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People in HaLong Bay

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Halong Bay is one of Vietnam’s top tourist attractions, drawing more than 5 million visitors a year to the area, about half of them foreigners. Many visitors stay overnight on wooden boats. These are mostly fake junks that look roughly like junks, but they have a couple small, unfunctional sails and operate with an engine.

Halong Bay

The floating village is home to generations of fishing families and many of the residents never leave, but grow up and grow old in this tiny unique world they are born into.
The fishermen and fishing families of Halong Bay live on small floating houses anchored in sheltered coves at the bases of tall mountainous islands, thus deriving some natural protection from Mother Nature’s wrath in typhoon season. There are several fishing villages in the bay, the largest being Cua Van with about 130 floating houses and a population of about 600 people.
Halong Bay

The floating village is home to generations of fishing families and many of the residents never leave, but grow up and grow old in this tiny unique world they are born into.

The children learn to swim before they can walk and they row little bamboo-basket watercraft on their own, and amazingly deftly, when only about 5 or 6 years old.When cruising on Halong Bay, those who are lucky enough to visit are captivated by the community and its distinctive way of life.

Halong Bay Quick Facts

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Halong Bay Quick Facts

  • Name means Descending Dragon Bay
  • Located in the Quang Ninh province of Vietnam
  • Thousands of limestone karsts and isles
  • 200 species of fish and 450 different mollusks

Halong Bay

Halong Bay is located in the Quang Ninh province of Vietnam traveling 120 km along the coastline and encompassing around 1,553 sq km). The bay features a dense collection of 1,969 limestone monolithic islands that are covered with jungle vegetation.

Halong Bay

Many of these monolithic islands feature caves, grotto, lakes and secluded beaches. Two of the larger islands are home to permanent residents and even tourism services. Many of the islands feature wildlife that includes birds, bantams, antelopes, monkeys, and lizards.

 

Signature Cruise Halong

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Signature Cruise Halong is fast becoming one of the most sought after cruising experiences on the Gulf of Tonkin. Being hailed as one of the largest vessels in the area, we also offer some of the largest suites and best facilities. Our main concern onboard our cruises are the safety of our passengers and the threat to the surrounding environment. We also support the local community through offering jobs to local staff and supporting the local community to our highest capacity. Cruise Halong Bay  with Signature Halong Cruise  – the 5 star luxury Cruise, we commit to bring you the experiencing you expected.

Signature Cruise Halong

DECKS

Lower Deck

Lower deck contains 290m2 of floor space which includes the vessels entrance and reception area. We also have six Signature Deluxe Suites on this level with two double suites (cabin 19.5m2 inclusive/ensuite 5m2) and four twin suites (cabin 26m2 inclusive/ensuite 5m2). Ours Crew also live on this deck with a dormitory and Cruise Manager Cabin. Male and female public restrooms are also available for our guests.

Middle Deck
Comprised of six suites, all with balconies or terraces, the middle deck is 270m2 in size. Our suites on this level include Signature Double Suites with balconies (cabin 28m2 inclusive/ensuite 5m2), the Signature Elite Family Suite with a private terrace, (cabin 45m2 inclusive/ensuite 6m2) and the Signature Exclusive Family Suite with a private terrace (cabin 32m2 inclusive/ensuite 6m2). Public bathrooms are available on this level.

Top Deck
The top deck is 260m2 and is home to our well renowned restaurant with a seating capacity for up to 45 people. Our air-conditioned restaurant is 90m2 in size and offers magnificent views. The restaurant is surrounded by an outdoor balcony for those wishing to dine outside. Our exceptional kitchen is fully equipped and contains a huge preparation area. Our large projector screen offers entertainment throughout your cruise. The Captain’s cabin and wheel room are on this deck as well as public amenities.

Rooftop Sun Terrace
This incredible sun terrace is a favorite amongst our guests and features our bar area. The space is 130m2 and hosts up to 30 sun lounges and areas shaded by umbrellas. This charming garden area is at your disposal anytime of the night or day and is the perfect place to watch the wonders unfold around you, enjoy a book or a drink or just relax and sunbathe. Morning Tai Chi classes are held here.

