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Lan Ha Bay: Discover the Hidden Beauty of Ha Long Bay

ngocdiem
3 min. to read

Lan Ha Bay is a hidden gem located in Northeastern Vietnam, offering breathtaking natural beauty and a plethora of activities for all types of travelers. Known for its thousands of limestone islands, crystal-clear waters, and rich cultural experiences, is a must-visit destination that promises an unforgettable adventure. 

Table of contents

1. Lan Ha Bay Introduction
1.1 Location
1.2 UNESCO World Heritage Site
1.3 Natural beauty and biodiversity
2. What does Lan Ha Bay have to offer?
3. Planning Your Trip to Lan Ha Bay
3.1 Best time to visit
3.2 How to get there
3.3 Where to stay
4. Tips for Visiting Lan Ha Bay
5. Conclusion

1. Lan Ha Bay Introduction

1.1 Location

Lan Ha Bay is situated to the south of Halong Bay and east of Cat Ba Island. The bay spans an area of approximately 7,000 hectares, of which 5,400 hectares belong to the Cat Ba National Park. This location provides a perfect blend of sea and forest ecosystems, making it a unique destination for tourists. 

The closest major city is Hai Phong, from where visitors can easily access the bay via ferry or speedboat.

Lan Ha Bay
Lan Ha Bay: Discover the Hidden Beauty of Ha Long Bay

1.2 UNESCO World Heritage Site

In 1994, Halong Bay was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its outstanding scenic beauty and geological importance. The bay’s limestone karsts and islands, shaped over millions of years by natural forces, create a breathtaking landscape that is both picturesque and scientifically significant.

1.3 Natural beauty and biodiversity

Lan Ha Bay is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. The bay’s tranquil waters are perfect for kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling, while its towering limestone formations and hidden caves provide endless opportunities for exploration. 

Unlike Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay is less crowded, allowing visitors to enjoy its serene beauty in peace. The bay is also home to a rich array of marine life, including various species of fish, mollusks, and coral reefs. 

Lan Ha Bay
Lan Ha Bay has natural beauty, has a lot of islands and caves

2. What does Lan Ha Bay have to offer?

  • Explore the thousands of limestone islands and caves: Lan Ha Bay is renowned for its breathtaking limestone islands and caves, offering an unparalleled experience for explorers. Among the must-visit spots are Cat Ba Island, Monkey Island, Cannon Fort, and Sung Sot Cave. These destinations provide a glimpse into the geological wonders that make Lan Ha Bay so unique.
  • Kayak through hidden lagoons and tunnels: For those seeking adventure, kayaking through Lan Ha Bay’s hidden lagoons and tunnels is an unforgettable experience. The calm waters and secluded spots provide a perfect setting for exploring the bay’s natural wonders up close. Kayaking allows visitors to navigate through narrow passages and discover secret lagoons that are inaccessible by larger boats.
  • Hike to the top of Cat Ba Island for panoramic views: Cat Ba Island offers various hiking trails that lead to breathtaking viewpoints. One of the most popular hikes is to the top of the island, where visitors are rewarded with panoramic views of Lan Ha Bay and its surrounding waters.
  • Experience the local culture: Visit a floating village and learn about the lives of the fishermen
  • Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese meal on a boat: Dining on a traditional Vietnamese meal while cruising through Lan Ha Bay is an experience not to be missed. Many tours offer this opportunity, allowing guests to savor delicious Vietnamese cuisine.
Go rock climbing at Lan Ha Bay

3. Planning Your Trip to Lan Ha Bay

3.1 Best time to visit

The best time to visit Lan Ha Bay is during the dry season, which spans from October to April. During this period, the weather is warm and sunny, with minimal rainfall, making it ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing. 

3.2 How to get there

Cruises from Hanoi

Many visitors opt to arrange a cruise with a Hanoi-based cruise company. These cruise packages typically include return transfers from Hanoi and full board overnight stays on traditional junk ships. Some popular cruise options visiting Lan Ha Bay include:

  • Orchid Cruises: Departing from Tuan Chau Pier in Halong Bay (170 km from Hanoi). The route includes Tuan Chau Pier, Da Chong Islet, Con Vit Islet, Trung Trang, and Tra Bau.
  • Peony Cruises: Also departing from Tuan Chau Pier, the route covers Tuan Chau Pier, Cat Ba Island, and Lan Ha Bay.
  • Mon Cheri Cruises: Departing from Tuan Chau Pier, the route includes Hanoi, Hai Phong, Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay, and Cat Ba Island.

Direct Travel from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island

If you are based in Hanoi, you can take a direct bus or taxi to the island of Cat Hai. Once in Cat Hai, a 10-minute speedboat journey will take you to Cat Ba Island. From there, you can take a boat from Beo Harbour (Bến Bèo), which is about 2 kilometers from Cat Ba town. By bus, the total journey takes around 3 hours and costs approximately 350,000 VND.

Nearest Airport

For air travel, the nearest airport to Lan Ha Bay is Cat Ba International Airport (CAH). From the airport, you can easily arrange a transfer to the bay.

Lan Ha Bay
How do you get there?

3.3 Where to stay

Lan Ha Bay offers a variety of accommodation options to suit different budgets and preferences. From budget-friendly guest houses to luxury resorts, there is something for everyone. Many accommodations are located on floating boats, providing a unique and immersive experience of staying on the water. During the peak season, it is advisable to book your accommodation in advance to secure the best options and avoid last-minute inconveniences.

4. Tips for Visiting Lan Ha Bay

  • Do not litter or pollute the water: Always dispose of your trash properly and avoid throwing anything into the bay. Use designated waste bins on boats and islands.
  • Take only photos, leave only footprints: Enjoy the stunning landscapes and unique wildlife, but refrain from taking any natural souvenirs such as rocks, shells, or plants. 
  • Bring sunscreen, a hat, and insect repellent: Protect yourself from the sun’s strong rays by applying sunscreen regularly and wearing a hat. Insect repellent is also a must to ward off mosquitoes and other bugs, especially during the evening.
Lan Ha Bay
Tips for you when visiting Lan Ha Bay
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5. Conclusion

Lan Ha Bay is a truly magical destination that deserves a spot on everyone’s bucket list. With its stunning natural beauty, from the thousands of limestone islands and hidden lagoons to the pristine crystal-clear waters, this bay offers a visual feast that will leave you in awe. The rich cultural experiences, such as visiting floating villages and enjoying traditional Vietnamese meals on a boat, provide a deeper understanding of the local way of life.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today and immerse yourself in the wonders of Lan Ha Bay. This enchanting destination promises unforgettable memories and experiences that you will cherish for a lifetime. Contact with Sun Getaways Travel for ensuring that your visit to there is nothing short of extraordinary.

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