6Reasons to Visit Halong Bay

  • Scenery
    Scenery

    Scenery

    When it comes to scenery, Halong Bay can just be described as a 'wow'. Known for its thousands of rocks and caves emerging out of emerald water, Halong Bay has won numerous world recognitions as well as charmed millions of visitors through our the years. As you slowly explore the Bay, you will go from one surprise to another: one cannot stop asking himself/herself 'how could nature have gifted human such a wonder!'.

  • Culture
    Culture

    Culture

    In Vietnam, culture is something that is always there to impress you, and Halong Bay is no exception. Taking a trip to Halong Bay and you will feel a part of Vietnamese's Northern coastal life which is significantly different from it is in the centre and the south: Some make a living on the floating villages - others serve delicious fresh seafood which they just caught from the sea.

  • Cruise tours
    Cruise tours

    Cruise tours

    It is not exaggerating to say that cruise tours make an important feature of Halong Bay. Each cruise and junk has a different itinerary that takes one to visit caves and helps one experience local life on water. These cruise tours often include transfer from Hanoi to the Bay, food on board and a knowledgeable tour guide who will assist you all through your trip. Lodging varies in style and quality from inexpensive, party-style to extremely luxury ones.

  • Food
    Food

    Food

    Halong is famous for its seafood: crabs, prawns, sea clams among strange native specialties (check out Food section to learn more about these specialties). If you stay in one of the hotels on land, make sure you visit one of our recommended restaurants in town to experience authentic Halong Bay cuisines.

  • Value for money
    Value for money

    Value for money

    Halong Bay can be said to be one of the best places to travel in Southeast Asia, especially in terms of value-for-money. Whatever budget you spare for your trip, you will get more than what you expect. This is thanks to the low hotel costs and excellently organized cruise tours. For example, from only $70/ person you can get food and boarding along with an exciting cruise program for 2 day 1 night.

  • Unique experience
    Unique experience

    Unique experience

    Ultimately, it is the unique experience that you have in Halong Bay that counts the most. Imagine waking up in the beautiful sunrise amid the rocks, islets and caves. Some will remember their cave dinner for a lifetime while others enjoy the breathtaking view from a mountain top that gives a bird-eye view of the Bay. All of these second-to-none moments are awaiting you in Halong Bay.

Cai Lan Seaport to Halong Bay

Overview

If you are traveling with an International Cruise Ships such as Celebrity Cruise, Millennium Cruise, Regent Voyager, it is likely that you will be docking in one of piers and Cai Lan interational port. There is a total of 7 piers which receive both freight ships and tourist ships so it is very helpful if you know which specific pier you will be stopping at.

Available Options

From Cai Lan to Bai Chay pier (which hosts Indochina Sails, Alova Day Cruise, Emeraude Cruise) it takes about 15 minutes. From Cai Lan to Tuan Chau Island (which hosts Paradise Cruise, Phoenix Cruise, Bhaya Cruise, Glory Cruise) it will take about 30minutes. Transfer can be arranged as you arrive by calling a taxi, but to save time, it is better to book transfer in advance. Taxi fare in Halong Bay is about US$ 0.75 per kilometres and the total should not exceed $15.
Normally, these cruises will allow you a day to visit Halong Bay. You can book a day cruise trip (which normally lasts between 4 and 8 hours, depending on your arrival time) that includes transfer from where you stop.
If you have more than 1 day to spend in Halong Bay you can book a trip where you can stay on board of a smaller cruise in Halong Bay or in a hotel in mainland. It is advisable that you arrange these tours in advance as it may sometime be difficult to decide as you land without knowing which junk is a good one to travel with in Halong Bay.

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Cai Lan Seaport to Halong Bay

Cai Lan SeaportHa long Bay

20 minutes 5 km

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