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.



Cua Ong temple festival

Festival in Cua Ong temple

Festival in Cua Ong temple

Quang Ninh is not only famous for Halong bay, it is also a destination of pilgrimage tourism with many ancient pagodas, temples and traditional festivals. One of the most well known festivals is Cua Ong temple festival, held from January to March on lunar calendar in Cua Ong district, Cam Pha town. Tours to Bai Tu Long bay from Hanoi

Cua Ong temple is located by Bai Tu Long bay, just close to the World heritage Halong bay, Cua Ong temple is dedicated to Tran Quoc Tang, third son of Tran Hung Dao, a general hero in Tran dynasty in 11th century who contributed to the resistance agains Mongolia invaders. Cua Ong festival is organized in commemoration of his glorious deed of arms.

When Tran Quoc Tang died in 1313, he was said to appear at the longan garden and was reported to King Tran Anh Tong, the King ordered to build the temple to memorize his contribution to the country. Cua Ong area was where Tang deployed his troops in protection of the sea border in north Vietnam, this place was also the site of Bach Dang battle between Vietnamese and Mongolians.

Cua Ong temple is one of the relics under Tran dynasty in north east Vietnam, the temple was built on a hill about 100m looking down the sea on the south, two sides of the temple are protected by Green Dragon on the left and White Tiger on the right, behind is mountain range stretching all the way to Cam Pha, Mong Duong areas. There are 3 parts in the temple: Lower, Middle and Upper all combine to make up a tripodal position facing the magnificent Bai Tu Long bay, Lower and Middle temple were destroyed in the French war and have now been restored.

In festival season, Cua Ong is busy with travellers abroad and Vietnam, visitors can travel from Halong city via Hon Gai district, or can take a boat cruise from halong bay, cross over Bai Tu Long bay and arrive at the door to Lower temple.

Previously local people organized the festival on 2nd Lunar March. The festivity was held with solemnity and rituals including palanquin processions of ancestoral tablets of Tran Quoc Tang. Palanquin is carried from temple to the shrire in Trac Chan commune, also called Longan Garden and return to the temple symbolizing inspect progress of Tran Quoc Tang.

Cua Ong temple is known for it’s sacredness since it was just a thatched shrine under an ancient tree on the bank of the bay and during the festival tens of thousands of pilgrims and visitors flock to Cua Ong, here you will have a chance to see 34 statues who were generals under Tran Hung Dao and visit historical sites and natural beauty of the north eastern sea.


Quang Ninh authorities control cruise ships

Halong tourist wharf

Halong tourist wharf

Determining the importance of boat travel in the plan to effectively and sustainably exploit Halong bay, Quang Ninh inland waterway Port Authority has implemented reorganization of cruise ships providing sightseeing and accommodation in Halong bay. According to the plan, owners of the cruises operating on the bay will register with the Port Authority on the day before departure. The cruisers serving walk-in visitors will be arranged to dock in turn and board according to the number of passenger tickets.

After a month of implementation, this plan has basically solved the problem of overcharging and scrambling tourists wishing to rent a boat to visit the vay, ensuring the departure time in good order, not letting the disorder situation at the port area, at the same time help the authorites better manage activities of tourists, contribute to improving the business environment in the area, improve traffic safety, creating positive images for travelers to visit Halong bay.

Tran Manh Tuan, a visitor from Hanoi said: “I have been to Halong a couple of times, however this time the arrangement is much better, more convenient and effective, I bought tickets at the whaft and was given proper information to get on board, especially I didn’t have to avoid touts from middle men, they seem to have disappeared”

Speaking about the rearrangement of Halong cruises of Quang Ninh Waterway Port Authority, Mr Vinh of Toan Thang cruise ships said “Being a business owner operating in Halong bay I find this solution very good, our crew members no longer have to hunt customers like before because there is a specific calendar with times and order” However, in the process of implementing the initial plan was that there are problems such as the subscription period on the afternoon of the day before the tours start which is very difficult for ships to serve tourists. However we have got used to it after a month.

Reportedly, Quang Ninh authorities have developed many training sessions before putting the new plan into operation, informing cruise owners about rights and duties to perform and thus clearly defined functions and responsibilities of the agencies and units involved in the organization of registration, performing pick up or drop off passengers, sale of passenger tickets at the port. Also, listen to the opinions and wishes of the ship owners to come to the agreement, give timely adjustments, ensuring better serve tourists to Halong Bay.


Visit Halong bay

Halong bay

Halong bay

Located in northeast Vietnam, Quang Ninh province boasts the heritage site Halong bay, one of the new wonders of the world. Halong bay is on the west coast of Tonkin Gulf, including waters of Halong city, Cam Pha township and part of Van Don island district. Halong is also home to biodiversity with typical eco system such as mangrove forest, coral reefs, tropical forest…with thousands of diverse fauna and flora.

