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Halong Bay

November 2007

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Ha Long Bay is in northeastern Vietnam, in South China Sea, from E106°56′ to E107°37′ and from N20°43′ to N21°09′. It is bordered on the south and southeast by the Gulf of Tonkin, on the north by China and on the west and southwest by Cát Bà island.

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Reaching there

Halong Bay is reached best from Hanoi by road, a drive of 3 – 4 hours. The easiest way to explore Halong Bay is to book a package tour with an operator from Hanoi. They take care of the transport to and from Hanoi, often in comfortable mini vans.

Halong Bay Packages

There are four common packages available for Halong Bay, all of them starting from Hanoi. It is to be noted that all packages have a fixed route and they never deviate from it. All tour operators follow the same route.

  • Day trip: A single day trip to Halong Bay. As most of the time would be spent commuting to and from Hanoi, the amount of time spent on the waters of Halong Bay is restricted to a few couple of hours only. It is definitely not recommended, unless one is short of time.
  • Overnight trips: There are quite a few options available for overnight trips:
    • 2d 1n, overnight on the junk
    • 2d 1n, overnight at hotel on Cat Ba island
    • 3d 2n, one night on the junk and another night at hotel on Cat Ba island


There is large variation in cost in packages offered by various tour operators. For a 2d 1n night, we came across packages varying from $30 – $200. The price includes transportation to and from Hanoi and all meals in between. However, cost of all drinks are extra, and this includes your bottled mineral water also. So this eventually adds to the total cost.
The price variation is primarily depends on the size of the junks and the food offered. We went for a $57 package booked through our hotel and we liked it very much. The junk was small – had only 4 bedrooms. The food was also good. And as it was not much crowded on the boat, it was ideal to enjoy the serene surroundings of the Bay.


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