Ha Long Bay: Top 25 Most Beautiful Places in the World 

Welcome to Vietnam Untold. We have some exciting travel news to share with you. Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO heritage site in Vietnam, has been named one of the 25 most beautiful places in the world by CNN. Let’s explore this stunning destination further. 

Ha Long Bay is where time slows to a standstill, offering visitors a mesmerizing experience. This natural wonder is not only one of the most popular attractions in Southeast Asia but also one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam.

Situated in the Gulf of Tonkin, northeast of Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is a natural wonder located just 165 kilometers away from the capital city of Ha Noi. Encompassing a vast area of 43,400 hectares, this breathtaking destination is adorned with over 1,600 islands and islets, many of which remain untouched and uninhabited by humans.

Its remarkable seascape showcases towering limestone pillars, forming a mesmerizing and fully developed Karst landscape shaped over time by a warm and wet tropical climate. Ha Long Bay’s scenic beauty is exceptional and complemented by its significant biological significance, making it an awe-inspiring destination for all.

Two fantastic ways to explore Ha Long Bay are embarking on a cruise ship or renting a kayak. As you traverse the bay, you’ll be enchanted by the thousands of islets that emerge from the emerald waters, creating a truly magical ambiance.

Each cruise in Ha Long Bay offers a unique itinerary, but most of them take visitors to popular tourist attractions such as Ga Choi and Dinh Huong Islets, Sung Sot Cave, Thien Cung and Me Cung Caves, Titop Island, and Viet Hai fishing village. These great sites allow you to immerse yourself in Ha Long Bay’s rich culture and stunning landscapes.

The best time for those planning a visit is between March and April or September to November. During these months, rainfall is minimal, and the conditions for cruising are nearly perfect. As for pricing, overnight cruises range from $116 to $228 per person, ensuring there are options to suit various budgets.

Ha Long Bay’s international recognition has been steadily growing over the years. In 1994, UNESCO designated it as a World Heritage Site, acknowledging its exceptional value. Besides, The Swiss organization New Open World also voted it among the world’s seven new natural wonders in 2011. Its popularity increased after filming the Hollywood blockbuster “Kong: Skull Island” 2017.

The launch of Van Don International Airport in 2018, Vietnam’s first private airport, has made Ha Long Bay more accessible to foreign tourists. This development allows travelers to reach this breathtaking destination and experience its natural splendor easily.

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