Ha Long Bay listed in top eight green spaces/national parks in Asia
Update: Jun 04, 2014
(TITC) - Agoda.com, one of Asia’s leading hotel booking websites, announced the list of top eight green spaces/national parks in Asia, of which Ha Long Bay (Viet Nam) ranked 4th.

The list includes national parks which are suitable for hiking or outdoor activities and green spaces in the middle of a city that offer important historical context. The result is based on feedbacks of customers and analysis of booking information on agoda.com.

Along with Ha Long Bay rated 4.23/5, seven other green spaces/national parks in Asia include Hallasan National Park (South Korea) rated 4.39, Taroko National Park (Taiwan) rated 4.38, Osaka Castle Park (Japan) rated 4.29, Ang Thong National Marine Park (Thailand) rated 4.17, Khao Yai National Park (Thailand) rated 4.12, Penang National Park (Malaysia) rated 4, and Rizal Park (Philippines) rated 3.88.

Ha Long Bay covers the area of 1,553km² and encompasses 1,969 islands of various sizes, 989 of which have been given names. It borders Cat Ba Island to the south-west, the mainland to the west with a 120km-long coastline.

Islands in Ha Long Bay include two types of limestone and schist. This is the result of geological movement from mainland into sea about 500 million years ago. The long process of geological evolution created the unique Ha Long Bay in the world with thousands of islands which look like fantastic sculptural and artistic works of various graceful shapes.

To Ha Long Bay, tourists will have the opportunity to visit grottos, islands; take part in overnight tours in Bo Nau (Pelican) Grotto, Sung Sot (Surprise) Grotto, Luon Grotto, Trinh Nu (Virgin) Grotto, Cong Do Island, Ba Ham Lake or ecotourism tour in Soi Sim Island; bath and climb in Titov Island; kayak on Ha Long Bay or enjoy panorama view of the bay from helicopters…

With outstanding aesthetic, geographical - geomorphologic values, Ha Long Bay was recognized by UNESCO as World Natural Heritage twice times in 1994 and 2000. The bay was also listed as one of new seven nature wonders of the world by New7Wonders Organization in 2011.

Thu Giang