How to plan your budget for a trip to Halong bay

Here are the Halong travel experiences for newcomers compiled by Cruise-Halong-Bay.com. The article provides tips, specific instructions on how to go, how to choose the means and time, how to choose a suitable place to eat - accommodation.
How to plan your budget for a trip to Halong bay

Halong travel – choose the right time
Halong has 4 distinct seasons and each season has its own beauty, so it is no exaggeration to say that traveling to Halong is always possible. However, you still need specific notes for each time as follows, Halong bay cruises:

Season Month Weather and tourist characteristics
Spring March, April, 5
  • The weather is cold but still sunny
  • The right time to travel to Halong in combination with spiritual tourism (Yen Tu pagoda, Long Tien pagoda, Cua Ong temple, ...)
Summer June, 7
  • The weather is sunny, but some storms should be avoided
  • Suitable for families with young children on summer vacation
Collect August, 9, 10
  • The weather is sunny, little rain, mild climate
  • Autumn romantic atmosphere for couples
winter November, December
to January, 2 years later
  • In the cold season, you can't swim in the sea, but the scenery of Halong Bay is still very beautiful
  • Suitable for playing at entertainment areas on the mainland or going on vacation

Note , this season is the peak tourist season because there are many Western guests, the service price increases very high

Getting to and in Halong
Below is a comparison table of ways to travel from Hanoi/Saigon to Halong and travel within Halong, especially for those of you who have never been here before and are looking for a self-sufficient Halong travel experience, Halong tours.
Transportation to Halong

Transportation to Halong
Refer to the following table to easily compare and choose the right way.

Vehicle Time  Price
From Hanoi to Halong
Coach 3h – 4h 100,000 VND – 130,000 VND/person/way
Motorcycle 4h - 5h 100,000 VND/person/way
Car 2h – 3h 200,000 VND/person/way
Train 5am ​​- 7pm 70,000 VND – 100,000 VND/person/way
From City. Ho Chi Minh City to Halong
Coach 37h - 41h 800,000 VND – 900,000 VND/person/way
Train 33h - 34h 730,000 VND – 1,000,000 VND/person/way
Plane 1:30 – 2h 1,100,000 VND/person/way
Note , if you take a bus, you can find and buy bus tickets online at vexere.com , and if you buy train tickets, you can consult the train time in advance and book tickets via the hotline at vetau24h.com .

Traveling in Halong city
Refer to the table below to choose the right vehicle when going out in the city.

Type Price Note
Motorcycle 120,000 VND – 150,000 VND/day Suitable if going to many points in the day
Taxi Average 11,000 VND/km for the first time,
13,000 VND for the next 20 km
Suitable if going to few points, close to each other, large groups or families with young children/elderly

Bai Chay beach Halong

Where to go to Halong? – Popular activities and attractions
Halong city has 4 major tourist areas: Bai Chay, Tuan Chau peninsula and Hon Gai. Each area has its own beauty, and we refer to the summary table below to choose the right destination for you, Halong city.
Area Tourist features and outstanding activities
Beach Fire
  • The place with the largest concentration of tourists, with the most diverse entertainment activities
  • Famous for: Bai Chay artificial beach, Bai Chay bridge (Vietnam's first cable-stayed bridge), old town, night market, Sunworld Halong amusement park, Marine Plaza shopping center - painting museum 3D, a combination of diverse restaurants and hotels,…
  • Service prices here are quite expensive in the tourist season
Tuan Chau Island
  • Is a small island about 2km from Halong city
  • Famous for its large-scale modern villa area, Tuan Chau International entertainment area, beach, Tuan Chau wharf with Halong Bay cruises
  • The price in this area is expensive
Hon Gai
  • Area where many locals live
  • Famous for Sun Wheel amusement park on Ba Deo hill,  Ha Long market, Quang Ninh museum, Halong flower park, Vincom Plaza shopping center
  • Cheap service prices
Halong Bay
  • It is a sea with many limestone islands and caves, famous for its beautiful scenery
  • The main activity is sightseeing and sightseeing by boat, yacht, seaplane or cable car
  • Service prices vary depending on the type of means of sightseeing
Halong has a lot of attractions and attractions, but you won't be able to go all of them. Therefore, according to the Halong travel experience of those who have gone before, here are some suggestions of tourist destinations you should not ignore.

