Ho Chi Minh to Halong: All things to know before leaving

Ho Chi Minh to Halong: All things to know before leaving

Travel from Ho Chi Minh to Halong? This’s never been easier than ever! Nowadays, there are many tourists know of Halong bay as the one of 7 Nature Wonders of the World. As the result, number of tourists travel to Halong are risen. Before leaving, travelers should read some information to have the best plan. Today, Hai Phong Tours would like to share some major information and we do hope you would have amazing trip from Ho Chi Minh city to Halong!

The best time to visit Halong

People come to Halong mostly for Halong bay. This is the best tourist attraction in Halong city. Then the trip to Halong is perfect or not depends on best time to visit. If you are most concerned about weather, then the periods September to November and March to May are The best time to visit Halong bay. The dry climate and pleasant temperature will enable you to enjoy all activities offered while making sightseeing as perfect as it could be.

If you are considering of budget, then schedule your trip between May and September. This is often considered the low season and many cruise companies offer sale off on cabin: you can save as much as 40% on a cruise trip compared to other time in a year. However, the months of July – August often see sporadic hurricanes and storms, which may render cancellation and delay of your trip. In those cases, you can switch around by visiting another destination in the North of Vietnam and visit Halong Bay later. These storms will not last longer than 3-4 days.

Regarding to other attracions in Halong inland, you could travel anytime except for bad weather days!

The best time to visit Halong
The best time to visit Halong

How to get from Ho Chi Minh to Halong?

To get from Ho Chi Minh to Halong, Hai Phong Tours would like to introduce 4 ways to go as following:

Distance Ho Chi Minh to Halong
Distance from Ho Chi Minh to Halong

Plane (recommended)

Going by plane is the fastest way to get from Ho Chi Minh to Halong.

How it works?

From Ho Chi Minh, you should go to Tan Son Nhat International airport to take flight to Cat Bi International airport in Hai Phong city. This takes you 2 hours flight nonstop. On arrival at Cat Bi international airport, you may consider Cat Bi taxi right outside to Halong on highway. The drive’s 50 minutes approximated. Taxi fare is about 500.000VND for 4 seater sedan or hatchback. Taxi driver may ask you to pay the extra of 10.000VND for airport entrance ticket.

Other choice, please consider Private car transfer service in Hai Phong. If you reserve private car, it’s more professinal in organizing and scammer free. The most important thing is initiative. Your private driver will wait for you at entrance gate and drive you to meeting point without delay. Also, the support team also available to help you in any uncontrollable cases if you use private car service for example lost and found, delay…In return for this, private car fee is higher than taxi. It’s around 650.000VND/way for 4 seater sedan (about 6.5USD more comparing to taxi).

Available flights from Ho Chi Minh to Hai Phong

1. Vietjet air

Website: vietjetair.com
Hotlines: (+84) 19001886 or (+84) 28 3526 68 68

Flights from Ho Chi Minh to Hai Phong by Vietjet air
Flights from Ho Chi Minh to Hai Phong by Vietjet air
2. Vietnam airlines

Website: vietnamairlines.com
Contact Center for calls within Vietnam (24/7): 1900 1100
For Lotusmiles members: 1900 1800
For calls from outside Vietnam (24/7): +84 24 38320320
Email: [email protected]

Flights from Ho Chi Minh to Hai Phong by Vietnam airlines
Flights from Ho Chi Minh to Hai Phong by Vietnam airlines
3. Bamboo airways

Website: bambooairways.com
Call Center: 1900 1166
Email: [email protected]

Flights from Ho Chi Minh to Hai Phong by Vietnam airlines
Flights from Ho Chi Minh to Hai Phong by Vietnam airlines

Bus

Route 1: Go from Ho Chi Minh to Hai Phong

The distance from Ho Chi Minh to Hai Phong is 1117km. You will need to spend at least 37 hours drive in the bus. The most popular bus company to book  ticket is Hoang Long bus.

Website: https://www.hoanglongasia.com
Hotline: +84225 3920920
Email: [email protected]

To get started, please go to Ben xe Mien Dong at BX Miền Đông, 292 Đinh Bộ Lĩnh, Phường 26, Quận Bình Thạnh, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh to catch bus.

