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Lan Ha Bay

Lan Ha Bay

Lying to the south of the Halong Bay core zone and just east of Cat Ba Island, the 400 karst islands and islets of Lan Ha Bay are just as beautiful as those in Halong Bay, and have the bonus feature of numerous white sand beaches hidden among the labyrinthine passages and quiet coves.

Geologically, Lan Ha Bay is simply an extension of Halong Bay, but administratively it belongs to a different province of Vietnam. Due to being farther away from Halong City, not as many tourist boats venture here, meaning Lan Ha Bay has a more isolated appeal and draws those seeking adventure. Some of the area's best snorkelling and rock climbing is to be found in the quiet waters and rugged cliffs of Lan Ha Bay. With over a hundred small beaches, many of them in picturesque locations at the feet of the abrupt limestone cliffs which make up these islands, it is never difficult to find a good spot for swimming, or organizing a private beach BBQ or overnight camp here.

Lan Ha Bay also boasts a rich biodiversity with 200 species of fish, 500 species of mollusc, 400 species of arthropod, and numerous hard and soft coral living in the waters here, while larger marine animals in the area include seals and 3 species of dolphin.

INTERESTING KEY FACTS
Number of islands and islets in Lan Ha Bay
400

Number of islands and islets in Lan Ha Bay
Age of Van Gia, the famous floating village in Lan Ha Bay
100 years

Age of Van Gia, the famous floating village in Lan Ha Bay
Number of beaches in Lan Ha Bay
139

Number of beaches in Lan Ha Bay
Cat Ba National Park
5,400 ha

Area under the management of Cat Ba National Park