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.
Lan Ha Bay is the most beautiful area for kayaking during a Halong cruise. Attractive locations such as Sang Toi (Dark and Light) Cave, Ba Trai Dao (Three Peaches), Cua Van floating village and Luon Cave offer a range of kayaking experiences. While Sang Toi Cave presents an authentic experience in a pristine natural area, Cua Van Village is a friendly local base where you can kayak to meet local people and discover nature at the same time. For those seeking a peaceful out-of-the-way experience, a kayaking tour through Luon Cave to a secluded cove is a memorable experience.
Lan Ha Bay is a safe place for swimming thanks to its calm waters, while the stunning scenery of sheer mountain cliffs rising out of the bay makes an ideal backdrop for this activity. For those swimming in Lan Ha Bay, Ba Trai Dao Beach is a destination that can’t be skipped.
Ba Trai Dao (Three Peaches) Islet is easily recognized by its characteristic three small mountains that, seen from afar, resemble three peaches. Imposing a majestic beauty with a height of 23m, the islet also features its own beach which is one of the most beautiful in the entire Halong area. Those lucky enough to spend some time on this beach can only stay for 2-3 hours, since the rest of the day the beach is under the tides.
The fishing tour available in Lan Ha Bay is a special activity, bringing you a completely different experience as you meet with the locals. You'll meet some area fishermen, learn a bit of local fishing lore, and try your luck. As all fishermen know, fishing is mostly about the scenery, and Halong Bay is supremely suited for this activity, its beauty never tiring the eye.