Ha Long City (Hon Gai) is the economic and political center of the Northern Vietnamese province of Quang Ninh.
Ha Long’s western portion, Bai Chay, is the epicenter of the area’s animated tourism zone. Bai Chay beach is a sandy stretch running about 500 yards along Ha Long Bay. There’s a smattering of hotels and restaurants along the shoreline, but for most travelers Ha long City is really just a transfer point on their trips into beautiful islands in Ha Long Bay.
From Bai Chay’s docks, travelers disembark on overnight cruises and day trips into the hundreds of islands, often capped with towering karst formations, which dot Ha Long Bay’s calm waters. Added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1996, Ha Long Bay offers travelers on luxury tours of Vietnam unforgettable swimming, kayaking, caving, and sailing experiences.
As most of the activities and excursions in and around Ha Long City are water based, it’s best to visit the city during between the spring and fall (March to May and September to November) when the weather is temperate and usually sunny. Summer, June to August, has high temperatures, and short rainstorms are common. Winter, December to February, is cool compared to the rest of the seasons, but even the coldest days are well above freezing.
Ha Long City is located in Northern Vietnam. The city is best reached by guests on our Vietnam tours using our private vehicle service departing from the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi traveling along the country’s modern highway infrastructure. The drive takes about two and one-half hours.
Ha Long City has some excellent resorts, and a splendid beach in Bai Chay for relaxation, but the chance to explore the Ha Long Bay UNESCO World Heritage Site is what draws most travelers to the area. Nature lovers seeking timeless natural beauty should consider Ha Long Bay a must-see.
Appropriate Attire :
Dress for warm weather and bring along a swim suit as it’s hard to resist taking a dip in the waters. Short bursts of rainfall are common, so pack a light rain jacket.