Sapa To Halong Bay
We take a night bus to Sapa (260k Dg), then we arrive at Halong Bay at 9am.
The bus takes us to the bus station, far from everything, we have to decide on the choice of our hotel, to board a cruise the next day.
Where to sleep near Halong Bay ?
It is quite difficult to choose where to sleep near Halong Bay, indeed, you can sleep near the port of embarkation for the next day, but around there is nothing to do. That is the choice we made, Tun Chau, the port of embarkation for cruises.
What to do in Tun Chau ?
The city of Tun Chau is clearly a ghost town, it's very strange. Once there, we try to walk around before the cruise scheduled for the next day. So we're approaching the beach. An artificial beach, full of restaurants and bars built around it but everything is empty. We understand that the beach and the resort itself just opened a month ago. The aspect makes a very horror movie, everything is empty, even the beach....
Our hotel is pleasant to say the least, seen on the bay of Halong and a stone's throw from the pier for the next day: Hotel Thien Duang (300 k Dg, breakfast included).
How to choose your cruise on Halong Bay ?
So, good luck... Many different cruises with exuberant prices compared to the rest of your trip...
If you want to opt for the cheapest, take a day cruise, with meals included, and visit included, you can get away for 70 $ for 2... In this price we managed to include the pick up to Halong Bay land.
Well, you have to go to several people before you get the right one.
Une fois sur le bateau, vous allez adorer… Les paysages sont vraiment magnifiques. Se retrouver ainsi en pleine Baie d’Halong, dans un vrai décor de film, ça vaut le coup.
The program offered on board the boat: navigation to the Surprise Cave Caves, visit of the caves (included in the price), then excellent meal. In the afternoon, kayaking in Halong Bay, then sailing to a small beach where you can climb 400 steps to reach a beautiful view of the bay. Return to the port at 4pm (for a departure at 9am)
From Halong Bay to Land Halong Bay
After our cruise, we take a bus at 4:30pm included in the cruise price to Ninh Binh (Halong Bay).