Halong means where the dragon descends on earth, Halong bay is like an immense picture of mountain and sea, very spectacular and lively with about 2000 large and small islands, most of them are limestone. Hidden inside the mountains and islands are wonderful caves and grottoes, nicknamed as heavenly palace on earth such as Thien Cung cave, Dau Go grotto, Sung Sot cave, Trinh Nu, Tam Cung cave…

Coming to Halong visitors can take a scenic cruise on the bay, you will see the dim mist like in dreams, the crystal clear water like a mirror reflecting the islands in the distance. And travelers will come across the floating houses of local people, with the boats come and go at the harbour. All these things will certainly make visitors entertained.

Besides tourists can not miss Tuan Chau island, one of the most famous resort islands in north Vietnam and is one of the best in 1969 islands of Halong bay, also this is the only island inhabited in Halong bay. Tuan Chau is famous for the largest artificial coast of Vietnam. Guests can enjoy entertainment on the sloping shoreline with white sand beach of Tra Co in Mong Cai district. The beach and water games such as beach volleyball, soccer, surfing, canoes, high speed water motorcycle will give you a healthy holiday, interesting and impressive. Especially visitors will have a chance to enjoy delicious food at Vietnam cuisine garden. The garden was designed in unique style with royal architecture in Vietnam in 17th and 18th centuries.

Halong has a huge cave system, each cave has it’s own charm and attached with a legend. Travelers can take a rowing boat to visit Luon cave on Bo Hon island, about 14km from Bai Chay area to behold the stalactites and bamboo shoots formed over millions of years with a variety of shapes and sizes. You won’t believe in your eyes at the majestic and magnificent scenery, in front of the cave is Turtle islet, on the right is Heaven Gate, there are sheer cliffs, calm all year round like a green mirror, close to the edge of water, a bow entrance opens at the foot of the mountain.

If you prefer a pilgrimage visit you are recommended to Yen Tu pagoda, this is a pagoda complex with temples, shrines, towers and dense trees blended with natural scenery, scatter from Red slope to Yen Tu mountain. The beauty of Yen Tu is the grandeur of the mountains blending with ancient contemplative focus of temples and towers coupled with pine trees, bamboo along the roadside making pilgrims forget the tiredness of the journey.

In the evening tourists can visit Bai Chay night market to buy souvernirs for families and friends or enjoy special food for sales across the road. At about 9pm the area is busy with people going up and down, shopping and dining. If you want to have a panorama of Halong city at night you can pay a visit to Bai Chay bridge, the biggest suspension of it’s kind in Vietnam. Conversely if you want to have a view of the bridge you can go to the former ferry station and have a cup of coffee, watching the sea and city at night. In addition to the huge complex of caves, Halong bay also has other famous beautiful places waiting for discovery, you will certainly have a lot of great memories in this destination.


Quang Ninh tries to protect Halong bay environment

Tuan Chau Group has recently submitted to Quang Ninh People’s Committee the adjustment plan of Tuan Chau International Entertainment resort with the main idea to pour more than 20 million tonnes of soil and rock down to the bay to encroach further 400 hectares of water surface in the west of Tuan Chau island, serving for the construction of 3 villa groups figuring 3 flowers.

Tuan Chau resort island

Tuan Chau resort island

The Group also gave plans to protect the environment and prevent sedimentation of Halong Bay caused by the levelling works. Previously the group had 7 times requested to adjust planning of the Tuan Chau area and was approved by the local government in 2011.

Over the past years, Unesco has made recommendations for the management and conservation of the World Heritage Site of Halong bay, specifically at the meetings of the World Heritage Committee, Unesco has requested Vietnam to explain the isssues affecting the global outstading value of Halong bay, including the impact of tourism and the aqua culture within and around the bay area, impact of the construction projects that encroached the sea, environmental protection…

According to Dang Van Bai, vice chairman of the National Heritage Board, in an effort to make the committment to Unesco, in recent years Quang Ninh province has made great effort to protect the “treasure” it posesses. The board also found that the preservation and promotion of heritage value of Halong bay has made significant progress. Bai said that in February Vietnam will make the final report on the status of preservation of Halong bay. Thus the proposal of Tuan Chau group is obviously raising the risk of Unesco continuing to put more warnings to the preservation of this heritage

By now even the issues related to the management and exploitation of Ha Long Bay is still in the process of finding an appropriate model. For example, in 2014, the People’s Committee of Quang Ninh proposed guidelines for private sectors bidding for exploitation of World Heritage Halong Bay. But until now people still wonder with problems. In it the biggest concerns is whether allowing private enterprises to exploit Halong would damage it?