The different charm of Halong Bay in winter and summer

While Halong Bay is often known by its sunny and sparkling image of a summer destination, the scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage Site in winter contains a totally different charm that stole the heart of many tourists around the world. This is the reason why Halong Bay attracts tourists year-round, no matter what season and weather it is.

Halong Bay in summerWhen researching to plan a Halong Bay trip, it is common that you are advised to travel in warm season to relish the scenery to the fullest. Halong Bay sparkles in the summer, with an intimate view of lush greenery and an ethereal yet unique charm created by nature. The destination will bring you such a typical summer vacation: sunshine, sea, sandy beach, cocktail on sundeck, tanning under the sun. But Halong Bay wouldn’t allow you to be that lazy. It’s summer time, it’s time for sport! Go out of the cruise for a kayak tour on water, or prepare yourself to be an explorer for a biking in Cat Ba Island. While enjoying the scene, sunbathing on a cruise’s sundeck and swimming in the water is something you will not want to miss. The World Heritage presents its most stunning view to you, which provides such a sweet escape from the winter on the other side of the Earth at the same time.

Sometimes it rains in the summer, but don’t worry because it usually doesn’t last long. After 15 minutes, weather will give you back the sun and the fun.

Bhaya Classic Cruises in Halong BayMeanwhile, other travelers who are seeking a more unique experience in Vietnam might find it interesting to visit the Bay in winter. Most of the time, the extreme heat and humidity of Vietnam North in the summer tire out Western tourists on their visit to Halong Bay as they are often exposed to the sun and do a lot of physical activities. Winter may provide a totally different experience as the chilling weather keep you away from sweat and sticky clothes. Most Western tourists find it more comfortable traveling in winter.

Worry about the gloomy sea may let you down? You will have to change your mind when floating on a lightly foggy sea among enormous limestone and karsts, which gives off a fairytale-like feeling. Halong Bay turns into a mystical princess once the winter comes. “It feels like being lost in the enormousness of nature, which put you in another world separated from your daily life. Such a breath-taking experience!” – said one tourist, who just finished his cocktail on the cruise’s sundeck.

Even in winter, never leave Halong without immersing yourself on a luxury cruises. The legendary sunset and sunrise of the bay is covered in a mystery background that proves why it ranks among the top destination in Asia. Usually, the Bay is less crowded in this season. You will have the nature for yourself (well, other tourists on your cruise as well), revel in it, and live it to the fullest.

Bhaya Classic Cruises sundeck in Halong BayIf you’re visiting Halong in winter, don’t ever miss some trademark activity of the area like kayaking and biking in Cat Ba Island. Remember to bring some extra warm clothes as the weather outside will get chill and moisture cream to fight against the dryness. Kayaking in Halong Bay is safe in general, but you should still take double cautious in foggy weather and ensure to have all the safety equipment with you.

Another pleasure you may only find in winter is to enjoy a cup of hot coffee or tea on the cruise’s sundeck. Let the flow warm you up inside in a relaxing afternoon after a long day of exciting activities on water.

If you are planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Halong Bay in winter after reading this entry, I’m glad you have made the right decision. There are 2 months left until the summer heat visits the water of Halong Bay. Don’t waste your time!

An Introduction to Bai Tu Long Bay and Quan Lan Island

Bai Tu Long Bay - bhayacruises.com

Bai Tu Long bay (Bái Tử Long) is located east of Halong bay and definitely as breathtaking as its well-known neighbor. Bai Tu Long is getting more and more popular among visitors wanting something newer and quieter than the overly touristic Halong bay. These days there are a lot of Halong cruises that include Bai Tu Long bay as a fixed destination during their cruising itineraries in response to the growing demand from tourists.

Bai Tu Long bay offers the same impressive scenery of sea and islands as Halong bay, but more pristine and less crowded. Visitors who love adventure and nature should probably start with Bai Tu Long Park. The area of thick jungles is protected and secured by the Government with some of Vietnam’s endangered species of birds and animals. With luck, you might see some of them with your own eyes!

Quan Lan island - Bhayacruises.comAlong with Bai Tu Long, Quan Lan Island also grows much more popular recently for its three beautiful beaches of white sand and blue water. For Quan Lan or Bai Tu Long or Halong bay, the best time to visit is during Summer or early Autumn, which often lasts from May to October.

During old times, Quan Lan was a major trading port between Vietnam and China. You will see the ruins of the old Van Don Trading Port if going to the northern part of the island. Another unique feature of Quan Lan is their red Tuk-Tuk vehicle mainly used for transporting tourists from the harbors into the island center. Riding on the Tuk-Tuk can be described as an adventure for most tourists as well.

As the Bai Tu Long area is only opened for tourism in recent years, there are still many places to visit and sites to explore. Why not planning your Bai Tu Long bay cruise today and be among the first people who could set your eyes on what other unspoiled wonders that this magnificent place has to offer?

Author: Bhayacruises.com