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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Natalie Loc
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A customized trip with Loc

We enjoyed our tour with Loc. She took us to places we would not have tried on our own. Loc gave us great knowledge of the city with some good tips. Most of Hanoi is not very vegetarian friendly with street food but my hubby had a good feast. Would definitely recommend Loc. Thanks

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LEE LING Thanh
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Visit a Unique Ceramic Village with a Local

We had an interesting trip to the ceramic village with an ever engaging guide in Lee. Walking thru the zig-zag lanes was fun too.

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Adventure day in Trang An & Mua caves

We decided to make a change to our itinerary and needed to change our tour date. Toan immediately switched for us, he was very responsive to any questions we had before the trip. The actual trip was amazing, it was amazing the views and having toan there to help give some of the history made it even better. When we took the boat ride Toan explained how most guides didnt join the boat tour and would put them on the shortest route to save time. That wasn't the case with this tour, Toan joined us giving us onsite along the way and picked the longest route which gave us an incredible 10 minute boat ride through a cave that you almost had to lay down in the kayak in order to not hit your head. Lunch was great and he ordered food catering to a vegetarian. Highly recomend to anyone visiting hanoi.

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

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€40.00 p.p.

Best Ever Hanoi Culture Tour

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€21.00 p.p.

Drive and Cruise in Halong Bay!

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€130.00 p.p.