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New UNESCO Heritage Site: Halong Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago

Halong Bay - Cat Ba archipelago

Halong Bay – Cat Ba archipelago is Vietnam’s 1st inter-provincial UNESCO-listed heritage site. Cat Ba, is Vietnam’s largest limestone archipelago and home to over 360 islands.

Cat Ba Bay at sunset

Cat Ba Bay at sunset – Photo credit Amasia

In a significant announcement made at the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, UNESCO recognized the Halong Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago as a world natural heritage site. This accolade solidifies its status as Vietnam’s first inter-provincial UNESCO-listed world heritage site.

According to the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, the Halong Bay – Cat Ba archipelago is noted for its rich diversity of islands and oceans, where a range of rare animals and plants can be found. It also boasts the nation’s largest maritime forest, covering an area of over 17,000 hectares.

Halong Bay in Quang Ninh Province

Halong Bay in Quang Ninh Province – Photo credit Amasia

The Halong Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago is a testament to Vietnam’s natural beauty. Located in Hai Phong, Cat Ba Archipelago is Vietnam’s largest limestone archipelago, comprising over 360 beautiful islands. UNESCO had previously acknowledged the archipelago as a world biosphere reserve.

Halong Bay in Quang Ninh Province has previously earned the same UNESCO recognition in 1994 and 2000, highlighting its enduring significance.

Halong Bay in 2011

Halong Bay in 2011 – Photo credit Amasia

Halong Bay, situated in Quang Ninh Province, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its emerald-green waters and the presence of thousands of towering limestone karsts and islets emerging dramatically from the sea. These karsts are adorned with lush greenery, creating a charming contrast with the sparkling waters. Halong Bay offers various activities such as cruising, kayaking, and cave exploration, making it a favoured destination for those seeking a tranquil and picturesque natural setting.

Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island – Photo credit Amasia

Cat Ba Island, the largest within the Halong Bay – Cat Ba archipelago, serves as a gateway to this beautiful region. The island boasts rugged landscapes, sandy beaches, and a diverse mix of forested hills and valleys. Cat Ba Town, the primary urban centre on the island, provides a convenient base for visitors exploring Halong Bay and its surroundings. Cat Ba Island is also renowned for its unique wildlife, including the critically endangered Cat Ba Langur, found exclusively on this island. This island offers an excellent blend of natural beauty and ecological significance, making it an essential part of the Halong Bay experience.

Indochine Boat cruises Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba archipelago

Indochine Boat cruises Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba archipelago – Photo credit Amasia

Choosing the best cruise from many options available in Halong Bay and Cat Ba archipelago can be challenging. Fortunately, many reputable cruise operators cater to all types of visitors, with years of experience in the industry.

Please be aware that the two years of the pandemic have significantly impacted Halong Bay and Cat Ba archipelago cruises. Before making any reservations, we recommend checking the latest reviews to ensure that your chosen cruise is operational and back in business.

In preparation for the 2023 season, we performed extensive research, reviewing all recent feedback since the reopening after the pandemic. We’ve carefully selected the best-value cruises that offer excellent experiences for your time and money. You’re guaranteed to have a fantastic adventure aboard one of the cruises listed below!

Our Recommendations for Halong Bay and Cat Ba Archipelago Cruises

For a hassle-free and fascinating Halong Bay and Cat Ba archipelago cruise, contact Amasia. Our dedicated team of travel experts is ready to assist you with any inquiries about the Halong Bay and Cat Ba Cruises. Feel free to contact us via for more information.

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