Then you will arrrive to Hai Phong at Thuong Ly bus station at 52 Hung Vuong street, So Dau ward, Hong Bang district, Hai Phong.

There are 2 prices for bus ticket: 750.000VND/person/way without meal and 880.000VND with meal. The prices maybe changed due to holidays.

Route 2: Go from Hai Phong to Halong

On arrival in Hai Phong, please look for any buses to go to Mong Cai, Quang Ninh. These bus will go pass Halong. Remember to ask driver to drop you in Halong (not to Mong Cai). This bus transfer is about 100.000VND/person.

After dropped off in Halong, please catch taxi or “xe ôm” to your destination.

This’s really complicated but let’s challence yourself!

Bus from Ho Chi Minh to Hai Phong
Bus from Ho Chi Minh to Hai Phong

Train

Going by train is slowlier than plane certainly. But there are so many people love it as you will have chance to see scenery along the road. And it’s very safe. To go by train, in Ho Chi Minh, you need to go to Saigon Train station which is the largest on in Vietnam. It’s located at số 1 đường Nguyễn Thông, Phường 9, Quận 3, thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, about 1 km away from center. The travel distance by train is about 1900 km and there are about 6 trains every day. You may need to spend 35-37 hours from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi. Depends on budget, you have 2 options: 1st class+2nd class trains for seats or comfortable berths.

Train ticket price is about $30-70 (hard or soft seats, 4-6 berth sleeper cabin).

On arrival in Hanoi Railway station, you have 2 options: Or stay in Hanoi and book a tour to Halong with pick up in Hanoi Old Quarter Or continue catching train to Hai Phong railway station and book Hai Phong to Halong tour with pick up in Hai Phong.

If you dont want to book any tour, after arriving in Hanoi or Hai Phong, please go to Thuong Ly or Niem Nghia bus station to book local bus to Hon Gai bus station or Mong Cai bus station. They will go pass Halong and dont forget to ask driver to drop you off there.

What to do in Halong

1. Sun Wheel

With a height of 215 m above sea level, with a rotation diameter of about 115m, the Halong Sun Wheel has become one of the two largest wheel in Vietnam up to now.
You can enjoy a panoramic view of Halong Bay from here with each cabin having a maximum capacity of up to 6 passengers.  Each rotation lasts for about 15-20 minutes.
Ticket for each passenger as follows: VND 300,000 for adult, VND 200,000 for children under 1.3 m high, children under 1 m tall are completely free (ticket including the cable car,  circle and amusement park on Ba Deo hill).

Sun Wheel
Sun Wheel

2. The Queen’s Cable Car

The Queen’s Cable Car is the only cable car system with 2 decks cabin. You can enjoy the panoramic view of Halong city in a large cabin.
The cabin is designed with large glass windows that help you unleash your eyes to admire the full view of Halong Bay with a stroll for about 5 minutes.

The Queen's Cable Car
The Queen’s Cable Car

4. Vinpearl Halong Bay resort

Total area of resort is up to 49,600m2. The high class resort is located on Reu Island. This will really bring you interesting experiences.

Basic price to stay at Vinpearl Ha Long Bay Resort is from 2,600,000 VND with many services that you can freely choose.

Vinpearl Halong Bay resort
Vinpearl Halong Bay resort

5. Halong Bay

Halong Bay is considered as the place where the dragon landed. The bay has been repeatedly recognized by UNESCO as a world natural heritage. With 1,969 islands, large and small, on the calm surface of the bay like Lu Huong, Ga Choi, Canh Buom, Mam Xoi, Ngoc Vung, Ti Top and Tuan Chau island.
To take a stroll around the beautiful Halong Bay for one day, you may consider the Best Halong bay day tour, or stay on the bay for one night with Halong bay 2 days 1 night tour. Both of these tours will bring you to the core of Halong bay.

