Here are the top 47 tourist attractions to see in Halong Bay:

1. Cat Ba Island

4.5 /5

23 km
from city center
1 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Cat Ba Island is a popular island located in the bay. Anyone who visits Ha Long Bay tends to visit the Cat Ba Island. Many tour companies include this as a part of their itinerary. You would find all of the amenities such as drinks, hotels as well as restaurants in this place. Also, here you will find the local people carrying out their prime occupation of fishing.

2. Sung Sot Cave

4.0 /5

12 km
from city center
2 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Popularly known as the 'Cave of marvels', Hang Sung Sot is one of the largest caves in Halong Bay discovered by the French. Filled with unusual rock formations including a Buddha, a tortoise and a phallus illuminated by the colored lights, the massive interior of the cave is breathtaking. There are also many stalactites and stalgamites of different shapes inside the Sung Sot Cave.

3. Dau Be Island

4.3 /5

17 km
from city center
3 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Dau Be Island is famous for its diverse flora like orchids, banyans, palm trees and fauna like golden monkeys, flying squirrels, birds. Other popularity factors are the Ba Ham Lake consisting of three ocean basins, and a narrow cave full of strange stalactites and stalagmites hanging from the ceiling. The island waters have a gorgeous marine life for snorkelers too.

4. Virgin Cave

4.2 /5

8 km
from city center
4 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Hang Trinh Nu is popularly known as the "Virgin Cave", a popular cave due to the historical story atteched to it.

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5. Ti Top Island

3.8 /5

12 km
from city center
5 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Ti Top island is one of the most attractive islands of Halong Bay named after a Russian astronaut, Gherman Titov. It has a very organized and beautiful beach with chairs, souvenir shops and cold drink stalls. A steep climb up the summit of Ti Top mountain gives you a panoramic view of the Halong Bay. Enjoy a swim, kayak or snorkel session while you're here.

6. Dong Thien Cung

3.8 /5

17 km
from city center
6 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

One of the largest and the most beautiful caves of Halong Bay, Dong Thien Cung, popularly known as 'Heaven Cave' is a natural wonder. It has a magnificent system of stalactites and stalagmites of strange shapes like birds, fishes and human activities illuminated with fluorescent lights. Along with this heavenly beauty, the cave also has three small ponds.

7. Dau Go Cave

3.9 /5

17 km
from city center
7 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Hang Dau Go is a natural wonder and one of the most beautiful caves of Halong Bay. It has intricate carvings and an ancient architecture with many stone pillars and stalactites. There is a wide variety of flora and fauna in the cave, especially mosses, ferns and the wood tree. The cave has a historical meaning behind it's name dating back to when Vietnam fought the Mongols.

8. Hon Trong Mai

3.5 /5

17 km
from city center
8 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

One of the most unique and photographed pair of islets in Halong Bay is the Hon Ga Choi Island. Also known as the 'Fighting Cocks' island, the rock formations loom 12 metres over the water. Tourists, especially photographers, usually visit here during sunrise and sunsets when the light casts a beautiful hue.

9. Bai Tu Long Bay

8 km
from city center
9 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay, located at a mere 30 km from Halong Bay is its sister city in every sense. The untouched limestone and karst rocks remind you of Ha Long before the tourists overran it. The bay spans a vast expanse of oceans with numerous islands made of limestone karst. The area is picturesque and instills a sense of calmness in you.

10. Tuan Chau

3.8 /5

21 km
from city center
10 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Tuan Chau Island is a perfect tourist destination of Halong Bay with a two kilometre artificial beach. There are multiple villas and luxury resorts, international restaurants, shops and roadside food stalls. The island offers various activities like jet ski, kayaking and mountain climbing. Being a popular tourist attraction, there is a dolphin, seal, circus and a martial art show almost everyday here.

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11. Ti Top Beach

3.4 /5

12 km
from city center
11 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Ti Top beach of the Ti Top island is a small crescent shaped beach popular for its peaceful atmosphere, white sands and clear waters ideal for swimming and snorkeling. There is a restaurant and bar on the island where you can enjoy a some fresh seafood, beer and also buy water sports gear. The beach is surrounded with some gorgeous landscape.

