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Located in the North East of Vietnam, Halong City is 175 km by road (the journey direct from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes about 3 hours) to reach Bai Chay, Halong’s main port. There are no special attractions to be found here – the dockside is dilapidated and grubby with dust from decades of coal shipments – but to the south of the ferry pier, in the lee of a limestone outcrop named Nui Bai Tho or ‘Poem Mountain’, is a picturesque fishing village. If you visit Vietnam, Halong is a must-see site in your Vietnam vacation, stroll through the village, taking note of the poems in praise of the beauty of Halong Bay, carved into the rocky face of Nui Bai Tho over the centuries.
From Bai Chay, it is just a short ferry ride across the narrow Cua Luc Channel to the town of Hong Gai, conjoined with Bai Chay since 1994 to create Halong City. Where Hong Gai is grimy and industrial, Bai Chay is northern Vietnam’s most developed resort. Designed to appeal primarily to locals and to visitors from nearby China, karaoke bars, and neon lights abound, but this somewhat sleazy aspect in no way detracts from the beauty of the emerald sea and the gem-like garland of the islands spread to the south.

Most popular Halong Bay Tours from Hanoi:

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    Hanoi – Halong Bay by Hai Au Seaplane


    Endowed with spectacular scatter of islands, dotted with wind- and wave-eroded grottoes, is a vision of ethereal beauty, Ha Long Bay is unsurprisingly the number one tourism hub in northern Vietnam. This 3-hours cruise promise to give you the possibility to discover authentic…

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  • Panoramic view of Halong Bay

    Halong Bay From The Top – 3 Days


    Experience the amazing Halong bay and its thousand of limestones from the height with Hai Au Seaplane. Within 15-minute scenic flight at the low attitude to enjoy the bird’s eye view of Halong Bay…

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    Halong Bay Tour – 1 Day


    This trip provides us to explore the magnificent Halong Bay within only one day from Hanoi. Here you can relax on the tanning deck, swim in the clear waters and enjoy 4 hour cruising in the bay…

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    Hanoi – Halong Bay Tour by Helicopter – 1 Day


    Halong Bay, Vietnam is one of World’s Natural Wonders and is one of the top tourist attractions in Vietnam. The literal meaning of “Halong” is “Bay of Descending Dragons”. A local legend says that a family of dragons was sent to…

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    Hanoi – Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Island Tour – 2 Days


    This two day trip allows us to visits both Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island. It starts from Hanoi; we go to Halong Bay, explore this World Heritage site and then going to Cat Ba Island by Boat Cruise. The trip permits us to appreciate…

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  • Halong Bay

    Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Island Tour – 3 Days


    Within 3 day trip, this trip will allow us to experience in different feeling and activities such as: relax, sightseeing great landscape, swimming and kayaking to explore lagoon on crystal water, especially daily life of local people…

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Best Time To Visit Halong Bay

As one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, Halong Bay is a long-standing spot on the bucket list of travelers worldwide. It is true that you can take your Halong Bay tour at any time of the year. Visit Halong Bay tourist not only can appreciate the beauty of the bay but also indulge in a lot of exciting activities such as swimming, diving, canoeing, kayaking, etc. Enjoy reading to know more about the weather of Halong Bay and to have a perfect Halong Bay tour package.

January - February: Best time to enjoy Vietnamese traditional new year

January and February are considered as an ideal time to visit Halong because the weather is so cool. At this special time, tourists can have an opportunity to soak into Vietnamese culture. Visit Halong market or Vincom shopping center to witness how the locals prepare for Tet. You also can visit a local’s house, you will be given lucky money and taste traditional dishes such as Chung cake, spring rolls, etc. If you take your Halong Bay tour during this time you should bring your umbrella, comfort shoes and some hoodies in your luggage because drizzle is the signature of Sring weather.

