BEAUTIFUL NIGHT IN HALONG CITY

Nightlife in Ha Long has drawn locals as well as visitors to spend their vacation here. Halong is the popular tourist destination of Vietnam, which seldom goes to sleep.

The dazzling nightlife in Halong is really worth mentioning. This beautiful city of Vietnam beams with large number of activities even at the odd hours of the city. The residents as well as the tourists to this city of Halong indulge themselves in various kinds of fun and merriment especially at night. There are large options of nightspots in the city, which are worth paying a visit.

 

 

You will come across plethora of nightspots that are scattered throughout the city. Party-hoppers of different age groups visit these night spots of Halong with their pals and relatives. There are ample of options for night entertainment at this city. Some of the fashionable nightspots of the city are bars, pubs, nightclubs. There are many nightclubs in Ha Long.

Most of the nightclubs of the city remain open for the visitors till late hours. The college-goers visit the nightclubs usually in groups. The nightclubs of Halong remain packed with locals and visitors even at the wee hours of the day. The main attraction of these nightclubs are it excellent sound system and spacious dance floor. In the nightclubs of Halong the DJs belts out some heart pulsing music including rock music to jazz. Some of the deluxe hotels of Halong like, the Wyndham Legend Halong Hotel have an onsite nightclub.

 

 

Talking about the Nightlife in Halong we cannot afford to miss out the bars and pubs of Halong. The bars and pubs in Halong offers relaxing ambience to sip your liked drinks. You can try out wide varieties of local as well as international drinks in these venues.

Halong night market is also an interesting place. It besides Bai Chay beach, near Royal International Park.

Enjoy yourself to the fullest with the entertainment and recreation services in  Royal International Park are an good ideal with bars and bathing services center, emergency station, park, garden of birds and orchids, archery grounds, cactus, sensation train, ghostly house, discotheque, karaoke bar, electronic car, art gallery, open-air stage, water puppetry and traditional music and singing…

 

MARKETS AREAS, SHOPPING PLACES FOR TOURISTS TO HA LONG BAY

Coming to Ha Long Bay, apart from exploring the famous scenic spots, the entertainment and shopping at the trade centers also particularly attract the tourists. Shopping in  could be a fantastic experience despite of limited options for visitors.

1. Bai Chay Commercial Center


Bai Chay Commercial Center is located in the area of Vuon Dao Street, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province It was built on the base of the minuscule market, it is the most modern center for shopping in this coastal city. The products sold here are diverse from normal to luxurious goods, and the prices seem a little bit higher than the two mentioned-above markets. Nevertheless, it is still reasonable because the customer service here is very good. This extra money is paid for more professional services, and ensuring quality of products.

It just takes about 600 meters for you to go from the night market to this shopping center. Being very popular for locals, this shopping center has various goods, including clothes, shoes and other high quality products like Ha Long Pearl, crocodile leather, wooden souvenir and coal souvenir items. The Commercial center usually opens at 6.00 a.m ad closes at 6:30 p.m.

2. Ha Long Floating Market

 


This market could be found nearby wharf, cruise ships, and in makeshift areas in which sellers lash their boats together. The waterborne convenience stores here carry most traditional fare, and fresh seafood. The most noticeable goods sold here is fresh fruits and vegetables such as pineapple, banana,dragon fruit, water melon, yam, and cabbage, etc. The market will surprise most visitors for its interesting form. While it might cost more to purchase traditional stuff from this type of shop, the unique experience is usually worth the additional cost for every tourist.

It usually starts at 4a.m or 5 a.m in the morning before dawn and ends when the sun rises high at 9 a.m or 11 a.m.

3. Ha Long Night Market


For various tourists who visit to HalongCity, Ha Long Night Market is a place that they should not miss out. The market is a group of more than a hundred stalls which sell diverse types of products, such as handicrafts, handmade accessories, clothes, and other dispensable items such as swimwear, lotion, or hat. Tourists tend to come to this place for purchasing unique products of the beach city like necklaces made from seashells, snails, wooden small boats, or T-shirt with images of Halong Bay on. And the great things is that sellers here are friendly with advance English skills, so that tourists should not be worry about bargaining.

