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Ha Long Bay: “Kong: Skull Island”, stunning views on location

Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh is the last shooting destination for the “Kong: Skull Island” movie crew.

In 1994, UNESCO recognized Ha Long Bay as a Natural World Heritage Site, stating that “there are no equivalent sites on the World Heritage List”. In 2012, the bay was officially recognized as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

In 1994, UNESCO recognized Ha Long Bay as a Natural World Heritage Site, stating that “there are no equivalent sites on the World Heritage List”. In 2012, the bay was officially recognized as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Ti Top Island, located in the heart of the bay, is regarded as one of the most attractive sites for both international and domestic tourists to Ha Long. Ti Top is famous for its emerald waters and white sand.

Ti Top Island, located in the heart of the bay, is regarded as one of the most attractive sites for both international and domestic tourists to Ha Long. Ti Top is famous for its emerald waters and white sand.

Ba Hang Village is a small floating village located near Thien Cung Grotto (Heaven Grotto). The village is a favourite destination for tourists who want to witness local life in the majestic bay.

Ba Hang Village is a small floating village located near Thien Cung Grotto (Heaven Grotto). The village is a favourite destination for tourists who want to witness local life in the majestic bay.

Cong La- Ba Hang is about 30 kilometers from Tuan Chau Island and 20 kilometers from Hon Gai Port. It is also close to Cat Ba Island and Hai Phong.

Cong La- Ba Hang is about 30 kilometers from Tuan Chau Island and 20 kilometers from Hon Gai Port. It is also close to Cat Ba Island and Hai Phong.

A masterpiece of nature.

A masterpiece of nature.

Amazing limestone islands.

Amazing limestone islands.

Ti Top Island giữa many other small islands , creating vivid Into a beautiful complex , is where the stop of the tour boats .

Ti Top Island giữa many other small islands , creating vivid Into a beautiful complex , is where the stop of the tour boats .

Sun setting vast ocean blue color with a small island in the sea of green .

Sun setting vast ocean blue color with a small island in the sea of green .

Hon Trong Mai aka Ga Choi Islet , located in the southwestern part of Ha Long Bay , 5 km from Bai Chay .

Hon Trong Mai aka Ga Choi Islet , located in the southwestern part of Ha Long Bay , 5 km from Bai Chay .

A view of the bay from Bai Tho Mountain.

A view of the bay from Bai Tho Mountain.

The bay is one of Vietnam’s most visited destinations, and includes 1,600 islands and islets that form a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars

Destination

Hanoi-Ha Long Bay trip an affordable luxury, says UK newspaper

British newspaper The Independent recommends a three-day trip to Hanoi and Ha Long Bay as a great, affordable travel option.

A night scene at the Temple of Literature, a popular destination in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Vu Quang Ngoc

A night scene at the Temple of Literature, a popular destination in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Vu Quang Ngoc

The trip is included in a list of favorable travel options priced from £100 to £800 ($128-1,026).

For £300 ($384), a package tour that includes two nights in Vietnam’s capital city and an overnight stay on a cruise boat in the world-renowned natural heritage site Ha Long Bay, is great value for money, the newspaper said.

The Independent’s other recommendations include driving around the French Riviera in a rented retro-style car, or enjoying the beach at a three-star hotel in Crete, Greece. Transportation fee is not included.

Hanoi and Long Bay are among Vietnam’s most prominent tourism attractions.

Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city, is a major social and cultural center. It carries its ancient history and modernity with a special charm. It’s cuisine, on and off its streets, is continually raved about.

The city’s cultural attractions include stately pagodas and churches, colonial French architecture, water puppetry, traditional music, beautiful tree-lined streets and the famous Old Quarter with its guild streets, not to mention a vibrant night life.

Located in the northern province of Quang Ninh, Ha Long Bay comprises 1,600 islands and islets, and is one of the most mesmerizing natural complexes in the world, with limestone formations rising spectacularly still blue-green waters. Beautiful beaches, caves and floating villages make the bay a must-visit destination in Vietnam.

The core area of Ha Long Bay was the first natural site in Vietnam to be listed as a UNESCO natural world heritage in 1994. The bay was also the set for the Hollywood blockbuster “Kong – Skull Island” (2017).

The spectacular Ha Long Bay. Photo by VnExpress/Meo Gia

The spectacular Ha Long Bay. Photo by VnExpress/Meo Gia

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Destination

The Great Wall of Vietnam hugs a mountain range

A recently renovated path along the mountains in Quang Ninh Province offers vistas to remember in all seasons.

The path, named “The Dinosaur’s Spinal” which leads to landmark 1305 in the rural district of Binh Lieu, the highest point of Quang Ninh’s border, is famous for the dangerous terrain it traverses and known as one of hardest mountain roads to conquer in northern Vietnam.

As it gained popularity among tourists and trekkers, a 1.8km long stairway with 2000 steps was built to attract and facilitate more visitors.

