Ha Long Bay has been recognized many times as a natural heritage of the world with thousands of brilliant natural islands. This place is a very attractive tourist destination with inner and outer tourists because of its beautiful scenery.
Ha Long Bay is known for its beautiful rock formations and caves. There are two types of islands in Ha Long including limestone islands and shale islands, which are concentrated in the southeastern area of Bai Tu Long Bay and the south west of Ha Long Bay. This is the oldest image of the place whose geologic age is of 250 – 280 million years, they are the results of the process of the raising up and down several times of the geology from the continent to the sea. Carxto erosion and weathering process were the reasons behind the creation of the unique Ha Long.
In 2000, Ha Long Bay was voted by the National Geographic Magazine as one of the top 25 beautiful destinations in the world. In February 2014, National Geographic (USA) voted Ha Long Bay as one of the 10 attractive destinations for the 2014 season.
For domestic tourists, Ha Long Bay is a destination ideal for holidays or weekends with family and friends. However, there are some difficulties for foreign visitors to come and visit the beautiful Bay. That is, at the moment, they must first fly to Noi Bai International Airport in Ha Noi, before travelling to Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh. However, the good news is that Van Don Airport has been approved of becoming an international airport recently, which makes it easier for international tourists to travel to Ha Long. By that, it partly helps improve the tourism development in Quang Ninh in general and Ha Long Bay in particular.
Quang Ninh International Airport, also known as Van Don International airport is a project on Van Don Island, Quang Ninh Province. Acknowledged as having the potential for further development on tourism in this place, there has been tremendous proposals to make Van Don Island district a new attractive destination for tourist worldwide. With the purpose of bringing Van Don into a special economic zone, international airports are being rushed to be built with total investment up to 3,900 billion VND.
In the first stage, the airport has the longest runway in Vietnam, with 3.6 km in length and 45m in width. The runway is constructed in accordance to international standard with 2 layers of reinforced concrete. The runway allows wide body aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Airbus A350 to land normally. Particularly for the aircraft apron, it is possible to land at least four of the most modern Boeings as well as conventional models such as the Airbus A321.
Along with the runway, airport apron and passenger terminal are also under construction. Passenger terminal at the first stage is estimated to be 25.000 m2, its capacity is of 2.5 million passengers per year. In the second phase (2020-2025) and the third phase (2025-2030), the capacity will increase to 5-10 million passengers per year. Works such as cargo terminals, aircraft parking lots, new runways … Will also be built in the next stages.
With the serious investment to the construction of Van Don international airport, Quang Ninh tourism is expected to continue to develop in the near future. Especially, with the world natural heritage of Ha Long Bay, the number of foreign tourists coming to Quang Ninh through Van Don International Airport will continue to increase, bringing significant economic benefits to the people.