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Halong Bay Weather: Best Time To Visit | The 2020 Guide

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TIPS FOR WHEN TO VISIT ONE OF VIETNAM’S MOST SPECTACULAR DESTINATIONS BASED ON WEATHER CONDITIONS 

There are many things to take into consideration when choosing your travels throughout the year. For some people, being able to secure vacation time is a huge factor, often involving everything from striking deals with coworkers to finagling the right days off to balancing the children’s school schedules.

Other people would rather focus on Mother Nature’s cycle of weather patterns. If you love the cold, the winter months are a great time to visit Halong Bay, whereas if swimming and sunshine are high up on your list of demands, a summer trip is in the cards.

 

Other travelers may make decisions based on when travel is the cheapest, or when to avoid the crowds during peak travel periods. Halong Bay is no exception to the rule.hanoi to halong bay 30%

When visiting this beautiful corner of Southeast Asia, travelers should think about the ideal time to travel to Halong Bay, taking into consideration the weather and optimal travel conditions.

Spring in Halong Bay

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View from Sung Sot cave in spring

With more than 1,900 magnificent islands and limestone pillars scattered around an area of 5,000 square kilometres, Halong Bay is known for its splendid beauty. As one of the world’s best natural marvels, visiting Halong figures high on the “bucket list” of many travelers.

Early spring, during Vietnamese Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, is actually a good time to visit Halong Bay.

In the past, many visitors to Vietnam have chosen to celebrate the holidays in Hanoi or Saigon, but many have begun to realize that spring brings cool weather to Halong as well as a tranquil atmosphere.

Why not start off the lunar new year with a scenic flight over Halong Bay, taking in bird’s eye views of the gorgeous seascapes, followed by a day cruising the glittering emerald waters of this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site?

Overall Halong Bay weather in spring

Late spring is the start of the wettest season of the year in Halong, with occasional drizzle and mist. While great for trees and plants, the weather does have its drawbacks for tourists.

However, the spring mist undeniably adds to the ethereal beauty of the bay, enhancing its otherworldly beauty. Photographers, especially, will enjoying playing with the contrasts and will likely be able to capture stunning photos in spring.

January – February: Vietnamese traditional New Year

Halong Bay Weather January to February

The most important celebration for the Vietnamese people is Tet, the Lunar New Year based on the Vietnamese calendar.

During this time of the year, people usually go back to their hometown to take part in family reunions.

The holiday lasts up to 10 days during which Vietnamese people spend time cleaning the home or cooking special holiday favorites.

At this special time of the year, visitors can get a glimpse into Vietnamese Tet culture in the days and weeks leading up to the holiday when the cities are abuzz with people shopping, buying flowers and plants, and otherwise preparing for the most important holiday of the year.

In Halong City, you’ll be able to see this flurry of activity at the local market or at shopping malls like the Vincom Shopping Center where people will be buying new clothes to start off the new year and looking for gifts to bring home to family.

If you have the chance to visit a local family’s home during Tet, you may even receive a red envelope of “lucky money” yourself, and be invited to sit down and enjoy dishes made specially for Lunar New Year.

However, because of increased travel and shopping, prices can be higher during this time of the year.

Additionally, if you plan your Vietnamese holiday during the first days of Tet, you may very well find your favorite restaurant closed as the cities often shut down for the celebration.

However, because many local Vietnamese head back to their home villages and provinces, Tet is actually a great time for international tourists to visit Halong Bay.

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Halong Bay weather in January - February

Because spring weather often brings rainy skies and drizzle, avoid wearing white as the streets in Vietnam can get muddy at times. The temperature in spring also drops to about 15 Celsius. Remember to pack an umbrella, comfortable shoes and warm clothes in your luggage.

March: Time to visit traditional festivals

Halong Bay Weather MarchAfter a week of relaxing with family at Tet, March is often when Vietnamese people like to go out and attend festivals.

If you visit Halong in March, you’ll also be able to attend a few traditional events. One of the most interesting is the Cherry Blossom Festival, timed over just a few days when the flowers are in bloom.

Visitors should aim to visit Halong Square from March 17-21 to witness this exciting festival. There are a variety of flowers from different countries on display which only bloom during the lunar new year, such as cherry blossoms and golden apricot blossoms.

In the evening, there are often musical and cultural performances from Japanese and Vietnamese artists to enjoy.

If you like peace and quiet, then March is an ideal time to cruise Halong Bay. Usually in March, skies can be hazy in the mornings over this UNESCO World Heritage Site, giving the seascape a forbidding vibe.

March is also low season which means you likely will not have to share Halong Bay with as many tourists as during other parts of the year. While the cool temperatures in March may be too cold for water activities, there is still lots to do in Halong Bay.

Book a seaplane flight for noon, after the morning mist has lifted. Enjoy taking off from the water and seeing Halong Bay from above. The 25-minute scenic flight by Hai Au Aviation offers some truly spectacular views of the islands and is a highlight of any Halong Bay trip for many travelers.

Halong Bay weather in March

March sees a gradual increase in temperatures compared to the winter months, from 19 to around 22 degrees Celsius. However, as the number of rainy days begins to increase, humidity levels will also rise slightly.

There are usually 6 hours of sunlight, especially from noon time, which is perfect for enjoying a scenic seaplane flight over the bay.

April: Best Halong Bay weather for an independent vacation

Halong Bay Weather April

April is one of the best times of the year to visit Halong Bay. The ideal weather in April, when it’s not too cold and not too hot, will add much to your enjoyment of the bay.

Additionally, in April, Vietnamese students are likely preparing for exams and adults are back to work after the Lunar New Year holidays, which makes April a great month to travel to Halong Bay.

One of the highlights of Halong Bay is Titov Island. Famous for its golden sand beach and calm, shallow waters, Titov Island also features panoramic views from the top.

Visit Titov early in the morning or later in the afternoon and practically have the whole island to yourself to lay on the beach or hike up to the viewpoint.

Halong Bay also offers many exciting water-based activities, including canoeing, kayaking and swimming.

With more than 1,900 magnificent islands, Halong Bay offers something for everyone, whether it’s an active holiday with lots of physical activities, or simply taking in the scenery from your cruise ship or enjoying bird’s eye views from the luxury of a seaplane flight.

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Overnight cruises on the bay also offer the opportunity for shore excursions to the many fascinating caves in the area, including Sung Sot (Surprise) and Luon Cave, or individual islands, like Titov Island.

Halong Bay weather in April

On the calendar, April finds itself in the period between spring and summer and the weather in Halong Bay reflects this transition.

Temperatures start off cooler towards the beginning of the month, then gradually rise to about 23 degrees Celcius as summer approaches.

April is a great time to take part in outdoor activities in Halong Bay, as the days start to lengthen and the humidity decreases to about 60%.

Suitable activities in spring time

There is a wide range of spring time activities for visitors to enjoy in Halong Bay. Whether traveling solo, in a group, or with family, you’ll never be at a loss for things to do.

If you’re interested in cultural activities, spring offers a host of festivals in Halong City, including the Cherry Blossom Festival.

The annual Halong Carnival is also fun for the whole family. Halong’s biggest festival is held yearly towards the end of April at Sun World Halong Complex.

The carnival includes exhibitions on food, culture and sporting events while the final night of the carnival features performers in colorful costumes from many countries around the world, as well as spectacular music and dance performances.

Halong is also home to several famous temples, including Ba Vang, Long Tien and Cua Ong. Some of these temples have tranquil gardens, ideal for de-stressing and communing with Nature.

On unseasonably cold days, there are a few indoor attractions to visit, including the Quang Ninh Museum (on Tran Quoc Nghien Street). With an entry fee of just VND 30,000 (USD 1.50) per person, spend a few quiet hours learning about the province of Quang Ninh. Another activity to try is the scenic flight over Halong Bay.

Especially on clear, sunny days, the views are truly magnificent. These are scheduled flights and are often booked out early, but you can always check to see if there is last-minute availability.

For many travelers, flying in a seaplane is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and there is no better place to do it than over scenic Halong Bay. Scheduled seaplane service is also available between Hanoi and Halong, flying over the Red River Delta.

Halong Bay Tours

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Summer: Halong Bay weather for Vietnamese tourists

While spring offers the best Halong Bay weather for independent travelers who are looking for a quiet  holiday with an extra dose of culture, summer time is ideal for those looking for some active adventure.

Taking advantage of the beautiful weather and sunny skies, summer is the high season for domestic tourism in Halong Bay. While there may be additional crowds to deal with, international tourists should not overlook the fact that the beginning of summer offers some of the best Halong Bay weather.

May: Great time to enjoy Halong Bay from above

Halong Bay Weather on may

May is considered the best month to travel to Halong Bay for international tourists due to several factors. First, traveling in May, you can avoid the bulk of the domestic tourism market as children are still in school.

Take advantage of this period right before the summer holidays start for a quieter, less crowded holiday. Also, the weather in Halong Bay in May is fantastic, with clear skies and pleasant temperatures, ideal for a Hai Au Aviation scenic seaplane flight.

In full sun, expect the water to be brilliant shades of blue and green and for the lush, jungle-draped islands to really stand out.

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Enjoy the view from above

On a Hai Au Aviation seaplane flight, you can tick off another “bucket list” experience with gorgeous views from above over both the islands of Halong Bay on a scenic flight, or the beautiful patchwork of farms and countryside landscapes in a comfortable, time-saving flight between Halong and Hanoi. The water take-offs and landings are also a thrilling part of this adventure.

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Halong Bay weather in May

The weather in May is fantastic, just before the arrival of the summer heat. The temperature will be around 27.5 Celsius degrees, cool enough to enjoy every must-do activity in Halong Bay.

Also, the long days of sunshine are great for photographing the mesmerizing scenes of Halong Bay in varying light conditions throughout the day.

Overall Halong Bay weather in summer

With temperatures around 30 degrees Celcius, the weather is perfect for practically any and all activities in Halong Bay from water sports to indoor activities.

Under sunny skies, simply imagine yourself sunbathing on the top deck of a luxury cruise ship or sunning yourself on the white sandy beaches of Cat Ba Island in Halong Bay. As the summer progresses, temperatures tend to rise, reaching approximately 38 degrees Celcius towards the height of summer.

In addition to warm temperatures, crowds also increase, especially at some of the better known places of attraction, such as Titov Island, Sung Sot Cave and Bai Tho Mountain. Vietnamese families, in particular, like to travel to Halong Bay in summer to take advantage of warm temperatures and school holidays.

June to July: The months of tropical summer

Halong Bay Weather June to julyNorthern Vietnam’s tropical summer heat is a great time for getaways, especially to the beach or the cooler temperatures found in the mountains.

Expect larger crowds during summer as local families go on vacation with their children, especially in June and July. Prices can be higher during these months as it is peak travel season.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 for its gorgeous seascapes of untouched karst mountains rising from deep emerald waters, Halong Bay is truly a photographer’s paradise.

In addition to Hai Au Aviation’s seaplane flights, another way to get bird’s eye views of the bay is by taking the Queen Cable Car in Halong City to to the Ba Deo Mountain.

The cable car is said to be the first reversible gondola system in Asia where up to 230 people can fit into one cable car cabin.

For close-up views of the islands from the water, book an overnight Halong Bay cruise, and enjoy the scenery from the comfort of your cabin any time of year.

Halong Bay weather in June - July

The searing summer temperatures (maximum 35 degrees Celsius) may be a little too warm for some, but don’t forget that Halong Bay has beaches from which to cool down with a dip in the water, especially from the sandy beaches of Titov Island.

If vacationing in summer, don’t forget to bring sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen against the heat and intense sun. Despite the warm temperatures, summer in Halong Bay often means clear, blue skies.

August: A last-minute summer break

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An August holiday in Halong Bay is an excellent way to cap off your summer. The weather in August tends to be good, just before the monsoon season starts, so why not book a last-minute trip to Halong Bay? Beautiful beaches and sunny skies await!

August is also a great time for outdoor adventures in Halong, including kayaking among the limestone islands, many of which contain caves which can be explored on foot. Colored lights make the experience even more memorable.

Halong Bay weather in August

As this is the month before the rainy season, there is a chance of rain in August. However, rains are usually light and should not impact significantly on any of your planned activities.

Halong Bay temperatures in August hover around 25 – 30 degrees Celsius with an average humidity of approximately 75%. Just to be sure, monitor the weather forecast before you go to be able to adjust to any unexpected weather situations.

Suitable summer time activities 

Most overnight Halong Bay cruises will include outdoor activities in summer, including kayaking, visiting a floating village, or swimming and sunbathing on one of the gorgeous island beaches.

Other activities allow for quiet reflection, including spending time just watching the scenery go by from your ship’s sundeck or opting to go for a scenic hike on Titov Island.

For a guaranteed respite from the crowds in summer, think about booking a Hai Au Aviation seaplane flight which is typically limited to just 12 passengers.

Enjoying the beauty of Halong Bay in exclusive company, taking in stupendous views that few ever get to witness is truly a treat for yourself.

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Amazing Halong from above

Ranked among the top “Things to do in Halong” is a scenic seaplane flight, either over the bay itself, or flying between Hanoi and Halong.

Because Hai Au Aviation offers the only seaplane service in all of Vietnam, this experience will definitely tick off an entry on your travel bucket list as you get the chance to see the nearly 2,000 islands from up above.

The scenic seaplane flight over the bay is also surprisingly reasonable, making it accessible to most travelers.

To extend your time in Halong, there are multiple attractions in Halong City, including the 214ha Sun World Halong Complex with a beach amusement park and a Mystic Mountain area connected by a 2km-long cable car ride. The complex includes a Zen garden, coin-op games and one of the world’s tallest Ferris wheels.

For indoor experiences, don’t miss the Quang Ninh Museum with fascinating exhibits on the culture, history and wildlife of the province.

When it gets too hot, escape to the air-conditioned comfort of the Vincom Shopping Center and Bai Chay Center, which also makes for a great summer time outing.

Autumn: Low season for domestic tourism

Vietnamese schools start in fall, and you’ll find fewer domestic tourists in Halong Bay at this time of the year. The cooler temperatures and fewer tourists make Halong Bay an ideal autumn honeymoon destination.

Choose any of the Top 10 Luxury Cruises in Halong Bay and let the ship and the scenery be the backdrop for gorgeous honeymoon photos.

Relax in the on-board spa or laze about on the golden sand beaches of Halong Bay. The weather in September allows for excellent outdoor adventures as well.

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Wedding photos on Emeraude Cruise

The overall Halong Bay weather in autumn

The autumn weather in northern Vietnam is quite beautiful, marked by cooler temperatures and the changing colors of the leaves.

Many honeymooning couples head to the parks with the fall leaves providing a colorful backdrop.

Overnight Halong Bay cruises can also be a good choice during this time of the year, with the early morning mist lending an otherworldly quality to the island views.

September: Adventurous holiday with possibility of tropical storm

septemberThere is a higher possibility of typhoons in September than in other times of the year, with 2-3 tropical storms on average in the month.

However, if you’re able to dodge the bad weather, you can still enjoy a great holiday in Halong.

Seaplane flights operate year-round, and you’ll receive notification if a flight is affected by weather with the option to reschedule or receive a refund in most cases.

Halong Bay weather in September

Expect rain in September, averaging 14 days in the month. However, if you’re willing to brave the weather, there’s still lots to do in Halong.

Pack a rain poncho and hike to the top of Bai Tho Mountain or cozy up in your cruise cabin and watch a movie while waiting out the rain. The average temperature in Halong in September is 28 degrees Celsius.

October: Travel to Halong and enjoy the romance of autumn

Halong Bay Weather OctoberOctober is the beginning of high season for international tourists, so you may find that the added demand for flights, hotels, and other tourist services result in higher prices. That said, autumn is a great time for couples travel.

There’s a certain romance in the air and Hanoi and Halong Bay make excellent backdrops for photos, either riding bicycles through the photogenic Old Quarter or perhaps watching the Halong Bay scenery glide on past as you hold hands on the deck of your cruise ship or taking in views from above aboard a scenic seaplane flight over the bay.

Halong Bay weather in October

As October marks the end of autumn, there can be a chill in the air, especially in the evenings. The average temperature is 25 degrees Celsius, ideal for strenuous outdoor activities such as kayaking or hiking. October does see high humidity, but it’s definitely bearable and should not impact your holiday in Halong Bay.

Suitable activities in autumn

As the weather is pleasant and much cooler than summer, visitors enjoy being outdoors and taking part in different activities.

Overnight cruise packages always include kayaking, swimming and hiking in Halong Bay, so make sure not to miss those iconic activities. Clear skies are excellent for photography in Halong, and many couples can be seen taking wedding photos in and around Halong Bay.

The views from the Ferris wheel at Sun World Halong Complex at night are also excellent, especially during the full moon festival. In addition, Halong City has several spots for rooftop dining which makes for a very romantic night out.

Halong Bay Weather in autumn
The perfect background for your family photos

Winter: High season for inbound tourism

Dreaming of a beach holiday to beat the winter blues?

Halong Bay has beaches, but in winter time, they’re more for lying in the sun than swimming.

However, if you’re willing to brave the chilly water, a very refreshing dip awaits! Other than swimming, there are lots of activities to do on and off the cruise ship, including watching the sunset and sunrise over the bay, waking up early for a Tai Chi session on the deck of your boat, or sleeping in and enjoying a lazy breakfast.

Regardless of the weather, Halong Bay rarely fails to delight any time of year.

Overall Halong Bay weather in winter

With the monsoon season over, expect dry, sunny days in winter. While the average temperature is a brisk 20 degrees Celcius, throw on a sweater or a jacket and enjoy the clean, crisp air.

There may be the occasional lingering shower, but overall, Halong Bay’s winter temperatures are quite refreshing.

November: Low season for domestic travel, high season for international travel 

Halong Bay Weather novemberVisit Halong Bay in winter and you’ll likely by joined by international tourists who are taking advantage of winter holidays including Christmas and New Year’s, rather than domestic Vietnamese tourists who are months away from celebrating Vietnamese New Year.

As it’s peak season for international travel, you’ll likely find fewer deals in Halong Bay and demand may be high, so remember to book ahead.

Halong Bay weather in November

The temperature throughout November will be around 22 degrees Celsius in the daytime and will likely drop down to 18 degrees Celsius at night. November also has high humidity, at around 79%.

December – January: Winter getaway for travelers

Halong Bay Weather December to januaryIn contrast to domestic travel, inbound tourism to Halong Bay spikes during the winter months, particularly in December and January.

That is balanced with a decrease in domestic travelers who prefer the summer heat to the chill of winter.

That could lead to shorter lines to the most popular attractions and perhaps even getting a slice of beach to yourself.

Landing in Hanoi for a few days of city life provides an excellent transition to enjoying a lovely weekend on the waters of Halong Bay.

Traveling by seaplane through the clouds during this time of year is nothing short of amazing. In addition to scenic flights over Halong Bay, seaplanes flights are also available between Hanoi and Halong.

Better yet, combine the seaplane flights with an overnight cruise to see the islands from two distinctly different points of view.

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Halong Bay weather in December - January

As winter has truly arrived in Halong Bay, the temperature during December / January is typically around 15 degrees Celsius, so don’t forget to bring a warm jacket. There are usually only 7 days with rain in December, so chances are that you will enjoy good weather.

While the water is chilly, the beaches are nice for catching some sun or reading a book while looking out over the boats and islands. Warm up with a hike or a kayaking trip and you’ll actually find yourself enjoying the cooler weather.

Suitable activities during winter time

To go along with the brisk 10 degree-temperature,  winter brings along hazy, misty morning skies, burning off as the morning progresses. The early morning mist makes for excellent photos and sets a mysterious mood.

While the water may be a bit on the cold side for swimming, there are still lots of other activities to keep you pleasantly occupied, including kayaking among the karst islands, exploring some of Halong’s stunning caves, and visiting floating pearl farms.

The dry weather in December also makes for superb viewing from aboard a Hai Au Aviation seaplane flight, especially in the afternoons, once the clouds have burned off.

