Sharing backpacking tourism experience in Halong Bay
You have planned for a vacation or backpacking tourism to beautiful Halong – one of the New seven natural wonders of the World. Exploring Halong at the first time is still at fault. Here are collected Halong tourism experiences by us. Hope this will be helpful for you.
Best time to visit Halong Bay
Halong Bay is all beautiful in four seasons. However, Halong is located in the North; the weather includes 4 different conditions. You are able to visit Halong every time in the year but best times are between April and October, between December and February. In the winter, it is cold, cloudy and lasting rain.
To travel to Halong, you can fly to Haiphong, the nearest city. I’m using best Vietnamese airlines with direct fly available at Traveloka Vietnam Vietnam Airlines
Essential travel items for your Halong trip
Before Halong trip, don’t forget to put these things in your carry-on such as: sun protection lotion (SPF 30+ ), shower gel, shampoo, eye drops, sunglasses, towels, swimming goggles, swimming suit, shorts, short sleeves with cool material, wide brimmed hat, flip-flops or waterproof sandals to help your feet comfortable, floats for children, snacks and drinks.
It is necessary to find places to stay in Halong. Check it out to find suitable places according to where you want to stay in Halong.
Many three and four-star hotels are located in Bai Chay beach resort. The average price is about 474,000 VND/day in a three-star hotel. At the weekend, Halong often becomes crowded, the price raised and overloaded.
However, staying in motels or hostels is an affordable choice for backpackers; the average price is 150,000 VND/day. This is a recommended hostel in Halong Halong Party Hostel
Good restaurants in Halong
Fresh seafood is a must-try dish in Halong. Here are some recommended restaurants serving delicious food with reasonable price.
The choices from high-class to affordable restaurants such as: Mithrin Restaurant (Hung Thang, Bai Chay); Panorama Restaurant (168 Halong, Bai Chay); Son Ca Restaurant (98 Ben Tau); Bien Xanh Restaurant (08 Le Thanh Tong); Hai Ninh restaurant (zone 3, Vuon Dao); Thien Ly Restaurant (Ly Thuong Kiet, Cua Ong)…etc. If you want to enjoy the specialties of Halong Bay, you can visit Seafood Restaurant; Thu Huong restaurant (Halong Street); Noi Nho Restaurant (Tran Hung Dao Street).
Mean of transportation in Halong
You should catch a taxi for traveling around the city for safety and avoiding ripped-off.
Here are some reliable taxi brands:
Taxi 886 – Mong Cai (033. 886 886); Ha Long (033. 62 62 62); Hon Gai (033. 84 84 84); Mai Linh (033. 628 628) …
For visiting Halong Bay, you can rent boats at Bai Chay tourist boat port (033. 846 592); Ha Long Tourist Boat Dock (033. 847 481); Duong Hai Company (033.845.42); Ha Long Bay Service Center (033. 844 631); Hai Au Company (033. 824 779).
Rent boats for exploring Halong Bay
Halong Bay cruises: Boat fee is up to the length of trip and type of boat. With a group of 10-15 visitors, you should rent a small wooden boat. For those who travel alone, you should ask hotel staffs to help. Ticket price is 40,000 VND per person. If you take a six-hour trip, the price is 100,000 VND per person. In order to save money, you should take three or four-hour trip, choose the trips in the early morning or noon for the comfort in traveling and enjoying your time.
Entertainment places in Halong
Halong Bay cruises. This is a perfect way to discover and enjoy the beauty of Halong Bay. The boats run every hour, the long tour takes you many places, visit many caves and the short tour takes you go around and stop at the most significant places. You should go on a Halong Bay cruise in the early morning; the weather is hot and sunny in the afternoon.
Tuan Chau Island
Visitors are able to catch motorbike taxi or taxi to Tuan Chau Island. The beach is quite clean that suitable for those who love swimming. There are many performances from day to night such as dolphins and whales show, water music show…etc. The ticket price is 80,000 VND.
Bai Chay Bridge
We recommend visitors to come here in the evening, take the elevator on the bridge to look down the whole city. The elevator price is 4,000 VND
You may be interested in bars on Bai Chay Street. Let go there and have some fun.
Night Market shopping:
You can buy fine art items, souvenirs. (Notice: The price is higher than normal)
Halong ticket information
The fixed price for visiting Halong from 6:30 a.m to 6:30 p.m is 120,000 VND per person.
The fee range from 30,000 to 50,000 VND per person for visiting one of the invested places like Soi Sim Island, Ti-Top Island, Cuu Van Floating Cultural Center.
Overnight Halong Bay cruise fee is 320,000 VND. Fee for staying two nights is 470,000 VND and three nights is 520,000 VND.
For children between 7-15 years old, old people aged 70 and above, the poor and the handicapped will be exempted from 50% discount. For people with meritorious services to the revolution and children under 7 years old will be free to visit.
Notices for traveling in Halong
Visitors are not able to swim in the autumn or winter because the weather is cold.
You should bring a swimming suit, lightweight and cool dresses such as shorts, T-shirts, flip-flops…etc.
Don’t forget to ask the price and be careful before buying stuffs to avoid treating and ripped-off.
With the sharing of Ha Long tourism experience, we wish you have a great and happy trip with family and friends!
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