National Geographic Travel recently published an article about the UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay and mentioned taking a Hai Au seaplane flight as a way to get an overview of the entire bay.

At the moment, cruising in Ha Long Bay is limited to just five routes, but flying with seaplanes, you get to view the whole bay and admire its grandness and the amazing formations of the islets,” the article quotes Mr. Tran Trong Kien as saying, CEO of TMG, the parent company of Hai Au Aviation.

After delving into the history of Halong Bay (meaning “descending dragon”) and highlighting the significance of the dragon in Vietnamese culture, the article describes the enduring appeal of the bay’s “very evolved, very advanced, unusual looking karst landscape,” unique for being on water instead of on land as in places like Florida or Puerto Rico.

National Geographic also quoted a professor of geology, environment, and sustainability about the destination’s universal appeal: “What’s unusual about the karst towers at Ha Long Bay is that such a beautiful place inspires not just geologists, but artists, science, and painters to come together to understand the landscape.”

In addition to taking a scenic seaplane flight by Hai Au Aviation, the article goes on to recommend taking an overnight cruise to see the sunset and sunrise as well as kayaking for a close-up perspective of the over 1,600 limestone islands.