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Halong bay tours should be included top 14 Halong attractions

14 Top attractions in Halong Bay for Halong Bay tours

There are around 2000 islands and islets in Halong bay area, most of them are Limestone Mountains with caves. You can discover the caves such as Sung Sot, Thien Cung, Dau Go, etc, … Besides, you can head offshore to go island-hopping for a quiet atmosphere and unique experience, then you can enjoy seafood barbecue, kayaking, rock climbing. Taking any Halong bay tours, please do not forget the following attractions

1. Cannon Fort

If Ngu Lam Peak in Cat Ba national park offers you a bird’s eye view of the forest valley, the Cannon Fort in the town with show you the panorama view of stunning Lan Ha Bay with the frame of the fishing boat and fish farm.

The Cannon Fort was built by Japanese during World War II, then French took over it when they occupied Vietnam.

Cannon fort Halong Bay

Cannon fort Halong Bay

To visit the Cannon Fort, you can take a motorbike taxi, or rent a motorbike and ride there on your own. It will take you around 40 minutes to kike up the hill, but it is the most interesting way.

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2. Cat Co beaches

In Cat Ba, there are so many big and small beaches, but Cat Co beaches are the most popular for tourists and local people. 

Strolling for a few minutes from the center of the town, you can immerse yourself in crystal clear water and an attractive natural landscape at Cat Co 1,2, and 3.

Cat Co beach

Cat Co beach

Cat Co 1 is in the middle which is the wides one, there are waves all around the year. There are 2 tracks to connect Cat Co 1 with Cat Co 2 and Cat Co 3.

Go through Cat Tien bridge, you can visit Cat Co 2 which is smaller a bit by more mysterious and quieter. 

Cat Co 3 is very different from others, the beach is owned by cat Ba Sunrise resort which is more private and peaceful. The road along the mountain connect Cat Co 1 and Cat Co 3 is the most beautiful one with ocean one side and mountain another side.

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3. Hospital Cave

Hospital Cave was a secret hospital during the war between Vietnam and America.

There are 17 rooms with 3 floors, 2 lower decks acted as a hospital for soldiers, the top deck acted as a safe house for Viet Cong leader.

Hospital caves

Hospital caves

Hospital Cave is a popular spot in Cat Ba one day trip itinerary, in case you want to explore the cave on your own, you can rent a motorbike from Cat Ba town then ride 10 kilometers to the North follow the guideline on the way.

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4. Lan Ha Bay

Lan Ha bay located in the south of Halong Bay and belongs to Hai Phong province.

In the past, you only can visit Lan Ha bay with 3 days 2 nights trip on a boat in Halong bay or go to Cat Bat island and take day boat to visit the bay.

Lan Ha Bay tour

Lan Ha Bay tour

In recent years, tourists can go directly to Got pier (Hai Phong province) to take the overnight cruise in Lan Ha bay.

The formation of Lan Ha bay is similar to Halong bay with around 400 islands and islets; however, it has a lot of big islands with beaches and bungalows to stay overnight.

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5. Monkey Island

The mountainous, sandy island with a charming natural landscape has brought Monkey island to become one of the most fascinating spots in Lan Ha Bay.

Monkey island famous for its monkeys and a beautiful beach for swimming, sunbathing or kayaking.

Monkey Island tour

Monkey Island tour

The island is not far from Cat Ba Island, only 1 kilometer away. Normally, tourists can take a boat from Beo wharf in around 10 minutes, go through Cai Beo floating village and small islets, then Mokey island is right in front of you.

On the other side of Monkey Island, there is Monkey island resort with a private front beach and wooden bungalows if you plan to stay overnight on the island.

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6. Cocks Fighting Island and Incense Bunner Islet

Cruising along the bay with day cruise trip, you will pass by Cocks Fighting island (Hon Ga Choi) which is the symbol of Halong Bay Management Department. 

The island is made up of two rocks with the shape of two roosters face to each other as they are fighting to each other (Cock-fighting used to be a traditional game in Vietnam Lunar New Year).

