Halong Bay in Vietnam Picture

Photo of Halong Bay
This photo of Halong Bay in Vietnam is my picture of the week as this is one of the must-visit places on earth where most round the world travelers would make a stop here. The most prominent thing to do here at Ha Long Bay is to take the overnight junk boat cruise.

Anyone visiting Vietnam and Hanoi should not pass on this opportunity or you will shoot yourself in the foot if you go back and you friends find out you missed out on experiencing Halong Bay.

For me, I was fortunate enough to try both during my visit here in 2010. I experienced both the day cruise and also the overnight cruise at Halong Bay. Each of them provide different kinds of experience and is worth trying.

While there are many types of Halong Bay Cruise to choose from, you have the option of getting the budget cruise (US$40) right up to luxury cruises (US$200+) fit for a king. Again, it all depends on your wallet or purse. I would recommend the medium range tours. 

Apart from the overnight cruise here, you will also have the opportunity to explore some of the amazing places here like the Thien Cung Cave or the many fish farms around this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You should also be prepared to bring some food and drinks while you go for this trip as prices on board the junks are pretty high. For first timers, please take note about the main cruise jetty which is the Bai Chay Wharf in Halong Bay,

Vietnam is quite diverse, therefore if you visit Hanoi and Halong Bay, it is totally different from other parts of Vietnam. In my opinion, I feel like Hanoi is a more natural place to visit compared to HCMC. Da Nang is more of a resort city and Halong Bay is more of an epic adventure compared to the other places. 
Halong Bay in Vietnam Picture Halong Bay in Vietnam Picture Reviewed by David Jr on Friday, September 16, 2011 Rating: 5

13 comments:

matt said...

I would have to say the same one of those places if your in Asia and got the opportunity take it! you won't regret the trip

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David Jr said...

Thanks Matt, it's one of those trips in your life that one should take.

Natty said...

Totally agree that Halong Bay is a must-visit place! I did an overnight cruise on the emeraude last month and it was spectacular. Any other places you recommend in Southeast Asia?

David Jr said...

Thanks Natty, I would recommend the Sarawak Cruises.

Jen said...

love that the luxury cruise is still affordable...

Sophie said...

I really must make it to Vietnam soon!

Man said...

I'm in Sapa right now -- going to be in Halong Bay in a couple of days -- very excited!

jade said...

Really great composition. and the colors are so vibrant.

Stephanie - The Travel Chica said...

Cool boat!

David Jr said...

Jen - At around $200 per person, I think it's pretty cheap for any Halong Luxury Cruise.

Sophie - Go during the cooler months.

Man - Awesome! Have a wonderful time there and don't forget to check out Hanoi's Old Quarter.

Jade - Thank you very much.

Stephanie - It's quite nice on board. Have you done Halong yet?

yfyap said...

Halong Bay is a must see and must experience (over-night). Include Cat Ba island if time permits. Nov to Mar best time to visit due to cooler weather. Go with a group and take the whole junk,you get your own private cruise on Halong Bay. Been there 4 times and thoroughly enjoyed it.

goasiatravel said...

I have been on Alova Cruises.com for 2 days 1 night, It is really great trip

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