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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Mitchell Brian
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East meets west on a motorbike around Hanoi

Brian was great! He offered us insight and recommendations to places we would never of been able to find on our own. Great guy! Thanks a ton! Keep up the great work. Highly recommend Brian!

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Evy Hanoi Photography Tour Team
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Hanoi Photography Tour

My guide Ewie (apologies for incorrect spelling!) was very good at picking out interesting scenes to photograph as well as introducing me to local markets, cafe and spots I wouldn’t have probably seen myself. He was also very helpful in assisting me set up my camera for great shots. Highly recommended!

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Karolina Thanh
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Visit a Unique Ceramic Village with a Local

We truly loved our pottery class with Thanh. And not only that. She is a very knowledgeable and curious person. She took us to some porcelain and pottery workshops to see beautiful things. We booked a full day tour. So we also tried lacquer painting. We visited artist’s workshop. If that’s not all we learned about Vietnamese culture and society. We took home with us egg shell decorated plates and hopefully will soon receive our pottery bowls. Thank you for the great experience, Thanh!

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

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Best Ever Hanoi Culture Tour

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Drive and Cruise in Halong Bay!

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