Ha Long Bay From All Angles

Ha Long Bay in Vietnam was recently named one of the Seven Wonders of Nature and rightfully so in my opinion. I visited back in 2010 on an overnight junk boat tour. It was cool but nothing compared to my latest trip with Azamara Club Cruises. I saw Ha Long Bay from all angles.

Ha Long Bay From All Angles

Seeing Ha Long Bay from all angles is important but this sunset on the water is amazing

Sailing into Ha Long Bay on a cruise ship is amazing. You’re just cruising in the Gulf of Tonkin and all of a sudden you spot a ton of towering limestone islands clustered together spectacularly. It’s pretty exciting!

Seeing the limsetone islands of Ha Long Bay from the ship is fantastic

Seeing the limestone islands of Ha Long Bay from the ship is fantastic

Cruise ships cannot dock so they moor off of Halong City and you tender into the city to catch a boat out to the islands. There are several options in the 2000 islands that make up Ha Long Bay. I have done kayaks but I think a boat tour is the best way to become acquainted with Ha Long Bay. Plus that way you can get on and off to explore caves and other attractions.

Ha Long Bay From All Angles

Beautiful cave in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

The main cave itself is pretty cool. If you’ve seen caves before you’ll agree it’s a fun to visit but isn’t the main reason you’re in Ha Long Bay. I recommend a sunset cruise on a junk boat or similar style boat. The views are some of the best sunset views in the world.

Sunset in Ha Long Bay is a magical thing

Sunset in Ha Long Bay is a magical thing

The stunning skies are a great backdrop to the shapely limestone islands rocketing out of the Gulf. I love it and the sky changes rapidly both in terms of colors and brightness: so be ready with your camera.

Ha Long City from just outside a cave as suns sets

Ha Long City from just outside a cave as suns sets

In order to see Ha Long Bay from all angles you’ll also need to see it from the sky. There’s actually a long and high cable car (with odd hours of operation) that goes across the coast of Halong City but that doesn’t get you near the islands. For that, you should do a scenic flight over the islands. It’s truly amazing and at only $99 a person, it’s the best deal going!

Hai Au Aviation 12 seater seaplane to see Ha Long Bay from the sky

Hai Au Aviation 12 seater seaplane to see Ha Long Bay from the sky

Hai Au aviation operates a 12-seater seaplane. You have to taxi out to Tuan Chau Island about 30 minutes from the cruise dock. It’s only a $10 cab ride but you need to make a reservation ahead of time for the seaplane. There’s plenty of travel agencies in Halong City or do it online beforehand.

Amazing views of Ha Long Bay from the seaplane

Amazing views of Ha Long Bay from the seaplane

I recommend sitting either in the very front or very back seats because then you don’t have the wing or this random rope hanging down and in your photos. But anywhere you sit is good because you’re seeing Ha Long Bay from all angles!

Stunning limestone islands and the life among them

Stunning limestone islands and the life among them

As you can see from my photos the windows could be cleaner but the views are amazing. When you see Ha Long Bay from the ship or junk it looks amazing but seeing it from above gives you the best perspective possible. You really get to see how vast the area is and the peaks look incredible.

You can't get this perspective from the water

You can’t get this perspective from the water

I definitely recommend seeing Ha Long Bay from all angles because then you see it all literally. It’s great even if you don’t go up in the air but it makes you appreciate it more. Ha Long Bay is something that should be on everyone’s list. It’s truly a natural wonder of the world.

Disclaimer: I came to Ha Long Bay with Azamara Club Cruises. Everything written here is by me based on my experience and has not been influenced in any way.

Comments

  1. Great, that is an awesome place and it have so many good things to enjoy. i really like beauty of that place and so stunning photos you shared.

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