Since being inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000, Halong Bay – Vietnam has been one of the most popular tourist attractions in South East Asia. Millions of tourists has come to Halong with the intention of discover all the inner beauty of nature and human to the fullest.
3 suggestions below will be great options if you are planning for a Halong Bay trip. Worry about limited time? With some logical arrangement, you can manage to experience all these 3 in a 3-day-2 night trip.
1. Cruising the karst in a luxury trip
There’s no way to explore nature better than immersing in them yourself. Floating on a cruise allows people to get closer to the limestone and karst, relish nature beauty far away from the crowded bay. The cruise keeps you floating on water for 2 or 3 days at least, you will have time to revel in almost all on-water activities include: kayaking, swimming, dining in a cave, dining in the romantic view on a cruise sundeck.
There’s one tip should be taken in consideration when choosing a cruise on Halong Bay: price comes with quality. The bay now is dominated with hundreds of cruise operators with a wide variety range of price. Many have experienced poor service and accommodation facilities on budget cruise, let alone the safety condition. Don’t let crappy service ruin your impression of a World Heritage Site. Book a luxury cruise to ensure the quality. By doing that, all left for you to worry is how to enjoy yourself to the fullest in the most beautiful bay in the world.
2. Admire Halong Bay from above
Another way to explore Halong Bay, which only known to few, is from above by the new launched seaplane service. Taking off from Hanoi, the premium seaplane (Hai Au Aviation) takes only 30 minutes to land in Halong Bay, instead of a long 3-hour trip by car. Relaxing on a seaplane, you can relish the breathtaking view of Halong Bay from high above, revel in the tranquility of the natural seascape dotted with islands and rocky outcrops when leisurely cruising around.
You can also book a package tour including seaplane and cruises service, just to minimize the number of tasks you have to take care before trip. Choosing a seaplane trip might be a little more pricy but at the end of the day, it worths the spending as the sky experience will give you a totally different picture from what is usually seen on the Internet.
3. Interact/stay with local residents
The real beauty of each destination doesn’t stop at how it looks, it lies in the real daily life and the people around. That’s the reason why many travelers nowadays prefer to “travel deep, not only “travel far”, to discover the charm of their destination through culture.
In order to make your trip deeper into the local culture and daily lives, don’t forget to take time to interact with local residents, either with staffs on your cruise trip or people you met on your activities. The Au Co cruise trip offer a special visit to Vung Vieng – the floating fishing village, where many local fishermen are making their living here every day. The hospitable Vietnamese are willing to take you on their traditional boat. It’s fascinating to see how the local manage to live on water. You can try their daily work by joining in the fishing experience, finding out how to use their traditional rudimentary yet effective tools.
Try a conversation! Local fishermen may not be good at foreign language but they’re definitely the friendliest people you’ve met. There’s still the international language called body language. Communicating with local people may lead you to unexpected interesting stories and knowledge about Vietnamese culture. And on top of that, it leaves you with precious memories that no travel agency or tour guide may provide during your trip.