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Halong Bay Sunset and Sunrise: How Best to Capture?

The best sunsets (and sunrises) in Vietnam are waiting for you…

Any Halong Bay sunset and sunrise is worth its weight in gold. It is when the sun hits the water between spectacular limestone peaks and emerald green coves. I’m sure being there at that magical hour is a memory you’ll definitely want to hold onto.

Halong Bay is synonymous with Vietnam. It is a UNESCO Heritage site listing and a frequent coverage in travel publications globally. Thus, most people consider a visit to Halong Bay a must-do during their time in Vietnam.

A scan of any of your well-traveled friends holiday snaps will likely reveal a few pics of Halong Bay sunset and sunrise.

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Magical moment – sunrise on Halong Bay

Dotted with thousands of tiny islands, crescent moon beaches and rugged mountain outcrops, this entire destination is very instagram-friendly. Whether you’re cruising amongst it on a four-star liner or making day trips from your hotel, experiencing Halong Bay is a bucket list item your eyes won’t want to miss.

For this very reason we recommend never visiting Halong Bay without your camera. Capturing these kinds of stunning panorama – Halong Bay sunset and sunrise – is an absolute holiday must. This also makes booking your sunset cruise one of the top things you can do in Halong Bay. You won’t be disappointed when you’re sipping champagne on a boat and encountering view after incredible view of sunrise and sunset in Halong Bay.

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Sitting on deck watching jaw-droppingly spectacular moments of Halong Bay sunset. Source: IG@africaninvietnam

Even if you perch yourself high on one of the more accessible islands, or get your hands on a kayak and explore the deepest cave you can find, the photo opportunities will be some of the best in your life, especially if you TIME IT WELL.

Great timing: when is the best time to visit Halong Bay?

This depends on your preference. March through May has the most sunshine, with only a slight risk of downpours, while September through November is favored for its cooler temperatures and clearer skies, although there is an overlap with typhoon season, which runs from August to November.

Generally speaking, high season is December through February when the temperature drops again but rain is also infrequent. That said, because Halong Bay is popular with domestic travelers, on just about any weekend, especially during the summer months and school vacations (June – August), this well-known tourist spot can be busy.

In terms of the best time of the day to get that stunning panoramic shot away, it’s always early in the morning for sunrise, no later than 6am, and in the early evening twilight for sunset, just after 5.30pm, as the sun dips slowly beyond the horizon.

One thing’s for sure, Halong Bay sunset and sunrise re something you won’t forget, so making that little effort to be there at the right time of year, and at the right time of day, is well worth it.

Location is everything: best places to watch sunrise and sunset in Halong Bay

Great photo ops abound in Halong Bay, so once you’re there, you won’t have to go too far to discover that photo-worthy scene.

Cat Ba Island lies just south of Halong Bay and offers intrepid explorers like yourself the chance to get off your boat and discover a largely untouched wilderness.

On Cat Ba you can take part in a host of activities, including bird and animal photography, as the island is home to over 100 native species. These include the elusive Cat Ba Langur, a small primate once thought to be on the verge of extinction.

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Cat Ba Langur – a small primate once thought to be on the verge of extinction.

Cycling and hiking are also popular daytime activities, and you can hire a motorbike if you really like the wind in your hair. For those feeling more athletic, the island offers some of the country’s best rock-climbing, with guided climbs by Asia Outdoors for climbers of every level including what’s known as Butterfly Valley. Stick a point-and-shoot in your back pocket and get a perspective on the island most don’t.

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Climbing Butterfly Valley in Cat Ba

While still on Cat Ba, it’s worth visiting a place of military significance called Cannon Fort, as it offers inspiring views of Lan Ha Bay, where around 140 white sand beaches await you.

Watching Halong Bay sunset and sunrise in Cannon Fort
Watching Halong Bay sunset and sunrise in Cannon Fort
Lan Ha Bay
Lan Ha Bay

Away from Cat Ba, if you’re on a boat that moors at Ti Top Island, (don’t worry, most do) the walk up the approximately 400 hundreds steps there is another mini-adventure worth your time, because the panorama from here is one of the best in the area.

