When you travel to Hanoi for the first time, or revisit with friends who have not been to northeastern Vietnam, Rainbow Tourism Vietnam recommends a side trip to Halong Bay – about 3 hours and around 170km from the capital.
The oft-photographed Halong Bay is located in Tonkin Gulf, inclusive of 1,500sq km and 1969 islands of various sizes. Having a tectonic age of 250 – 280 million years, it’s no wonder the area is recognized as both a World Natural Heritage and World Heritage Site.
Set adrift, you might feel as if you were astray in a petrified legendary world.
The best way to see Hạlong Bay is on cruise. A day cruise will show you a glimpse, but if you want to get the most out of your excursion, allow at least two days to see the most stunning moments on Ha Long Bay or its greatest wonders – the sun setting, a starry or moonlit night, and the sun rising on the gulf.
Rainbow Tourism Vietnam, based in Hanoi with its own tour guide, recommends a 2 or 3 day trip with 1 or 2 nights on a luxury cruise. With this itinerary, you will explore all of the bay, relaxing onboard (hopefully with moonlight) and wake up early for sailing or kayaking agmongst the many islands and world-famous caves. (They are breathtaking caves, described as magnificent palaces.)
Some Rainbow Tourism Vietnam-led trips to Halong Bay from Hanoi . You can travel independently or with a small group.
- Halong Bay day trip (from USD $85 per person)
- Halong Bay 2 days and 1 night on cruise (from $149)
- Halong Bay 3 days and 2 nights on cruise (from $210)
Ask the concierge for rates and details of your private itinerary – Email [email protected]
Ha Long” means “Bay of Descending Dragons.” Learn more about the Halong Bay on the UNESCO World Heritage website.