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Hanoi to Halong Bay by bus

Halong bus at My Dinh Station

With its hospitable people, culture and mouthwatering street food, all being important parts of a backpacker’s life, a trip to Hanoi is quite an interesting experience. However, when being here to get out of the madness of the city, most people will also want a side trip or two – and it is likely that the UNESCO-listed Halong Bay is the best place to escape. Indochina travel Laos

Mini bus is the best option

Shuttle bus from Hanoi to Halong

Shuttle bus from Hanoi to Halong -source: internet

When it’s high time to get out of Hanoi to go to the seducing destination known as Halong Bay, sort out transportation is the first thing you will need to do. Even though private taxis are available for the less budget-conscious, and this can probably take you to your destination a little quicker, most people take tour-based minibuses to Halong City. However, as far as the public buses are concerned, unless you are used to Vietnamese transport etiquette, you should give these a miss! So, the best option may be the mini bus.

Bus fare

Halong bus at My Dinh Station

Halong bus at My Dinh Station -source: internet

You will definitely have to make your way to Quang Ninh province which is 155km far from Hanoi if you plan to visit Halong Bay, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a seat in a high quality bus going to Quang Ninh, it will cost VND 220,000 ($9.5) and take around 3.5 hours.

Bus route

Inside Halong express bus

Inside Halong express bus -source: internet

Tourists from Hanoi capital can go to My Dinh, Gia Lam or Luong Yen Terminal to catch a high quality bus to Quang Ninh. Bai Chay Terminal, which is situated quite near Vuon Dao tourism center, is the spot where all the buses from other provinces travelling to Quang Ninh stop. To reach Vuon Dao Area, where you are supposed to reach before heading to Halong Bay, you can consider a taxi (from VND20,000-VND30,000) (around $1) or xe om (motor-taxi) service (with about VND15,000) (less than $1).

In this area located many low-price guesthouses, hostels, mini hotels and restaurants. It is also highly recommended to spend a day staying here, enjoying the exceptionally romantic view, savoring fresh seafood as well as wandering along the beachside road.

How to get to Halong Bay Cruises?

Private bus to Halong

Private bus to Halong -source: internet

Only 2 km far away from Vuon Dao area, Bai Chay Harbor is where you can find cruises sailing to Halong Bay. Xe om, which costs about VND 20,000 (less than $1) is the most convenient way to get there. At the harbor, travelers can find so many kinds of cruises from the luxurious private cruises, the five-star, four-star to three-star one, which are fully prepared with professional services available. halong bay tour

A couple or a single traveler can get the integrated ticket, which let them be integrated with other large groups of travelers, instead of hiring a whole cruise with the full package. In the morning of Saturdays and Sundays, when there are so many travelers coming to visit Halong Bay is the best time to grab those integrated tickets. Get ready to admire the incredibly mysterious beauty of Halong Bay at an amazingly reasonable price!

Dau Go Cave

Dau Go Cave -source: internet

Normally, at the harbor, there are two types of sightseeing tours provided: the four-hour and seven-hour tour, in which the cruise will sail through the most famous tourism destinations in Halong Bay such as Sung Sot Grotto, Ti Top Island, Trong Mai Islet, Dau Go Cave, Thien Cung Cave, etc.

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