Halong Bay Vietnam, which is located in the western coast of Tokin Gulf in North East sea area of Viet Nam, is a popular tourist attraction in Viet Nam. Thanks for thousands of magnificent islands formed naturally, Ha Long Bay has been recognized as a world natural heritage by UNESCO. Halong Bay attracts national and international tourists with wonderful sceneries.
To have an unforgettable trip from Hanoi to Halong Bay, you can have a look at the following experiences.
Time to visit Ha Long
Visiting Ha Long Bay tourists can experience 4 seasons clearly such as: very cold winter (from November to March) and very hot summer (from April to October).
This clear division of weather has made Ha Long Bay become an attractive destination to many tourists. For Vietnamese people, it would be the most ideal to have a trip to Ha Long Bay every summer (from April to October). However, Ha Long Bay becomes the most attractive to international tourists in winters. Summer is the main tourism season of Ha Long Bay so you should take a trip to this destination from March to May or from August to October. You shouldn’t come here in June or July because of the following reasons:
The weekend days of June and July are the peak days resulting in the unpleasant feeling and expensive service expense.
The other reason is the inconvenience of weather because in these 2 months, there are a lot of storms happening in the Ha Long Bay, so you should be careful in case you visit Ha Long in June and July.
Hanoi to Halong Bay transportation
Ha Noi- Bac Ninh- Ha Long Route: 155 kilometers.
This route which takes about 3 hours to travel by car is the shortest road from Ha Noi city to Ha Long, you can have a look at the following journey:
From Ha Noi, travelling along route 5- Sai Dong turning point: 10 km.
From Sai dong, travelling a long Road 1- Bac Ninh Province: 23 km.
From Bac Ninh, travelling along Road 18- Pha Lai- Chi Linh- Dong Trieu- Uong Bi- Ha Long: 122 km.
Ha Noi- Bac Ninh- Ha Long Route: 160 km
From Noi Bai airport (Ha Noi), travelling along Noi Bai- Bac Ninh: 32 km.
From the way to Highway 18A crossing Pha Lai, Sao Do, Dong Trieu, Uong Bi to Ha Long.
Tourists can take famous buses gathering at Luong Yen bus station or My Dinh bus station. The first bus departs at 6 a.m and the last one departs at 5 p.m (each journey lasts from 3 to 4 hours). Bus tickets fluctuate from 100 thousand dong/ seat to 200 thousand dong/ bed seat.
Train from Ha Noi to Halong bay
Tourists can take Halong Express tourist trains departing at 7:05 a.m from Gia Lam train station and it takes about 5 hours to get to Ha Long. Train tickets fluctuate from 5 USD/ 1- way/ person (for Vietnamese tourists) to 15 USD/ 1- way/ person ( for foreigners).
There are many 3 and 4 star hotels around Bai Chay tourist resort that tourists can choose. Hotel price for a 3 star hotel is at least 474,000 VND/ day. You should come here in the early or middle of a week if you want to find cheap hotel rooms easily. From Friday to Sunday each week, there are a lot of tourists coming to Ha Long and this may result in expensive hotel price or difficulty in finding available rooms.
Besides, tourists can also stay in hostels with the average price at about 150,000 VND/ day.
You can have a look at some following hotel addresses: Ha Long Dream (08 Ha Long street); Mithirn (Hung Thang street); Ha Long Pearl (Bai Chay); Ha Long Bay (Ha Long street); Bach Dang (02 Ha Long); Cong Doan Bai Chay (Ha Long street); Moon Light (Hung Thang street), etc.
Halong bay Cruises
On these days, many tourists are interested in Ha Long tours which offer them a chance to stay all night at the Bay. This service can bring to you great experience with many interesting activities such as: go sightseeing to enjoy Ha Long view at dawn or sunset, kayaking, bathing on the bay, singing karaoke, fishing squids at night, etc.
Night tours on the Bay may last for 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights depending on the journey of each cruiser. The price for a 2- day journey of some 3 star criusers like V’spirit, Majestic, Calypso, Halong Sails, Oriental Sails, Glory, etc is at least 2,200,000 VND and this price includes all prices for transportation from Ha Noi to Ha Long, 3 meals, sightseeing,etc. Besides, in Ha Long Bay, there are also many 4 and 5 star cruisers namely Au co, Emeraude, Paradise, Starlight, etc. You can contact some travel companies to get reasonable price, especially there are many attractive promotions in summers.