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.

Hanoi – Halong Transportation

There are several transportation options from Hanoi to Halong.

Car transportation (interprovincial bus, private car...)

Car transportations such as interprovincial buses, tourists buses, private cars, and motorbike is the most popular option that tourists choose to travel from Hanoi to Halong. The reason that makes most tourists choose this type of transportation is that the road and bridge tolls are quite cheap. Also, about 3 hours and a half sitting in a car with air-conditioning and cushioned seats seems comfortable and relaxing to many tourists.

There are various choices for tourists when it comes to car transportation. Usually for a large group of tourists who travel in a tour, the travel agencies will prepare a bus for them so they don’t have to worry about it. For individual or small group of tourists who travel by themselves, Vietnamese interprovincial buses could be an ideal choice. However, the tourists should carefully secure their property (particularly small items such as cellphones, purse or jewelry...), purchase tickets only at the bus station, and never get in any buses that pick up on the road. In the worst case, taxi is also a choice, but it will cost a little bit extra.

Train transportation

For tourists who adore the joy of observing landscape while traveling by train, train travel is a great option. The train starts at Yen Vien Station (Hanoi) at 5:15am, and it takes about 7 hours to reach Halong City. The magnificent view of endless rice field, forest, and ocean on the road will remain in passenger’s memory as a unique experience. However, the train might be a nightmare for any clean freak. It is not too dirty, but it neither spotless.

Helicopter transportation

This is new a service provided by Northern Services Flight Company since 2008. It takes only 45 minutes to get to Halong City with $350-420USD for a one way ticket and $550USD for a round trip ticket. Beside regular transportation, this company also provides see-sighting services for tourists. It is quite fascinating having a panoramic sight of Halong Bay from above.


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