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About Ha Long Bay (Quang Ninh Province)
Quang Ninh province lies in the north-east corner of Viet Nam. To the north it borders China with a 170km stretch. In the south it borders on Haiphong. To the east is Ha Long Bay; and to the west is Lang Son province. Its coastline is 250 km long.

Halong city features a meandering coastline, numerous estuaries and tidal flats and more than 2,000 large and small islands. Exactly 1,030 of these have been named. Quang Ninh is a mountainous and coastal province with more than 80% of its area being made up of mountains and hills. The 2,000 some islands are also considered mountains.
Ha Long Sightseeings
HA LONG BAY: Ha Long bay located north of South East Sea, is 165km east of Hanoi, in Quang Ninh province. The bay, one of the most famous Vietnamese tourist attractions, has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Ha Long bay covers an area of 1,500sq.km. Among the several beaches along its winding coastline is Bai Chay, located just north of Cat Ba island. The reserve of marine life in the bay is flourishing and offers great potential for snorkeling.
The area is filled with thousands of islands of all shapes and sizes' most getting their names from their unusual shapes, such as Voi island (elephant), Ga Choi island (fighting cocks) and Mai Nha island (Roof).

VIRGIN & MALE GROTTO: The Virgin grotto is situated on Bo Hon islet, 15km south of Bai Chay beach. It runs winding through the heart of the island it occupies for more than 2km.
When visiting the Virgin Grotto, you can still see the petrified girl with her long hair hanging down and eyes looking towards the mainland. Opposite, the Male Grotto is still home to the lover, whose face is turned towards his mate. At times, his passionate calls and blows against the walls of the grotto can still be heard.

THIEN CUNG GROTTO: This recently discovered grotto is perhaps the most beautiful grotto in all of Ha Long bay. Thien Cung is situated on the south-west site of the bay, 4km from the wharf outside of Ha Long city.
It is found in a small range of island that resemble a throne embracing two superb grottoes at its core. The way to Thien Cung is a bit strenuous, going up a path covered on both sides by thick forest. Bu it is very rewarding: after entering a narrow gate, the magnificent, 130m-long grotto opens up.

BAI THO (POEM) MOUNTAIN: Bai Tho mountain is 106m high. It run along the coast, half on land and half in the sea. Sailing in the bay, one or two hundred meters from the mountain, one can see a poem carved on a flat stone cliff. In 1468 emperor Le Thanh Tong who was also a poet, made an inspection tour of the North-East region. He stopped at the foot of the mountain and inspired by the magnificent beauty of the surroundings, he wrote a poem.

SUNG SOT (SUPRRISE) CAVE: Situated in the centre of the UNESCO-declared World Heritage area, the Sung Sot or Surprise Grotto is on Bo Hon Island, and is one of the finest and widest grottoes of Ha Long Bay.Ascending to the grotto, the way is covered by trees and foliage, and consists of great paved stone blocks.Inside, it is partitioned into two chambers; the first one being similar to a wide theatre hall. Many stalactites hang from the high ceiling, with numerous possible forms and shapes.
Transportation
Quang Ninh is 55km from Haiphong and 160km from Hanoi.
Northern Service Flight Company (182 Truong Chinh, Hanoi) offers and helicopter flight from/to Ha Noi.
Take the train from Hanoi to Haiphong, then by a boat to Halong Bay.
Bai Chay Station is by the Bai Chay Post Office. Buses leave Hanoi' Gia Lam Station or Luong Yen for Bai Chay. It takes 4 hours and 30 minutes.
Minibus departs from Bai Chay to Hanoi from Bai Chay Bus station.
Daily ferries leave from the dock in Tuan Chau Island for Haiphong, Cat Hai island and Mong Cai.
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