The market is situated in the center area of Halong City and near the beach. Thanks to the good location, this market attracts a large number of people, including locals and visitors. It is crowded with most domestic tourists from April to July. Halong Night Market opens 7 days a week, from 6.00pm until midnight.
4. Ha Long Vincom Center


Ha Long Vincom Center is the first project of Vingroup starting from November 2013 in Quang Ninh. This commercial center is designed in luxurious European style with the floor area of over 36.000 m2 including 1 basement and 4 floors. It is considered as a tourism product, a complex of services for items such as upscale shopping centers chain, educational and health area counseling for children, food fair, skating rink, cinema area, and the game world.

Besides services like shopping, leisure, entertainment center in modern style, catching up with the new trend of the time, the center is also a colorful food fair. Diners will have the opportunity to experience with all your senses of smelling, hearing, and tasting. Until this moment, Halong Vincom Center is the largest commercial center in Quang Ninh province. At the same time, this is also a visiting attraction that you can hardly ignore.

THE BEAUTY INSIDE OF HALONG BAY

Ha Long Bay holidays are becoming extremely popular and not without due cause. Exploring the Hidden Halong Bay may not be the easiest thing to do, but it is so worth the effort.

The Bay is a 600 square mile UNESCO World Heritage site in the Gulf of Tonkin 100 miles from the Capital of Vietnam, Hanoi. It has almost 2,000 small limestone islands called karsts that shoot out of the water and tower above the hundreds of cruise boats that sail here. Most of the organised tours follow a well beaten path. Most cruises in Halong Bay take in the same attractions and follow a similar route. If you try though, you can get away from the masses and do your own thing, finding something of the hidden Halong Bay as you go.


Charter your own private junk

Probably the best way of really discovering what the area has to offer is to charter your own Halong Bay cruise boat. Obviously more expensive than joining a standard cruise boat, it can still be reasonably priced and the rewards can be very high indeed. Once hired you can request that the captain deviates from the normal route, and weather permitting he will oblige. One such company, Halong Bay Junk Boat, has one and two cabin options, on delightful old style sailing junks.


Enjoy dinner in a cave

At least one of the Halong Bay cruise companies, Indochina Junk offers a spectacular three day cruise on their old junk style cruise boat that includes a special candlelit dinner INSIDE one of the marvellous caves in the bay. This is an opportunity not to be missed whilst enjoying your Halong Bay holiday. The cave is both mysterious and fascinating, eating dinner inside is extremely special; ideal for a romantic meal or to celebrate a special event.

 


Dau Be Island

A rarely visited island, Dau Be is small at almost 23,000 square metres, but has some remarkable features. It is only half a kilometre from Hang Trai Island and just 28 km from the tourist wharf at Bai Chay. The highest point of this karst is 139 metres as it rises imperiously out of the dark blue waters of Halong Bay. It is mainly known though, for the Ba Ham Lake. This is a lake system that has three round lakes linked by a narrow meandering tunnel. The stalactites in the tunnel are impressive and many coloured. This is definitely worth including on your Ha Long Bay holiday. It is incredibly tranquil to row through this tunnel visiting each of the lakes. The island has abundant plant life such as orchids, banyan trees, Benjamin Figs and Cyads, whilst it also hosts the yellow-haired monkey. Sea life is also here in abundance. Dau Be is certainly one of the secrets of the hidden Halong bay.

 

 


Bri Tu Long

As mentioned earlier the vast majority of the Cruise boats in Halong Bay follow a similar route. This enables them to take their charges to all the attractions and has the added bonus of mooring in the same bay as night falls; safety in numbers. If you try though you can find boats that will chart a different course and you’ll get the solace that you desire. One such route takes you Bai Tu Long Bay and total tranquility and solitude. This bay lies to the East of the main part of the area. Treasure Junk is a traditional wooden junk style sailing boat with strong ethical and ecological values, that does exactly this.

