Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Geographic Enquiry

Where is it?

Ha Long Bay is in the Gulf of Tonkin. The coordinates for Ha Long Bay is 21N and 107E. It is North East of Vietnam. There are over 1600 islands and islets in the bay.

Why is it a popular tourist destination?

Ha Long Bay is a popular tourist destination because of its spectacular seascape of limestone land forms and the warm tropical climate. There are caves, arches which shows off the natural scenery of Ha Long Bay. Ha Long Bay is not something that people would see everyday so it amazes heaps of people each and every day. It is a place of relaxation where it is uninhabited by human life.



All though a lot of people visit Ha Long Bay humans are not really degrading away the natural land forms. The heritage site is managed very seriously, there is a regulation for tourist boats, mud dredging, land filling, fisherman and floating house management. These things are managed and regulated so Ha Long Bay last for as long as it can.


1. How long have people been touring in Ha Long Bay?

2. Why is it such a beautiful place? What makes it spectacular?

3. What if humans inhabited the limestone land forms? Will they erode away?


Ha Long Bay is a heritage listed site which means it cannot be destroyed in short words. The limestone land forms have been slowly degraded and changed by the sea water, not so much human contact. Ha Long Bay has been around for over 500 million years. The area protected Vietnam from the Chinese navy attacking the mainland of Vietnam. The United States also mined the whole place, there are still unexploded mines there today. The area became popular when it was discovered in the 19th century by French explorers.


1. How much of the limestone land forms have been eroded away?

2. Why are there still mines in the bay?

3. What if one of the mines explode? Will Ha Long Bay still be a popular tourist destination? Will the explosion wreck the natural features?


The region has approximately 1969 limestone islands. There are many arches and caves scattered over the many islands due to erosion. There are over 200 species of fish around the bay. Ha Long Bay has been changing for over 500 million years and is still continuing to change millimeter by millimeter every day. The environment will change also because of the fishing industry. More fish are being taken out of the waters every day soon enough the species will flee the area and there will be hardly any marine life. There are trees and forests on top of the limestone which survive the tropical weather.


1. How many fish are fished out of the water each day?

2. Why is there limestone there?

3. What if one day one of the islands come crashing down? Will they close access to the bay? Will people living on floating villages have to be evacuated?


The technologies used in Ha Long Bay are boats. Boats are the only source of transport around the bay unless you fly over in a helicopter or plane of course.


1. How many boats go in and out of Ha Long Bay each day?

2. Why are boats the only mode of transport?

3. What if a platform was built to get to Ha Long Bay? Would more people live on floating villages? Will it put harm on the land forms?


Ha Long Bay is a very unique place with many spectacular features such as its diverse limestone islands, caves and arches, marine life and the beautiful tropical climate. Ha Long Bay can also be very dangerous if rules or guidelines are not followed. For example unexploded mines should be looked for constantly so no one is harmed if one is hit. e

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