Ha Long is a city and the administrative center of Quang Ninh province, located in the northeastern part of Vietnam. It is well-known for Ha Long Bay, one of the world's natural wonders recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. There are several places you should not miss while visiting Ha Long:
Quang Ninh Museum
Quang Ninh Museum (Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh) is housed in a striking modern building located along the coast of Halong Bay. Spread across three blocks, the structure includes the main museum, a library, and a convention center, all connected by an overhead bridge system. The ground floor is dedicated to the flora and fauna of the region, and the second floor focuses on the history of the province, with displays of US wartime military and some fascinating ancient artifacts dating back to 2000 BC. The third floor of the museum is predominantly about the coal industry in the province, covering its history with stories of the miners and displays of various artifacts.
Ha Long Bay
With its majestic natural beauty like a painting, Ha Long Bay is recognized by UNESCO as a world natural wonder. The presence of thousands of islands and pristine caves with mysterious beauty, along with a diverse ecosystem, has made Ha Long Bay an extremely unique destination that any traveler would want to visit. Some famous islands and caves in Ha Long Bay that you can refer to are: Ga Choi Island, Ngoc Vung Island, Con Coc Island, Ti Top Island, and Sung Sot Cave. In addition, at this famous Ha Long tourist destination, visitors can experience many exciting activities such as cruising on Ha Long Bay, kayaking...
Tuan Chau Island
Located at the gateway to Ha Long Bay, Tuan Chau Island is a famous tourist destination in Ha Long with the largest artificial marina system in Vietnam, beautiful beaches, and a unique entertainment complex... Tuan Chau Island is also known by tourists with many beautiful names such as Miss Flower Island, Flower Island, Pearl Island, Coconut Island...
Bai Chay Beach
Another can't-miss tourist destination in Ha Long is Bai Chay Beach. This is an artificial beach located very close to Ha Long Bay, considered one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the city, with a nearly 1000m long coastline covered in smooth white sand. Here, you can freely swim, take pictures for check-ins, relax while admiring the sunset, ride bicycles along the beach or organize team-building activities.
Bai Tho Mountain
Bai Tho Mountain is a limestone mountain located in the center of Ha Long, on which many poems of Le Thanh Tong and Trinh Cuong, all inspired by the fairy scenery of Ha Long Bay, are still preserved. Located right next to Ha Long Bay, Bai Tho Mountain is an ideal tourist destination in Ha Long to enjoy a panoramic view of the bay and the city.
Bai Chay Bridge
Bai Chay Bridge is located on National Highway 18 in Quang Ninh province, connecting Bai Chay and Hon Gai. The cable-stayed bridge has a total length of 903m, which leaves tourists amazed when they first set foot in the area. The bridge looks like a thin silk strip stretching over the Cua Luc river, creating a beautiful interplay with the surrounding scenery and becoming a source of pride for the people of Quang Ninh.
Vinpearl Resort & Spa Ha Long
Just 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Hanoi, Vinpearl Resort & Spa Ha Long is the first and only resort in northern Vietnam built entirely on the sea. With the extravagant shape of a castle and 3 private beaches, green gardens, and an outdoor swimming pool of up to 1,200m2, this place will bring guests an experience of relaxing in the midst of the vast nature, surrounded by the deep blue ocean.
Bai Tu Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay is located next to Ha Long Bay, belonging to Cam Pha City and a part of Ha Long. The bay consists of over 600 small and large islands, prominent among them is Bai Tu Long National Park with three main island clusters of Tra Ngoc, Ba Mun, and Sau. Visiting this Ha Long Bay tourist destination, tourists have the opportunity to understand the lives of islanders in the interesting fishing villages. Bai Tu Long Bay is also associated with the legend of the mother dragon and her baby dragons who were sent down to the mortal world by the Jade Emperor to help our people fight against invaders. They spewed out countless precious gems and treasures, which turned into small and large islands to block the enemy's boats from reaching the mainland. The location where the mother dragon first set foot is called Ha Long, while the location of the baby dragons is Bai Tu Long Bay today.
Ba Vang Pagoda
This is a famous spiritual tourist attraction in Ha Long. Located at an altitude of 340m above sea level, Ba Vang Pagoda has a very sacred location "leaning on the mountain and overlooking the river". It is chosen by many tourists as a place to visit and enjoy the scenery when coming to Quang Ninh.
Relic scenic Yen Tu
This is a famous historical and spiritual tourist destination in Ha Long. Located at an altitude of 340m above sea level, Yen Tu relic site is associated with Buddhism and is known as the "ancestral land of Vietnamese Buddhism". Every year, millions of tourists visit and admire the scenery here. If you choose this destination, you should consider a 3-day-2-night Quang Ninh tour to ensure that you have enough time to fully experience the beauty and reach the summit of Dong Pagoda - considered the heart of this scenic spot.
Cai Bau Pagoda
Also known as Truc Lam Giac Tam Meditation Monastery, this temple is located halfway up the mountain, with a panoramic view of Bai Tu Long Bay. It is a spiritual tourist destination that cannot be missed when visiting Quang Ninh.