1 of 50 . Xep Islet

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Xep Islet

Xep Islet or Layer Islet is a huge, multi-layered, square piece of stone which looks like an Egyptian pyramid built in the middle of the Bai Tu Long Bay, Cam Pha District. ..Readmore

2 of 50 . Ngon Tay islet (or Finger islet)

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Ngon Tay islet (or Finger islet)

On the way to Titov Island, visitors see a stone rock resembling a thump jutting out of the sea. Nature has put the Ngon Tay Islet (Finger islet) here as if a call for discovery of Halong Bay. ..Readmore

3 of 50 . Yen Ngua islet (or Saddle islet)

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Yen Ngua islet (or Saddle islet)

Yen Ngua Islet, also known as Saddle Islet, is located at the heart of World Heritage Site, Ha Long Bay. The islet has a height of approximately 10 meters above sea level. The islet gains recognition for its distinct shape that resembles a large saddle rising out of the water. ..Readmore

4 of 50 . Stone Dog islet or Cho Da islet

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Stone Dog islet or Cho Da islet

Cho Da Islet has been regarded as a peaceful symbol of tourists' voyages for millions of years. It is one of the beautiful images and profound significance in Halong Bay; simultaneously, it is the impressive attraction alluring numerous tourists. ..Readmore

6 of 50 . View from stairs up to top of Ti Top Hill, Halong bay

7 of 50 . Tourist at the Ti Top beach

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Tourist at the Ti Top beach

The beach boasts pristine white sand, clear and blue water and small waves, which make it ideal for recreational activities like swimming and other sea sports. At present, there has a bar in the island which also provides swimming costumes, floats and lukewarm shower. Fresh water was carried to the island from inland. Swimming at Ti Top Beach is really enjoyable. After swimming, you can enjoy fresh sea food specialities in an ideal environment of immense sky and sunshine. ..Readmore

8 of 50 . View from stairs up to top of Ti Top Hill, Halong bay

9 of 50 . Ti Top island

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Ti Top island

Ti Top Island is located about 14 kilometers from Bai Chay to the East of Halong Bay. Ti Top Island is regarded as one of the most attractive site for both international and domestic tourists to Halong. It’s a beautiful stop of cruising on Halong Bay as well as a heaven of relaxation in Halong. Ti Top beach is in the shape of a crescent enclosing the island. It’s famous for scenic landscape with quiet atmosphere, white sand and cool water. From the top of the mountain on Ti Top Island, tourists can take a panoramic view to magnificent setting on Halong bay. ..Readmore

10 of 50 . Soi Sim beach

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Soi Sim beach

Soi Sim beach, a white sandy crescent-shaped stretch that hugs the outline of the pretty Soi Sim island. The water is shallow. Shady umbrellas abound. Relax, kick back on the beat, lying on huge beach towels. You notice the more sporty among the guests climbing up a hill on a small natural trail. Once on top, they savor the moment – a panoramic view of a world’s heritage. Definitely a photo hunt moment. ..Readmore

11 of 50 . Soi Sim island

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Soi Sim island

Soi Sim is a small island located 12km west of Halong City. Soi Sim is an earthen island 400 m away from Ti Top Island, and 9-10 km from the Tuan Chau Tourist Port. With the area of 8.7 hectare, the island with two mountain top of about 100m high above the sea level. Soi Sim Island has very special geological formation 2/3 of which covered by Feralit and soil weathered by wind, which is favourite condition for the growth of a plant species named Sim (scientific name: Rhodomyrtus tomentosa). That is the reason why the local people named this island Soi Sim. ..Readmore

15 of 50 . Cat Ba island

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Cat Ba island

Dragon-back mountain ranges mass on the horizon 20km out of Hai Phong as you approach Cat Ba Island. The island, the largest member of an archipelago sitting on the west of Ha Long Bay, boasts only one settlement of any size – Cat Ba Town, a fishing village now redefining itself as a tourist centre. The rest of the island is largely unspoilt and mostly inaccessible, with just a handful of paved roads across a landscape of enclosed valleys and shaggily forested limestone peaks, occasionally descending to lush coastal plains. In 1986 almost half the island and its adjacent waters were declared a national park in an effort to protect its diverse ecosystems, which range from offshore coral reefs and coastal mangrove swamps to tropical evergreen forest. Its value was further recognized in 2004, when the Cat Ba Archipelago was approved as an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. However, change is coming – at the time of writing, a huge resort was under construction outside Cat Ba Town, and may be the first of many. ..Readmore

16 of 50 . Kayaking in Halong bay, Vietnam

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Kayaking in Halong bay, Vietnam

This three-day trip from Hanoi combines Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island, covering all the best of this area which is known as a part of Halong bay. Unique cruising to the quiet Lan Ha Bay, climbing in Halong bay and hiking in the National Park of Cat Ba are the special highlights. If you are real explorers who dedicate to exploring the areas in a different way, this trip is surely a perfect choice. ..Readmore