Halong Bay weather in winter is the best to try local food in Halong
Having a dish of steaming hot banh cuon, a perfect cold weather meal

If you’re in a hurry to get to Halong, forget the bus or car and take a seaplane flight from Hanoi instead. Cool temperatures and moody, misty morning skies await in Halong Bay.

While in Halong City, work up a sweat exploring the town on foot, with ample stops to try the local street food, including grilled BBQ items, a steaming hot bowl of noodles, or a plate of steamed rice flour crepes known as banh cuon.

Our advice: Weigh the pros and cons of Halong Bay weather in planning your trip

There are a few different factors to consider when planning when to visit Halong Bay. The high season for domestic travelers tends to be during the summer while international travelers often visit towards the end of the year.

So, peak travel season is in the summer, in July and August, and also towards winter, in November and December.

The shoulder seasons (in spring and fall) are actually ideal to visit, as you’ll experience good weather (typically mild temperatures and dry conditions, avoiding the monsoons) and fewer crowds, and perhaps even snag a few travel deals as a bonus!

In addition to the pleasant spring weather, there are often festivals to enjoy in February and March, with the highlight being Tet, or Vietnamese Lunar New Year.

Expect to see firework displays, musical performances, and parades along the streets, while in people’s homes, families gather to celebrate Tet in their own way, often with feasts lasting many days.

There may be the annoyance of businesses and restaurants closed for the first few days of Tet, but it’s a small price to pay for the festive atmosphere that envelops the country during this time.

As spring turns to summer, there are fewer festivals and the temperature starts to rise, but if you come to Halong Bay before Vietnamese school lets out for the summer, you’ll still enjoy good weather conditions with fewer domestic travelers.

Autumn is also a great time to visit Halong Bay. Tourist numbers are lower compared to the peak in November and December, and the north of Vietnam does experience quite a change in climate compared to the perpetual summer in the south.

Expect to see some leaves changing color, making Hai Au Aviation seaplane flights quite appealing providing unique views of the jungle-clad islands below.

If you’re out to enjoy the beautiful emerald waters of Halong Bay, though, prepare to brave the crowds and visit in summer.

While the beaches may be packed, summer time offers great swimming weather, along with a host of outdoor activities, including hiking, kayaking and visits to floating villages and pearl farms.

While there are pros and cons to every season, most travelers will agree that there’s never a bad time to visit beautiful Halong Bay.

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Experience Halong Bay like a local | The 2020 Guide

Review Halong Bay trip

Halong Bay, Vietnam is known for many beautiful sights and sounds. Because it is a Unesco World Heritage sight, travelers from all around the globe flock to this stunning destination throughout the year.

As a result, tourism is high and tourist locations are sometimes overrun. If you are traveling to Halong Bay for a quick weekend, it makes sense to hit the hot spots.

If you have a little extra time or are in the mood for something slightly more unique, however, there are many different ways to see Halong Bay. Rather than ticking off a checklist of universally known tourist spots, consider experiencing Halong Bay like a local.

STAY IN HALONG BAY LIKE A LOCAL

Airbnb is a more recent phenomenon that has allowed a whole new world of accommodation for travelers. Not only can airbnbs often provide more affordable lodging, they are incredibly convenient for people in search of more home-like comforts.

You can choose places with private bathrooms, full kitchens in many different locations. Halong Bay Airbnb listings offer a wide range of prices and locations to choose from. The best part of an airbnb is that you can experience the life and culture of your destination first-hand.

Hosts are often more than willing to offer advice on local customs, festivals, restaurants or landmarks. Depending on where it is within a city, you may find yourself right in the heart of Halong Bay daily life.

TRY TRADITIONAL BREAKFAST

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Banh cuon tom Halong

Tasting traditional cuisine is an ideal way to experience the local life of Halong Bay. Since Halong Bay is next to the sea, it is no surprise that seafood is one of its main specialties. Don’t get caught up in touristy restaurants that only promote international food.

One of the best ways to experience local flavor is by having a traditional breakfast. Jump into the local taste buds and try some of the traditional Halong Bay fare. Taste the seafood noodle bowl called Bún Bề Bề or the sweet rice powder-based Gat Gu Cake.

Banh Cuon Cha Muc is essentially a fried squid sausage often served with sticky rice. You can find this delicacy for breakfast near Bach Dang cinema. Don’t miss the opportunity to feast on these essential Halong Bay delights.

VISIT BA VANG PAGODA

Halong Bay like a localBa Vang Pagoda is a Buddhist Temple first constructed in the 13th century. Its first major renovation took place in 1706 by the Buddhist Monk Tue Bich and today’s manifestation is the result of the most recent renovation in 2011.

Warring and political drama took its toll throughout the years but the recent transformation makes it a beautiful tourist attraction. The structure faces the Bang Dang River with its back to Ba Vang Mountain. It is a beautiful exhibition of ancient Vietnamese architecture.

One of its most defining features is Dai Hung Bao Dien, regconized by Indochina Records Organization as “the largest sanctum in Indochina”. It is also an excellent place to visit for its annual Chrysanthemum festival.

ADVENTURE AROUND DRAGON PARK

Dragon Park Sun World HalongDragon Park is part of a large amusement complex called SunWorld in Halong Bay. It has many thrilling attractions that are perfect for the intrepid adventurer. Some notable diversions include the Queen Car Cable and Sunwheel.

The Dragon Park segment is famous for its three riveting roller coasters: the Dragon’s Run, the Mysterious Journey, and the Little Dragon’s Flight. There are also twenty-nine other rides ranging from the carousel to tea cups to tropical gardens. It’s a delightful place to experience a little excitement and local fun.

WATCH THE SUNSET ON SUNWHEEL

Halong Bay like a localAfter you have spent time thrill-seeking through Dragon Park, stay around long enough to enjoy a magnificent sunset. The Sunwheel is an enormous Ferris wheel that offers spectacular views of the surrounding terrain.

Its location is at the top of Ba Deo mountain, 250 meters above sea level. The wheel itself is bedecked in tens of thousands of LED lights. It is amazing opportunity to sit in one of the 64 cars and watch as the sun slowly plummets over the horizon.

HAVE A COFFEE AT ROOFTOP CAFE BAR

Halong Bay like a localFinding bars and cafés is a great way to mingle with the locals. You can question the servers and bartenders or even strike up a conversation with a Halong Bay inhabitant. You can find the Rooftop Café & Bar on the tenth floor of the Halong Telecommunication Building.

This café offers food, coffee, cocktails and a breathtaking view of the surrounding area. Since it is open from 6 am to 11 pm, you can choose almost any time of day to sit, relax and take in the local culture.

TAKE COOKING CLASS ON EMERAUDE CRUISE

Halong Bay like a localCruises are one of the most touristy things you can do in Halong Bay. They come highly recommended and offer a wonderful glimpse into the hot spots around the bay. However, when you choose the right cruise you also get a taste of the true local culture.

Emeraude Cruise is known for its top of the line cooking courses, one of the many things you can enjoy on board the ship. Attend the demonstration on board and you will be able to see how to make traditional Vietnamese spring rolls.

Hai Au Aviation also combines their seaplane experience with an overnight Emeraude cruise, some of the best ways to experience all that Halong Bay has to offer.

TASTE NIGHT TIME STREET FOOD

Breakfast is not the only time to taste the local Halong Bay cuisine. Ben Doan street and Hong Gai ward offer a cornucopia of evening street food. There are about eighty-seven booths in this nighttime market, offering all manner of twilight fair.

Seafood is a must-have, from grilled shrimps to grilled spider-crabs and grilled snails. Imagine wandering around the darkened streets of Bay after an early dinner or late night cocktail. The street food of Halong Bay is a necessary experience if you want to understand local life.

SING KARAOKE AT DIAMOND CLUB

For the partiers at heart, there are many local clubs in Halong Bay. While most clubs are full of the brim with dancers and rollickers, trying one of the local clubs is a fantastic way to party like a local.

The Diamond Club is open from 6pm to 1am and has tons of drinks, music and food. It’s an exciting environment to witness or participate in karaoke. Sing your heart out and see what it’s like to feel as if you are truly apart of Halong Bay.

RELAX IN THE HIDDEN BEACHES OF HALONG 

Halong Bay like a localMost people head to Halong Bay to enjoy the sights, scenery, and emerald green sea. It’s a blissful environment to engage in water sports like swimming or kayaking or simply bathe in the sun rays shining down from above.

From the moment you step into the bay, you will see beaches and cruise ships dominating the scenery. Beaches are overflowing with people trying to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere. While it is a highly touristic destination, there are still a few beaches that only the locals tend to seek out.

Ngoc Vung and Son Hao are just a few of the hidden beaches that are still generally left to be explored by the more adventurous travelers. If you make the effort, however, the award for you will be a peaceful afternoon.

The delightful highlights of Halong Bay are numerous and diverse. As it is a small area of Southeast Asia, there are many popular and touristy spots to choose from. With a little work, however, you can easily dive into the local culture and see some of the more traditional and unique locations sprinkled about the bay.

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Be sure to take the time and see Halong Bay like a local. Join Hai Au Aviation for a trip remembering in Halong Bay.

10 Things to pack for your trip to Halong Bay | The 2020Guide

pack for your trip to halong bay

Most people would agree that the worst part of any vacation is packing. It’s an arduous task that requires necessary organization and forethought. Not only do you have to consider things like where you are going and what the weather will be like, but most travel is now hindered by security and baggage allowances.

Halong Bay, Vietnam is a Unesco World Heritage site and top tourist destination. It greets hundreds and thousands of tourists all throughout the year. Because it is a 4-hour drive from Hanoi and is surrounded by emerald seas, packing efficiently is a prerequisite.

You want to be able to enjoy your time swimming or cruising through the limestone karsts rather than worrying about what toiletries you might have left behind. To help prepare for your magnificent Halong Bay adventure, here is a list of essential things to pack for your trip to Halong Bay.

HOW TO PACK FOR YOUR TRIP TO HALONG BAY

SUITCASE AND BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

Before deciding what you will put in your pack, it is best to do some research on what size suitcase you can fill. If you are traveling internationally, you will usually be allowed more baggage than if you are traveling locally.

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10 things you need to pack for your trip to Halong Bay

However, if you are planning to tour Vietnam or other parts of Asia in addition to your Halong Bay stay, you may want to consider a smaller case that is easier to tote around. The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, is the main hub for trips to Halong Bay. While there are many options for transport, some of the most popular are car, shuttle bus, or seaplane. Make sure that you check company websites such as Hai Au Aviation to make sure that your bag will fit within maximum guidelines. Once you have chosen your optimal travel bag, it’s time to start packing.

TRAVEL DOCUMENT

The most important thing to get in order right from the start are your travel documents. Depending on where you are traveling from, this paperwork may vary. Most travelers will need to have an updated passport at the very least.

Make sure that it is not within 3-6 months of expiration or you may not be able to fly. It is also never a bad idea to make copies of your passport in case there is ever a problem.

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10 things you need to pack for your trip to Halong Bay

Other travelers may require an additional travel visa to enter Vietnam, in addition to medical documents like proof of vaccination. It can also be a good idea to print out all of your transport tickets and receipts so that you have them in case of emergency.

Even though many airlines will now accept e-tickets, discount lines in particular usually demand printed copies. And if your phone should die or be stolen, it is a great idea to have a backup.

CASH AND CARDS

Traveling with too much cash on hand is never the best plan, but you always want to cover your bases. Thankfully, credit and debit cards are now accepted worldwide and any tourist destination such as Halong Bay will have provisions for international consumers. However, the further off the beaten path you go, the less likely it is you can use cards or foreign money. The currency in Halong Bay is the Vietnamese Dong.

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10 things you need to pack for your trip to Halong Bay

If you are able to exchange your foreign bills at a local bank or exchange center, it is usually helpful to have a bit of cash on hand when you arrive. This will save you from paying exorbitant fees at the airport or having a hard time getting your first snack or taxi. Do some research on exchange rates and figure out how much to exchange before you go, making sure to strike a good balance between cash and card.

FIRST AID AND MEDICINE

If you have your own medical needs, be sure to prepare for those in advance. Some people have prescription medications that are crucial to their daily lives. Particularly with prescription medicine, you cannot be sure that you will find what is necessary for another country so plan to have more than enough in stock for the duration of your trip.

It is also a good idea to have a small first aid kit with essential products that might come up during mishaps abroad. Items such as band aids, disinfectant, antihistamine and pain relievers are always useful options.

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10 things you need to pack for your trip to Halong Bay

To pack for your trip to Halong Bay, you might also want to consider including things like insect repellant and pills for seasickness. You will most likely be spending at least part of your time wandering the beaches or enjoying the sights and sounds of a cruise, so best to be prepared for all possibilities.

SUNGLASSES AND SUNSCREEN

Halong Bay, Vietnam is a tropical climate, full of sea air and sunshine. Therefore, some of the most vital things to pack in your suitcase are provisions for the potentially hot sun. Sunglasses with UV protection will help you see the gorgeous sights without injuring your eyes.

Sunblock or suntan lotion is crucial for days lounging on the beach, swimming in the sea, or even wandering a boat deck. If you are sensitive to the sun, you might also want to add some aloe vera and moisturizing lotion to your pack in case you soak up a few too many rays.

Even certain pieces of clothing like a sun hat or cover-up for your swimsuit will protect you during the many hours you are enjoying Halong Bay.

SMALLER BAG AND SOUVENIR

In addition to your main suitcase, packing smaller bags and containers will help you manage any new items you may collect. For a day at the beach or a hike through the limestone caves of Halong Bay, a small backpack can be incredibly convenient.

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10 things you need to pack for your trip to Halong Bay

Ideally, you can have your sunscreen, water, extra set of clothes, towel for the beach and everything else you might need at hand. You can take what you need for the day and leave your hands-free to explore and take photos.

Some plastic and/or resealable bags will allow you to keep your dry clothes dry and your wet clothes separate from everything else. And since no trip is complete without a souvenir or two, having an extra bag will make it easier to pack when you are heading back home.

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Now that it’s  2020, most travelers require various electronic devices. You will probably travel with a smartphone and camera at the very least, possibly an Ipad, Kindle or Laptop to boot. Each of these devices requires a power cord to charge and many countries have different voltage and sockets. Vietnam and Halong Bay now use mostly 220V, though older outlets may still use 127V.

Typical plugs are 2-prong but some higher end hotels may have British Standard 3-prong plugs. Make sure you check with your accommodation to see what they have available. More importantly, invest in an adapter and converter so that you can use the electronic devices most important to you.

If you plan on using an electric razor, hair dryer, curler or straightener, you may want to see if the hotel has any to borrow so that you can avoid packing too many things.

CLOTHES AND FOOTWEAR

Clothes often take up most of the available space in a suitcase. While you want to consider packing lightly so that you aren’t hindered with too many bags, you also want to pack for all contingencies.

The weather in Halong Bay can vary depending on the time of year. Summer months are the hottest but also the wettest. Winter months are cooler but also dryer. Depending on when you choose to book your trip, you will want to make sure you have a variety of options. Swim gear, towels and light layers are a good place to start.

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10 things you need to pack for your trip to Halong Bay

When the sun goes down and the weather gets cooler you will want to have a sweater to cover up. A day at the beach means bringing sandals or flip flops while hiking or climbing will require sneakers or sturdy shoes. When considering exactly what you will need, think about how long you will stay, what activities you will do, and what time of year it will be.

WATER BOTTLE

Water is one of the most important things that you should consider when packing. It is generally not advisable to drink tap water in Vietnam. While airplanes make it difficult to travel with liquids, you can find many good water bottles to pack. Some will easily attach to your belt or bag and others even collapse. This makes it easier to fill up when you come upon potable water sources. Otherwise, it is best to purchase water bottles. In many touristic areas, water bottles are expensive. Try to stock up when you find a more affordable option. In such a sunny tropical climate it is essential to stay hydrated and drink clean safe water whenever you are able.

MISCELLANEOUS AND SUNDRY

There are always a few final items that are personal to every traveler. Some people always have a book on hand for the long hours on a plane. Others like to document their journey in a diary or scrapbook.

Carry-on luggage is usually filled with the little things we want to have from home to make our journey more comfortable.

Whether it be a neck pillow for the plane, a small box of snacks in case you can’t find anything to eat, or a good luck talisman for every new adventure, always make room for that final little trinket. Halong Bay is a mix of traditional and touristic so you are about to find most of what you need. However, a little bit of comfort never hurt anyone.

Vacations are meant for rest and relaxation, new experiences and new adventures. The more planning you do in advance of your trip, the more likely you can spend your hours enjoying your holiday without stress or worry. Halong Bay, Vietnam is a culturally rich area with dozens of activities to choose from.

The weather can vary depending on the time of year and anything can happen on the open seas. By planning and preparing your suitcase, you will be ready to do nothing but enjoy your time in this beautiful area of the world.

Top 10 Best tours in Halong Bay for Travelers | The 2020 Guide

In Halong Bay, Vietnam all of these experiences are available and more. From Indochina Junk Boats to Hai Au Aviation Seaplanes, below are just a few of the best tours in Halong Bay, Vietnam of 2020.

There are many things to consider when choosing the people and places to explore around the globe. What with travel expenses, time management, and an infinite number of opportunities available, many decide to take advantage of tours so as to maximize the amount that they will be able to discover within a limited period of time.

There are walking tours, cycling tours, aerial tours and boat tours, just to name a few. Choices range from top-of-the-line luxury experiences to backpacker’s guide budget travels.

Quick one-day excursions will allow a brief glance into the surrounding landscape while a 2-day to 2-week adventure will provide a longer look into the life and times of the destination. Some people prefer a traditional list of sights and sounds to wind their way through while others would rather have a unique adventure and go off the beaten path.

BEST LUXURY TOUR – Emeraude Classic Cruises

In contrast to the budget tour, many travelers may choose to indulge in a higher end experience during their time in Halong Bay. If you have the time and money to really sink your teeth into a luxuriant Halong Bay experience, Emeraude Classic Cruises is right for you.

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These cruises include all of the typical Halong Bay treats like kayaking, grottos and squid fishing, but with an added elegance of classiness and style. Sit on the deck at sunset for a romantic gaze into the bay or book your destination wedding here. 

Emeraude prides itself on a top-of-the-line experience, from their superior cabins to their renowned Vietnamese spring roll cooking class. You can even combine this cruise with a Hai Au Aviation seaplane connection and go world-class all the way.

BEST OFF THE BEATEN PATH TOUR- Indochina Junk’s Dragon Legend 2D1N Cruise

cruise in Halong BayOne of the most popular tour companies is Indochina Junk tours, which offers a variety of options from one day to four day cruises involving many options for sightseeing.

The Dragon Legend 2-day cruise is a perfect choice for travelers spending a quick weekend in Halong Bay while journeying around Vietnam. The traditional junk boats are an experience in and of themselves and make for a lovely time cruising around the bay, seeing the limestone caves, kayaking through the tranquil sea, and enjoying all the comforts that are offered on board.

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This particular tour claims to go off the normal beaten track of Halong, focusing on the Bai Tu Long Bay region and highlighting more clandestine areas of Halong. In addition to the many things provided on the boat such as Vietnamese meals and Tai Chi, is a water puppet show performed by local artists in Yen Duc Village. 

While this tour does not get right into the heart of touristic Halong Bay, it does an excellent job of introducing a travelers to the traditions and culture surrounding Halong.

BEST BUSINESS TOUR – Hai Au Aviation Tour Round trip Flight, 1-Night Wyndham Legend

While Hai Au Aviation has many exciting combination packages, one of the best opportunities for business travelers is the round trip flight and hotel option. Perhaps a business professional needs to travel to Halong Bay for a conference, research or any number of entrepreneurial needs.Top hotel in Halong

While he or she may not have the option to explore the bay under optimal circumstances, the views from high in the sky and strategically placed hotel windows will still supply a peek into the beauty and serenity of Vietnam.

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Flying by seaplane from the mainland will not only efficiently cut out endless hours in a car but will allow the business traveler to see the exquisite isles from above. Combined with door-to-door transportation and a stay in the 5-star Wyndham hotel which offers gorgeous views of the bay, you will feel classy and comfortable while you prepare your presentation or relax for an early morning meeting. 

