How to travel in Halong? Which hotel should you stay? Where do you visit or eat in Halong? How to save your money and time but still get the most out of it? Here are some experience for traveling in Ha Long 2017.
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Ha Long Bay Traveling
- Best time to visit Ha Long?
- Luggage preparation
- The ways to Ha Long Bay
- The vehicle in Ha Long Bay?
- Hotel with nice location, friendly staff, and good service?
- What to eat in Ha Long? The unique, delicious cuisine?
- Shopping in Ha Long?
- Tourist attractions in Ha Long
- Notices for tourists when traveling to Ha Long
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Ha Long Bay travel experience
Halong Bay is the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is considered as a lively enormous watercolor painting. The bay is a priceless gift granted to Quang Ninh Province in particular and Vietnam tourist in general. The atmosphere is clear there with a beautiful view and tasty seafood, not to mention “sa sung,” an exclusive food. In short words, you will feel great to be there.
Best time to visit Ha Long Bay?
Ha Long has two distinct seasons. You should go there between April and June because the weather will be cool, not hot which is an advantage to swimming the sea or visiting tourist attractions. It is not recommended to go there in September since there are tornados, storms, and cold foggy weather.
Luggage preparation for your Ha Long trip
Women should bring sunny cream to protect the skin when you want to swim the sea in the summer.
Do not forget to buy a sunglass, wide-brimmed hats, and slippers for walking conveniently.
You will pay a high fee for hiring swimming wear. Remember to bring your camera or phone to take photos.
How to go to Ha Long Bay
Train from Ha Noi to Ha Long: You can choose the travel train HALONG EXPRESS departing from Gia Lam train station. It will take five hours to arrive in Ha Long. Price is 100,000 VND/turn/person. (You easily check this via Google Maps)
Car/coach: Car or coach heading to Halong usually gather at My Dinh or Luong Yen bus station. There is a turn for every 5 -15 minutes.
Motorbike: From Ha Noi to Ha Long, there are two pathways:
Hanoi to Sai Dong 3-way intersection via Route 5. Then you head to Bac Ninh. From Bac Ninh, you get on Route 18 through Pha Lai – Chi Linh – Dong Trieu – Uong Bi – Ha Long. The whole pathway is about 155 km.
Noi Bai Airport – Bac Ninh – Highway 18A – Pha Lai- Sao Do – Dong Trieu – Uong Bi – Ha Long (160 km).
Vehicle in Ha Long Bay
Going around the city, you have taxi brands such as Taxi 886 – Mong Cai (033. 886 886); Hạ Long (033. 62 62 62); Hon Gai (033. 84 84 84); Mai Linh (033. 628 628). To go for sightseeing, you can contact to hire a boat at Bai Chay travel harbor (033. 846 592); Ha Long travel minor port (033. 847 481); Duong Hai Company(033. 845 042); Ha Long service center (033. 844 631); or Hai Au Company (033. 824 779).
Besides, you can book a boat to visit the bay. The price is dependant on time and type of boat. You should contact in advance to avoid higher price.
Hotel with nice location, friendly staff, and good service?
Ha Long has many hotels inside the traveling area. You are advised not to go there on the weekends to avoid high cost since the place is crowded with tourists at that time. For your convenience in moving and having a meal, you might want to consider staying in a hotel at Bai Chay area. The hostels, homestays or hotels usually gather on Vuon Dao Street. The price is from 250,000 VND and above. In addition, there are a lot of restaurants, acceptable food vendors with reasonable price. Below is the list of hotel highly rated by tourists for location, food, service, facility in Ha Long. We did it for you:
Van Nam Hotel. Address: Vuon Dao Street. With the lowest price of $10, it is a sweet choice if you want to save your money. Also, it has a nice location that is convenient. The service there is wonderful. There is no doubt that it is the top affordable hotel in Ha Long
Halong Party Hostel. Address: 23 Vuon Dao Street. It lies near the Bai Chay Market. You go to Ha Long Bay harbor in 4 km. from there. Click here to book.
Alex (Hai Ninh) Hotel. Address: 28A, Anh Dao Street. It is a little bit far from Ha Long Bay. The facility and interior decorations are fine. The price is from $8 to $10. That is an acceptable point for tourists. Of course, you can not expect high service in this hotel (they have wifi, TV, and refrigerator)
Saigon Halong Hotel on Ha Long Street. It is a reasonable price for a middle-level hotel which starts from $30. Good facility, beautiful structure, and quality service make it the number one booked hotel by the tourists. Sometimes, you will find discount up to 30 or 40%. The facility is very as good as 4-5 stars hotels although the size and the quality need to be improved: golf, swimming pool, private swimming pool for children, spa, massage, tennis, gym, and steaming.
