Fly to Halong bay on a day trip

Halong travel

Halong travel

You are planning to visit Halong bay but your time is limited, the best way to enjoy the beauty of Halong bay in a tight time frame is by seaplane. You can save the cost by flying one way in stead of a return trip. Halong junk cruise.

Halong bay is famous as the top destination in Vietnam and travelers cannot miss it if you have a chance to visit Vietnam. A typical trip to Halong usually last 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights, staying on board the cruiser. Travel time by car to and from Halong is 4 hours each way, it takes almost a half day to drive from Hanoi. In order to renew the itinerary, besides means by road travelers can travel by seaplanes, a new service launched in September 2014. Depending on your needs, conditions and amount of time you can take one of three choices below:

Option 1: Money is not problem
To save your time, you can book a return trip Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi, there are 2 trips a day departing at 9.00 and 12.45. Depending on your timing you can catch a taxi to Noi Bai airport, to Terminal T1 and do check-in procedures at counter 10, lobby A.

In the 60 minute flight Hanoi to Halong, travelers will have a chance to watch the panorama view of Halong bay on high at 500 – 3000 m. In your sight is thousands of limestone rocks jutting high from the tranquil blue water. The seaplane will then land at Tuan Chau island and return at 11.30 and 16.00 daily.
However you should not return right away but book a 4 hours cruise in Halong bay and have lunch on board, about 50 usd only and you will have a memorable experience with a Vietnamese style lunch in the middle of the bay, admire the caves and grottoes, kayaking among the blue lagoons.

Minimum time: 1 full day
Total cost: 800 usd (Road transfers, seaplane, food, cruise)

Option 2: Moderate cost
To save your expense, you can choose to fly one way from Hanoi to Halong and then return by bus, the itinerary is similar as above, but after landing you are free to schedule your time to explore and have fun.

Nearest place is Tuan Chau entertainment resort island, you can catch a taxi from Halong city to Tuan Chau island, buy entrance tickets 15 usd/person, there are many performances such as dolphins, crocodiles, water music…. You can also visit the outdoor entertainment area and test your ability with activities like windsurfing, canoeing, parachuting, watersliding motor…
Tuan Chau food area is also a suitable choice to have lunch without moving much, you can enjoy various dishes from 7 usd per person. At about 17.00 you can catch a taxi to the island’s entrance for a bus trip back to Hanoi, fares is 5 usd/person

Minimum time: 1 full day
Total cost: about 500 usd (Road transfer, lunch, seaplane)

Option 3: Saving
The best way to not have to spend too much money but still be able to admire Halong bay from on high is travel to Halong by road and book a tour by flight in 25 minutes. From Hanoi you drive to Tuan Chau island in 3 hours. The seaplane will depart and return to starting point at the end of the trip around the islands in Halong bay. There are 3 flights a day at 10.30 14.00 and 14.40. Depending on your arrival time in Tuan Chau island and flight schedule you can arrange lunch before or after the flight tour. For the night you can book a hotel or guesthouse in Bai Chay area, rates 20 – 25 usd/room.

Minimum time: 2 days
Total cost: 350 usd (Road transfer, lunch, seaplane)

Note: We recommend that you come early as the booking will close 25 minutes before departure time
Baggage allowance 20 kg per person
On holidays the seaplane may apply surcharge, you can change flight time but it is subject to availability.



Halong opens souvenir creation camp

Halong symbol

Halong symbol

To honor and promote the image of Halong Bay, on 16th August, Quang Ninh province’s Literature and Arts Association in cooperation with Halong Bay management board opened the camp for the creativity of souvenirs about Halong bay.

This is an activity celebrating 20 years Halong bay was recognized by Unesco as a World Natural Heritage. In response to the contest for creation of souvenirs of Halong bay, launched by Halong Bay Management board. The camp attracted 15 painters and sculptors who are members of Arts Society (under provincial Association of Literature and Arts). The camp will close at the end of the month.

All individuals and groups living and working in Vietnam can participate. works are drawings or designs in any material, particularly encourage the use of the material characteristics of Quang Ninh, Halong sea and environmentally friendly materials. Contest results will be announced in mid-October, in time to organize activities to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Halong Bay was recognized as a World Natural Heritage Site – Cruise Bai Tu Long bay in Vietnam.

