for tourists, and has become a ‘must visit’ destination for travelers seeking to explore the wild beauty of the region. Titop Island contains a unique and fascinating landscape that can be compared to hovering over a small moon.
You can trek to the top of the mountain to see the impressive vista below. And from above, the wonders of the world Halong Bay are laid out below in a captivating canvas with thousands of limestone karst islands and islets.
At a height of over 100m, the road to the top of mountain consists of many stone steps bordered by plants, trees and wildlife. They are also a number of stops along the ascent where you can admire the bay from different heights. Do not forget to bring a camera or phone, as you will regret if you can’t capture the amazing scenery.