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Short trip from Ho Hi Minh to Ha Long Bay?

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Short trip from Ho Hi Minh to Ha Long Bay?

We want a quick trip to Ha Long Bay, not more than 3 days total. Can anyone recommend a tour operator or should we buy a flight separate and just go to Cat Ba and get a bus? Any advice on scheduling this? One of our party is fluent in Vietnamese.

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1. Re: Short trip from Ho Hi Minh to Ha Long Bay?

If you have no desire to see Hanoi, you could get a flight to Haiphong and do a cruise out of there. I think Orchid cruises, along with a few others, start from there???

Or, you could head across to Cat Ba Island and take a cruise from there.

Check out Cat Ba Ventures.

Scott

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2. Re: Short trip from Ho Hi Minh to Ha Long Bay?

Scott, no great objection to seeing Hanoi, just don't have much time as all the family is in the south. Do you know of a company that does a quick tour that does go through Hanoi?

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3. Re: Short trip from Ho Hi Minh to Ha Long Bay?

Most cruises include the cost of transfer between Hanoi and Halong Bay in the cruise price.

I don't have any personal experience with a standard HB cruise (we did ours through Cat Ba Island) but an agent that gets pretty good raps here on the forum is Mrs Cham at http://halongsapatours.com/

Otherwise, if you do spend a night in Hanoi, you could see what your hotel can offer.

Scott

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4. Re: Short trip from Ho Hi Minh to Ha Long Bay?

If you're tight for time, Scott's suggestion (post #1) is a very sensible one. Fly to Hai Phong and take a cruise from Cat Ba island. Same scenery as Ha Long bay and far fewer tourists.

It will also save you 8 hours travel from Hanoi to Ha Long and back.

Edited: 15 May 2018, 20:30
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5. Re: Short trip from Ho Hi Minh to Ha Long Bay?

Thanks friends! I was asking for my husband and kids, and they are at this moment getting ready to catch a speedboat from Hai Phong to Cat Ba, where they'll spend 2 nights and tour around the bay. This was a very helpful suggestion.

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