About 160 km from Hanoi, Ha Long City in Quang Ninh province is a famous tourist destination not only of the North, the whole country but also around the world. Ha Long has bays, world heritage sites, rich tourist activities, delicious food…
What season is Ha Long beautiful?
Ha Long city is located in the North, so the climate is full of 4 seasons. The months 4-6 are warm without rain, June-August is hot but there are many storms, September-December the weather cools down and turns cold. Each season here has its own beauty, in the summer when you come to Ha Long to swim and sunbathe, the spring and autumn are cool, suitable for watching a less noisy Ha Long and participating in outdoor activities as well as outdoor activities. Explore amusement parks. You should avoid the high season from June to August to avoid crowds.
From Hanoi, visitors can travel by Limousine car, which is shuttled to the place upon request. Ticket price is 180,000 – 220,000 VND per person, travel time is about 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can pick up a bus at the stations in Hanoi city or choose to take a self-driving car or motorbike to Ha Long. The price of a passenger car is about 150,000 – 200,000 VND per person.
The most ideal travel direction is the highway Hanoi – Hai Phong, Hai Phong – Ha Long. The road is beautiful, but you need to pay attention to the signs, run at the right speed, turn on the traffic lights when changing lanes and always wear your seat belt.
In Ha Long, if you don’t have a vehicle, you can rent a motorbike for 120,000 – 200,000 VND a day. Tourists traveling in large groups such as families or friends should hire a taxi or a private car.
Accommodation options in Ha Long are very diverse, including hotels, resorts, homestay, motels or yachts from high-end to affordable. Rental prices range from a few hundred thousand to several million dong.
If you choose to stay in a comfortable homestay with a more affordable price, you can refer to The Bay, Halong Ginger, Orestay, Deja Vu House… If you want to be “luxurious”, you can rent a room at hotels like FLC Grand Hotel on Van Nghe hill, with an infinity pool at an altitude of more than 100 m above sea level. Another option to see Ha Long Bay is from the swimming pool, on the 4th floor of Wyndham Legend Halong hotel or overnight on a yacht. The hotels with beautiful views and luxurious amenities are often located near the sea such as Muong Thanh, Royal Lotus, Novotel…
Ha Long Bay It is a world heritage site with natural beauty that attracts domestic and foreign tourists. The bay has thousands of limestone island large and small with all shapes scattered, creating a magnificent and different scene from the rest of the world. A popular choice is to take a sightseeing train with itineraries passing through places such as Ga Choi Islet, Dinh Huong Islet, Sung Sot Cave, Thien Cung Cave, Titop Island…
To experience the fullest, you should stay on yacht. You will enjoy the quiet space, fresh air when cruising among the vast waters of the enclosed bay, with little waves and wind.
There are many in Ha Long service shipping company 1- 5 star standard such as Heritage Cruises, Paradise Cruise, Stellar of the Seas, Indochine, Scarlet Pearl Cruises, Orchid, Starlight Ha Long, Dragon Legend…
On the “floating hotels”, guests are also served luxurious meals, bathing in the open-air swimming pool, watching the sea at night. Some cruise tours also include experiences such as morning tai chi practice, swimming, kayaking, night squid fishing, visiting fishing villages, pearl farms, cooking lessons…
Coming to Ha Long, not only can you go on a cruise, sit on a bamboo boat, you can also watch the bay from above helicopter flight, seaplane. Cruises by helicopter or seaplane will give you a new perspective on the beauty of the entire bay. If you choose Halong Heli Tours helicopter, you can go on a 12-minute, 25-minute or 40-minute sightseeing tour, the fare is about 1.9 to 5.4 million VND/person with the journey through Thien Cung Cave, Dau Go Cave. , Reu Island, Bai Tu Long… If you choose to fly a seaplane of Hai Au Aviation, a 25-minute sightseeing journey costs 1.5 million VND/person.
