How to take the best photos in Halong Bay?

How to take the best photos in Halong Bay? Widely known as a fascinating destination that you shouldn’t neglect for your holiday, Halong Bay is famous for its terrific beauty, with thousands of limestone karst caves and structures. Hundreds, or even thousands of tourists visit this charming place every day.

There are many ways to explore Halong Bay like cruising on boats, junks, luxury cruises. Halong Bay possesses a wide range of breataking views offering a great inspiration for photo hunters. The article will give you some tips to take the best photos in the vast location
  • Equipment
In order to get better photos with higher quality, you should use lenses with wide angle. In addition, in low light condition, slow exposures are recommended to optimise depth of field with a small aperture and create smooth seascapes by taking long exposure pictures

  • Best time to go
April to September should be the most suitable time for you to visit Halong as constant sunshine during that period will definitely amaze you with full of light in the Bay, an indispensable factor to have a nice picture.

In contrast, if you want to have the romantic photos with a little sun light and fantasy mist on surface of the sea, time from October to November should be chosen.

  • Include a focal point
The first thing you should pay attention to is the focal point,  which could be a person, a boat, a huge rock, a sand castle or footprints in the sand, in your image. It will not only give your photo meaning but also make it different from other photo taken in the same location.

  • Look for reflections
As Halong Bay possesses many famous beaches, beautiful reflections produced by water could be easily taken in the Bay, especially at sunset. One tip you should know is that it seems to be better if you take photos from a lower angle.

  • Find interesting detail
Sometimes, a plain image of footprints in the sand, shells or pebbles with strange shape will also create an impressive photo. Thus, you should try to add these small details to your picture to make it more special.

When to take photos on Halong Bay?

The best time for Halong Bay photography in a year is from April to September and October to December if you want to have the romantic photos with a little sun light and fantasy mist on surface of the sea. Although May and June are a little bit hot and it makes the photo hunting not very comfortable, there are more sunny hours, sunrise and sunset also tend to more beautiful during this summer months. In contrast, October to early December is in the winter, when it starts cold, but the sky is blue and clear with crystal sea, a pure backdrop for photos.

One of the most photogenic corners of this beautiful world, Halong Bay boasts perfect scenery at every turn. During a day, you can catch the beautiful moment of Halong bay anytime, but the most preferable time is sunrise and sunset. It’s advised to book a 2 day or 3 day Halong Bay tour on a Halong bay cruise, it allows you to enjoy the entire beauty of the bay from dawn to when the night falling down.
  • A breathtaking view of Halong Bay at sunrise
    A breathtaking view of Ha Long Bay at sunrise: Floating above the waters of Halong Bay right before sunrise. Halong Bay is part of the UNESCO World Heritage and is visited by thousands of tourists each day. Especially the 2 or 3 day cruises are extremely popular since you can sleep on the boat and see Halong Bay in all its glory. This photos was taken before sunrise on a quiet morning and shows the serene of Halong Bay.
  • Halong Bay in sunset
    Tourists in Vietnam travel will fall in love with the beauty of Halong Bay - A surprising beauty captivating all the hearts. When the last sunlight of a day light up through rocky mountains, Ha Long flashes up its surprisingly pretty. The beautiful yellow sunlight does not spread like the summer sun, but  playing hide and seek, slowly spreading colors on the waves, on the hulls and cliffs as if gilding on them.

Where to take photos on Halong Bay?

The huge bay with numerous islands looking both similar and different at the same time is really a lost land for photographers. Any corner of the bay offers a unique photo shoot, however, there are some special spaces allowing photo seekers to find best shot and inspire them the most. Some high places for panoramic view for panorama photos are must-visit for photographers including mounts of some mountains that is accessible such as mount Titop, mount Bai Tho (Poem Mount) . From the mounts, you can take a glimpse over the bay and take a photo like a flying cam, covering the range of green mountains, the leisure boats, and the thick vegetations on the mountains. This is the corner where you capture the most magnificent view of Halong Bay from the sky, showing the viewers how adorable and magical the bay is.

Beside a panorama images, you are looking for something looks specific and pristine. A hidden beach allows you to capture the fine sandy beach and clear water.

