Ha Long Bay, meaning "descending dragon", a magnificent scenic spot, Vietnam is located in Quang Ninh Province northeast Vietnam, is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes topped by rainforests.
Hạ Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bái Tử Long bay to the northeast, and Cát Bà islands to the southwest.
- In 1994, the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has inscribed the Hạ Long Bay in the World Heritage List and listed in the New 7 Wonders in 2012 according to its outstanding examples representing major stages of the Earth’s history and its original limestone karstic geomorphologic features.
- The climate of the bay is tropical, wet, Sea Islands, with two seasons: hot and moist summer, and dry and cold winter. The average temperature is from 15 °C- 25 °C, and annual rainfall is between 2 meters and 2.2 meters. It’s cloudy and rainy in autumn and chilly in winter.
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The best time to visit is from March to August, because during this time, tourists have the chance to shoot exotic photos with blue sky and sea as smooth as mill pond.
Halong City, Quang Ninh is 55km from Haiphong and 160km from Hanoi. It takes about 3,5-4 hours by car from Hanoi to Halong via Hai Phong or Sao Do (Hai Duong).
You can get here by helicopter every Saturday from Hanoi.