Halong Bay is a UNESCO site in northern Vietnam consisting of 1969 islands. As mentioned by Wikitravel Ha Long means ‘Bay of Descending Dragons’. The islands are made of limestone and form karsts which rise out of the water.
Our experience of Halong Bay was spent on board the Silverseas Cruise boat (above) as found on booking.com (which has a large number of similar cruises from which to choose). Our package included 2 nights on board the ship, return transfers from Hanoi, excursions around Cat Ba island and all food.
Our transfer from Hanoi was smooth, on time and well organised. We arrived in Halong Bay and boarded the ship at around 12:45 pm.
We sailed through the spectacular scenery of limestone pillars and calm emerald waters while eating a delicious lunch on board the ship.
Fortunately the thunderstorm soon cleared as we sailed around Halong Bay and visited Cat Ba island.
The food onboard the ship was fabulous. Lunch on the first day consisted of 5 separate courses. Dinner in the evening was a series of delicious traditional Vietnamese courses.
Overall the cruise was good value and an excellent way of spending time in Halong Bay. We also visited a cave, a beach and Cannon Fort which was located on a hill on Cat Ba island giving us great views of the bay. Other activities such as kayaking, squid fishing and spring roll making were also available.