When is the best time to visit Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay and Bai Tu Bay?
The best time to visit this area is either in spring or autumn. During the Spring months, the weather starts to warm up and the area becomes carpeted in lush, new vegetation. The air in spring is less humid than in summer, and there is less chance of a storm.
Moving into the summer months, the weather gets hotter and more humid making this season great for swimming. During the peak of the summer, the bays can be hit by typhoons so it may be wise, if possible, to avoid these times.
The Autumn offers cooler weather after the hot and humid summer, but it is still warm enough to enjoy all of the activities on offer.
Winter can be a little chilly, especially from December to February. However, this season has its own unique charm. There is often a thick cloak of mist which settles on the bay giving the whole area a mysterious and romantic feel.
What should I bring?
You are required to bring your passport with on all trips in Ha Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay.
It is a good idea to bring swimwear and sun cream, especially during the warmer months.
Depending on the season, you will need to pack different clothing. Cool, loose clothing which keeps the sun off your skins is great for the summer. In winter you will need some warmer clothes and a jacket. It is a good idea to bring a light rain jacket regardless of the season as you never know when you might need it.
With the incredible views on offer, the three bays are fantastic for taking photos so it is a good idea to bring a camera and all of the neccesary accesories.
Please also bring any necessary medications that you may need during the trip.
How long does the journey from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay take?
The drive from Hanoi to Ha Long City takes around 3-4 hours.
The drive from Hanoi to Hai Phong is roughly 3-3.5 hours.
What food will be available on board?
As the area has a strong fishing economy, the majority of boats will serve seafood based meals, freshly cooked on board, but there will be a variety of others dishes on offer.
If you have any special dietary requirements, please speak to our staff at the time of booking or contact us to find out more.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
All of the boats in our tours have private cabins with air conditioning. If the weather is fine, you may wish to spend the night sleeping under the stars on the deck of the boat. Although this is allowed, please check with the staff on board first to ensure that there is no bad weather expected in the night.
Will there be life jackets on the boat?
All of our boats have an adequate number of life jackets on board. Your guide will show you where to find them as you enter the boat, but feel free to ask again at any time.
Am I likely to get seasick?
The bays are sheltered by the many islands and islets meaning that the waters are calm and smooth. Some routes venture out into the less well protected waters which can get choppy at times. If you are prone to seasickness, please check with our tour consultants about the best areas to visit to avoid seasickness.