Paddling a kayak through the submerged limestone karst landforms scattered across the bay and beholding the site’s resplendence have been a much-loved activity for visitors to Halong, leading to a boom in kayak tours – many of which operate without approved business plans.
This prompted the provincial administration to issue a ban on the service in April, which was meant to minimize its damage to the local tourism environment and protect tourists from kayak tour operators that either fail to list their service prices or overcharge the visitors.
However, see that the sport is an interesting activity that attract lots of foreign visitors to Halong Bay. The provincial authorities have agreed to add kayaking into the list of tourist products in Halong Bay. Kayak services on Halong Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh will resume from May 1, said Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Long.
Specifically, kayaking and sampan riding tours will be allowed in daytime at Ba Hang, Luon Cave, Tung Sau Lagoon, Cua Van and Vung Vieng, whereas tourists can enjoy kayaking services at Dong Tien (Fairy Cave) Lake-Trinh Nu (Virgin) Cave, Cong Do and Co (Grass) Cave.
Chairman Long also asked kayak tour operators to ensure safety for tourists while the Halong municipal People’s Committee must issue regulations on safety requirements for kayaks and small boats. Only those meeting requirements and signing contract with the municipal authorities are eligible to offer kayak services.
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