Facts you need to know about Halong Bay

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Halong Bay is an area of extraordinary natural beauty, situated in Vietnam’s Quang Ninh Province, close to the Chinese border. Thousands of islands and islets are scattered in the region, surrounded by pristine, crystal-clear waters. Whilst comparisons are sometimes made with Guilin in China, or Krabi in Thailand, in reality, Ha Long Bay is far more impressive. Suitably, UNESCO recognised the area as a World Heritage Site in 1994.

Halong BayLegend of Ha Long Bay

The existence of the surreal seascape at Halong Bay is oft explained by the age-old legend of foreign raiders from the sea. The story told is that not long after the original Vietnamese settled in the country, raiders began approaching the shores of Ha Long Bay. In response, the Jade Emperor called on a fleet of powerful dragons from the sky to support the people’s resistance. Unlike stories of traditional fire-breathing dragons, the majestic creative spat out a heavy shower of pearls, which upon impact with the ocean, transformed into thousands of rocky islands. The fresh rock formations proved to be a solid defence, as the raiders took their turns to crash and perish one by one. Post-battle, the dragons chose to remain on the coast of Vietnam, with their tails now collectively forming the famous Long Vi beach.

Interesting facts about Ha Long Bay

  • Scientists provide an alternate explanation to the Dragon legend, suggesting that 500 million years of strong erosive forces have moulded the rocks into a variety of fascinating shapes.
  • Examples include Voi islet, which closely resembles an elephant, and Ga Choi islet, which looks similar to a pair of fighting cockerels.
  • Halong Bay was first enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
  • Halong, in Vietnamese, means ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’.
  • Research indicates that humans have inhabited the area for tens of thousands of years.
  • Nguyen Tai described Halong Bay in a poem written 500 years ago, calling it a ‘rock wonder in the sky’.

Ga Choi Islet

Weather

The weather in Halong Bay is typical for a tropical coastal climate, with two main seasons during the year. The first season runs from April to September, featuring hot, humid weather. The second runs from October to March, featuring dry, cooler weather. During this period, fog is common, which can result in poor visibility, and a spooky, ethereal atmosphere.

Facts in Halong Bay

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Halong Bay is located in the Quang Ninh province of Vietnam. This bay is famous for its more than 1960 limestone, rocky, tall islands which are rich in tropical vegetation. Halong Bay is approximately 579 square miles in size and is home to approximately 1600 fishermen who live in floating villages. The rich bio-diversity of the bay, and its beauty and its history has captured the interest of many throughout the ages. It is classified as both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Halong Bay

Ho Chi Minh described Ha Lan Bay as ‘the wonder that one cannot impart to others”

There are nearly two thousand tall, rocky islands located in the bay

Ha Long Bay means ‘Bay of the Descending Dragons’ and mythology says the islands were formed from the jewels and jade dropped from the mouth of dragons sent by the gods

It has an area of roughly 1500 square kilometres (579 square miles) it is located on the northeast coast of Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin

The unique islands are formed of limestone and schist, eroded over time to form large columns with some spectacular grottos and caves

Among the most famous islands are Thien Cung (Heavenly Residence Grotto), Tam Cung (three palace grotto), Sung Sot (Surprise Grotto) and Dau Go (Driftwood Grotto) Less than half of the islands have been named, most of the names are based on the islands shape for example Voi Islet (elephant), Ga Choi Islet (fighting cock), and Mai Nha Islet (roof)

Some islands host their own lakes, beaches, caves, grottos or resorts, while many are inhabitable and remain untouched due to their height and steep edges

It was inscribed to the UNESCO world heritage list in 1994 Halong Bay also hosts offshore coral reefs, freshwater swamp forests and mangrove forests

Some of the islands support the community of around1600 fishermen that live in floating villages, who make a living from the waters that contain 200 species of fish and 450 different kinds of mollusks

The geomorphology of Ha Long Bay is known as a drowned karst landscape. The limestones of Ha Long Bay have been eroded into karst features such as fengcong (clusters of conical peaks) and fenglin (isolated tower features)

Ha Long Bay has had a complete karst evolution for 20 million years

Many remarkable geological events in Ha Long Bay’s history have occurred in the last 1,000 years. Some of these include the advance of the sea, the raising of the bay area, the strong erosion that has formed coral, and the pure blue and heavily salted water.

