Tips to travel to Halong Bay from A to Z
January 3, 2017
Are you thinking of taking a cheap Halong Bay tour but unsure about what to do to make your journey the best it can be? We know that traveling to a new destination is never easy but at least the following tips can help your trip much relieved.
1. Suitable time to visit Halong Bay
There are four seasons in Ha Long Bay as typical weather of Northeastern part of Vietnam. It is very cold in winter (from November to March), and hot in summer (from May to early September).
Most tourists choose summer for their excursion to Ha Long Bay so they can be relaxed when sailing on the blue cool sea. Sometimes there’s light rain or even unexpected storm that tourists should be aware of. Summer promotion rate can be found during this time.
Winter is not ideal for swimming; however, it becomes high season of Halong Bay tourism. The temperature ranges from 12 to 20 degree Celsius.
The best time to visit Halong Bay is Spring (March, April) and Fall (September, October) when the weather is cool and Halong bay becomes less crowded and the price for hotels and tours is not very costly.
2. Transport to Halong Bay
It takes 3-4 hours to go from Ha Noi to Ha Long by car. If you choose bus for cheap price, the bus stop named Kim Ma is on Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. There is a bus every 15 minutes. You can also travel by passenger car and pay about 60.000 Dong, it is faster than bus, catch one at Long Bien or My Dinh or Gia Lam station. Train is better for those who love to contemplate scenery and have more spare time. The train starts at 4:55 am every morning at Yen Vien train station. However, it will be more convenient and safe to take a tour from Hanoi to Halong by a genuine tour company. After arriving in the city, you may use taxi to travel.
3. Place to stay in Halong Bay
You should avoid travelling to Halong Bay on weekends because of high-priced or unavailable room on those days. A three stars hotel in Halong Bay usually costs 500.000 Dong per day, while a hostel charges around 150.000 Dong.
4. Halong Cruise
Kipping down overnight on the bay is most chosen. It comes with many activities such as watching dawn and gloaming, kayaking, swimming, squid fishing, etc. The price for a 2 days 1 night Halong tour often costs about 2.500.000 Dong. Here are best Halong bay cruise recommendation: affordable yachts include V’spirit, Majestic, Calypso, Halong Sails, Oriental Sails, Glory, etc. and four or five stars yachts include Bhaya, Emeraude, Paradise, Starlight, etc. If you like to go sightseeing only in the daytime, renting a boat for a few hours is better and also cheaper.
5. Food in Halong
Tasty food can be found in many restaurants like: Mithrin (Hung Thang, Bai Chay), Panorama (168 Ha Long Street, Bai Chay), Son Ca (98 Ben Tau Street), Bien Xanh (08 Le Thanh Tong Street), Sea Food (Ha Long Street), Thu Huong (Hạ Long Street), etc.
6. Things to do in Halong Bay
Besides cruising, you can swim at Bai Chay beach, explore caves, see the whale show and water music in the evening at Tuan Chau Islet and hang around night market. When buying something in market and being charged with high prices, you can haggle.
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