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    boat/ferry from pier to halong bay

    by Pancake_my Updated Nov 4, 2006

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    morning bus from hanoi reached the pier just in time for lunch. the trip included few sighseeing ( which i cant remember now). we have to stay at least one night in this halong bay trip, either in boat or hotel in cat ba island. boat leaves island the next morning.

    the 2D1N trip (food and accommodation are included) was really cheap. i cant remember if it was USD18 per pax. just dont go for whatever price listed. in vietnam u have to bargain really hard!

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    Slow boat tours of Ha Long

    by 34N118W Written Sep 16, 2006
    The Emmeraude in Ha Long Bay
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    There are several ways to get around Ha Long Bay. A slow boat is probably the best way to see the area. Sit out on the top deck, have a cold beer and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
    There are many different tour packages for a variety of budgets. Perhaps the most luxurious is the Emmeraude, which is a French replica steamboat. While on board, you'll wake up to tai chi lessons followed by kayaking in the afternoon. I believe rates currently run about $170 for an overnight stay.
    Several other Junk style boats also offer tours of Ha Long Bay. Or you can just book a slow boat and stay the night on Cat Ba Island. All tours can be booked at any of the numerous travel agencies in Hanoi.

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    Trip to Ha Long Bay

    by donnaku Updated May 1, 2006

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    To spend my week end in Hanoi, I went for a day trip to Ha Long Bay. At first I am thinking to book a seat from travel agent in my hotel (Hilton Opera Hanoi), but they offered me a ridiculous amount for an exclusive day trip, US$186!!!
    Ended up booking it from an agent around Hoan Kiem lake only for US$25. Even cheaper if you use Vietnamese Dong! They will arrange to pick you up at the hotel you are staying.
    The group is around 10-14 people in one mini bus.
    There is a downside of course, there is not enough seat for all of us (about a dozen) to return to Hanoi. I had to join other group in other car. Anyway, they managed to dropped me off at my hotel.

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    Trip to Ha Long Bay

    by donnaku Written Apr 30, 2006

    To spend my week end in Hanoi, I went for a day trip to Ha Long Bay. At first I am thinking to book a seat from travel agent in my hotel (Hilton Opera Hanoi), but they offered me a ridiculous amount for an exclusive day trip, US$186!!!
    Ended up booking it from an agent around Hoan Kiem lake only for US$25. Even cheaper if you use Vietnamese Dong!
    There is a downside of course, there is not enough seat for all of us (about a dozen) in the car for return trip, as we had to join other group in their car. I had to join different group in a mini bus.

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    Trip to Ha Long Bay

    by donnaku Written Apr 30, 2006

    To spend my week end in Hanoi, I went for a day trip to Ha Long Bay. At first I am thinking to book a seat from travel agent in my hotel (Hilton Opera Hanoi), but they offered me a ridiculous amount for an exclusive day trip, US$186!!!
    Ended up booking it from an agent around Hoan Kiem lake only for US$25. Even cheaper if you use Vietnamese Dong!
    There is a downside of course, there is not enough seat for all of us (about a dozen) in the car for return trip, as we had to join other group in their car. I had to join different group in a mini bus.

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    Junk Boats

    by Blatherwick Updated Feb 24, 2006
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    The best way to get around Ha Long Bay is a Vietnamese Junk. These boats have deck chairs and kayaks available for the longer tours. They almost all have 5 or 6 bedrooms and a relatively clean bathroom. The food onboard is your typically incredible Vietnamese seafood. If you book a tour then you will probably end up on one. If you are not on a tour then the pier at Bai Chay Tourist Wharf in Halong City is full of boats looking to pick up a customer.

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    Boat to Cat Ba Island

    by rafscab Written Feb 24, 2006

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    In Ha Long Port there are many boats departing to Cat Ba. All of them are pretty the same, so there's not much difference between one or another. The trip is very nioce, with excellent views of the bay and it?s very comfortable. In a sunny day is better to go outside in the deck and feel the breeze.

