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Islands of Ha Long Bay

Listed under Islands in Ha Long, Vietnam.

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Recommended by Mike Lyvers: Almost two thousand jungle capped wedges of limestone monolith make up this island group in Vietnam’s Halong Bay near the mouth of the Dang River. The islands form a labyrinth of rock knives sticking out of the bay and many have been hollowed out by the ocean over time and now have interiors crenulated with caves and tunnels containing interesting rock formations.

Only two islands in the group are inhabited and provide tourist facilities, they’re also two of a dozen or so with good beaches in cliff alcoves, but beach lovers won’t have any problem finding a good beach along the long swathe of coastline that fringes Halong Bay. Under the bay's surface there are offshore coral reefs and fish and molluscs are abundant.

Floating fisherman’s villages have been tethered to several islands.

Some of the larger islands also support a range of different types of environments, there are swamp and mangrove forests in the shallows, then jungles, homes to populations of monkeys and iguanas growing precariously out of the top of the monoliths.

Halong Bay is also a place of historic significance, one of the spectacles of which is Bai Tho Mountain (Poem Mountain) into which an Emperor had engraved in huge characters an ode he had written to the beauty of the bay.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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“Ha Long Bay”

Ha Long Bay is definitely the number one attraction on any one’s list of sites to see in Vietnam. Located about 165 km East of Hanoi on the Gulf of Tonkin. It is a spectacular destination. You can book a two night, 3 day cruise from Hanoi at any… Read more...

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My favorite place in Vietnam

Halong boasts a real charm of peacefulness and natural wonder. I have been here for times with different routes and the best is really to go off-road.

The thing I like the most is paddling through floating caves and enjoy the cruise.

On the other hand, Halong is a little polluted through the effort of local to make it better.

Love it and want to go back!

Be careful when buying junket trips. They will try to sell you on upgrades offering better rooms etc. on the boats. This is a scam. When comparing notes with other travelers the prices we paid varied greatly. Bargain and shop for the best price. Definately spend the night on a junket though. The warm green water and those bright orange sails are breath taking. Don't forget to try the Pho Soup!

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How much do you think is the right amount to pay?

Around $45.00 for the overnight trip. The guys at my hotel sold us at $85.00 person claiming we would get "special" rooms. Some people paid up to $125.00. After dinner all of us backpackers got together to play cards and we compared notes. We all got a good laugh out of it. It is so worth doing. They take you out to the caves on the islands and you can kayak around the bay and check things out. It is an experience you don't want to miss.

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