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Halong Bay weather and holidays | The 2017 Guide

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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.

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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 2017 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.

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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.

dinner on Halong Bay CruiseThis 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.

 

Bucket List: Halong Bay places you must visit | The 2017 Guide

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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.

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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

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.

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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 | The 2017 Guide

It’s time to start checking items off of your bucket list in the upcoming year.  While taking your trip to Vietnam in 2017, 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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Highlights Halong Halong Bay activities you can’t miss

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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Highlights Halong Halong Bay activities you can’t miss

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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Prepare for a Halong Bay Trip: Book a cruise | The 2017 Guide

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When going on a trip there are so many different options to choose from, and doing a little online reconnaissance before your trip can help you to pinpoint all of the activities that you want to do so that you get the most out of your trip.  Halong Bay is one of the World Heritage sites that you really need to see, so get your bucket list ready.  During your trip to Halong Bay, one of the most romantic and adventurous things that you can do is going on a cruise of the bay.  There are a lot of options available to you, so this article will help to go over the ins and outs when book cruises in Halong Bay.

WHY YOU SHOULD BOOK A CRUISE IN HALONG BAY TRIP?

You may be wondering why should book a cruise in Halong Bay for your trip and the main reason is that you’ll get to see the area up close and personal while enjoying the luxuries of being on a cruise ship. You can’t visit Halong Bay without going on the water as you’ll be denying yourself an experience of a lifetime.  Some of the beautiful island sights to see can only truly be enjoyed when going on a cruise.  Booking your cruise guarantees that you’ll get to experience this for yourself during your vacation, so exploring your options is a good idea. Romantic dinner in Halong on Cruise

WHEN SHOULD YOU BOOK?

There are two schools of thought when it comes to the best time to book cruises in Halong Bay.  There are those that feel that you’ll get a better deal when you wait until your trip to book with a local company.  On the other hand, there are those that feel that you’ll do better if you book in advance.  Both of these cruise booking options have their own pros and cons.

BOOK AT ARRIVAL

ProsCons

  • You’ll be able to speak in person with someone about the cruise that you’re booking, and see with your own eyes the ship rather than having to rely on online pictures.
  • There is always the option to get a better price because you’re able to bargain down the price or have last-minute deal, unlike paying just a set price online.

  • The main issue to waiting to book means that you may be limiting your options when it comes to what’s available during your trip.
  • If you go during the busy season, you may not be able to get on a cruise as your schedule may not sync up with the openings the cruise ships have available.

Booking in advance means that your plans will be set before you even step foot into the country.

BOOK IN ADVANCE
ProsCons
  • You’ll have the first pick of the different options available to you, and you’ll know for certain when your cruise will be so that you can make plans around it to see other attractions in Halong Bay.
  • You can find specials and discounts to help you get a good rate on your cruise when you look online.  This can give you peace of mind that your trip will go along as planned, especially in the busy season where booking in person may leave you without many good options.
  • The main issue when it comes to booking in advance online is that you may be missing out on a better deal when booking up front.
  • Booking based on information provided online without being able to see the cruise companies in person.

Deciding when to book is often a personal choice as some people enjoy traveling by the seat of their pants where they just explore the area without a set itinerary, and others prefer to have everything in place beforehand.  Just keep in mind that if you prefer to wait and are visiting during peak season, you may end up without the cruise package you’d like to have and settle for the ones that are still open.

WHICH CRUISES TO CONSIDER?

YOUR ITINERARY

There are a variety of cruises that you can consider during your vacation that will be a good fit to your itinerary.  They offer day trips for people that are only planning on staying in the area for a short time or just want to experience a short excursion on the bay.  For those that are looking to have a short trip on the bay, but still get a good cruise experience you can try an overnight cruise.  This can be a great option for someone new to cruising, but wanting to see whether or not they’ll enjoy it.  People looking to get a full cruise experience with all the pampering and adventuring involved will enjoy going on the three days two nights or longer cruise packages.

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YOUR BUDGET

Not only should you look at the cruised based on how long they will be, but you can look into what types of amenities that you can experience when onboard.  There are luxury cruises that are like five-star hotels on the water and budget cruises that are wonderful for a day trip or a family looking to keep their budget at a minimum that is just like a budget motel with cruise levels in between.  One travel expert noted that often the difference between a more expensive budget cruise and the midlevel cruise is the quality of the food in that you’ll be feasting like a king with a slight difference in price while the difference between a low-budget cruise and a higher priced mid level cruise will often be the number of passengers on the boat.
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DATE AND TIME

Be sure to look at the departure and arrival times and dates for your cruise package carefully.  You don’t want to miss the cruise departure time for your cruise because you didn’t plan accordingly, such as a transportation delay at the airport.  The same is true with your arrival time back into port as you don’t want to miss another event you’ve scheduled or getting back in time for your flight home.  Some experts say that you should be in the port city the day before the cruise leaves to ensure that you’ll be able to make your boat trip on time.

WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE AVAILABLE?

Halong bay kayakingThe activities that are available on your cruise will vary with the company.  Try to find a cruise with an appropriate length and the activities that you want to experience the most.

Some activities to look for include:

  • Sail in a traditional Chinese Junk
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Diving
  • See the Bright and Dark Lagoons
  • Explore caves with guided tours
  • Have lunch in the caves
  • Kayak or canoe tours
  • Hiking excursions
  • Explore amazing rock formations, such as Chicken Rock
  • Go fishing for squid and other sea creatures
  • Attend a traditional Vietnamese cooking class
  • Explore Tai Chi
  • Visit a fishing village
  • Seaplane tours

Not every cruise will offer the same variety of activities, so when you are looking to book you should try to look for a cruise that will have all of the activities you are looking to explore.  You may not find a cruise that offers everything on your list, but you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised with the packages that are offered.

HOW SHOULD YOU BOOK YOUR CRUISE?

There are a number of ways that you can book your upcoming cruise to Halong Bay.  You can go online and locate cruises through a variety of sources.  You can try an online travel agent, your hotel’s website, the official websites for the variety of cruise companies in Halong, and other booking websites.  If you feel more comfortable booking in advance over the phone, you can contact many of the same sources.  Your hotel’s concierge will often be able to help you with booking a great cruise, or you can contact the cruise company directly.

When booking during your trip, you’ll want to book with an operator that you trust.  If you don’t book through your hotel, they can often refer you to reputable cruise providers.  Get brochures that talk about what your cruise offers, and don’t be afraid to compare your options.

WHAT DID OTHERS SAY? 

One great source for information on the cruise operators in Halong Bay is by looking at reviews from prior guests.  You can get some great information from these reviews that will help you to pick out which cruise you’d like to take.  However, take some of the reviews with a grain of salt as some companies may put up false reviews, and some reviewers may have a skewed vision of what their experience was really like.

If you see a company with a lot of negative or mildly okay reviews with a few shining reviews showing up here and there may be trying to improve their image the right way by changing their tours, or they may be buying reviews.  When it comes to reviews from someone that had a bad experience, remember that there are some people that cannot be pleased no matter what is done for them, and that’s just the way that it is.   

QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN BOOKING? 

There are a number of questions to ask when you are booking your cruise.

  • What activities are available on your cruise? (This may change with the seasons, so it’s a good idea to specify when you plan to visit, especially if it happens to be further out than a few weeks.)
  • Do you offer any extras?
  • What are your meal options?
  • Do your itineraries ever change during a trip?
  • Are your departures or arrivals ever delayed?
  • What is your refund policy if a trip needs to be canceled due to weather or other reason?
  • What are the safety measures in place?
  • Any questions that you think of should be asked for your personal situation.

Getting the answers to these questions can help to make your cruise in Halong Bay better.  You’ll know what you’re getting into in case any issues arise, and feel more confident about your trip.

HOW MUCH CAN YOU EXPECT TO PAY?

The amount that you’ll pay on your cruise around Halong Bay will differ for a variety of reasons.  An overnight luxury cruise will cost you about US$ 220.  Overnight cruises that are in the midrange level are about US $110 to $130.  If you’re looking for a budget cruise, you can find day trips that are about US $60 dollars.

Even if you plan on booking your cruise when you arrive in the area, don’t be afraid to do some comparison shopping online. This is an excellent way to view the price range of Halong Bay Cruise online and give yourself a good knowledge of what you should expect to pay for your trip.  Don’t be shy of using this to get yourself a good deal.

 Tip: Since there’s a lot of competition when it comes to cruises in Halong Bay, there’s a great chance that you’ll be able to find a cruise that has some extras added onto your itinerary for free.  You can lookout for a good deal while shopping around online, over the phone, or in person. 

TIME TO BOOK THE CRUISE

There you have it.  Here are some great cruise options in Halong Bay that are open for you during your stay, and the information that you’ll need to make an informed choice on the type of cruise that’s just right for your group.  There great budget cruises that will give you a fun day out on the bay to explore the area and see the sights while getting back to port the same day to get into the other adventures on your trip.  At the other end of the services scale, there are amazing luxury cruises that will help you to feel pampered while exploring the regions.  You and your group members of all ages are sure to have a good time.

time-travel-halong-bayWe at Hai Au Aviation are here for your needs when coming to visit Halong Bay, so feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about your trip.  It’s very important to us that you have an excellent time during your stay.

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