Any changes to itinerary are absolutely allowed and flexibility with agenda is easily embraced.

BEST COOKING AND CLASSES TOUR – Orchid 2-Day Cruise

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While offering many of the similar opportunities that other tours do, the Orchid 2-Day cruise is notable for its value and hands on activities. The ship will tour through many of the exciting areas typical of Halong Bay, as well as make way further out to Cat Ba Island and Ba Trai Dao beach where you can enjoy an afternoon kayaking or swimming.

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The benefit of this tour, however, is that you will also be able to engage in cultural delights such as enjoying an early morning Tai Chi session, learning how to squid fish or taking a cooking class. 

The staff is ready and willing to instruct tourists on the joys of traditional Vietnamese cooking or how best to best use fishing nets and catch that wiley marine creature from the deep sea. Orchid also offers the opportunity to upgrade your stay by choosing combined deals with accommodations such as with the Apricot Hotel, a luxury 5-star residence.

BEST SEAPLANE DAY TOUR – Hai Au Aviation Seaplane Flight & L’Azalée Day Cruise

seaplane Ha LongOne of the most spectacular ways of touring around Halong Bay is by seaplane. Hai Au Aviation has a plethora of options from quick flights over the bay to day tours to 2-day excursions, each combining a breathtaking seaplane flight with cruise, hotel or more.

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One of the most convenient and economical options is the day cruise, an ideal choice for travelers with limited time. This tour begins or ends (your choice) with a magical trip flying through the air to or from Hanoi to Halong. As Hai Au Aviation is the first and only seaplane experience in Halong, this is an opportunity not to be missed. 

Drink in the sights of Halong Bay as you soar from the mainland to the islands and get a unique bird’s eye view onto the bay below.

Once you have landed you will be treated to welcome drinks and a traditional Vietnamese-style buffet lunch before sailing around in an adorable cruise ship. While on board, you will journey past famous islands, caverns and floating villages of Halong Bay.

Whether you choose to start or finish your trip on the seaplane, you will not be disappointed in this perfectly scheduled glimpse into the heart of Halong.

BEST BUDGET DAY CRUISE – Garden Bay Halong Day Cruise

2 to 3-day cruises can certainly be found on the cheap but sometimes a nice day cruise is all you have the time for when attempting to fit in so many wonderful things in Halong Bay.

Garden Bay Cruises offers some amazing deals for the more frugal travelers and their one day cruise is a great glance into the highlights of Halong. In a Tonkin cruise vessel, you will be provided with a lovely Vietnamese lunch before heading toward Bai Tu Long and the Hon Co Area. You will get to swim, kayak and explore the Thien Canh Son Cave. In just a short twelve hours, you will walk away with a reader’s digest version of this spectacular bay.

No matter how many days you have in Vietnam, it is always worth it to make time for a quick journey around Halong Bay.

BEST DECADENT TOUR – Audley Travel Wonders and Waterways Tour

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The Emeraude classic cruise may be a marked step into the lap of luxury, but this Audrey Travel tour takes grandeur to a whole new level. For the world traveler interested in an in-depth tour of Vietnam including several days in Halong Bay, nothing could be better than this extensive and magnificent jaunt.

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 This tour is much more time-consuming and therefore much more expensive, but for those who have the availability and resources to take advantage of a lengthy excursion, take the time to investigate the tailor-made or small group tours at Audley Travel. 

Starting in Hanoi and ending in Saigon, this tour spends three days and two nights relishing in the delights of Halong. Incorporating a cruise through the limestone islets and all of the traditional sights, you will see how Halong Bay fits into the larger context of Vietnam and shines like the hidden gem that it is.

BEST 3-DAYS BUDGET TOUR – Ethnic travel tour

For those looking to find a more extensive tour at a reasonable price, Ethnic Travel is the site for you. This tour goes from Hanoi, through Bai Tu Bay, Quan Lan and Cai Rong Islands, and back to Hanoi.

You will be able to try out the typical Halong Bay activities such as kayaking, swimming and exploring the limestone caves. You will also get to experience some cycling and a hike to Dao Village, a local ethnic minority people.

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 Unlike some of the other tours, this one does not center around a cruise ship so there are many interesting things you can happen upon while journeying around the bay. Meals are still included, made up of local ingredients and representing the traditional preparation and cuisine. 

One night you will stay in a home and another in a hotel so you are able to see a much different side of the local culture than cruising on a ship will offer. Despite this being a less glamorous tour than some, you really get an amazing bang for your buck.

BEST CYCLING TOUR – Spice Roads Halong Bay Cycle and Cruise

Cycling on Ha Long BeachMany travelers go on holiday for rest and relaxation but not all. Sometimes the wanderlust driving many people forward is a desire for excitement and adventure. Rather than calmly being ferried from one landmark to the next, a true explorer would rather rush into the scenery and use their own adrenaline for fuel.

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 Spice Roads’ tour will allow you to race from Red River and galavant through Cat Ba National Park. This tour does include time on a traditional junk, striking a lovely balance between cruising and cycling so you won’t have to forgo an opportunity to enjoy the true seagoing experience of Halong Bay. 

Spice Roads offers a wide variety of cycling tours throughout Vietnam and other parts of Southeast Asia. For many people, cycling tours are a thrill unlike any other. They are a chance to be a part of the landscape as you fly down a path with the wind whipping through your hair, having much more direct access to your surroundings while still being able to move along at a steady pace.

BEST TREKKING TOUR – Active Travel Trekking Cat Ba National Park & Kayaking

Trekking Halong Bay TourIf you are still in search of adventure but cycling is not your forte, consider an Active Travel 4-day trekking tour. This tour combines one day of full on trekking, one day taking a kayak, and one day relaxing on a cruise. It is an excellent balance of stimulation and sightseeing, culminating in some of the more traditional aspects of a tour.

Intrepid travelers will rejoice in a day of trekking through the Cat Ba Jungle followed by a day kayaking in Lan Ha Bay. Finally, your fitness feat will be rewarded with an overnight junk boat right through Halong Bay proper. You may have to sing for your supper, but this tour is utterly worth it for the truly venturesome globetrotters.

BOOK YOUR TOUR TO HALONG BAY!

The almost overwhelming amount of activities, excursions, romantic experiences and astounding memories to be had in Halong Bay make it virtually impossible to pinpoint just one method of managing it all.

  • A luxuriant and relaxing cruise will brighten anyone’s quality of life.
  • A rigorous ride on a bicycle will turn anyone into an automatic daredevil.
  • A fantastic flight in a stunning seaplane will leave no one in doubt that Vietnam is an exquisite country of natural beauty.
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Depending on your time and availability, your budget, or even your sense of adventure, Halong Bay offer a wide range of tours from Indochina Junk Boats to Hai Au Aviation Packages, the options you could choose are endless.

Top 8 Travel Trends blooming in 2020 | Hai Au Aviation

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Spring of 2020 is upon us and the options for upcoming holiday time are plentiful. All around the world, travelers are beginning to make their plans for the months ahead.

Where to go? What to do? How to book? Any number of questions seep into our heads as we consider what to do with those few precious days we get to fill with relaxation or adventure.

2020 brings with it myriad opportunities to explore new regions and take advantage of new technologies. So, what are the top travel trends for 2020? Here are the eight we’ve decided to highlight for your traveling pleasure.

HERE ARE TOP 8 TRAVEL TRENDS BLOOMING IN 2020:

BUSINESS MEETS PLEASURE

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The term “bleisure” may sound like a made up work, probably because it is. This year, companies around the globe are starting to mix business with some well-needed leisure time.

Especially in countries where employees aren’t gifted months on end of vacation days, it can be a trial to find a balance between hard work and relaxation. Some companies are starting to realize that happy and productive employees require both.

Allowing workers to tack on a few extra days to their business travels gives them the opportunity to actually see the sights rather than just the inside of an office or conference room. Employees may even return with an added spring in their step rather than a battle with never ending jet lag.

ADVENTURE TIME

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There will always be room in the schedule for time spent lounging by the beach or pampering in a spa. This year, however, top jet setters are more interested in high-flying adventures.

From adrenaline-inducing sports to hop-on hop-off tours to roughing it excursions through the woods, there are all manner of adventures waiting for the intrepid traveler.

It’s not all about getting your heartbeat going, either. Choosing countries that you know nothing about or are off the beaten path can be thrilling enough when you delve into a new culture and come back with stories to last a lifetime.

BUDGET TRAVEL REIGNS SUPREME

Luxury is a time-honored tradition for those with money and resources. In contrast, there will always be those on the look out for the next great deal. Budget travel is a hot ticket this year, as travelers of all means look to simplify their journeys and make the most of their voyage.

Living like the locals is one way to experience things on the cheap. Book an Airbnb so that you can experience a real home in the area and cook food from the local market. The internet is also a massive source for deals.

Sites like Kayak, Expedia and Skyscanner make it easy to compare flights, hotels and car rentals. Not only that, but budget travel makes it possible to see more for your money and prioritize the destination over the grandeur.

GO GO GREEN

seaplane flight and halong bay cruise tourWith the world constantly changing and global warming taking effect, many travelers are trying to go more green. In fact, the United Nations declared 2020 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism. For some, this might mean traveling more locally so as to reduce their carbon footprint.

For others, this means looking into environmentally friendly accommodation or even eco-friendly tours. People may consider heading to countries like Singapore, which has taken huge initiatives in environmental health. It is all about responsible tourism and paying attention to your options.

TRAVEL AGENT TRICKS

Nowadays, information is at our fingertips. It is no longer necessary to hire a professional travel agent to guide you in your travel-making plans. Instead, teach yourself the tricks of the trade and become your own travel connoisseur.

Not only can you book everything online these days, but most sites offer abundant information, comparisons and deals to make it easier for you. In addition, sites likes Viator and Trip Advisor provide all sorts of feedback and forums for you to talk to other people who have traveled the same routes.

You can even find full-on itineraries for some of the hotter spots around the globe. Though, doing a little research may make it easier to find the budget opportunities as well as the more unique areas to conquer.

EXPERIENCE TRUMPS SOUVENIRS

seaplane flight and halong bay cruise tour travel trend2019 is not about bringing home souvenirs or trying to find the top-of-the-line materials. It’s about having amazing experiences. Budgeting, packing light and doing your research will lead you to some of the most stunning spots you could imagine.

Rather than worrying about how many objects you can fit in your bag coming home, instead focus on the brilliant things you will get to see, taste, touch, and feel. Find the perfect little pizza shop in Naples. Take a seaplane to Halong Bay and stare at the sunset.

Get lost in the streets of New York until you meet your new best friend at the cutest bar tucked into a corner of the East Village. Take some pictures of the beauty but spend most of your time living in the moment.

MISS INDEPENDENT 

travel trendSolo travel is another top trend this year, especially for women. While many people prefer to have adventures with friends and family, it is becoming more common to see the world through nothing but your own senses.

Women are a driving force in the world and their voices are only getting stronger. Taking a solo trip is further proof of their independent and courageous spirits. With apps and websites devoted to solo or female travel, it is easier than ever to jump on a plane and enrich your life.

HOT SPOTS

travel trends 2017Every year there are lists of top destinations to put on your radar. 2019 offers a wealth of locations to consider in your search for the perfect travel spot. Havana, Cuba is one of the main cities being talked about this year.

Now that Americans have gained more access to this beautiful country, tourism is sure to skyrocket. It’s a good time to check out this unique location before external influences make their mark on this relatively sheltered culture.

Cape Town, South Africa is another hot spot. From art exhibitions to wine country to the seaside, there is no end to fantastic activities. Cities in Japan from Kyoto to Osaka are top on the list as well.

Rather than just focusing on the capital Tokyo, these cities offer the same levels of culture and adventure with the added bonus of being slightly less popular.

Travelling around the globe is an amazing way to see, learn and create. 2020 will be filled with its own wonders and experiences in this ever-growing world of technology.

Take the time to figure out where you want to go, what you want to see, and how you want to create your journey. The top travel trends of 2020 are a great guideline to get you started.

Dynamic Differences Between One-Day and Overnight Halong Bay Cruises

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Halong Bay, Vietnam is filled with a variety of activities, from caving to kayaking to cruising. One of the best ways to see the sights is a cruise through the emerald seas surrounding the distinctive karsts sprinkled throughout the bay.

While there are infinite companies and deals for cruises around Halong, two of the most popular options are a day cruise or an overnight tour. There are benefits to both, depending on time and resources. Here are some of the differences between day trip and overnight Halong Bay cruises.

Overnight Halong Bay Cruise Opportunities

The most important benefit of an overnight cruise option is time. For those with a few days to play around with, overnight cruises provide a wonderful opportunity to see more of the sights and sounds around Halong Bay.

You will get more onboard services like cooking classes and tai chi lessons. You will also be able to visit more of the astonishing parts of Halong Bay and beyond. This means more time for things like sunbathing and other water sports.

And of course, a luxury night in a quality cabin. As you walk around the boat deck at sunset, you will be able to take stunning photos, have romantic moments or meet some new and interesting fellow travelers.

Seaplane & Overnight L’Azalee Deluxe Cruise

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Hai Au Aviation offers two cruise options which are great examples of overnight service. Both include a seaplane experience of some sort. With one option, The Best way form hanoi to halong bay that you get to fly over the beautiful bay for a 25-minute seaplane scenic flight. The other option includes a seaplane transfer from Halong Bay back to Hanoi as part of the tour. Either way, you get to have a magnificent trip through the sky and see the charms of the bay from above.

Cruising Day One

In terms of the cruise aspect of the package, the L’Azalee combination allows you two days worth of time to explore. The first day begins with lunch onboard the vessel “Spirit of the Bay”. You will then cruise through the waters of Halong Bay to Cat Ba Island. You will visit a local Pearl Farm in the Lom Bo Canal area and have time for kayaking or swimming before anchoring for the evening. A night of dinner, games and squid fishing awaits.

Cruising Day Two

After a tranquil night sleeping soundly out at sea, you will wake up to a stunning sunrise glimmering off the surf. Day two begins with tai chi instruction before breakfast, followed by a tour through the Sung Sot Cave. Here, you will have even more time to adventure through the cave and spend some additional time kayaking. It’s an amazing way to get a taste of Halong Bay without feeling like you are rushed. You will be able to see parts of the bay only accessible by boat but still have time to relax in the spectacular scenery.

There are also many good overnight tours in Halong options so that you could easily pick up the most suitable one for your trips.

2D1N Flight & Emeraude Cruise

overnight halong bay cruisesAnother great overnight example is the seaplane flight combined with Emeraude Cruise. With this package, you once again have the choice of transfer or scenic tour with Hai Au Aviation’s seaplane service. However, there is a few difference to consider when choosing which itinerary will best suit your needs.

Cruising Day One

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Once you have landed in Halong Bay, an Hai Au buggy will pick you up and bring you to the Emeraude café to check in to your cruise. After your departure, you will have a Vietnamese buffet lunch on board the ship. In the afternoon, you will be treated to a guided tour on Sung Sot Grotto and go to Ti Top Island for some swimming or hiking.

Emeraude is known for their Vietnamese spring roll cooking class in the evening, followed by dinner, and a choice of evening activities such as squid fishing or viewing the film “Indochine.”

Cruising Day Two

overnight halong bay cruisesOn day two you will also have the option to wake up bright and early for a tai chi session and a nice sunshiny continental breakfast on the deck. You will then have the opportunity to either visit the Pearl Farm or suit up for some adventurous kayaking. After a lovely brunch on board, you will cruise back to Halong Bay and make your way back to Hanoi.

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One Day Whirlwinds

For those travelers with limited time in Vietnam, a one-day cruise poses its own unique advantages. You will still get a sampling of the sights and sounds but on a much swifter schedule. The downside of a one-day cruise is that you won’t be able to delve into the local culture as completely.

You also won’t be able to drink in the beauty as the sun rises and falls on the horizon. The benefit, however, is that you will still get a chance to see what Halong Bay is like out on the sea and have plenty of time for fun and photo opps. If you are on a strict time restraint than a one-day cruise is an optimal way to fit Halong Bay into your itinerary.

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Seaplane & One Day L’Azalee Deluxe Cruise

Once again, Hai Au Aviation offers a combo deal with seaplane service and L’Azalee deluxe cruise. You will still have the option to choose between a 25-minute scenic flight or a seaplane transfer back to Hanoi. In this case, a seaplane is even more beneficial because it cuts transfer time to and from Hanoi down by less than half. Instead of spending 4-hours each way by car or shuttle bus, a seaplane will get you back to your hotel speedily and safely.

Day Cruise Deluxe

After embarking on your terrific tour, you will get to have lunch while the anchor is dropped around Tung Lam Island Bay. You will be able to see many notable landmarks such as Thumb Island, Cock Fighting Island, Incense Island, Ba Hang Floating village and Dog Island as you glide through the sparkling sea.

Finally, you will get the opportunity to visit Thien Cung Cave before heading back to port. While you won’t get to engage in water sports and activities with this option, you will get to see a wide variety of local spots. It’s a picture perfect glance into the life and soul of Halong Bay: some time at sea, an adventure in a cave, and some local cuisine.

Final Comparison

For those with time to spare, an overnight Halong Bay cruise offers one of the most exciting ways to get out there onto the sea and truly experience Halong Bay from within. Combined with a seaplane flight, you will see the best of Halong Bay both from above and below. However, anyone visiting this area of Vietnam is advised to spend at least a day in Halong Bay.

For those who have limited time, the day tour is an ideal antidote. You will get to see some hot spots of the area and walk away with the beauty of the bay in your thoughts. Whichever option you choose, a cruise through Halong Bay (hopefully accompanied by a seaplane experience) is one of the best ways to truly enjoy this area of Vietnam.

Top Ten Places To Visit In Vietnam

Vietnam is one of the most magnificent areas of Southeast Asia. It is home to amazing cities and countryside filled with culture, history and stunning sights. It is a country jam-packed with seasides, mountain ranges, and national parks.

For tourists planning to explore this exquisite country, there is no end to the options available to explore. Having built upon centuries of history, Vietnam is a fascinating mix of ancient and contemporary ideas. From world heritage sites to the top cities, this country has something for everyone.

HERE ARE THE TOP TEN PLACES TO VISIT IN VIETNAM:

Halong Bay

Halong Bay Viet Nam
Halong Bay, Vietnam

One of the most well-known Unesco World Heritage Sites in the world, Halong Bay is a must-see when visiting Vietnam. With emerald seas and captivating karsts, it is an amazing place to explore true natural beauty. Take a cruise through the floating villages and caves or fly high through the clouds in a spectacular seaplane. Spend a day swimming or kayaking then lounge on one of the hidden beaches out at sea. It is a top spot to visit in Vietnam and easily accessible from Hanoi.

Moreover, there are more than 10 adventurous experiences waiting for you in this bay.

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh may not be the capital city but it’s certainly one of the most captivating. It is considered the commercial hub of Vietnam and has tons of shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. Motorbikes flood the streets and intriguing architecture reigns supreme. The mix of culture and history makes this city a necessary stop for anyone wanting to experience various activities.

Hanoi

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Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and certainly, lives up to its name as a hallmark of Vietnamese culture. The city can feel crazy with natives and tourists constantly roaming the streets. However, this is where to go if you want to jump into the local scenery. You will be able to see all manner of attractions from the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to the Grand Opera House to the Presidential Palace. It’s also a great way home base for day trips to the country or seaplanes to Halong Bay.

Hue

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The amazing Hue

Hue is one of Vietnam’s most historic cities, sitting on the banks of the Perfume River. It harkens back to the reign of the 19th-century Nguyen Emperor and boasts a plethora of relics to prove it. There is a wonderful amount of palaces, pagodas, and temples to explore. It is also known for a variety of interesting local cuisines such as the Bun Bo Hue (beef noodle soup) and one of many different types of rice cakes.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

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For those who loved the karsts and caves of Halong Bay, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is another great place to explore. It is also a Unesco World Heritage site, located in the Quảng Bình Province on the North Central Coast of Vietnam. Stalagmites and stalactites abound in the sprawling caverns. The world’s largest cave, Son Doong, reaches up to 200m in height. The caverns and grottos are ideal for seeing some of the most distinctive and beautiful aspects of nature.

