Halong Bay is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam, located in the West Bank of the Gulf of Tonkin in the North East Coast of Vietnam. Halong Bay is magnificent and beautifully attracts tourists with thousands of magnificent islands, wonderful fruits of creativity, Halong Bay has been recognized by many UNESCO as the natural heritage of the world. Tourism Halong Bay has the advantage of the beautiful scenery, attractive to domestic and international tourists.
You and your family are planning a trip to Halong Bay this spring. You never travel to Halong Bay, you feel confused and are wondering what to prepare when traveling. Therefore, Traveltoindochina would share some experience traveling to Halong for you to save your travel but still really meaningful and interesting.
1. Some information needed to know about Halong Bay:
Halong Bay is located in the North East of Vietnam, which is part of the western Gulf of Tonkin, including the waters of Halong City, Cam Pha Town, and part of Van Don Island District. It borders Cat Ba Island to the west, with a coastline of 120 km. The bay has a total area of 1553 km2 including 1969 islands, of which 989 named islands and 980 unnamed islands. The World Heritage Site has an area of 434 km2 including 775 islands, as a triangle with three peaks, Dau Go Island (west), Ba Ham Lake (south) and Cong Tay (east). On the rocky islands are beautiful caves, fanciful with colored stalactites.
2. When is the ideal time to travel Halong Bay?
Halong Bay is a part of the Gulf of Tonkin – where the weather has four distinct seasons, most notably: Winter (from November to March next year) the weather is very cold and Summer (From April – October) the weather is very hot.
Vietnamese tourists usually travel to Halong in summer (April-October period) every year. In the winter, Halong Bay attracts foreign visitors to beautiful beaches.
In summer is the main tourist season of Halong, then you should probably focus on the following stages: from March to 5 and from August to October and should not go to June to July every year because of the following reason:
– The weekend of June – July is the peak days, the number of tourists to Halong is very crowded so some visitors will feel the discomfort and the price of services are usually higher.
– At the same time, according to the law of nature, June – July is the month when a lot of typhoons land in the Gulf of Tonkin and Halong, so be careful when traveling in Halong Bay in June. – 7. It is best to go to Halong soon (from March to May) or go a little later (from August to October).
3. Baggage should be prepared when traveling Halong:
Every year for every summer, many visitors choose Halong Bay as a destination to enjoy the family relax and relax after hours of work and study stress and fatigue. Make your holiday more attractive and meaningful to prepare the necessary items for travel such as:
– Towels and shawls for girlfriends
– Marine outfit
– Beach shoes
– Hats and sunglasses
– Swimming glasses
Personal hygiene items (including milk, soap, brush, toothpaste, shampoo, toothbrush, razor, waterproof cosmetics …)
Medication: Every trip to anywhere you should also prepare some drugs such as gastrointestinal (in case of eating strange goods); Cold medicine, sore throat, fever; Cream applied by insects; Anti-grip train.
4. Transportation while traveling in Halong:
– Ha Noi – Bac Ninh – Halong route: 155 km. This is the route from Ha Noi to Halong shortest trip, by car from about 3 hours, the journey as follows:
+ Hanoi route 5 – Sai Dong junction: 10 km.
+ Sai Dong road 1 – Bac Ninh: 23 km.
+ From Bac Ninh, follow the road 18 – Pha Lai – Chi Linh – Dong Trieu – Uong Bi – Halong: 122 km.
+ Ha Noi – Bac Ninh – Halong route: 160 km.
+ Noi Bai (Hanoi) by Noi Bai – Bac Ninh (32km) to Bac Ninh.
+ To connect with National Highway 18a through Pha Lai, Sao Do, Dong Trieu, Uong Bi to Halong.
– Guests can go to the major car dealership center Luong Yen or My Dinh bus station, the first departure at 6:00 am and late at 17:00 pm (trip takes from 3- 4 hours). It takes about 5 to 15 minutes to Bai Chay Bus Station in Halong, Quang Ninh Province. Carfare ranges from VND 100,000/seat to VND 200,000 / bed.
c. Train from Ha Noi – Halong:
– Guests can take the train depart from Gia Lam station. The train departs at 07:05 am, takes about 5 hours to Halong. Tickets are $ 5 / way/guest (for Vietnamese guests) and $ 15 / way / guest (for foreign guests).
d. Taxis in Halong City:
– Taxi 886 – Mong Cai: 033 886 886.
