travel42 Port Guide: Halong Bay

Halong Bay travel42 Port of Call Guide

Halong Bay is a slice of the South China Sea about 75 mi/120 km southeast of Hanoi that is speckled with more than 2,000 isolated limestone peaks (known as karsts) rising straight up out of the water. A group of 1,900 of these islets has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Nevertheless, gone are the days when you could enjoy a peaceful cruise across the bay. Halong Bay is now one of Vietnam's biggest attractions, and tour groups flock to the area. It can get extremely crowded with vend...

travel42 Want to read the full Halong Bay travel42 Review? travel42 features professionally written reviews of more than 300 cruise ships, 78 cruise lines and more than 3,000 hotels in nearly 200 popular cruise embarkation ports worldwide, plus 7,000 additional destination hotels. Visit or call 1.866.566.8136 to learn more about subscribing.