If you decide to visit Quang Ninh Province in Vietnam and ask any of the local people which parts of the province you shouldn’t miss, it’s more than likely the majority of them will tell you – Halong Bay! Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, Halong Bay is an extraordinary place. It is the place where more than 1,600 islands and islets create a mindblowing natural spectacle. 

Get to know Halong Bay

What makes this natural gem even more exotic is the fact most of the islands are not affected by people. The magnificent scenery is a valuable asset in the natural offer of Vietnam with a reason. It is abundant with limestone landforms and pillars and includes gorgeous natural coastal decoration such as caves and arches.

The most beautiful islands of Halong Bay

Knowing the area of the bay is abundant with islands probably makes you wonder which of them you should visit first. Our top choices are Soi Sim, Ti Top, and Castaway Island.

Soi Sim is a nice, quiet island where you can enjoy sunbathing and water sports, such as swimming and kayaking. It is the island especially recommended for those of you who are still learning how to swim since the current isn’t really strong in this area. Additionally, the scenery is absolutely majestic.

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Ti Top Island offers a gorgeous panoramic view of Halong Bay as well as pretty, clean beaches, nice white sand, and clear water. It is one of the most popular attractions in the area not only when it comes to international visitors – the local people also enjoy its charms. That’s why you shouldn’t be surprised to find it crowded.

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When compared to Soi Sim and Ti Top, Castaway Island offers a completely different experience. There’s nothing quiet, peaceful and relaxing when it comes to Castaway. It is an island crowded with youth, awesome for partying, nightlife, and wild explorers looking forward to adventures in nature, especially rock climbing.

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Majestic caves of Halong Bay

Having in mind the area is abundant with caves, you shouldn’t miss visiting and exploring some of them. The ones that will definitely leave you speechless are Sung Sot Cave, Dau Go Cave, and Dong Thien Cung.

Sung Sot Cave 

Also known as Surprise Grotto Sung Sot Cave is situated on Bon Ho Island and represents the very heart of Halong Bay. It is probably one of the most impressive spots of this UNESCO-declared World Heritage area since it is one of the widest and the finest caves in the bay. The path to the grotto is exotic and abundant with trees and foliage. The most incredible parts of the cave are the chambers, two of them, naturally decorated with imposing stalactites in a wide variety of shapes.

Dau Go Cave 

Visiting Dau Go Cave is another awesome experience you should enjoy if you find yourself in Halong Bay. It is one of the tourist hotspots, with the lightning perfectly illuminating the most important areas of the cave. If you join a guided tour, you will have the chance of hearing a story about the four holy animals “hidden” in the rocks – the dragon, the turtle, the phoenix and the lion.