No more kayaking in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

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It’s now illegal to kayak in Halong Bay, Vietnam. The administration of the northern Vietnamese province of Quang Ninh, home to Ha Long Bay, banned kayaking to prevent ‘damage to the local tourism environment’.

Ha Long Bay

Facebook picture by Chiara Verheij

Tourists overcharged

The paddling between the limestone rocks in the bay has become too popular in the past years, which led to a boom in kayak tours. Many tour operators didn’t list there prices an tourists were being overcharged. According to the administration this harmed the reputation of Ha Long Bay and that’s why kayaking in the stunning bay is banned from now on.

Entrance fees raised

Vietnam has also raised the fees for sightseeing Tours on Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long. The new fees for five sightseeing routes will range between 200,000 and 250,000 VND (9-11 USD) per route. Previously, visitors had to pay an entrance fee of 120,000 VND and additional fees for each single site they visited.

Sunset in Ha Long Bay

 

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