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.

Hai Phong to Halong Bay

Overview

Hai Phong city is about 75 kilometers away from Halong Bay. You can either book a private car or call for a taxi and it will take roughly 2 hours to transfer from Hai Phong to Halong Bay.

Available Options

By Car
 
The easiest way to book for a private transfer is to ask the reception at your hotel or contact a legit travel agency to arrange the service. If you want to wave for a taxi, do not forget to negotiate the price in advance because for long distance, it is better to pay lump-sum for the whole trip rather than pay on a kilometer-based charge.
 
By Bus
 
There is also daily local bus from Hai Phong bus station to Halong departing every 30 minutes from 6 am to 6 pm and the bus fare is around VND 60,000 to VND 80,000 ($3 to $4) per person. This is a great way to travel as a real local at a low cost. However, the bus follows a fixed route and does not drop guests at any wharfs, you will need to take a taxi or a typical Vietnamese motorbike taxi to the wharf where your cruise docks to join the trip.

Route Map

Hai Phong to Halong Bay

Hai PhongHalong Bay

75 km 1 hour 10 mins

By Train

No information available for this route from Hai Phong to Halong Bay.

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