Ha Long Transportation

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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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    Halong Bay Trip (Part 1)

    by victorwkf Written Feb 5, 2007

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    Mini-bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay, Vietnam
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    For Halong Bay, I think it will be much easier to book a packaged trip from the many tour operators at Hanoi as it will be cheaper and hassle free to do it this way. These trips include everything ranging from land transport (mini-buses - 3 hours one way from Hanoi to Halong city, see photos), boat cruise on board a junk, accomodation (for overnight trips), food and equipment for water sports such as kayaking, snorkelling etc. It is advisable to spend at least 2-3 days at Halong Bay to have a full enjoyment of the place. The tour operator which VT members recommended me is ODC travels (see website below) and I find it to be a very good choice with friendly guide, good tranportations (see photos), food, equipment etc. Also, the total packaged cost of my 2 days trip was about US$40 which I find to be one of the best around town. See part 2 of this tip for tips on the junk boat which I took for this trip.

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    Chinese Junks (Boats)

    by guell Updated Dec 15, 2004

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    Ha Long by boat

    The only way to really experience Halong Bay is to book one or two nights on board a Junk. Annie at Handspan Travel's Hanoi office took care of all of our arrangements.

    We cruised around for three days, slept on the boat the first night and at a very nice camp ground on the second night. The staff was very friendly, and the food was great!

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    Halong Bay Trip (Part 2)

    by victorwkf Written Feb 5, 2007

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    Interior of our junk boat, Halong Bay, Vietnam
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    The junk boat which ODC Travels offer for the Halong Bay trip is spacious and the wooden architecture is very nice. Essentially, there is a deck where there are seats and tables for meals, small lounge for drinks and dancing etc (see photos). The lower deck are the rooms for us to stay overnight (see my accomodation tip) and the upper deck is an open deck for us to relax, sun-tan and enjoy the scenery (see part 3 of this tip). There are many games and books on board the junk boat for us to pass our time. Do take note that although the meals are included, additional drinks and food will cost you extra but at a minimal price.

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    Bus Tour to Halong Bay

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jan 19, 2007

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    Boats in Halong Harbor
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    While in Hanoi, we chose to take a guided group bus tour to Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island. This is probably the best way to go if it's your first time in Vietnam or you are short on time. The trip was very convenient, well organized, and efficient. At times we were a little rushed, while other times we waited a little while for the group, but all-in-all a great experience.

    However, if I went back to Vietnam, I would research doing this trip myself rather than taking the guided tour. You can take a train or bus to Haiphong then a ferry to Cat Ba or Halong City. There may be other options.

    I felt I missed some good opportunities to learn more of the local culture by being on a tour full of westerners where the tour guides herded us along like sheep.

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    Halong Bay Trip (Part 3)

    by victorwkf Updated Feb 5, 2007

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    Open upper deck of junk boat cruise, Halong Bay
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    One of the key features of the junk boat cruise of Halong Bay is the open upper deck which offers the ultimate relaxation and enjoyment of the whole trip. You can lie down comfortably here and enjoy the cooling breeze and beautiful scenery while sun-tanning, reading a book, chit-chating with friends etc. Personally I find this to be one of the most enjoyable place of my trip to Vietnam, very relaxing and enjoyable :)

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    Chinese Junk

    by Arjaree Written Oct 22, 2004

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    Chinese Junks

    What seems to be the only way to get around Ha Long Bay is a Chinese Junk. Well, unless you rent one of those small fishing boats with motor or one with the paddles from the local..hmmm

    There are about 5-6 bedrooms and a bathroom within each one. Its pretty comfortable.

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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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    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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    Junks

    by goldcoaster Written Apr 21, 2004

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    Ha Long Junk

    The small junks that ply the waters of Halong Bay are a nice way to see the bay. They are quick enough, without being fast, so you reach your destination at Cat Ba without missing anything on the way.

    We organised our trip with the Kangaroo Cafe as our hotel was around the corner.

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    Daily Bus

    by hientonkin Updated Feb 4, 2008

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    Bus can be found at any travel agency who organise tour to Halong.
    Normally, shared van is included in the trip to Halong. But by any reason, you just need the transfer only to Halong, try the bus of agencies leaves at 8.00 every morning ( 16 sts van ) 10 $ or go to the " Ben Xe Luong Yen " ( Luong Yen bus station ) for a local bus Hanoi / Halong - 45.000/pax ( every 1 h as I remembered ).

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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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    Chinese Junks

    by muddybok Updated Oct 25, 2004

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    Chinese Junks

    Chinese Junks at Halong Bay enhanced the looks of Halong formation.

    Packages to Halong Bay from Hanoi are probably the easiest, although you might save a few dollars by arranging your own transport & Chinese Junk fees.

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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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