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Halong Bay

Quang Ninh, Halong Bay 084, Vietnam
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As featured in Daytrips from Hanoi
Ranked #1 of 7 attractions in Halong Bay
Type: Bodies of Water
Owner description: Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their... more » Owner description: Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The site's outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest.The outstanding value of the property is centered around the drowned limestone karst landforms, displaying spectacular pillars with a variety of coastal erosional features such as arches and caves which form a majestic natural scenery. The repeated regression and transgression of the sea on the limestone karst over geological time has produced a mature landscape of clusters of conical peaks and isolated towers which were modified by sea invasion, adding an extra elemant to the process of lateral undercutting of the limstone towers and islands. « less
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 NEW

A marvelous cruise on a beautiful boat with a great team. Thanks a lot for the great time we've shared together!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 NEW

So beautiful, awe inspiring and relaxing all at once. Brought this stressed out family back where it needed to be. Thank you.

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 NEW

The trip to the harbour to board the V'Spirit Cruise was a gruelling bumpy 3.5 hour journey in heavy drizzle, with a welcome interval break at a handicapped centre where beautiful artistic lacquer ware, stone crafts, embroidered paintings and beautiful Vietnamese paintings were made in full view. As the tour guide had described it, the road there was like a... More

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 NEW

I did a day trip to halong bay because I didn´t have time to stay overnight on a cruise. It took almost 5 hours from Hanoi because there was some construction work on the road. Despite the tiring trip I was excited about seeing ans UNESCO World Heritage site but maybe I was epecting too much. The islands were beautiful... More

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

My wife and I spent our 30th Wedding anniversary on the Paradise Peak junk cruising around Halong bay. It certainly made top 10 on our experiences list. But what made it faultless was the crew on the Paradise Peak nothing was too much trouble the service was beyond 5 stars the crew are a credit to their company. There was... More

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Bangalore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We had a wonderful trip to Halong Bay. We were a little unfortunate that the weather wasn't too great and so the view of the magnificent rocks was hazy. But the Surprise Caves were stupendous and must not be missed.

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We spent two nights on the Paradise Luxury exploring Halong Bay. The vistas are breathtaking, even though we saw very little sun. But the thing that amazed me is just how dirty the water is - you wouldn't swim in it if your life depended on it! Still, it is a wonder of the world and should be seen by... More

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Northern California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Halong Bay is an UNESCO World Heritage site, but apparently UNESCO is not paying attention to the number of tourist boats that are allowed to cruise the bay. There are way too many boats, and this is obvious when your captain decides to stop at one of the more popular places, such as the caves. Even though there were only... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Very beautiful island and rock formations, although marred a bit by the overcast conditions and polluted water. I was especially awed by the large grotto we visited, despite climbing nearly 100 steps to reach it. The drive from Hanoi was a bit grueling, mostly on a two-lane highway, but overall, I'm glad I made the trip.

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

If you can cope with the 8hr drive in total- the 4 hrs spent at Halong Bay are well worth it! A beautiful place and very scenic. If you can spend a couple of days then do it but if time is short, like it was for us, the one day trip is a must. Lunch on the boat is... More

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