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Halong Bay Full Day Trip with Fast Expressway Transfer Round Trip
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Halong Bay Full Day Trip with Fast Expressway Transfer Round Trip

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The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay is most impressive when viewed from the water. This private or group tour is ideal for travelers on a budget, offering the chance to experience the natural wonder on a day trip. Hotel pickup, round-trip transport from Hanoi, a boat cruise around Halong Bay, and a delicious seafood lunch are all included.
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Paul R wrote a review Jan. 2020
43 contributions4 helpful votes
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Most international tourists do the bus from Hanoi to cruise and back to Hanoi. Which is a shame as Ha Long city itself is a nice town with several attractions in itself One of which is the Bao Tang Quang Ninh (the Museum of Quang Ninh). While the focus is on the local area, many of the exhibits talk of Vietnam and the importance of Quang Ninh to VIetnam history and culture. Some say all the exhibits are labelled in English but the expansive Geology, Zoology and Marine areas are not. Which is a shame as the geology, fauna and flora are definitely strong reasons why many visitors come here in the first place. I also found the marine and botanical sections a little dated with many of the exhibits faded to a ubiquitous white (or brown for the botanicals). But they have really done a good job overall, with many different sections covering the history, archeology, musical, artistic, industrial and warfare contribution this extremely rich province has made to Vietnamese history. The top floor is given over to the coal mining industry and initially this might seems strange. However, not far to the north of Ha Long is Bai Tu, the site of the largest coal seam in Vietnam. It is ironic that the same geology that produced the natural wonder of the Ha Long - Bai Tu coast line has also given us the huge mineral deposits that are now, due to illegal and disastrous mining practices pouring millions of liters of polluted water into that self same bay. The museum is modern, airconditioned, wheel chair friendly. I did two visits - one at 8 am on a Thursday morning where I had the whole place to myself! Utterly fantastic. I visited again the following Sunday and while the hoards of vistors were a distraction, it was a tour guide who insisted on using an amplifier to pontificate to her small group of Vietnamese and whose voice could be heard clearly from all three floors. Hardly what you would expect in a museum where one is bent on studing and appreciating culture. The idiot guide made it seem more like a market As others have mentioned, the nearby shoreline is also scenic, with several of the iconic karst pinnacles within meters of the wide, well paved walk way. Several hundred meters further on is the huge, mushroom like Expo center that looks like an alien spaceship. Free entry but it does not always open at the posted times Well worth a visit!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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AvgMom2Travel wrote a review Jan. 2020
Long Island, New York347 contributions222 helpful votes
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This museum is a nice intro to the Vietnam culture, especially the history of Quang Ninh Province, home to Ha Long Bay. There are enough natural history and artifacts to keep you interested for about two hours. After that, you’ll get tired from all the walking. (The museum has three floors of exhibits – all have English translation.) You need to get your ticket before walking up the stairs to the museum. The ticket kiosk is located at the street level and costs 40,000 VND ($1.75) pp to enter. They are closed on Mondays and holidays and also at lunchtime between 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM. They open at 8:00 AM and close at 5:00 PM. If you have the time, definitely stop here and immerse yourself to the place and the people of Northern Vietnam.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Fred T wrote a review Jan. 2020
Reno, Nevada722 contributions225 helpful votes
This cube looking museum was much better than I expected. The top floor is a simulated coal mine, along with many displays about coal mining. The next floor has several rooms, each with different topics. Not sure what the ground floor had as I ran out of time and the place was mobbed with school children.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Adriel Avishai wrote a review Oct. 2019
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This was one of the highlights situated near the amazing entertainment centre, this museum told the many histories of Vietnam through excellent exhibits. Thoroughly enjoyable experience.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Mortred N wrote a review Jul. 2019
Sydney, Australia6 contributions1 helpful vote
The museum was not very big so it could not show you the most descriptive details in the history of Quang Ninh, but the place was organized with disciplines so it was easy for us to understand the timelines of the area's history. There were also English explanations so international tourists might not need a guide here. The ticket price was very cheap (40,000 VND / adult) compared to what inside the museum so the visit was worth it for us. The scenery outside of the museum was also a nice photography spot.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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