17 of 50 . Bo Nau cave

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Bo Nau cave

Bo Nau Cave (Pelican Cave) is located on the southwestern Halong Bay. It's about 13 kilometers far from Bai Chay Tourist Wharf and 2-3 kilometers to the southeast of Trong Mai Islet. Story has it that in the past, that cave had been the residence of a herd of pelicans (in Vietnamese: “bo nong”). The number of pelicans is so many that they filled the cave. Therefore, the cave was named after thepelican as Bo Nau Cave (“bo nau” and “bo nong” are pronounced similarly in Vietnamese). ..Readmore

18 of 50 . Ba Trai Dao Islet

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Ba Trai Dao Islet

Ba Trai Dao Islet (Three Peaches Islet) lays near Cat Ba Island, in the territory of Halong City, Quang Ninh Province. It is far 22 kilometers from Bai Chay Tourist Wharf to the Southeast. By speedboat, it takes about an hour from Bai Chay Tourist Wharf. ..Readmore

19 of 50 . The Human Head Islet (Dau Nguoi islet)

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The Human Head Islet (Dau Nguoi islet)

Dau Nguoi Islet (Human head shaped Islet) is situated in the south of the island range of Bo Hon, Halong Bay, about 13 kilometers far from Bai Chay Tourist Wharf. It lies near Luon Grotto, Sung Sot Island and Ti Top Island.Dau Nguoi Islet is about 25 meters high. The islet is famous for its special shape of a man’s head. From a far position, it looks like the head of a Greek with a big hawkish nose and pointed chin above the water surface. Some thought that it’s like a statue of the Egyptian Sphinx. The most ideal time to gaze the islet is at the sunset. By kayaking or from the cruise, tourists will see fantastic scenery of Dau Nguoi Islet in red sunshine of late afternoon. ..Readmore

20 of 50 . Thien Cung grotto

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Thien Cung grotto

Is located in the north of Dau Go Island (Wooden Stakes Island) in the southwestern Halong Bay and about 4 kilometers from tourism wharf.. It is 25m above sea level, covering 3,000sq. meters and is divided into 3 chambers. This is one of the largest and most beautiful grottoes in Halong Bay. Its structure is complex with different levels and chambers, which contain richly ornamented stalactites and stalagmites formed millions of years ago. Visiting Thiencung Grotto, tourists can enjoy interesting stories about the shapes of the stalactites and stalagmites closely connected to the Halong Bay legend of King Dragon. Photography is permitted. ..Readmore

21 of 50 . Hon Lu Huong

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Hon Lu Huong

Dinh Huong Islet (Incense Burner Islet) is so - called Lu Huong Islet. It's located in the southwest of Dau Go Island (about 6 kilometers from Bai Chay Tourist Wharf, Halong). Dinh Huong Islet comprises only one huge stone. When the tide is low, tourists can see its four pins underneath. The islet is in the shape of an incense burner in the middle of the sea. In the majestic setting of sea and islands, Dinh Huong Islet seems like a holy symbol dedicated to national heroes who died to protect the country. Dinh Huong Islet is an outstanding site of Halong Bay that draws the attraction of several tourists coming to Halong. Nowadays, it’s easy to find the image of Dinh Huong Islet on the 200.000 VND bill. ..Readmore

22 of 50 . Con Coc Islet (Hon Coc)

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Con Coc Islet (Hon Coc)

Con Coc Islet (Toad Islet) is situated about 12 kilometers from Bai Chay tourist wharf to the Southeast of Halong Bay. It's about 9 meters high above the sea level. Viewing from a far distance, the islet looks like a big toad which is waiting for the rain at the middle of the sea. According to a story of Vietnamese people, once upon a time, the God forgot making rain and this resulted in continuing serious drought threatening the live of all species. A brave toad led a group of animals to meet the God and asked him for a rain. That toad was honored as the uncle of God. Thereafter, when the toad grinds its teeth together, it’s rain immediately. The grind of the toad has become a sign of rain and helps Vietnamese farmers forecast the weather in agriculture. ..Readmore

23 of 50 . Trong Mai islet

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Trong Mai islet

Trong Mai Islet is situated in the south-west side of Ha Long Bay, 5km from Bai Chay Wharf near to Ding Huong Islet. In a somewhat large expanse of open sea, the islet seem to grow up from the bottom of the deep emerald waters. Trong Mai Islet (rock of 'the kissing cocks') is a famous islet on Halong Bay. It has become a symbol of Halong Bay and also Vietnam's tourism. It can also be found with the name 'Ga Choi Islet'. ..Readmore

25 of 50 . Luon Cave in Bo Hon island, Halong Bay

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Luon Cave in Bo Hon island, Halong Bay