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    Junk Boat

    by imstress Written Nov 17, 2005

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    There are many junk boat or rather travel agent to chose from.
    Prices for 2D1N trip could range from USD30 to USD120.
    It all depends on how luxury your cabin is and the food that they serve on board.

    We paid USD33 with trekking travel for our 2D1N non air con cabin. You may take a look at what we eat onboard at the restaurant tips. Do request for rooms away from the engine room.

    Recommended travel agencies are:

    ODC Travel
    Hanspan

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    Junks

    by euzkadi Updated Oct 17, 2005

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    You can visit Ha long Bay in a private boat, or you can share a boat with other travellers. You need at least two days to visit the area. I really recommend a fast boat if you want to see more of the area. The junks are very slow and needs strong winds to cruise.

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    Do it yourself or follow the crowd

    by akikonomu Updated Aug 14, 2005

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    There are a few ways of cruising around Halong Bay.

    From Hanoi or around the bay, tour agents will sell you packages for day cruises or overnight tours (on Chinese junks). The advantage - lower costs. The disadvantage - little freedom to stop wherever or whenever you wish.

    From Cat Ba where we were based, we hired the services of a local boatman to cruise us around the bay. The plus point - being able to meander around narrower waterways and freedom to choose where you want to go. The downside - higher costs (unless you have up to 6 fellow travellers) and slower pace, meaning you cannot travel very long distances.

    Then there is the option of kayaking around the bay. If you can, it's definitely recommended since you may be able to kayak around / through secluded lagoons with openings that remain hidden / submerged during high tides.

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    Coach to Halong-Open Tour Buses

    by Wild_Orchid Updated Feb 25, 2005

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    countryside

    Bus stations:
    (Hanoi IDD: 04)
    Giap Bat, 6 Giai Phong tel: 8641467 for buses to the south
    Gia Lam, Nguyen Van Cu, Gia Lam District tel: 827 1529 for buses to the northeast
    Kim La, Nguyen Thai Hoc Street tel: 845 2846 for buses to the northwest;
    Halong and Haiphong express buses

    source: Vietnam Discovery, Jan 2005 edition, Published by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism

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    Coach from Hanoi to Halong

    by Wild_Orchid Written Feb 25, 2005

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    on the bridge

    This 180 km journey begins from your hotel and takes about 3-3.5 hours! Why so long, you ask? Well, within Hanoi itself, there can be mini traffic jams, and once you cross the long bridge out of town, you will reach the highway. The highway itself is pretty good, but due to the pedestrians, motorbikes, bicycles and in some places chickens crossing the road, the coach will not travel faster than 60 km/h. Even so, we saw at least 2 accidents!
    In addition to the actual drive time, your tour is likely to give you a 30-60 minutes "coffee break" where you will be encouraged to shop...and shop, and shop.

    My advice: if you are going to come all this way from Hanoi, be sure to take time for an overnight (2 nights would be ideal) boat cruise. Don't go for just the day cruise (which is only 5 hours out at sea), no matter what your tour company tells you!

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    ODC Boats

    by bpacker Updated Jan 17, 2005

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    Canoe Carrying Boat

    If you take the 3d2n trip by ODC, you'll be transported in these boats to the village of Viet Hai and Cat Ba Island after your night's stay on the junk. These smaller boats move a lot faster and they carry canoes on top..

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    Walk, walk , walk

    by bpacker Updated Jan 16, 2005

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    Cave cut into a hill

    Somehow, the best form of transport in the islands around Ha Long Bay seem to be your own two legs. They'll carry you into dark caves cut into the hills and windy jungle paths if you're venturing into Catba National Park.

    Note : We hiked for about 6km into Catba National Park

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    The Road to Hanoi

    by guell Updated Dec 21, 2004

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    A very common site on the roads of Vietnam

    There are thousands of people on motorcycles on the road to Hanoi, and it is not uncommon to see entire families riding on one. If you’re adventurous, you could easily arrange for a lift from Hanoi on a Chinese “Honda.”

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