 

 


Whisper Nature Bungalows

Hidden away on the Eastern side of Cat Ba Island is a small nature-based resort called Whisper Nature. Merely getting here becomes part of the adventure. You can either cycle or hire a motorbike and ride to Viet Hai where the bungalows are situated. It’s a simple place in an idyllic location. This is an ideal location from which to try and spot the elusive and endangered Cat Ba Langur.


So enjoy your holiday in Ha Long Bay whatever you decide on. If you are happy to just go with the flow, then fine. However if you really want to see something of the hidden Halong Bay, these tips will help you achieve that.

Thien Cam Beach

Is a pristine natural area, Thien Cam Beach has long been famous for its beautiful pristine landscape and a 10-km long white-sand beach. Thien Cam Beach is situated approximately 20 kilometres southwest of ha Tinh Town, in Thien Cam small Town, Cam Xuyen District.

The sea is almost always calm all the year round and this is good for swimming and relaxation. It is a good idea to lie on Thien Cam beach to listen to the natural music created by breezes and waves hitting rocks and mountains like celestial instruments, which is translated as Thien Cam in the Vietnamese language. The low mountains near the sea have created a beautiful landscape.

Coming to Thien Cam Beach, visitors can visit several surrounding interesting places. Separated from the mountain by a sandbank, Yen Lac Pagoda, built during the 13th century. It boasts antiques, including a bronze bell, Buddhist statues and a famous set of paintings called “The King of Hell’s Ten Palaces”. The pagoda with a 600 year-old Bohdi tree and surrounded by the sea on three sides, receives thousands of visitors and pilgrims each year.

Visitors can also walk in pine forests and have picnics in Thien Cam Mountain and Ho Quy Ly Cave,or tour of the Nhuong Ban 500-year-old fishing village. Villagers love performing traditional songs and dances, reflecting their daily life and tales of conquering the sea’s fierceness. Not far from the beach are En and Boc islands where delicious seafood and clean beaches are available. If tourists are not satisfied with Thien Cam, they can take a boat for a cruise of half an hour to Bock Island to view of imposing rocks overlooking the sea.
Behind these rocks is a clean beach ideal for swimming in the rippling of the water surface and under the sunshine. Sitting in huts on the island to have boiled fresh seafood in the late afternoon is a common habit for most visitors. Not far from the island is Tien fairy) Beach at the foot of Tuong Mount, with stone caves where both currents of salty and fresh waters meet. The French built Thien Cam to be a resort, but the wars nearly destroyed all the infrastructure.

Thien Cam was initially designed as a tourism resort in 1991, covering 249 ha. Many hotels and guesthouses have been built since then. Nowadays, Thien Cam Beach has become a tourist site where many like to spend their vacations.

Quang Tri ancient citadel

Quang Tri ancient citadel  is located in central of Quang Tri town, about 2km from National Highway 1A to the East, the 500m Thach Han river to the South. This is a bastion of military works, just as the administrative office of Lord Nguyen family  in Quang Tri  from 1809 to 1945.

Quang Tri Citadel was built in 1824, during the 4th year of the reign of Minh Mang. The citadel is approximately 60km north of Hue.

The citadel had a style of Vauban architecture with its circuit of 2,160m – one door each side. There were four fortresses jutting out from each four corners to control the four citadel gates. Inside was the town palace surrounded by a system of thick walls with circuit of 400m. The town palace was a three-roomed house whose two wings were used as places for the King to worship, and to give promotions to his inferiors or to occasionally celebrate festivals. Outside the town palace, there were a flagpole and castles such as Tuan Vu, An Sat and Lanh Binh and a rice store, etc and under the French domination, soldier camp and tax agency were added. However there are no remains of the past there nowadays – due to the destruction of U.S bombs in the hot summer of 1972.

The incident of 81 days and nights (from June 28 to September 16, 1972) has made this citadel well-known all over the world. By using fire-power, the South Vietnam puppet troop was determined to re-occupy Quang Tri Citadel within a couple of days. Quang Tri Town, therefore, had to suffer from the U.S bombardment and shelling of 140 B52 aircraft in turn, more than 200 tactical planes, 12 – 16 fighter planes and cruisers. Within 40 days and nights it had suffered 80,000 tons of bombs – as many as that in the World War II in African battlefield within a month. Sometimes the number of bombs dropped in Quang Tri a day was far more than that on the whole South battlefield in the years of 1968-1969.

