Traveling to Vietnam is one exciting way to experience another interesting culture in Asia. There are actually a lot of activities to do and sceneries to enjoy while touring round the famous Ha Long Bay in this beautiful country. So if you’re wondering why every year, more and more tourists are taking the Halong Bay day trip, here’s a list of the best things you can expect from this excursion:
HANOI TO HALONG – Gateway to Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay is a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site with spectacular attractions perfect for both local and foreign tourists. With a 170-kilometer distance from the capital of Vietnam, you can reach this travel destination with easily accessible transportation options via bus, tour/shuttle, motorcycle, train, private car service, car rental, or seaplane. Most prefer to fly in from Hanoi, which is two hours away from Ha Long.
Depending on your budget, you can pick the most comfortable travel choice for an ultimate Halong Bay getaway. For day trips, there’s nothing to worry about the transportation service because everything is shouldered by the tour operator.
I recommend Red Tours Hanoi and look for Duc, a Vietnamese tour guide with a British accent! He is very patient and entertaining!
Ha Long Bay Island Hopping
Although Ha Long Bay doesn’t have turquoise waters like you usually see from other popular beach destinations in Asia (often compared by Filipino travelers to El Nido), the place overflows with fantastic karts formations that are indeed remarkable and impressive. You will be impressed by the limestone islands with lush wilderness that provides rich natural resources and well-preserved flora and fauna.
While on the boat, you will feel like surrounded by the stunning karts scattered in the wide ocean. The fogs add mystique effect to the seascape while enjoying the entire island hopping adventure.
Entering the caverns beneath the beautiful granite hills is one breathtaking experience. The famous Thien Cung Cavern is surely the number destination when it comes to cave tours. This is also called the Heavenly Palace Cave with enchanting flowstones, pillars, drapery, stalagmites, and stalactites. Once you see the inner part of this cavern, you will be wowed by the multi-colored glows brought by the carnival lights inside the cave. This is to provide tourists better vision of what’s inside this age-old grotto.
CRUISE WITH ME, BABY
Some call it ‘junk’ but others prefer to call it cruise ship. . There are also Vietnamese guides to help tourists maximize their experience. While cruising, tourists are taken to the lagoons that have nice and calm atmosphere just to enjoy the views around for taking pictures and maybe contemplate about life? Hehe 😀
The best part of any tour or excursion is the serving of food. Seafood lovers like me are in for a treat in Ha Long Bay Tours. Enjoy unlimited crabs, prawns, and other seafood that are usually found within the area! There are also refreshing drinks to match the meals served by friendly staff.
I’ve only been to Hanoi and Ha Long in Vietnam and I thoroughly enjoyed our quick but relaxing trip. With the cool weather, good company and affordable food/accommodation/shopping selections, it is definitely a kind of trip in SouthEast Asia that I highly recommend!
^ Click the play button to watch some snippets from our Ha Long Bay Cruise
For this specific trip, our group was only given the chance to do the day trip. For those who are curious with the overnight Ha Long Bay cruises, you may watch the video below:
^ You can stay overnight in one of the boats! Watch the video to get an idea.
WHERE TO STAY IN HALONG: Halong Plaza Hotel
It’s been two years since this trip hosted by Cebu Pacific took place, but when you have the perfect elements of a fun, hassle-free trip, you don’t really forget that easily! 🙂