Ha long Bay is a top destination in Vietnam, attracting many domestic and foreign tourists. If you are looking to explore here, please read this article to get some ideas and useful information for your trip to Ha Long Bay.
1. Spend at least one night on the Bay
If you just take a day to Ha Long Bay tour, you just feel the surface of this beautiful land. With just one day, you are visiting through several caves and then come back. But if you spend more time exploring this place, you will have a really interesting experience. Once taking a long way to come here, your trip will be worth more if you spend one or two nights on the Bay.
2. Visit Cat Ba Island
Another reason you should spend at least two nights in Ha Long Bay is that you can visit Cat Ba Island. You will have a free afternoon to wander to the Than Cong fortress, the most favorite part of the whole trip. The scenery is so spectacular! If you do not like walking, you can rent a motorbike from Hanoi to explore leisurely this charming island and spend wonderful moments on the beach.
3. Grasp the safety information on the boat
Hope that this is not a problem of the trip but make sure you know where lifejackets are placed so that you can use when necessary. And a little attention when kayaking is that do not arbitrarily change the direction!
If you get a chance, go to conquer a mountain here. The view from the mighty mountains is one of the great experiences you can not imagine to be anywhere! If you’re in Cat Ba Island and Bai Tu Long Bay, do not miss the chance to climb the rocky mountains. Such a wonderful experience you will have!
5. Talk to the tour guide
Most of the tour guides in Ha long Bay speaks English quite well. You can take this opportunity to chat with them about the lives of the Vietnamese people and locals in Ha Long Bay, from the family and education to everyday life. Certainly, you will understand a lot of things. Chatting with the locals during the journey is also a good way to learn about the new culture.
6. Cafes for watching the sea in Ha long Bay
In the top of the list is Sao Bien Café on Dang Ba Hat Street. The café has 5 floors. Although the first floor is inside a small hem of Hong Gai Ward, the 5th floor is on the hill top so that you can look in the far distance for sightseeing.
A place young people often choose is Ha long By Night. The café has 2nd floor with a layer of transparent glass doors overlooking the Cot 5 fishing wharf. To feel the smell of salty sea of Ha Long Bay, you should come to this coffee shop in the morning or late afternoon when it is busiest time of fish market.
The cafes along Bai Chay are also places you should not miss when doing Ha Long tours.
The typical features are green palm trees and colorful flower baskets hanging from the height, the white-painted wooden railings, and the small wooden tables on the porch. These coffee shops are near the seashore so if you come here on the days of big waves, you will feel like the nature is around you!
Bai Chay cafe with the orange as the dominant color or Nam Phong café playing piano according to the request of visitors are the reasons to attract a many customers to come back again.
Many people who come to Ha Long in the rainy days will suddenly sigh and then wonder why the city is so sad. But apparently, people barely know that Ha long Bay also has its own secrets.
A cafe on the top of the hill overlooking the crystal clear bay, pines breezing in the wind of the summer, the fishing village in the city appearing behind transparent glass layer of a small shop are the secret attractions of a blue Ha Long Bay, the world heritage site in Vietnam.
In conclusion, if you are wondering to visit Ha Long Bay or do not know how to prepare for the trip to the Bay, please read it and be ready for your travel. Once you take a Ha Long Bay tour, you will experience what you never have before.