Private tours in Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is in one word: magical! Located in the north of Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is one of the most famous touristic attractions in Vietnam. This comes as no surprise, as the beautiful scenery of beaches, caves and limestone pillars are even included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Tours in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

  • The best time to visit Ha Long Bay is from March till June, and there are several great things to do during your stay.
  • Boat tour or cruise
    You can decide to hop on a boat and sail along the waters of the Gulf of Tolkin, admiring the nature surrounding you.
  • Visit the islands
    There are several islands to visit that are gorgeous and unspoiled by tourism. Visit for instance Ban Sen or Van Don. You can also decide to have a look at one of the more touristic islands such as Cat Ba, which houses a beautiful national park.
  • Caves
    The most famous caves include the Virgin Cave and Hung Sung Sot located on Bo Hon Island. The legend behind the ‘Virgin Cave’ is that a beautiful young woman committed suicide in this cave, as she did not want to marry and old Mandarin man.

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Withlocals guest
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Natan Thanh

Visit the Tea Growing Province with Local Students

this out-of-town tour is a very nice experience. escaping the chaos of Hanoi for a few hours you can see and experience the harvesting and production of tea, spending time with a local family. an experience that I recommend to everyone.
Thank you very much!

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Maggie Thanh

Visit the Tea Growing Province with Local Students

We spent an incredible day with Thanh!! We have been here in south Asia for 2 months already and THIS was one of the highlights of our trip. Not only because it was fun to actually go to a tea farm and learn about the vietnamese tea culture, but also, spending the hole day with locals and talking about life, was really great. We felt really comfortable and everyone was sooo friendly, we couldn`t have asked for more. Really a must-do experience, and also you get to help students talk in english and practice.

Pasamos un dia increíble con Thanh. Llevamos dos meses recorriendo el sur de asia, y esta experiencia fue una de las mejores del viaje. No solo porque fue divertido visitar una granja de té, y aprender sobre esta parte de la cultura vietnamita, pero poder pasar el dia entero con locales y hablar de nuestras vidas, fue algo maravilloso. Nos sentimos extremadamente cómodos, todos nos trataron como en casa, muy amistosos. No podemos pedir mas!!! Increíble viaje y además ayudas a estudiantes a practicar su inglés!

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Barbara Brian

East meets west on a motorbike around Hanoi

On March 15th we had a scooter tour in Hanoi with Brian and his colleague.
We discovered Hanoi with them and got so many impressions on this tour.
Thanks to them we visited places which we would never find in our own: fantastic coffee bar with an amazing egg coffee, had lunch in a very special small restaurant with excellent food. Brian impressed us with his knowledge about <hanoi and the vietnamese history.
We can highly recommend both our guides for a tour.
The atmosphere was very relaxed and we had a lot of fun! We would never ride a bike in hanoi ourselves, but with Brian and his colleague we felt save in every moment.
Thanks again to the team - we will come back for a different tour.
All the best!
Barbara and Alois

How to get to Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

  • The best way to reach Ha Long Bay is by departing from Hanoi.
  • Minibus 
    The drive from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay takes around 4 hours and tickets are 90.000 VND. Beware that most busses don’t have A/C, so in the summer months it can get very hot!
  • Train 
    You can decide to take the train from Hanoi to Halong. The ride costs around 422.000 VND, and drops you off at the Halong Train Station, around 4 kilometres from the Bai Chay harbor.
  • Shuttle bus
    Takes around 4 hours to get to Ha Long Bay, Bai Chay harbor. The bus leaves daily around 8.00 A.M. and costs approximately 253.000 VND.
  • Plane 
    You can also decide to take a plane and arrive on the Cat Bi International Airport in Haiphong. From there, you can take a taxi for around 850.000 VND. The journey from Haiphong to Ha Long Bay takes approximately 2.5 hours.

Food in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

  • Food specialties 
    If you want to try special Vietnamese dishes from this area, make sure to order Tu Hai and Gat Gu. Tu Hai is made out of shellfish and has a unique and delicious taste. You can even decide to eat steamed Tu Hai, combined with ingredients such as fish sauce, herbs and soup. Also make sure to try Gat Gu, which is a tasty cake made out of rice flower.

Top experiences in Ha Long Bay & Hanoi

One day as a local in Hanoi


€40.00 p.p.

Best Ever Hanoi Culture Tour


€21.00 p.p.

Drive and Cruise in Halong Bay!


€130.00 p.p.