Halong Bay – UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vietnam

The name Halong Bay also has interesting meaning. Let’s discover while Hanoi’s old name is Thang Long (Ascending Dragon), you will find out the meaning of Halong. Halong literally means Descending Dragon. And like many other Vietnamese towns’ names, Ha Long Bay also has the origin from a legend. Once upon a time, Vietnam was invaded shortly after they started building the country. Therefore, to save Vietnamese people, the Jade Emperor sent Mother Dragon and her Child Dragons down to help Vietnamese people. The dragons emitted from their mouths many pearls, which then turned into thousands of stone islands emerging in the sea like great walls stopping the invaders’ boats. These boats crashed into the islands and broke into pieces. Vietnamese won the battle thanks to the tricky battle field. After the victory, the dragons decided to stay on the bay and the pearls still remained. The location that Mother Dragon landed is then called Ha Long Bay and where Child ones descended is Bai Tu Long Bay.

Saigon Central Post Office

The annual temperature of Ha Long bay is 22.8 Celsius degree, suitable for tourists to travel all year round. 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. However, the weather is quite cloudy and rainy in autumn and chilly in winter. Especially, the period between August and October is the typhoon season.

There is plenty to explore in the 4000 square kilometer body of water, and it is easy to find peaceful places to swim, fish, or just relax without seeing another soul, yet surrounded by majestic scenery.

Despite what geologists may claim, the bay was actually created when an immense dragon plunged to Earth here before recorded history. Its mighty tail carved the great stone seabed violently before the creature flew away to the place where legends are born.

Tuan Chau Island – Heaven of Halong Bay

This fable does not seem so far fetched as you sail among thousands of limestone outcroppings, which look like so many blades thrust deep into the mist from below the sea. Many are barren, weathered and rocky. Others are cloaked in vegetation so dense that it is impossible to see the stone beneath. At dusk, they all take on mysterious shades of gray, mauve and olive.

Besides, the limestone formations are both bizarre and awesome. They are Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Cave) - 4km from the wharf outside of Ha Long City, Dau Go (Wooden Stakes Cave) – 8km south of Bai Chay, Bo Nau (Pelican Cave), Trinh Nu (Virgin Cave) – 15km south of Bai Chay, in the island range of Bo Hon, in the system comprised Sung Sot (Surprise Grotto), Dong Tien Lake and Luon Grotto, etc.

The water is warm, clean and clear, so swimming is always a pleasure here. Be prepared with swimwear and a towel. On most boats it is necessary for you to bring your own beverages, even though the crew may cook your lunch aboard. 

Apro Travel offers you various types of tour, Halong bay cruises overnight trips, including all transportation, two days of sailing on the bay, accommodations in a modest hotel and good meals. If you have an extra day, you can add a night the wildlife sanctuary on nearby Cat Ba Island.