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.
From Hanoi, tourists can catch a high quality bus going to Quang Ninh at My Dinh, Luong Yen or Gia Lam Terminal. All the buses from other provinces when travelling to Quang Ninh stop at Bai Chay Terminal, which is located quite near Vuon Dao tourism center. Travellers can consider “xe om” (motor-taxi) service (with about VND15,000) or a taxi (from VND20,000-VND30,000) to Vuon Dao Area, where tourists are supposed to reach before heading to Ha Long bay.
Many low-price mini hotels, hostels, guesthouses and restaurants are located in this area. Tourists are recommended to spend a day staying here, wandering along the beachside road, savoring fresh seafood and enjoying the stunningly romantic view here.
Bai Chay Harbor, where travellers can find cruises sailing to Ha Long Bay, is only 2 km from Vuon Dao area. The most convenient way to get there is to use “xe om”, which costs about VND20,000. At the harbor, many kinds of cruises from the three-star, four-star to five-star one and even luxurious private cruises, which are well-prepared with professional services, are provided.
A single traveler or a couple can purchase the “integrated ticket”, which allows them to be integrated with other large groups of tourist, instead of renting a whole cruise with the full package. The best time to grab those “integrated tickets” is in the morning of Saturday and Sunday, when there are a lot of tourists coming to visit Ha Long Bay. Get ready to witness the magnificently mysterious Ha Long Bay with an amazingly low price! Normally, there are two kinds of sightseeing tours are provided at the harbor: the four-hour and seven-hour tour, in which the cruise will sail through the most famous tourism destinations in Ha Long Bay such as Thien Cung Cave, Dau Go Cave, Trong Mai Islet, Ti Top Island, Sung Sot Grotto, etc.
From Bai Chay Terminal, there are also buses coming to other provinces all over the country such as Hai Phong, Ninh Binh, Hanoi, Hoa Binh, Bac Giang, and even Vinh, Ninh Thuan, Nha Trang.