Ha Long is a city in Quang Ninh province, located in the Northeast of Vietnam. The city is named after Ha Long Bay, one of the world’s famous natural heritage sites with thousands of limestone islands formed millions of years ago. Ha Long is also home to many scenic spots, historical and cultural relics, and attractive tourist activities.
Ha Long has a favorable geographical location, located on the important traffic axis of the region and internationally. The city is about 160 km east of the capital Hanoi, about 180 km north of the international border gate Mong Cai with China, and about 10 km south of the international port Cai Lan. The city has a natural area of 1,119.12 km², including 1,969 islands on Ha Long Bay, accounting for 70% of the bay area. The city has 21 wards and 12 communes, with a total population of 322,710 people (in 2019).
Weather and climate
Ha Long belongs to the coastal climate region, each year has 2 distinct seasons, winter (dry season) and summer (rainy season). The average annual temperature is 23.7°C, the average humidity is 84%. Winter lasts from November to April next year, with average high temperatures from 20°C to 24°C, average low temperatures from 14°C to 18°C. Summer lasts from May to October, with average high temperatures from 28°C to 31°C, average low temperatures from 22°C to 27°C. The average annual rainfall is 2,014 mm, in which August is the month with the highest rainfall (261 mm), January is the month with the lowest rainfall (15 mm). Ha Long is less affected by big storms, but there can be seasonal winds and fog in winter.
Ha Long is an ideal destination for tourists who love to explore the natural beauty and culture of the sea and islands. The city has many prominent tourist spots such as Tuan Chau Island, Co To Island, Quan Lan Island, Thien Cung Cave, Sung Sot Cave, Tien Ong Cave, Yen Tu Pagoda, Ba Vang Pagoda, Yoko Onsen Quang Hanh eco-tourism area, Sun World Ha Long Park amusement park, Bai Chay Bridge, Bai Tho Mountain, Quang Ninh Museum, and many unique festivals. Tourists can also enjoy fresh and delicious seafood dishes and local specialties such as gat gu cake, squid roll, sa sung, jellyfish, king crab, and many other types of seafood.
Ha Long – The city of heritage and islands, is a must-visit destination when traveling to Vietnam. Come to Ha Long to feel the majesty of nature, the warmth of people, and the richness of culture.