My Son

My Son is an important archeological site dating back as far as the 4th century. It was a center of Hindu worship and is home to approximately 20 temple structures for religious worship dedicated mainly to the Hindu god, Shiva. The temples were created by the kings of Champa from the 4th to the 14th century AD. It is the third Unesco World Heritage on the list and no wonder based on its unique structure and fascinating history. You could easily stare at the enchanting architecture for hours.

Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An Vietnam the best placeAnother historic and architecturally stunning city is Hoi An. It’s notable Old Town is famous for its cultural ambiance. Wander the winding streets and you will find charming lanterns, flowers, and dainty decoration. You can visit the old merchant houses and get a real sense of the ancient culture still so prominent in this beautiful little haven. The Japanese covered bridge is one of Hoi An’s most delightful discoveries. Outside the city, you can find rice paddies and floating villages to see even more of local life.

Sapa Countryside

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Sapa was a French hill station in 1922 and is now a center of ever-growing tourism. While the city itself is a simple market town, the countryside surrounding is the true hot spot. The gorgeous views and valleys are the perfect place for trekking and traversing the Vietnamese terrain. Local hill-tribes including the country, ethnic minorities including the Hmong, Giay, and Red Dzao make this a truly diverse place to visit.

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc island

If you’re looking for stunning beaches surrounded by crystal clear blue seas, Phu Quoc Island is the place to be. Located off the coast of Cambodia but part of and only accessible by Vietnam, this idyllic island boasts nature, resorts, bars and a generally romantic atmosphere. You can visit parks, Buddhist pagodas, and traditional villages. It is another one of the Unesco World Heritage sites so prevalent to Vietnam. Among all of the hot spots on the list, this is an amazing place to kick back and enjoy the scenery.

Mekong Delta

Sometimes called “Vietnam’s Rice Basket,” the Mekong Delta is a lush cornucopia of local life. You will find rice paddies, floating markets, bird sanctuaries and all sorts of local life and nature to feast your eyes upon. Start in Can Tho and take a boat ride through the labyrinth of waterways and get lost in the natural beauty. This area is a vast grove of natural beauty and vegetation.

There are so many dazzling things to see in Vietnam. Undoubtedly, it can be difficult to decide on which places you will visit. Depending on how long you have to work your way through the vibrant cities and exquisite countryside, you might want to start with some of the top highlights. Anything you choose will yield memorable results, from taking seaplanes to Halong Bay, trek through the Sapa Countryside or boats along the Mekong Delta.

Seaplane Service in Asia

Seaplanes are becoming more and more popular throughout Asia. In countries often surrounded by water on at least one side, amphibious aircrafts are a no-brainer for everything ranging from emergency situations to tourism. The idea of creating vessels that could both float and fly is something that goes back as far as the late 1800s. Pioneers such as Alphonse Pénaud of France and Wilhelm Kress of Austria first created patents and seaplanes at the beginning of the aerial revolution. While their use became more popular during war times, they have since waned in popularity due to expense and practicability. That has, however, not stopped seaplanes from becoming an amazing way to experience the world from above. Asian countries from China to India to Vietnam have latched onto this beautiful way of traveling through the Asian landscape by lots of well-known seaplane services.

Aside from finding investors for seaplane purchase and maintenance, there are many factors to consider when attempting to open up a seaplane company. First of all, the weather has a huge impact on both seaplane function and landing capabilities. Areas that are prone to in climate weather have to be careful where to set up shop. It is also much as important to have appropriately trained pilots and staff. However, when done correctly it can lead to a huge boost in tourism and financial gain. As the following countries are figuring out, seaplane service can be a wonderful way to show off the treasure trove of touristic sites available in Asia.

HEAR ARE TOP 10 MOST WELL-KNOWN SEAPLANE SERVICE IN ASIA 2017:

Setouchi Seaplanes: Japan

https://setouchi-seaplanes.com/en/

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Top 10 most well-known seaplane service in Asia 2017

Setouchi Seaplanes opened very recently, in August 2016. They are the first seaplane company operating in Japan in over fifty years. Their main type of plane is the Kodiak 100 amphibious aircraft, which is a small 10-seat plane including the pilot. They offer scheduled sightseeing flights from the Bella Vista Marina in Onomichi Floating Port, as well as chartered flight options. Their average rates include 40-minute flights at $295 for weekdays and $340 for weekends. Onomichi is a city in the Hiroshima Prefecture area of Japan right on the coast of the Inland Sea.

Aviation Industry Corporation of China: China

http://www.avic.com/en/

South China has been in the news recently for unveiling what is supposed to be “the world’s largest seaplane” to date. The AVIC AG600 Water Dragon can carry up to 50 passengers and has a  maximum range of 4,500 km. While it does not have the largest wingspan in history (that honors go to the Spruce Goose which made only one flight in the 1940s), it is certainly larger than any other seaplane currently on the market. Rates and schedules are not yet available and will depend on companies that purchase them. The Aviation Industry Corporation of China is a state-owned company focusing on all areas of aviation from research to defense, flight testing to construction.

Hai Au Aviation: Vietnam

https://www.seaplanes.vn/en/

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Top 10 most well-known seaplane service in Asia 2017 – Hai Au Aviation

Hai Au Aviation is the single premier seaplane company in Vietnam. They utilize  Cessna Grand Caravan 208B – EX, a 12-seat seaplane, for their fleet. Hai Au Aviation offers a wide variety of seaplane options in and around Halong Bay, Vietnam. They have daily scheduled flights from Hanoi to Halong Bay, as well as short sightseeing excursions. They also have several package deals, combining seaplane service with cruises or hotel options in Halong Bay, in addition to a variety of charter services. Hai Au Aviation ranks as one of the best values for a sea place experience, offering 45-minute transfers for as low as $175. If you add a 15-minute scenic tour the price goes up to only $270 in summer and $385 in winter. Hai Au Aviation was created in 2011 and is part of the Thien Minh Group.

MEHAIR: India

http://www.mehair.in/index.html

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Top 10 most well-known seaplane service in Asia 2017

Maritime Energy Heli Air Services Pvt. Ltd. (MEHAIR) launched its seaplane service in India in 2011. It operates out of Andaman & Nicobar islands and intends to launch similar operations in Maharashtra ex-Juhu Airport, Mumbai, and Goa. MEHAIR uses two seaplane designs as part of their fleet: the Cessna 206 and Cessna 208 Amphibian aircraft. The Cessna 208 has a maximum capacity of 9 passengers while the Cessna 206 is a much smaller model with a maximum capacity of 4 passengers. Destinations outside of Andaman & Nicobar islands include Girgaum-Chowpatty, Gangapur Dam and Aamby Valley amongst others. Both scheduled and nonscheduled tours are available. Flight prices vary and are available upon request.

Seabird Seaplane: India

http://seabird.in

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Top 10 most well-known seaplane service in Asia 2017

Seabird Seaplane began in November 2012 and is based in Kochi, India. The company owns two Quest Kodiak 100 amphibious aircrafts which can hold a maximum of 8 passengers each. Seabird Seaplane likes to combine the functionality of seaplane transportation with a leisurely trip through the skies of India. In addition to transport to and from Kochi, destinations include Bangalore, Kavaratti Island, and Minicoy as well as many others. You must use the contact form on their website to inquire about rates and fees.

Air Juan: Philippines

http://www.airjuan.com

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Top 10 most well-known seaplane service in Asia 2017

Air Juan is a Filipino company started in 2012. Their corporate office is located in Bonifacio Global City but they also operate out of Manila, Palawan and Cebu. They have been growing quickly for the past few years and utilize several different aircraft. Their seaplane model is the Cessna Grand Caravan EX Amphibian, which has a 10-passenger capacity including pilot. You can book all manner of flights and destinations around the Philippines, from Puerto Princesa to Cuyo Island to Busuanga. Rates vary from place to place, but daily flights are available from Manila Bay to Boracay Island averaging approximately $245.

Seaplane Adventures: Philippines

http://www.seaplaneadventure.com

Adventure Seaplane in Philipines
Top 10 most well-known seaplane service in Asia 2017

Another seaplane company in the Philippines is Seaplane Adventures. Seaplane Adventures boasts its status as the first commercial seaplane service in the Philippines. The company operates out of Manila and uses 10-seater Amphibious Cessna 208 Caravans. Their services included regularly scheduled flights, charter options, aerial photography excursions and scenic tours. Furthermore, they even assist with medical evacuation and humanitarian relief. Various destinations include Boracay, Zambales, and Coron. Rates and schedules available upon request.

Bali Seaplanes: Bali

http://bali-seaplane.com

Bali is another hot destination for seaplane use. The company Bali Seaplanes was founded only recently in 2016. They started with just one Cessna Caravan 208 and have grown quickly. Bali Seaplanes offer tours, scenic flights and charter options. The Menjangan and the Gili Islands are just a few of the spots they tour too. Scenic flights are approximate $270 and tours average $580.

Blue Water Seaplanes: Bali

http://www.bluewater-seaplanes.com

 well-known seaplane service in Asia 2017
Top 10 most well-known seaplane service in Asia 2017

Blue Water Seaplanes also caters to the Bali and Lombok regions with similar services to Bali Seaplanes. They too offer seaplane services by way of the Cessna Caravan 208 and have a range of options from regularly scheduled flights to chartered flights to scenic tours. Their routes generally travel between Bali and the Gili Islands and cut travel time to less than half compared to traditional speed boats. However, you must contact Blue Water seaplanes for rates and schedules.

Cinnamon Air: Sri Lanka

http://www.cinnamonair.com/destinations.html

Cinnamon Air flies out of Sri Lanka and is managed by Saffron Aviation (Pvt) Ltd. Cinnamon Air’s main hub is Bandaranaike International Airport (Colombo International Airport). Their fleet includes Cessna 208 Amphibian Caravans and the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan aircrafts, both seating approximately 8 passengers respectively. Cinnamon Air offers a range of destinations and experiences. You can choose between scheduled routes or luxury charter services, in addition to various trekking, water sport or safari excursions. Destinations range from Kandy to Dickwella, Colombo City to Castlereagh. A 20-minute scenic tour will cost you around $125.

In conclusion, any trip through Asia will involve extensive transportation. Since the seaplane industry continues to soar, it is worthwhile considering a seaplane as part of your transfer or tour options. It will eliminate unnecessary time spent on slow transportation options while allowing you a bird’s eye view of the beautiful landscape below. As a result, many Asian countries are jumping on the bandwagon to offer this unique experience. It maybe worth it to jump on a seaplane and take advantage of such a rare opportunity.

What are seaplanes used for? | Hai Au Aviation

In the growing age of technology, there seem to be more and more methods of transportation every day. From bicycles to cars to rockets, advances in transportation are some of the main reasons we can explore, defend and communicate. We often overlook seaplanes as a method of transport. Over the course of history, seaplanes have been invented, developed, waxed and waned in popularity, and put to a great many different uses. While they may fly somewhat under the radar of public knowledge, they use seaplanes for a variety of interesting and even important tasks.

AIR TAXI FLIGHT

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What does seaplane use for?

One of the most common uses for seaplanes these days is air taxi service. Seaplanes are a unique and efficient way of getting from one place to another. The planes are able to fly low and fast. More significantly, since they can take off and land on water, seaplanes have more flexibility when traveling from the mainland to island sites. Many companies around Asia offer seaplane transfers from airports to prime tourist spots. For example, when traveling from Hanoi to Halong Bay, Vietnam, taking Hai Au Aviation seaplane is not only an exciting way to travel, but it cuts the travel time down by more than half. Ultimately, you will be able to spend much more of your trip enjoying the sites.

SCENIC TOURS

What does seaplanes use for?
What does seaplane use for?

In addition to taxi services, many seaplane companies offer scenic tours. Rather than using a seaplane simply for transportation, taking a scenic tour allows you a bird’s eye view of the surrounding area. You can glide over the terrain and see stunning panoramas from above. The size and capacity of a seaplane make it possible to soar within range of some of the most spectacular sites in an area. You can take amazing photos and film clips as you fly through the clouds.

TRAVEL TO REMOTE AREAS

Many typical transportation options are incapable of maneuvering secluded or remote areas. Train and cars don’t have access and regular planes cannot land without a substantial runway. Seaplanes can touch down on land or at sea so they have the advantage of being able to fly into much more compact zones. Not only that, but they can approach islands with rocky reefs or small land areas by way of the sea. This means that tourists can experience more exotic locations. Moreover, explorers, law enforcers or even rescuers can access hard-to-reach areas.

SEARCH AND RESCUE AT SEA

When tragedies happen at sea, it is imperative that search and rescue teams get to the location as quickly as possible. They must also be able to get as close as they can to the site of the disaster. Search and rescue teams utilize vehicles from helicopters to submarines, and of course seaplanes. Seaplanes have a marked advantage because they can move faster than boats and will be able to get closer to the accident. They will also be able to quickly disembark with any survivors in need of medical treatment. Air-sea rescue is an important job for seaplanes both in terms of the military as well as civilian mishaps.

COASTAL SURVEILLANCE

Because seaplanes can fly low and have access to both land and sea, they are perfectly suitable for coastal surveillance. They are able to combine land and sea tasks usually carried out by two different vessels. They can observe coastal activity such as border control, investigations or weather anomalies. While countries like the United States do not currently utilize seaplanes in their coast guard, other countries such as India and Japan have considered amphibious aircraft in their coastal surveillance.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

What does seaplanes use for?
What does seaplane use for?

China recently purchased what is said to be the largest amphibious aircraft currently in operation. The seaplane will potentially be used for all manner of purposes from maritime search and rescue to law enforcement. This particular seaplane, the AG-600,  has a much larger capacity than other models and will continue to be tested for its capabilities. However, law enforcement is an important aspect for countries with large coastal borders. It is yet another way of efficiently tracking and enforcing criminal activities.

FISHERY PATROL AND ANTI-POACHING

Any coastal area will, of course, be home to a wide range of marine wildlife. There are restrictions in place for all of these areas, based on a country’s rules and regulations. Fishing is something that must be monitored and regulated for business, trade, as well as marine life health and safety. Seaplanes are an important way of keeping watch on the fishing industry. They are also able to observe and track poaching offenders who wish to capitalize off of fish that is not theirs or that may, in fact, be illegal to catch at all. Once again, seaplanes have the ability to fly low and enter fishing areas with ease so that things can be properly monitored.

FOREST FIRE FIGHTING

One of the most important uses for seaplanes is fire fighting in forests. Forest fires are hugely dangerous because they catch fast and move quickly. Depending on the conditions of the vegetation and how close the fire is to surrounding inhabited areas, forest fires can easily get out of control. They require immense amounts of water to overcome and ultimately extinguish. Many national parks like the U.S. National Parks System keep seaplanes for this and many other reasons. Seaplanes can fly at low speeds and handle high gust-loading environments which allow them to carry water and help put out forest fires.

BIOLOGICAL STUDIES

Finally, seaplanes are critical in continuing marine biological research. Agencies such as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) use seaplanes to track wildlife and research marine animals like sea turtles. Seaplanes are also one of the few forms of transport having an allowance on the Great Barrier Reef. The reason is that they won’t ruin or disturb sediments or marine life. They make up an integral part of marine biological exploration.

Over the years, seaplanes have come in and out of favor due to the fact that they can be expensive and inconvenient when dealing with large passenger capacities or work within treacherous weather conditions. However, seaplanes have fallen into important the niches of tourism, research and safety missions. While they are not the mainstream in terms of transport, they provide a unique and vital mode of transportation for various regions.

Inside a Cessna Grand Caravan 208B – EX

You can enjoy your flight in a secure environment. Furthermore, behind each seat is a leather pouch that houses safety pamphlets and emergency procedures. Your pilot will talk you through the emergency process before take-off, including where emergency equipment is. Let’s take a look inside Cessna Grand Caravan 208B – EX!

A CLOSER LOOK INSIDE A CESSNA GRAND CARAVAN 208B – EX

PILOT PROCEDURE 2

Cessna Grand Caravan Seaplane Halong Hai Au Aviation  If you look ahead, you will see the two pilots sitting in their own leather seats. In front of them are steering wheels and a large control panel below the massive front windows. Each Cessna Grand Caravan is equipped with ‘glass cockpit’ avionics, weather radar, storm tracker system and Garmin GPS. All crew members are experienced and fully trained in all flight and safety regulations. This not only ensures your safety but makes for an enjoyable and memorable seaplane experience.

MODERN SPEAKER SYSTEM

All procedures and comments are relayed through the built-in speaker system. The seaplane is cozy and compact so you can easily hear those around you. However, the speaker system guarantees that you will hear any information that the pilot gives, from safety procedures to tourism advice, loud and clear.

LAVISH LEGROOM

The seaplane seats allow optimal relaxation and legroom. You will have plenty of space to stretch out and enjoy the scenery to the fullest. It won’t be a problem maneuvering the cabin if you have small bags or cameras. You can lean back and take a rest or brace yourself for an exciting flight filled with amazing views.

WIDE WORLD OF WINDOWS

Cessna Grand Caravan Seaplane Halong Hai Au AviationEach row has a window on either side of the plane. The windows are one of the most important features of the plane because they allow for breathtaking sites from above. Each window is large rectangular so that you can easily see the beautiful panorama outside. Whether on an airport transfer or a scenic tour, you can feel free to take photos and videos to document your wonderful journey through the sky.

LIGHT AT NIGHT

If you are taking an evening flight or it is a cloudy day, there is always a reading light available to use. For those more interested in comfortably getting to their destination, the reading light will ensure that you can rest or relax with reading materials or technological devices. After peering through the window for a glimpse of the beauty below or witnessing the stunning sunset on the horizon, you will never find yourself flying in the dark.

Cessna Grand Caravan Seaplane Halong Hai Au Aviation

If you want to know more about unique features of seaplane, visit here.

Companies can easily customize their seaplanes for the benefit of their passengers. Hai Au Aviation makes sure to provide a luxurious and relaxing environment for each of its guests so that you are sure to have a wonderful trip. The interior of the Cessna Grand Caravan 208 fits right in with the high-end enjoyment guaranteed to all seaplane travelers.

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Halong Bay Cruise Review: 2D1N L’Azalee Cruise and Seaplane flight

This March, my friends and I decided to register for a tour in Halong Bay and of course, wanted to see the real stunning view in “Kong: Skull Island”.

ABOUT HALONG BAY

Halong Bay is a UNESCO world heritage site, The bay has emerald green water and over 2000 limestone islands dotting the landscape. The best way to experience the bay is by boat with many types of tour on the bay available, we chose a-2-day trip with Hai Au Aviation and L’Azalée Cruise

Price: US$ 459 for 2 days (INCLUDING Tax. entrance fees and tourist tickets)

You might think the price is a little bit higher compared to other tours, however, since the package included a scenic flight from Hanoi to Halong Bay, it’s still worth the hype.

Halong Bay Cruise Review: 

PREPARE FOR YOUR TRIP

– Booking:

+ I booked the tour on this website

Booking through hotline is recommended because I found this web is a little bit hard to understand.

+ Summer is the most suitable period for travellers to enjoy the stunning view of Halong Bay from above.

– Get ready:

+ For this 2D1N tour, you only need the basic clothing option such as T-shirt, comfortable walking shoes, cardigan and sunglasses.

+ Games: Uno, poker or your favourite board games. During the trip, you can’t access to wifi/3G to check what’s happening in the virtual world. So make sure to create the most quality time with your loved ones.

+ Camera: you don’t wanna miss any marvellous moments of Halong Bay

Brief Itinerary
Means of transport: + Hanoi – Halong: Seaplane: from Noi Bai International Airport (45 mins) to Tuan Chau Marina.