Especially, on July 25, there were 5,000 shells fired at an area of 3km2 of Quang Tri and its vicinity once suffered 20,000 shells of big size a day. The US aggressors used bombs and shells with their destructive capacity, to destroy Quang Tri, equivalent to 7 atomic bombs they dropped onto Hiroshima and Nagasaki – Japan in 1945. It is, really, unbelievable that each inhabitant in this land had to suffer 7 tons of bombs averagely. All were determined, side by side with Quang Tri to fight to their last breath. The Northern people had saved everything such as: ammunition, food and etc. to send to Quang Tri.

The citadel has gone down in history as a glorious period of the nation’s war against foreign invasion. The Vietnamese people are proud of it, and foreigners admire it.
Looking at its walls riddled with bullet holes, visitors will feel how devastating the war was. In order to commemorate the soldiers’ meritorious service, a monument was set up in the centre of the citadel as a symbol of the indomitable spirit of the Quang Tri people and army and as a token of gratitude to the sacrifices of the fallen soldiers for the independence and freedom of the nation.

Doi Pagoda – One of the best tourist attractions in Soc Trang

Visiting Doi Pagoda, tourists in Vietnam travel can be attracted not only to its beautiful architecture but also to thousands of bats swinging in immeasurably-high branches, as if performing in a circus.

Doi Pagoda – One of the best tourist attractions in Soc Trang

Located on Le Hong Phong St., 2km from Soc Trang downtown, Doi (Bat) pagoda is the most famous pagoda in Soc Trang province. It was built in the 16th century and is one of the oldest pagodas in the province.  The pagoda is famous for its beautiful architecture, especially its very large roof that houses tens of thousands of bats. It presents an opportunity to contemplate Khmer arts, with skilful, symbolic decorations on its pillars and roof and splendid relieves and statues.

Doi Pagoda – One of the best tourist attractions in Soc Trang

Apart from its beautiful architecture, the pagoda is also remarkable for the large number of bats roosting in the trees behind the pagoda. Watching the bats take to the skies, it will occur to you that the pagoda is a unique natural reserve. Visitors in Vietnam travel can see thousands of bats swinging in immeasurably-high branches, as if performing in a circus.

Now, Doi Pagoda is preserving a stone Buddha statue which is 1.5m high, as well as many bibles written on sugar palm leaves, known as “leaf-books”.

With a large space for trees, Doi Pagoda is a tranquil place to sit and becomes one of the best tourist attractions in Soc Trang province.

Phu Quoc: Vietnam’s attempt to become king of Asia’s beaches

Though lacking Thailand’s abundance of “Coffee-Mate” white sand, Phu Quoc’s golden beaches are deep, soft, and attracting more travelers.

If you ever wondered what Thailand was like in the late 1980s, check out Phu Quoc Island off the southwest coast of Vietnam, the new hop on the Gulf of Siam’s circuit that embraces Koh Samui, Koh Chang and Koh Kong.

Phu Quoc is fast becoming Vietnam’s hottest new island destination. But it also maintains — at least for now — a character unlike anything in Thailand.

Market traders in conical hats hawk baguettes, ducks, flying lizards and other items rarely seen on the Thai side of the Gulf, while motorcycles ply red dirt roads to pearl farms and old-style fishing ports.

Villagers, who water the roads and erect thatch fences to protect their homes from dust, gather up seaweed and haul in squid nets by pedaling homemade winches.

Protected forest reserves on Phu Quoc are splashed with waterfalls where brave Vietnamese youths enjoy cooling off alongside foreign travelers.

The industriousness of the islanders has boosted the local economy — and prices — by around 10 percent per year.Phu Quoc

Protected forest reserves on Phu Quoc teem with waterfalls where brave Vietnamese youths enjoy cooling off alongside foreign travelers.

