HA LONG BAY
Halong, which translates to "where the dragon sinks into the sea," is a mythical location steeped in local legend. According to legend, the Jade Emperor summoned a family of dragons from the heavens in order to repel an approaching invasion. Over 1,900 beautiful limestone outcrops were born as a result of the dragons' raining down of thousands of emerald gemstones upon the bay, which erupted brilliantly from the placid waters of the Gulf of Tonkin.
There are hundreds of boat and cruise operators, here are a sample of our top picks.
The Orchid Premium: Orchid Cruise offers a cruise experience which combines the bay's magnificent scenery with a taste of Vietnam's rich traditional culture, while ensuring all the amenities and services discerning travellers expect. Available for Full Day, 1N and 2N itineraries or full charter.
The Au Co: The steel-hulled Au Co offers smooth sailing through Halong and Lan Ha bays. Retrace the steps of colonial-era explorers in vintage style aboard this 32-cabin ship, visiting hidden beaches, forested islands, and gorgeous sea lakes.
Best time to visit Halong Bay: The months between September – November and March – May are ideal for a trip to Halong Bay. The dry climate and pleasant temperature will enable you to enjoy all activities offered on board while making sightseeing perfect.