Lan Ha Bay

Overview Lan Ha Bay

Lan Ha Bay is located southeast of Cat Ba Island and made up of over 300 karst islands and limestone sea rocks. Lan Ha Bay is a geological extension of Halong Bay and is equally as magnificent. However, it is less frequented, less populated, and hence has the atraction of being a more serene place.


Lan Ha Bay is located in the Gulf of Tonkin in the northeastern part of Vietnam. Lan Ha Bay is famous for its breathtaking natural beauty, which includes towering cliffs, clean beaches, and crystal-clear seas. Lan Ha Bay has a unique ecology with hundreds of kinds of flora and fauna that make it becomes one of the important destinations of Halong Bay Cruise Deals.

Thus, it has about 400 islets covered with green trees and vegetation and a more isolated appeal which you can not see in another place. Lan Ha is home of 200 species of fish, 500 species of mollusk, 400 species of arthropod, and numerous hard and soft coral, while larger marine animals in the area include seals and three species of dolphin.

Lan Ha Bay

Lan Ha Bay

Places & Activities

This bay reserves a more pristine scenery with an intense concentration of limestone mountains, which the sea surface has partitioned into smaller bays and gulfs. Thus, it has several beautiful places:

Cat Ba Island: The largest island in the Cat Ba Archipelago, it is the great time to explore Cat Ba's jungle and caves while watching the sunsets.

Monkey Island: Monkey Island can be reached by tour from Cat Ba Island and is included on many Lan Ha Bay Cruise's itineraries. The island's top, accessible through a short hike from the beach, provides some of the greatest views of Lan Ha Bay.

Cannon Fort: The Cannon Fort is located on a 177-meter-high hilltop and is available to the public daily from 8AM - 5PM and is the ideal location for a breathtaking panoramic view of the water.

Luon Cave: Located on Bo Hon Island, Luon Cave is one of Lan Ha Bay's most famous caverns. It has a lot to offer with its beautiful natural surroundings, and exploring it is one of the best things to do in Lan Ha.

Moreover, it is a good spot for swimming, organizing a private beach BBQ, or an overnight camp thanks to a hundred beautiful, small beaches lying at the feet of the mountains.Sitting in the small boat, tourists can visit the caves and relax on Cat Dua and Bai Cat beach with gentle waves and calm sea, colorful coral reefs and natural surroundings. There are some famous places for kayaking here is Cai Beo floating village, Van Boi center area in the middle of the bay, Ba Trai Dao area or Monkey Island area, ect.

Lan Ha Bay

Lan Ha Bay


You may visit Lan Ha Bay at any time of year but the ideal time to travel is between March and June, or October and November. From March to June, the weather is mainly bright and not too hot, or rains as much as it does in the summer. This type of weather is ideal for taking advantage of the various activities. However, keep in mind that this is also peak season for domestic tourists. After June, the weather becomes much more unpredictable, with the likelihood of typhoons and tropical storms increasing.


There are some options to go to Lan Ha Bay. Many people choose to book a trip with cruise company such as Halong Bay Cruise Deals; the La Regina Grand CruiseElite of The Seas Cruise or La Casta Cruise packages often include return transportation to and from Hanoi as well as full board overnight aboard in modern cruises. Besides, you can go by bus from Hanoi to Hai Phong (Niem Nghia bus station at 275 Tran Nguyen Han, Le Chan), then transfer to a ferry to Cat Ba island.

Wandering on the azure-blue beach, enjoying the tropical sunlight and breathing in the ocean breeze, along with a kayaking trip and maybe even some fishing, your trip to Lan Ha Bay will surely be an unforgettable memory.

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