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.

Withlocals experiences in Ha Long Bay are

100% With locals

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The Withlocals host you book is the
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are private, meaning exclusively
for you.

a 100% taste of the city

From city highlights to hidden gems.
From food essentials to home dinners.
Our hosts share it with you.

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.

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Stefan Toan

Adventure day in Trang An & Mua caves

In der Vorbereitung meiner Reise habe ich einige Berichte zu Touren anderer Anbieter nach Ninh Binh gelesen (Stopps an Verkaufsständen, Massenabfertigung bei den Bootstouren usw.) und ich bin sehr froh das ich die Tour mit Toan gebucht habe. Es war einfach alles bestens organisiert. Abholung, Fahrt, Getränke, Essen, Wanderung, wirklich alles perfekt. Toan ist ein ausgesprochen lieber, netter und zuvorkommender Mensch. Darüber hinaus ist er sehr hilfsbereit und hat eine Menge an Informationen zur der Tour parat. Es war ein sehr lustiger Ausflug der ganz viel bleibende Eindrücke bei mir hinterlassen hat. Ich kann Toan als Tour Guide nur wärmstens empfehlen. Das war meine schönste Tour in 4 Wochen Vietnam/Kambodscha. Danke, Danke,Danke!! Beim nächten Mal sehr gerne wieder.

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Gréta Julie

Best Ever Bicycle Tour of Hanoi

We met Julie on our first day in Hanoi. She showed us a lot of interesting places in a short time. It was very nice to ride the cycle around the city and it actually made it easier to walk around the city in the traffic after riding in it. Julie talks very good English and is very easy to be around. We recommend this tour for anyone that wants to explore Hanoi as you get to see a lot more in less time.

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Mateo Hang

A customized trip with Hang

I had an amazing time playing football! Hang and her son are really nice and kind, and both have a great English level, so there are no problems when communicating. Utterly recommended experience, specially if you are as passionate about football as me.

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.