Halong Bay is a body of water of approximately 1,500 square kilometres in north Vietnam with a 120 kilometre coastline, in the Gulf of Tonkin Gulf of Tonkin near the border with China, and 170 kilometres east of Hanoi. Ha Long Bay – means “Bay of the Descending Dragon” in the Vietnamese language.
The bay consists of a dense cluster of 3000 limestone monolithic islands, each topped with thick jungle vegetation, which rise spectacularly from the ocean. Several of the islands are hollow, with enormous caves. Hang Dau Go (Wooden Stakes Cave) is the largest grotto in the Halong area.
We did a two day one night cruise on Halong Bay. Read about it in Mrs. Wombats post.
Wombats comments on Halong Bay
1 = bad 10 =good
Based on an overnight stay on the junk.
Accommodation where we stayed: 8 out of 10
Ease of using local transport: N/A
Atmosphere of Halong Bay itself: 10 out of 10
General cleanliness: 8 out of 10
Locals friendliness: N/A
Ability to be understood by locals: N/A
Foods varieties on cruise: 6 out of 10
Restaurants and eateries: N/A
Comments: A hard tiring bus trip there and back. Once on board the “Fantasea” cruise junk the shore and hustle is a long way behind. Could do without some of the “Add ons” such as climbing caves and hills to lookouts. OK if you are young and fit. And the idea of “Please go into saloon and wait” whilst they come alongside everywhere is ridiculous, doesn’t give you the opportunity of seeing places. I guess that is their version of OH&S.
Overall: We would return.