You also want to take some photo of local people and capture the spirit on the waters, some floating villages such as Vung Vieng and Van Gia villages are perfect for you to do so. If you don’t want to have too many tourists in your lens, find some less popular and authentic floating villages to visit to learn the local life and take photos.


Halong Bay looks extremely different from another vantage point – above. There are 7 extraordinary ways to get a perfect view of Halong Bay from this perspective.

1. The Sundeck

Waking up on the cruise, you will be strongly inspired by the fresh air of the dawn on Halong Bay. Go up to the sundeck, you will find a nice place to catch the shot of magical sunrise on the bay. Again, in the late afternoon, the topdeck is also a perfect base to enjoy and capture the sunset. You are even able to take a photo of shimmering Halong bay with lights from the cruises by night.

2. Sun Wheel

Unrivaled panoramic view of Ha Long Bay – World Heritage site from Sun Wheel. Located atop of Ba Deo mountain at nearly 250m above the sea-level, Sun Wheel places among the top world’s tallest sightseeing Ferris wheels. Sun Wheel Ha Long, featuring a total of 64 cabins with 384 passengers and a capacity of 1.200 passengers/hour, promises to provide visitors with a brand new outlook while gazing down the breath-taking panoramic landscape of Ha Long Bay. If you too busy to explore Caves or have fun in beach at daylight, Sun Wheel is a good choice for you to have an above view of Halong in night time. When the sun goes down, the city is dazzling. Having some gossip with your friends and watching city at night are quite amazing.

3. Queen Cable Car

The journey across Halong Bay by Queen cable car, joining Ocean station with Sun station with the Queen cable car line, is a fantastic experience not to be missed in Sun World Halong Park. This is the only path connecting the beach amusement complex with the mount of Ba Deo. Visitors can enjoy the ride contemplating the marvellous panoramic beauty of Ha Long Bay from atop.

4. Top of the mountain

There are many tour offers that offer you a combo of all outdoor activities like kayaking, swimming, rock climbing especially mountain trekking. The top two hottest mountains checked in by plenty of visitors, both foreign and domestic, are Bai Tho mountain and Titov mountain. Each mountain has a different enjoyable sight. While in Bai Tho mountain, you can see the whole landscape of Halong city and the front of Halong Bay. You can also see the entire Halong Bay and a bit of Bai Tu Long Bay from Titov mountain since this island is located center of Halong Bay.

5. Height 177

Last but not least, Height 177 is also an interesting place on this list. Formerly a French military observation and defence point, this high point features huge cannons and trench and shelter systems of fortifications that were built in 1940s and used throughout the Vietnam War. Located in Cat Ba island, this point of view encompasses the entire view of Lan Ha Bay, a part of Halong Bay region. Beside the good view to observe from, there are plenty of activities like rock climbing or trekking.

6. Flying Through The Sky To Capture The Breathtaking Halong Bay

There aren’t many ways that you can cruise through the clouds of Halong Bay and still get close enough for some amazing views. One of the unique ways to see Halong Bay is by seaplane. Hai Au Aviation offers a one of a kind experience to combine a tour of the bay with seaplane transport to or from Hanoi. Furthermore, you can also sign up for a tour of Halong Bay and spend a blissful 25 minutes gliding through the clouds and feasting on the seascapes below.

This is basically a photographer’s playground, having the opportunity to see Halong Bay intermingled with fluffy clouds and sparkling sun. It is a floating paradise of photo opportunities.

While flying with seaplane, you are free to use mobile phone 3G to connect the internet. Therefore, you would have lots of great photos even without a proper camera. Gear up for the panoramic views and practically perfect shots Spoiler content.

7. Floating Villages Will Bring Your Shoots To The Next Level

The floating fishing villages of Halong Bay are one of the unique ways of seeing the local Vietnamese culture in action. Hovering over the emerald water, the multicolored houses stand out as a patchwork of family and industry. These are an ideal place to not only meet some native inhabitants of Halong Bay but take interesting shots of daily life.

Here is the photos collection of editorial board of after their survey and selected them. We have thousand photos of Halong Bay but here we just posted some picture of the typical sights in the tour itinerary and cruises in Halong Bay which we supply their services.

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