As one of appealing Halong attractions, Luon Cave is nearly 60m long and 2.5m to 4m high only depending on the tide. Therefore, it only can be accessed by small boat or kayak. Brackish water lake in the cave is surrounded by four mountain sides with the width of approximately 1 km2. Bow-shaped arch strongly attracts tourists thanks to wonderful and miraculous stalactites. Setting foot on here, tourists are seemly lost in the paradise of the sparkling and extremely eye-catching stalactites. The lake inside looks like a stadium with towering standing and circling around. There are also many beautiful ferns and orchids. It is home to the fossil freshwater shells which are the remains of ancient people's shelters and a deep valley here as well. ..Readmore

26 of 50 . Sunset in Bo Hon island

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Sunset in Bo Hon island

When it comes to beautiful islands in Halong Bay, Bo Hon Island is definitely worth mentioning. The island has not only beautiful landscapes but also has one of the largest island chain with many of Halong Bay famous caves like Sung Sot cave, Luon cave, swimming Tien Cave, Trinh Nu cave, Trong cave. These caves are famous destinations for tourists whenever they want to visit Halong Bay. Beside the magnificent cave system, Bo Hon Island takes your breath away with its series of high peaks, steep cliffs and consecutive mountains. They intertwine together, fitting perfectly into the horizon, making you feel like they are crafted by the most skillful craftsmen. ..Readmore

28 of 50 . Pen islet (But islet)

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Pen islet (But islet)

Some 30-minute boating away from the Con Cóc Islet, on the way to the Ba Trái Ðào (Three Peaches) Island, visitors see a pen bobbing (Bút Islet) in the seawaters. The Islet is close to Cat Ba Island, Halong Bay. This constitutes a monument of knowledge Mother Dragon wanted to pass down to the present-day generations. Lying adjacent to the Pen Islet is a small attractive beach. Tourists can anchor there to take a bath. ..Readmore

29 of 50 . Trong Mai islet

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Trong Mai islet

Trong Mai Islet (rock of 'the kissing cocks') is a famous islet on Halong Bay. It has become a symbol of Halong Bay and also Vietnam's tourism. It can also be found with the name 'Ga Choi Islet'. ..Readmore

31 of 50 . Cat Ba Islands

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Cat Ba Islands

Cat Ba island is in the South of Halong bay heritage. It includes 367 islands staying in unique beautiful Lan Ha bay. Cat Ba is only 30 km from Hai Phong city centre and 25 km from Ha Long city. Not at all is it a random thing when Cat Ba is also called Pearl Island (Dao Ngoc in Vietnamese). With a 70m altitude, and the post to overlook Lan Ha lagoon, Cat Ba lures tourists by its heavenly captivation. With an area of 140 km2 and population of 9000 people, it is proud to be the biggest island among the 1,969 islands in Ha Long bay. If you are considering a fresh-air and beautiful place to travel, just pack your stuff, stand up and fly to this magic land of blue Sky and Sea! ..Readmore

33 of 50 . Sung Sot cave or Surprise cave

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Sung Sot cave or Surprise cave

Sung Sot cave is the most famous cave in Halong Bay which is in the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage area. The cave was found by the French in 1901 and called as Grotte des surprises (Cave of the surprise). Sung Sot cave means Surprised Cave or Amazing Cave is on Bo Hon Island and is one of the most spectacular and largest grottoes of Ha Long Bay. The mouth of the grotto is reached by ascending about a hundred stone steps. ..Readmore

34 of 50 . Lan Ha bay

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Lan Ha bay

Discover the striking beauty of World Heritage-listed Halong Bay on this Halong Bay small group adventure tour from Hanoi. Drive through the rural villages of northern Vietnam, board a private Chinese junk and set sail through turquoise waters dotted with over 2,000 magnificent limestone islands. Explore the many karsts and enjoy a seafood buffet while taking in the bay's mystical scenery. ..Readmore

46 of 50 . The kissing rocks or Trong Mai islet

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The kissing rocks or Trong Mai islet

Trong Mai Islet is located at the southwestern Halong Bay, about 5 kilometers from Bai Chay tourist wharf. The islet is about 10 meters high above the sea level. It has the shape of a cock couple rising from the blue sea. These two huge cocks have stood by the other for thousands of years. As the story told by the locals, Trong Mai Islet represents for faithfulness of love. ..Readmore

49 of 50 . Fishing village on Lan Ha bay, Cat Ba Island, Halong bay

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Fishing village on Lan Ha bay, Cat Ba Island, Halong bay

Van Gia – Cua Van is situated at Hung Thang Commune, Halong City, 20km away from the tourist boat wharf, the fishing village lies in a calm bay surrounded by mountain. Cua Van Village has a population of 733 in 176 households. They mainly earn their livelihood by fishing. ..Readmore