Lan Ha Bay

Lan Ha Bay

With a gentle and poetic natural beauty, Lan Ha bay has become an attraction for tourists traveling to Halong Bay. Let’s explore this wild bay with us.

Where is Lan Ha bay?

Lan Ha bay is located partly in the southern Halong bay, Halong city, Quang Ninh province and eastern Cat Ba island, Hai Phong city. It has the area of over 7,000 hectares, of which 5,400 hectares are under the management of the Cat Ba National Park. The arch-shaped bay with about 400 large and small islands has created a large picture depicting heaven.

For those who haven’t visited Lan Ha, the bay still attracts them by the gentle and delicate name "Lan Ha." The name reminds people of the image of an orchid flower lowering to earth. This fragile and charming beauty of the name has aroused curiosity for visitors to travel Lan Ha bay.

Lan Ha bay

Lan Ha bay

Best time to visit

Summer in Lan Ha is beautiful. The sunshine color from the blue sky shining down combines with the beautiful landscapes of the white sandy beaches, the green mountains, the blue water, and the colorful sails of La Pinta Lan Ha bay cruises which is the best one in Lan Ha, creating a picture as water painting, making it more beautiful and fanciful. This experience will bring tourists a funny and unforgettable memory on summer days. However, they should not be here from August to October when it is raining because it will be not convenient for the trip.

The autumn and winter in Lan Ha bay offer visitors a sense of being extremely close to nature. Foreign travelers often come here in this period from November to March. Sunshine is gentle with the cool breeze of the ocean giving visitors the feeling of complete relaxation and freshness in each breath on the passenger ship or cruise line like La Pinta. The scenery of Lan Ha bay is like a paradise with small rock islands, smoothy white sandy beaches, floating houses, small boats of the local fishermen, and crystal clear water, etc.

Top attractions in Lan Ha bay

Beaches and islands

The two most popular islands in Lan Ha bay are Nam Cat island (Cat Ba National Park) and Monkey island. Nam Cat beach is a place where visitors will interestedly immerse in the sea. They will be comfortable swimming in the blue water and watching the pebbles or colorful coral reefs. This place still retains the natural beauty of a calm sea behind the majestic lime mountains. The beauty of Nam Cat Island is like a picture of autumn with the beautiful blue sky.

Beaches in Lan Ha

Beaches in Lan Ha

Monkey island (or Cat Dua island) is only 1 kilometer away from Cat Ba town. At present, over 20 monkeys are living on the island. They usually go down to the nearby beaches to take a bath and have fun with the tourists. They are very friendly, fun and cute. Monkey island has two beaches of Cat Dua 1 and Cat Dua 2. Guests can bathe here because the sea water is clear and green.

Limestone mountains

Lan Ha bay is also deeply impressed in the minds of tourists with the limestone cliffs as well as the solid walls surrounding here. There are hundreds of mountains with many different shapes and sizes such as Guoc island (Clog island) and Doi island (Bat island). Visiting the bay, travelers will have a chance to kayak or climb to the majestic and unique limestone cliffs and then jump to the fresh sea water.


The stalactite caves are also pleasant places to visit, which are Ham Rong cave (Dragon’s Jaw cave), Do Cung cave, Fish cave, etc. With the extraordinary name, Luon cave is also a great location in Lan Ha bay. This place is known for the beauty of nature so that visitors cannot forget. Furthermore, tourists can enjoy the feeling of kayaking through the cave to admire the beauty of nature.

Fishing villages

An exciting part of a Lan Ha bay travel is probably the experience of trying out the kayak adventure that tourist can explore every corner of the bay, especially in fishing villages like Cua Van and Cai Beo floating villages. In there, they also can engage in many activities like fishing by fishing net, or sitting on the boat and listening to people here tell stories among the sea.

Biking in Viet Hai fishing village

Biking in Viet Hai fishing village

Moreover, many tourists are fascinated having chance to bike in Viet Hai fishing village. The village is situated in Cat Ba National Park, so space here is very fresh, and the scenery is pristine, bringing travelers the feeling of refreshing themselves. This activity is suitable for the young and many couples who are adventurous and challenging.

Phao Dai Than Cong

Sunset at sea, a beautiful moment, is a reason why visit Lan Ha bay. Travelers should go to the Phao Dai (Fortress) in the late afternoon when the sky is clear and climb to the top watching the view of Lan Ha bay. Just one time visiting here, tourists will have a chance to enjoy the full moment of interference between day and night, creating a mysterious and romantic beauty. The sunlight and the scene are gorgeous in the afternoon. Notably, at the height of 177 meters above sea level, tourists will be overwhelmed when looking far away towards the sea, mountains, clouds, and sun, etc. All these will miniature in front of your eyes.

With its unique situation, Lan Ha bay owns various factors turning it into one of the most attractive tourist spots in Vietnam. If you want to explore all the seduction of the bay, the ideal way is booking a tour on the Halong cruises luxury. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information about where to try the best coffee in Halong. Thank you.