A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Halong Bay has made it far in the travel and tourism industry. Boasting its million years old limestone formations and friendly locals, this place contributes to the huge development of Vietnam’s economic rise.
Visiting Halong Bay should be in every person’s bucket list. Rich in history, culture, and traditions, the region of Halong has long proved that its charm and beauty can offer tons of opportunities for all locals and visitors. Whether you go on a cruise or see the beauty from the top of a hotel, you will surely have an amazing time in this natural world heritage.
Halong Bay spread on an area of around 1,553 km2, including 1,969 islets, most of which are limestone topped with thick jungle vegetation, rising spectacularly from the ocean. The core of the bay has an area of 334 km2 with a high density of 775 islets. The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of karst process in different conditions and environments before reaching its current state.
The karst landscape of Halong Bay is of international significance and of fundamental importance to the science of geomorphology. There are 2 types of karst landscape, they are the Fengcong karst (islets in group and in cone shape) and the Fenglin karst (independent islets and in tower shape). The Fengling karst, which is the type present in much of Halong Bay, is the most extreme form of limestone landscape development. If these karst landscapes are broadly compared in terms of their height, steepness and number of their limestone towers to assess the value of geomorphology, Halong Bay is probably second in the entire world only to Yangshou, in China. The diversity of caves in Halong Bay is also notable with dozens of caves classified in 3 types, each type has its own characters and distinct beauty.