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Halong Bay

Overview

  • Flight Time: 12 Hours
  • Time Zone: UTC +7:00
  • Best Time to Travel: October - March

Since being designated a World Heritage site in 1994, much has been made of Halong Bay’s mystical landscape of limestone islets. The natural beauty of the Bay is one of the highlights of any visit to Vietnam. There are many ways to experience the ethereal beauty of Halong Bay.

Cruising the karsts aboard a luxury Chinese-style junk is hard to beat and take in the natural splendour of this region. The luxury junk trips take in the well-known caves and islands around the Bay in comfortable surroundings. The memories will stay with you forever.

Most tours include transport and meals, and sometimes include island hikes. Drinks are extra. Most of these trips follow a planned itinerary, with stops at illuminated caves often at the same time as many of the other boats operating out of Bai Chay. Because of weather conditions, boat tours are sometimes cancelled but you’ll probably be offered a full or partial refund. Ascertain in advance what that will be.

February to April is often cool and drizzly, and the ensuing fog can make visibility low, but also adds an ethereal air. From May to September tropical storms are frequent, and year-round, tourist boats sometimes need to alter their itineraries, depending on the weather.

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  • Jasmine
    Halong Bay

    Jasmine

    High end traditional wooden junk with French-Indochina charming design, Sturdy and strong – with a decidedly languid air.

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  • Violet
    Halong Bay

    Violet

    The Violet is small and exquisite with just six luxurious cabins, She can be pompous at times but her coquettishness will melt any heart.

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About Vietnam


All destinations we offer to our customers have been visited by a member of our team and we are confident that they will meet the needs of any traveller.

From exotic travel destination to war-torn country, the landscape and culture of Vietnam makes it a rewarding and thrilling holiday destination for any intrepid holidaymaker. Vietnam is one of Asia's most enticing holiday destinations, with a dynamic history, extraordinary natural beauty and beaches to rival any in Asia.

  • Travel Guide

    • Vietnam has a diverse climate all year round, so the best time to visit will depends on the area.
    • November to March is the most popular time to visit the country as the weather is usually drier.
    • In late January or early February the Tét festival welcomes the Vietnamese New Year.
  • Getting There

    • Vietnam has three international airports servicing different regions of the country.
    • Tan Son Nhat International Airport near Ho Chi Minh City is the largest.
    • Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi airports are connected to the cities by public bus.
  • We Recommend

    • Halong Bay still remains one of the most impressive natural sights in Southeast Asia.
    • Head to Ho Chi Minh City for museums, shopping and delicious Vietnamese food.
    • Visit Nha Trang, a popular beach destination offering access to several nearby islands.
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