You are planning to check in Halong bay – one of the seven natural wonders of the world in Vietnam? It is such a great thing if you are also in Hanoi, a good departure spot to get to Halong bay, let’s see How to Go to Halong Bay from Hanoi?
How to Go to Halong Bay
The spectacular Halong bay with its iconic limestone peaks and emerald green waters is always a top choice when visiting Northern of Vietnam. Just 170 km away from Hanoi, the needed time is not too long. In addition, you have a variety of vehicle options such as by road, waterway or even flight for your traveling.
For travelers with a comfortable time, this is definitely a wise choice. Firstly, the transportation fee is very cheap, only about 100,000 VND to 130,000 VND/ticket. Next, the traveling time is also not too long when it only takes 4 hours to reach Halong City. An interesting thing is that you will experience the local culture for free along the way, thanks to many beautiful sceneries, unique living style on both sides of the road, helping you better understand Vietnam.
However, those who only have one day to visit Halong should consider choosing another means because if the travel time is delayed, your visit to Halong bay will not be completed. Another problem is that you should learn a few basic words to communicate with the driver or ask for directions. It would be great if you could accompany a local friend.
You can take the bus from Luong Yen, My Dinh or Gia Lam bus station and follow the regular route from Hanoi – Hai Duong – Hai Phong to Bai Chay (Halong).
Contrary to coach bus, tourist bus offers much more convenience and comfort. These buses are owned by travel companies and focused on meeting the needs of foreign guests. Tour operators will provide shuttle cars for passengers. This is easier to travel and takes less time.
The route starts from the Old quarter – the center of Hanoi. Tourists can easily catch a taxi to the meeting point. There is also a high-quality passenger car company like Hoang Long Express. Every 15 minutes, there will be a bus departs from Kim Ma bus station on Nguyen Thai Hoc street.
Although it is not an option for most travelers, motorbikes may be the vehicle for those who prefer thrills. Like cars or buses, traveling from Hanoi to Halong will take more than 4 hours and can make visitors tired during the journey.
If you are not a professional motorbike driver, traveling by motorbike on this route is very dangerous. Make sure you understand the roadmap and are willing to deal with the risks.
It seems that this is not a good choice for foreign visitors. Why? Firstly, the travel time is not very stable, moreover, it takes 7 hrs to reach Halong station and therefore your visit will be shorter. The ticket price is very attractive, only about 70,000 VND / ticket but only hard seat tickets. Imagine after a 7-hour trip, are you still refreshed enough to enter the tour?
Another quite adventurous vehicle that tourists can use to travel from Hanoi to Halong is a helicopter. Quick and thrilling are the feeling of visitors when taking a 45-minute trip on a helicopter and admiring the landscape of Halong below.
The flight departs from Gia Lam airport – a small airport owned by the military. The helicopter has a capacity of 7 people including pilots and passengers. Therefore it is only suitable for small groups of tourists. Many companies incorporate this service into their tours for passengers traveling to Halong Bay or returning to Hanoi at a lower price than renting a private helicopter at a cost of thousands of USD.
Despite being a relatively expensive service, passengers traveling by helicopter may still face hidden dangers. This will definitely be a great option if you are comfortable in income but at tthe current prices, helicopters are not the preferred choice for many travelers.
With a cost of about 275 USD for a flight, you can capture the whole Halong Bay into your sight. Seaplane is an extremely interesting experience for visitors. Also with 45 minutes of flying like a helicopter, the cost is lower, if you want to see Halong bay from above and save a lot of time, the seaplane is the best choice.
What to Do Here
There are countless activities and experiences associated with the majestic nature here for you. One of the top activities of choice is kayaking. The feeling of traveling on a small boat in the immense nature will make you never forget this place. Especially the waves here are very gentle, after a kayak trip, we believe you will love this place more.
- Climbing the mountains
Halong Bay with diverse and rugged terrain including many islands and mountains promises to be an interesting challenge for those who are passionate about conquering the mountains. I bet when you reach the top of the mountain, your efforts will be rewarded by the sheer natural beauty here, which you find yourself thanks to your supple hands and your relentless effort.
- Traveling around by Cruise
The experience of Halong on a luxurious cruise around the majestic mountains is an extremely fancy thing. You can enjoy breathtaking views here on a modern cruise and having some delicious food right on board.
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- Discover beautiful caves
The names like Thien Cung cave, Sung Sot cave, Luon cave, Dau Go cave, Hanh cave, etc all make people eager to visit. It is no doubt that this place has been famous all over the world and recognized by UNESCO as a natural wonder of the world. Trying once to sit on a simple small boat with a small skinny boatman crossing Luon cave – a masterpiece of nature, you will find yourself tiny with nature ahead.
We hope you have chosen for yourself the most suitable means and route for the upcoming vacation and discovery of Halong Bay.