12. Bai Chay Bridge

3.4 /5

13 km
from city center
12 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Bai Chay bridge located on Halong Bay is known to connect two important economic centres - Bai Chay and Hon Gai. This cable-stayed bridge has a modern and beautiful architecture, and serves as a key project for transportation, economy and defense. The bridge has a slight curve and two towers, and a tourist should stand on the bridge to experience the most mesmerizing view of Halong Bay.

13. Bai Chay Market

3.1 /5

15 km
from city center
13 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Halong Bay's Bai Chay Night Market is a popular market among tourists and locals due to the wide array of products and the lively atmosphere. There are over a hundred open-air stalls selling items like handicrafts, accesories, clothes, souvenirs and many more. Bargaining is common here and you'll find the prices very affordable.

14. Cat Ba National Park

4.1 /5

24 km
from city center
14 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Cat Ba National Park is one of the most beautiful natural spots with a diverse ecosystem and numerous activities to do. You'll find people coming here to indulge in the many hikes around hills and caves of the national park like Dinh Kim Gial and Ao Ech. You can admire the mangrove forests, tidal flats, lagoons, lakes and a wide range of flora and fauna here.

15. Bai Tho Mountain

4.0 /5

12 km
from city center
15 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

To admire Halong Bay in its full majestic beauty, one must not miss the Bai Tho Mountain. This 200 metre high hill is a half an hour trek, but on reaching the top, the panorama of the bay will make it worth a stop. You can see small islands and rocks of different shapes and sizes, and a witnessing sunset here would just be a cherry on the top.

16. Cannon Fort

3.8 /5

25 km
from city center
16 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Cannon Fort is a beautiful attraction on Cat Ba Island overlooking gorgeous jungles and hills. The fort acts as a symbol of Vietnamese history and the country's participation during the world war. There is a steep walk to reach the fort, but the mesmerizing views of the sunrise and sunset is worth the visit.

17. Co To Island

71 km
from city center
17 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Co To Island is a quaint island with romantic beaches and golden sands. In addition to the shimmering blue water, Co To also has a pretty old lighthouse, from the top of which you have an uninhibited view of the virgin green forests and limestone karts in the vast expanse of the sea. Co To Island also has a fishing pier and a Ho chi Minh statue.

18. Quan Lan Island

34 km
from city center
18 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Quan Lan Island offers a picturesque retreat resplendent with white sand beaches. Quan Lan houses the beautiful Minh Chau beach. This beach is the most famous tourist location in Quan Lan Island. The beach has white sands and the calm blue waters are ideal for surfing. Other water sports include Kayaking and Beach Volleyball. There are a number of beach cafes along the beach that serve authentic seafood and local beer. It is the perfect place to unwind.

19. Vung Vieng Fishing Village

13 km
from city center
19 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

A Visit to the Vung Vieng Fishing village offers a unique perspective on ways people life. Vung Vieng is a floating Vietnamese fishing village. Located amidst karst boulders, this village is accessible only by boat. Drinking water is brought in from small boats that are required for transport from one floating structure to another. Even children use boats to go to school! A short distance from Vung Vieng is one of the oldest caves in the bay.

20. Bai Chay Beach

3.7 /5

15 km
from city center
20 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Being the closest beach to Halong Bay, Bai Chay beach is popular and attracts a lot of crowd during the summer. There are several landmarks here like the Hong Gia Park, Vietnam Cultural Theatre, Antique Museum and the popular Halong Night Market. If you're not interested in sightseeing, you can go jet skiing, surfing or canoeing. There are also plenty of resorts and restaurants here.

21. Thien Canh Son Cave

3.6 /5

3 km
from city center
21 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Thien Canh Son Cave is a breathtaking cave 60 steps up the island. It has three caverns inside, each full of unique stalactites and stalagmites illuminated by artificial lights. The cave has a small entrance and is tiny in comparison to some other caves of Halong, however, it acts as an advantage because it doesn't get crowded.

