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Halong Bay is 103 miles and three-to-four hours from Hanoi. Many visitors choose to spend either one or two nights cruising on a traditional junk, which not only allows more time for exploring, but also allows for the unforgettable spectacle of limestone islets piercing the mists as the sun rises over the bay.
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Titop Island is located in Halong Bay, just northeast of Cat Ba Island. Named in honor of Russian astronaut German Titop during his 1962 visit to Halong Bay, Titop Island’s small size hasn’t hindered its tourist appeal, with the island featuring on many junk boat cruise itineraries.
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Sung Sot Cave is on the same island with Trinh Nu cave. The path to Sung Sot is quite steep and is lined with shady trees. The cave has 2 chambers. The outer chamber is square and is often referred to as the waiting room. The cave’s ceiling is approximately 30 m high. The walls are almost perfectly smooth as if it was built by man. The walls generate a variety of colors that blend with the setting of the area.
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Me Cung Cave is located on Lom Bo Island, close to Sung Sot Cave and Titop Island in Halong Bay. Squeeze through the narrow doorway, a gaping hole etched into the cliff side, and you’ll find yourself in an underground wonderland, with small rocky chambers and tumbling stalagmites and stalactites.
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Fighting Cocks Island (Vietnamese name is “Hon Ga Choi”) is in shape of the pair of limestone islet and it is the symbol of Halong bay. This special islet is situated about 800 meters away from Lu Huong (Incense Burner islet) involves two small towers, 12 meters high, which emerge from the water like two fighting cocks.
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Dau Go Cave is one of the most beautiful cave at Ha Long Bay. The name, Dau Go Cave or Giau Go, has direct ties to the history of Vietnam. According to the locals, while preparing for the Mongolian attacks in 1288, general Tran Hung Dao, sent a convoy to this area to cut wood from this region.
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Cat Ba Islands is in the South of Halong bay world heritage. It consists of 367 islands, off the coast of Hai Phong city and Quang Ninh province, it is far from the center of Hai Phong city about 30 km, from the city of Ha Long about 25 km. Administratively, it is the islands of Cat Hai district, Hai Phong city. It has been recognized as the World Biosphere Reserve.
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Bai Chay Beach is located at the mouth of Halong Bay and is the main starting point for boat cruises. Bai Chay, translates as ‘Scorched Beach,’ a tribute to the 13th-century forest fire that swept across the mainland, but traces of its turbulent past have long since disappeared.