Bai Chay tourist area
Bai Chay is the busiest area in Halong city thanks to two outstanding entertainment venues, the artificial beach and the Sun World Halong Complex amusement park.

Bai Chay Beach
Address : Bai Chay, Halong, Vietnam
Get directions to Bai Chay beach

Bai Chay is known as an artificial beach stretching over 500m, fine white sand with a peaceful space, suitable for tourists who like to go for a walk and sunbathe. Not only the beautiful scenery during the day, if you walk by the beach in the evening, you can also see the shimmering Bai Chay Bridge - the first cable-stayed bridge in Vietnam and the pride of the people of Quang Ninh, private Halong bay cruise.

In addition, from here it is very convenient to go to Ha Long Night Market for dining and shopping, or to Sun World amusement park to entertain friends and family.
Sunworld complex Halong

Sun World Halong Complex
Address : Halong Street, Bai Chay, Halong, Quang Ninh
Get directions to Sun World Halong Complex
Sunworld Halong is a huge international-class amusement park complex, located right in Bai Chay tourist area. This place is divided into 2 main areas, the coastal entertainment complex and the entertainment complex on the top of Ba Deo (Hon Gai). In which, Bai Chay coastal complex includes Dragon Park and Typhoon Water Park - the two largest parks in Southeast Asia with many diverse and attractive adventure games.

One Halong travel experience that you need to keep in mind when going to Sun World is that you should spend a full day to explore all 2 areas. Otherwise, it is more economical to buy tickets to only 1 individual area.

Tuan Chau international entertainment resort on Tuan Chau island
Tuan Chau Park is the second largest amusement park in Halong after Sunworld, divided into 3 main parts: Outdoor Play Area, Games World and Dolphin, Seal and Sea Lion Performance Club. The most prominent activities here are performances of water music, water puppetry, magic, circus animals, music and dance performances, etc., so it is very suitable for families with young children.

Tuan Chau peninsula is a rather separate amusement and resort area, visitors can completely focus on traveling to Tuan Chau 2 days 1 night if they want, but the trip will be more resort-oriented.

Note , the ticket price in Tuan Chau Park is cheaper than Sunworld, but the food and shopping services on the island are very expensive. Therefore, before going out, you should prepare the necessary food and drink in advance.

Halong city center - Hon Gai area
Crossing Bai Chay bridge, you will come to Hon Gai area - an area where many locals gather. There are not many entertainment complexes here, but there are two places not to be missed: Halong Market and Hoa Halong Park.

Going to the market to shop and buy gifts is one of the indispensable Halong travel experiences . Halong market is the destination that you need to find, Halong market 1 and 2 are only located about 500m - 1km apart.

Tuan Chau amusement park

Halong Bay travel experience – Sightseeing and fun activities
To visit Halong Bay, you have 4 ways to go, see the table here are 2 ways for you to choose: take a boat or take a boat tour.
Form Cost Time
Cruise ship to visit the bay 200,000 VND – 250,000 VND/person 4h - 6h/trip, there are many flights a day
Halong Cruise From 1,700,000 VND/person  Fixed schedule
Rent a seaplane to visit the bay  From 2,000,000 VND/person 25 minutes/trip
Cable car to visit the bay 350,000 VND/person 15 minutes/trip
Renting a cruise ship: This way both saves money and sightseeing a lot, suitable if only going during the day. Halong cruise ships also have many types and classes, you should see more experience of chartering 2021 in the article below to make the most suitable decision for yourself.

Visiting the bay by boat tour: This way will bring new experiences, but the price is a bit expensive so you need to choose the type of yacht carefully. Refer to the article Halong cruise travel experience 2021 below to choose the most suitable place to stop. Halong deluxe cruises.

Halong travel experience – Choose accommodation
Based on the 4 tourist areas mentioned above, you should choose the most convenient accommodation with places to hang out. At the same time, refer to the experience on how to choose the type of accommodation that suits your needs and price suggested by us below. This section is very necessary for those of you who are looking for travel experiences in Halong and self-sufficient travel .

