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Halong Bay is a famous destination with many beautiful spots that you’ll want to explore. As a major tourist area there are many interesting outdoor activities that you should try when travelling in Halong Bay.

1. Cruising the Karst

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Crusing in Halong Bay

There are many ways to experience the gorgeous beauty of Halong Bay, but you shouldn’t miss cruising the karst by any means to explore amazing grottoes. There are various types of boats available in Halong Bay, from high standard cruisers to basic junks depending on your choice.

2. Kayaking

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Kayaking in Halong Bay

National Geographic Magazine elected Halong Bay as one of the best places for kayaking. For adventurers, the most interesting activity is kayaking through caves to admire sparkling stalactites with various shapes.

3. Discover grottoes

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Surprising cave, Halong Bay

Halong Bay is peppered with many caves. There are a few illuminated caves. Its beauty will amaze you.

Tourists can hire a row boat to explore those charming grottoes such as

  • Thien Cung (Thiên Cung) Cave, known as Heavenly Palace Cave, which is notable for its stalagmites and stalactites
  • Dau Go Cave (Hang Đầu Gỗ), which is known as the Cave of Wonden Stakes
  • Sung Sot Cave ( Surprise Cave )
  • Hang Trong ( Drum Grotto) well known for its amazing sound like a drumbeats created by wind impact on stalagmites.

4. Sunbathing

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Sunbathing on cruise

Some of the most relaxing activities in Ha Long Bay are sunbathing and swimming. Halong Bay owns natural beauty with thousands of caves, limestone cliffs, emerald waters, and numerous stunning beaches for sunbathing such as: Cat Co 1, Cat Co 2, Cat Co 3, Cat Co 4 in Cat Ba Island. And sunbathing is totally free, why not try it!

5. Trekking

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Trekking in Jungle

For those people who like to trek, congratulations, trekking in Halong is absolutely doable!

Here are some best places for trekking activities.

  • Tuan Chau Island which is near the fishing villages and Cat Ba Island.
  • Ban Sen Island which is pristinely forested and uninhabited. You can take a ferry from Cai Rong to the Quan Lan and hire a local guide for instruction.

6. Cycling

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Cycling in CatBa Island, Halong Bay

Besides trekking, cycling is a must do activity in Halong Bay! Cycle among nature of the sea. Cycling is easily accessible for tourists in Halong City.

7. Mountain Climbing

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Rock climbing in Halong Bay

Halong Bay is considered the most majestic climbing area of the world with more than 3000 limestone islands. Cat Ba Island now provides rock climbing service for travelers at all climbing levels.

8. Tai Chi

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Learning Tai Chi on Cruise

For those people who love a morning workout, most overnight cruises offer a sunrise Tai Chi class. Tai Chi is a great exercise to help you wake up as well as improve the your physical health and mind. With this ancient martial art, Tai Chi – your experience on board will be more interesting and unforgettable.

9. Seaplane Sightseeing

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Halong Bay Seaplane

Halong is renowned for majestic limestone karsts and grottoes that draw many tourists. Therefore, you can witness the beauty of Ha Long Bay from seaplane. This is one of the best ways to experience its spectacular karts.

Altitudes can reach 300m above the water level so you can admire this paradise. Although, this might be one of the most pricey things to do in Halong Bay.

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