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Hanoi to Halong Bay

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Hanoi to Halong Bay

I have read heaps on here about day trips taking 3hrs or more to get to the bay. My friend insists that by private cab just over an hour. Could you please tell me what time it takes, thanks

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1. Re: Hanoi to Halong Bay

It definitely isn't an hour trip!

Google Earth has it about 150km. And we are not talking about motorway driving either. Takes a good 2 and a half hours at least, depending on traffic etc

Edited: 21 March 2010, 05:00
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2. Re: Hanoi to Halong Bay

I believe it usually takes an hour to get to the eastern edge of Hanoi.

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It usually takes at least 3 hours or more to reach the pier in Halong Bay from Hanoi, no matter which means of transports you're going. This is partially attributable for the fact that traffic congestion is very common in the city itself and the roads in the outskirts are not that good.

You can fly to the Bay for less than one hour I guess. But unfortunately there's no airport out there at the moment :)

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4. Re: Hanoi to Halong Bay

All the tour companies include at least 1 stop approx. 30 min. each way for visiting a restroom which does not shorten the drive. However it was nice to be able to walk around. Avoid the overpriced tourist trap shops there.

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6. Re: Hanoi to Halong Bay

I would have loved it if my trip from Hanoi to Halong Bay/Halong City took only an hour but I really believe this is next to impossible.

If you're planning to do a cruise, most of the tour companies leave early in the morning (around 8am or so) from their offices in Hanoi and it will take approximately 3 hours depending on traffic and usually a toilet/meal stop along the way is about 30 minutes. The junks/boats leave the port around 11:30am.

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7. Re: Hanoi to Halong Bay

I'll be in Hanoi in April and was wondering about a 2D/1N trip to Halong bay, but I'm a squeamish passenger and have heard that the road journey is hairy. Can anyone expand on this please.

Miranda, Sydney
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8. Re: Hanoi to Halong Bay

Hi There,

The road journey is not hairy - just a bit boring - take your I-pod or a good book to read. There is no scenery really worth looking at.



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9. Re: Hanoi to Halong Bay

If you've gotten adjusted to the free-for-all style of Vietnamese driving (which you will quite quickly) the trip to Ha Long Bay isn't hairy, it is as SandyL says, fairly boring. The road goes through a lot of industrial areas and similar looking small towns and then a lot of empty bits. On the way back I slept a lot of the way and don't feel I missed anything vital :-)

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10. Re: Hanoi to Halong Bay

Is that a jet cab.

The trip to Halong bay is the worst and the mini buses stop at these horrible toilet/ food places for a 30min stop there and back the food and drinks and soveneirs at these place are a rip off .

This alone puts us off ever returning to Halong Bay