+ Halong – Hanoi: Shuttle bus (4 hours)

Accommodation: + L’Azalée Cruise, a 2-person room
Destinations & Activities:
  • Scheduled flight with Hai Au Aviation
  • Kayaking
  • Squid fishing
  • Sung Sot Cave
  • Pearl Farm
  • Titov Island

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Hanoi – Halong, Sung Sot Cave, Pearl Farm

By 8:30 am, company’s bus picked us at 17 Ly Dao Thanh Street to Noi Bai International Airport.

It’s really quick to get everything done, no need to queue for check-in.

hai-au-aviationFortunately, the weather was so fine that day, the sun was shining which gave us a stunning view of Halong Bay from above.

What I like about the journey is direct interaction with fantastic captain and co-pilot on board, they even took selfies with us…LOL

seaplane filght with hai au aviationDuring 45 mins of the flight, you can use cell phones with GPRS to post status, picture or even live on Facebook or Instagram to check-in (Don’t forget to tag Hai Au Aviation).

You may find it’s a little bit shaky and noisy when flying with seaplane, however, it was still an amazing experience with spectacular scenery from the plane and very safe/ new aircraft.

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Hanoi suburb area, view from seaplane.

10:30: WELCOME TO HALONG BAY!!!

After 30 mins waiting, we were amazed by the breath-taking beauty of thousands of limestone karsts jutting up from the jade green waters of Halong.

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Picture took from seaplane
Halong Bay from above
Halong Bay is right here

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Stunning view of Halong Bay in “Kong: Skull Island” was right underneath. Make sure you capture all the best moments so you can come back home with a treasure chest full of amazing memories.

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After a 15-minute scenic flight, we were amazed by the thrill of water landing at Tuan Chau Marina. Love it!

While waiting to check-in, we took advantage of the beautiful background at the port to take some pics.

Halong-Lazalee-Cruise-seaplaneWELCOME ON BOARD!

My first impression of L’Azalée Deluxe was the tone of colours on the boat: orange & turquoise.

travel trendsWhile other cruises prefer: light brown and white with classic style, I believe L’Azalee is chic, elegant and suitable for those who are young-at-heart.

Our room was surprisingly spacious with great natural light and offered every amenity we needed to make our stay comfortable.

Lazalee-Cruise

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After experiencing our first lunch – a feast of mango salad, hot and sour seafood soup, sautéed squid,  and, my personal favourite, Vietnamese rice with spring rolls – we were hooked. I couldn’t wait for the next meal. After an hour cruising, we were floating in the middle of the bay so that we cannot access to 3G or wifi. So, get ready to enjoy the real world and the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Lazalee-Cruise-Food

 

seaplane filght with hai au aviation and cruiseHelpful staff made us feel really comfortable with professional service and delicious food. We decided to wander around rather than stay in the cabin. And guess what? We found L’Azalée’s upper sun deck was amazing, giving us a chance to get up close to the beautiful rock formation, you can have a cup of tea/coffee (for free), chit chat with friends while cruising through the calming area.

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I saw this beautiful boat from Emeraude cruise. If you are into something classic and sophisticated, this would be a perfect option for you.

After a while, we went back to our cabins to have a cat nap before going to explore Surprise Cave.

Around 3 pm, we transferred to a small tender to enter SUNG SOT Cave. It took us about 60 mins to explore every single detail. I can’t help myself but take hundreds of photos because of the magnificent nature.

Halong Bay Cave
Don’t miss out Sung Sot Cave because this is an ideal place to capture the best moment of your trip

Halong bay cruise seaplane flight tour

Back to the boat, we headed to Pearl Farm to find out how pearls were made and used in Ha Long.

Make sure to come with wife and kids. Educational and enlightening for the family. Very wide range of pearls and pearl art for all budgets. Friendly staff and open to bargaining too!! Well worth a visit.

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The implanting of the pearl inside the oyster

It’s time for kayaking!

CAUTION:

  • ALWAYS wear a lifejacket!
  • Do not bring electronic devices, or else, you might take risks breaking them.

Lazalee-cruise-Halong-BayMost of us newcomers embarked on a one-hour kayak adventure to explore the calming sea surrounds Pearl Farm. We paddled around, enjoyed the craggy karsts up close in near solitude and the fresh air in Halong Bay.

Then, we came back to our cruise, took a short break and ready for an added bonus – the “Wrap & Roll” lesson held before dinner where the chef taught us how to make Vietnamese rolls.

Food-class-Lazalee-cruiseAfter that, dinner was served.

Dinner-Lazalee-CruiseWe decided to review hundreds of pictures that we took during the day on top deck, had a small talk and enjoyed the peaceful nightlife of Halong Bay.

Do not miss out squid fishing at 9 o’clock with the lovely tourist guide, who taught us how to bait and catch squid in the old-fashioned way. Unfortunately, we can’t take any photos because it was too dark.

The last activity of the day was playing Uno and the “Truth or Dare”. Make sure you have an abundant of punishments for losers to make them look miserable LOL. None of us touched our phones, and we still had so much fun that night

Day 2: Titop Island & back to Hanoi

We were so lazy in the morning, opting to sleep in rather than join the tai chi sensei on the deck for a morning stretch.

Once again, I had to give a compliment for L’Azalée’s delicious meals. I’m in love with the chef’s salad.

Lazalee-Cruise-dinnerAfter breakfast, we made our way to Ti Top Island – another tourist attraction of Halong where we enjoyed the overview of Halong from the top of Titov mountain.

There is a sandy beach but the weather was a bit chilly and grim so only western tourists swam and we enjoyed hiking and climbing mountain.

Then, we came back to the boat and started packing our bags and getting ready before returning to Halong City.

We saw a lovely “Happy tip for the staff. Thank you very much” box in the dining room.

We were so impressed by this delightful staff and the hospitality they showed us on board.  It was a little sad to have to say goodbye.

halong bay cruise reviewAll too soon it was time for the L’Azalée Deluxe to return us back to Halong City for our transfer to Hanoi.

Our lovely tourguide in pink

We had an air-conditioned coach pick us up at L’Azalée Lounge and transferred back to Hanoi. I was impressed by the décor, comfortable seat and other notable amenities. I would edit and post my entire adventure on facebook right the way.

During the long drive, we had a small break at a Vietnamese Handicraft village. I’m sure that you will be amazed by a wide range of handmade work of art for all budgets here.

About 4 pm, we arrived at the Old Quarter, ended tour.

OVERALL REVIEW

As with anywhere, so much our impressions of a place are based on our overall experience with the people, the activities and the food. We found the L’Azalée staff to be extremely enthusiastic, professional and accommodating from start to finish.

Costs of cruises vary significantly between junk boats and accommodate a wide array of budgets from a mere US$60 per night to US$600 or more. A 2D1N Halong Bay cruise aboard the L’Azalée Deluxe costs US$102 per person.

Hai-Au-Aviation-seaplane-to-HalongI’ve just checked, they are having SUMMER PROMOTION PACKAGE, only US$ 350 including seaplane flight and a 2-day-1-night cruise.

Finally, all I can say about this tour is “worth every single penny”, if you want to see Halong in different angles, then this is the right choice for you.

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How to choose the best Halong Bay Cruise | The 2020 Guide

best halong bay cruise

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Halong Bay, Vietnam, is a cruise through the surrounding emerald seas. There is an endless amount of options available for all manner of traveler. These cruises range from one-day to multiple-day options and allow the intrepid traveler to experience the full spectrum of Halong Bay delights in a short period of time.

Because there are so many cruise options available, however, it can seem daunting to choose the best one to fit your own personal needs.

Whether you are swinging through Halong Bay for a quick weekend or this part of Vietnam is your primary vacation spot, you will want to take some time to choose a cruise that fits all of your requirements. Here are the optimal steps to choosing the best Halong Bay cruise for you.

HOW LONG WILL YOU BE STAYING? 

The first step to choosing any Halong Bay cruise is to decide how long you are planning to stay in the area and therefore how long you want your cruise to be. One-day cruises will give you a glimpse into the local life of Halong.

You will normally cruise around the bay, see a limestone cave or two, and possibly have a little time for swimming or kayaking. A two or three-day cruise will give you a much closer look into all that Halong Bay has to offer. You will be able to taste more of the food and engage in more activities such as nighttime squid fishing or early morning tai chi.

If you have plans to stay in the area for a weekend or longer than a multiple day cruises is best. If you already have plans to stay in a hotel or can’t manage more than a day trip from Hanoi, a one-day tour is perfect.

YOUR BUDGET 

Finances always take their toll on any great adventure. When choosing a cruise through Halong Bay, you can easily narrow down your choices by deciding on a specific budget. Cruises range from less than $100 to well over hundreds more. Once you have decided how long you want your cruise to be, you can pick a specific price range.

There are many amazing cruises available for between $100-$150, which will let you see the beautiful sights and sounds of the bay and include some great food and activities. Most ships are decked out in opulent looking fabrics no matter what the cost.

It is usually best not to go for the absolute cheapest option out there. You get what you pay for. Spending just a little bit more will usually result in a slightly more efficient and comfortable cruise.

WHERE YOU WANT TO VISIT?

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Choose the best Halong Bay Cruise to travel hanoi to halong bay

Halong Bay is a small corner of Vietnam, tucked into Southeast Asia. You can easily see many of the hot spots within a day or two of touring around. However, different cruises cater to different spots. There are dozens of limestone caves to explore and several floating villages to observe.

Not only that, but certain cruises are known to venture “off the beaten path”, cruising past Halong Bay proper and focusing more on areas surrounding Bai Tu Long Bay. It is a good idea to sit down and consider which spots are most appealing to you.

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Choose the best Halong Bay Cruise

Would you prefer to see the Dau Go Cave, Sung Sot Cave, or Thien Cung Cave? Does Cua Van or Vong Vieng floating village sound most appealing? The length of your tour may have some impact on your choices but it is always best to choose an itinerary that will stop at the spots that seem most exciting to you.

CRUISE REPUTATION & SAFETY

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Choose the best Halong Bay Cruise

Another great way to narrow down your search is by researching a cruise’s reputation and safety standards. Any reputable cruise line will have to adhere to specific safety protocol. However, there are so many cruise lines advertised online, you don’t want to choose one without making absolutely sure that it is a secure and well-known company.

For example, modern cruise lines do not utilize wooden boats. This is a big red flag to pay attention to when sifting through options. Going cheap does not mean that you are choosing a bad cruise line, but you want to make sure to pay attention to ratings and customer reviews. It is usually best not to deal with a company that has little or no information to report.

Choose the best Halong Bay Cruise
Choose the best Halong Bay Cruise

Hai Au Aviation works with L’Azalée and Emeraude to name a few. Other well-known companies include Signature, Indochina Sails, and Orchid cruise to name a few. There are so many great options, just make sure you do your homework before booking.

WHO ARE YOU TRAVELING WITH?

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Choose the best Halong Bay Cruise

The people you choose to travel with will always impact how you want to travel. Perhaps you are flying solo across the globe, looking for intimate romance with a partner, or carting a caravan of kids around.

Halong Bay advertises cruises for each of these scenarios. Certain lines make it clear that families are their top priority, boasting rooms that will accommodate larger groups. Other companies concentrate on creating a romantic atmosphere for newlyweds and lovebirds.

There are even options for party cruises or boats that have single rooms for backpackers or independent voyagers. You want to make sure that the cruise cannot only accommodate the size of your party but also fulfills the requirements of each of its members.

SIZE OF THE BOAT

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Choose the best Halong Bay Cruise – Emeraude Cruise

It’s usually said that size doesn’t matter, but in the case of Halong Bay cruises it often can. If you are a solo traveler or backpacker looking to see the sights with little to no fanfare, a petite little vessel might be just right for you.

However, the larger the group the harder it will be to enjoy a potentially cramped environment. Most Halong Bay cruise ships are not massive. There are so many boats roaming through the bay, it would be impossible to have a Titanic-esque ship floating through the surf.

But some boats are more spacious than others. Not only in terms of room space, but also in the dining rooms and on the decks. Travelers who want to spread their wings and enjoy the views from a tranquil spot on board will want to steer clear from boats that cram too many people into one tiny boat.

FOOD OPTIONS

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Choose the best Halong Bay Cruise

Most Halong Bay Cruises have a variety of food options available onboard. You will often find traditional Vietnamese dishes included in the menu as well as other international or fusion options. Many cruise lines even offer a Vietnamese cooking class or display as part of their activity itinerary during the excursion.

Adventurous travelers usually look forward to tasting the local flavors or dishes of whichever country they are exploring. However, today’s society also demands food requirements. If you have a food allergy, intolerance or restriction, it is best to find a cruise line that will comply with your needs.

Choose the best Halong Bay Cruise
Choose the best Halong Bay Cruise

The most popular dishes include seafood of varying sorts. If you are allergic to seafood or shellfish, make sure there are other options available. Families with children will want to make sure there are kid choices for children who might not have developed adventurous taste buds just yet. Most companies will happily accommodate vegetarians upon request.

ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS

No one books a cruise through Halong Bay just to stay on board and enjoy the scenery. While that is certainly a stunning part of the journey, the more exciting part is stepping off the ship and submerging yourself into the picturesque landscape.

There are numerous limestone caves, beaches and fishing villages to explore. Most cruises will include excursions into these gorgeous areas of Halong Bay, by small boat or kayak. You can swim in the surf for an afternoon, maybe even snorkel or scuba dive.

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Choose the best Halong Bay Cruise – Kayaking in Halong Bay

There are activities not only off the boat but also on. Activities range from music to cooking classes, movies to squid fishing or tai chi. Don’t waste your time in Halong Bay merely sitting in the comforts of a luxurious room with a view. Be sure to investigate and take part in the brilliant experiences included in your trip.

TRANSPORTATION TO CRUISE & BACK

Hanoi, Vietnam is the closest major city to Halong Bay. Many tourists combine their tour of Halong Bay with some time spent in the capital city. Because of this, cruise lines generally include options for transport to and from the major city so that you can easily get to the airport and back regardless of the length of your trip.

One of the primary methods of transport is a shuttle or private car. The drive takes approximately four hours and is included in the price of the cruise package.

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Choose the best Halong Bay Cruise

Some tours even combine with Hai Au Aviation and include a seaplane flight one or both ways, cutting the travel time in less than half and providing an opportunity to see Halong Bay from above.

While you can absolutely try to get to Halong Bay by independent car, train or bus, it will take much longer and be far more complicated. The best thing is to choose a cruise that has transportation included and work within your budget and time frame.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR TRIP

Once you have finally narrowed down your search and chosen a Halong Bay cruise line, it is time to book your tour. The quickest and easiest way is to book online. This usually gets you the best price in a secure way.

Most cruise companies should have their own website so you can be sure that there are no tricks or traps involved in your purchase. However, many deals are available through other travel or discount sites.

Once again, make sure to research and read the fine print. Any reputable agent like Kayak or Expedia will provide and safe and secure service though other sites such as Halong Bay Tours and Trip Advisor work as well. Just be sure to check for reviews and added fees.

Once you have completed all of this steps, you will ideally be ready for a wonderful cruise through Halong Bay, Vietnam. The planning process for any trip can seem overwhelming and confusing, but a bit of research and organisation will always guarantee amazing results.  In the end, you will walk away from Halong Bay with memories to last a lifetime.

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Take the time to filter through the mountains of information and prioritize your personal travel needs. Halong Bay is a top tourist and Unesco World Heritage sight so you will find infinite options available with Hai Au Aviation.

 

Halong Bay weather and holidays | The 2020 Guide

halong bay weather

Where you live you usually know exactly what you’ll be wearing depending on the month of the year. All of the seasons are familiar to you, and while there may be some variation, you have a pretty good idea of what to expect to happen. Plus, you know exactly what types of activities you can get up to in your area.

You know when it’s a good time to go fishing, swimming, or ice skating thanks to these seasons. Traveling to an exotic location like Halong Bay in Vietnam may make you wonder what type of clothing you need to pack for the weather and what types of activities you can expect to do during your stay.

This helpful guide of Halong Bay weather will give you all the information you need to plan your packing and your itinerary no matter when you decide to visit.

HALONG BAY WEATHER IN GENERAL

Halong Bay is located in North Vietnam.  You can enjoy all four seasons while visiting this lovely region.  Spring is from March and April with perfect days of warming temperatures and new blooms.

The summers in this area typically run from May to October.  The summers are humid and hot with a large amount of rainfall.  You can experience autumn in the months of September and October.  Cool days and occasional showers are typical weather in the autumn. The winter is typically November to February.

The winters in this area are usually cool but dry. The temperature will average about 17 to 22 degrees Celsius or about 63 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

Visitors that arrive in July to September may find that these are the wettest months with the highest amount of rainfall. This weather can often impact what happens on and along the bay.

things to do in halongHaven’t set a date yet?  Let’s go through this monthly breakdown to help you to decide when you should visit based on your preferred weather and activities.

JANUARY

Visitors to Halong Bay can expect to experience a rather dry month.  There will be blue skies and lots of sunshine for your visit. Temperatures can run a bit lower during this month at about 18 degrees Celsius or 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

While you can expect there to be less rain during this time of year, you may find it can get rather misty and foggy around the bay area.  At this time of year, you’re going to want to wear layers with a light jacket or hoodie.  You may want to bring along your swimsuit just in case the water is nice enough for a dip.

Halong Bay weather
Halong Bay

This is a good time of year for most of the activities you want to experience while in the area. The skies are perfect for going up in the air for a seaplane flight or sightseeing off of one of the tall attractions in the area.

Our express trip that takes you on a sightseeing tour of Halong Bay is a wonderful choice for this time of year.  The bay is perfect for going out on a junk for a cruise. The one thing that you may want to avoid during this time of year is swimming and other water activities. The water temperature may be too cold depending on your personal preferences.

FEBRUARY

Like January, you can expect to experience more beautiful blue skies and loads of sunshine making your vacation lovely. However, you may notice that the days are a little cooler at about 17 degrees Celsius or 63 degrees Fahrenheit.

You’ll notice that there may be the same misty conditions as the previous month. Layers and a light jacket or hoodie are perfect to have for this time of year. kayaking Halong

Most of the activities that you can do in January are also great for February.

January and February Holiday Celebration

Visitors should take note that during late January and early February is Tet or the Vietnamese New Year. People may celebrate this for about six days with many people traveling to visit their ancestral homes.

You may notice that if your trip is during Tet that some of the markets, tourist attractions, and stores are closed. Government offices are also closed during these celebrations.

MARCH  

Many consider March an excellent month to visit the country. Halong Bay during this time of year features much of the sunshine and beautiful blue skies as the previous months. Plus, the temperatures are starting to rise a bit with average temperatures being about 19 degrees Celsius or 66 degrees Fahrenheit. Layering your clothing with a sweatshirt or light coat may also be necessary during this month.

Halong Bay view from aboveTemperatures in the more mountainous areas are starting warm up making it perfect for hiking. In addition, as the waters in the bay are also starting to warm, this can be a good time to start planning a dip for those that don’t mind the waters a little on the cooler side.

APRIL

April is considered the end of the peak season as the trend of the dry weather and temperate blue skies will be coming to an end as the rainy season will begin ramping up for the summer months.

Many enjoy this time of year because you’ll have to deal with fewer tourists. There are still plenty of dry days during the month that you can enjoy during your visit to Halong Bay. Most of the rainy days will occur towards the end of the month.

The temperature during the month of April is much warmer at 24 degrees Celsius or 75 degrees Fahrenheit. At this time, you probably will not need to do too many clothing layers during your visit, and may even be able to break out the shorts.

Halong Bay CruiseThis is a perfect time for all of the different activities that you can do in Halong Bay. You’ll definitely want to bring along your swimming gear to enjoy the warming waters and drier days.

Your hiking, biking, boating, and sightseeing plans are all green-lit during this time of year for your visit. On of our most attractive packages, the flight around the bay and the overnight Emeraude cruise is perfect for this time of year.

April Holiday Celebrations

Visitors can take note that there are two different holidays during this month. There’s Hung Kings Commemorations that will occur in 2019 on the 6th of April. Then there’s Reunification Day that falls on the 30th of April this year.

