Halong Bay - World Natural Wonder

With its majestic and mystical beauty, Halong Bay is not only a famous tourist destination but also a pride of the Vietnamese people. Let’s explore the beauty and wonderful experiences here. 


Halong Bay is located in Quang Ninh Province, about 170 km northeast of the capital city of Hanoi. With a large area of ​​approximately 1,553 km² and nearly 2,000 islands of all sizes, Halong Bay is truly a magnificent natural wonder. The islands here are mainly limestone islands, creating a unique and captivating landscape.


The most prominent feature of Halong Bay is thousands of limestone islands with various strange shapes, creating a beautiful natural picture. Each island has its own shape and name, associated with interesting folk tales and stories.

Hon Trong Mai (Rooster and Hen Islet): This is a symbol of love between couples, with two limestone islands standing side by side, one large and one small, resembling a pair of roosters facing each other.

Hon Con Coc (Toad Islet): The shape of this island resembles a giant toad sitting overlooking the sea.

Hon Ga Choi (Fighting Cock Islet): Two large limestone islands facing each other resemble two fighting cocks, creating a unique and impressive image. 

In addition to the islands, Halong Bay also has many beautiful caves. Each cave has its own beauty and wonder, leaving visitors in awe.

  • Surprise Cave (Sung Sot Cave): True to its name, this cave makes visitors “surprised” by its beauty and grandeur. With a rich system of stalactites and stalagmites, Surprise Cave is one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay.
  • Wooden Stakes Cave (Dau Go Cave): This place is known for historical stories related to General Tran Hung Dao and the battle against the Mongol invaders. Dau Go Cave is also famous for its giant and beautiful stalactites.


In Halong Bay, tourists can participate in many exciting activities to explore and experience the beauty of this place.

  • Boat Tour: One of the best ways to explore Halong Bay is to join boat tours. You will have the opportunity to admire the panoramic view of Halong Bay, from limestone islands to mysterious caves, all amidst the clear blue water. On the boat, you can relax, take photos, and enjoy the fresh air of the sea.
  • Kayaking: If you want to explore areas that large boats cannot access, try kayaking. This is a fun and intimate activity with nature, allowing you to freely explore small islands and caves.

  • Rock Climbing: If you enjoy adventurous activities, challenge yourself with rock climbing on limestone islands. From above, you will have the opportunity to admire the panoramic view of Halong Bay with its majestic and poetic beauty.


In addition to beautiful landscapes, Halong Bay is also famous for its distinctive cuisine. Fresh seafood is a highlight of the cuisine here. You will enjoy dishes made from shrimp, crab, squid, and various types of fish, all cooked into delicious dishes, imbued with the taste of the sea.

  • Squid Sausage: This is a famous specialty of Halong Bay. Squid sausage is made from fresh squid, minced and fried crispy, with a fragrant and distinctive flavor.
  • Geoduck Clam: A special seafood, geoduck clam can be cooked into many delicious dishes such as grilled geoduck, steamed geoduck, or stir-fried with garlic, all bringing a unique and nutritious flavor.
  • Razor Clam: A rare and precious seafood, razor clam is often used to make broth for pho or steamed, stir-fried with garlic, bringing a unique and flavorful taste.


Halong Bay is not only a natural wonder but also contains many historical and cultural values. This area was once the habitat of ancient Vietnamese people, with many archaeological sites discovered. Traditional festivals and local cultural highlights are also attracting tourists.

  • Cua Ong Festival: This is a major festival held annually at Cua Ong Temple to commemorate the merits of Tran Quoc Tang, the son of General Tran Hung Dao. The festival features many cultural activities, rituals, and folk games.
  • Yen Tu Festival: Located near Halong Bay, Yen Tu is one of the largest Buddhist centers in Vietnam. The Yen Tu Festival attracts thousands of Buddhists and tourists to participate in pilgrimages, worship, and learn about Buddhist culture.


Halong Bay is a wonderful destination for those who love natural beauty, want to experience diverse tourist activities, and explore unique historical and cultural values. When visiting Halong Bay, you will admire one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world, enjoy unique cuisine, and learn about long-standing cultural values.

AVS is always honored to accompany you on every journey of exploration. We are committed to bringing you the best and most memorable travel experiences. Contact us for more details and book your tour today. We wish you exciting and meaningful trips to Halong Bay – one of Vietnam’s natural treasures.