Lan Ha Bay may not be especially well-known. It is just south and east of one of the most famous bays in the whole of Vietnam, Halong, the UNESCO World Heritage site in North Vietnam. In many ways, it is an extension of Halong Bay which is included in most Vietnam travel packages starting in Hanoi, just about 3 hours to the west by road.
There are around 300 tiny limestone islands in Lan Ha Bay so it is a great place to cruise in, as is its bigger neighbour. There are many white sandy beaches if you are cruising and want to put down an anchor. Perhaps you want to fish and BBQ your catch, either on board or on one of the lovely beaches.
Because Lan Ha is further away from Halong City than Halong Bay and because of the latter’s fame, Lan Ha can be fairly quiet even during the high season. When it comes to the best time to visit Lan Ha Bay, spring and autumn are popular but you would be unlucky to have really poor weather anytime of the year. You can organist trips in the Bay in Cat Ba town and actually get a kayak if you are feeling energetic.
If you go snorkelling or diving, it is interesting to note that there are over 200 different species of fish, twice as many arthropods and even more molluscs. There is plenty of colourful coral and if you are lucky you may catch sight of dolphins and seals.
Lan Ha Bay offers a great deal for tourists. Vietnam beach holidays are a great way to relax and when it comes to Vietnam beaches, check on the ones within the Bay. You are likely to avoid the crowds while still getting a wonderful natural environment to enjoy.