MAY

May is another great month for travel, but you may find the weather is a bit harder to pinpoint towards this time of year. There may be more rain in the Halong Bay region of the country, and the temperatures are starting to rise into the range that makes for a summer that features hot and sticky weather.

Temperatures average about 29 degrees Celsius or 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and when you combine the humidity, which can make for some toasty warm days. Luckily, being on the bay can often offset the warmth with nice cooling breezes.

 

where to go HalongThis time of year you’ll definitely want to pack some shorts and tank tops or short sleeve shirts. Swimsuit will certainly come in handy when you need to take a dip to cool off after a fun adventure or two.

Be sure to add your rain gear with raincoat and boots to finish off your packing. If you’re not scared off by a higher chance of rain this month, it can be great for water activities on the dry days.

The beach is great at this time of year because there are fewer visitors. Don’t shy away from getting wet or getting away on one of the numerous cruises around the bay that you can enjoy during your stay.

May Celebrations

There are a number of celebrations that you can plan your trip around. Labour Day happens on the 1st of May. There’s also the Buddha’s Birthday or Le Phat Dan that occurs on the 21st of May.

JUNE

June in Halong Bay features full summer with high temperatures and rain being more normal than dry days. Those that enjoy hot, rainy weather will enjoy this time of year. There can often be very spectacular storms during this time of year, but being on the bay can help to reduce the severity of the storm.

Temperatures are on the rise again as they average about 30 degrees Celsius or 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to pack clothing meant for warm weather and plenty of rain gear. You may not get a chance to use your swim gear depending on the weather, but there’s no harm in packing it.

Scuba diving

Most of the outdoor activities may be delayed or canceled due to the rainy weather, so be aware of any refund policies available in case you book in advance. This may also not be a good time of year for hiking around the country due to the rain.

May and June Celebrations

In late May and early June, you can expect to experience Tet Doan Ngo or the summer solstice celebration.

JULY & AUGUST

Both July and August tend to stick to the same weather pattern. You can expect more of the same of rainy, hot days with temperatures that are about the same as June. This is a true wet season with many daily downpours expected to occur.

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This happens to be a time of year when there are certainly fewer visitors to the region, so this could work in your favor if you happen to find a string of days with less rain in the forecast. Halong Bay is usually at its wettest during these months, so that makes it very hard to enjoy many of the sights and activities that are so popular in this region.

SEPTEMBER

September tends to be the month where the rainy periods are starting to shift to becoming less frequent. This is especially true the closer you come to October. The temperatures are also starting to come down a bit during this time.

You can expect it to be about 28 degrees Celsius or 83 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll want to be sure that you pack your rain gear just in case along with your warm weather clothes.

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Cycling on Halong Beach

As the wet weather is coming to an end, you’ll find that many of the activities that were put on hold due to the rain are no longer having as many closures and delays.

You’ll be able to enjoy all of the fun water activities along with being able to travel to the more mountainous regions where you can get more adventures in thanks to the drying weather.

A great to treat yourself during this time of year is to check out our hotel bundle packages like our round-trip flight with a one-night stay in a five-star hotel, the Wyndham Legend.

September Holidays

There are two holidays to keep in mind during your trip in September to Halong Bay. There’s National Day that falls this year on the 2nd of September.

Finally, there’s also the Hungry Ghost Festival that takes place on the 5th of September this year. This is the time of year when it’s believed that deceased family members come to visit the land of the living and the people pay homage to their ancestors.

OCTOBER

The skies are continuing to clear, and there’s less and less rainfall. The humidity of the hot, moist summer months is finally starting to break leading the way to more temperate days.  The temperature is usually around 26 degrees Celsius or 79 degrees Fahrenheit.

You’ll want to pack more of your warmer weather clothing like shorts and short sleeve shirts along with your swim gear, but don’t ignore the slight chance of rain, especially in early October.

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This is another excellent month where you’ll be able to enjoy all that Halong Bay has to offer.  There will be plenty of nice weather days for fun above the bay in seaplane or trek up to a sightseeing platform.

Plus, you’ll have the bonus of the warmer weather and water without the heavy humidity that can make most physical activities seem more strenuous than they actually are.  This is a great time to hike and bike around the area.

NOVEMBER

November signals the start of the dryer and cooler weather of winter that makes Halong Bay so perfect to visit.  Many enjoy coming to the area at this time.  The temperature is at about 24 degrees Celsius or 75 degrees Fahrenheit making it rather pleasant during your stay.

When packing, you’ll want to opt for warmer clothing than not, but it can be a good idea to bring along a sweater or light jacket for cooler nights. Don’t forget your swim gear as this is prime season for being out on the water.

what to do in Halong BayMany say that this is the most perfect month for going to Halong Bay for a junk cruise for one day or more. That being said, if you plan to visit during this time, you should probably book in advance if you’d prefer.

You can check out our previous piece on booking a cruise on Halong Bay for reference. This is also a great time for those that are looking to explore the great outdoors with hiking and biking as the conditions couldn’t be better.

DECEMBER

December is considered to be one of the driest months in the area because ushers in more cool weather with very little rain in the typical forecast. There are plenty of clear and dry days to get all of your adventures in.

Temperatures are about 19 degrees Celsius or 66 degrees Fahrenheit.  You’ll want to pack a mix of warm weather and cooler weather clothing for layering, especially as the nights can get rather cold during this month.

halong bay weatherThe winter months are approaching in this region meaning that this cool down makes it perfect for exploring. You can enjoy many of the land activities that get you moving, such as hiking, but you may want to skip the water activities depending on how you like your water temperatures.

Note on Christmas

Although Christmas is not celebrated in Vietnamese society, you’ll notice that more people are paying attention to visitors that come to the area during this season in case you’re thinking of skipping Vietnam for missing out on this holiday.  It won’t be exactly the same, but it’s not completely ignored by everyone either.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Halong Bay is a beautiful destination no matter what time of year you plan on visiting.  Winter and Spring are considered peak times to visit the region, but the Fall and Summer have their own benefits. Many enjoy traveling off peak season to be able to enjoy a region without having to deal with more tourists.

Halong Bay weather doesn’t need to be a mystery for your upcoming trip. Following this guide, you should be able to plan ahead for what you can expect from the weather during your vacation to the area. Have fun and explore the area during your stay.

Need some help with planning your trip or want to book a seaplane? Contact us today. We are ready to help you to plan the vacation experience of a lifetime.

 

Halong Bay Weekend: A perfect escape | The 2020 Guide

A Halong Bay weekend getaway is one of the most ideal plans. Whether you are touring the Southeast Asian landscape for weeks on end or setting your sights on Hanoi and Halong Bay in particular, this Unesco World Heritage site is a must-see.

There are many options for visiting Halong Bay, but when planning a short weekend trip, it is necessary to organize and prioritize. The two main ways of enjoying a quick stay in this stunning area of Vietnam include one night in a hotel or one night on a traditional cruise ship.

Both options have their benefits and are suitable for different kinds of travelers. Detailed below are two optimal itineraries for a wonderful weekend in Halong Bay.

CHOOSE CRUISE 2D1N TOUR IN HALONG BAY

CRUISE 2D1N TOUR IN HALONG BAY Halong Bay weekendA 2-day cruise is one of the most popular and time-efficient ways of exploring Halong Bay. You get the opportunity to sail through the brilliant blue seas and witness some of the main tourist highlights without having to do much legwork. You will be taken from point A to point B, all of your meals are included and your itinerary is set in stone.

Who should take this option?

This tour is perfect for the traveler who would like to get the guide around the bay. While you will have to do some research in choosing a cruise, once you are on board you don’t have to worry about where you go, what you will eat or what you want to do.

Everything is pre-planned and designed for you to see as much of Halong Bay as you can in a limited time. Cruises are geared toward anything from romance to family to parties. It is pretty much ideal for almost any traveler who doesn’t mind a set itinerary.

What is included?

Halong Bay Cruises are notable for certain features. They normally include transport to and from Hanoi, meals, some drinks, accommodation, entertainment and excursions.

It is essentially an all-in-one package deal to see the most renowned parts of Halong Bay. You will most likely be picked up early from Hanoi and then shuttled to Halong Bay.

This transfer normally takes place in a car or shuttle bus, though there are fancier options including things like flying in a seaplane.

seaplane flight with famous people Halong Bay weekendMany tours include welcome drinks on board your vessel or traditional junk boat, after which you will begin to tour the bay. Stops include various limestone caves, beaches and traditional floating villages.

Most cruises allow time for kayaking, swimming and other water sports. You will have traditional Vietnamese or International fare for your meals and participate in  several onboard activities such as cooking classes, tai chi, and squid fishing.

When to take?

The high season for international tourism is during the winter months from November to December whereas high season for domestic travel is during the summertime. Months like September, November to March and May are ideal for weather, when you will be able to avoid the wet season.

Fortunately, Halong Bay cruises run throughout the year almost every day of the week. No matter when you are planning your trip to Vietnam, there is sure to be a cruise option available to book.

It can certainly be nice to avoid the prime tourism months when the already packed bay is overflowing. Despite tourist traffic, however, there will always be cruise available.

Going where?

Halong Bay is a relatively small area of Southeast Asia. Cruises generally tour through the Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay regions. The latter is considered a more “off the beaten path” destination.

It is generally touristy anywhere you go in the area, though some beaches and islets are less populated than others. By booking a cruise, you are obliged to venture into the areas preset by the itinerary. These will include various limestones caves, popular beaches and floating villages.

How much?

One of the best parts about a cruise through Halong Bay is that there is a large range of price options available. There are cruises for the budget traveler as well as the luxury tourist and all manner in between.

If you have a pack of rowdy kids by your side or are backpacking on your own, cruises are by far the most economical choice around.

While you can find cruises offered for less than $100, it is generally advisable to go up a bracket and choose between one of the many options offered between $100-150. If you have interest in additional luxury, the price can go as high as you wish.

The Upside and Downside?

Cruises are generally one of the best ways to experience Halong Bay for a quick weekend away. You will see many of the most popular sights, get a taste of local culture. However, there are a few downsides.

You will want to investigate your cruise options so that your boat is safe, reputable and provides everything you require. Because Halong Bay is a prime tourist destination, you are likely to be doing all of the same activities as every other tourist out on the bay.

There are many itineraries to pick from but you have far less flexibility than if you were choosing your own adventure. A cruise is definitely not the best idea for a traveler looking to escape the traditional tourist path.

Check out our Cruise Tours with Emeraude/ L’Azalee Cruise

CHOOSE A NIGHT AT A HOTEL AND DAY CRUISE TOUR

wyndham legend and seaplane flight Halong Bay weekendCruises are not the only option in Halong Bay, nor are they the best option for all. Travelers looking for a more flexible itinerary with a sturdier home base may want to book a hotel instead. To fully take advantage of all that Halong Bay has to offer, a hotel with an additional day cruise can be an ideal choice for people in search of tourism combined with tranquility.

Who should take this option?

Staying in a hotel has many advantages, specifically for certain types of travelers. Business people in town for a conference, tourists attending events in the area, or even seasick passengers had better stay away from cruise ships for too long.

There are several hotels in Halong Bay that cater to the luxurious surroundings and offer a comfortable destination for travelers on the go. Many cruise lines offer one-day tours and some even promote half-day tours, meaning that you can still fit in a bit of tourism despite your already busy schedule.

For those tourists who don’t have much fear for seafaring or are physically incapable of boarding a boat, a hotel will still allow you to enjoy Halong Bay.

What is included?

Not everyone wants to spend their entire trip to Halong Bay at sea. If you have specific reasons for being a landlubber, there are many hotels available. You can book one night in a hotel and a full day cruise separately or sign up for a pre-existing package that includes both.

Hai Au Aviation, for example, pairs their spectacular seaplane service one way from Hanoi to Halong Bay where you will stay for one night in at the Wyndham Legend. You can add a full day tour through L’Azalée Cruise line and have the best of both worlds at your fingertips.

You will be able to catch the hot spots of Halong Bay on a limited time schedule while still enjoying the luxury of a 5-star hotel.

When to do?

Hotels get less influence from weather conditions so you can easily book this form of accommodation all year round. With events and business engagements occurring nonstop, hotels are ready and waiting to receive you and your travel companions.

If you are heading to Halong Bay for tourism, the best months are still in the winter from November to December. However, without the worry of longer stays on board a ship, it is easier to plan.

It is still better to avoid the wetter months if you would like to see the karsts and beaches at their best, but a luxury hotel usually makes up for any weather trials.

Where?

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Thien Cung Cave in Halong Bay

Halong City is a petite metropolis. Waterfront property is sparse and therefore coveted by landowners so that they can boast rooms with a breathtaking view. There are also several full-day or half-day tours through many cruise lines in Halong Bay.

These tours will generally give you a glimpse into the highlights of Halong Bay, including notable limestone caves, perhaps a floating fishing village and an hour or two of swimming or kayaking. It’s a wonderful quick taste of the area for a perfect weekend by the sea.

How Much?

Hotels rates can vary vastly just as cruises do but you can also book them at wonderful prices. Rates can range from $50 per night to $250. Just as with the wide range of cruises out there, hotels will accommodate all manner of traveler.

One-day cruises have the same price. Most decent options will cost around $100 for a full day cruise. When combined with a package deal, this rate may decrease. The more luxuries and perks that you want to add to your package, the more expensive they can become.

All in all, you will most likely spend more money when combining a hotel with a day cruise option than when you book a two-night cruise out at sea. Once again, this allows for more flexibility and independence than a pre-planned cruise itinerary, but comes at a cost.

The Upside and Downside?

One night in a hotel plus one-day cruise through Halong bay will allow you the opportunity to see the many wonders of Halong Bay with the added bonus of flexibility and independence.

Business people and travelers with a specific agenda will find that this option gives them the opportunity to explore Halong Bay on their own terms, with a few hours of guided tourism.

CRUISE 2D1N TOUR IN HALONG BAY Halong Bay weekendHowever, you will not be able to see as many of the fantastic spots that you could see in a weekend if you were floating the seas of Halong Bay the whole time. It is generally a more expensive route, though there are many deals that might fit perfectly into your schedule and financial plan. You may miss out on some traditional hot spots due to such a short stay in Halong Bay.

There are amazing adventures ready and waiting for all weekend Halong Bay travelers. Southeast Asia is a veritable Utopia for anyone touring Vietnam, whether it be a few days or a few weeks or months.

Whether it be a night in a hotel overlooking the bay or a cruise floating atop the sea, a weekend in Halong Bay is always a magical experience overall.

While there is an infinite amount of itineraries available to all manner of voyager, these are two foolproof options that a large amount of tourists choose. Visit Hai Au Aviation for more great options.

 

Review 2 Days 2 Nights trip in Halong Bay, Vietnam | Carin Skowronsky

Ha Long Bay, located in northern Vietnam and accessible from Hanoi, is a must-see destination on your Vietnam travel. Ha Long Bay offers exhilarating experiences, from unforgettable seaplane rides with Hai Au Aviation to kayaking in some of the bay’s most coveted area.

The enchanting activities in this northeast region will make you want to stay longer than you had originally planned, and heighten your sense of wanderlust. Halong Bay seaplane flight review Halong Bay

Shortly after moving to Vietnam, I decided to plan a peaceful, out of the city quick trip.  I chose to visit Ha Long Bay with a quick one-night stop in Hanoi.

To get to Ha Long Bay, you will first need to get to Hanoi.  While there are plentiful options for transportation, I chose to travel by Hai Au’s scenic seaplane tour. Therefore, I could get a good aerial view of the bay.

When you Google “Vietnam,” you’re almost always bound to have pictures of Ha Long Bay come up in your search. These images will fill you with wanderlust beyond belief.  The bay is an absolute must-see, and I wanted to see it from a different angle.  Now that I had my transportation set, I was ready for my big adventure!

DAY 1: ENJOY THE MAGNIFICENT VIEWS

review Halong Bay trip review Halong BayTravel day arrived, and I greeted it with my new favorite, a Vietnamese coffee.  I spent most of the morning, and my hour long Uber ride to the airport, thinking about the fun flight ahead, as well as what I wanted to do with my two short days in Ha Long Bay.  With a few ideas in mind, I decided I would finalize plans upon arrival after I talked with local excursion companies.

Halong bay view from seaplane review Halong BayUntil then, I planned to sit back and enjoy the flight and its magnificent views. (If you ever have the chance to ride on a seaplane, don’t hesitate – book it!  There’s nothing else like it.)  I don’t know about you, but the thrill of a water landing excited me since it was something I’d never done before.

The scenic flight gets you to Ha Long Bay in a quick 45-minutes, plus a 15-minute tour up close and personal around the bay. The Hai Au Aviation staff is friendly and makes your flight a memorable one.  What better way to arrive in style than with a splash landing in radiant turquoise waters?

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Hai Au Aviation operates out of Noi Bai International Airport, the closest airport near Ha Long Bay, Vietnam; and offers daily flight times, as well as charter and tour package options.  Worth every penny, you’ll experience the best aviation in Vietnam.

review Halong Bay tripWhen we landed in the bay, I finalized the activities I wanted to pursue and headed to my accommodation to change, lock in my next day plans and get back out the door to explore. I walked the streets for a while, wandering aimlessly, but taking in every little bit of culture.

Fortunately, I discovered a market where vendors were selling street food including seafood dishes, fresh fruit and Pho. I also purchased a handful of items, which I’d cook for dinner at some point.

All of the scents from the market made me hungry and drove me into the first café I spotted. I noshed on a late lunch of beef stir-fry, a good dish to warm me up on this brisk afternoon.

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Not too long after lunch, it started to rain, so it was back to my Air B&B to work the remainder of the evening and prepare for the one-day cruise I booked through Ha Binh Cruises.

You’re probably wondering why I brought my work with me to such a beautiful destination.  After all, I am in Ha Long Bay. The beauty of travel writing is that it allows me to work on the go from all over the world. No complaints here!

Tips

One thing to note if you’re traveling to Ha Long Bay this time of year, bring warm clothes for layering as it can be chilly. While you’ll find it to be more hot and humid between April and September, you can expect October through March to be dry, but also chilly at times, especially if you’re on the water moving at a fast speed.

DAY 2: ONE DAY CRUISE HALONG BAY

Revived and ready to go after an early morning wake up call and pick up by Ha Binh Cruises, I boarded the bus that would take me to the Tuan Chau Marina where we would set sail. The 6-hour cruise I booked included the things I wanted to see and do: kayaking, floating villages and the Thien Cung Cave.

review Halong Bay tripThe first, and maybe my favorite, stop on the cruise was to Thien Cung Cave. Beautifully lit, this cave’s ambiance is one to be unmatched against any other cave I’ve seen. You’ll walk the guided concrete paths while taking in the stunning rock formations and natural beauty that lies within.

review Halong Bay tripMy other favorite stop on the cruise was for us to go kayaking. But I didn’t realize it would be within the Ba Hang floating villages!  It was the most fantastic time.  For a small fee, Ha Binh offers the option to self-paddle a kayak or ride in a bamboo boat while having a local lead the way.

I chose to paddle in and out of the boat villages for a closer look at the way these locals live.  While you’re floating by, you notice the simplicity of the floating village lifestyle – and it is fascinating.review Halong Bay trip - floating village

The remainder of the afternoon on the boat consisted of a family-style lunch, mingling with other fellow travelers and cruising on the water while taking stock of the main islands as we’d pass by, occasionally stopping to visit a few. review Halong Bay trip

One of the best parts about traveling is meeting other like-minded individuals from all over the world. In the travel time between destinations throughout the day, I had the chance to converse with many individual.

All shared their personal backgrounds, travel history and reason for this particular visit to Ha Long Bay.  I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about each person’s life journey.

Review Halong Bay tripAs our day concluded, I realized how much activity I was able to fit into one day. Man, I certainly got a lot done, didn’t I? Somehow, I was starting to get hungry again.  It must have been all that hard work paddling through the bay. I thanked myself for buying goods for dinner at the market the day prior. So by the time the shuttle dropped me off, I was tired from the big day I’d had.