Bai Chay Beach, the artificial beach located behind Sun World Park is expanded to the sea by nearly 1km compared to before. Wide beach, clean sand suitable for organizing group games, swimming, sunbathing or walking to watch the sunrise…
Public services such as bathing, changing, and cleaning are charged VND 20,000 per turn. In addition to Bai Chay, Ha Long has many beautiful beaches for tourists to explore such as on Titop Island, Marina Bay Ha Long, Ba Trai Dao, or beaches in Tuan Chau, Sun World…
Bai Tho Mountain 200 m high, is considered an interesting scenic spot overlooking Ha Long Bay and the city. The mountain was originally called Truyen Dang, ie Light Lamp, to indicate the important guard post of the Northeast gate thousands of years ago, responsible for illuminating the way for ships on the bay.
From 1468, when King Le Thanh Tong ordered the poem to be engraved on the cliff, Truyen Dang was renamed Bai Tho. Now this place has become a famous tourist destination of Quang Ninh.
Do The way to Bai Tho mountain hidden in a small alley of families in Hang Pot Street, Bach Dang Ward, so not everyone knows.
Often tourists come to Ha Long to climb Bai Tho mountain because they are introduced by friends who are here. Otherwise, you need to ask the people in Hang Pot Street for directions if you want to conquer it yourself.
Quang Ninh Museum – Library located at Tran Quoc Nghien, Tuan Chau. Opening hours: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The museum welcomes visitors every day of the week except Monday, the ticket price is 30,000 VND/adult, 20,000 VND for students and 10,000 VND for children.
Inside the Quang Ninh museum, the first floor is a natural ocean space, the second floor displays relics of historical value, and the third floor shows the history of coal mining in a vivid model of a mine. .
Funny Art 3D Museum is an interesting check-in place in the journey, with more than 40 pictures themed on animals, adventure, fiction… Ticket price is 80,000 VND per turn. The museum is located in Marine Plaza, open from 9am to 10pm.
Tuan Chau Park located on Tuan Chau island is a diverse amusement park with fairy train games, slides, roller coasters, flying saucers, cable-stayed swings… Opening hours: 8:00am – 10:00pm, ticket price is 350,000 VND per person. people, children under 1m are free. Tickets to see dolphins or water music 100,000 VND for adults, 60,000 VND for children.
Sun World Park is one of the largest amusement parks in the country with an area of 214 hectares. In addition to swimming, visitors can have fun at Vortex Bay water park, Dragon park, Typhoon Water Park, check-in on the famous Koi bridge, admire the spiritual complex of Bao Hai Linh Thong Tu. Or visit the Japanese garden, visit the wax museum, the upside down house.
The park consists of two coastal complexes and on the top of Ba Deo. In which, the highlights such as the queen cable car, the mysterious hill have a ticket price of 250,000 – 350,000 VND/person. Dragon Park sells tickets 200,000 – 300,000 VND/person, unlimited number of times to play entertainment games. Typhoon Water Park sells tickets for 350,000 VND/person.
Bai Chay old town located on Ha Long street, Bai Chay. This is one of the destinations suitable for travelers who like to check-in. Visitors can visit and take pictures for free.
Ha Long Night Market It is a paradise for shopping and dining at night. The market is located on Ha Long Marine Boulevard, Bai Chay, open from 18h to 24h. The market has hundreds of large and small stalls with all kinds of items from souvenirs, specialties, confectionery to jewelry and clothes.
The famous delicacies in Ha Long are mostly made from seafood such as squid, surface, sa worm, bored, shrimp, crab, fish, squid… Seafood vermicelli dishes are very popular.
Surface vermicelli It is a popular breakfast and lunch dish in Quang Ninh, especially in Ha Long city. Surface (also known as mantis shrimp, mantis shrimp, hammer shrimp) is a seafood species abundant in Ha Long waters, with firm meat, sweet aroma and rich in nutrients. A bowl of vermicelli costs about 30,000 – 40,000 VND.
