Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh – Vietnam

Quang Ninh is a coastal and mountain province in Vietnam. The entire terrain of the province largely made up of mountains and hills. In fact 80 percent of its area is really made up of hills and mountains. This rugged yet naturally beautiful yet unique terrain makes the province really attractive to tourists and visitors. The island and sea zone is a particular favorite among visitors especially the Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh – Vietnam.


Ha Long Bay is located in Quang Ninh. The most expensive way to find the place and the bay itself is to rent a car and get on our own. In case you hire a car or simply just pay for the fare on the public transport then you should expect to pay from $8 to $100. Another option to get to Ha Long Bay is to have transport service provided by your travel agent.

See and Do

It is a fact that Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh – Vietnam receives around two million visitors each year. There are around 1,969 islands that dot the area. The skyline here is unique in all of the country. Chinese junks also take to the waters of the bay and transport passengers to and fro their destinations.

Because of its scenic views and rather romantic setting, people cruise around in the bay or even stay outdoors for an overnight trip. Favorite activities here include island hopping, swimming, kayaking, and a lot of other outdoor activities. Others simply just cruise around in a junk.

History and Related Info

Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh – Vietnam wasn’t always known by its present name. In fact, it wasn’t known by its modern name prior to the 19th century. Those who care to check the historical archives of Vietnam will find that the place was once known by many different names.

Some of the names attributed to this beautiful bay include Luc Thuy, Van Don, or even An Bang. Its modern name first appeared in a marine map which was printed on a French newspaper. The name Ha Long can literally be translated into Bay of Descending Dragons. The story has it that a sighting of a strange serpentine creature was reported in 1898. This was reported, as the story goes, to be an Asian dragon.


Those who are interested in visiting the Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh – Vietnam will have to buy tickets from the bay management department which would cost some 30,000 dong. However, to make things easier, visitors can make all their travel arrangements with their respective hotels beforehand. Doing so would cost tourists from $50 to $80 inclusive of tours plus lodgings.