Of course, you shouldn’t come all this way without seeing Bai Tu Long Bay as well. Slightly to the northeast of Halong Bay itself, this is its lesser known neighbor, but is still home to hundreds of its own karst islands, and is where the Vung Vieng floating fishing village lives. Perfect for getting away from the crowds a little, this part of the Ha Long region has its own list of attractions.

Beach-wise you should definitely get to Ban Chan Beach, one of the best places in Halong Bay to watch sunrise, offering that ‘solitude in paradise’ feel, though you probably shouldn’t expect to be completely alone. Swimming, snorkeling and kayaking are all available here, the latter of which we highly recommend. It won’t be long before you’re claiming a piece of sand of your very own – just think of the possibilities.

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Fishermen leaning against amazing background of Halong Bay sunrise

One of the largest caves in the area – there are 59 discovered thus far – is Sung Sot Cave, and this is also a must-do. Set your camera to night mode here and discover all sorts of fascinating shapes. Stalagmites and stalactites adorn the cave’s interior, and there’s a legendary story behind each of them – think dragons, dwarves and demons! If you have time, we also recommend Thien Cung Cave, otherwise known as ‘Heavenly Cave’ on Da Gau Island.

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As its name suggests, Sung Sot cave brings you surprising sunset when rowing out of the cave.

Finally, if you’re keen on some mainland style entertainment during your time in Halong, the recently developed Tuan Chau Island could be for you. Although only covering an area of 2.2 kilometers, it’s full of beachside resorts and recreational activities that are fun for the whole family. A good stop for those with children.

Other places worth seeing include Ba Hang Village, Cong Dam Fishing Village and…

Where else to get perfect shot of Halong Bay sunset and sunrise?

As we’ve already said, Halong Bay offers an embarrassment of riches for would-be professional and amateur photographers alike. It is easily one of the most photographed destinations in the world, and any search of the internet brings up a cache of stunning imagery.

Halong Bay looks extremely different from another vantage point – above. Here are 5 extraordinary ways to get such a perfect Halong Bay viewpoint.

To take your pics to the next level, quite literally, you might consider a chartered seaplane experience, which will have you flying over this incredible part of the world and seeing things from a completely different angle. Imagine what it’s like to see these dramatic limestone rock formations and perfect turquoise blue waters from above. Of course this isn’t cheap by any means, but is an option offered by Hai Au Aviation who also fly directly from Hanoi.

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Halong Bay – a panoramic view from seaplane

Alternatively, the Ha Long Queen Cable Car might be a better option if getting high is still on your agenda. The aerial tramway, which boasts two cars that can carry up to 230 passengers each, cruises over Halong Bay between the Bai Chay district of Halong City and the top of Ba Deo Hill, which has its own observation wheel, giving users breathtaking views of the bay and what might be the perfect spot to observe Halong Bay sunset and sunrise with that someone special.

While we’re still talking about the best places in Halong Bay to take photos from, our final recommendation is climbing Bai Tho Mountain. Right in the heart of the city center, climbing this famous peak is an adventure of its own. Not well signposted and a little hard to find, once you do locate the staircase to the top, one of the best views of Halong Bay sunrise and sunset in its entirety will be yours.

Bai Tho moutain - amazing way to capture Halong Bay sunrise and sunset
Bai Tho moutain – amazing way to capture Halong Bay sunset and sunrise

Technical Tips

In terms of technical know-how, we’re not here to tell you how to slice bread when it comes to photography. There are millions of websites that specialize in doing that.

However, because we understand the unique challenges that the vast open spaces and variable light conditions of Halong Bay throw up, whenever we take pictures, we do like to concentrate on a few basics. Here they are:

1) Have a focal point

Be it a rock, a boat, a person or a plane, having a focal point conveys scale and meaning in your picture. Use whatever is available to create what photographer’s call a ‘center of interest’ in your photo.

2) Include some foreground

Make your photos more interesting by including something in the foreground to engage the viewer. Again, this offers scale and context, as well as an insight into the environment you’re shooting in.

