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.

Let’s explore the famous places in Ha Long to prepare for the trip to this incredibly beautiful destination!

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Beautiful view of Ha Long Bay. Ngoc Vuong/pexels

Ha Long Bay

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

With its picturesque beauty, Ha Long Bay is also a world natural heritage that was recognized by UNESCO in 1994, and the second time in 2000 because of its outstanding global geomorphological value.

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Beautiful Ha Long Bay and its cave

The bay owns thousands of pristine, mysterious, and beautiful islands and caves, and rich ecosystems. Ha Long Bay has become a unique destination that most tourists want to visit when traveling here.

The famous islands and beautiful caves in Ha Long Bay that you can refer to include Ga Choi island, Ngoc Vung island, Con Coc island, Ti Top island, Sung Sot cave, Trinh Nu cave,…

In addition, at this famous Ha Long tourist destination, you can experience many exciting activities such as cruising on Ha Long Bay, kayaking, swimming…

Quang Ninh Museum

  • Address: Tran Quoc Nghien, Hon Gai, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh
  • Reference ticket price: 30,000 VND/adult; 15,000 VND/student, students; 10,000 VND/child
  • Opening hours: 8:30 am – 11:30 am, 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm, open every day of the week except Monday
quang ninh museum

Quang Ninh Museum has recognized a precious black pearl on the side of Ha Long Bay. With a disruptive design, simple but luxurious, the square building with the entire black outer surface has attracted a lot of Ha Long tourists to visit and take pictures.

Quang Ninh Museum is designed into 3 floors, each floor shows a different theme telling the history and development of Quang Ninh. The first floor displays the sea and nature, the second floor is a place to store historical values, and the third floor is a re-enactment of the history of coal mines.

This tourist place in Ha Long should not be missed if you want to learn about the life and typical cultural features of the locals.

Bai Tu Long Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay is located next to Ha Long Bay, in Cam Pha City and part of Ha Long. The bay consists of more than 600 large and small islands, notably Bai Tu Long National Park with 3 main island clusters: Tra Ngo, Ba Mun, and Sau.

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Bai Tu Long Bay. @travellinjenna2018

Coming to this Ha Long tourist destination, you have the opportunity to understand the life of the islanders in the fishing villages.

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 into large and small islands to block ships of the enemy coming to the mainland. The place where the mother dragon first landed here is called Ha Long Bay, and the location of the baby dragon is Bai Tu Long Bay.

Visit Tuan Chau Island, Ha Long

Located at the gateway of Ha Long Bay, Tuan Chau Island is a famous Ha Long tourist destination with the largest man-made yacht harbor system in Vietnam, a beautiful beach, and a unique entertainment area.

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

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Tuan Chau Island Halong. @vickyvan97

>>> You may like to check the interesting Halong bay facts.

Tuan Chau beach

  • Address: Ngoc Chau, Tuan Chau, Ha Long, Quang Ninh
  • Opening hours: 24/24h
  • Ticket price: Free admission

This is the only beach in Ha Long that has an automatic bathing point. Beautiful beach, light waves are suitable for families with the elderly and young children.

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Tuan Chau beach is very peaceful and lovely to spend time.

Tuan Chau international amusement park

  • Address: Ngoc Chau, Tuan Chau, Ha Long, Quang Ninh
  • Opening hours: 8am – 10pm
  • Ticket price: 250,000 VND/person

This place is another famous tourist destination in Ha Long with a large number of domestic and foreign tourists. Tuan Chau Amusement Park is the second most famous amusement park in the coastal city of Ha Long, including an outdoor play area, dolphin shows, water music, puppet shows, etc.

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Tuan Chau Amusement Park can give you a fun moment with friends and family.

Tuan Chau Sculpture Park

This park locates on the beautiful island of Tuan Chau. With elaborately sculpted statues, the park will be an attractive place for enjoying the skillful statues.

Address: Tuan Chau International Tourist Area, Tuan Chau Ward, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh.

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Plenty of statues stay at sculpture museum in Tuan Chau. @t2_love

Tourist attractions in Bai Chay

Bai Chay beach

  • Address: Bai Chay, Ha Long, Quang Ninh
  • Opening hours: 24/24h
  • Ticket price: Free

Another must-see destination here is Bai Chay beach, an artificial beach very close to the city center. The beach is one of the greenest and most beautiful beaches in Ha Long Bay, with a coastline of nearly 1,000 meters covered with fine white sand.

Here, you can enjoy bathing, taking pictures, relaxing, watching the sunset, cycling along the beach, or organizing teambuilding fun.

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Bai Chay Beach @nguyenphanh2406

Ancient Town in Bai Chay

  • Address: Ha Long Street, Bai Chay, Ha Long, Quang Ninh
  • Opening hours: 24/24h
  • Ticket price: Free

Bai Chay Old Town is a unique building with 2 facades with different styles. On the one side is the space of town in town, recreating the ancient style of Hoi An and Hanoi’s old town, and the other side is the bustling trading space of food stalls and cafes.

Many guests also call this by other names: Little Vietnam or Halong Ancient Town.

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You can get many beautiful photos at the Old Town in Bai Chay.

3D Funny Art Museum Ha Long

  • Address: Marine Plaza, Hung Thang urban area, Bai Chay, Ha Long, Quang Ninh
  • Opening hours: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Ticket price: 80,000 VND/person

This amusement park in Bai Chay is famous for its more than 40 paintings of 3D, and multi-dimensional effects on themes of Aquarium, adventure, and Parody.

