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Overview of HaLong

The city’s economy has recently switched from coal mining to tourism, due to the large amount of visitors drawn by the famous Ha Long Islets every year. At present, Ha Long is experiencing rapid growth not only in tourism sphere, but as a place upon the main road to southern China. In 2007 Vietnam-China Business Forum, a $400 million deal was signed to build a highway linking Ha Long, Mong Cai and Quảng Ninh.

Ha Long city is divided into two parts: East Ha Long and West Ha Long. The eastern part (“Hon Gai”), where most of the official buildings and industry are concentrated, is connected by bridge with the western part (“Bai Chay”), considered to be more of a tourism attraction.

There are several good quality hotels in Ha Long city and plenty of budget accommodation, two hospitals and several private medical centers.

In the south of the city there is Bai Tho (‘Poem’) Mountain with its almost vertical seaward face, which was widely used by some famous local poets. The limestone peak is rich in bio-diversity and offers attractive views of the bay. There are also such places of interest as Cua Van Fishing Village, Hoang Gia Park, Ha Long Market, Bai Chay Trading Center, Quảng Ninh Museum, Vietnam-Japan Cultural House, Children’s Cultural House.

Ha Long city has an active Roman Catholic Church in its eastern part (“Hon Gai”) on the hill near the main post office, which holds the services on Sunday evenings and on Christian holidays.

The biggest hotel in Vietnam is planned to be built on the bay, beginning from 2007.

Temperatures are high all year round for southern and central Vietnam; but northern Vietnam has a definite cooler season as the north monsoon occasionally advects cold air in from China. Frost and some snow may occur on the highest mountains in the north for a few days a year. In the southern Vietnam, the lowlands are sheltered from outbreaks of colder northerly air and the dry season is warm to hot with much sunshine.

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Cha Muc – Ha Long

Cha muc, a boiled or steamed patty of pounded squid, is the specialty of the Ha Long Bay region. The patties’ unique taste arouses the desire of visitors from near and far.Usually, diners ask for a second serving of cha muc, even when tasting this food for the ...

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Kayaking in Ha Long Bay

Kayaking in Ha Long Bay is more than an indulgence, it offers vistas not reachable by other means.The setting cannot be more dramatic. Thousands of limestone peaks rise magically from crystalline emerald waters, dotted by islets and deep, mysterious caves.However ...

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Halong Weather

The bay is a sea islands in tropical wet with 2 seasons: hot and moist summer, dry and cold winter. Average temperature is from 15°C- 25°C. Annual rainfall is between 2000mm and 2200mm. Halong bay has the typical diurnal tide system (tide amplitude ranges from ...

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Dining in Cave

After a whole day packed full of activities, we anchor at a secluded harbour where you will enjoy an amazing dinner in your private cave. Pass through the cave’s mouth and along the candle-lit pathway for the most enchanting of experiences. Allow yourself to ...

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Thien Cung Cave

It is situated on the south-west side the bay, 4 km from the wharf outside of Halong City. The way to Thien Cung is a perilous one, covered on both sides by thick forest. After entering a narrow gate, the grotto’s 130-meter-long girth opens up. Getting in we ...

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Cat Ba – Ha Long

Halong Bay attracts approximately 90% of the tourists who come to Vietnam. It’s a beautiful bay comprising 1,500 square km situate on the Gulf of Tonkin Gulf. Though it forms part of the ocean, its waters are calm and unusually emerald. It has nearly 2,000 islands. ...

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Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay in northeastern Vietnam is a complex of offshore islands being one of the most typical examples of marine-invaded tower karsts. The Bay consists of more than 1.600 islands and islets hiding inside many spectacular caves and grottoes with stalactites ...

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