Do Duc Thang, deputy head of the Ha Long Bay Management Board, Head of the contest organizing committee said with the theme reflecting characteristics and originality of the World Natural Heritage, the contest aims to select the souvenir products with beaufiful appearance, featuring evident characteristics, development strategy, attractiveness and advantages of the bay; honor, promote the image of Ha Long Bay sights, stimulate the creative potential of organizations and individuals to create souvenir products to serve the management, conservation and promotion of the values of Ha Long Bay, as well as producing gifts for shopping needs of the visitors.

The organizers will award two first prizes (each worth 15 million Vietnam Dong plus a certificate), 2 second prizes (each worth 10 million Dong with a certificate), 2 third prizes (each is worth 5 million Dong with the certificate). The works that reach final round will be shown, introduced in Quang Ninh Museum and 30th April Square and Tran Quoc Nghien street, Halong City


Halong carnaval held in Quang Ninh

Halong carnaval

Halong carnaval

Carnaval Halong Bay 2014 with the theme “Colors of Quang Ninh – Convergence and Pervasion” will officially take place in 2 days at Hoang Quoc Viet road (Hung Thang ward, Halong city, Quang Ninh province). This year carnaval is organized by Halong city people’s committee in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and other provincial industries.

The main content of Carnaval Ha Long 2014 include: opening ceremony, art performances, street carnaval parade and fireworks display at lower level in which the highlight of the festival is art performances on stage combined with street carnaval, but in each section will have new features to attract tourists. Specifically , the performing arts on stage includes the presence of the artist in the country as well as the participation of foreign art troupes. The beauty of Ha Long will be displayed in difference time and space, from glorious sunrise to the mysterious sunset.

The street parade this year will be a great demonstration with the participation of nearly 4,000 actors, dancers, models, art groups and international masses of Quang Ninh residents. The mascot which takes lead at each block will form a huge stage on the streets with flowercarriages, dances, folk performances in various ethnic regions in the province. The program will focus on introducing the major tourist centers of the province and the tourism potential of a number of localities according to themes such as “Halong city – aspiration of flying dragon” , “Land of convergenced masterpieces of natural effects” , “land of the culturally colourful convergence” and ” land of pervasios and interests.

Over the past 7 years, Halong Bay Carnaval has become the trademark of Quang Ninh tourism, contributing significantly to the promotion, spreading and exploitation of cultural values and provincial landscapes, thereby inviting friends, tourists in the country and abroad to admire and explore the natural wonders of the world heritage Halong Bay and diversified cultural legacies in the province.

With careful preparation, Halong Carnaval 2014 promises to attract a large amount of tourists to Halong bay and Quang Ninh.


Halong rocks collapse

Heavy rains, strong winds from 2 consecutive typhoon that hit northern coastal area of Vietnam has made part of an islet in Halong Bay  overnight junk boat seriously collapse

Halong bay world heritage

Halong bay world heritage

Speaking with reporters, Ms Pham Thuy Duong, Head of the Halong Management Committee, said shortly after 5th typhoon, the staff of Management Department has examined and discovered part of the 649 rock had been blown off.

The island is located in the fishing village of Cong Tau region, between the centers of 3 and 4 Center of the Bay Management Department. Duong said the landslide in the 649 island caused by storms, not by mining for stone exploit.

Previously, the typhoon landed straight in Quang Ninh with the strongest winds in the storm were monitoredat level 8, level 9 (from 75 to 102 km per hour), shock level 11, level 12, and caused heavy rain largely.

Then, 7th and 8th August, the 6th typhoon affected Quang Ninh province. Although the typhoon did not landed onto the province however it caused strong winds and torrential rains in a large region including Halong Bay.

Currently Halong Bay Management Department sent their staff to the scene to monitor the situation. At the same time, the Management Board is inviting the Central Geological Institute to check the status of the island.

Halong Bay is one of the famous tourist destinations in north Vietnam, the bay was twice recognized as a World Natural Heritage by Unesco and in 2011 was voted as one of the New 7 World Wonders. The bay is composed by more than 2000 islands and rock formations. Halong bay is located in the Gulf of Tonkin, near the border with China. The formations are limestone, formed by thousands of years or tides going up and down. Halong is also home to precious animals such as yellow monkeys, langurs