Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, Halong Bay is a magnificent and unique masterpiece by nature with over 1,600 limestone islands and islets emerging from the blue sky. Its name means “descending of the dragon” derived from a legend of local people in a thousand years ago. Never get bored when discovering Halong because you can marvel at the various interesting shapes of the islands. A pair of chickens standing together (Trong Mai islet) or old fisherman (La Vong islet) or an eagle looking for food (Dai Bang islet), etc. are what you can imagine from imposing limestone pillars standing at the sea. The shape of mountains, islands, and the color of the water is not the only uniqueness of the beauty of this bay. That beauty is also shown in its diverse system of grottos and caves. Witnessing superb sunset or sunrise on a cruise, kayaking, swimming in the bay, or squid fishing at night are attractive activities in Halong Bay. In 1994, it was recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. At present, Halong Bay is one of the most worth-visiting destinations in Vietnam.
The best time to visit Halong Long is from March to May and from August to October with favorable weather and a relative number of tourists to avoid the crowded situation and high prices. June and July are uni deal periods of time because of frequent tropical storms.