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Halong Bay is undoubtedly Vietnam’s most popular natural wonder, but for too long cruise companies have received criticism for not updating their itineraries and offering the same old humdrum routines year in, year out.Butthings are set to improve with a range of new products and activities that offer something entirely different. What now does Halong Bay have to offer?
The soaring seaplane
For those seeking extra exclusivity, Hai Au Aviation has launched a number of seaplane trips from Hanoi to Halong that both minimize transfer times and allow passengers to view Halong Bayby sky. The long road to Halong Bay, which is still3-4 hours is bypassed as you take the flight from Hanoi, glide over the Bay, and then land in Halong City before cruising.
The boutique break
Always one step ahead,Paradise Hotels & Cruises continues to develop on its award-winning Paradise Suites Hotel, a charming boutique hotel situated on Tuan Chau Island that offers a comfortable alternative to the faceless high-rises in Halong City. The doors of its first wing opened over a year ago and since then the hotel has overseen the opening of two excellent restaurants and a luxurious spa.
The green go-ahead
Green Halong, also of Paradise Vietnam, is implementing ambitious projects that work on preserving the environmental integrity of the Bay and offers cleanup-kayaking trips to those interested in a more philanthropic experience. Take to a kayak as an activity as part of your Paradise Cruise and pick up the trash that is irresponsibly discarded.
The modernist museum
Perhaps the most ambitious development is the QuangNinh museum in Halong City. Situated on the coastline but dramatically contrasting with the karst formations, this may be Vietnam’s most impressive modern construction and is worth visiting for the architecture alone. Inside the museum, visitors are treated to grand exhibition halls that focus on topics significant to the province.
Quang Ninh Museum.
For now Halong Bay will remain on the list of ‘Vietnam Popular Destinations’, but there are an increasing number of options to fit the tastes of different travellers. Just contact us for more details.