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The legend of Hạ Long has it that, “Once upon a time, soon after the Việt people established their country, invaders came. The Jade Emperor sent Mother Dragon and her Child Dragons down to earth to help the Việt people fight against their enemy. Right at the time invaders’ boats were rushing to the shore, the dragons landed down on earth. The dragons immediately sent out from their mouths a lot of pearls, which then turned into thousands of stone islands emerging in the sea like great walls challenging the invaders’ boats. The fast boats couldn’t manage to stop and crashed into the islands and into each other and broke into pieces. Read More

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HALONG BAY FAQ – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TOURS IN HALONG VIETNAM


01. Will it be cold in Halong Bay ?

It can be quite cool from November to March in Halong Bay, there are some days during December and January can be very cold (about 10 DC) but this does not last very long. If you are planning to travel to Sapa during this time too then it would be good to bring along some good jackets with you!

02. What kind of food on boat in Halong Bay ?

Most of the meals offered with seafood as Halong Bay specialty is seafood; there is lots of sea dishes combined with traditional Vietnamese food, I’m sure you will like the food on boat, if you are allergic with seafood, please inform your meal preference to our tour operator before your departure to Halong Bay.

03. What if the weather turns very bad ?

We often see the weather forecast, if the weather turns bad, we have to call our clients to inform the situation whether it’s safe to go. Same with Halong Bay, we work closely with our captains and will inform you before you leave Hanoi to Halong Bay so that you do not waste the day traveling on road.

If the weather turns bad while you are cruising, we could anchor our junk at the hidden places, this is normally safe and we has not witnessed any bad weather that we have to hide in a cave.

04. Do you have life jackets on boat ?

Yes, that is one requirement for any boat/junk in Halong Bay.

Tip: If you do not see this when boarding the junk, please ask for the instruction from the crew member or our captain.

05. Is one day trip Halong Bay worth to visit ?

Halong Bay is so beautiful that one could not miss; though 3 hours drive each way is a bit long for somebody. You will get about 4 hours on our cruise, which is just enough for you to get an overview of what is Halong. We suggest that you drive to Halong city and sleep in the hotel the night before, so you would have a longer time on the Bay, more cruise, more caves, and more swimming.

Tip: To see Halong and its all, you should plan a 2 day trip with us. Please contact one of our travel consultants to know more about this.

06. How many Caves in Halong will we visit ?

We will embark on the boat for a cruise amongst the islands and islets of this stunning Halong bay. We will visit ONE cave on our 1 or 2 day trip, however, if you wish to visit more than one cave, we have to plan this well prior to departure so that our captain know where to go and please be informed an extra fee for each additional cave you plan to see.

Note: If the weather turns bad, we all have to follow the captain’s instruction, cave visit or extra cruise can be canceled without prior notice.

07. What kind of boat do you use?

There are many types of boats/junks in Halong Bay, we often use the small Chinese wooden junks for your private tours that combine classic beauty with modern comfort. These junks for overnight trip is often with very fine cabins, one restaurant and a very spacious top deck area with reclining chairs for you to enjoy Halong and the sound of silence.

Tip: Halong Bay is beautiful so enjoy it with Our Indochina Junk since our attention to detail has been put into all aspects of comfort and viewing pleasure.

08. Can we sleep outside on the top deck of the boat?

Yes, it is very nice to sleep outside there on the top-deck but please check this with our tour guide or the junk’s captain if the weather is fine to sleep outside. To note that we have very fine cabins designed with comforts of everything needed for a good sleep: natural rubber mattress, blanket, feather pillows and mosquito net and we can not bring this outside for you.
Tip: That night we all stayed up drinking talking about home and watching the shooting stars from the top deck. It was a wonderful time!

09. Where does the boat anchor at night time?

Afternoon cruise to see the hidden wonders of Halong Bay, Our captain will find a suitable place (within the allowance areas) to anchor for the night, this place is normally inside the very calm bay surrounded by the islands.
Tip: Before we drop the anchor for the night, you will probably see the sunset so get your camera ready to take these wonderful moments.

10. Do we have to bring passport for sleeping aboard?

Yes you do have to bring it with you on boat and please provide us your full names, gender, passport number, visa expire date before your departure to Halong Bay.
Tip: Each boat/junk has it own safety box, please do leave your valuable belongings in this safety box so that you can have more fun visiting cave, swimming…

11. What do we have to bring with us to the boat?

  • Passport
  • Sun cream, insect repellent
  • Small changes for buying drinks on boat
  • Swim-suit and changes
  • Your own towels (though we have towels available)
  • Good camera with lots of films or memory space
  • A sense of adventures

12. When is the best time to visit Halong?

Summer is a good time to cruise on Halong Bay but the best time of year is during the spring or fall. Because the bay is situated in the northern part of the country, it can get colder in the fall and winter, and though you won’t see extremes such as blizzards, it’s still a lousy place to be when it gets cold.
Tip: You should bring a swim suit with you, night’s swim in the phosphorescent water is also very nice (must be before your drinks)

13. How far is that from Hanoi to Halong Bay?

HaLong Bay is located 170 km away from Hanoi, this would take you about 3 – 3.5 hours on bus transfer to Halong city, bus trip normally leaves Hanoi by 8.30 am.
We will be hitting the road for Halong Bay through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life.

14. Can we travel from Hai Phong to Halong?

Yes, you can! If you are already there in Hai Phong, you can call us to have a car and guide pick you up from there and drive to , which should be less than 1,5 hours.
Or you can plan a trip with us from Hanoi to Hai Phong city, do the sightseeing, spend the night there then move onto Halong on the next morning.
Tip: There is a good road linking Hai Phong and Cat Ba island (South of Halong Bay), you could also travel with us via this way, then have our junk welcome you on Cat Ba port to visit Cat Ba bay and Halong Bay.

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Hotel Name Hotel Location Hotel Rating Clients’ Rating Room Rate
    Standard Hotels: base room rate under US$ 25
    HOANG LAN Hotel Ha Long bay
    VIET HAI Hotel Bai Chay area
    TIEN LONG Hotel Bai Chay area
    VAN LY Hotel Cat Ba area
    CONG DOAN HALONG Hotel Bai Chay area
    HONG MINH Hotel Bai Chay area
    NGOC MAI Hotel Ha Long city
    THAI HA Hotel Bai Chay area
    PRINCESS CATBA Hotel Cat Ba area
    ENTITY Hotel Bai Chay area
    SUN & SEA Hotel Cat Ba area   
    LE COQ Hotel Bai Chay area
    SUNRISE Hotel Bai Chay area
    HA LONG 2 Hotel Bai Chay area
    SUNFLOWER Hotel Cat Ba area
    Ha Long Hotels – three and four-star hotels: base room rate between US$ 25 and US$ 50
    SUNLIGHT Hotel Bai Chay area
    VUON DAO Hotel Bai Chay area
    HA LONG 1 Hotel Bai Chay area
    VIET HOUSE LODGE Hotel Tuan Chau area
    MOON LIGHT Hotel Bai Chay area
    HALONG POST Hotel Bai Chay area
    BACH DANG Hotel Bai Chay area
    VAN HAI Hotel Bai Chay area
    HAI LONG Hotel Hon Gai area
    HALONG BAY Hotel Bai Chay area
    MITHRIN Hotel Bai Chay area
    HERITAGE HALONG Hotel Bai Chay area
    Deluxe Hotels: base room rate above US$ 50
    SAIGON HA LONG Hotel Bai Chay area
    TUANCHAU ISLAND HOLIDAY Villa Tuan Chau area
    HA LONG PLAZA Hotel Bai Chay area
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