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A couple of birds spreading their winds towards the setting sun is an excellent foreground.

3) Wait for sunset or sunrise

The Halong Bay landscape reaches its optimum as the sun slowly descends onto the far horizon, creating some unforgettable light between its rugged limestone islands. You’ll kick yourself if you don’t capture this, just remember to use landscape rather than portrait settings and don’t forget to get the ratio between sky and water correct.

4) Make use of your camera’s settings

In low-light conditions don’t forget to alter the shutter speed where necessary. Slowing it down will let more light in and speeding it up will let in less. If this isn’t part if your in-built camera phone, there are apps you can download to help you. Also, hold your camera still!

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A perfect light contrast brings out the best of Halong Bay sunset and sunrise.

5) Crop, don’t zoom

This is simple, but true. If you’re zooming in on a smartphone, you will lose resolution, so even if something is far away, resist the urge to zoom in too much. If it’s too far away, it’s probably not worth taking a picture of.

We hope that 3 major tips above will go a long way with you in capturing the best moments of Halong Bay sunset and sunrise. For more advice on doing photography in Halong Bay, check out must-read advice from professional photographers HERE!

 

 

Transportation from Hanoi to Halong Bay

It wasn’t long ago that traveling from Hanoi to Halong Bay was a real ordeal. Nowadays, it is easier to access than ever before, and there are a ton of transport options to suit the needs and budgets of every traveler. If you have been wondering how to get from to Halong Bay from Vietnam capital, just read on to see the various options available.

How far and how long is it from Hanoi to Halong Bay?

It’s around 165 km from Hanoi to Halong Bay, which generally takes 4 hours (including a 15-30 minutute break) of travel by shuttle bus (the journey by car may be slightly shorter). However, both Orchid Cruise Halong and Azalea Cruise Halong offer a transfer service that takes just 1.5 hours.

How to get from Hanoi to Halong Bay

1. Shuttle Bus:

Hanoi shuttle bus

Getting from Halong Bay on a budget is no problem at all. Many of the cruises offer a two way transport system from Hanoi to Halong Bay (and back) that goes straight to the dock where you will board your cruise. The distance between Hanoi and Halong Bay is about 165 km, and usually takes 3.5-4 hours of road travel each way.

Also, if you want a unique experience, Alisa Cruise & Alisa Premier offer a two-way luxury shuttle bus.

2. Private Car:

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If your trip from Hanoi to Halong Bay is more a question of comfort than budget, then a private car is a fantastic option. We have teamed up with the cruises and their affiliated car hire companies to find the best deal for our customers, to help you to avoid pricey hires or nasty scams. Get in touch with our team to find out further details.

3. Coach:

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If you want to take the journey from Hanoi to Halong Bay into your own hands, you can take a coach from any of the main stations in Hanoi, like: My Dinh Bus Station, Gia Lam Terminal, or Luong Yen Terminal.

A ticket from Hanoi to Halong Bay on the coach costs approximately 100k-200k ($5-10); however, this coach will not drop you directly at the Marina. It will drop you off at the bus terminal relatively nearby, where you will need to catch a private taxi or motorbike. This option is somewhat more complicated, so we don’t recommend this option as the best way to go from Hanoi to Halong Bay.

4. Helicopter:

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How can you travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay in style? By helicopter, of course! The journey from Hanoi to Halong Bay by helicopter or seaplane is just shy of one hour and is undeniably the most lavish and adventurous way to get to the World Heritage site. For more information on helicopter hire please contact our team and we will assist you in getting the best deal.

A trip to Halong Bay is not complete without cruising. See our complete list of cruises today https://www.halonghub.com/cruises/

The Truth Behind Your Top Halong Bay Travel Concerns

So, you’re considering a Halong Bay visit but you’re hesitant because you’ve heard something on the grapevine that’s putting you off.

