Vietnam Trip Day 2: Ha Long Bay Adventure

Posted: August 5, 2014 in Travel
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After our first city tour around Ha Noi. We are excited for the Ha Long bay cruise. A tour guide named “Phy” accommodated us in the minibus, and picked up other tourists who booked the same package. Some of them booked for 3 days 2 nights and 2 days 1 night to give them time to cruise around the island, and see the beautiful islets. Price is ranging from $50 to $75 dollars, you just have to look for a better deal. You can look around in Ha Noi for travel agencies that offers cheap packages. You can check out The Sinh Tourist Day Tours or Ha Long Bay Tours.

The travel time from Ha Noi to Ha Long bay is 4 hours (estimated time) with one stop at this local souvenir shop with snack bar. Our tour guide gave us a brief background of Vietnam, which under the Communist government. Main transportation is motorcycles which has 38 thousand in Ha Noi alone.


Vietnam tourists from all over the world


We arrived at the harbor around 1:30 PM seeing other tourists waiting in the lobby for the next trip. Tour guides have their different tasks, and assignments depending on how many days they are going to stay. We met a tour guide name “Tu“, and took us to the our boat for lunch. Lunch is part of the package except for the beverages like water, beer and soda which cost 25,000 to 30,000 VND ($1.41). After our lunch, our first destination is the Hang Đầu Gỗ which is the largest grotto in the Ha Long Bay area.


Lunch that they served on the boat for 6 person




Before we entered the cave, the tour guide gave us the history of Ha Long Bay. Take note that you still need to have a ticket before you enter, but don’t worry, you don’t need to pay anything since it is part of your package. The tour guide will provide a ticket for you.

You need to take a stairs before you reach the main cave. The temperature inside the cave is less than 20 degrees. Formation of stalagmites and stalactites with small and large chambers can be seen around the cave. These formations illuminate because of the colorful lights.

After 30 minutes of exploring the cave, we went back to our boat for our next destination which is the fishing village. The floating fishing village is 10-15 minutes away from the Hang dau go. We had the chance to take pictures of the beautiful panoramic view of the islets. The top deck is the perfect place to see the lake, and to relax because there are wooden benches around. Activities in the fishing village for tourists are kayaking and boating. You can go to other caves while kayaking which will cost another 30,000 VND ($1.41). We didn’t have a chance to do kayaking because of the time and safety, though you will have your life jacket, no one will assist you on the spot.

We took another boat to take us back to the harbor because we only availed 1 day tour. We reached the harbor at around 5:30 PM, and took a minibus back to Ha Noi. We got back to our hostel at 9:00 PM.



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