March: Best time to take a look at traditional festivals

This is the best time to enjoy traditional festivals including Cherry Blossom Festival - the colorful traditional events In Halong Bay. Hit Halong Square from 17th to 21st March to admire the beauty of a variety of flowers from different countries. Tourists will be mesmerized by vivid flowers blooming under sunshine such as cherry or golden apricot blossom. Especially, at night you will soak up in the charming melodies of traditional instrument concert performed by Japanese and Vietnamese artists to learn more about the cultures from both countries. Thanks to the pleasant weather, clear and blue sky this time is also the perfect time to enjoy seaplane flight over the bay.

April: Best Halong Bay weather for an independent vacation

With the temperature which is around 20 Celsius degrees, you can take part in any outdoor activities you want. Go to Halong Bay by yourself in April to relax your mind and escape from the busy life. Visit Ti Top island to admire its beauty with the white sandy beach at the front and the breathtaking view from the top. You also can challenge yourself by a variety of water activities and book a ticket to appreciate the spectacular scenery from the luxury seaplane. Pack your stuff to explore the majestic Halong on your own. Do not forget to visit many famous temples in Halong Bay such as Ba Vang, Long Tien or Cua Ong to have an in-depth look into Vietnamese culture. Soaking into Halong Carnival is another great choice for you. This festival is held annually on 28th April at 8:00 PM at Sunworld Halong Park.

May: Suitable time to enjoy Halong Bay from the top

Travel to Halong Bay in May to avoid the intense tourism flows and take the advantage of this month before the school break starts. With moderate temperature and clear sky, this is the best time to take a seaplane tour to get a perfect sightseeing. Halong Bay this month is so cool makes it easier for outdoor activities like fishing, cycling, kayaking, and swimming. Let your hair down in a bar at night… that’s so much fun.

June to July: The months of avoiding the tropical heat

Halong Bay is an ideal destination to avoid the heat of summer. Book an overnight tour to relax on a boat, have a sauna and relax on the top deck under sunshine. Because the temperature in May can rise up to 35 Celsius degrees at noon, make sure that you do not forget to bring your sunglasses, sun cream in the luggage to avoid getting sunburn and a camera to take a ton of amazing photos.

August - October: Best time to travel for couples

From August to October is the perfect time for honeymoon thanks to the warm weather and blue sky. Many couples go to Halong Bay during this time to take their wedding photos on the streets full of romantic trees’ leaves falling down. Take your Halong vacation with your lover in autumn months to have romantic experiences like cruising in the middle of the emerald sea and holding hands on the top deck and watching the sunset together. Having dinner with a glass of wine on the rooftop is also a once-in-a-lifetime experience for your sweet holiday.The average temperature of these months is 25 Celsius degrees, makes it suitable for tourists to discover floating villages or kayak. Note that, September is the rainy month typhoons happen more frequently.

November: Best time to visit Halong Bay for international tourists

November is the time when domestic tourism is down and inbound tourism reaches peak because Vietnamese are much more focus on work during this time. It is the most suitable time to visit Halong for travelers who want to discover this beautiful place without the intense flow of locals. With the moderate temperature (around 22 Celcius degree), you can enjoy all activities from cycling, kayaking to visiting the fishing village. However, the prices are not much lower than summer because a lot of international tourists hit the bay in this month.

Halong Bay weather in December: Best time to try local food in Halong

If you take your Halong Bay tour in December you should bring your jacket because the temperature is just around 15 Celsius degrees. Although swimming is avoided in this time, tourists also can indulge into some activities like visit floating villages and kayaking. Fly with Hai Au Aviation is a perfect choice. In this cold weather, the best things to do absolutely is tasting delicious local’s cuisines such as barbecue, seafood noodles or “banh cuon”- a tasty traditional Vietnamese dish before floating in the middle of the foggy sea to enjoy a fairytale-like feeling. With this article, we hope that you can choose the time to visit Halong Bay. Contact us for more useful information about Halong Bay tours as well as Vietnam vacations.
 
 
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