In this article, we are going to look at the top Halong Bay travel concerns and debunk them based on personal experience, deep research, and testimonials from other travelers. Let’s look at the top Halong Bay travel concerns from tourists:

Halong Bay Travel Concern #1: Pollution

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The clean-up campaign in action

Despite its World Heritage status, Halong Bay has unfortunately not been immune to the nasty pollution that plagues a lot of Southeast Asian waters.

This is down to a number of reasons – careless cruises discarding their waste and spilling fuel, thoughtless littering from tourists, uneducated fishermen allowing their debris to float into the waters without understanding the consequences, and above all a lack of enforcement of environmental protection regulations in the area.

How shameful it is that we can now read comments on travel forums that say things like “yes, it’s full of trash, but it’s still worth visiting for the scenery”. Number one, we should never have allowed it to happen, number 2- no matter how beautiful something is, filling it with trash destroys it.

It’s a mighty shame, but recent years have seen some of the renowned emerald Halong waters turn brown with pollutants- however, the times are a-changin’ in the world famous bay; there are big efforts (led by the local government) underway to reverse the damage that has been done and address this pressing Halong Bay travel concern.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature in collaboration with the Halong-Cat Ba Alliance and some local cruise companies have banded together to create a campaign that will “clean up the dirty Halong”.

The campaign framework supports locals (mainly youths and students) in joining together and cleaning up the area- either by combing the beaches collecting litter or on the water by kayak.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, as they say, nor will this project be completed overnight- but with the backing of NGOs, participation of volunteers, heavy media interest, and forceful government policies we will be on the right track again in no time.

If you do choose to visit Halong, instead of turning your nose up at the litter you may see, please consider doing your bit to help (it can be as simple as picking up a piece of litter from the water if you go out for a kayak trip); hopefully soon this Halong Bay travel concern will be a thing of the past.

Halong Bay Travel Concern #2: Cruise Safety

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One to the top Halong Bay travel concerns is to find cruises that prioritise safety

If you’ve heard a ‘budget’ cruise horror story from Halong Bay, you’re not the only one. It might be a case of Chinese whispers, granted, but either way, your safety on the water is definitely not something you want to take lightly, especially if you are traveling with children.

While there are regular improvements being made to govern safety standards, the onus is still on the customer; it’s of crucial importance that whatever cruise you’re considering is one that meets proper quality and safety regulations.

So how can you tell the difference between a quality cruise and a cowboy company? We’ve done the research, and based on this we’ve compiled a database of cruises that meet our rigorous safety standards.

On a budget? Totally fine; you don’t have to be flush with cash to go on a Halong Bay cruise, and you don’t need to sacrifice your safety or take any risks just because you’re choosing a budget option. Take Rosa Cruise, or Aclass Legend for example- super standard of cruising, great service, and some of the cheapest on the market.

Or, if you don’t mind parting with a little bit more cash, try out Pelican Cruise (they claim to be one of the few Halong cruises that employ full radar and sonar equipment, plus smoke alarms, life jackets- the whole shebang).

Check out our article on the top budget friendly Halong cruises if you want to know more.

Halong Bay Travel Concern #3: Cruise Menu for Vegetarian/Vegan/Seafood-free/Allergy Prone Passengers

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Dining hall on a Halong cruise

If you’re someone with strict, specific dietary requirements you’ve probably been in many a situation where you’ve had to exclude yourself because of it. I know plenty of vegans who say they regularly have to resort to eating little more than a garden salad when they go out because there is simply no other option for them.

Thankfully, this is absolutely not the case when dining on a Halong Bay cruise. As long as you notify the cruise management far enough in advance (48 hours usually gives them enough time to prepare) the chefs on board will ensure you have just as much choice as everyone else. Exemplary cruises are Pelican Cruise, Orchid Cruise, and Garden Bay Premium Cruise.

Halong Bay Travel Concern #4: Too Touristy?

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Tourism in the world-famous bay is on the rise

It’s undeniable, Halong Bay has experienced nothing short of a massive tourism spike in recent years, and indeed it has had an effect on the cruising experience. If you’ve visited the bay in, say 2007, then for sure 2017 is going to look mighty different. If you’re near the port there are hundreds of boats, private vessels, cruise liners, you name it.