This good ‘ole day deserved a glass of wine. After all, this trip had been a major success.  Who says you can’t do a lot in two days time? With that, I whipped up a tasty and easy pizza made with fresh local ingredients and raised a glass to the fact that I had a magnificent time. 

The next morning, with only a few expendable hours before my return seaplane flight, I stopped at the café around the corner from where I was staying.  As it turns out, there were a few English-speaking locals. They were interested in my profession, and we chatted briefly about work over matcha lattes.

The time had come for me to say goodbye to Ha Long Bay. With reluctance for leaving this exquisite city and World Heritage site, I boarded my flight.  At least I would be able to enjoy the extraordinary views one last time before flying back to Hanoi.

This is, and always will be, a trip to remember.

 

Amazing round trip flight Hanoi to Halong Bay with Hai Au Aviation

Right before moving to Vietnam for the month of March, I spent time researching places I would visit and activities I would check off my bucket list. What city was on the top of my list to visit? Ha Long Bay, of course!  It was only a question of how best to travel  there.

travel Hanoi to Halong BayThere are many transportation options available to get you to Ha Long Bay, but I wanted the most exciting, especially since I was planning the trip of a lifetime.

For me, that meant traveling by seaplane, where islets and islands feel just beyond reach, and the water landing makes you feel as though you are practically walking on water. There was only one option for this experience: Hai Au Aviation, the first and only seaplane service in Vietnam. With that, I booked my flight and the countdown until takeoff was on.

ARRIVAL IN HANOI CITY

I departed for my journey to Ha Long Bay from Ho Chi Minh City. I booked an Uber, an easy $4 USD and fast 20-minute ride to the Tan Son Nhat International Airport for my flight to Hanoi.

To get to Ha Long Bay, you will first need to fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital. Based on pictures I had seen, I felt it necessary to leave a day early so I could stay a night in the capital before my flight with Hai Au Aviation.

I woke up early after my night in Hanoi, extremely excited to seize the day by seaplane. I left my accommodation in Hanoi earlier than necessary – and good thing I did! What was estimated to be a 40-minute commute to the airport ended up taking just over an hour with the considerable amounts of traffic on the road. Always plan ahead and leave early!

CHECK-IN AT NOIBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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Upon arriving at the Noi Bai International Airport, I went in search of Hai Au Aviation check in which is Counter 109, Lobby E, Terminal 1. The gentleman at the counter warmly greeted me with a friendly smile and hello.  He asked for my passport, whether I was carrying any weapons or other dangerous contaminants, and then weighed my luggage.

Hai Au allows only 7 kilos of combined luggage (carry on + a personal item), so pack accordingly. To ensure that the flight doesn’t exceed weight regulations, they will ask you to step on the scale. (Don’t worry, those numbers are strictly between you and the airline, but it is for everyone’s safety.) 

travel Hanoi to Halong BayOnce the airline gathered all of my information, I was given my fancy looking paper ticket and personally walked over to the boarding gate, a nice touch and a nod to the excellent service of the airline! I felt like a million bucks. Overall, check in was a smooth, seamless and pleasant process, not something I’m always confident in saying when I travel. Rest assured your experience will be just so.

travel Hanoi to Halong BayOnce I got through security, I had 30 minutes to spare before boarding. If you have extra time before your flight, consider fueling your day with a traditional Vietnamese Coffee.  They are delightfully tasty! When it was time to board, everyone on my flight walked down a flight of stairs to a bus. Thank goodness for the bus because it started to lightly rain, but that wasn’t going to dampen my highly anticipated flight experience!

DEPARTURE FOR HALONG BAY, VIETNAM

The pilots briefed all passengers on proper safety regulations and ensured we were ready for takeoff. The motor moved from a quiet hum to a revved up engine. With a quickness, we were off into the skies. The scenic flight from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay is about 45 minutes with a 15-minute scenic tour of the bay, much quicker than any other way to travel!

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THE FLIGHT

The first 20 minutes of the flight, because it was a hazy day, we went through a sea of white clouds. The pilot assured us that the weather would break for good views as we neared Ha Long Bay.

My eyes lit up with the first glimpse of the green-blue waters I’d been waiting to see. I took stock of the lush greenery that delicately complimented the tranquil jade waters.  Each islet felt strategically placed so that every view at any moment was perfect.

seaplane review Halong hai Au aviationThe fog finally dissipated and all that lied ahead were endless island views, the snapshots that postcards are made of.

For a moment, before even pulling out my camera like the rest of the passengers, I appreciated the beauty in the surrounding nature. Even as a worldly, seasoned traveler, I’d never seen anything like these Ha Long Bay views before.

The views captivated everyone on the plane for the duration of the scenic tour. Those of us on board took hundreds of photos and captured many minutes of video as a reminder of the allure that motivated us to book this experience in the first place. Ha Long Bay is but a dream.

As luck would have it, due to an abundance of air traffic, we would be held captive in a holding pattern. With no complaints, we all enjoyed each other’s company and basked in the thrill of our travels, and for me, the fun I would have in Ha Long Bay for the next two days.

THE LANDING

After our scenic tour and once we can see the land, we faced our most anticipated moment, our grand entrance into Ha Long Bay – our splash landing! From cargo ships to floating villages and fisherman, the details of what lied beneath us became more recognizable as our plane descended and the waters became more radiant in color.

We hovered inches above the water as we continued to descend. The anticipation of touching the water, along with our excitement, continued to build. The landing was so soft and smooth that I almost didn’t realize we had hit the water.

The plane glided through the bay for a handful of minutes as we slowed our momentum and taxied to our gate. When I think of being “on the water”, I think of being in a boat, not a plane. It was a funny concept for me to get my head around.

ARRIVAL AT TUAN CHAU MARINA, HALONG

The plane taxied for five minutes to what looked like a boat ramp, which we drove up to our gate at Tuan Chau Marina. Upon arrival, our two pilots thanked us for flying with the both of them and hoped we had thoroughly enjoyed our flight. The gentleman who met me upon deplaning offered to help me grab a taxi to my accommodation in Ha Long Bay.

RETURN FLIGHT TO HANOI CITY

My two days in Ha Long Bay flew by quickly, and it was time to head back to Hanoi. The minute I stepped foot in the Hai Au offices at the marina, the staff greeted me, asked about my stay in the bay and offered me a seat.

The gentleman checking me in traded me a cold bottle of water for my passport. Within minutes, I had checked in and ready to board my return flight.

seaplane review Halong hai Au aviationI was very much interested in our takeoff, this time from the water versus the airport runway. The plane glided into the bay and propelled us to the spot at which we would take off through the water and up into the air. It felt like you are on a high-speed boat until we reached the speed to take flight into the skies.

What a truly wonderful travel experience this was. I can’t say enough great things about my round-trip sightseeing flight. Given a chance to go to Ha Long Bay again, I wouldn’t change a thing and would most certainly travel with Hai Au Aviation

8 Steps to plan your Halong Bay Trip | The 2020 Guide

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The summer is coming and it’s time to sit down and figure out your holiday schedule. With the advent of technology, creating the perfect vacation has become simultaneously easier and harder at the same time.

There are hundreds of destinations, deals, and DIY vacation tools. With one click of your finger, you can book a flight, a hotel, and an adventure package independently or all in one. With any luck, you have already chosen Halong Bay, Vietnam as this year’s fantasy spot.

The emerald seas, junk boat cruises, and seaplane experiences make it an ideal vacation destination for solo travelers, romantic lovebirds, or globe trotting families. Instead of getting caught up in the whirlwind of choices, here is a list of the 8 steps you should take to plan your Halong Bay trip in Vietnam.

HOW TO GET READY FOR YOUR HALONG BAY TRIP?

STEP 1: RESEARCH AND PLAN

The first step in any successful vacation is to research options and start making a plan. While some travelers prefer to venture forth off the cuff, it is usually better to have at least a little lay of the land before dropping into unknown territory.

Depending on where you are coming from and how long you will be in Vietnam, you may need to acquire certain medical vaccinations. Immunizations for diseases such as Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid are frequently required for foreigners. In addition to medical and legal issues, you will want to research the various options available including travel time, transport options, activities, and food.

Visa Fee

Many countries will also demand that you obtain a travel visa before entering Vietnam. Foreign nationals of Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland are exempted from visa visas upon entry into Vietnam if stay no more than 15 days from the date of entry.

Normal visa fee for foreigners entry Vietnam is $25. However, there are some special policies for different nations. For example, American citizens have to pay $135.

STEP 2: CREATE A BUDGET

Vacations are rarely cheap and are certainly never free. However, there are different options for different types of travelers. Are you a backpacker looking to do things on the cheap or plan a honeymoon and in search of luxury romance?

Are you a mother or father of 4 and wanting to combine frugality with a few splurges? Usually, Halong Bay cruise tour includes bus transfer from Hanoi to Halong so you could save some money on transportation.

Halong Bay has opportunities for all kinds of budgets. Packages and cruise deals offer options for tourists looking to lounge in lap luxury as well as winging it in the wild.

Some people prefer to spend money on beautiful accommodation whereas others would rather focus their funds on local cuisine or unique activities. If you prioritize the aspects of your trip, it will be easier to organize how and what to book.

  • First, take a look at your overall spending budget.
  • Next, highlight the parts of your voyage that are the most important to you.

STEP 3: CHOOSE HOW LONG YOU WILL STAY

Halong Bay is a small but culturally rich area of Vietnam. There are an amazing amount of things to see and do in this renowned Unesco World Heritage Site. From the limestone caves to the floating villages to the beautiful beaches, you could easily spend a week or two exploring this bay alone.

Depending on your budget and amount of vacation time, you may need to consider a more abbreviated or structured voyage. trip to Halong, Vietnam Halong Bay trip

As Halong is closest to the major city Hanoi, many travelers choose to include Halong Bay as part of their larger Vietnam trip. You can find many tours from Hanoi which will give you a glimpse of Halong Bay and many of its local landmarks. Consider booking one of the many cruise options so that you can see the highlights of Halong while gliding through the exquisite waters.

From one-day to 2D1N tours, cruises will allow you an opportunity to taste local food, kayak through the karsts, and even squid fishing in the deep blue seas. There is always time for Halong Bay, you just have to decide how much you can spare.

STEP 4: DECIDE HOW TO GET THERE

Since Hanoi is the closest main city to Halong Bay, most people choose to start their travels in Vietnam’s capital. Whether you are planning to spend most of your time in Halong or it is one stop on a larger trip, there are many options for transport between Hanoi and Halong Bay.

Cruise options almost always include a shuttle transfer from your hotel or a central area in Hanoi. It is by far one of the easiest methods to get to Halong Bay. This option will typically take about 4 hours one way.

You could always hire a private car but that would be much pricier than combining transport with a tour. There are also public options such as train or bus. However, these routes will take much longer than a direct shuttle.

trip to Halong, Vietnam Halong Bay tripThe fastest and most luxurious option by far is to hop on a one-of-a-kind seaplane, a unique experience provided by Hai Au Aviation. A seaplane reduces the travel time to Halong Bay by more than half and allows stunning views of the landscape below.

While it is certainly a less frugal mode of transport, it is always one of the most memorable and adventurous. You can book passage on a seaplane to or from Halong Bay or combine it with day cruise as several tour options that Hai Au Aviation offers. No matter which mode of transport you choose, a ride in a seaplane should be top on your list.

STEP 5: BOOK ACCOMMODATION

Lazalee Cruise Halong Halong Bay tripConsidering your budget and allotted travel time is the first thing you need to do before booking your accommodation. Halong Bay has several different options for where to stay from hostels to hotels to classic cruises.

If you are staying in Halong Bay for several days and want to explore everything on your own terms, hostels and hotels can be great for independence.

Hostels are perfect for backpackers or younger travelers looking to spend little money and meet some fun like-minded people. Hotels range from clean and affordable to pricey and decadent.

A Halong Bay trip is never complete, however, without at least one night on a traditional cruise. These boats take you to many spots all along Halong and Bai Tu Long Bay. You will get a chance to try many adventure activities like kayaking and swimming or fishing.

You can see the limestone caves and floating villages so typical to the bay. Companies offer cruises for all types of tourists at all different price points. No matter which kind of accommodation you choose, Halong Bay will not disappoint.

STEP 6: EXPLORE FOOD OPTIONS

Food is one of the most interesting cultural elements to any vacation. Visiting Vietnam opens up a whole new world of culinary delights. An important thing to research before heading to Halong Bay is to find out what types of food are most unique to local culture.

It is an amazing opportunity to experience something truly delicious and authentic. It is also important to make sure that there are food options for you. In today’s climate of allergies, diets, and culinary values, many people have to prepare for their trips in particular ways.

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Halong Bay is of course known for delectable seafood and traditional Vietnamese fare. Dishes such as sea snails and squid-sausages are local delicacies and must-tries when visiting Halong.

If you are a vegan or are allergic to seafood, for example, Halong Bay has international restaurants and many cruise ships will provide for alternate meals, but you want to make sure to investigate and notify before booking anything.

STEP 7: CHECK THE WEATHER

The weather and the season are important factors no matter where you plan on traveling. This will dictate the type of clothes you pack and what other products you might want to include in your suitcase like mosquito repellent, sunscreen or an umbrella.

The high season for inbound tourism in Halong Bay is winter time, from November to December. Domestic tourism is down and travelers from colder climates are looking for an escape from the deep chill.

Happily, Halong Bay still enjoys warm and temperate weather during these months. It’s less humid and cool at night so you can still engage in watersports but may need to pack some layers for the evenings.

The summer months are high for domestic tourism which means you will be rubbing shoulders with more native Vietnamese but still dealing with tourism traffic and longer lines.

During this time of year, the heat is most certainly on, so you will want to bring a lot of suntan lotion and make sure to invest in as many water activities as possible: swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, cruising are all great ways to avoid the heat.

STEP 8: INVESTIGATE LOCAL ACTIVITIES

No matter how you choose to get to Halong Bay, how long you stay or how much money you have, the main reason to go to this gorgeous part of the world is to experience everything it has to offer.

Even if your main agenda is lounging on a pristine beach and staring out at the sea with a cocktail in your hand, it’s worth researching exactly which beaches are the best for silence and solitude versus water sports and socializing. And for most Halong Bay tourists, there are far too many wonderful activities to choose from.

Halong Bay tripLimestone caves are a pinnacle of Halong Bay tourism and a must-see when exploring the bay. These natural masterpieces are beautiful caves with glittering walls and crystalline pools. The floating villages are home to Halong Bay locals who spend their lives fishing at sea.

Climbing Bai Tu Mountain is a wonderful way of seeing the spectacular scenery below. The kayaks, canoes, cruises, and seaplanes are all necessary activities to explore the stunning waters of the bay. Once again, you will need to prioritize the activities best for you and your travel companions so as to optimize the time you will have.

Finally, press the button and book your trip.

Every tale begins with an agenda, whether set in stone or open to interpretation. A Halong Bay holiday is a beautiful story just waiting to be told. If you want to sift through all of the websites and offers, from airplanes to accommodation, consider the best ways to plan your next exotic vacation.

Research your options and prioritize your plans. Settle on a budget and investigate local culture and customs. Finally, press the button and book your trip. From seaplanes and cruises to sea snails and beaches, these are the 7 steps to planning your Halong Bay trip in Vietnam.

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The Cessna Grand Caravan 208B – EX – Our seaplane model

Imagine flying in a brand new seaplane over the beautiful terrain and magnificent seascape surrounding Hanoi and Halong Bay, Vietnam. To see the lively streets of city life merge into the endless green vegetation of the countryside and finally open up onto the tranquil waters of the sea.

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From 150 feet above sea level, you can experience some of the most astounding sights of Vietnam as you fly above in one of only three cutting edge seaplanes available. Hai Au Aviation boasts the only seaplane service in Vietnam. It is a unique opportunity to have a bird’s eye view of the picturesque scenery.

BRAND NEW CESSNA CARAVAN AIRCRAFTS

Hai Au Aviation Seaplanes are state-of-the-art aerial wonders. The company owns and operates three Cessna Grand Caravan 208B – EX amphibian aircrafts. The Textron Group (USA) manufactured and released the seaplane model in 2014.

These brand new seaplanes meet all international safety standards and are considered the safest single-engine aircrafts in the world. In addition, they have the recognition as the safest single-engine aircrafts to land on water and meet the standard requirements of the FAA (Federal Aeronautics Associations), ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) and CAAV (Civil Aviation Authority Vietnam). You will have no safety fears or concerns when flying in a Hai Au Aviation seaplane.

THE HISTORY OF CESSNA

Clyde Cessna was one of the first American aviators and aircraft designers. In June 1911, Clyde first built and flew his very own aircraft. Eventually, he found a business partner in Victor Roos and created the Cessna-Roos Aircraft Company which quickly morphed into the Cessna Aircraft company. Clyde had many business ups and downs over the years, collapsing under the weight of the Depression but then rebuilding business when planes become more popular after World War 1.

Clyde’s innovation and technical skills created a legacy that culminated in a reputable aviation empire now parented by the Textron Company. The headquarters is in Wichita, Kansas and continues to produce a variety of Cessna models, the Cessna Grand Caravan 208B – EX one of its most reliable.

SEAPLANE AESTHETICS

seaplane modelThe Cessna Grand Caravan is a compact model with a comfortable interior. As you approach the seaplane, you will notice that it is mainly white with several windows and the Hai Au Aviation trademark in blue and green. They are remarkably small but impressive looking vehicles. Once inside the plane, the 12 sleek leather seats allow you to sit back and relax as you soar through the clouds. Each seat is next to a window so you can easily drink in the glittering panoramas.

The plane capacity is 14 people total, including two seats for pilots and 12 seats for guests. Cabin baggage is maximum 7 kg and the dimensions should be no larger than 56cm x 36cm x 23cm. This is so that you can easily transport personal belongings but without the discomfort of excess baggage. The dimensions of the cabin are:

  • Height 54 in (1.37 m)
  • Length 16 ft 9 in (5.10 m)
  • Width 64 in (1.63 m).

You will be quite cozy but incredibly safe and comfortable in these flying machines.

SEAPLANE SPECIFICATIONS

For a more technical understanding of how this seaplane model work, it is important to look at the specifications involved. It is certainly a compact aircraft with abundant power.

 

  • The Cessna Grand Caravan 208B – EX is 41 ft 7 in (12.67 m) in length and 15 ft 1 in (4.60 m) in height.
  • The wingspan is 52 ft 1 in (15.87 m) with a wing area of 279 sq ft (25.96 sq m).
  • The maximum cruise speed is 195 ktas (361 km/h) with a maximum range of Maximum Range 964 nm (1,785 km).
  • It takes 2,160 ft (658 m) to take off and 1,871 ft (570 m) to land.

 

The Cessna Grand Caravan was built to maneuver “challenging missions, high payloads and short, rough runways.”

SAFETY AND MAINTENANCE

Safety and Maintenance is of the utmost importance to Hai Au Aviation. Only highly experienced and certified engineers and mechanics are allowed to do work on the seaplanes. Each plane is serviced at the international standard facilities in Tan Son Nhat and Noi Bai airports. Major maintenance checks take place at Cessna facilities in Singapore and all maintenance routines follow strict FAA standards.

In terms of safety, Hai Au Aviation seaplanes are in full compliance with CAAV and Ministry of Transport requirements. They are also always coordinating with relevant authorities while in the air, on the ground or in the water. No Hai Au Aviation seaplane operates outside of Vietnamese transport authority.

BENEFITS FOR PASSENGERS

Once you have decided to take a Hai Au Aviation seaplane, you can choose from among many different flight options.

  • There are daily scheduled flights that will take you between Hanoi and Halong Bay at only a fraction of the time it would take to travel by land.
  • You can opt to book a 25-minute sightseeing tour and marvel at the beautiful vistas from an amazing perspective.
  • For the most luxurious private travel experience, book the Hai Au Aviation seaplane private charter services.

By choosing to fly in a Cessna Grand Caravan 208B- EX you are eliminating wasted time and focusing on the joy of your trip. The comfortable cabins, excellent safety and maintenance standards, and sheer speed of the trip make it the ideal way to travel around Vietnam.