Fighting Cock Island tour

Fighting Cock Island tour

Along the way, when the cruise passes by Ba Hang village – one of the floating villages in Halong Bay, you will see the Incense Burner Islet which is shown on VND 200.000 banknote.  In Vietnam, the Incense Burner symbolizes spiritual matters such as ancestor worship, Buddhism, etc.

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7. Quan Lan island

Anyone who looks for an adventure and explores the hidden charm of Halong bay needs to go to Quan Lan island. You can visit the island by speedboat for 1.5 hours from Hon Gai pier in Halong or 45 minutes from Cai Rong pier in Van Don district.

Quan Lan Island tour

Quan Lan Island tour

Minh Chau, Quan Lan and Son Hao beach are beautiful while Robinson beach just likes the name, very quiet and mysterious. Swimming and sunbathing is absolutely interesting. However, cycling to visit the Lang river or pine road is very peaceful

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8. Dau Be Island

Dau Be Island is an amazing place which is the home of various flourish ecosystem with banyan tree, palm tree, benjamin fig, wild orchid, and exotic animals.

The island is famous for Ba Ham lake, a great idea for the kayaking route. The lake combines three hidden lagoons connected by a long cave.

Dau Be Island tour

Dau Be Island tour

When you go through the cave, you will be attracted by the stalactites decorate the ceiling, the crystal-clear water and the impressive of rock formation along the way.

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9. Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island is the biggest island in the North of Vietnam that comprise Cat Ba Archipelago.

Cat Ba Island tour

Cat Ba Island tour

You can choose various activities when you visit this island: hiking through the national park, take a day cruise to visit Lan Ha bay, rent the motorbike or bike to ride around the island for the majestic scenery.

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10. Ca Ba National Park

Cat Ba Island is a little heaven in Halong Bay with a National park on it. Because of that, hiking or trekking through the forest is one of the highlight activities and you can easy to find a popular route which suitable for all kinds of experience.

Cat Ba National Park tour

Cat Ba National Park tour

The trekking route that we mentioned is trekking to the man-made viewpoint – Ngu Lam peak in Cat Ba national park. From the viewpoint at Ngu Lam peak, you can look down to forest valley with a bird’s eye view.

Besides, you can learn more about the fauna and flora, mammal and the history of the region if you use the local guide service in the park.

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11. Quang Ninh Museum

Quang Ninh Museum is a new attractive spot in Halong city. The building with black color symbolizes coal – the most important product for Halong economy.

Quang Ninh Museum tour

Quang Ninh Museum tour

There are 3 floors inside with different information: the first floor represents nature, you can immerse yourself in the beauty of Halong from the mountain to the sea, the history of the region will be explained in the second floor with a lot of archaeological evidence and the modern life with people and culture of Quang Ninh province is on third-floor.

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12. Sung Sot Cave

Sung Sot (Surprising) Cave is well-known as the biggest cave which opens for tourist to visit in Halong bay.

Sung Sot caves tour

Sung Sot caves tour

The different shapes and sizes of stalactites and stalagmites combine with the light system will bring you a miracle beauty of the cave.

This cave is included in the overnight trip on boat or one-day trip route 2 (6 hours on boat)

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13. Me Cung Cave

Me Cung Cave is one of the most attractive spots with its natural and archaeological value.

Me Cung cave tour

Me Cung cave tour

The cave divides into three chambers from small to big, the entrance is heigh from sea level from 15 to 17 meters with the information of historical formation of limestone mountain in the first chamber. Go through the narrow tunnel to the second chamber, there are many sparkling stalactites, stalagmites. Out of the cave, you can look over to Dong Tien lake – a beautiful lagoon with crystal clear water.

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14. Virgin and Drum Cave

Virgin and Drum Cave are two familiar names with local fishermen and tourists who traveling with an overnight cruise in Halong bay.

Drum caves tour

Drum caves tour

These caves are not only attracted by the wonderful beauty, but the legendary of the caves is also curious excited for many people.

The legendary is a sad love story, a couple could not reach to happy ending by a cruel landlord.

The cave where the girl petrified is the Virgin cave. Opposite to the Virgin Cave is Drum Cave where the man petrified, you can see the stone-shape man gazing to the Virgin Cave at the entrance. The local people said that they still can hear his pain screamed, especially on the stormy day, the wind beats the cliffs as the drumbeat

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