Slideshow Description: The photos in this slideshow provide an overview of the scenery and karst features of the site, as viewed from a ‘regular’ tourist perspective. This is understandably one of the ‘must-see’ sites of South-East Asia which attracts correspondingly large numbers of visitors, boats and facilities.
This page of the website is still under development and a more detailed description of the various aspects of the site will be included in due course – so please come back again soon!
Conservation Status and Prospects. According to IUCN’s recent Conservation Outlook Assessment the conservation status of this site is ‘good with some concerns’. The IUCN report notes that ‘the world heritage values relate to the property’s extraordinary karst features and exceptional scenic beauty (vii) as well as its extensive representation of karst formation processes (viii). These values remain largely intact due to their very nature and property’s natural defenses. High levels of tourism and continued growth in visitor numbers represent the most significant threat to Ha Long Bay unless it is carefully planned and managed for in a way that is integrated with Provincial and Local development. Improvements to management and a willingness to address issues raised by the Committee in decisions and recommendations are noted. Management capacity has recently improved to keep better pace with the rapid growth in tourism numbers.’