Getting To Halong Bay - All You Need to Know
Most domestic and international travellers choose a travel agency as the Gateway to Halong Bay. For as little as $15 or as high as $80, you will have a 1to 2 day tour, including transportation- bus and boat- between Ha Noi and the Bay, meal and guided tour.
You can book your tour from almost any travel agency in Hanoi Old Quarter. Shop around for your deal but do not go too cheap or otherwise you do not know what is at your expense.
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For independent travel, you can buy a bus ticket to Ha Long City ($3, 4 hours). Hoang Long Express and Viet Thanh runs every half hour or shorter from My Dinh station to Ha Long. From Ha Long city you need to get to the pier and hop on one of the available boats.
If you plan to visit Ha Long Bay the UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will have to make your way to Quang Ninh province which is 155km far from Hanoi. It will take around 3.5 hour and VND220,000 for a seat in a high quality bus going to Quang Ninh.
If you suddenly pop up a plan to visit Sun International Port while having your getaway in Tuan Chau, or simply need to reach Sun Port to board your cruise trip, have a look at this guide to arrange your best proper ride for you and your companions.
There are many routes leading to Tuan Chau across Vietnam, and if you choose to depart from Hai Phong city, a rapidly growing port city of the North, your choice will be many and all convenient.