There are so many reasons to travel Trans-Siberian style. The Trans-Siberian Express gives you access to a wide range of exciting destinations throughout Russia, Mongolia, and China.
Yet, many don’t know that you can also explore Vietnam by taking the train too. Going beyond Hanoi, Ha Long Bay is a must-visit for those looking to absorb all that South East Asia has to offer. A designated World Heritage Site, Ha Long Bay’s scattered islands are an iconic image that can only truly be appreciated in person.
We may not be fans of over planning but taking the time to prepare for your trip to Ha Long Bay is a great way to make sure you see all of its wonders. Read on to discover our top tips for planning your Ha Long Bay itinerary to perfection.
Book a cruise
Seeing Ha Long Bay’s 1,600 plus islands isn’t easy. The best way to see the biggest selection is by boat, and there is no shortage of cruises available. Make the most of your trip by booking your Ha Long Bay cruise in advance, being sure to research the tour and its operator in great detail before you do. Cruises range from cheap and cheerful trips to luxury and overnight options. Each provides the best view of Ha Long’s beautiful island landscape.
Most visitors prefer to book a midrange tour to satisfy their budget, whilst still enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime excursion.
Ha Long Bay is one of the best places to see the earth at its most natural. Tourism has taken off significantly here, but being as respectful as you can when you arrive at Ha Long Bay is a sentiment embraced by many travellers. Ecotourism isn’t just a fad, it’s fast becoming a way of life for visitors and locals alike. Halong Bay Tours explains more about how you can embrace ecotourism in the heart of Ha Long:
“The steep karst outcrops of the bay are not only beautiful but ideal for rock climbing. It’s fun to get off the cruise boat and paddle around the bay either in a kayak or a rowboat. That way you can get up close to the limestone formations and get a different perspective. It’s magic in the truest sense of the word.”
Ha Long Bay is the most popular tourist destination in Vietnam. This year tourist numbers are estimated to exceed 10 million as visitors flock to see one of the most stunning places on earth. Practising and supporting sustainable tourism ensures Ha Long Bay remains beautiful for the next generation..
Travel a little further
Ha Long Bay will certainly keep you busy with a range of top attractions to explore. But planning an adventure a little further afield, beyond Ha Long’s most popular sights, is a must.
Cat Ba is a neighbouring region that may receive fewer visitors, but is just as beautiful. As a whole, the area has a much more laid back atmosphere. Cat Ba is home to the best beaches, which are extremely clean and free from rubbish, an issue that’s blighted the striking Ha Long region for many years.
Pack for all weather
We’re penned many packing lists for trips to China, Russia, and Mongolia. Your Ha Long wardrobe, however, needs to suit a plethora of weather conditions. Due to Ha Long’s position in the tropics, the weather can be very unpredictable.
You may also want to pack suitable clothing for the adventurous activities you’ll be participating in during your stay in Ha Long Bay. Pack smart to make sure you’re prepared for everything.