Fantastic experiences in Halong Bay

Being one of Vietnam’s most prized treasures and most popular destination, Halong Bay is dominated by more than 1,600 uninhabited limestone karsts and islets which rise majestically out of the emerald blue waters to heights of up to 100 meters. Besides, one of the reasons makes Halong bay become the ideal destination is the diversity of the high – experiential forms of travel to discover the bay.

1. Challenge yourself with Kayaking in Halong Bay

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Kayak is one of the most favorite activities in Halong bay, selected by travelers, especially international ones. It is no coincidence that in 2000, National Geographic Adventures magazine has voted Ha Long Bay as one of 25 tourist destinations top kayak in the world. While kayaking in the green clear waters, you will feel lost in a legendary world of stone islands, whose shapes change depending on the angle and on the light. It brings a WOW feeling to everyone.

2.  Discover the daily life of fishermen

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If you want to observe and get in touch with local residents in Halong Bay, exploring the daily life of fishermen in the floating villages will be your choice. The small boat will take you to the village and row around to see the residents living their daily peaceful life. Around 300 peoples live in the floating homes on the water and survive completely on fishing.

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The kids have their school on the water too and they were said that they can swim before they can walk. The place is truly worth to come and explore.

Destination to experience this activity can be Vung Vieng fishing village, Cua Van fishing village, Ba Hang fishing village…

3.  Overnight on a cruise at Halong bay

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Once you want to have a lifetime experience in Halong Bay, don’t cheap out your journey. Enjoy Halong Bay in the luxury form with amazing cruise, delicious cuisine and professional crew definitely will never let you down.

Fall in its tranquility, sitting on the sundeck of the cruise having a good cocktail, enjoying the fresh air of the bay at night and so on. Normally, 2 day 1 night is the popular itinerary with the most popular destinations but you can spend a little longer time to go deeper into the bay with 3 day 2 night itineraries together with The Au Co

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Halong is one of the world’s most dramatic coastlines

The Huffington Post has recently released its top 10 of the world’s most dramatic and magnificently beautiful coastlines. Only two of them are from Asia, one of which is Halong Bay, Vietnam.

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Source: Air Pano

Halong Bay, as quoted by the Huffington Post, is a “wonderland of over 3,000 whimsically-shaped islands jutting sharply out of the tranquil green waters”. The numerous beautiful caves and wide diversity of endemic flora and fauna are also marked as shining highlights of the destination.

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Crystal blue waters, mighty rock mountains and a serene scenery

It is said that the best way to enjoy Halong Bay is joining a cruise and spending a romantic night on the bay, under shining stars. Business Insider magazine shares the same idea in their “100 Trips You Must Take In Your Lifetime”

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A Lifetime experience: Cruising on Bhaya Cruises, Halong bay

Besides from Halong Bay, world’s top 10 dramatic coastlines by Huffington Post also includes Twelve Apostles (Australia), Legzira (Morocco), Cap Blanc (Mauritania), Los Gigantes (Spain), Cliffs of Moher (Ireland), Cape Town (South Africa), Lofoten Islands (Norway), Amalfi Coast (Italia) and Krabi (Thailand).

Source: The Huffington Post

Bhaya Cruises Group – New look of the largest fleet in Halong Bay

 Being the largest and the most luxury cruise operator in Halong Bay with 14 ships and a total of 180 cabins for overnight guests, Bhaya Cruises is now operating 3 brands: Bhaya Classic, The Legend and The Au Co. Bhaya’s fleet welcomes and serves over 5,000 guests from many countries all over the world each month. 

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The new gangway system and cruise centre

Desiring to bring perfect services on luxury 5-star cruises, Bhaya Cruises has completed the most modern gangway system in Halong Bay. Guests now can get on board directly instead of being transferred by tender.

Along with the gangway system, Bhaya Cruises has also built a luxurious, spacious center cruise designed as a cozy lounge with finest food and spectacular drinks for guests to relax before checking in. Total investment for this is over U.S. $1 million.