Bucket List: Halong Bay places you must visit

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As one of the recognized current Natural Wonders of the world through UNESCO, you know that Halong Bay must be on your bucket list of places you must see, but what else is there to do in this area?

Halong Bay has so much to offer when you come for a visit that you’ll want to know all the best places to check out for all the activities that you want to enjoy.

Let’s go over several of the fun activities you can take part in during your stay and the best places to do them. Don’t miss out on anything during your trip. This easy to follow guide is just all Halong Bay places for you to do your trip planning.

 

TOP SPOTS FOR SWIMMING AND WATER ACTIVITIES

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Cat Ong Island

There are numerous spots around Halong Bay that are perfect for swimming and other water activities. One of the beaches that are off the beaten path is on Cat Ong which is a smaller island by Cat Ba.

It’s a bit more secluded as it features only the Ocean Tours resort. On this sandy beach, you’ll find plenty of seashells and the ability to get back to nature.  The water is the perfect temperature and just right for swimming. Plus, the resort offers kayaks to explore the area.

Titop Island

Ti Top Island is another beach available in the bay where you can enjoy swimming and other water activities. This small beach offers a nice place to get in the water along with all the other great activities available in the area, but you may find that this area can be rather crowded as many of the tours stop here. Titop Island is often included in 2D1N cruise tour.

Lan Ha Bay

Lan Ha Bay is another spot with beautiful beaches that you’ll want to spend all day at playing in the calm and emerald clear waters. This is a great place to go swimming or play under the waves while scuba diving with rented equipment.

No matter if you decide to sunbathe or relax in the water, this is one of the best places to do that in Halong Bay. However, to visit Lan Ha Bay, you have to arrange the transport and accommodation on your own because tours to Lan Ha are not so popular.

Places to visit in Halong placesCat Ba Island

You can’t go wrong in visiting Cat Ba Island for swimming and other water activities. There are several beaches on the island where you can get your water adventures started.

Imagine being able to sunbathe on a beautiful white sandy beach while getting to see an exquisite backdrop of mountain cliffs rising out of the water. Cat Ba  Island is also famous for adventurous activities such as: climbing to Hon Nghieng, trekking in the national park, deep water solo (DWS),…

TOP SPOTS FOR LOCAL CULTURE

If you’re looking to experience local culture, there are a few areas you can check out during your trip to Halong Bay.  One of the first spots that you should consider visiting is one of the floating villages that dot Halong Bay.

You can take a trip out to several of these villages to see how the villagers go about their daily lives and experience what this type of lifestyle is like.  Many of these villages earn a living by fishing and by having visitors come to see what life is like on a floating city.

Another aspect of local culture that can help to connect you to the spirit of Vietnam is visiting one of the many historic Buddhist temples around Halong Bay. One excellent choice is Cua Ong Temple.

This can be a very popular tourist destination as it offers a majestic temple with a natural backdrop that is completely breathtaking. If you’re lucky enough to visit during the spring, you may even get to experience a festival where you can witness many culturally significant events.

TOP SPOTS FOR ENTERTAINMENT

Sun World Halong Park 

Places to visit in Halong placesOne of the top spots for entertainment while visiting Halong Bay is Sun World Ha Long Park. This amusement park is sure to attract visitors seeking entertainment from children to those that are young-at-heart.

There is a rollercoaster, arcade filled with games, Zen garden, and more to be explored. This top spot is so wonderful that it just so happens to be featured in the sightseeing section, as well.

The entrance fee is 300.000VNĐ/ adult.

Quang Ninh Museum

If you’re looking for more educational entertainment in Halong Bay, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the Quang Ninh Museum. Visitors to this museum rave about the modern displays that thoroughly discuss their chosen topic, and most can’t get over how amazingly fun the whole museum happens to be.

You can find information on natural history, Vietnam, and so many more topics. Just be sure that you check the time before visiting as they do close during the middle of the day for lunch.

Opening time: 8:00- 11:30 am; 1:30 – 5:00 pm (from Tuesday to Sunday)

Price: 10.000 – 30.000 VNĐ/person

Carnaval Halong

Depending on the time of your trip, you’re going to want to include time for the local carnival.  Carnaval Halong is a huge draw for many visitors from around the area to around the world.

You won’t want to miss the opening ceremony and the different performances that can be seen around you on the street and the stage. The whole Carnaval Halong wouldn’t be complete without some eye-popping fireworks to view in the night sky. Be ready to be immersed in fun.

The Carnaval is usually held in April – May each year.

TOP SPOTS FOR SIGHTSEEING FROM HANOI TO HALONG BAY

Titop Island

Ti Top Island is not only on the list for swimming, but it also offers a splendid 360-degree view of the bay thanks to the lookout platform. Keep in mind that this platform is reached by climbing 400 stairs, so be ready for a workout to earn that view.

Plus, the path is a bit narrow and steep, so be sure that you take your time as you climb. Once you arrive at the top of the platform and can look around, you’ll be glad that you persevered through all of those steps.

This is one stop that you’ll want to use your camera, and if it has panoramic picture taking features, you’re going to have one amazing picture to show off to your friends and family. Places to visit in Halong places

Queen Cable Car

Sun World Ha Long Park is another great destination when you’re looking for sightseeing in Halong Bay.

The cable car and Ferris wheel available at this amusement park is another excellent way to get a bird’s eye view of the area, and this is perfect for those members of your group that probably won’t be able to make it up the 400 or so stairs at Ti Top Island.  This is a great experience during the day or at night.

The opening hour is 3:00 – 8:00 p.m on weekdays and 10:00 – 8:00 pm on weekend.

Sightseeing by Seaplane

Halong Bay from aboveA final idea when it comes to the top spots for sightseeing in Halong Bay is by taking a tour that will really give you the bird’s eye experience of your lifetime. Experiencing a seaplane tour will give you an amazing day.

You’ll be able to ride in a seaplane which earns you instant bragging rights all on its own, but you’ll also get a chance to see all over the bay area from the seat of the plane.

This provides yet another perfect picture taking the opportunity during your stay. You might even run out of room on your SD card with all of the gorgeous pictures you will take.

The price is $99/ person for scenic flight and from $175/ person for one-way flight.

TOP SPOTS FOR CAVING

There are a huge number of caves in Halong Bay that deserve your attention during your vacation to the area. One of the top caves is the Virgin Cave, where legend has it that a beautiful and young, but very poor fisherman’s daughter fled to this cave to escape being made to marry a man greatly her senior that held debts over the family’s head.

This legend has it that she turned to stone during her exile to his cave. Some say that you can still hear her screaming when the wind blows around the cliffs.

Caving in Halong placesSung Sot cave is another great spot to visit during your stay. This cave earned its name as it’s rather amazing to come across such huge spaces after being in very narrow paths to get to it. The area around this grotto is gorgeous. It is lush with native trees and foliage and will provide shade on your way into the cave.

Places to visit in Halong placesNo matter which cave you visit, you’re going to want to try to experience cave dining.  Many of the tour groups will offer this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where you’re able to sit inside of one of the beautiful caves along Halong Bay and enjoy a nice meal. It’s the perfect way to relax after a day of exploring.

TOP SPOTS FOR HIKING AND ADVENTURES

Cat Ba Island

Halong Bay isn’t with its own hiking and adventures ready for those that are a little more into extreme sports than sitting on the beach sunbathing all day long. One of the best places to hike in this area is on Cat Ba Island.

Not only does this island offer great beaches, but the hiking here is perfect. You can explore all of the natural beauty, and may even spot some of the resident wildlife that calls this area home. Better make sure that you’ve brought your hiking boots along for your journey.

Lan Ha Bay

You can even go rock climbing at Lan Ha Bay. Not only does it offer a picture-perfect beach setting for your time visiting the area, but you can practice your rock climbing skills in the area, as well. This is sure to give you a lovely view of the area while helping you get some adventure in your life.

Bai Tho Mountain

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Mountain climbing is another adventure experience that you won’t want to miss while visiting the area. Bai Tho Mountain is 200m height.

You’ll be able to climb up to the top of the mountain to see some of the best natural views available of the area, it takes about 30 minutes. Bai Tho Mountain is a perfect spot for watching sunrise and sunset.

To get to Bai Tho Mountain, you could follow Hang Noi street until reaching the Nam Phong cafe. From here, you will need to ask local for the direction because it will be a little complex. Don’t worry, they are all very friendly and willing to help.

Ban Sen Island

One final area to hike while visiting the Halong Bay area is Ban Sen Island which takes about an hour to get there by cano.

This island is very thickly forested, and easy to feel as though you’ve stepped back in time when the world was still more natural than human-made.

This is a slice of paradise for hikers with the very peaceful experience it provides. You can even hire a guide that can tell you all about this area. This is one thing to do if you’re looking to get away from it all.

TOP SPOTS FOR NIGHTLIFE

In Halong Bay itself, there are two different bars that you can enjoy the nightlife at during your vacation. There’s the Whisky Gallery Bar where you can find plenty of entertainment with a singer or two on staff, attentive staff and great food and drinks.

You can also visit Funky Bar, and soak up the fun ambiance. You can expect to get some great food at decent prices and dance the night away with the great music.

Not your typical nightlife, but if you find that you’re looking for something to do at night, try to take one of the cruises that offer night squid fishing. This is a fun experience that you’ll never get anywhere else.

Depending on when you travel to the area, you may be just in time for squid season where you can see many squids surrounding the boats. Your tour will typically offer you the fishing gear you need, and then, you can catch some squid.  Often, the squids you catch will then be prepared into meals.

TOP SPOTS FOR SHOPPING

Pearl Farm

Shopping spots in Halong Bay placesThere are a few great places to go shopping while in Halong Bay. One of the most unique experiences you can have in this area is when you visit a pearl farm. These farms help to cultivate the pearls that are found in the oysters by painstakingly seeding them and allowing the pearls to grow.

This fascinating process is one that you’re able to view by visiting a pearl farm at a floating village. You can even purchase pearls to take home with you. There are many luxury jewelries for you to take home as souvenirs.

Bai Chay Commercial Central and Halong Night Market

You’ll also want to visit the Bai Chay Commercial Center and the Halong Night Market which offers a lot of vendors for finding all of your trinkets and souvenirs to take home with you.

Most of goods selling here are from China with cheap price and you will need to bargain if you really want to buy anything.

These Halong Bay places to visit should be on the top of your list. You’ll have so much to do on your itinerary that it can be hard to decide which you want to do first! 

Make a list of all of the things you and your family and friends want to experience while on your vacation to Halong Bay to make sure that everyone gets a chance to do what he or she has been dreaming about doing.

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Bucket List: Halong Bay Activities you can’t miss

It’s time to start checking items off of your bucket list in the upcoming year.  While taking your trip to Vietnam in 2019, there are plenty of Halong Bay activities that you can do that will perfect for your bucket list of everything you want to do in your life.

There’s plenty of natural beauty to leave you awestruck whether you’re cruising around the bay in an authentic Chinese Junk or flying high in the sky on an honest-to-goodness seaplane.

There are plenty of educational experiences that will continue to widen your horizons from being able to visit gorgeous temples to visiting a delightful museum. Adventure and excitement await you on your next trip to Vietnam’s jewel, Halong Bay.

ENJOY SUNWORLD HALONG PARK

SunWorld Halong Bay Park just recently opened, and this combination theme and water park are still being built, but there’s already plenty of fun waiting to be had on your visit. This is great for all ages with the games, rides, and the overall experience.

One experience that’s highly recommended is the beautiful Zen garden that’s ready for a peaceful and relaxing day.  Ticket prices and crowds will probably differ based on the part of the year of your visit, and how far along the redevelopment phase happens to be.

The entrance fee of Halong Park includes Sunwheel, Queen Cable, and Zen Garden is 300.000VNĐ (approximately $13.5)

SunWheel

The SunWheel is available in SunWorld Halong Park, but it’s so special that it deserves to earn its own particular slot on this list of must see activities. The SunWheel offers a stunning visual view of Halong Bay.

The height of this Ferris wheel is what makes it so wonderful as you can see for miles. With an impressive height, up to 215m over sea level, the Sun Wheel is one of the largest rotation in Vietnam, the rest is located in the Asia Park (Da Nang City).

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You may want to ride this amazing wheel twice to get the full effect of the view.  Try riding it once during the day where you’re really able to see all around you, and then ride it again at night where the dark night sky is the perfect backdrop to the lights of the area.  Romance will definitely be in the air for this adventure.

Queen Cable Cab

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This is the only way to go to Sunworld Halong Park

The Queen Cable Cab is another attraction within SunWorld Halong Bay Park that shouldn’t just be lumped in with the theme park. It’s a major attraction that will have you grabbing your camera and saying wow.

The view from the cable car is going to be amazing as you travel along the cable, and can’t be mimicked by any other type of experience. Children will love the chance to ride in such a unique vehicle while riding in the sky. All ages will be fans of this experience.

KAYAKING AND CANOEING THE DAY AWAY

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You cannot visit one of the most beautiful bays in the world, Halong Bay, without taking some time to enjoy the water.  You’ll be able to have the opportunity to explore the bay on a kayak or bamboo canoe if you have interest in being able to paddle around finding the most picturesque views of the surrounding area.

You’re going to want to make sure that you bring along a waterproof disposable camera that you can put around your neck to ensure that you get the best shots of your amazing water journey.

There are several ways that you can enjoy this activity during your holiday to the area.  Many of the different tours and cruises offer this as an included activity that you can enjoy the rest of your tour group during your package.

You can also book these activities as an all-day adventure rather than just as an add-on to another package. You’ll be under the watchful eye of your tour operator, so you can feel comfortable in exploring the surrounding area. However, the government has just announced Kayaking is banned in Halong Bay due to environment polluted.

WATER SPORTS: SCUBA DIVING, SNORKELING, and more in LAN HA BAY

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The water fun doesn’t have to end with Halong Bay activities that take place on the water, but you can also go into the water. Lan Ha Bay is a picturesque area that offers pristine beaches to play the day away during a fun tour or just getting to swim.

One of the fun companies that offer the kayaking experience also has other adventures available for you to enjoy.

Scuba-diving in Lan Ha Bay, Halong Bay, and other bodies of water in the surrounding area is going to be some of the best scuba-diving you’ve done in your life. The beautiful waters and abundance of wildlife are sure to make this one of your favorite dive sites in your entire life.

A quick Google search of images gives you just a glimpse of what you can expect. Snorkeling is just right for families that want to make a splash, but not everyone is ready for full-blown scuba-diving.

Snorkeling is a fun way to view under the water to see the wildlife and makes for a great teachable moment for the importance of taking care of the world’s water.

For the really adventurous wanting to try something new, you may want to try out paddle boarding to see what the fuss is all about. This can be a very fun way to see the bay and play in the sunshine.

SIGHTSEEING WITH SEAPLANES

Being out on the water is not for everyone, and maybe you’d prefer to enjoy the view of the bay from the comfort of a window seat in a plane. There could be nothing more fun and adventurous than getting to a 25-minute ride in seaplane for a fun up-in-the-air tour of Halong Bay.

You’ll get a unique view of the area that’s unparallel from any other activity that you can enjoy. When you combine that unique view with the excitement of being able to ride in a real seaplane with a water landing it’s a spectacular jewel to place in your vacation crown. This is a memory that cannot be topped by the sheer uniqueness it adds to your trip.

HIKING THE COUNTRYSIDE

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Tours aren’t just available to explore the bay waters and surrounding bodies of water. You can also get hiking tours that will allow you to trek around the countryside getting to see the beauty of the land in Cat Ba National Park.

You can see native animals, meet people, and explore. Plus, you can add in some fun activities while you’re exploring, such as trying traditional Vietnamese cuisine or getting to play in the water of the Bay which happens to be a perfect way to cool off after your journeys.

FLOATING VILLAGE TOUR

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If you’re looking for a bit of insight into a simpler life and time, then, taking one of the tours to a floating village is a must see for you. These floating villages are homes that are moored together or close to each other among the islands in the waters of the bay.

The people that live in these villages are fishermen, and often, they have some items for sale. If you’re looking for a peaceful and relaxing boat ride, this may be just what you need for your time in Halong Bay. This is usually included in itinerary if you book a cruise for at least 2D1N.

VISITING PEARL FARM

It’s said that Halong Bay’s islands were created by a mighty dragon that adorned the water by spitting out jewels or so the legend says. This legend is so poetic and helps to allude to some of the treasures that can be found in the bay.

A floating village called the Pearl Farm is a must visit the site for anyone that loves jewelry or the miracle that nature can create such beauty out of nothing more than sand, a piece of the mantle, or pig toe.

You’re able to visit the pearl farm to learn how to produce the pearls, see the farm, visit the museum, and even buy a pearl or two to take home.

CLIMBING BAI THO MOUNTAIN

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For the more adventurous and active tourists looking to burn some energy and explore the natural world in the area, there is the opportunity to climb Bai Tho Mountain. This climb is quite easy, but it can get steep in some spots on misty days.

You may wonder why to bother if it’s a rough climb, but the reward at the end of the hike is the amazing view of Halong Bay from the top of the mountain, especially for sunrise and sunset. Yet another camera moment that will take your friends’ breaths away when you get home.

RELAXING ON AN OVERNIGHT CRUISE

There are a huge number of cruises that you can enjoy while visiting the Halong Bay area.  When you have a bay that is a global treasure, it’s not hard to see why you’d have so many businesses that want to help visitors see it in the best light.

The overnight cruise is one thing that you need to add to your itinerary if possible, and if you can, it’s great to stay on the longer cruises. If you cannot entertain an overnight cruise or longer, you should at least consider the day long excursions.

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An overnight cruise is a perfect addition to your vacation because you’ll get to explore the Bay on a lovely boat, maybe even an authentic Chinese junk, and if you try a luxury cruise, you’ll feel as though you’re in five-star hotel heaven.

Each cruise ship offers a different itinerary of things to do while you’re on the ship. Some may offer trips to the caves in the area; others may take you to a pearl farm, you may be able to go kayaking, or fishing, or more. Try to find a cruise that offers the variety of activities you’ll enjoy.

GET PEACEFUL SERENITY AT TEMPLES IN HALONG BAY

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There are numerous Buddhist temples to visit when in the Halong Bay area. One that is highly recommended is Yen Tu Pagoda. The cultural significance of the temples and the peace that they bring no matter your religious leanings make these a welcome respite during a busy trip. There is cable cab that takes you to the temple.

Cable working time: 7:00 – 6:00 pm

Price: 120.000 VNĐ/ way

EXPLORE QUANG NINH MUSEUM

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When visiting the area, you have to make time to visit the Quang Ninh Museum. You and your party will be able to learn about natural history, the country of Vietnam, and the natural world.

There are many rave reviews that make it easy to see why people are willing to wait around to enter this modern museum even though it closes for lunch every day for two hours before it reopens later in the afternoon.

The quality of the displays available will strongly impress you. You’ll be able to sneak a bit of education into your vacation, and your children probably won’t even notice because they’ll be having so much fun learning.

Opening time: 8a.m – 5p.m (Everyday except Monday)

Ticket fee: 30.000 VNĐ/ person

DON’T FORGET … SHOPPING! 

A final Halong Bay activities that you don’t want to miss is the shopping. Of course, there’s having to find beautiful and lovely souvenirs to bring home to your family and friends, but you also have to do a little shopping for yourself.

When it comes to shopping experiences, you cannot skip out on visiting the Halong Night Market. This market is located in Marine Plaza (Hung Thang Ward, Ha Long City). Besides shopping, there are also cinema, billard, bowling game and kid center. One thing to keep in mind when visiting this market is that you’ll need to have cash on hand for your purchases.

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After reading this article, you may have found a few things that you need to add to your bucket list. As you can see you’ll have plenty of wonderful opportunities for things to do when visiting the Halong Bay area.

This is a vacation destination that’s perfect for couples exploring the world together, families broadening their horizons, and friends looking for that next memorable moment. It’s well past time to start planning your upcoming vacation to the region.

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