Halong bay day boat
Halong bay day boat

6. Tuan Chau island

Tuan Chau Island is known as one of the famous islands in Halong. With the area of ​​about 400ha, located in a very convenient location both by road and waterway, this place promises to be an ideal destination for your trip to Halong with many fun activities. Shows are available at Tuan Chau park such as: Dolphin, Sea Lion Seal, Circus, Crocodile Performance. There are also Artificial Beach longer than 4 km, Vietnam Food Court, Complex of 5 star 200-room villas and hotels complex. You may spend your time to see Halong bay by helicopter from here.

Tuan Chau harbor Halong
Tuan Chau harbor Halong

Sample of travel plan from Ho Chi Minh to Halong by plane

Flight to Hai Phong airport

From Ho Chi Minh city, please book one of following flights to Cat Bi airport Hai Phong:

  • VJ270 (Vietjet Air) 05:40 SGN > 07:40 HPH
  • VN 1182 (Vietnam Airlines) 07:00 SGN > 09:10 HPH
  • QH 1540 (Bamboo Airways) 08:00 SGN > 10:00 HPH

Itineraries

Halong bay one day tour

Visiting Halong bay from Ho Chi Minh city for one day tour is definitely possible. This is more popular for business man living in Ho Chi Minh city.

On arrival at Cat Bi international airport Hai Phong, catch taxi or book Private car transfer service in Hai Phong to go to Halong. Then find Halong bay one day tour yourself.

If you join in a package tour, this is the best for you: Best Halong bay day tour 6 hours from Hai Phong

When  you join in this package, Hai Phong Tours will wait at airport and take you to Halong directly. Pick up time is from 11 AM. You may need to wait at coffee shop right there as your arrival time is earlier.

After finishing Halong bay one day tour, let’s get back to Cat Bi international airport for flight back to Ho Chi Minh. You may have fast food right at airport canteen.

Please these flights to get back from Hai Phong to Ho Chi Minh

  • VJ287 (Vietjet air): 20:20 HPH > 22:20 SGN
  • VJ283 (Vietjet air): 21:35 HPH > 23:35 SGN

There are earlier flights to get back to Ho Chi Minh departing from Hai Phong at 19h30. But you need to do shorter tour to Halong bay: Halong bay shortest day tour 4 hours from Hai Phong

Best Halong bay day tour 6 hours
Best Halong bay day tour 6 hours

2 days 1 night onboard on Halong bay

This tour activities are quite similar to the Halong bay one day tour above. But you have more time to admire Halong bay and enjoy one night stay on the calm bay.

To do the 2 days tour to Halong bay, you have 3 routes available to choose:

  1. Halong bay tour 2 days 1 night from Hai Phong
  2. Lan Ha bay tour 2 days 1 night from Hai Phong
  3. Bai Tu Long bay tour 2 days from Hai Phong

On the second day, you will be at harbor at around 12:00. If you would like to get back to Ho Chi Minh, then Hai Phong Tours will just transfer you to airport.

But if you would like to spend your afternoon in countryside of Hai Phong. That would be great experience. Please check out this tour: Mountain trekking tour in Hai Phong countryside

After sunset, we will drive you directly to airport or any restaurant in Hai Phong to have dinner. It’s as your wish.

Kayaking in Hang Luon
Kayaking in Hang Luon

3 days 2 night onboard on Halong bay

If you have time for 3 days 2 night tour, you will do almost all available activities on Halong bay. Please check out these tours:

  1. Halong bay tour 3 days 2 nights from Hai Phong
  2. Bai Tu Long bay 3 days 2 nights tour from Hai Phong
  3. Lan Ha bay tour 3 days 2 nights from Hai Phong
  4. Lan Ha bay, Cat Ba island 3 days 2 nights tour from Hai Phong

The same as above, on the as day, you can choose either go back straight away or explore Hai Phong countryside.

If you have any idea, please feel free to leave comment or contact Hai Phong tours. We are pleased to give you FREE advise or customized plan. You may also reach me via Whatsapp +84975200357.

Thank you and happy travel!

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Francis Jammes
Francis Jammes
2 months ago

Amazing. I am planing to go next month. Maybe you can help me scheduling. Check your whatsapp bro!