However, this is not the case everywhere in the bay, and if you are looking for a ‘less-touristy’ experience away from the crowds you can still find it – as long as you know where to look.

Here’s the trick: going on a day cruise (or even a one night cruise) means that your boat won’t have time to travel too far away from the port, so you’ll be staying in the most populous area of the bay with all the other boats.

The scenery is still completely stunning here, but it has to be said that sharing the view with 100+ other boats takes away a bit of the romance. If you have the time, booking a 2-night cruise means that your boat will have the time to sail off further away from the crowded areas, into the regions of the bay where few other cruises travel.

Keep an eye out in particular for cruises (like Orchid Cruise or Azalea Cruise) whose route go through Bai Tu Long or Lan Ha Bay, areas which are just as impressive in terms of scenery as Halong, but lack the same levels of tourism.

Did we succeed in debunking your top Halong Bay travel concerns? Is there anything else you think should be discussed here? Let us know, and we’ll be happy to write an article covering your concerns.

Top 5 Places to Celebrate Anniversary with your Significant Other

What is the best way to celebrate marriage? With a trip, of course! If you are looking and you want to do something special for your beloved, Southeast Asia is one of the best choices. Here they have delicious food with a variety of tasty flavors, diverse cultures and exciting festivals with many special ways to celebrate. Moreover, countries in the region like Vietnam, Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia have tons of romantic spots that are beyond wonderful for having memorable experiences together.

From wallet-friendly honeymoon destinations to ultra-luxurious honeymoon packages, you’ll find almost everything to suit your desires on this continent. Here are our picks for dreamy fairytale anniversary locations in Southeast Asia.

Koh Rong, Cambodia

Koh Rong is located about 25 kilometers from Sihanoukville, in the Gulf of Thailand. The island has 43 km of beautiful sandy beaches along both its Eastern and Western shores.

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Now, this really is the jewel on this list. If you want your party to have a tinge of Robinson Crusoe to it, this is the place for you.

It’s not about the craziest parties, it’s more about the atmosphere. It’s still in the embryonic stage, where travelers have found a piece of paradise, tell others, and slowly they all congregate. Think beers on the beach ‘round a fire (though there are the bars with their sound systems too). The real gem on this island? The glowing phytoplankton in the calm, picturesque sea at night. Who needs neon lights when you have nature?

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Boracay, Philippines

This tropical paradise was hailed as the 2013 Best Beach in Asia by TripAdvisor, and took second place in the 2013 World’s Best Islands list in Travel and Leisure. Besides the stunning, powdery white-sand beaches, Boracay is also ideal for couples to celebrate their memorable anniversary. You can find affordable hotels on Boracay island that are close to the myriad of fun activities you can enjoy.

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Adventurous couples can participate in exhilarating sports and outdoor activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing and windsurfing on Bulabog Beach. Both can discover the island’s beauty through an afternoon of horseback riding as well. Sounds great right? You and your beloved can also have front-row seats to the captivating Boracay sunset by renting a paraw sailboat, or by simply setting up a private picnic or dinner by the beach.

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Halong Bay, Vietnam

There is nothing quite like the thrill of adventure and exploration of something new to bring you closer to the one you love. Halong Bay is the perfect place to spend time with someone special, to reconnect and rekindle old flames, or to celebrate the beginning of your journey together on your honeymoon. Whatever the occasion, here in Halong Bay you’ll find the romance and the fun that you’re looking for.

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Dining in the caves, BBQ on white sandy beaches at night or watching the sunset in the evening are all great activities for couples. It’s a great time for taking some memorable picture of you and your beloved since the view is beyond imaginable.

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Phuket, Thailand

Phuket is well known as the “Pearl of the South” or the “Pearl of the Andaman Sea” and this place definitely lives up to its flashy nickname because of pleasant weather, majestic sandy beaches, and bustling nightlife. The largest and most visited island in Thailand is perfect for a couple’s anniversary because of the various kinds of entertainment choices available from the first light of morning until midnight. There is a designated beach for every type of person visiting Phuket. Couples who prefer mingling with crowds can enjoy noisy and hedonistic Patong beach, while the laid-back ones can take pleasure in the ambiance of Karon beach. The South of Kata has beaches that are nice and quiet as well as less touristy, so does the North of Patong and Kamala such as Surin, Bang Tao, and Nai Yang.

