Baia di Ha Long
"Ha Long" is literally translated as "Bay of Descending Dragons." Prior to the 19th century, this name was not recorded in any document or archive. When mentioning the present-day Quang Ninh Sea or Ha Long Bay, old historical books often referred to them by the names of An Bang, Luc Thuy or Van Don. Not until the late 19th century did the name of Ha Long Bay appear on a French Marine Map. The Hai Phong News, a French newspaper of the time, had an article, Dragon appears on Ha Long Bay, reporting the following story: In 1898 a sub-lieutenant named Lagredin, captaining the Avalanse reported seeing a huge sea snake on Ha Long Bay. This was also witnessed by many of the crews. Thus emerged the European image of the Asian dragon. Whether this appearance of a strange animal looking like a dragon resulted the name of Ha Long Bay is not known.
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From Hanoi: 165km or 3 hrs 30 minutes drive.
From Hai Phong: 75km or 1 hr 30 minutes drive.
The best way to get to Ha Long Bay is to rent a car from Hanoi. It costs approximately US$100 return.
There is also a tourist open bus services offered by travel agencies around the Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi. Cost: US$8 net/person/way
Public buses leave from Long Bien Station to the Bai Chay Station (other side of Red River, 5km from Hoan Kiem Lake) every 30 minutes from 06:00 to 18:00 and cost 50,000 dong/person each way. This is not recommended for foreign travelers, as these buses are often crowded, slow and unsafe.
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Mong Cai border City - there is a hydrofoil service from Bai Chay to the border city with China.
Cat Ba Island - rent or book a seat on a junk to Cat Ba Island.
Haiphong City - buses leave from Bai Chay Station to Hai Phong City.
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Rent a junk to visit the bay for either several hours or overnight on the bay.
Visitors to Ha Long Bay must purchase a ticket (30,000 dong) from the Ha Long Bay management department, which gives the option of following one of two routes:
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There are many restaurant in Halong City (Bai Chay Town)which opposit to the Bai Chay Beach and offers mostly Vietnamese Rice dishes and Seafood.
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Drink can be found for the cheap price at the local drinks shops or restaurant arround the city (cold drink also can buy from the boat on the cruise trip)while on the bay.
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There are several new hotels on Cat Ba Island, most catering to overnight boat trip packages.
You can also sleep aboard a junk as part of an overnight cruise. The price will include dinner and breakfast aboard the boat, a trip to one of the caves, and possibly a few extras like kayaking, swimming, or transfers to Cat Ba Island.
There are countless travel agencies who sell these cruises in Hanoi and other cities in the region, and every hotel will be thrilled to book one for you as well. Since most agencies contract with third-party companies to handle the actual cruise, experiences can vary — the seas of Ha Long Bay are plied by smooth, classy junks and old, loud rattletraps. You might run across someone who had a great time on a US$10 cruise with one agency, and upon booking the same, spend a whole night choking on carbon exhaust fumes. The sad fact (for budget travelers) is: the more you pay, the better your odds will be. You should be safe with cruises in the US$35 range, but really nice ones can run as high as US$97.
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