Vietnam is a land of natural beauty that is increasing in popularity among tourists for its intriguing culture and stunning scenery. Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular travel destination in Quang Ninh Province, which is easily reachable from the capital of Hanoi.
Located in northern Vietnam near the Chinese border, Ha Long Bay features surrealistic scenery, which has led to the UNESCO site being featured in endless movies.
The site is easily reachable by car, minibus or bus from Hanoi, which is only 170km away.
In Hanoi, you can book on an affordable day excursion, which includes return minibus and a boat trip around the bay with lunch included.
There are more than 1,600 islets in the bay with limestone worn down by 500 million years of tropical downpours.
The islets are covered by thick jungle growth, which presents a wonderful green landscape.
Included in the boat trip is a tour of the majestic caves where you can take a hike to the top of the hill to explore inside the hollow islands.
Take a moment to enjoy the view from the top, which is much different compared with sailing in and out of the small islands.
When booking on the day excision, you also have the option to take part in an activity at an extra cost such as Kayaking or rafting.
Taking to the emerald green waters via kayak is an unforgettable experience and lots of fun.
You can explore the caves at your own leisure under the hot sun.
You will also get to see the unique fishing village which dates back to the early nineteenth century. These communities are comprised of 400 households with approximately 1,700 people living on the boats and floating wooden houses.
The communities main livelihood is fishing and agriculture. Each boat represents a separate household where one whole family lives.
However, the boats are not only a home for the families, they are a a means of transport and a source of income.
The traditional villages represent a unique feature of Vietnamese culture.
Back in the vibrant city of Hanoi, there are many affordable things to do such as exploring the old quarter, sampling the street food, strolling around Hoan Kiem Lake, and indulging in some relaxation at a top hotel. If you plan on seeing more of Vietnam, check out our post on How to See the Best of Vietnam in Less than 10 Days
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