You can fly to Halong Bay, but the best way to discover this natural icon is by boat. Near a few islands there are a few floating fishing villages, the rest is untouched. Below my recommendations for your visit to Halong Bay.

Best things to see and do at Halong Bay

Take a cruise

A traditional boat in Halong Bay.
A traditional boat in Halong Bay. Corno van den Berg

Many tourist only take a day trip to Halong Bay, so it can be very busy here. It’s much nicer to stay at least for one night, better is to stay a few. You’ll go deeper into the bay and see less of the other tourists.

Hop in a kayak

Kayaking in Halong Bay
Kayaking in Halong Bay. Corno van den Berg

You can also explore by kayak: you’ll be paddling around in one of the seven wonders of the world. You can either rent one from the ship on which you’ve traveled to the bay, or hire one on one of the islands.

Enter a cave or two

Halong Bay's 'suprise cave'.
Halong Bay’s ‘surprise cave’. Corno van den Berg

This breathtaking landscape has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1994. And for obvious reasons, as you can see. It’s beautiful above and below the ground. There are lots of caves to visit here.

Climb to a peak

A sunset at Halong Bay
A sunset at Halong Bay. Corno van den Berg

Besides kayaking, the bay is great for walking, fishing and swimming. And don’t forget to climb to one of the peaks on one of the islands to get a great view. Best to do this in the early morning, or at sunset, to get an even better picture…