Halong Bay is a beautiful natural wonder in northern Vietnam near the Chinese border. The Bay is dotted with 1,600 limestone islands and islets and covers an area of over 1,500 sqkm. This extraordinary area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. For many tourists, this place is like something right out of a movie. The fact is that Halong Bay features a wide range of biodiversity, while the surrealistic scenery has indeed featured in endless movies.
The Bay is accomodation of many fishing communities, including the 4 communes of Cua Van, Cong Tau, Vong Vieng and Ba Hang with a population of more than 1,600 people. The residents live on floating houses and boats, making their own lives by fishing and aquaculture.
In 1962, the Ministry of Culture and Information classified Halong Bay as a National Landscape Site, covering an area of 1,553 km2 with 1,969 islands. Halong Bay has been recognized twice by UNESCO as a World Heritage Area for its universal values of landscape, geology and geomorphology, respectively in 1994 and 2000, an area of 434 sq. km. including 775 islands.The Bay’s Geological value is evaluated in two ways: by the history of its formation and its karst geomorphology. It is also home to the ancient Viet people beginning from 7,000 to 18,000 years ago, Ha Long’s Cultural − Historical value. Besides, Bio-diversity is an important natural resource, to be well-conserved so as to maintain the ecological balance of the whole region.
Situated in Ha Long Bay, one of the world’s new seven wonders, Cat Ba island is a tourist spot, attractive for its natural beauty and wonders endowed by nature. It is the largest of 366 islands in the Cat Ba Archipelago, and has a surface area of about 140 square km. In April 2005, Cat Ba was officially recognized as Cat Ba Archipelago Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
The immense limestone forests, marvelous grottoes, white sandy, clear water beaches and coral reefs on Cat Ba Island will certainly amaze all visitors. The island also has a large collection of marine creatures in fishing grounds such as shrimp, red snapper, anchovy trap fish and a grass cover to breed tortoise shells. In Cat Ba, 1st April is the day of launching tourism festival annually. At the festival visitors will enjoy an imperial boat race on the sea, water skiing and coracle boat races on the sea.
HALONG – OVERNIGHT CAT BA 2 Days / 1 Night
Day 1: Hanoi – Halong – Cat Ba (L,D)
7:45 – 8:15: Pick you up at your hotel, then 3.5-hour bus transfer to Ha Long city.
12:15: Welcomed by Dragon Cruise daily boat.
Seafood lunch while sailing around Dog Stone, the Burning Incense islet
Stop at fishing village for kayaking.
Visit THIEN CUNG cave - the cave of the heavenly palace with hundreds of stalagmites and stalactites, which has opened to the public since 1998.
Boat transfer to Gia Luan Dock, North of Cat Ba islands. Drive across the islands to Suoi Goi Eco-lodge and Cat Ba town. Check-in Holiday View hotel. Swimming in Cat Co beaches nearby.
Dinner & overnight in Holiday View hotel.
Day 2: Cat Ba – Ha Long – Hanoi (B/L)
After breakfast, our boat will cruise back to Halong City. Our chef teaches you how to decorate dishes with flowers made by vegetables and fruits or roots.
Have lunch & bus transfer back to Ha Noi.
Say goodbye at your hotels at about 17. 30.
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