22. Cua Van Floating Village

3.6 /5

13 km
from city center
22 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Cua Van is the largest floating village of Halong Bay surrounded by limestone mountains. The village is home to generations of fishing families who live in floating wooden houses, and earn their income by agriculture and fishing. All of them own boats with overhanging nets and they pick up garbage from the sea regularly making it one of the cleanest villages.

23. Castaway Island

3.9 /5

139 km
from city center
23 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Castaway Island is a must visit attraction in Halong Bay pristine waters and white sand. Whether you want to grab a bite and just laze around, or head to crazy parties, have a few drinks and interact with other tourists, or indulge in some water sports like tubing and wakeboarding, it's a one-stop shop for everything you could want from the beach.

24. Tien Ong Cave

3.4 /5

0 km
from city center
24 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

With a system of thousands of years old stalactites and stalagmites, Tien Ong Cave is a magnificent cave with landscapes and a primitive charm like no other. Split into two chambers by a rustic looking stone pillar, the cave is only 5 meters above sea level, but 50 meters below. Archelogists have also discovered human bones and artefacts dating back to 10,000 BC - 8,000 BC.

25. Cat Co 3

3.7 /5

26 km
from city center
25 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Not as popular compared to Cat Co 2, Cat Co 3 is closest to Cat Ba town and is no less serene. You can head here to avoid the crowds and just relax. It's a tiny strip of sand and people often miss it while heading to other beaches, but its unspoiled beauty makes your visit worth it. Swimming, snorkelling or just simply sun bathing, do all of it here without being disturbed.

26. Quang Ninh Museum

3.4 /5

10 km
from city center
26 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

With a bold and unique architecture, Quang Ninh Museum is a brilliant museum with valuable artefacts reflecting the natural heritage of Halong Bay. A whale skeleton, boat models, images and documents displaying history of Buddhism culture and wars in Vietnam, and other exhibits displaying economic and cultural achievements of Halong, you can find it all at this museum.

27. Sun World Ha Long Park

3.7 /5

15 km
from city center
27 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

With an area of 214 hectares, Sun World is a recreational park in Halong offering an unparalled experience. The major attractions include Dragon park which has some thrilling rides, the unique Queen Cable Car system, Ba Deo Mystic Mountain Fun Park taking you to an ancient time, the picturesque Zen Garden and the Sun Wheel standing 215 meters high giving the Most beautiful Halong Bay views.

28. Soi Sim Island

3.3 /5

13 km
from city center
28 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

With a rich ecosystem, a lot of forest trees and shrubs, and two pristine beaches, the Soi Sim Island is a small island on Halong Bay attracting many tourists. Boating, kayaking, swimming and snorkelling are the many water activities you can indulge in here. If you're more of a lazy person, you can just sun bathe and relax in the gorgeous white sands.

29. Dau Go Island

3.2 /5

17 km
from city center
29 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Floating on emrald green waters, the Dau Go Island has a picturesque scenery of a lagoon. The island is one of the most popular on Halong for the Dau Go cave which has some incredible stalacties and stalagmites inside it. There is a wide variety of animal species like yellow-haired monkeys, birds and reptiles on the island.

30. Cat Co Cove

3.9 /5

0 km
from city center
30 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Cat Co Cove is a group of three pristine white sand beaches covered by chalk stone cliffs on the back. Tourists and locals often visit Cat Co for swimming and other water sports like kayaking and windsurfing. Cat Co 2 is prettier and more popular, however, head to Cat Co 1 or 3 if you want to avoid crowds and just laze around sun bathing on the beach.

31. Cat Co 2

3.7 /5

25 km
from city center
31 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Cat Co 2 is the prettiest beach in Cat Co Cove with nature and serenity like no other. The pristine white sand beach with turquoise blue waters. backed by large and stunning limestone cliffs attracts locals and tourists from all around. You'll see people sun bathing in the sand or taking a dip in the water to swim or snorkel.

