If you are looking for somewhere to immerse yourself into the blue sea, take a peek into the deep blue sky and explore new cultures, as a UNESCO World Heritage, Halong will be a high consideration.

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Immerse yourself into the blue sea

Halong is a popular destination for anyone who likes to treat yourself a relaxing holiday with friends, lover or your family. This post will give you some essential tips to help you arrange a memorable trip to Halong beaches and islands.

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1. Best Halong Bay Beaches

Bai Chay Beach

Many people are often surprised to know that Bai Chay beach is an artificial beach by the beauty of the majestic beach Chay beach no less than any natural beach.

For those who have a hobby of sunbathing or playing sand, Bai Chay becomes the most ideal as the sand here is 500 meters long and 100 meters wide.

Close to the edge of the bay is the green color of the casuarina in the exposed white of the long sand strip, creating a feeling of peace and relaxation. This is really a place for you to sit back and enjoy the sunshine in the bay or stroll along the long sandy beach.

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The edge of the bay is the green color of the wind of the casuarina in the exposed white of the long sand strip

An equally attractive location when visiting Bai Chay tourist area is Halong night market. Here visitors can freely choose typical souvenirs of the bay such as wind bells from shells, shells, bay pictures and especially coal art. The market started meeting in the afternoon when the sun was out and the bay was up.

The next place is Bai Chay Bridge, where you can throw all the worries and worries of life. The Bai Chay Cable Bridge stands there proudly, demonstrating the development of Halong Bay area. 1.106 meters long with 5 spans connected Hon Gai and Bai Chay – two parts of Halong city through Cua Luc estuary.

Bai Chay Bridge – Halong at night is a scene that anyone can be passionate about. At night, every scene is like a poem, romantic than ever.

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Bai Chay Bridge – Halong at night is a scene that anyone can be passionate about.

Tuan Chau Beach

Tuan Chau Beach, which is considered one of the most beautiful beaches of Halong City, is located on Tuan Chau Island. About 7 kilometers from the tourist port, this is an artificial beach with a 2-kilometer long sand strip and clear blue sea making Tuan Chau be attractive to the tourists.

Tuan Chau is considered as one of the best beaches in Halong Bay

Going to Tuan Chau, visitors can not only swim but also enjoy scenes and join in the activities of sports such as climbing or camping in the pine hill. Circus performance by dolphins and sea lions is the must-see.

Water dance is really unforgettable experience that visitors must try

The most highlight in Tuan Chau that many tourists love so far is water music. Being present right from the early days of forming Tuan Chau entertainment area, artistic water music performances are smooth coordination between melodies at the low and falling times and images. This “Water dance” will definitely make you “run out of battery” because of shooting videos and taking pictures!

Note: to get in Tuan Chau beach, you have to buy the ticket about 40.000 – 50.000 VND

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2. Best Halong Bay Islands

Titop Island

Titop Island located in Halong Bay, about 7-8 kilometers southeast of Bai Chay Tourist Area.

Looking from the top of the island, Titop has a shape that looks like a moon gently embracing the entire island between the immense sea. The beauty of Titop is white sandbank not very large but often washed up by tidal water, so it has a pristine beauty.

Surrounded by rocky mountains and forests of green trees covering the sea, one side is the color of mountains, the other is the color of the ocean’s carpet, Titop Island brings in the harmony Creator’sreator hand.

From the top of Titop Island, you can take the whole view of Halong insight. Don’t forget to take a really fancy photo here.

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Halong Bay in the sunset from the view of top Titop is absolutely beautiful and photographic  

In particular, Titop allows visitors to stay overnight. Enjoying the cool air when the ear is whispering waves will surely be an unforgettable memory.

Cat Ba Island

Arriving Cat Ba Island, you would love to jump right in the sea as this island has some of the most beautiful beaches in the north of Vietnam. The famous Cat Co 1, Cat Co 2 and Cat Co 3 beaches are located near the center. In particular, Cat Co 2 beach is the most beautiful with a sandy beach and clear blue water stretching to the horizon.

