Acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1994, Ha Long Bay is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature by global poll. The name Ha Long, which means descending dragon, comes from an ancient tale In addition to more than 1,600 islands and islets, there are many splendid caves and grottos scattered around the bay such as Thien Cung, Dau Go, Luon, Sung Sot caves and more.Those have become well-known all over the world for their spectacular beauty and outstanding geological value. Visitors coming to Ha Long Bay can also have a variety of cruise itineraries to choose from.They vary from visiting grottos and caves to going to some fishing villages like Cua Van to experience the life of local fishermen on floating houses and enjoy fresh seafood prepared right on the ship. Someone arriving in Ha Long Bay cannot miss out on the local cuisine – abundant seafood and some distinctive dishes like Ca Say Tien Yen, Nem Chao Quang Yen, and Gat Gu cake.The freshness of seafood and the authentic style of cooking always leave deep impressions on any travelers that visit. A tour to Ha Long wouldn't be complete without doing land and water activities like sightseeing on rented bikes, shopping in local markets, fishing for squid at night, riding a kayak, joining trekking tours or sea diving. For those who love excitement and exploration, Ha Long definitely won't be a boring place. Renowned as a Natural World Heritage Site and endowed with beautiful nature and abundant resources, Ha Long Bay has been and is still on the list of the most magnificent places on earth. It truly is Vietnam's precious pearl in the Gulf of Tonkin.