Ha Long Bay has been a popular destination for travelers in Vietnam for decades.It is located on the Western side of the Gulf of Tonkin in Northeastern Vietnam. This breathtaking UNESCO world heritage site also recently received the honor of being named one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World, so visiting its thousands of cliff islands is a must for any visitor to Vietnam.
It has almost 2000 islands and islets in various shapes and sizes, of which mostly are limestone. Bai Tu Long bay to the northeast and Lan Ha bay to the southwest are your best options while visiting Ha Long bay: go to the less popular Bai Tu Long bay or experience the charm of Lan Ha bay. They all share a similar climate, cultural, geological, and geographical characters.
Best time to visit Ha Long bay is from September to November and from March to May due to dry climate and pleasant temperatures allowing you to do most of the interesting activities available. May to September is the low season of the year and during then you can probably get a good deal from most cruise companies. July and August are the months you want to avoid – that’s storm season and the weather is turbulent which will affect your trip negatively.