Most Useful Tips for Travelling Halong Bay
What is the best time to visit Halong Bay?
Autumn is also perfect time for couples or small families to have private life-time experiences together while sailing through Ha Long Bay
In the spring, there is still the possibility of rainy and foggy conditions but the fog is not as thick as in the winter. This is the time of flowers blooming and swallows flying over the bay. Besides that, the sun shines constantly all day, and the water is gentle and calm. With this weather, tourist can truly experience the best of Ha Long as they are cruising slowly around and staring at the breathtaking scenery.
Summer will bring clear views of the stunning islands and pleasant swimming temperatures, the sun shines from very early morning until as late as 7 pm in Halong, which makes you feel the daytime is longer than the night time. This time also gives you the perfect chance to have sun-tanned skin and is an ideal time for cruising and kayaking. On the other hand, from July and August, there may be infrequent typhoons so you will be cancel or delay your trip.
Autumn is also perfect time for couples or small families to have private life-time experiences together while sailing through Ha Long Bay. The average temperature is lower than 27°C, so you can enjoy the cool and pleasant atmosphere. From October onwards, it is the ideal time for tourists to take a cruise on the bay. The wonderful weather will enable you to enjoy all activities offered on board while making sightseeing as perfect as it could be.
Winter officially arrives at Ha Long Bay in November and gets colder and colder in January and February. The highest temperature reaches to only 20°C, while the temperature can drop to about 8°C. It is possible to take a boat cruise in Ha Long Bay in winter. Although swimming is not suitable, you still will be had a lot of exciting activities in this season and you can also sightseeing the thick fog possesses a mystery beauty.
In conclusion, the best for travelling Halong will be from April to October because at that time, the weather is quite cool and nice. However, you can also come here in the winter months. The weather can be quite cold and cloudy, sometimes rainy but it will be the best time for private trip with a fanciful scenery of the islands between clouds.
How to get to Halong Bay?
About 170km away from Hanoi capital with 3 – 4 hours go by car, Halong Bay is easily accessible by different means of transportation.
This type of transfer is available for departing from Hanoi center only. The shuttle bus can be understood as “tourist bus”, leaving Hanoi around 08:00 and return at 12:00 from Halong Bay every day. If your hotel is located in Hanoi Old Quarter, you will be picked up from the hotel. Otherwise, you have to take a taxi to the meeting point. Shuttle bus costs from USD10 to USD30/person/one way.
If you arrive to Noi Bai Airport and want to travel to Halong city, rent a car with a driver. Several companies offer this service at a little less than USD 110/one way for private car from Noi Bai to Ha Long.
You can choose service of Halong Express train departs from Gia Lam Railway Station to Ha Long, USD20/single ticket.
You can also travel to Halong Bay on helicopter which takes about 1.5 hour and it is only possible from Hanoi. This service is exclusively run by Northern Vietnam Helicopter Company and it is quite a costly option to reach Halong Bay.
In addition to the usual transportation, tourists from Hanoi also have a new choice for modern and luxury seaplane for travelling Halong Bay. The seaplane with 2 pilot seats, 12 passenger seats and spacious windows, not only saves travel time, but also help you comfortably see the beauty from plane, as well as record memorable moments of Halong Bay from a height of between 150 and 3,000 meters above sea level.