Ha Long Bay has long been a popular destination for travelers in Vietnam and for good reason. This breathtaking UNESCO world heritage site recently received the auspicious honor of being named one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World. If this does not make you want to visit the breathtaking cliffs, then we don’t know what will.
Getting to Ha Long Bay takes quite a long time, so prepare for that, and make sure you stay a few days at least.
The best way to experience this incredible island, is to stay on a boat cruise. There are many options, depending on what you want out of your adventure. If you want to party, then the party boat is the one you absolutely must choose, but be warned, it can get wild and crazy. If you want to enjoy, laze in the sunshine and enjoy water sports then there are options for you too.
Most Halong Bay cruises will offer kayaking. Paddling around the cliffs allows you to experience the limestone towers from a completely different angle: up close, at sea level. You can even hike up to them and walk around inside. We recommend doing this. For more experienced kayakers, there are also kayak-only trips. These trips are run by a handful of operators based in nearby Lan Ha Bay (off Cat Ba Island) rather than Halong Bay itself. Full-day kayaking trips from Cat Ba Island cost between US$25 and US$30 per person.