Halong hotels | Halong Bay cruises
Ha Long is literally translated as "Bay of Descending Dragons." Prior to the 19th century, this name was not recorded in any document or archive. When mentioning the present-day Quang Ninh Sea or Ha Long Bay, old historical books often referred to them by the names of An Bang, Luc Thuy or Van Don. Not until the late 19th century did the name of Halong Bay appear on a French Marine Map. The Hai Phong News, a French newspaper of the time, had an article, Dragon appears on Ha Long Bay, reporting the following story: In 1898 a sub-lieutenant named Lagredin, captaining the "Avalanse" reported seeing a huge sea snake on Ha Long Bay. This was also witnessed by many of the crews. Thus emerged the European image of the Asian dragon. Whether this appearance of a strange animal looking like a dragon resulted the name of Ha Long Bay is not known (Reference ?Quang Ninh: Art and Culture? published in 2002)
There is an excellent map of Halong Bay, shown toghether with neighbouring Bai Tu Long Bay, published by the Management Department of Halong Bay that you can buy at the souvenir stalls at the cave sites.
Getting to Halong
At present, Northern Airport Flight srevice Company offers a helicopter charter service from Hanoi to Halong Bay on Saturday from 7.15am. The cost for the carter service is around 200 US$ but it only runs with a minimum of sixs guests. Or the same helicopter can be hire chartered for a bit expensive.
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You can go by bus from our company with tours or buy a bus tickets ( this is hard to buy for foreigners)