Limestone outcrops blanketed in lush vegetation rise up from the still, jade coloured water. Your boat glides smoothly across the glassy surface, the shapes and shadows of the islets changing as you navigate this watery paradise. This is La Ha Bay, the smaller, quieter and altogether more serene neighbour of Halong Bay.
Although belonging to a different province, Lan Ha is essentially an extension of Halong Bay and offers the same mesmerising scenery. Laying south east of Cat Ba Island, fewer boats make their way to Lan Ha meaning you’ll get to enjoy this idyllic setting without the busy crowds.
As you weave your way through the islands, you’ll come across secluded bays, white sandy beaches and floating villages. There are caves to explore, islands to cycle on, and the pristine waters are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and kayaking.
Your luxury junk boat will be your home away from home as you explore Lan Ha Bay, and there are few experiences as magical as watching the sun rise from the comfort of your cabin, then watching it sink behind the sparkling water as the day draws to a close.
Lying south and east of Cat Ba Island and to the south of Halong Bay, the 400 or so karst islets and limestone outcrops of Lan Ha Bay are just as beautiful as her famous neighbour with the additional attraction of numerous white sand beaches and a fraction of the visitors. The water is noticeably cleaner than elsewhere in the region making it a great choice for kayaking and swimming. Our selected luxury junk ships offer one- or two-night sailing itineraries to get under the skin of this undiscovered and tranquil destination.
What to do
- Take in the spectacular scenery from the comfort of your luxury junk boat
- Swim, snorkel and kayak through the pristine waters
- Get a glimpse into life in one of the floating fishing villages
- Explore hidden caves
- Cycle on the quiet islands
When to Go
April to October are the best months for warmer weather allowing you to swim and sit out on deck in the evening.