Halong Bay- Interesting Facts

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Halong Bay is one of the top travel destinations in Vietnam. With its unique wildlife, beautiful terrain and stunning caves, it is attracting more and more visitors each year. Here are some interesting facts about Halong Bay that make it such a popular tourist site.

History

Halong Bay formed over millions of years. The rise and fall of the sea water created unusual caves and grottoes that are filled with amazing limestone features. The process which created Halong Bay has given scientists an interesting perspective on the region’s development over time, and they have found clues that have helped them to better understand the prehistoric evolution of the area’s inhabitants. For example, Me Cung Grotto has fossilized layers of shells, which lead scientists to believe that the cave was inhabited 7,000 to 10,000 years ago. They also found a fossilized animal skeleton in the same cave.

Me Cung Grotto

Islands, Caves and Formations

Halong Bay is made of up of nearly 2,000 islands and islets of various shapes and sizes. While tourists are able to explore the beaches and mountains of many islands, many more are left untouched due to their steep sides and extreme heights. Thousands of karst formations lie around the bay, including those that look like a tortoise, a girl, roosters and soldiers

Halong Bay islands

 

Legends

There are many legends associated with Halong Bay, including how it came to be. Residents say that dragons were sent to protect the Vietnamese from invaders. In order to build a wall to defend the country, the dragons spit out jewels that turned into mountains and rocks. The enemies’ boats ran into the rocky mountains and were sunk. Rather than return to the heavens from which they came, the dragons remained in the peaceful bay.
Other legends explain the appearance of several formations. From ill-fated lovers to warrior animals, many of Halong Bay’s most memorable residents are immortalized in stone, and visitors are welcome to tour the caves and grottoes which contain the stunning natural art.

Halong Bay

Wildlife

Wildlife

Not only Halong Bay is stunning to look at, but it is also home to many plants and creatures. Several coral reefs lie beneath the water, which is where many fish reside. There are over 100 types of fish that live in the bay, as well as squid, oysters, cuttlefish and octopi. Many animals also live on the islands of Halong Bay, including deer, monkeys, squirrels and mink. There are also several lakes on the islands, which contain even more fish.
There are several reasons why Halong Bay is an interesting site. Its unique formations, fanciful legends and beautiful wildlife make it a popular destination for tourists from around the world. They are also why Halong Bay has been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and why it has been identified as one of the  Seven Wonders of Nature by the  Seven Wonders Foundation.

 

Paloma Cruise 2 days

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Halong Bay is a not-to-miss place if you travel to Vietnam and especially the North. With about 2000 islets which most of them are limestone, Halong has its very own attractiveness not only by the interesting shapes of islets but also by the scenic sights.

About 170 kilometers northeast, equal to 3.5 hours travel by bus from Hanoi, Halong Bay is located in the residential area which are not too crowded but still bustling.

Paloma Cruise

If visiting Halong, visitors tend to stay there about 2 days to experience the beautiful night in the board and night life of the fishermen. Booking tours with Vietnam Group Tour, customers can enjoy all interesting things in Halong and make their all memory that they will never forget.

Price

$175.0 $148.8 (per person)

 

Duration:  2 days/1 night

Group size:  36 pax

Itinerary: Hanoi – Hon Gai – Bai Tu Long – Vung Vieng – Halong Bay – Amazing Cave – Hanoi

paloma halong cruise

Paloma Cruise is a brand new Chinese wooden junk crewed by a professional, loyal and dedicated team. Come on board Paloma Cruise and be charmed by her exquisite luxury, intimate setting and unrivaled home from home service. An unforgettable way to witness the serene, calm setting of Halong bay’s exceptional natural beauty.

Highlights

A deluxe cruise with 20 ensuite cabins, daily departure from Hon Gai habor

Interesting itinerary (Bai Tu Long – Vung Vieng – Trong Cave – Amazing Cave)

Exciting activities (cave discovering – kayaking – swimming – night fishing – Tai Chi – cooking).