How to choose accommodation that suits your needs and budget
Accommodation services in Halong are very developed with a full range of types such as motels, hotels (1 star to 5 stars), resorts, homestays, yachts. Each type has different properties and prices, below is the average price list for you to choose from.

Type Reference price Need
Homestay 500,000 VND – 1,000,000 VND/night Suitable for travelers who like new experiences, like to follow trends
Hostels,
1 star hotels, 2 stars
150,000 VND – 500,000 VND/night Travelers who want to save money and travel cheap
3 star hotel 500,000 VND – 1,200,000 VND/night Suitable for families with young children/elderly or couples
4 star hotel 900,000 VND – 1,700,000 VND/night
5 Star Hotels
and Resorts
1,500,000 VND – 2,100,000 VND/night Tourists like to go on vacation
Cruise 1,700,000 VND – 22,000,000 VND/night  See Halong Bay, relax in a special form - spend the night on the sea
Besides, if you choose to stay on the mainland, you should also know the price according to the following 3 areas.

Area  Average price Type of accommodation
Hon Gai 180,000 VND – 800,000 VND/night There are many cheap motels and hotels
Bai Chay The area focuses on many types of accommodation with diverse prices
Tuan Chau Island 400,000 VND – 2,000,000 VND/night High-class resort service – resort and villa
With the above criteria, have you determined the type of hotel that is right for you? If you are still confused, we recommend choosing a 4-star hotel in Bai Chay - a safe choice in terms of quality and with a very convenient location. Here are some specific suggestions.

Suggest some 4-star Halong hotels in Bai Chay
These top 3 4-star hotels in Bai Chay always keep high ratings on online booking sites.

Novotel Halong Hotel
Address : 160 Halong Street, Bai Chay, Halong, Quang Ninh
Novotel Halong is a 4-star hotel located on Halong Street - one of the most beautiful and expensive coastal roads in the city. This place is located right opposite Bai Chay beach and next to Sun World Park, located in the center with easy access to entertainment attractions.

The hotel is quite large - 225 rooms with modern design, cozy and fully equipped. In addition, Novotel has many combo packages and offers on the website. Currently Novotel is having a policy of 15% off when booking at the link below. Quickly book now to choose a stopover that is both economical and quality.

Royal Lotus Halong Hotel
Address : Block A13, Lot 1, Dong Hung Thang Urban Area, 2 Halong Marine Boulevard, Bai Chay, Halong, Quang Ninh
Royal Lotus Halong is located in a prime location - opposite Marine Plaza, the largest commercial and entertainment center in Quang Ninh province. The hotel is also very close to Halong night market (a few minutes walk) so it will be suitable if you are a tourist who likes to shop, like the excitement of the night.

Halong Plaza Hotel
Address : 8 Halong, Bai Chay, Halong, Quang Ninh
Halong Plaza Hotel is nestled in the busiest neighborhood of Bai Chay, just a few minutes walk to the beach and Sunworld Park. From here, visitors can have a panoramic view of the bay and Bai Chay cable-stayed bridge. The plus point of the hotel is that with its "golden" location and 4-star quality, Halong Plaza has quite reasonable room rates - about 1,000,000 VND/night .

Halong Plaza is a 4-star hotel that is frequently mentioned if you are looking for Halong travel experience for accommodation that meets all three factors of beauty - cheap - convenience. This is really one of the hotels worth stopping when you come to Ha Long Island with affordable prices and good service quality. More specifically, you can book a room in advance via the link below to enjoy a discount of up to 43%.

Eating in Halong

Dining experience in Halong
Which Halong specialties are most sought after by tourists? Join us to "fill up your stomach" with the experience on how to choose a dining area in Ha Long for newbies below.

