Photo: Out on the bay.

The beach and promenade

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On a not-really-hot day, the promenade along Ha Long Road is a very pleasant place for a stroll.

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Photo of The beach and promenade

It runs from the Hon Gai Bridge (near the Plaza Hotel) along to the pier and as well as being a wide, mercifully motorbike free path, it’s surrounded by some well-manicured gardens with views across the bay.

In the centre of Bay Chay, near the end of Vuon Dao Street, the promenade runs past Ha Long beach. It might not be world class, but it is still a beach, complete with deck chairs, colourful umbrellas and inflatables to rent. Expect crowds in summer, particularly at the weekends, when Vietnamese flock to Ha Long for a well-earned mini break, but they’ll mostly be in the water, leaving plenty of chairs available -- on the beach and in the cafes -- for you to relax with a cold drink and a book. The water isn’t exactly crystal clear but the kids seem to enjoy it.

As well as the cafes by the beach, you’ll find more than enough places along the promenade to stop for a bite to eat or a drink, particularly at the town or – further down – in one of the fancy hotels, or even to do a bit of shopping.

We could certainly think of worse things to do with our time in Ha Long.

What next?

 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Ha Long Bay.
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