Noodles with the same period This is a dish only available in Quang Ninh. The tick has a small body about the size of a rock crab, but has a lot of shells with little meat, in return, it has a pair of big and lots of meat. Therefore, it is the main ingredient for processing dishes. The meat is sweet, the taste is different from crab meat, it is lightly fried with onions and garlic for aroma, then put in a bowl of white vermicelli with already smashed claws. You can
Eggs, wormwood stew It is a nutritious snack often sold in the late afternoon in Ha Long. Wormwood stewduck eggs are recommended by gourmets in Ha Long to try when coming to this city.
The sweetness from the square pieces of wormwood makes the bitter wormwood leaves more tender when stewed together, while the leaves make the secretion less fishy. Restaurants also add duck eggs to the bowl of stewed blood. The price is cheap, 10,000 – 20,000 VND per piece. To enjoy this dish, diners should go to column 3 market, Ha Long market 1, 2.
Squid roll cake is a famous specialty of Ha Long. In Ha Long, diners can eat banh cuon with squid at any time of the day. Some famous addresses must mention the brand name of Mrs. Ngan, Mrs. Yen, Goc Bang shop, or in the local market during the day. A meal costs 30,000 – 55,000 VND depending on the diners’ need to order more squid rolls.
Sam It is processed into many dishes such as sweet and sour stir-fry, fried rice, sam eggs… very strange and delicious. However, sam is a type of seafood with welding properties, so if you have a “history” of allergies, or have a cold stomach with seafood, you should not eat or eat only a little. The famous sam address in Ha Long is Sam Ba Ty in Lane 6 Cao Thang, or Sam Quang Yen restaurant, located on the road from Ha Long to Hanoi. In the afternoon, at the snack area of Ha Long market 1, there is also a shop selling sweet and sour sam sam, fried sam… quite delicious.
Stir-fried snails This is a snack that is very popular with locals, the price is affordable, only about 35,000 VND / plate depending on the type. Eating fried snails, you should go to the sidewalk shops, you will feel more comfortable and delicious with the rustic way of processing. Stir-fried snails with soy sauce, lemongrass, tamarind sauce, coconut… are delicious and addictive. In Ha Long, there are also many types of snails for you to choose from, the most popular ones are snails, snails, snails…
Pearl yogurt It is a must try dessert. Yogurt with pearls appeared about 10 years ago. Famous snacks become the trademark of Ha Long, making waves in other cities. The shops make their own yogurt, which is soft, not frozen, and cool. Only 10,000 – 30,000 VND for a portion of yogurt, Ms. Nghi or Lien Tuan are two familiar places for young gourmets in Ha Long.
In addition, there are times when you should enjoy more nodding cakes, Quang Yen spring rolls, Hoanh Bo sticky rice wine, spring rolls…
To find seafood, you can go to Cai Dam market, Vuon Dao area, Doan wharf, cages area, or enjoy food in tours on the bay with each meal ranging from 200,000 VND per person.
Some good restaurants in Bai Chay area are Hong Hanh, Phuong Nam, Cua Vang, Phuong Thuy, Yen Oc in Cai Dam area. In the Hon Gai area, there are restaurants like Sam Ba Ti pile 5, Huong Duyen, Bao Nghia rice, Lan Huong, Bang Lang… Some other suggestions are the food street, Gieng Don snack area, Phu Lam restaurant near Cienco fishing village. 5… If you have time to explore further and want delicious food, rustic processing, you should go to Quang Yen area, Thong Nhat commune, Hoanh Bo district.
Today’s Ha Long beach town, besides its natural beauty and attractive specialties, also attracts many young guests when the appearance of Cafe Beautiful and unique view. Some places for visitors to refer to are Sky Bar, Cam Cafe, 1990 Coffee house, Old Town cafe…
What to buy as a gift
Dried seafood such as sun-dried squid, dried fish, dried shrimp… and pounded squid cake, or items crafted from marine shells, coal are all typical Ha Long gifts. Seafood and souvenirs are easiest to find when you go to Ha Long night market, Cai Dam market and traditional seafood shops.