The path used to be called the Great Wall of Vietnam because it is situated on the border patrol route between Vietnam and China. It offers magnificent views of cloud-capped mountains.

Although the stairway is not officially open yet, many curious tourists visit the place to take photos and go on a long walk. The raw, untouched beauty that one can see and enjoy while taking this path makes it an incomparable destination in Vietnam.

Binh Lieu presents different facets of natural beauty in each season. Spring’s the time when the flowers bloom; in summer, terraced fields come to play.

In autumn, the vetiver grass on the either side of the mountain range rise and bloom, and watching them blow in the breeze is a calming, soothing experience. In the winter, it gets cold and wears a barren look that is also arresting in its beauty.

Over the past two years, the number of people visiting Binh Lieu has increased significantly. But there is no parking spot here, and people have to guard against motorbike theft, some reports say.

Story by Hung Truong
Source: VNEXPRESS

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Dau Go Cave – Ha Long Bay’s biggest Cave to be renovated


Located in Halong Bay, Dau Go Cave is one of the most famous attractions in Halong. The Cave has the ancient and unspoiled beauty with many stalagmites having special and strange shapes.

Halong Bay has a variety of beautiful islands and caves such as Trinh Nu Cave, Me Cung Cave, Sung Sot Cave, Thien Cung Cave, etc. Nonetheless, none of these caves has the large scale and many historical legends like Dau Go Cave (Wooden Stakes Cave). If Thien Cung Cave is exquisite and modern, Dau Go Cave has the majestic and ancient beauty. This is one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay located in Dau Go Island, about 6 kilometers from Bai Chay cruise ship port. The beauty of Dau Go Cave is so impressive that a book Merveille de Monde (Wonders of the World) published by a French author in 1938 (specialized in introducing the world-famous scenic spots) called the Cave as Grotte des merveilles (Cave of Wonders).

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Stunning stalactites at Dau Go Cave – Source: Image from Flickr

With regard to the name Dau Go Cave, there are three different explanations. According to the first theory, in a war against Mongol invaders in the 13th century by Tran King, Dau Go Cave was a place where woodpiles were hidden by Vietnam soldiers to build a battlefield to destroy the enemy’s ships. Thereby, Dau Go Cave was initially named as Giau Go Cave (Hidden Wood Cave) to commemorate of the merits of Tran King. Later on, the Cave was called as Dau Go Cave (Wooden Stakes). The second theory explains that Dau Go Cave has a bow shape; therefore, this is a sheltered area. In stormy days, fishermen often gathered here to avoid the severe weather. In the time they lived here, they repaired their boats and left many wood pieces. Since then, the name Dau Go was formed. The final theory tells that due to lying in an island having the shape of a giant timber tree, Dau Go Cave was named after the shape of this island.

Path into Dau Go Cave - Source: Image from Flickr

Path into Dau Go Cave – Source: Image from Flickr

Dau Go Cave has the width of 5,000 m2. The cave door is 17 meters wide and 12 meters high. The cave is located at the height of 27m above the sea level. It was created approximately two millions years ago in Pleistocene having the same age with Thien Cung Cave. The Cave has a complex of ancient architecture. It exudes the ancient and unspoiled beauty with many stone pillars and stalagmites. Due to having the widely opened entrance, the cave has the high humidity, therefore, the flora and fauna are quite diverse, especially, mosses, ferns and timber trees. Also thanks to the strong development of the flora and fauna, the cave entrance has the blue color with the shape of the jellyfish. The dome of Dau Go Cave has 25 meters in height with hundreds of giant stalactites hanging down like a weird waterfall. This is a distinct feature of Dau Go in comparison to other caves in Halong.

Dau Go Cave in Halong Bay - Source: Image from Flickr

Dau Go Cave in Halong Bay – Source: Image from Flickr

Dau Go Cave is divided into three areas. The first one has a system of stalactites with many familiar images such as lions, pythons, turtles, fighting cocks, etc. The second area has Dau Go has a spectacular picture of rocky islands. In the third area, many giant stone pillars were created by the nature. At the end of the Cave, there is a freshwater lake. Looking up to the dome of the cave, there are strange shapes depending on the imagination of each person. Some say that these are the images of elephants, other tell these shapes are images of deers and lions. 95 years ago, in 1918, Khai Dinh King and a French Governor Albert Pierre Saraut on a trip to Halong Bay visited Dau Go Cave. Being surprised by the fairytale beauty of the Creator, Khai Dinh King wrote a poem praising the beauty of Halong Bay and Dau Go Cave. Then, a stele engraved the poem was erected in the left side of the Cave.

Dau Go Cave in Halong Bay - Source: Image from Flickr

Dau Go Cave in Halong Bay – Source: Image from Flickr

Being known as Cave of Wonders with majestic beauty and the historical values, nowadays, Dau Go Cave is one of Halong attractions, which has welcomed not only Vietnamese people but also international tourists, especially French, American, and European travelers visiting each day.

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