Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Halong Bay

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  • Donal J
    Jarfalla, Sweden100 contributions
    We went for a full-day cruise on the Stella Maris boat. They offered a buffet lunch and afternoon tea with a full package of cruising around Ha Long bay and several stops.
    The boat is delightful with very friendly and great staff. The food was superb and the views and stops spectacular. For the 850K dong price this was great value. A must if you are in Hai Phong.
    Written 15 May 2022
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  • bhodgkinson
    Preston, UK244 contributions
    Visited with Swan Cruises and I was not disappointed. The bay is a calm and serene environment with amazing sites throughout our tour. The views are spectacular and completely lived up to my expectations.
    Written 20 June 2020
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  • Joel K
    Vancouver, Canada3,160 contributions
    This gateway bridge into the Halong Bay area. You have incredible views of the Karst limestone jutting out of the Bay. The bridge is one of five of its kind a single strand prestressed cable stayed cable bridges.
    Written 31 March 2020
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  • ic chen
    Hsinchu, Taiwan132 contributions
    This is the next stop right after our Halong bay cruise. The cable car ride to get to the complex was quite interesting-- as it passed a 188m point, a world-record. The ride on the big wheel, the main attraction, was great -- got to see the beautiful bay as well as the Halong city. Can spend some time to stroll around the Japanese garden too.
    Written 5 October 2019
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  • Donal J
    Jarfalla, Sweden100 contributions
    Not for the faint-hearted, claimed 700 steps :-) so worth it though. Beautiful cave with fantastic views from the viewing platforms.
    Written 15 May 2022
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  • omega132857
    Chichester, UK1,786 contributions
    We had a choice on board our boat in the morning, you could go to the beach or go to the caves. Most of the people on our boat opted for the caves. If you are not good on your feet,then this is not for you. We were very lucky, as most of the tourist would not travel due to the corona virus. That made it good for us, as there were only 20 of us.Interesting to know that many many years ago people lived in these caves, and you will see evidence of this and more.
    Written 6 May 2020
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  • amanda5805
    Duncan, Canada4,109 contributions
    Ti Top Island is about a 15min hike up to the lookout point. It has steps the full way up. it is a very steep hike but worth it. There is also a beach to enjoy if you have time. The water was very cold when we were there in December.
    Written 30 May 2020
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  • Adam
    Paris, France2 contributions
    That is best cave i eve seen in my life. Beautiful stalagmite and stalactites mixed with electric light in cave it looked like a stage. Highly recommended cave.
    Written 5 January 2021
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  • Joel K
    Vancouver, Canada3,160 contributions
    We were toured around the fishing village by a small boat - observing the floating homes, karsts in the background, fishing boats, villagers and village life. We were shown the small fish farms and all the various processes of fishing. We also toured the cultural and fishing museum. The tour was a nice afternoon on the water and in the village.
    Written 31 March 2020
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  • Paul R
    43 contributions
    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!
    Written 12 January 2020
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  • Josh S
    Midhurst, UK11 contributions
    After reading all the reviews and seeing the pictures we went early morning to see the sun rise. But the entrance is closed, there is a security guard at the middle entrance, who won’t let you through. So annoyed. Not sure how people are commenting a day before me and accessing the mountain. We tried to get round the security, it doesn’t seem possible.
    Written 14 October 2019
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  • wickniker
    San Diego, CA2 contributions
    it does not stop and our boat was just sailing through the islet and the shape looks like 2 chickens see to each other
    Written 7 June 2019
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  • Brilliant Pottery
    Palm Beach, FL30 contributions
    Wow such a natural wonder. The cave shows the stalagmites, and the formation over thousands of years.
    Written 13 October 2019
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  • OceanShark
    Haarlem, The Netherlands3,711 contributions
    Just a nice bridge to cross or take some foto’s or video shots.

    The bridge has a length of 1,106 meters, with of 25 meters and height of 150 meters.

    The construction of the bridge started on May 18, 2003 and opened at December 2, 2006.
    Written 14 December 2019
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  • BuiAnh
    Halong Bay, Vietnam9 contributions
    I have to say that it was so crowded when I came there. It's hard to find a quiet place for sunbathing! Close at 6pm!
    Written 11 August 2018
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