Often dubbed a natural wonder of the world, Halong Bay is an area of charm. As Vietnam’s most beloved district continues to thrive, let’s look at three ways to get yourself around.

An image of cruise boats surrounded by islets in Halong Bay. The most popular location in Vietnam.
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Photo by Charles Van Miraflores on Unsplash

Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its 1600 islands and islets that rise up out of the ocean. These are natural limestone formations, steadily eroded over centuries, leaving behind what’s left today. In 2012, New 7 Wonders of the World named Halong Bay as one of the 7. If I’ve tempted you already, please continue reading for my top three transport options for getting around Halong Bay.

Halong Bay on the water

A photo from my trip to Halong Bay in December. My favourite transport method! This is the view of the sea from my window in the morning.
Photo from my trip to Halong Bay, Vietnam in December 2019

This is the most popular way to see Halong Bay–there’s nothing like it. While day cruises are likeable and cheap, an overnight trip is worth it. You get what you pay for–including incredible cave tours, kayaking trips, cooking classes, squid fishing and evening entertainment (we even had a magic show).

The staff are wonderfully friendly (welcome to Vietnam) and the beds were some of the comfiest I’ve tried. Oh, and opening the curtains in the morning (see above) is an image of Halong Bay I’ll never forget. If you’re not one for cruises, please read on for more excellent ways to explore Halong Bay.

Halong Bay from the sky

An image of a sea plane sitting on water- a great transport option in Halong Bay, Vietnam.
See Halong Bay, Vietnam from above in a seaplane
Photo by Jake Buonemani on Unsplash

In 2018, Halong Bay introduced aviation to the game. Swooping between the limestone karsts on a seaplane is easily the most exhilarating way to see the UNESCO-listed landscape. For a steadier transport option, enjoy the spectacular views from the world’s biggest, reversible, aerial cable car. Wow, that’s a mouthful!

Travel from one side of the bay to the other, taking in the bird’s-eye view of the acclaimed islets and islands Vietnam is so proud of. Alternatively, hop on the gigantic observation wheel day or night for equally satisfying scenes of Halong Bay–the sky’s the limit in Vietnam.

Halong Bay on foot

A photo of me at the finish line of the Halong Bay half marathon. I look so happy! Vietnam is beautiful.
An ecstatic me completing the Halong Bay half marathon in November 2019

While not the most exciting transport option, doing it all on foot isn’t any less glorious. In fact, you can jog or run your way around Halong Bay. I was crazy enough to take part in the Halong Bay half marathon on my trip to Vietnam.

The race began at 5:45 am and I watched the sunrise over the bay as I ran. Running isn’t for everyone, but I’d certainly encourage everyone to wake up early to walk or jog along the coast. It’s a sunrise like no other and while you won’t be alone–as those in Vietnam rise super early–you’ll feel part of your own Arcadia. For me, this transport option is extra special.

If you must visit one place in Vietnam, choose Halong Bay. I’d fly back to this utopia in a heartbeat. My grandparents came to visit while I was there–they too adored it, particularly in January when things were quieter.

With so many transport options to choose from, it’s a perfect location to relax and really see it all. Save more time for Halong Bay, you won’t regret it.


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