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My visit to Ha Long bay, Vietnam

edited June 2010 in - Vietnam
We left Hanoi on a shuttle bus with our tour guide Khoa and 10 other tourists. It took about 3 hours and a half to arrive to Ha Long. We stopped for a 20 minute short break on the way at a handicraft center. The bus journey was great even it was a long distance. Our tour guide Khoa is a nice one, he is so knowledgeable and humorous. He knows the way to connect people in the group and we shared our experiences in Vietnam, talked about our trip and of course got a lot of information about Vietnam and Ha Long Bay from Khoa. That was really great.
We spent 2 day tour on Oriental Sails boat. It is such a nice one with very beautiful sundeck (i like it a lot) and well-equiped rooms. Besides, staff on boat was so friendly with big smiles always. Every service on this boat is excellent. After the lunch on boat, we visited Amazing Cave, a nice cave but a little touristic. Then it was a much exciting time. We visited another cave named Luon on kayak. That was the first time I did kayaking and I enjoyed it a lot. We even saw some monkeys in Luon Cave. Then it was the time for swimming in sunset on the b ay. it was the most beautiful moment on this trip. You will never forget the food once you've been to Vietnam. All the meals on Oriental Sails were fantastic especially dinner. it was exquisitely presented.
The second day was a different experience. We visited a fishing village. You can't imagine how it is until you come there. There are about 174 households with more than 700 villagers. All of them are living in small floating houses...
Small people with smile are still in my mind. That was my unforgettable tour to Ha Long bay...


  • edited 5:09PM
    Sounds like you had an amazing time!! It's great to hear how much you enjoyed your trip around Halong Bay - I'm very much looking forward to sailing around this area later this year!
  • Yeah!!! Halong Bay is most beautiful place, if you have more time to stay here, you will get more strange feelings and interesting with special islands in here...Hope you can return Vietnam more once.
  • edited 5:09PM
    Did you arrange the trip from the hotel? How much was it?
    I'd appreciate your tips.
  • edited 5:09PM
    I hope that one day I will go to Ha Long Bay.
  • edited May 2014
    @Scorpion "I hope that one day I will go to Ha Long Bay.". Halong welcome you, Vietnam welcome you! Halong bay is really beautyful. There are others besides place. such as Phan Thiet-Mui ne beach, Sapa, Nha Trang beach, Hoi An- Hue... I`m sure you'll like VietNam.
  • I fall in love with Ha Long cuisine. Once visit here, you should try Austriella corrugate (Ngán Biển), I didn't use to eat seafood, but this special dish got me from the first time when I tried. 

    The local people said that this is a kind of special mollusca only  found in Quang Ninh sea. I love every dishes related to austriella such as grill, steam, soup and especially stir- fry with noodle and vegetable. I asked my friend about how to make this lovely dish with hope that i can remain its taste again.
    I read this article before visiting Halong and find out some local food ideas, it's useful to me and hope that you too :) imageimage
  • edited December 2015
    Wow, we also visited Halong Bay last summer. It rained hard on the way from hanoi to halong, and we was afraid that our trip could be canceled, but Luckily, when we arrive, the weather was so fine. We had a great time.
  • Well, Halong bay trip 3D2N in March will approximately cost 320$ at 5 star class cruise + bus transfer.
  • yes, the great way to enjoy at Halong bay is to stay at least one night on boat
  • Taking a cruise in Halong is also great. Hear that there's a new cruise (La Pinta Cruise) from Cat Ba to Halong but I don't get not much information about it.
  • Halong Bay is really a very good destination to visit in Vietnam. Its world heritage sight that is popular among visitors around all over the world. Those who are interested to Visit Vietnam, must visit Halong Bay. Its one of the main attraction of Vietnam..
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