Paradise Luxury boats

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Halong, Vietnam (4th April 2012) – Invited to express their opinions on the most prominent facilities throughout the world, the clients of leading German Tour Operator Studiosus have honoured the Paradise Luxury boats with the award of “one of the best hotels” worldwide for 2011.
Ceaselessly aiming at offering an experience worthy of a luxury hotel complying with the highest international standards of service and facilities, Paradise Cruises was honoured to receive a few weeks ago the 2011 Quality Award from Studiosus.
 Paradise  Luxury Cruise
Main brand of Paradise Cruises operating in Halong bay, the four Paradise Luxury offer 17 cabins each and have been designed as floating boutique hotels to provide their passengers with highly refined facilities and service for their discovery of the most mythical Vietnamese landmark.
“People might think awkward that a cruise ship wins the award of “best hotel” in the world” says General Manager Nguyen Cao Son, “however this is exactly what we have always tried to accomplish. We want our facilities to be more than cruise liners. Each of our boats aims at providing the feeling of a genuine luxury hotel for our passengers. The attention to details, the deep concern in the quality of our guest service, facilities and accommodation, and the whole concept of the “Paradise Cruises Experience” all engage towards this achievement.”
Bestowing the Quality Award to the Paradise Luxury, 2011 Studiosus guests confirm that the Five-star Cruise Company have reached its goal.

Royal Palace Cruise 2 days

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Halong Bay is a not-to-miss place if you travel to Vietnam and especially the North. With about 2000 islets which most of them are limestone, Halong has its very own attractiveness not only by the interesting shapes of islets but also by the scenic sights.

About 170 kilometers northeast, equal to 3.5 hours travel by bus from Hanoi, Halong Bay is located in the residential area which are not too crowded but still bustling.

royal palace cruise

If visiting Halong, visitors tend to stay there about 2 days to experience the beautiful night in the board and night life of the fishermen. Booking tours with Vietnam Group Tour, customers can enjoy all interesting things in Halong and make their all memory that they will never forget.

Price$155.0 $139.5 (per person)

Duration:  2 days/1 night

Group size:  26 pax

Itinerary: Hanoi – Hon Gai – Bai Tu Long – Vung Vieng – Halong Bay – Sung Sot cave – Hanoi

Royal Palace Cruise offer the interesting trip through Bai Tu Long Bay and Halong Bay with many exciting activities such as cave discovering, kayaking, sunset party, Tai Chi, cooking class, experience being a King or Queen in traditional dress

royal palace cruise

Highlights

A deluxe cruise with 12 cabins, daily departure from Halong

A trip combines Halong and Bai Tu Long bay

Visit Vong Vieng fishing village, Sung Sot cave, Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay

Activities : Kayaking, sunset party, Tai Chi, cooking class, experience being a King or Queen in traditional dress.

Huong Hai Halong

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For more than 10 years in serving and hosting international guests on the tranquil waters of the bay, we do set a well-known, leading and stable standard of the best quality service for Halong Bay cruise trip from mid-range to high-range customer. The first and biggest company to offer overnight cruises on the bay.
Huong Hai Halong understands customers’ desire and we built the first  traditional style wooden boat with deluxe deluxe cabins and facilities. As a result, nearly half of 1 million people have joined Huong Hai Junks on magical, enlightening journeys through Halong Bay.Beside the wooden traditional boat fleet with 6 boats named Huong Hai Junks, Huong Hai Halong proudly to grand open new luxury cruise named Huong Hai Sealife Cruises. The new boat inherits the experience of cruise service over the years and set a new standard of luxury cruising.

  • Huong Hai Junks
  • Huong Hai Sealife Cruise

Huong Hai

The Responsibility

The first responsibility is to passengers and partners. Its products and services must always be of the best quality in 3-star standard. And bookings must be promptly attended too. Its trade channels buyers must make a fair profit.

The second responsibility is to those who work with us, they must have a sense of security in their jobs. Wages must be fair and adequate. Management is just, hours reasonable and working condition nurturing. Captains & Supervisors are qualified and fair minded. Each crew member must be considered an individual, standing on his own dignity & merit.

The third responsibility is to Management. Our executive must be person of talent, education, experience and ability. They must possess common sense and full understanding.
The fourth responsibility is to the local communities and authorities. We will support environmental friendly project and local charity. We promote civic improvements, health, education, invest back into the local communities and make them part of the development of responsible Tourism.