Halong Bay is one of the amazing natural attractions located in Quang Ninh Province or in the northeast Vietnam, on the shores of Tonkin Gulf. Halong Bay is also designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1994 because it has a natural beauty that is very exotic and fascinating for anyone who visits here.
Halong Bay has an area of approximately 1,553 square kilometers where there are thousands of small islands which are mostly limestone rocks of various shapes and sizes surrounded by waters. Each island also has various plants, marine animals, birds, mangroves, fish, invertebrates and corals.
There is an island named Thien Cung Grotto which attracts many tourists to come visit. Thien Cung Grotto itself means Heaven Palace. Being on this tens of thousands of years old island, you will be amazed. How not, after climbing the ladder of natural stone and enter the cave on the island, you'll be treated to views of the illuminating light beaming various very picturesque stalactite and stalagmite forms. You can walk along this legendary cave and find a pool of water with natural water flowing from a rock pit.
To explore the Halong Bay area, you can rent a wooden boat or a so-called junk boat. There are several types of junk boat, one floor junk boat that only serves day tour and will return to Hanoi in the afternoon, with a capacity of 20 people and serves lunch on board; And two floor junk that is only used as a private cruise and has a restaurant on the second floor. Apart from the two vessels, there are also boats that had been transformed into a hotel with a variety of different cabins. But if you want to use this type of boat, you must get ready to spend a lot, which is about 500.000 IDR per night.
From Hanoi, Halong Bay is about 170 km and can be reached by land vehicles for about three hours trip. You can go directly to Pier Bay Cay to choose junk boat that you will use to down along Halong Bay. If you do not want to be bothered, you can choose package tours to Halong Bay which is usually offered by the hotel where you stay in the city of Hanoi.