Why Halong Bay

Why Halong Bay
Ha Long Bay (also "Halong Bay") is in northern Vietnam, 170 km east of Hanoi. The bay is famous for its scenic ocean karst topography and is often included in lists of natural wonders of the world. The Ha Long Bay archipelago is made up of 1969 islands, both settled and uninhabited. These can be accessed from various ports, though in the special case of Cat Ba you can also arrive either by car, motorbike or bus (via Haiphong) or combined bus/boat (from Hanoi via Halong City). This unique UNESCO World Heritage Site is a popular place for tourists and it is good to know that large parts of Ha Long Bay are officially protected from development. The islands vary greatly in size and shape as well as structure. Visitors might want to allow a few days to explore this magical bay as its attractions are extremely numerous.

The experience of cruising in the calm bay, seeing stunningly beautiful rock formations, kayaking to hidden lagoons and dinning in caves are unique experiences in Vietnam. And if you are not sure why you should take a cruise, here are top 9 good reasons to do so.

Reason #1: The memorable cruising experience
The cruise itself is quite an experience for a lifetime. On a wooden junk equipped with modern tools, you will visit exotic caves, fishing villages, limestone karsts and many more. Enjoy a stay in comfortable cabins and join social activities onboard including partying, cooking classes and Tai Chi exercise.

Reason #2: Great value for your money
The best reason is: a Halong bay cruise gives you more bang for your buck. The cruise package includes almost everything from seafood, lodgings, activities, entertainment and transportation between Hanoi and Halong Bay. All you have to pay for are personal expenses such as laundry, spa services, drinks or tips.  For example, from just $165, you will stay in a single cabin onboard the deluxe Dragon Pearl Junk for 2 days 1 night.  

Reason #3: A cruise have everything you need
All junks have almost everything you will need for an unforgettable experience. There is a range of drinks for you to select. Need some entertainment onboard? You can watch a movie in the indoor cinema, lounge on the sun deck, exercise at the gym, attend fitness classes, learn some cooking techniques, or enjoy a spa. If you feel like taking a swim, plunge into the bay from the sundeck!  

Reason #4: Worry free
Aboard a cruise boat, all you have to do is to relax and enjoy the World Heritage site! You do not have to worry about anything. No cooking, cleaning, navigating, selecting sightseeing places, etc. The crew and tour guide will do all of everything, and attend to your every detailed request.  

Reason #5: Food Delights
The delicious seafood meals are there waiting for you after you’ve explored caves or lagoons. Take the opportunity to enjoy a unique experience of dining in a cave in the middle of the Bay! Or taste great BBQ seafood on a private beach.
Reason #6: Wedding & Honeymoon Cruises
Halong Bay with thousands of islands and islets which are a great backdrops to host a wedding ceremony or charter a smaller boat for a great escape, just the two of you in one of the 7-New Wonder of the World.

Reason #7:
cruises are also for families with children
Halong bay itineraries have great items for children, from toddler to teen. Apart from cruising experience, children will love visiting ancient caves. Doing some kayaking for fun in hidden lagoons is fantastic. Or swim in a tranquil beach. Both parents and children will have their own choices of entertainment. The crew and tour guide are there to rely on so parents will have private time aboard the junk.  

Reason #8: Great itineraries
Halong Bay is a vast area including almost 2000 rock formations, hundreds of lagoons, caves and small private beaches. You will not have to worry about being packed in one cave or beach, as junks have a variety of choices for great itineraries. For 3 days 2 nights cruise, you will visit the adjacent Bai Tu Long Bay or Cat Ba Island.

Reason #9: For Photographers
Few places anywhere rival the extreme natural beauty and serenity of Vietnam's Halong Bay which has been a backdrop for countless movies including the Oscar-winning French epic, Indochine. Its sweeping panoramas contributed greatly to the movie's much-praised cinematography. The area is also one of the hotspot for photographers to Vietnam.

Please find below the travel review of a Halong Bay Cruises by an American Journalist which would be of your interest:

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