Ha Long Bay is located in northeastern Vietnam. It belongs to Ha Long city, Quang Ninh Province. The Bay encompasses nearly 2000 islands of various sizes. Ha Long Bay has been first recognized as World Natural Heritage since 1994 by UNESCO for the natural beauty and for the second time for its geographical and geomorphologic values since 2000. Ha Long Bay has been also officially honored as one of seven new wonders of the world since November 2011 by New Open World Organization. This confirms the global premier value of Ha Long Bay.
In this post, we will share some useful tips to reach this wonderful destination from Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh city.
What is the best month to visit Ha Long?
The perfect time to visit Halong Bay is September – November, and March-May. During the period, Halong Bay enjoys pleasant weather, clear and blue sky. Some days have light rain and the wind is gentle. However, this is the peak season for tourists so Halong is expected to be more crowded.
The period from May to September is often considered as the low season of Halong Bay. Many cruises offer great discounts. But, the risk of bad weather goes up in summer due to frequent storms and typhoons.
How to visit Halong Bay from Ha Noi
Halong Bay is about 175 kilometers from Ha Noi which takes 3 – 4 hours of driving. Here are some popular ways to get there from Ha Noi.
By tourist bus
There are many bus companies running this way. It cost from 10 – 15 USD for a bus ticket. Here are some reliable bus companies from Ha Noi to Ha Long: Ninh Quynh Car Vip, Co To Limousine, Cua Ong Limousine, Kumho Viet Thanh, Dream Transport Limousine…
It quite easy to book a ticket online at https://vexere.com/en-US put Hanoi as your location and Halong for the destination. Normally, the buses stop in the center of Ha Long then you will have to take a taxi to the port.
Most of the buses start from My Dinh, Luong Yen bus station. The first bus departs at around 6 Am, it cost from 100.000 VND for a ticket. To book the ticket, you have to visit the bus station, also you may have to pay an extra fee to reach Cruise center.
It quite easy to book a private 7 seater car or more from Hanoi, it cost around 75USD/1 way/7seater car. It really suitable when you travel with a group of friends or with your family members.
It’s not really hard to rent a Motobike in Ha Noi. There are many rental shops in the Old Quarter with English-speaking staff to support you in this service. To rent a bike, you need to make a deposit, pay for rental fees.
The shortest distance from Ha Noi – Halong is 155 kilometers and may take you about 3 hours driving.
– Limit speed: 40km/hour.
There is an only one train that goes directly from Hanoi to Halong Bay with the ticket fare is 80.000 VND (equal around 4 USD)
The train departs from Yen Vien Station in Hanoi and goes to Halong City Station at 4.55 Am & returns at 13:45 pm every day. For those who only have a day to visit Halong, the long traveling time of 6 hours by train is definitely not a good choice.
From the Halong station, you will need to catch a taxi to get to the city center so that will add to the cost.
On the other hand, if you do not mind the long traveling hours and love the sound of the train whistle, this safe means of transport can offer you a lovely view of the scenery along the way.
Go to the home page of the Vietnam Railway at https://dsvn.vn/ and choose the language at the top right of the page.
How to visit Halong Bay from Ho Chi Minh City
At this time, travelers can take a direct flight from Ho Chi Minh to Van Don airport (Quang Ninh province). The distance from the airport to the bay is 55 kilometers and it will take you 1 hour to get there.
In case you book a Ha Long cruise ticket, you can take a flight to Hanoi as most of the cruises can arrange the pickup service from Ha Noi.
Vietdream travel is offering a deal for cruises to visit Ha Long Bay, please contact us for more detail.