The World Heritage Halong Bay is situated around 144km east of Hanoi in the Gulf of Tonkin. With more than 1,600 islands and islets, dotted with jagged limestone zeniths, it's a standout amongst the most mainstream travel hotspots in Asia.
In Vietnamese ancient history, it actually signifies "descending dragon". As indicated by the legend, when Vietnam was being assaulted by northern intruders, the Jade Emperor sent the Mother Dragon (and her youngsters) to drop to earth and help guard the nation. The Vietnamese gave the name "Halong" to where it initially showed up as an indication of appreciation.
Today Halong Bay is likewise one of the principle vacationer hotspots in Vietnam, accepting more than 6 million voyagers every year, mostly on cruise boats.
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Although you can visit Ha Long Bay all year round, you'd better plan your cruise carefully. Bad weather affects the visibility and can even spoil your trip. The best time to visit Ha Long Bay starts is from March to June, avoid crowded public holidays (30 April 30 and 1 May). June to September is low season so you can get better deals but pay attention to storm forecasts. October and November is high season again and it is still sunny. December is cool, cloudy but dry while January and February are cold, foggy and drizzly. The showers will hide the splendor of the bay.
A day cruise will show you a glimpse of Ha Long Bay, yet if you want to get the most out of your trip, allow at least two days. You will be able to see the most stunning moments on Ha Long Bay or it's greatest wonder: the sunset, sunrise and a starry or moonlit night.