Tourists go kayaking on Ha Long Bay (Photo: VNA)

Quang Ninh (VNA) – Kayak services on Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh will resume from May 1, said Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Long.

Earlier on April 1, the services were halted according to a decision by the Ha Long city’s authorities that worried cruise owners, tour operators and tourists as the sport is an interesting activity that attract lots of foreign visitors to Ha Long Bay.

The provincial authorities have agreed to add kayaking into the list of tourist products in Ha Long Bay, which are available in eight tour routes, including Ba Hang, Luon cave, Dong Tien lake, Trinh Nu cave, Vung Tung Sau, Cua Van, Vong Vieng and Cong Do-Hang Co.

Chairman Long asked kayak tour operators to ensure safety for tourists while the Ha Long 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.

Ha Long Bay currently boasts more than 1,400 kayaks, including nearly 1,100 operated by 163 overnight vessels; 33 high-speed canoes, 108 small boats using oars and several aquatic entertainment activities.-VNA