Hello Halong Bay!
From the upper deck on our luxury Paradise Cruises junk.
The limestone islets are incredible…
The little boats that trail the cruising junks are floating shops selling all sorts of stuff
Here’s our Paradise Cruise luxury junk looking fine in the distance…
We had a little excursion to the Sung Sot Caves…
…and another little excursion to Ti Top Island
Where we had a lovely relax on the beach
How to get there?
Halong Bay is about 160km from Hanoi but as the route is via local roads the drive takes around 3 & a half hours.
We loved the chaotic journey there and back seeing lots of the countryside, small towns and villages.
The private car we booked through our hotel was worth every cent (US$25 per person).
Not keen on a long road journey? There is another option for reaching Halong Bay. Fly direct to Hai Phong. The airport is about an hour from Halong City.
Which cruise to choose?
We did the 2 day/1 night cruise on Paradise Cruises and it was excellent.
Trying to decide which cruise to book can be overwhelming as there are so many to choose from.
Best to do lots of research, read reviews & triple check.
Hotels in Hanoi will help book a cruise but it is best to email ahead of arrival and thoroughly check out the cruise companies they recommend. There are some dodgy cruises out there and no one wants to get stuck on a junky junk.
Paradise Cruises luxury cruise cost about $300 per person. Including transfers from Hanoi, all meals, twin cabin en suite accommodation plus excursions.
When to go?
Early September when we visited the weather was just perfect. Warm enough for swimming. Clear skies.
The wet season is from May to October when it will be hot and humid and there may be rain.
The dry season is November to April, with colder weather during the winter months.