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Cat Co 2 beach is the most beautiful with a sandy beach and clear blue water

You can also visit Cai Beo ancient fishing village. This is one of the oldest fishing villages in Vietnam. Here, you can admire the peaceful life of the fishing village. Ideally, you should choose a fishing village tour with a guide, to hear the introduction and the history of this fishing village.

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In addition, there are many other interesting places in Cat Ba you should visit such as Monkey Island, Cat Ba National Park,…

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Like its name, there are a lot of monkeys you can play with or take a pic of them when visiting Monkey Island in Cat Ba

Ngoc Vung Island

Ngoc Vung belongs to Van Don district, Quang Ninh, about 45 square kilometers wide. The reason for this island name is because it is said that this area used to have many rare and precious pearls, glowing in the night.

Above, looking down on Ngoc Vung Island, which is as beautiful as a velvet shawl, there are many bright white waves like floating on the water. To the east of the island, there is a long sandy beach, and pure white sand stretches to the wharf. From the Dragon’s Eye on the island, it can cover all of Co To Island.

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Peaceful and mesmerizing Ngoc Vung Island when the sun goes down

You can travel to Ngoc Vung Island all year round, however, it is necessary to avoid months of heavy storms such as September and October and cold winter days. The best time to travel to the island is in the summer months as at this time the sea is very quiet, so you will enjoy the scenery of the blue and white sandy beach.

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Quan Lan Island

Quan Lan Island has 3 large beaches: Quan Lan, Son Hao and Minh Chau.

  • Quan Lan beach: about 2 kilometers from Quan Lan center, many residential areas, so few tourists choose to bath and play, this beach is generally not as beautiful as Son Hao and Minh Chau.
  • Son Hao beach: the most crowded, invested and crowded area on the island. The beach is very wide and beautiful, the sea is clean and clear.
  • Minh Chau Beach: Minh Chau beach is the most favorite beach by tourists, because of its beautiful flat sand, crystal clear sea, beautiful landscape. The forest is deep on the sand where it is suitable for walking and watching the sea.

Minh Chau beach is well-known for clear blue water

Quan Lan is one of the most favorite beaches with small waves and long white sand range

Soi Sim Island

Soi Sim is located in the southwest of Halong Bay World Heritage Site. The island is located about 700 meters away from Titop Island, about 12 kilometers from Bai Chay tourist ship port, with an area of about 87.000 square meters.

This island was hundreds of millions of years ago after the sea surrounded and became a desert island. Soi Sim Island has an extremely special geological structure with 2/3 of the area covered by feral soil and weathered soil. So if you’re a natural explorer, don’t miss this great opportunity.

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Soi Sim Island has unspoiled beauty, quiet space for relaxing your body and soul

On the island, there are flora ecosystems that feature many endemic, very valuable plants, which are considered ecosystems typical of Halong Bay. On the island the tree grows the most “Sim” tree, so people often call Soi Sim island.

Soi Sim Island has unspoiled beauty, quiet space and clear blue beaches. Visit Soi Sim Island, you will see green color, green from the plants living on the island.

Coming to Soi Sim island in addition to swimming, you can enjoy the beautiful view of Halong Bay. You can climb to the highest points of Soi Sim Island for a panoramic view of an entire bay area.

Note: If you want to visit Soi Sim, you can buy sightseeing train tickets at the Bai Chay tourist ship port or rent a private boat to Soi Sim island.

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soi sim beach

Nowadays the attractive beauty of Soi Sim beach brings more and more tourists to come to the island

3. How to enjoy your trip the most?

Things need to bring

In the summer, Halong is like other famous beaches that are sunny and hot, this will cause your skin to be damaged so in order not to be sunburned, the indispensable item is sunscreen.

Hats, sunglasses to protect the eyes from glare. In addition, eye drops, shower gel, shampoo are also useful uses.

