Ten famous DRAGONs in Vietnam

1. Thang Long capital

Thang Long means “Flying Dragon”, is the name of the capital of Vietnam in Ly, Tran, Le, Mac, Later Le Dynasty, from 1010 to 1788. Now, it’s called Hanoi and just turned 1000 years old on 2010.


Thang Long Capital

2. Cuu Long river

Cuu Long is the common name of 9 distributaries of Mekong River flowing through southern Vietnam. It’s also the name of the biggest delta of Vietnam.


Cuu Long River

3. Ha Long Bay

Halong Bay is named after an old tale. It’ said that, once upon a time, where the very first Viet people built up the county and was threaten by enemies. To help Viet people fight against enemies, God had sent Dragons down to earth to do the missions. After defeating the enemies, the Dragons stayed on Earth where is called Ha Long (descending dragons) and becomes one of the most enchanted place in Vietnam.


Ha Long Bay

4. Bai Tu Long Bay

On the same tale, Bai Tu Long is where Little Dragons stayed on Earth. Their tails thrashed and formed Bach Long Vi Island. Known as a part of Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay also attracts foreign tourists to visit and relax.


Bai Tu Long Bay

5. Bach Long Vi Island

Bach Long Vi – “dragon’s tail thrashed white water” is an island located in Hai Phong. It has an important part in expanding territorial waters and demarcation of the Tonkin Gulf.


Hanoi people referred to as “Dragon Bridge”, one of the symbols of the capital. This is the first steel bridge across the Red River in Hanoi, designed by the renowned architect Gustave Eiffel France French from 1899 to 1902. It’s 1,862 meters long and was one of the world’s major bridges at that time.


7. Nha Rong Landing

Ben Nha Rong (Saigon River confluence, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City) is home on 6/5/1911, patriotic young man Nguyen Tat Thanh began the journey for national salvation. With “two dragons flanking the moon” a very unique Asian architecture, it was a major trading port built by the French in 1863.


Nha Rong Landing

8. Ham Rong Bridge

Across the Ma River and located 4 kilometers to the North of Thanh Hoa City, Ham Rong Bridge is a very famous in Vietnam War. It’s built by the French in 1904 and was heavily damaged in war. However, it’s rebuilt and considered as a symbol of strong will of Thanh Hoa people.


Ham Rong Bridge 

 9. Ham Rong Mountain

Ham Rong is one of mountains located in majestic Hoang Lien Son mountain range. The shapes of Ham Rong Mt. show the image of a dragon heading up to sky. Located not far from Sapa (Lao Cai), Ham Rong Mt. becomes a beautiful spot for who likes natural scenery, cool and fresh air.


Ham Rong Mountain

10. Long Hai Beach

Known as blue dragon, Long Hai Beach is famous for long coast and blue water. The distinguish part of the beach is rocky cliff reaching out, dealing with the maniac waves…


Long Hai Beach

Based on http://yeudulich.vn/Chi-Tiet-Tin/14/2194/10_dia_danh_Rong_noi_tieng_nhat_Viet_Nam.html


14 kilometers south from Bai Chay Beach, Luon Cave is located in Bo Hon Island in the centre of Halong Bay. Near the cave have Sung Sot Grotto (Surprising Grotto), one of the finest and widest grottoes of Hạ Long Bay, along with Ti Top Beach, Me Cung Cave (Maze Cave) and Bo Nau Grotto. Here the cliffs stretch vertically beyond the pure blue and smooth sea. At the water level, a curved entrance leads to the cave, just at the base of the island.

Passing through the entrance of Luon Cave, there appears a peaceful one-square-kilometer round lake formed by a closed group of lime-stone mountains and luxuriant trees. At the bottom of the cliff are many oysters shells, and on the cliff, monkeys run in groups, fern trees shade the landscape and many orchids hang their sweet-scented flowers.

111<Luon Cave from the outside>

One of the most fascinating in Luon Cave is its surprising terrain. Luon Cave is about 60 meters long and 4 meters wide. Height of the ceiling ranges from 2.5 – 4 meters depending on tidal level. Therefore, it only can be accessed by small boat or kayak.

01<Kayaking in Luon Cave>

Alone on a boat, or kayak, visitors will discover the emotions which are never experienced while creeping through the cave. All will see the beauty of the coral reefs, the tiny fish swimming around more freely and also numerous species of marine animals: shrimp, fish, crab and squid. At times when tidal level rises, the ceiling of the cave is low down that hundreds of lime-stone drop near the head. In order to pass through, lying down on the boat or leaning on the ceiling will be an unforgettable experience for each tourist.

How to get around Halong Bay?


For those not traveling in a tour bus and those daring to venture out far, finding their own way around Halong Bay can be intimidating. You no need to worry too much since Halong Bay has many ways to support you moving around town.


Taxi is highly recommended for long distance traveling such as to the pier or to airport. If you are lucky enough to meet some drivers can speak English, he might be able to give the tourists some travel tips or a good story about the bay.

The fare is reasonable also, usually around 14,000 VND (about $0.7 USD) per milometer. There are many options of taxi suppliers, but tourists should choose well-known companies such as Mai Linh Taxi, Ha Long Taxi, and Mong Cai Taxi. These firms have many different types of cab with a visible taximeter that would please any customer. You can always ask the hotel receptionist to call one for you.

Rental car/motorbike

For tourists who prefer private transportation for flexibility at low cost, you can consider rental motorbike or rental car. These rental vehicles are available at various locations in the city, but tourists are recommended to lease cars or motorbikes at their hotels. The price is various based on distances, time, and kind of vehicles, but generally it is only VND 60,000 – 100,000 ($3 – 5) a day for motorbike, and VND 800,000 – 1,200,000 ($ 40 -60) a day for a car.


November Weather in Halong Bay

November is the pleasant time to enjoy your suite life on the cruise in Halong Bay.

Dry season runs from November to April in the north of Vietnam and November is considered as the first month of winter in Vietnam. No more worry about storm or get any summer rainfall as July or August was. The average day in November is affected by foggy conditions on less than 1 day so if you’re lucky enough, you will have an early morning haze in Halong Bay. Mostly, the weather is always perfect for relaxing on the cruise with blue sky, sunshine and pleasantly windy.  

Halong Bay will still be warm in November but you do need to pack your sweater even you won’t use it much.

And as always, remember to check the weather in Ha Long Bay in November before you book your holiday. This gives the best indication of the weather in November and includes figures for temperature, sunshine and rainfall, check it out!