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.

Book a cruise in Halong Bay

Along with the acknowledgement to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World, number of Halong cruises is increasing rapidly. The guide below will show you few efficient ways to book for a Halong Bay Cruise.

Online

Booking online seems to be the best choice thanks to the convenience it brings to tourists. You may just type the combination “Halong bay tours” or “Halong bay cruises”, there will be millions results from thousands travel agency websites.


Most of the Halong Cruise online booking websites are very well designed with user friendly interface, beautiful graphic, and detailed information about cruise package like prices, itinerary, cruise amenities description, etc.

The outstanding feature of online booking is safety with quick booking process. With just a few clicks, your ideal trip will be at service coming alone with easy online payment through common method like credit cards and bank transfer. Payment can be paid in US dollar. For each transaction, it usually takes around 1-2 business days, or up to required time for bank transfer at your local place.

Telephone

There are much to talk about pros and cons of phone booking. Although you might have to spend more on your phone bill, you can ask for any information about the trips directly, as well as any queries you may have about Halong Bay, and instead of filling required information on your own, travel agents are pleased to help you complete all the process.

However, the method does have some the drawbacks. Firstly, you still need to complete the payment process on your own for security reason. Secondly, your information might not be correct due to the some common mistakes such as misspelling. Nevertheless, the problems could be handled with more considerable pronunciation and slow speaking. Telephone booking requires exactly the same payment process like online booking.

Tour operator

A lot of tourists choose to book for a Halong cruise as part of a longer Vietnam tour through tour operators. This seems to be much more convenient since the only thing you need to do is paying for the whole tour. However, depending too much on tour agencies might reduce the flexibility of your trip.

Direct booking

The traditional way to book for tour or cruise is to go directly to a travel agency office when you arrive at Vietnam. This gives you a much more comfortable and reliable feeling, as well as the complete information and instruction about the cruise trip, and direct payment. The price chart is in US dollar and it is the most preferable by many of the cruise operators. Vietnam Dong might be accepted (with equal currency exchange).

Consulting the locals or expats in Vietnam before venturing into the land of rocks is always supposed to be better than booking from far away with only seemingly beautiful information on the internet.


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