Trip Planning FAQs
When is the best time to plan a Halong Bay Tour?
Halong Bay Cruise runs all year round and it worths visiting at any time of the year. March to April & September to November are regarded as the best periods to visit Halong Bay. The clear sky, gentle temperature and pleasant climate will bring you a perfect experience of Halong Bay cruise tour.
December to February is the winter time in Vietnam. The weather will be a little bit cold on the sea. However, there are many travelers coming to visit due to the season breaks of the Christmas, New Year and Chinese Spring Festival. Please bring warm clothes if you visit at this time.
May to August is the summer season. The clear views of the islands, pleasant swimming temperatures in the water, and the recreational activities at sea also attract many visitors. Since it is rainy season, please be aware of the weather forecast and prepare raincoat.
How can I choose a Halong Bay cruise?
There are hundreds of cruise ships sailing on Halong Bay every day with itineraries varies from 1 day, 2 days 1night and 3 days 2 nights. For most travelers, we mainly suggest taking 2 days and 1 night cruise as the first choice. Taking this itinerary, you could enjoy both day and night views of the bay as well as the most highlight sites on the sea.
If you have limited time for the tour, the 1 day cruise will be perfect for you. If you have more leisure time, you can also enjoy the longer tour with 3 days & 2 nights cruise which sails further to the sea with more activities. No matter which line you take, we will bring you a pleasant Halong Bay tour.
What are the best attractions to visit on Halong Bay?
Cruises sail among the three different bays of Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. For most day trip cruise, they mainly sail around Halong Bay with famous sites as Ti Tov Island, Dau Go Cave, and Sung Sot Cave. For 2 days 1 night cruise, they mostly sail around Lan Ha Bay with sightseeing of Dark and Bright Cave, Ba Trat Dao Beach and Tien Ong Cave. As for Bai Tu Long Bay, since it is far away from the inhabited island, only cruises with 3 days 2 nights come here. The Tien Canh Son Cave and Ban Chan Beach are highlight sites.
Halong Bay is located in the north part of Vietnam. The nearest international airport is Hanoi Noi Bai Airport. From Hanoi Noi Bai Airport, there are two ways to reach Halong Bay, one is taking a private car or shuttle bus for three hours or more, the other is taking a helicopter. From Hanoi city, only private car and shuttle bus are available. Due to weather condition and complicated procedure, helicopter is not widely approved. The private car and shuttle bus are still the mail transportation ways.
Should I book my Halong Bay cruise in advance?
Although there are many cruises on Halong Bay, as the most popular site in Vietnam, the cruises are always under great demand. To guarantee your trip, you are suggested to book it in advance.
How can I book shuttle bus to Halong Bay?
Most cruise companies offer a round-trip shuttle bus between Hanoi and Halong Bay. If your hotel is located in the Old Quarter area, they will pick up/drop you off at your hotel lobby. If your hotel is located far away from the Old Quarter, you need to go to the fixed meeting point for the shuttle bus by yourself. For the detailed information, our travel consultant will confirm with you based on your cruise.