Halong Bay is a beautiful natural wonder in North of Vietnam. The Bay is famous with 1,600 limestone islands and islets and covers an area of around 1,553 sqkm. The limestone in the bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different condition and environments. The evolution of the karst has taken 20 million years under the impact of the tropical wet climate. The geo-diversity of the environment in the area has created biodiversity, including a tropical evergreen biosystem, oceanic and sea shore biosystem. Hạ Long Bay is home to 14 endemic floral species and 60 endemic faunal species. This extraordinary area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
The best way to get to Halong City is by car, minibus or bus from Hanoi which is only 170km away. If budget is not a problem, an hour-long helicopter transfer is also available.