Two million tourists by 2020

Amid government plans to expand Duong Dong airport to handle international flights, Phu Quoc — the largest of Vietnam’s islands at 574 square kilometers — is taking off fast.

The government plans to boost annual tourist arrivals from 77,000 in 2010 to 2 million by 2020, and many investors from Europe, Thailand, Malaysia and mainland Vietnam are buying up land and opening restaurants and dive shops.

Many veterans of Thailand are already comparing it to Koh Samui in the 1980s, or Koh Chang in the 1990s.

“The island has a very nice preserved forest and the size is also nice,” says Jean-Marie Helleputte, a judge from Belgium who bought land a few years ago near Phu Quoc’s Long Beach with his wife Thanh, a Vietnamese exile who has returned to her native country.

“You have a great variety of plants and trees and the beaches are very nice. The colors of nature here are splendid, all different greens because it rains a lot.”

He says new roads are making travel easier, especially in the muddy rainy season, and new taxi companies, whose drivers wear shirts and ties, are driving down transport costs to more reasonable levels.

But like others on the island, Mr Helleputte worries that a growing influx of tourists and construction will disturb the island’s tranquility. “The Vietnamese government will make this a little Singapore,” he says. “The inhabitants of Phu Quoc are making a lot of money by selling their land to foreigners for construction of hotels.”

Sanne Rasmussen, an instructor with Rainbow Divers, which has been operating dive trips off Phu Quoc for 10 years, says increasing numbers of tourists, big hotels and asphalt roads will take away “the charm of unspoilt Vietnam” and turn the island into “any other city around the world.”

Phu Quoc

Using local coconut wood and thatch, construction workers and their families are working fast to help Vietnam’s tourism industry catch up with Thailand.

Dive spots and delicacies

“My point of view is that the island is not ready at all for this — there are still power cuts every second day in high season and some places don’t have hot water.”

The water in the ocean, at least, is always a nice temperature for diving and snorkeling.

Rasmussen says that shallow waters around smaller islands are great for entry-level divers, and expert divers also can look for nudibranchs, cowrie shells, bamboo sharks and turtles.

She says that Rainbow Divers have just recently discovered a sea grass site with sea dragons and spotted dugongs, some of the rarest creatures in southeast Asia.

While the colorful fish resemble their neighbors in the Gulf of Siam, Phu Quoc’s cuisine is more influenced by French touches, and the island also produces delicious pepper and nuoc mam fish sauce.

Among the myriad stalls of the bustling night market, Rasmussen says her favorites include breakfast or tapas at Mondo, owned by a Swedish couple; German food at German B; Peppers Pizza; a restaurant in front of the Viet Thanh hotel; and coffee at the wonderfully-named Mister Dung.

For upmarket resorts, she recommends Eden, Mango Bay and especially Chen La for honeymooners, while many divers stay at the Viet Thanh hotel.

Half-way down the long beach from Duong Dong town, the family-run Thai Tan Tien resort offers spacious new bungalows for US$20 per night in a quiet abode with a boardwalk leading over a marsh to a seaside restaurant where enterprising local ladies give traditional massages on the beach.

For now, Phu Quoc is fun in a raw form, still dominated by local families who rent motorcycles for US$5 a day and bungalows for US$20 per night.

Though lacking Thailand’s abundance of “Coffee-Mate” white sand, Phu Quoc’s golden beaches are deep, soft, and attracting more and more travelers.
Phu QuocThe simple life of Thai islands in the 1980s is kept intact on the island of Phu Quoc.

Getting there

Travelers from Saigon used to swear by the cheap flights (around US$50-100) on Vietnam Airlines, Mekong Air or others to avoid long, tiring bus journeys through the Mekong delta’s matrix of swamps.

But new bridges and smoother roads mean quicker, cheaper bus trips — mine took 5 hours — to Rach Gia port, and then the fast hydrofoils, about two hours, to Phu Quoc.

Ha Tien, only one hour ferry from Phu Quoc, is a jumping off point for Cambodia.