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The new gangway system and cruise center

The refurbishment of the whole cruise fleet

After three months working with supports from French experts, Bhaya Cruises has officially completed all boat maintenance in October 2013. In this biggest and most comprehensive maintenance, all cruises were repainted as well as the whole interior was upgraded and replaced.

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Interiors on boat

Improving the staff quality

Bhaya Cruises has also made adjustments and completed on-board services this 2013. All staff are selected and trained professionally and carefully.

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Great experiences with Bhaya Cruises

With the big investment in both services and facilities, Bhaya Cruises aims to deliver guests greatest experience in one of the most attractive destinations in Asia

 

Halong Bay Weather in October

If you are afraid of super high temperatures during summers or cold, rainy, and low visibility days during the winter, October can be an excellent time to head up to Halong bay.

October is considered as the end of summer and the weather turns cooler. Because Halong bay is in the northern part of Vietnam, it gets colder in the autumn and winter. Halong bay in the October is the perfect month with reasonable heat and not too humid. You can find some lovely and sunny days to enjoy the white sandy beaches, cruise further in the bay on Bhaya Cruises and discovery the magnificent beauty of world’s new seven wonders of nature.

Even the weather in October don’t cold that much, still, remember to bring your cardigans or light coats to keep you warm and comfortable.

This gives the best indication of the weather in October and includes figures for temperature, sunshine and rainfall.

Max Daytime Temperature (°C) 29°C (84°F) Max Daytime Temperature in October in Ha Long Bay 29°C (84°F) in October
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) 22°C (72°F) Min Night-time Temperature in October in Ha Long Bay 22°C (72°F) in October
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 6 Hours of Bright Sunshine per day (48% of Daylight Hours) in October in Ha Long Bay 6 Hours per day in October
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 12 Hours of Daylight in October in Ha Long Bay 12 Hours per day in October
Heat and Humidity Discomfort Moderate Heat & Humidity in October in Ha Long Bay Moderate in October
Days with some Rainfall 11 Days with some Rainfall in October in Ha Long Bay 11 Days in October
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 86 mm (3.4 inches) Monthly Rainfall in October in Ha Long Bay 86 mm (3.4 inches) in October
UV Index (Maximum) UV (Maximum) Index 10 (Very High) in October in Ha Long Bay 10 (Very High) in October
Sea Temperature (°C) 28°C (82°F) Sea Temperature in October in Ha Long Bay 28°C (82°F) in October

Please click this link for updated weather forecast on Halong Bay: http://www.myweather2.com/City-Town/Vietnam/Ha-Long-Bay.aspx?sday=1

Halong Bay entrance fees and surcharges increase to new record level, upsetting travel agents and tour operators

The People’s Committee of Quang Ninh province has announced a sharp increase in the charge to visit Halong Bay, effective from 1st January 2014. The announcement confirms the long-standing concern of the travel industry and creates a dilemma for boat operators, local destination management companies (DMCs) and tour operators all over the world. The increase in entrance fees and surcharges may dramatically affect the number of tourists visiting the area.

According to the new regulation, an extra fee of US$ 14 to 18/person/night will have to be paid for each tourist, depending mostly on the itinerary and excursions of each boat. This equates to a rise of 140 to 160% in comparison with 2013. The announcement regarding the new entrance fees came out late, after most of the contracts between cruise companies, local DMCs and oversea tour operators had already been signed. All parties are now discussing ways to handle the price rise.

“We are very concerned by the increase. As the largest cruise operator in Halong Bay we operate 180 cabins and up to 5,000 passengers each month. This could easily result in around a US$ 75,000 increase per month for entrance fees only. We are now looking at how we can share the burden with our DMC partners in the best way possible. I recommend tour operators take the time to finalise their series/group allotment to Halong Bay as soon as possible.” said Armand Cheveux, Business Development Manager of Bhaya Cruises.

Halong Bay is the most popular sightseeing destination in the north of Vietnam and was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and in the world’s New7Wonders of Nature in April 2012 by New Open World Corporation. According to the province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Quang Ninh welcomed 4.67 million visitors in the first half of 2013, a 9% year-on-year increase. Of these, foreign tourists accounted for more than 1.25 million, a decrease of 2% against the same period last year.