Ha Long hotels
Ha Long General Information
Ha Long is a small city by Vietnam’s standards, with close to 200,000 people. The capital of Quang Ninh Province is an increasingly vital gateway to the People’s Republic of China and as such, is in the early phases of a phenomenal growth spurt as travel and trade between the two nations rapidly develops. Another, perhaps more conspicuous reason for Ha Long’s precipitous rise is the global interest in Vietnam as a tourist destination. International arrivals to the country have risen sharply over the last two decades after all, with Hanoi, Hue, Nha Trang and Cuc Phuong National Park among the usual tourism suspects. Ha Long just so happens to be one of the most popular targets for visitors as well, courtesy of Ha Long Bay.
Ha Long Bay, or Vinh Ha Long, is one of only two natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Vietnam. The Gulf of Tonkin wonder consists of thousands of otherworldly limestone pillars that seem to shift and transform in the mist. The spectacular seascape of Ha Long Bay is singular in Vietnam and indeed, the world. As a result, the bay lures millions to Ha Long from Hanoi, Hai Phong and other parts of Vietnam and Southeast Asia throughout the year. Aside from brilliant endemic fauna and flora, boat tours of Ha Long Bay highlight hidden grottoes, furtive caves and thriving, traditional fishing villages.
Ha Long, Vietnam
Located in the Quang Ninh province in northern Vietnam, Ha Long city and its bay are known for the Ha Long Islets (scenic rock formations). About 100 miles (161 km) east of Hanoi, this city is a popular travel destination in Asia. Whether it’s a trip to see the massive rocks jutting out of the ocean or an adventure into one of the many caves, Ha Long is an unforgettable holiday.
Ha Long Attractions
- Quan Lan Beach
- Su Tu Bien Islet
- Dau Go Cave
Ha Long Activities
- Enjoy Bai Chay Beach, an artificial beach
- Visit Ha Long Market
- See the old stone houses in the mining town of Cam Pha
- Co Ngu Restaurant
- Phuong Vi
- Kim Hang Restaurant
- Phuong Oanh Restaurant
- Thang Thuy Restaurant
Ha Long Climate
The climate of Ha Long and the bay is considered tropical and wet. Only two seasons are produced here: hot, humid summers and dry, cool winters. The temperatures seldom change and range from 59°F to 77°F (15°C to 25°C). Annual rainfall measures between 79 inches and 87 inches (2,007 mm and 2,210 mm).
Getting There & Around
Flights to the area fly to Hanoi Airport; from there, visitors take a hired car or bus to reach Ha Long. A rental is the best way, although it can be expensive. Some hotels offer transfers and pickups to the airport.
Public buses, motorbikes and taxis are available for getting about the city. Before taking a bus or taxi, however, be sure to confirm the destination and the fare.
- Blue Coast Bar
- Emeraude Café
- Casino Restaurant
- Cat Ba Resort
- Green Mango
- Ha Long Bay
- Tuan Chau Island
- Thien Cung Grotto
- Dau Go Cave
- Sung Sot Cave
- Bai Chay
- Bach Dang Festival
- Cua Ong Festival
- Long Tien Pagoda Festival
- Tra Co Festival
More Info On Climate
Halong has a tropical climate, with cool, rainy winters, hot, humid summers and temperatures between 15°C and 25°C.
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