Lan Ha Bay
Some 400 karst islands dot Lan Ha Bay, giving it the same scenic profile as its better known neighbour, with the added attraction of well over 100 secluded beaches. Due to its distance from Halong City, fewer tourism boats venture to Lan Ha Bay, leaving it ideal for adventurous cruising, swimming and kayaking expeditions.
Viet Hai Village
Viet Hai Village is a small village with 80 households nestled in the midst of jungles and covered by high mountain range of the Cat Ba National. The villagers are natives in Halong Bay who live self-sufficiently by fishing, farming and breeding.
Ba Trai Dao Beach
Ba Trai Dao Beach is located near Cat Ba Island in Lan Ha Bay, famous for its wild, natural and beautiful scenery with white sandy beach, cuddling three mountains shaped like 3 peaches.
Surrounded by large rocky islands, the beach is relatively safe and water level here is quite shallow which makes it safe for swimming. There is limited hours to visit this beach only 2-3 hours in a day to enjoy this exclusive beautiful beach. For the rest of the time, it is hidden under tidal waves.
Ba Ham Lake
Ba Ham Lake is a very beautiful place for kayaking in Ha Long Bay. The lake is about 20km from Tuan Chau Marina International Port. There are three lakes connecting three tunnels together with vertical cliff which offers beautiful scenery and enjoyable kayak. All the lakes has clear water and some is surrounded by limestone and variety of marine flora, fauna and abundant underwater creatures.
Cua Van Fishing Village
Cua Van floating village is exceptional as it is home to generations of fishing families and a lot of the residents never depart. It offers the opportunities to enjoy rowing boat by the local people around the village while watching how the locals live on their floating house.
Tien Ong Cave
Among Halong Bay's less well known treasures is Tien Ong Cave, its many timeless stalactites and stalagmites located amidst the pristine landscapes of Cai Tai Island, some 20km from Halong City.
The mouth of the cave, 50m wide and 10m high, leads to a massive underground dome of some 1,000 square meters. Archaeologists have discovered fossilized animal bones, pottery shards, shells and ancient tools in Tien Ong, indicating that the cave was inhabited around 8,000-10,000 years ago.
Upon passing through the cave, you enter a tranquil, round lagoon which is ringed by steep stone walls and luxuriant foliage. Monkeys leap to a fro on the cliffs, which also host benjamin fig (ficus) trees and a variety of orchids. Shrimp, fish, crab and cuttle-fish thrive in the protected environment of this lagoon.
Tung Sau Pearl Farm
Pearl farming has been going on for around 4,000 years but this particular pearl farm in Tung Sau, an isolated region of water in Halong, was newly founded in 1995. By combining the Japanese techniques in honing the pearl beauty with the Vietnamese’s dexterity, the pearls from this farm stand out. Surrounded by cascading mountains that jut out from the jewel-colored waters of the bay, this place is where Halong Bay’s traditional marine culture meets modern craftsmanship.