Since being designated a World Heritage site in 1994, much has been made of Halong Bay’s mystical landscape of limestone islets. As the number-one tourist attraction in the northeast, Halong Bay attracts visitors year-round. UNESCO reports that the numbers of visitors have climbed from 200,000 in 1995 to 1,7000,000 in 2002. There are many ways to experience the ethereal beauty of Halong Bay. Unless you have a private yacht (or you’re an Olympic kayaker), you’ll have to take a tour of some kind.
February to April is often cool and drizzly, and the ensuing fog can make visibility low, but also adds an ethereal air. From May to September tropical storms are frequent, and year-round, tourist boats sometimes need to alter their itineraries, depending on the weather. Some tour companies offer full or partial refunds if tours are cancelled; check when you book.
For a serious splurge, cruising the karsts aboard a luxury Chinese-style junk is hard to beat. There’s also a very luxurious paddle ship, based on a French craft from the early 20th century. But be aware that nearly all of these luxury trips operate on a fixed itinerary, taking in the well-known caves and islands, and simply do not have the time to stray far from Halong City.
Most tours include transport and meals, and sometimes include island hikes. Drinks are extra. Most of these trips follow a strict itinerary, with planned stops at illuminated caves often at the same time as many of the other boats operating out of Bai Chay. Because of weather, boat tours are sometimes cancelled and you’ll probably be offered a full or partial refund. Ascertain in advance what that will be.
What to do
if you start at Hanoi :
You should go by car , your car or your hotel ‘s car , will save a lot of cost , if you don’t like , you can take a car in Gia Lam or Long Bien , about 5 hours to Halong .
In Bai Chay: Post Hotel , just about 20$/day (over this valuable new agent, to directly, it may be more expensive than a few $)
In Tuan Chau: Atlantic Hotel is only about 20$/day ..
Bai Chay, can eat at the Garden Jintao, top line range of dining outlets, inexpensive, ZIP hotel 20 m
Want cheaper then go to the Market Garden Training
Want cheaper car started running in Halong City, Halong market, cheap home market.
Delicious shrimp, crab, fish, squid … There are specialty squid ball, so to try and buy a gift. If buying as a gift to Ha Long market purchase will be cheaper and tastier
1. Getting cruise ships to visit the bay. Hourly trains, long trip, visiting many places, stopping at the many caves.Short trip, only to go through the highlights. Visiting Bay should go in the morning sun, afternoon sun is pretty hot.Generally short trip, long trip is tiring, especially the elderly, kids that goes kind of tired.
2. Getting taxis (if one yourself), take a taxi (if you go) to visit Tuan Chau Island, outside this beach clean, if you like swimming, you can come here. Evening and morning, there are many performances: whales, crocodiles, musical fare 30 – 50k. This area in general is beautiful, should glide through the review said.
3. Evening, calling cabs or ride horses walking around the Bai Chay.Price range $ 7 if the cabs and $ 10 if it is a 1 hour horse.
4. So to see Bai Chay Bridge, so here in the evening, take the elevator up on the bridge, dark standing on this very nice looking down.Ticket elevator is 5000 v n d.
1 / hack-and-slash price is normal, ask the price before eating and drinking, buying something
2 / travel, polite, said quietly, smiling grace, do not mess with people here
3 / women to visit Halong, avoiding heels