– Halong: 033 62 62 62.
– Hon Gai: 033 84 84 84.
– Mai Linh: 033 628 628.
5. The hotel has good prices in Halong:
In Halong, there are many 2-star to 5-star hotels in the tourism area near Halong Bay. The average price of a three-star hotel ranges from VND 474,000 per day. To easily rent a room at an affordable price, you should go early in the week or midweek. Weekly, from Friday to Sunday, Halong is often crowded so the room price is often raised quite high and full. In addition, you can boarding houses with an average price of 150,000 VND / day.
Some hotel addresses near Halong Bay: Halong Plaza (08 Halong Street); Halong Dream (10 Halong Road); Mithrin (Hung Thang Road); Halong Pearl (Bai Chay); Halong Bay (Halong Road); Bach Dang (02 Halong); Bai Chay Union (Halong Road); Moon Light (Hung Thang Road) …
Today, Halong Bay nightlife on the Bay is a lot of Vietnamese guests to choose, a feeling full of fun if you spend one night on the boat with many activities such as the beautiful sunset Halong Bay Cruise when Sunset down or dawn, join kayaking, bathing on the bay, then karaoke, squid when the night falls …
Night tours on the bay can last 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights depending on the journey of each yacht. 3-star cruise ships such as V’spirit, Majestic, Calypso, Halong Sails, Oriental Sails, Glory … prices for a two-day cruise from 2,200,000 VNĐ or more, including all haul services Hanoi – Halong Bay, 3 meals, sightseeing tickets … In addition, on Halong Bay, there are many yachts of 4 to 5 stars such as Au Co, Bhaya, Emeraude, Paradise, Starlight … You can contact Travel agencies to get the best price, especially in the summer there are many yachts apply promotional policies for Vietnamese guests.
6. Popular tourist destination in Halong:
a. Coto island:
To admire Co To island with beautiful coral reefs, guests can take a boat to the island and bathe here. Cô Tô Island still holds the wildness rarely seen in the busy atmosphere of Halong tourism.
b. Tuan Chau Island:
The most beautiful island among 1,969 islands in Halong Bay, is also the only island inhabited. This is the largest artificial coast in Vietnam. Cozy sand beach with white sand is an ideal place to have fun and participate in exciting water sports.
c. Hang Luon:
Halong is proud of the cave system is huge, each cave has its own beauty and the story attached to it. One of the typical caves is Luon cave located on the island of Bo Hon, 14 km from Bai Chay. Here you can see the stalactites are built for millions of years in various shapes and sizes. In front of the cave is the island of Tortoise, on the right is the Heaven Gate.
d. Yen Tu relic area:
Halong tourism is not only the sea. If you want to go to worship the temple, visitors to visit Yen Tu. This is a system of temples, am, towers and forests of ancient trees mixed with nature, scattered from red slope to Yen Tu mountain gradually.
e. Cua Van fishing village:
One of the boldest Vietnamese destinations of Halong tourism. At Cua Van fishing village, visitors not only enjoy a peaceful and tranquil environment but also learn about the cultural life of fishermen, learn how to row boats, spread the net, drop fishing shrimp …
f. Historical vestiges of Halong:
Bai Tho monument, Tran Quoc Nghia temple, Quang Ninh historical preservation … are the relics that visitors visit when coming to Halong.
7. Food services in Halong:
About the cuisine, there are many restaurants from high-end to affordable for you to choose when to Halong. Typical such as Mithrin Restaurant (Hung Thang, Bai Chay); Panorama Restaurant (168 Halong, Bai Chay); Son Ca Restaurant (98 Wharves); Bien Xanh Restaurant (08 Le Thanh Tong); Hai Ninh restaurant (zone 3, Vuon Dao); Thien Ly Restaurant (Ly Thuong Kiet, Cua Ong) … If you want to enjoy the specialties of Halong Bay, you can go to Sea Food Restaurant (Halong Road); Thu Huong restaurant (Halong street); Nguyen restaurant (Tran Hung Dao street) …
Some delicious dishes of Halong specialty:
– Sticky rice and fried squid
White scoop is made from freshly squeezed sticky rice, eaten with a yellowed pork chop, fish sauce sprinkled with delicious pepper. Price: Each of white sticky rice dumplings or pancake rolls in the popular price range from 15,000 to 20,000. Squid can also be bought at a price of about 250,000 VND/kg.