32. Cat Co 1

3.7 /5

25 km
from city center
32 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Cat Co 1 is a rather popular beach on Cat Ba Island with many restruants, one resort and a good amount of crowd on the beach. You'll see locals and tourists just lazing around on the white sand, swimming, snorkelling or playing volleyball. Indulge in either of these activities or grab a bite from the many restaurants, but don't expect any peace at this beach.

33. Hospital Cave

3.6 /5

23 km
from city center
33 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

During the Vietnam War, the Hospital Cave was built high up in the limestone karsts which was invisible from the ground and air, making it an ideal safe house. The cave has concrete rooms that were built as doctors offices and surgical rooms for the injured soldiers. Those interested in history and the war should definitely visit this unique atrraction.

34. Quang Anh

3.6 /5

25 km
from city center
34 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Quang Anh floating restaurant is a perfect, peaceful and romatic spot for a meal. The restaurant picks out seafood fresh out of the cages in the sea nearby, and cooks your order with special herbs. The dishes are safe, hygienic and extremely tasty. Fish roll, Mu fish and Sea snakes are the popular choices here.

35. Dragon Park Ha Long

3.5 /5

15 km
from city center
35 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Spreading over 23 hectares, Dragon Park is the largest and most modern theme park of Vietnam. While rides like 'Tea Cups' and 'Circus Trains' are good for children, the park offers a great leisure time to teenagers and adults with rides like ' Tour de Paris' and 'Royal Carousel'. There are thrilling roller coasters as well as fairy tale worlds, all under one roof.

36. Hang Trong

3.5 /5

139 km
from city center
36 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Hang Trong or Drum Cave is found in the southeast area of Halong Bay. Opposite the virgin cave, it gets its name from the sound made by the numerous stalactites on its ceiling, making the sound of distent drumbeats when a wind blows in.

37. Vien Duong

3.5 /5

25 km
from city center
37 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Vien Duong is a seafood restaurant known for its fresh seafood produce. Asian, European and vegetarian dishes are available too. There are tanks full of fresh sea creatures in the restaurant. The meals are extremely affordable and a popular choice among the locals too. One must definitely try prawns, squid, lemon fish, and the fruit desserts.

38. Ho Chi Minh Monument

3.4 /5

0 km
from city center
38 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

This monument is a memorial built to remember Ho Chi Minh's visit to Cat Ba island in April 1951. Located on the top of a mountain, there is a steep but short staircase leading up to this viewpoint. Travelers can get a panoramic view of the Cat Ba and Lan Ha bay from here.

39. Long Tien Pagoda

3.3 /5

12 km
from city center
39 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

The largest pagoda in Halong, the Long Tien Pagoda has a unique architecture style of the Nguyen dynasty. It has a three gate entrance with a Buddha statue sitting on the top, and a bell tower below. The pagoda attracts a lot of crowd on the 1st and 15th of every month and during the Tet holiday, when the temple grounds turn into a colorful festival.

40. Ha-Long-Queen-Seilbahn

3.3 /5

14 km
from city center
40 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

The Ha-Long Queen-Seilbahn of Vietnam, popularly known as the 'Queen Cable Car' is the biggest reversible ariel tramway in the world. There are two concrete towers on either side of the bay, one with the tallest height in the world of 188 metres. The cable car provides some of the most marvellous panoramic view of Halong bay and the limestone karsts.

41. Bia Hoi Stalls

3.3 /5

0 km
from city center
41 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Bia Hoi is a popular local draught beer of Hanoi known for it's low alcohol quantity and affordable prices. Halong Bay has an open strip of Bia Hoi stalls, offering this refreshing beer while you take in some of the most gorgeous views of the Cat Ba town's harbour. You'll find many tourists and locals enjoying an evening just sitting here with a pint in their hands.

42. Hang Bo Nau

3.2 /5

139 km
from city center
42 out of 47
places to visit in Halong Bay

Hang Bo Nau, also known as "Pelican Cave" is named so due to the herd of pelicans that filled the cave in the past. The cave has a monster mouth opening with the stalactites and stalgmites of strange shapes falling down from the ceiling looking like sharp teeth. You can stand at the entrance and admire the stunning scenery of Halong Bay.

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