How to travel Ha Long Bay – UNESCO World Heritage
Ha Long Bay is not only a popular travel destination in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam but also a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
Are you over the moon with your forthcoming tour to Ha Long Bay? you are really excited to join the trip, but you don’t know what you need to prepare for it. Therefore, I will share some necessary notes below about Ha Long Bay – my hometown for you if you like so.
1. The best time to travel Ha Long Bay
Halong Bay is a part of Gulf of Tonkin which there are 4 seasons clearly. The weather is so hot in Summer, but it is too cold in Winter. As a result, it is attractive to both domestic and foreign tourists. If you like the sun, you should come here in Summer. However, the ideal time for foreigners who firstly come to Vietnam is in Winter.
Ha Long summer (lasts from March to October) is the mainly traveling season. You had better not go to the place in June and in July. There are some following reasons:
Firstly, on the weekends of that months, the number of tourists are over load, so the service is not nearly good. Moreover, the price is not reasonable. It is often very more expensive than the real price. Therefore, People are not satisfied when come there at that time.
Furthermore, according to the natural regulation, There are some storms on the beach landing to Tonkin Gulf and Ha Long Bay in June and July. Therefore, you should consider go there in months if you are smart tourists.
If you only come there on holidays in June and in July, you can book tours of big traveling agents to reduce the two weaknesses.
2. Necessary luggages you need to bring
In Summer, Halong is as hot as other beaches, so our skin is sun-damaged. It is important to use best sun creams for us ( almost SPF >= 30)
If you are fashionable and you always care of your beauty, you should bring your shower gel, your shampoo, your towel, your toothpaste… Although all things are available in the hotel, they are not as good as yours.
If you like the summer sun, you should have sunglasses and broad-brimmed hat to join outside activities. On the other hand, items make you more colourable and beautiful.
Because you both go swimming and visit caves, you need sort flip flops to feel comfortable through your trip.
Besides bikini or swimwear is also one of important items to travel there. You can be self-confident to swim and take photos to save memorable moments with your favourite swimming suit. Whereas you can rent them with price form 20 000 to 50 000 dong. Especially if you bring your baby to you, floats is really vital.
Finally, If you are like to take a photos, a camera is a perfect choice for you. Don’t regret that you don’t bring one to you because the landscape give you great pictures you never ever seen before.
3. Itinerary and transportation Halong bay
About the itinerary and transportation, there are many different tours according to your hobbies and your ability. From Ho Chi Minh city, you can go by train to Hanoi city, then you take a couch to Halong city or you may go by couch through HCM city to Haiphong city, and then from Haiphong city to Halong city. With that way, it is quite cheap, but you spend a long time going there. To save your time, you ought to go by plane to Haiphong city ( Cat Bi airport) or to Hanoi city ( Noi Bai airport) and continue to go to Halong city. However, Hai Phong city is a good choice for you. Cat Bi airport (Hai Phong) is only far from Ha Long about 30 kilometres.
Halong city is far from Hanoi city about 170 kilometres. Therefore, it takes from 3 to 4 hours if you go by couch. you can catch Hoang Long Express bus at Kim Ma station on Nguyen Thai Hoc stress. Almost it is 15 minutes per a turn. Telephone number to book (04) 3845 2846. Besides, the train from Hanoi to Halong departs from Yen Vien station at 4.55 everyday.
It takes 100 000 dong per one to go to Halong station by couch and with 30 000 dong per one from Halong station to Bai Chay tourism site by grab-bike. If you go with more than 3 people, you should take a taxi.
4. Hotels with an affordable price
There are many 3, 4 star hotels in Bai Chay tourism site for you to choice. Room price of 3 star hotel is about 550 000 dong per day. To be easy to rent a good room with a reasonable price, you should go at the beginning of weeks or the middle of weeks. Every week, from Friday to Sunday, tourists is very crowed in Halong, so the room price rise higher; and sometime it is out of rooms. Moreover, you can rent an apartment with medium price from 150 000 – 200 000 dong per day.
Introduce some good and reasonable hotels for you to consider: Crown Hotel (***) with 555 000 dong per day; New Star Ha Long (***) with 819 000 dong per day; Hạ Long Plaza (08 Ha Long Stress); Ha LongDream (10 on Ha Long Stress; Mithrin ( on Hung Thang stress); Ha Long Pearl (Bai Chay); Ha Long Bay (on Ha Long Stress); Bach Dang Hotel (02 on Ha Long Stress); Cong Doan Ha Long Hotel (on Ha Long Stress); Moon Light (on Hung Thang stress), Muong Thanh Hotel …
5. Cruises of Ha Long Bay
Nowadays, staying night tours on cruise are choiced by tourists. You are amazed if you experience activities on sun deck such as: view Ha Long beautiful landscapes when the dusk is down, or when dawn is up, go boats Kayak, swim in Ti top island, karaoke, go squidding at midnight….
Staying night tours in island can last 2 days a night or 3 days a night according to itinerary of every cruise. 3 stars Cruise as V’spirit, Majestic, Calypso, Halong Sails, Oriental Sails, Glory… 2 days is more than 2 200 000 dong including all service ( transport to pick up and depart Hanoi – Halong, 3 meals per day, entrance tickets for visiting Ha Long… Besides, in Halong Bay, there are many 4-5 stars cruise as “Âu Cơ” Cruise, Bhaya, Emeraude, Paradise, Starlight…. you can contact to travel agency to get best price.
About culinary, there are many both luxury restaurants and medium restaurants to choice, for example: Mithrin restaurant (on Hung Thang stress, Bai Chay Ward); Panorama restaurant(168 Hạ Long, Bai Chay Ward); “Sơn Ca” restaurant (98 Ben Tau); “Biển Xanh” restaurant (08 Le Thanh Tong stress); “Hải Ninh” restaurant (village 3, Vuon Dao); Thien Ly restaurant (Ly Thuong Kiet, Cua Ong)… If you want to enjoy Halong seafoods, you can see Sea Food Restaurant (Ha Long stress); Thu Huong restaurant (Halong stress)…..