You can have incredible pictures when visiting this museum.

3D Funny Art Museum Ha Long

Ha Long Night Market

  • Address: Ha Long Marine Boulevard, Bai Chay, Ha Long, Quang Ninh
  • Opening hours: 6:00pm – 12:00am
  • Ticket price: Free

This tourist attraction in Ha Long is very well-known with 2 floors and more than 100 large and small stalls. If you want to enjoy local food and buy souvenirs for your loved ones, you may visit this place.

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A shop in Halong night market. @_jeong__0120

Hon Gai Beach

  • Address: Tran Quoc Nghien Street, Ha Long
  • Opening hours: 24/24
  • Ticket price: Free

As one of the new artificial beaches invested and exploited by Quang Ninh province, Hon Gai beach is a new lovely destination.

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Hon Gai Beach. @hannah_clemett

Poem Mountain

  • Address: Hang Pot, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh
  • Opening hours: Open daily
  • Ticket price: Free

Bai Tho Mountain is a limestone mountain in the center of Ha Long City. On the mountain, there are still many poems by King Le Thanh Tong (1460-1497) and Trinh Cuong, all inspired by the beauty of the fairyland of Ha Long Bay.

 Located right next to Ha Long Bay, Bai Tho Mountain is an ideal Ha Long tourist destination with a full view of the bay and the city. The road to Bai Tho mountain is small, located in the alley of Hang Noi street, Bach Dang, so if you want to conquer this hill, you will need the guidance of the local people.

However, Bai Tho mountain climbing has been suspended due to safety. You can visit and admire the scenery below. We will try to update the information of this place as fast as we can when the government opens it again.

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Amazing view of Halong from the top of Poem mountain. @toanla_alex

Vinpearl Resort & Spa Ha Long

  • Address: Reu Island, Bai Chay, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh

Vinpearl Resort & Spa Ha Long is the only resort located entirely on the sea in wonder bay. The building has a magnificent bow-shaped design inspired by the draft of the city of Rennes – France.

The resort has a system of luxurious rooms, opening views of the lovely scenery of the natural wonder Halong.

Vinpearl Resort & Spa Halong will be an ideal destination to rest and enjoy relaxing moments and natural beauty here.

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Very beautiful Vinpearl Resort Halong

Ha Long Flower Park

  • Address: Le Thanh Tong, Bach Dang Ward, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh
  • Opening hours: 24/24
  • Ticket price: Free

Ha Long Flower Park is a beautiful new exhibition area with a view of Ha Long Bay. This tourist destination is famous because it is close to the center, so you can move easily to this place and take beautiful pictures with your family and loved ones.

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Halong flower park. @khanhvu.ilovehalong

Attractions near Ha Long

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.

Cat Ba Island has a relatively good tourism system, including luxury and affordable hotels, restaurants, and beautiful beaches. Seafood in Cat Ba is one of the top dishes to taste when staying there.

From Ha Long, you can reach Cac Ba island by ferry from the ferry terminal on Tuan Chau Island, or join a boat tour and spend the night on the island.

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Cat Ba Island is a nice destination near Halong City.

Ba Vang Pagoda

  • Address: Quang Trung Ward, Uong Bi City, Quang Ninh Province.
  • Opening hours: 6:00 am -5:00 pm
  • Ticket price: Free

This temple is a famous spiritual tourist destination in Ha Long. Located at an altitude of 340m above sea level, Ba Vang Pagoda has an extremely sacred location terrain. Many tourists choose the temple to visit and sightsee when coming to Quang Ninh.

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Peaceful area in Ba Vang Temple. @hin.0810

Yen Tu relic site

  • Address: Yen Tu mountain, Nam Mau village, Thuong Yen Cong commune, Uong Bi city, Quang Ninh province
  • Opening hours: 5:00am – 8:00pm daily
  • Ticket price: 40,000 VND/person

This attraction has many historical sites associated with Buddhism and is known as the Buddhist ancestral land in Vietnam. Every year, the Yen Tu relic area welcomes millions of tourists to visit and pray for peace and luck.

If you choose this place, you should plan to explore it with your 3-days-2nights tours in Halong, which is to ensure the schedule because Yen Tu scenic spot needs time to be able to experience all the beauty and go to the top of Dong Pagoda, considered the heart of this area.

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yen tu relic area. @yi_namho

Cai Bau Pagoda

  • Address: Hamlet 1, Ha Long commune, Van Don district, Quang Ninh province
  • Opening hours: 6:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Ticket price: Free

Also known as Truc Lam Giac Tam Zen Monastery (the same style as Truc Lam Bach Ma Zen Monastery in Hue), this temple locates halfway up the mountain, with a great panoramic view of Bai Tu Long Bay. This temple is a spiritual tourist destination not to be missed when coming to Quang Ninh, Vietnam.

Cai Bau Pagoda
Cai Bau Pagoda in Quang Ninh. @__yphoan

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Notes before traveling to Halong Bay

If your family is planning to visit and relax at Ha Long tourist sites, here are some small travel 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 destination because the ticket staff in Ha Long often stamps your ticket.
  • 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 20,000VND per small water bottle, and 30,000 VND per soft drink.
  • Check the weather before ranging your best time to visit Halong Bay, because the main activities here are to enjoy views, swimming in the sea.

Visiting Ha Long tourist attractions become more perfect if you can have time to stay on nice cruises to overnight on the bay or stay at beautiful resorts, such as Vinpearl Resort & Spa Ha Long.

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

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