Ha Long is a tourist destination you should come to at least once in your life, because in addition to enjoying the beautiful natural scenery of Ha Long Bay along with the system of caves, you can also experience activities such as sleeping on the night cruise Kayaking, visiting sacred sites such as Yen Tu, Ba Vang Pagoda and be unable to resist against culinary delights such as squid, grilled oysters, wanders… Here are the nice – useful – cheap Ha Long travel experiences you should remember.
1. Means of transportation
Ha Long is about 150km from Ha Noi, you can go to Luong Yen, My Dinh bus station to catch the ride to Ha Long, there are many garages and they run continuously in the day, it takes about 4 hours for the bus to arrive. From the Central or the South to Ha Long, you can choose to fly directly to Ha Noi or Hai Phong then catch a bus to Ha Long, and from the West your best choice is to fly directly to Hanoi.
Ticket price from Ha Noi to Ha Long is about 60,000 dong (passenger car). The price of taxi bikes from bus station to Bai Chay resort is 15,000 dong per person. If you go to Hon Gai, you can lose up to 40,000 VND per person. You should take a taxi if you have a group of three or more. Bus, in particular, from bus station to Bai Chay or Hon Gai has the highest price of 5,000 VND per person.
2. In which season should you go to Ha Long?
Ha Long Bay is part of the Gulf of Tonkin – where the weather has four distinct seasons, most notably: Winter (from November to March of the next year) when the weather is very cold and Summer (From April – October) when the weather is very hot.
Travel experience suggests going to Ha Long in the summer (April – October), note that June – July are usually in rainy season, you should limit coming there in this time. Winter in Ha Long is very cold (November – March of the next year), so make sure to bring your warm clothes.
3. Destinations in Ha Long
On the way to Ha Long, if you go by motorbike, you can visit Yen Tu Mountain, 73km from Ha Long City, Yen Tu Mountain is quite wide and you have to travel by cable car 2 times so it would take a day if you also visit Dong Pagoda. In the afternoon, on the way back to Ha Long, you can continue to visit Ba Vang Pagoda, 35km from Yen Tu and 40km away from Ha Long. The next day begins the Gulf Exploration Tour. You can choose to visit the Thien Cung Cave and Dau Go Cave (4 hours) or the Cave of Surprise and Ti Tuo Island (6 hours), on the way you will see Dinh Huong Isle, Ga Choi Isle…
If you still have time in Ha Long Bay, you can visit Cua Van Crocodile Village to explore the life of coastal fishermen and engage in fish-catching, fishing, and squid fishing with the fishermen. For swimming, visit Ti Tung Island, Tuan Chau Beach or Bai Chay. You should visit Bai Tho Mountain, Tran Quoc Nghiem Temple, Cua Ong Pagoda, and Quang Ninh Museum. In addition, Co To Island is also an interesting destination that tourists often choose during summer (60km away from Ha Long), the island still retain is wild nature so the sea is crystal blue and calm.
4. Local hotels and food
Ha Long is divided into two areas: Hon Gai and Bai Chay, which are connected by Bai Chay bridge. The main tourist area is Bai Chay, with its long coastline and tourist ports. Hon Gai is the administrative center. You should be in Bai Chay area for easy transportation and eating. At Bai Chay, there are many hotels to choose from, before deciding to book a hotel, a travel experience you must remember is to refer to the reviews of previous guests on Agoda or Tripadviser for more information. Some hotels offer 3 star services like Blue Sky, BMC Thang Long, Golden Lotus, City Bay Palace. In addition, you should experience a night on the cruise in Ha Long. It will be very interesting on yachts that I often sleep over night like Bai Tho, Pelican, Halong Emotion.
Ha Long is a paradise of seafood so coming here you should not ignore fried squid, grilled oysters, fried sweet and sour Sam, Shrimp noodles, vermicelli noodles, etc. In addition, the nem chua and Quang Yen cassava soup (Roasted duck) is also very attractive.
Things to note
Shopping in Ha Long, you note the prices in many stores to compare before deciding to buy because most stores give different and fluctuating prices. When sleeping on the yacht, make sure to keep the marine environment clean. If you go to Co To Island you should avoid the stormy weather because boats will not be allowed to run if the waves are too big.