Where to see Sunset and Sunrise in Halong Bay?

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Sunset moment in Halong Bay

Sunrise and sunset probably the most beautiful time during the day in Halong Bay. The natural transitions of natural lighting from bright to dark over the magnificent of the bay will keep you at awed. So, let’s find out the best place to capture the magical sunrise and sunset of Halong Bay with us.


1. Mountain peaks


Admiring the sunset and sunrise of Halong Bay from the peaks of the mountains would give you the widest view of the area. From high above, you could see the magic transition from brightness to darkness over hundreds of massive limestones and enormous karst formations in the bay.

Out of many, the 2 most famous peaks are on Bai Tho Mountain (Poem Mount) and Titop Island.


view from Sung Sot Cave
Sung Sot Cave is the perfect place to capture sunset & sunrise – @CruiseInHalongBay.com

Bai Tho Mountain is 200 meters high and is located in Halong City. The view from there covers the front of the bay in addition to the landscape of modern Halong Bay city below.

Titop Island, on the other hand, provides a glimpse of Halong’s genuine beauty. After climbing 100 stairs to the highest point of the island, you may enjoy stunning views of Halong Bay and a tiny part of Bai Tu Long Bay.


2. Overnight cruise


Travel + Leisure magazine recommend that the best way to see Halong Bay sunsets and sunrises is from an overnight cruise. Traveling on these cruises allows visitors to fully watch the sunrise and sunset from many angles, with many natural scenes and different lighting angles of the sun. A cruise will also help you pick the best and biggest view, which will save you a lot of time and effort.

Lastly, on an overnight cruise, you could enjoy both sunrise and sunset in the bay, as they’re all covered in every itinerary.


3. Beaches


The beaches are also favorite locations to watch sunrises and sunsets for many travelers because they can immerse themselves in nature and enjoy fresh air and fresh breezes from the sea. You can choose from many beautiful beaches in the bay, such as Tuan Chau, Bai Chay, Ngoc Vung, Quan Lan, Minh Chau, etc.

Cruising under the yellow sky
Peaceful bay under the sunset lighting – @nadi.colo/Instagram

However, compared to the view from a cruise or mountain peaks, these beaches normally offer  more limited views and scenes. On top of that, famous beaches like Tuan Chau and Bai Chay are often quite crowded and noisy, which can affect your sightseeing and photography experience.


  • You could check the sunset and sunrise time in Halong Bay here.
  • To make sure not to miss Halong bay sunrise and sunset, you should check forecast hourly and arrive at the designed viewpoint at least 15 minutes in advance.
Halong Bay at dawn
Halong Bay sunset is a magical moment – @CruiseInHalongBay.com



Halong Bay sunset sunrise infographic

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