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Phuket – land of luxurious resorts.

Besides relaxing at the beaches, couples can also visit the town’s busy markets, Sino-Portuguese architecture and Chinese herbal clinics. You can easily rent a car or scooter to check out Phuket’s viewpoints for sunset.

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Bali, Indonesia

Bali stands for “heaven”. So, technically speaking, you really have the chance to visit heaven. This small island in Indonesia has landscapes that you’ll find only in fairy tales. From volcanoes to lush green fields, Bali remains a dreamy honeymoon destination in Asia for lovers, offering a fantasy-like experience.

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An intimate paradise experience awaits couples on the island of Bali. This Indonesian attraction boasts crystal blue waters, white and black sand beaches, tropical forests, lush landscapes, and ancient temples. There are several activities to choose from, like aquatic sports, cycling, or a guided walk through the rainforest and the beautiful temples. For those who want some food variety aside from hotel fare, they can enjoy a delicious dinner experience from the rooftop restaurants in Seminyak.

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And here are some tips just in case you need more

  • Don’t procrastinate: Booking plane tickets and specialty suites need to be done well in advance.
  • Work as a team. Plan the anniversary together as planning is always an important step. This ensures a balanced vacation that both can enjoy and afford.
  • Seek advice.  Ask your friends who have traveled to Southeast Asia before for advice, hotels and restaurants, but don’t copy their itineraries step-by-step. Be sure your trip is as unique as you are.
  • Budget accordingly. While it is possible to book a budget-friendly anniversary trip, be sure you set aside enough money to cover a quality vacation. If you can’t afford a long trip in a far-flung locale, consider a shorter trip or vacationing closer to home.

Finally: HAVE FUN!!!

So what are your choices for your anniversary? Tell us your plans in the comments below.

I’m a Vegetarian on Halong Bay cruise: What are My Options?

Being a veggie can be tough, especially when it comes to eating out in foreign places.

But here’s the thing:

Halong Bay shouldn’t be skipped by any traveler in Vietnam, especially because of something like food concerns. So, what are your options as a vegan or vegetarian on a Halong Bay cruise?

Never fear, the cruises in Halong Bay have you covered, and you’ll be sailing away with meat-free, deliciously veg meals for your whole trip.

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A Little bit About Vietnamese Cuisine

Vietnam is known for its fresh and flavorful foods that people around the world have grown to love. Even Gordon Ramsay touts his obsession with Vietnamese food!

It’s an intrinsic part of the culture, and you really don’t want to miss out on the delicious mix of sweet, savory, and spicy that they have so skillfully mastered in Halong Bay.

The most important thing?

Most cruises can accommodate your dietary preferences, whatever they may be.

Whether you’re vegetarian or vegan, have a food allergy or need gluten free, you can cruise without any worries when it comes to your eating needs.

Pelican Cruise, Orchid Cruise, Garden Bay Luxury, and Garden Bay Premium Cruise all come in highly recommended for having taken special care to meet the food needs and requests of their passengers.

rice for vegetarians in halong bay

Notify the Cruise in Advance

Vegetarians on a Halong Bay cruise will have plenty to choose from, as long as they remember this one important thing:

The key here is to let your cruise know before-hand that you’ll be needing a special diet. The more time you can give them the better, but for most cruise lines as long as you give them at least 48 hours notice they’ll be able to provide some great alternatives to the usual menu.

Some cruises will even provide you a special table, so you don’t need to be seated near the dishes that you’d prefer to avoid.

Three meals a day, each with seven to nine courses of expertly crafted dishes are the standard fare on the luxury cruise lines.

The chefs are extremely talented artisans, and they are masters at finding just the right balance between flavors, freshness, and healthy eating to make sure that you will have the best meal experience possible.

