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Make Your Halong Bay Trip A Bucket List Experience
Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, Halong Bay was also featured among the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World in 2012.
The legend of Halong Bay’s beauty has spread far and wide across the world. Modern and luxury cruises allow tourists to discover the main attractions of Halong Bay like never before.
With a Halong Hub cruise, you can have the holiday of a lifetime in Halong Bay, Vietnam.
Overview Of Halong Bay, Vietnam
Located in North Vietnam and stretching over approx. 1,553 square kilometers, Halong Bay is a vast expanse of emerald green water, beaches, caves, and islands waiting to be explored.
Halong Bay’s mature karst landscape developed during a warm, wet, tropical climate that evolved over 20 million years.
The bay’s breathtaking 1,969 limestone islands and islets have rightly secured Halong’s place on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Planning to visit Halong Bay? First, decide which bay to choose; Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay, or Bai Tu Long Bay!
How Do I Book A Cruise To Halong Bay?
With an endless number of cruise liners and tour companies offering a trip to Ha Long, you will find yourself spoilt for choice.
But how do you find the best Halong Bay cruise, one that will deliver on all the promises and make your tour of the bay truly unforgettable?
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
We hand-pick, tried-and-tested cruise ships and itineraries – all featuring unique activities and luxurious cabins guaranteed to provide the perfect Halong Bay experience!
Best Bai Tu Long Bay Cruises
How To Get To Halong Bay, Vietnam
Transportation to Halong Bay
Getting to Halong Bay is quite easy with many transport options. Here’s a summary:
- Cruise embarkation point: Tuan Chau Marina (Halong City)
- From Hanoi city center: 146 km – bus / car (2h30’)
- From Noi Bai International Airport: 148 km – bus / car (3h) or seaplane (45’)
- From Cat Bi International Airport: 62 km – car / taxi (1h45’)
How to get from Hanoi to Halong Bay
For most international travelers, Hanoi is a natural starting point for a trip to visit Halong Bay. Whether you’re traveling from the Old Quarter or directly from the Noi Bai Airport to Halong Bay, you have a range of options at your disposal.
A private car or a 7-seater limousine arranged by your cruise company is easily the most convenient. Public buses are also available.
How to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Halong Bay
Want to visit Halong Bay from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)? There are frequent flights between all of Vietnam’s cities. This is the best option for comfort and saving precious time!
Mid Range Options
Halong Bay FAQs
Is Halong Bay worth visiting?
You may have heard that mass tourism has taken its toll on Halong Bay, some also find Halong Bay overcrowded, especially during the high season. However, Halong Hub tour operators have bespoke itineraries to ensure that while in Ha Long Bay, you get as much exposure to the majestic nature around you as possible, away from other tourists.
The two neighboring bays – Bai Tu Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay – are both much quieter, and equally pretty, and they offer an easy alternative if you want to avoid crowds altogether.
What to do in Halong Bay?
Nature lovers are drawn to Vietnam by the bay’s legendary landscapes and captivating wildlife, but Halong Bay is equally bursting at the seams with attractions for adventure-seekers. It’s best to explore them while touring the bay on a cruise boat, hopping on and off the ship to go snorkeling, kayaking, cave spelunking, or trekking in Halong’s beautiful landscape. You can also go parasailing above the bay, try your hand at squid fishing, feast on fresh seafood and pay a visit to floating villages, among many other great attractions.
Take a look at our list of 18 fascinating things to do in Halong Bay, Vietnam.
How much is Halong Bay cruise?
Prices start from roughly USD100-200 per person, depending on your cabin choice. Cruises are split into budget, mid-range, and luxury packages.
For more details and to book directly through our site, navigate to our complete list of Halong Bay Cruises.
What to eat In Halong Bay?
And since your days in Halong Bay are going to be filled to the brim with fun, you are likely to suddenly find yourself starving in the evening. Don’t worry, Halong Bay is a great destination for foodies – there’s a whole range of mouth-watering local dishes for you to try and all our junk boat cruises have private chefs and feasts written into the itinerary!
When to visit Halong Bay?
One of the things you should definitely factor into your travel plans is Halong Bay weather. No two months in the bay are quite the same, and the four different seasons all come with different pros and cons.
Generally speaking, the two periods considered most favorable for visiting Ha Long Bay run from September to November and from March to May, and they offer a wonderful mix of pleasant temperatures and mostly clear skies.
For more on Halong Bay weather, check out our detailed guide on the best times to visit Halong Bay, including a month-by-month weather breakdown.
How many days in Halong Bay?
You have three primary options for your accommodation in Halong Bay: staying on one of the islands, staying inland, and spending one or two nights on a cruise ship.
The best option is to stay on an overnight cruise.
Halong Bay cruise itineraries range from 2 days 1 night to 3 days 2 nights, each packed with unique activities on one-of-a-kind cruise ships.
If you’re still in two (or three) minds about how much time is needed, check out our guide to Halong Bay cruise itineraries.
We are Halong Experts
With over 20 years’ experience in tourism and customer services, combined with authentic local insights
we know how to help you make the best of Halong Bay. Come with us on the cruise of your lifetime.