Area

Culinary features

Hon Gai
  • The area eats delicious seafood and focuses on many cheap seafood restaurants. If you want to enjoy a "real" Halong seafood meal, you should come here
  • Cai Dam market area has many famous pubs
Bai Chay – Peach Garden
  • The area focuses on a variety of dishes from popular dishes to snacks and Ha Long specialties. Daily meals just to "full stomach", should eat here for convenience
  • Note, tourists are often "hacked"
Tuan Chau Island
  • Many luxury restaurants with beautiful views
  • The food here is expensive
In addition, you should know the following 2 tips:
If you want to find a luxurious buffet with a beautiful view, you can choose the restaurant in the hotel. Some hotels have quality restaurants such as: Wyndham Legend Halong, Muong Thanh Luxury Hotel, Saigon Halong Hotel
In addition to seafood, Halong also has a number of must-try dishes such as: white sticky rice with squid, rolls with squid, bored dishes, sage, nodding cake, Quang Yen nem chua/nem chao, sticky rice wine soaked in Hoanh Bo
Top 10 Halong specialties to eat and bring back as gifts. Sapa, halong bay tours.

Halong travel experience in terms of luggage preparation and costs
The next experience of going to Halong is always not superfluous when it comes to preparing luggage and costs. In it, we give you some "unique" tips about luggage and an overview of cost estimates.

Prepare your luggage
If going in summer, Halong is very sunny especially when going to the bay, so don't forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hat or umbrella. In addition, swimwear should be prepared for swimming because the price of renting or buying swimwear in Halong is very expensive
Tips to prepare a "virtual living" outfit: One of the beautiful and famous checkin points is Halong ancient town, you should bring a set of clothes with neutral colors or vintage motifs to match the background houses. gold here
Wearing vintage-style clothes to checkin in Halong old town
Wearing vintage- style clothes to check in in Halong old town

Prepare expenses
See the table of minimum expenses below to get an estimate of how much money you should bring.

Work Estimated minimum cost
Move From Hanoi to Halong 240,000 VND/person/round trip
From City. Ho Chi Minh City to Halong 2,500,000 VND/person/round trip
In Halong 100,000 VND/day
Sleep Homestay 500,000 VND/day
Hostels, 1 star hotels, 2 stars 150,000 VND/night
3 star hotel 500,000 VND/night
4 star hotel 900,000 VND/night
5 star hotel/resort 1,500,000 VND/night
Eating 200,000 VND/day
Ride 500,000 VND/day
Other expenses (shopping, buying gifts, ...) 200,000 VND/day

Thus, if the formula is applied:

Halong travel expenses = “travel + accommodation + meals + outings + other expenses”

You can easily estimate the minimum cost to prepare.

For example, for a trip of 2 days and 1 night, going from Hanoi to Halong by bus, staying at a 3-star hotel, the minimum estimated cost according to the above formula will be about 1,740,000 VND/person .

Suggest specific Halong travel schedule
For those of you who are still quite confused about a reasonable entertainment plan in Halong, we share the experience of traveling to Halong 2 days 1 night and 3 days 2 nights with a specific schedule with similar costs. response. But before that, you should clearly determine which schedule you fit into.

Schedule

Suitable object

2 days 1 night
  • Outside the North
  • In need of going out on 2 weekends
  • Should choose either just hanging out in the city or just playing in Halong Bay
3 days 2 nights
  • Suitable for distant audiences (Central, Southern)
  • Have a yearly travel plan so you have more time
  • Can combine both playing in the city and visiting Halong Bay
Book a Halong tour
For travelers who feel that self-sufficient Halong tourism is too difficult, troublesome and time-consuming, we recommend you to choose a tour. So the question is what kind of tour to choose? how many days tour? Which company's tour is reputable and cheap? Here are some guides and suggestions about Ha Long tour for you.


Currently, there are 2 types of tours as follows:
Free Tour – “Free & Easy Tour”: Only includes shuttle bus ticket and hotel
This is a type of tour that has just appeared in Vietnam recently, for young people who just don't want to be constrained by a specific schedule but find it annoying to have to find their own way to go and stay.

However, you should note that these tours are usually short - 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights.

Package tour: Including from A - Z such as transportation, sightseeing schedule, meals, accommodation

Package tours help you to go to many places and save time and effort. This type of tour can be short or long, there are many choices of itineraries and prices. Some reputable tour companies such as Vietravel, TheSingTourist, Go Fun, Ivivu...

Above are the most specific tips and instructions on Ha Long travel experience for newcomers . Are you ready for the upcoming trip? Share immediately with us if you have had real experience, or if our article has any tips, please comment so that everyone can know.

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