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Ha Long Bay Travel Guide For First-Time Travelers [updated]

Halong Bay is a place you need to visit at least once and this ultimate travel guide will give you the detailed information you need to know for a trip to Ha Long Bay.

If you are planning to visit Ha Long Bay for the first time, you are on the right page.

Before you go, you should know some details that you must pay attention to if you want to visit Ha Long Bay.

Here is the best and easy information for those of you who are going there for the first time.

Why Ha Long Bay is Famous?

Ha Long Bay is a very popular tourist attraction in northeastern Vietnam and is a UNESCO world heritage site.

The location of Ha Long Bay is in the provinces of Quang Ninh and Hai Phong.

This place has an area of ​​​​approximately 1,500km2, and there are small islands of 1,969 islands.

Uniquely, this small island is made of karst and limestone towers, interesting isn’t it?

The history of this limestone mountain area is also very long and has a very valuable value behind it.

Normally normal limestone mountains can be found on the ground, but in Ha Long Bay these were found from above the air.

What is The Best Month to Visit Ha Long Bay?

The right time if you want to come here in October to December. This season is the perfect and best time to visit

Chances of rain will be low, but this season it is very crowded with many tourists visiting.

In this month you can also feel the sun which is not too sting.

There are also many places that provide interesting promos this month, even in December you can expect light rain that won’t disturb your activities.

Ha Long Bay cruise
Ha Long Bay cruise

What to Pack

Pay attention to your luggage if you want to visit this location and keep in mind that Ha Long Bay is one of the wild nature, so it’s better to prepare items and medicines if you have certain diseases.

Passport/ ID

Bring your passport if you travel anywhere, because to maintain security and also if there is an urgent situation you can use your passport for something important.


When you enter a tropical country, bring sunscreen to protect your skin from sun exposure.

Especially if you visit here and of course outdoor activities make your skin dry and burnt.

Hiking Shoes

Visiting various caves that are here, sometimes the roads are slippery and steep. To avoid things that are not desirable, wear comfortable footwear.

Water Bottle

Bottled water for drinking, because most will be doing outside activities, bring drinking water for backup if you are thirsty on a trip or other urgent matters.

Of course, there are those who sell drinking water, but saving your budget from small things has many benefits.

Bring Power Bank

A must if you are traveling somewhere that takes quite a long time on the way, it would be nice to bring a power bank.


This is something that really needs to be considered, bring cash. You are in a place that not all places accept cards and you have to pay for it in cash.

Bring cash to make it easier for you if you want to buy something or pay.


To avoid the sun, you can bring sunglasses and avoid dust too.

Because there are many beaches and some spots that make your eyes hurt, you need to bring it and it’s also good to take photos with sunglasses.

Transportation to Ha Long Bay

There are 3 options to go to this location, there are by land, by flight, and by water. Here’s an explanation.

By Land

Very cheap option from other travel options but very time-consuming. Now road trips are time-consuming, and also cost around US$15 to US$200.

Usually, travel agents offer several facilities, it all depends on which facility you choose. A pick-up service is also available.

By Flight

Choose an airline that operates less frequently for its flights.

Usually, tourists want to enjoy this view very closely and also for a short time of course.

Or if you choose the air route, you can order a private VVIP helicopter to experience the beautiful scenery and nature that will amaze you if you choose the air route.

By Water

Usually, this option is chosen by many Chinese tourists.

Choosing this path is like you are in a movie because the scenery and you can feel the water flow in this bay are quite beautiful and wild.

How About Currency?

The country of Vietnam uses the currency VND = Vietnam Dong.

for those of you who want to visit Vietnam and also on this trip, you bring and set aside a maximum of US$5,000/per person for the whole trip.

Also, note if the card you are using can be made in Vietnam. Because most tourists use cash.

VND Currency
VND Currency
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Final Thought

I hope this will help you plan your first trip to Vietnam Ha Long Bay.

If you have other ideas or opinions, please leave a comment below.

and also you can check the articles that I have summarized about trips to Vietnam and other things

please check to Explore Vietnam Cu Chi Tunnels

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