Ha Long Bay has become one of the most well-known travel destinations in Northern Vietnam. There are several options for those who wish to explore the famous Ha Long Bay, of which going on a cruise tour around the bay offers the most convenient way to fully take in its magnificent natural beauty, including the limestone mountains, the caves, the islands and everything else present in between the tranquil waters.
A summer with blue oceans and white sandy beaches would not be complete without some outdoor activities. That is why these days most cruise operators offer a wide range of recreational activities so cruise passengers, especially the young ones, could be active during the trips and enjoy all the healthy excursions.
Below are several of the most popular recreational activities in Ha Long Bay:
Kayaking could be taken as one of the must-try experiences in Ha Long Bay. Rowing the kayak on the tranquil waters and go discovering the natural caves which can’t be accessed by the big ships is a great experience to behold. Cruisers often provide free kayak for passengers onboard; however, it would be a good idea to book the kayak in advance in case their supply is limited.
What is a summer vacation without swimming right? The cruise itineraries usually include a stop at a beach for a few hours. Or, when your ship anchors, you could always jump right into the open ocean for a swim.
Biking activity is often included in three day cruise itineraries (for example: the Au Co cruise or the Bhaya 3 day cruise) or itineraries that visit Cat Ba Island. On the biking path, passengers will have the chance to look at the rugged natural scenery of Cat Ba, enjoy the refreshing air and visit Cat Ba National Park with a great variety of plant and animal species.
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!
Along 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?