Palace Ha Long on Ha Long Street. Same as the above hotel, it locates in a great corner. It is a big, beautiful and quite impressive with 111 rooms, big pretty clean swimming pool. You will have gym and gardens too. The decoration is not bad. I mean it is modern, luxury. Lowest price is $50 will you pleasure.
Novotel Ha Long. Address: 160 Ha Long Street. Great location. It has surprisingly beautiful modern luxury decoration since it is in the hotel system of Novotel. You will have coffee shop, restaurants, souvenir shops, bar, spa, swimming pool, gardens, gym, and massage. It scales up to 225 rooms. For one night there, you will pay $100. It is not a bad idea to choose this four stars hotel when you want to enjoy relaxation comfortably without money concern.
If you want a charming, yet affordable yacht with nice service in Ha Long, you can take a look at these suggestions:
Party Ha Long Yacht: Lowest price is $120. 11 rooms serve breakfast, karaoke, fine furniture. It is popular among travelers.
Hoang Gia travel boat: Lowest price is $160. Karaoke, massage, and breakfast are available along with 12 amazing-furniture rooms.
Paloma Cruise Ha Long Yacht: super awesome with four stars modern facilities: spa, massage, steaming, playground for kids. The yacht is huge, alluring and well-equipped. Food is divine, friendly staff come at a hight price starts from $380.
What to eat in Ha Long? The unique, delicious cuisine?
Talk about cuisine; there is food varies from cheap to luxury. For being a seaside area, Ha Long is famous for its seafood which are:
Cu Ky: A strange name even for Vietnamese. It looks like a normal crab, but it is triple the crap size and more expensive than a crab. Be careful! You might want more when you eat one.
Be Be: It shapes is familiar with shrimp, but it has more legs. Be Be is a favorite food for tourists in Ha Long.
Sa Sung: It looks like an earthworm. Local people dry it then eat with beer or use in soup. The taste is sweet and smells good.
Boiled Ngan, grilled Ngan or Ngan wine is nutritious and yummy.
Sea-acorns are used for soup. It tastes good and cool.
Going to Ha Long, you have to know Cha Muc. You can buy in the market to get yourself hot and delicious dishes.
If you have a chance, you should try Xoi Trang with grilled chopped squid, Banh Cuon with grilled chopped squid, horseshoe crab, nod nod cake, pork hash wrapped in banana leaf or Hoanh Bo rice wine.
Shopping in Ha Long?
It is not that expensive for stuff in Ha Long. You do not have to worry when it comes to buying clothing or eating. Most tourists usually buy seafood as gifts. Remember to keep the food in good condition. This one is an important experience to keep in mind when you travel in Ha Long.
Tourist attractions in Ha Long
You can be on a yacht for sightseeing. There are many beautiful islands, especially some islands with different shapes. One looks like a flying dragon – Hon Rong. One looks like a rooster and a hen are playing – Hon Trong Mai. One looks like an old man fishing – Hon La Vong.
Bai Chay resort lies along the Ha Long Bay is one of the best places to swim and rest. The Co To island with breath-taking coral which still keeps the pristine and peaceful status in the middle of busy Ha Long Bay.
Tuan Chau island is considered as a most beautiful in Ha Long Bay, not to mention, the highest population it has. Besides walking on the beach, you have many games under water to enjoy.
Ha Long is well-known for its large caves system. There is Hang Luon on Bo Hon Island which is 14 km from Bai Chay Bridge. You have the opportunity to observe the multiple shapes of Stalactite
Hang Sung Sot is not exceptional with various form of Stalactite. It is on Bo Hon Island too.
Yen Tu Vestige is a must place for Buddhist. The pagoda system gets along well with nature to create a peaceful and restful view in the busy Ha Long.
Last but not least, you should keep in mind to visit the fisher village called Cua Van that caring a strong Vietnamese culture. You will feel the neutral atmosphere and explore the life of fishers by riding boats or fishing squid.
Notices for tourists in Ha Long
– Remember to check the weight of the goods because most the scales are are lying to you (the best tip is to bring a 550 ml water bottle to test the scales)
– If you have a night on yacht or boat, do not bring food or drink on because you will be charged a high fee.
– Do not throw garbage in tourist attractions.
When you follow what in the article, you are guaranteed to have your best time in Ha Long.
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