– Roll cake fried squid
Meat curry with mushroom, ear mite, aromatic scent, and onion, accompanied by specialties Halong squid make an unforgettable taste. Place of enjoyment: In Halong city, there are streets specializing in making squid buns at the edge of Bach Dang cinema.
– Clam food
Bone is a bivalve mollusk-like clam, which can be prepared in many ways: grilled, steamed, cooked porridge, stir-fried with noodles or vegetables. Fattening can also be used as a wine. Alcohol has a very personal smell of the sea. Places to enjoy: Restaurants, eateries in Halong have dishes. If you want to buy bored or wine, you can go to the road and Cai Dam market, Garden Dao will have a lot.
– “Sa Sung” food
The wand is also known as deep sand, a kind of seafood probably only in Halong. Fresh wok stir-fried with garlic to make a delicious dish. Wok dried, crushed, roasted or roasted, crunchy, drunk to drink alcohol, especially to spice the noodle soup. The wolf is quite rare if the price is very high, a kilo charged nearly 4 million.
– “Sam Bien” food
Another extremely attractive specialty of the Halong Sea is sam – a species of crustaceans. From the sea, you can prepare a variety of delicious and different dishes such as sam soup, same salad, same stir-fried with sweet and sour, same chili, crispy fried egg, steamed rice, grilled sam carton, sam sauteed rice … Where to enjoy: To enjoy delicious sam, visitors should go to Gieng Don or Cao Xanh.
– “Gat Gu” Cakes
How to make cakes bump into a form like the rolls. When dipping a piece of cake into a special sauce with a piece of shredded meat (meat warehouse) is carefully marinated. Venue: The most famous gong is in Tien Yen. However, in all areas of Quang Ninh, you can find this delicious and unique gourmet cake.
– Nem Chua, new scoop town of Quang Yen
Raw materials are all popular. The porridge is small, the beans are made of beans or roasted and ground roasted pork, all mixed together. Simply by the way, but through the secret of processing, mix and mix sauce, gift countryside strange, attractive.
– “Ca say Tien Yen” Food
The duck is hybrid, the taste has both and in the hands of Tien Yen processing becomes more delicious multiples. The Tien Yen meat is made of meat, the processed sauce is dedicated to its use of all points. A delicious sauce of Cai Rong, Van Yen and Cat Hai fish sauce, sweet taste of Guangxi plus the sweet taste of Tien Yen ginger grown on the countryside.
– Almond wine in Hoanh Bo in Halong
Wine is made from local specialty glutinous rice. Sticky rice is not retired, cooked to put into the incubation. Once fermented and soaked, they are soaked in the leaves of the leaves from the forest in Hoanh Bo, after a period of turning into wine, wine is put into bottles, jars to drink gradually, each meal a few. Cup. When guests have to bring guests to jars. Phanh Bo wine is sweet, sour, sweet, stimulates digestion, very good, especially in the summer.
8. Shopping service, price:
In general, prices in Halong Bay are not too expensive for a popular resort. Dining at the bar is quite popular. However, travelers also need to ask the price before deciding to buy or rent something.
The price of accommodation in Bai Pho – Halong average about 200,000 VND per day (weekdays). Boat rental to visit Halong Bay is quite messy. You should contact the boat (0978586555) to be able to arrange the boat to avoid waiting or not fit the boat. Do not listen to the tickets at Tuan Chau port, if you book with them, they will agree with the owner cut down some services to get high% without paying attention to the interests of guests, so when Take the train under the agreement of the ticket stubs should not be the right way, the point that the customer desires, so many times have to quarrel.
The above are some experiences when traveling to Halong that we would like to share with you. Wish you a safe, thrifty and meaningful holiday with your family and friends.
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