But that’s not all:

They’ll also skillfully pair your meal with a perfectly matched wine or other drink of your choice. All your foods will all be expertly prepared and created in traditional Vietnamese style.

Vegetarians food in Halong Bay

Vegetarian Foods Typically on the Halong Bay Cruise Menu

If you opt for vegetarian on your Halong Bay cruise, you’ll be treated to a range of dishes and choices.

You can expect:

Braised tofu, spicy curry, caramelized pineapple, fried bananas, sautéed potatoes and mushrooms, veggie spring rolls, creamy pumpkin soup, leafy green salads with sesame seeds and sweet radish dressings, and traditional rice and noodles…to name a few.

For the Fish Eaters Among You

Seafood is the noted specialty throughout Halong Bay and on all the cruises, so if you do eat some seafood you’ll have a very wide range of food choices– juicy shrimp, grilled fish, and fried oysters are all popular dishes.

If you eat meat but no seafood, expect choices such as teriyaki chicken and braised beef.

Beyond just delicious foods, you can also expect the chefs of Halong Bay to skillfully showcase the artistry of their craft. Dragons carved into ice, watermelon lotus flowers, and vegetable ships that are so realistic you’ll be amazed when you realize it’s all a part of the meal.

Chef Halong Cruise vegetarian

The luxury cruise lines of Halong Bay take dining very seriously, and consider the cuisine to be an important part of your Halong Bay experience. They have made every effort to make sure that you not only enjoy the food while you cruise the seas, but that you go home still dreaming about it.

Ready to get started planning your Halong Bay adventure? Need help sorting out your vegetarian options on the cruise? Get in touch with us and we’ll take it from there.

5 Insider Tips to Save Money on Your Halong Bay Cruise

Visiting Halong Bay may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but it doesn’t need to break the bank.

Here are our top 5 tips to help you save money on your Halong Bay cruise:

1) Early booking

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Early Booking

Early booking is the easiest way to save money on a Halong Bay cruise.

The earlier you book your cruise, the cheaper it’ll be. Not only that, but you’re likely to have a better choice of departure date and a wider range of room choices.

2) Booking online with prestigious agencies

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Booking online with prestigious agencies

By booking online you’ll avoid a lot of hidden costs that are commonly associated with traditional booking agencies.

For example, at Halong Hub you won’t pay any intermediate fees.

Not only that, but:

We offer the best deals because we work with top-rated cruise companies to avoid the middlemen that can create so many headaches – and higher costs. We want you to get the best room at the most competitive price, because we are working for you and supporting you directly.

3) Members-only deals by email

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Members only deals by email

If you subscribe to email lists like ours, you’ll receive promotions such as discount codes, seasonal discounts, couples discounts, promotions during big events of the year, and so on.

4) Book with a group

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Book with a group. Source: Wedding Ceremony on Bhaya classic cruise

Whether you’re planning for your Halong Bay wedding cruise, a sailing vacation with your family and friends, or maybe organizing events for your company, booking a Halong Bay cruise with a group can lead you to major savings.

You’ll be able to negotiate a good price, as well as access to private facilities (like transfer vehicles and dining facilities).

But that’s not all:

Most Halong Bay cruise companies will give you some gifts or other inclusive promotions, such as reduced price per person, free fare for children under 6 years old, or discounts for the elderly.

5) Choose the luxury cruises

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Choose the luxury cruises

It might seem counterintuitive, but hear me out:

I’m sure plenty of us are familiar with the experience of booking a flight on a low cost carrier, only to find they’re going to charge you double the price of your ticket just to check in a bag.

Sound familiar?

When you’re on the cheaper cruise lines, you have to pay for any extra services like spa treatments, kayaking, entrance fees, beverages, meals and sometimes even the internet.

The luxury cruises are the perfect choice for you to avoid this issue. You may actually be better served by upgrading to the luxury cruise line.

The luxury cruises are always accompanied by personalized services and high quality features- it’s money well spent.

Ready to book your Halong Bay adventure? Get in touch with us to find out how you can save money on your Halong Bay cruise.