Ha Long Bay is a region in Vietnam that is a UNESCO designated Natural Wonder of the World. It is a very popular part of the country, with hundreds of tourists visiting it every year to get in touch with nature. It is at its best during the summer and fall months. Even in the winter, though, you will not find it too cold to have fun. Try to avoid visiting in the spring because fog tends to roll in across the bay at the worst possible times.
Staying in Ha Long Bay is not difficult at all, as there are many cheap hostels around the region. Try to get a hostel in close proximity to the bay itself. Not many hostels are located right next to the water, but you can try for those that are near enough to walk to and from. While spending your time at a hostel is a good idea, you should also aim to spend one night on one of the famous boats of the bay. It is cheap enough if you rent out a small bunk for the night.
The most attractive part of Ha Long Bay is the bay itself, which is a great place to sunbathe and swim. There are literally thousands of limestone formations in the bay and hidden grottos. You can visit some of these on land, while others can only be reached by swimming, kayaking, snorkelling, or diving. Cat Ba Island is an attraction just outside the main beach. The island has many beaches around it to relax on.
In Ha Long Bay, another place to visit is the floating village. Many families whose main source of income is fishing live in houses that float on the water. The fishing takes place in the homes themselves, which are surprisingly clean and well-maintained. The people in the region are among the friendliest and most humble you will ever see in Vietnam.
One last way to enjoy the end of a day in Ha Long Bay is to have dinner in one of the many limestone caves in the region. There are plenty of companies offering this dinner service in the cave. After a long day of water-based activities in the bay and the surrounding region, this is a great way to put an end to a day at the bay.
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