Ha Long Bay is located Quang Ninh province of Vietnam. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, declared so in 1994. The area is a popular tourist destination due to the bay that features thousands of limestone karsts, which are a geological rock formation, and isles that surround these.
The main bay area is 128 square miles and feature roughly 800 islets of limestone. The limestone has formed here over 500 million years. The karsts here have gone under nearly 20 million years of evolution in a tropical wet climate. This makes the formations vary in size and condition. The surrounding area features nearly almost 2,000 karsts. The tops of the limestone karsts are covered in thick jungle vegetation. Research has shown the presence of prehistoric human beings that lived in the area tens of thousands of years ago.
There are several islands most which are uninhabited and some that are actually hollow. These feature large caves. The Wooden Stakes Cave is the largest of these. It has three chambers that contain stalactites and stalagmites. Unfortunately it also has 19th century French graffiti. There are 2 larger islands Tuan Chau and Cat Ba that are inhabited. There are a number of tourist facilities here that include hotels. There are also a number of beaches. There is four fishing main fishing villages Cura Van, Ba Hang, Cong Tau, and Vong Vieng. These are a must see if you travel to the area. They live on floating houses and their lives are sustained by fishing daily. These waters have over 200 species of fish and 450 different kinds of mollusks. Definitely try the local cuisine to experience this bounty.
There are other things to tickle your fancy here as well. You can go on boat tours, or shop the Halong Market. There is even the Halong Bay Casino if you choose to test your luck. The cuisine is a must to try as well. Try the Vietnamese coffee. Local delicacies have the interesting and exotic flavors of the country’s cuisine but feature deep fried mini crabs, shellfish spout, and the rice pancake. The local fruits should also be sampled. The experience of the bay promises to be beautiful and mysterious. You can partake in diving the waters as well as other various water sports.