Top tourist attractions in Ha Long City to captivate most guests

Ha Long City attracts millions of tourists because it possesses enchanting scenery and an amazing bay with thousands of islands in the sea.

Besides the bay, this city has plenty of beautiful tourist attractions to explore.

amazing landscape halong bay

Ha Long Bay

  • Ticket price: From 290,000 VND/person/route
  • Opening hours: 7:30am – 4:30pm

Halong Bay stands out because of its picturesque beauty with hundreds of islands. All sets a great picture showing incredible nature combined with islands, sea, and local people.

The most famous islands and beautiful caves in Ha Long Bay that you can check are Ga Choi Island, Ngoc Vung Island, Con Coc Island, Ti Top Island, Sung Sot Cave, and Trinh Nu Cave.

Besides visiting its landscapes, you can join a lot of exciting activities, such as overnight cruises on the bay, kayaking, diving, swimming, and fishing.

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Quang Ninh Museum

  • Address: Tran Quoc Nghien, Hon Gai, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh
  • Reference ticket price: 30,000 VND/adult
  • Opening hours: 8:30 am – 11:30 am, 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm, open every day of the week except Monday

This attraction becomes impressive because of its big name on the building: “Quang Ninh Museum”. And, the black color of the building creates a unique outer, attracting plenty of people taking pictures here.

The 3 floors of the museum contain the historical stories of Quang Ninh Province and Ha Long Bay in particular. The first floor displays the sea and nature, the second floor stores historical values, and the third floor shows a re-enactment of the history of coal mines.

quang ninh museum
©Quang Ninh Museum

Bai Tu Long Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay is located next to Ha Long Bay. The bay consists of more than 600 large and small islands, notably Bai Tu Long National Park.

The life of the islanders in the fishing villages can add more experiences to know the unique things for your journey.

Bai Tu Long Bay also has the legend that the mother dragon and her cubs were sent by the Heaven Emperor to the world to help people fight against the enemy. They sprayed down countless pearls and treasures, thereby turning them into large and small islands to block ships of the enemy coming to the mainland.

The place where the mother dragon first landed is called Ha Long Bay, and the location of the baby dragon is Bai Tu Long Bay.

incredible view in bai tu long

Tuan Chau Island

Being the gateway to exploring Ha Long Bay, Tuan Chau Island is a popular tourist destination with a big harbor system for cruise ships, a beautiful beach, and a unique entertainment area.

Tuan Island Chau also owns many beautiful names, such as Miss Island, Flower Island, Pearl Island, and Coconut Island.

When coming here, you may take a cruise to explore the islands of Halong Bay or Lan Ha Bay. And, there are many other attractions, such as:

  • Tuan Chau Beach where you can spend time swimming and relaxing.
  •  Tuan Chau International Amusement Park has a lot of outdoor space and activities for families with children.
  •  Tuan Chau Sculpture Park will be interesting for children or those who like sculpture art.
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Tuan Chau Cruise Port. ©Tuan Chau Island

>>> You may also like to see the interesting Halong Bay facts.

Bai Chay tourist attractions

Bai Chay is right near the center of Halong Bay, so it has been popular for relaxing and starting your journey to explore the bay when you do not like to spend overnight on a cruise.

In Bai Chay, you can visit well-known attractions:

  • Bai Chay Beach: although this is an artificial beach close to the city center, it often stays on the list of beautiful beaches in Halong Bay. Its fine white sand becomes a lovely thing attracting many visitors.
  •  Halong Ancient Town: The people call this site the ancient town, but it is not old at all. It’s because the small quarter of this region has many buildings, imitating the old houses in Hanoi and Hoi An, which form this name.
  •  3D Funny Art Museum Ha Long: This small museum has more than 40 paintings of 3D, and multi-dimensional effects on themes of Aquarium, adventure, and Parody.
  •  Ha Long Night Market: This place is an interesting place to come when you stay overnight in Bai Chay. More than 100 large and small stalls can offer local food and lovely souvenirs for your loved ones.
bai chay beach halong

Poem Mountain

  • Address: Hang Pot, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh
  • Opening hours: Open daily, it can be closed by safety.
  • Ticket price: Free

Bai Tho Mountain is a high limestone mount in the center of Ha Long City. There are many poems by King Le Thanh Tong (1460-1497) and Trinh Cuong carved on the mountain, so the people call it “Nui Bai Tho” – meaning Poem Mountain.

This mountain is famous for its view from the peak, where you can enjoy the incredible landscape of Halong Bay.

However, the roads and steps leading to the peak are small and stiff, so you have to be careful when climbing up here.

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Beautiful landscape from the poem mountain.

Cat Ba island

Cat Ba Island belongs to Hai Phong City but is quite close to Ha Long Bay, which is a close connection in the tourist route of Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba. Thus, we put this place in the list of Halong attractions for you to be easier to check.

Cat Ba Island has been building to become a high-quality relaxation region, including both luxury and affordable hotels, seafood restaurants, and beautiful beaches. Seafood in Cat Ba is fresh so it’s great to taste, but you need to check the price before ordering it.

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Bao Hai Linh Thong Pagoda

Bao Hai Linh Thong Pagoda is located on the top of Ba Deo mountain, right in the center of Ha Long City, far away is the charming Ha Long Bay.

Although the pagoda is not an ancient one, it has the architectural style of the 17th – 18th centuries, a characteristic of ancient pagodas in Vietnam.

In addition to visiting the temple, from its grounds, you will be able to see the landscape of the city and the mountains as if jostling each other on a deep blue sea.

bao hai linh thong quang ninh

>> After visiting this city, you may like to check if there’s a train from Halong Bay to Hue City.

Notes before traveling to Halong Bay

If your family is planning to visit and relax at Ha Long tourist sites, here are useful tips that will help you prepare your journey better:

  • Reservations should be made at least 1 month to 3 months in advance to ensure a smooth and well-planned vacation.
  • If you buy tickets to visit many places (multi-place tickets), you keep the ticket stub to continue to the next tourist destinations.
  • Do not bring plastic utensils, water bottles, or plastic bags when boarding the boat to visit Ha Long Bay. Onboard, there is a drinking water supply, the price will range from 20,000 VND per small water bottle and 30,000 VND per soft drink.
  • Check the weather before arranging your best time to visit Halong Bay, because the main activities here are to enjoy views and go swimming in the sea.

Visiting Ha Long tourist attractions becomes perfect if you have time to stay on nice cruises overnight on the bay. Therefore, booking a 4-star or 5-star cruise in advance is recommended.

Hopefully, the above useful information will help you and your family have a good memorable experience in Ha Long City.

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