If you go to the bay, you will also go to the beach and visit some caves, so preparing yourself for a soft pair will make you feel comfortable when walking.

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Visiting Sun World Halong Park

Do not skip a trip to Sun Park in Halong Bay! This can be said to be the most extensive entertainment complex in Halong which has just come into operation.

The complex consists of 5 main areas: Dragon Park, Vortex Park, Three Pass Amusement Park, Sun World Beach and Food & Shopping Zone.

In which games such as the Queen Cable Car or the solar rotation are most popular.

Visit Halong market

This market gathering all the items for you to enjoy shopping, buying gifts for specialties to souvenir crafts, …

You also can find the most unique of Halong at Halong market, which is handcrafted and bring cultures of people here.

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Beside souvenir crafts, seafood is the most popular selling product at Halong market and Halong seafood is very well-known in Vietnam

Try some famous dishes

Not only have a great scene, but Halong has also contained a library of outstanding foods. Some delicious dishes you should try is Cha Muc, Banh Cuon, Bun Hai San,…

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Cha Muc is the dish anyone came to Halong must to try

4. Tips for transporting to Halong from Hanoi

From Hanoi, there are many ways you can go to Halong. In particular, passenger cars are the most chosen vehicle by the following advantages:

  • Save time: If your schedule has many activities, I think this will be a reasonable option. Only about 2-3 hours, you can see an attractive Halong right before your eyes.
  • Keep good health: You know that moving between areas is one of the biggest concerns of anyone traveling. So this option will help  you to save energy for the activities later
  • Don’t need to worry about getting lost: The roads in Vietnam are quite ambiguous and complicated, so it is understandable that a foreigner coming here may get lost. Even indigenous people often get lost, so traveling by bus will help you avoid some unnecessary trouble.
  • Suitable cost: The price for a Hanoi trip to Halong ranges from 100.000 – 200.000 VND. That’s quite a reasonable price.
  • Learn and watch the road while moving: I believe this is a great opportunity to learn about the traffic and culture of Vietnamese people. You can talk to the natives in the car, especially the supporter of the main driver, they are very friendly and knowledgeable about Vietnam traffic.

Besides, you can also see the street scene of Vietnam through the window, which is also a very interesting experience.

Arriving in Halong by passenger car is not the only option. If you love the adventurous feeling as well as freedom when crossing the sunny and windy roads, traveling by motorbike is probably the best way to fully enjoy that feeling.

However, to ensure your safety during the trip, do not forget to prepare the necessary equipment like the map, professional gloves, mask,…

You should also prepare water, food and health to provide energy during the trip.

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5. When is the best time to visit Halong Bay beaches and islands?

Halong Bay is located in northern Vietnam, where the weather has 4 distinct seasons, The best seasons to visit Halong Bay is Summer and Fall.

In the summer

In the summer, cool winds cover Halong, so this is a very good opportunity for you to experience sea activities such as sailing, windsurfing, parachuting, …

If you plan to go to Halong in the summer, you should go between 3-5 months or from August to October. In personal experience, June 6-7 is a less reasonable time period because:

  • The weekends of June – July are the peak days, the number of tourists coming to Halong is very large so you may feel the discomfort and the price of services is usually higher.
  • At the same time about the weather, according to the law of nature, June – July is the month when a lot of storms hit the Gulf of Tonkin and Halong, which will greatly affect the enjoyment of the heroic scenery. Great in Halong.

If for some reason you must travel to Halong in June – July, you could find a travel agency to organize and help you to reduce those disadvantages.

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Summer is a very good opportunity to experience sea activities with your friends

In the fall

In the fall, the beaches in Halong are also very beautiful. Time from September to November in Halong always has beautiful sunshine, clear sky, the weather is not very cold, you can still swim and experience interesting activities here.

At this time, the typhoon is also less, the number of tourists also decreases so it will avoid the heaps of casting.

Halong Bay Beaches and Islands are waiting for you to explore. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us. AZ Local Trip is always at your service!