A short trip east of Hanoi lies ones of Vietnam’s real wonders; Halong Bay. The name translates as “dragon descending” and the area is steeped in mystery, myth and legend.
Comprising spectacular limestone karsts, cliffs, arches and coves, this coastal landscape is one of the most memorable sights in Vietnam. The bay encompasses 1,500 sq kilometres and is dotted with well over 3,000 limestone islands and islets.
It is possible to explore the coast on day trips or stay overnight onboard some of the traditional Chinese-style junk boats. Excellent seafood is the culinary speciality here. With well-equipped cabins to ensure comfort whilst cruising around the spectacular scenery, a trip to this region is highly recommended.
Safety onboard the junks is most important to us, which is why we only use junks operated by reputable operators with unblemished safety records. We insist on seeing the full safety plan before booking a new boat. Beyond that, we suggest that it is worth thinking about a smaller boat which gets away from the main route in search of less crowded waters. The Indochina Red Dragon company does this extremely well.
Favourite Vietnam Holiday Ideas:
Cambodia & Vietnam via Mekong
Watch the scenery change as you travel from Cambodia to Vietnam along the Mekong River. Magical.
Countryside, Caves & Beach
Take a train through Vietnam's countryside to discover some of the country's lesser-explored natural highlights.
The ideal introduction to Vietnam, insider tours of the main highlights packed with our immersive experiences and off-the-beaten-track extras.
Explore & Relax in Northern Vietnam
Discover the scenery and culture of Northern Vietnam, staying in boutique accommodation in serene locations.
Luxury, Boutique & Beach
Absorb Vietnam with in-depth experiences, top-notch hotels and plenty of relaxation time at the beach.
Vietnam with a Culinary Twist
As well as being delicious, Vietnamese food provides an excellent historical narrative for a holiday.