Visit Ha Long Bay and Other Highlights in Vietnam

Sunday, April 29, 2018

When you visit Ha Long Bay, you’ll quickly realize why it’s named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best touristic destinations in Vietnaminfo-icon. Vietnam is a country with a diverse landscape, iconic landmarks, and a fantastic culture to experience. 

The Vietnamese coast is a major draw. There are several bays along the coast, but the most famous is Ha Long Bay. Ha Long Bay is located in the northern province of Vietnam. This bay is very scenic with views of countless islands.

The islands found in this region were formed millions of years ago by limestone rock. These rock formations emerged from the water and are now some of the most visited beaches in Vietnam. The islands vary in size. Some of the larger islands are big enough to have tourist resorts on them and more developed beaches. Other smaller islands are for a more remote beach experience.

There are a lot of things to do in Ha Long Bay. This bay is very rich in wildlife. You can see a variety of animals including monkeys, birds, lizards, and even antelopes. The marine life is just as impressive. There are hundreds of fish species that live here.

Kayaking, diving, and snorkeling are popular activities in Ha Long Bay. You can find numerous boat tours and cruises in Ha Long Bay. There are a lot of areas to traverse so it’s an excellent region for sailing.

Nha Trang Bay

Nha Trang Bay has an extensive beach that is full of resorts and tourists.

Nha Trang is a city in central Vietnam. It’s one of the major cities in the region with lots of cultural and political influence. On the city coastline is the Nhq Trang Bay. The beauty of this bay is comparable to when you visit Ha Long Bay. Nha Trang Bay is internationally recognized as one of the most beautiful bays in Vietnam.

The Nha Trang Bay has an extensive beach lined with resorts, shops, restaurants, and more. Golden sand and turquoise water characterize the beach. It has a designated swimming area so visitors can fully enjoy the beach scene with minimal distractions.

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Further out into the Nha Trang Bay are a series of islands. These islands vary in size. The largest of the islands includes a resort, golf course, and even an amusement park. A unique feature about the Nha Trang Bay is that it’s home to the world’s longest cable car that crosses over a sea. This cable car ride will give you a great view of the entire bay.

Lang Co Bay

This fishing boat is one of the many on the beutiful Lang Co Bay.

Lang Co Bay is a well-known bay located on the central coast of Vietnam. This bay is close to many top attractions in Vietnam, so it's a part of a major tourist area in the country. It’s actually continuing to be developed into more of a tourist zone to sustain the growth of tourism to the bay and other landmarks.

The Lang Co Bay overlooks the Gulf of Lang Co. This gulf is surrounded by mountains, mangroves, and other natural landscapes. It has terrific views seen from its white-sand beaches. Many people come to this bay for photo tours and also to explore nature.

The Lang Co Bay has an abundant marine life. There are many small fishing villages found around this bay whose economy is based on fishing and tourism. You will be able to discover anything from turtles, shellfish, different corals, and much more.

Vinh Hy Bay

Vinh Hy Bay is ideal if you want to avoid tourist crowds and enjoy in the bustling local life and untouched nature.

You can visit Ha Long Bay or Nha Trang Bay if you are looking for more developed bays that many tourists frequent. Vinh Hy Bay will be the complete opposite experience. A majority of this bay is undeveloped for tourists, so you will get to enjoy natural, untouched landscape.

Vinh Hy Bay is a peaceful bay in Vietnam dominated by the local communities who utilize the bay for their daily livelihoods. There are several small communities developed around the bay whose main economy is based on fishing. You’ll often see fisherman out in the bay. It’s a great place to find fresh seafood in the local markets.

The Vinh Hy Bay is part of the Nui Chau National Park. This helps preserve the natural landscapes and features of the bay. Snorkeling is common around this bay to explore the large coral reefs. The bay is also surrounded by vibrant forests which are great for hiking.

Vung Ro Bay

Many beaches are hidden behind the forested hills on the beutiful Vung Ro Bay.

You will see many tourists when you visit Ha Long Bay, so a great alternative is Vung Ro Bay. This bay is easily accessible but still doesn’t attract as many visitors as the other bays around Vietnam. It’s definitely worth visiting for a more private beach experience.

The Vung Ro Bay is known for its beaches, hidden by the forested hills of the area. Many roads lead into the bay that immediately greet you with scenic views. The most popular beach in the bay is called Bai Mon. Bai Mon beach is the only beach which has accommodations for visitors.

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A unique characteristic of the Vung Ro Bay is the historic lighthouse. This lighthouse was actually one of the first lighthouses to be built in Vietnam. The tower has been rebuilt from its initial model. You can hike up to the lighthouse which will give panoramic views of the entire Vung Ro Bay.

Plans have been proposed to increase tourism to the Vung Ro Bay. It will soon be the site of major developments so visitors should take advantage of the natural landscape while they can.

Visit Ha Long Bay and Other Great Places

If you get the chance to visit Vietnam, you should definitely make plans to visit Ha Long Bay. This bay is one of the most popular bays in Vietnam and known around the world for its beauty. A large area of Vietnam borders the sea so various bays can be found all around the country. 

These are just a few of the bays in Vietnam. The bays are very scenic and have a tropical climate that can be enjoyed all year round. Whether you want to admire the sights or spend time in the water, Vietnamese bays are some of the best to visit in the world.

Bryan Shelmon a freelance writer for
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