Traveling to Vietnam with a short time and you wonder where you shouldn’t miss. Here are 5 best places in Vietnam you may concern.

  1. Mekong Delta
Mekong River

Mekong River

An ideal destination for all tourists who prefer finding a peaceful atmosphere and experiencing simple life in the countryside, Mekong Delta is a watery landscape of green fields and sleepy villages. There are many places to visit including floating markets, An Binh Island, crocodile farms, handicraft villages…

  1. Nha Trang
Nha Trang beach

Nha Trang beach

Traveling to Nha Trang, tourists not only enjoy a wonderful time on white sand beach, but also have more chance to explore the beautiful island and local culture and people’s life. The area hosts wide range of hotels accommodation from top notch fancy world class resort to popular hostels for backpackers. Take a boat trip in the Nha Trang Bay to visit its seclude island and beaches. Other cultural sites you should visit in Nha Trang: Long Son Pagoda, Po Nagar Cham Towers, Fishing Village, Vinpearl Land, Monkey Island.

  1. Hoi An
Hoi An Old Quater

Hoi An Old Quater

As a major tourist attraction in center Vietnam, Hoi An is an ancient town located in the lower section of Thu Bon River, Quang Nam Province, about 30 kilometers south of Danang City. The town is famous for well preserving it architectural heritage and old time atmosphere of a Vietnamese village in the past. Walking in the town to visit Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, the local fish market…or cruise along Thu Bon River to see Hoi An from a different angle.

  1. Hanoi
Hanoi street vendor

Hanoi street vendor

Travelling to Hanoi and you can learn more about the culture of Vietnam, enjoy fantastic street food at peaceful corner. Its feature street vendors, flower markets, historical sites such as Ho Chi Minh Complex, Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, Hoan Kiem Lake…

  1. Halong Bay
Halong Bay Floating Village

Halong Bay Floating Village

Take a Halong cruise to enjoy the Legendary Halong bay with many beautiful places: limestone, Surprise Cave, floating village… and you will have a lifetime experience.

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One of the best things about a Halong Bay cruise is that everything is included. In theory, there’s no need to bring anything. However, here are some things you may want to bring along with your luggage (and yes, you can take your luggage on a trip to Halong Bay).

Candy bars and water

The drive from Hanoi takes 4 hours, if you’re travelling with children, this is a must!

Cash Money

When visiting a floating fishing village, cash will be helpful to tip your driver. You might also want to buy some souvenirs.

Warm & Cold Clothes

Weather is unpredictable in Vietnam, andHalong Bay tours do not escape this paradigm.

Sunscreen, hat & swimming suit

But there’s a good chance you will actually need those 😉

Journal & notebook

If you have never tried to write and/or draw, Halong Bay junks usually provide a lot of inspiration, so it might be just the place to start.

Plug adaptor and convertor

You definitely don’t want to see NO BATTERY on your laptop/phone… and especially on your camera.

Camera and extra memory cards

There are so many wonderful and unusual things to shoot during Halong Bay cruises that you are most likely to shoot everything!

Small first aid kit

This should be in your luggage whenever youtravel, not just in Halong Bay.

Sport and formal outfit 

Sport outfit for the outdoor activities (trekking, biking, kayaking…) and a formal one for the evening.

Business cards

Because you never know who you are going to meet J

Toothbrush & toothpaste

You can help Bhaya Cruisesto reduce waste consumption in the bay by bringing your personal daily cleaning stuffs (but don’t worry, if you forget it, we have some for you).

Waterproof backpack

For very cautious/experienced travelers only.

Duct tape

Useful to mark your luggage, repair things, and very efficient as a lint remover!

Motion sickness tablets&/or mosquito’s bracelet (lotion)

These things are actually mandatory if you are likely to suffer from one these ailments.

Your sense of adventure

You won’t get to experience Halong tours many times in your life, so make the most of it!

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Travel Halong Bay with kids

Travel Halong Bay with kids

Sharing a Halong Bay cruise with your family is a wonderful experience, even if it may not be easy all the time! Here are some tips that will help you to plan your family trip to Halong Bay:

Small babies’ stuffs

Food will be provided for your children, usually the same as yours. Some companies, such as BhayaCruises, have a special ‘kids menu’. For the tiniest ones, you should take some milk and everything you usually need (summer & winter clothes, snacks and medicine).

Safety onboard

Most accidents during Halong tours have occurred during tender transfer. For this reason you should select to depart from Tuan Chau port, where passengers embark directly onto the boat, as opposed to BaiChay port, where tender boats are used.

Also, you may want to forgo a cabin with a private balcony, but be sure to ask (in advance) for a boat with a big sundeck so your kids have some space to play outside, where you can keep an eye on them!

Outdoor Activities

Halong Bay cruises are full of fun activities: swimming, kayaking, biking, visiting floating fishing villages & caves and last but not least, exploring the islands! This is always an incredible experience for kids. If yours are quite active, choose Cat Ba Island as there are lots of opportunities to walk and cycle around.

You will probably want to select a Halong Bay cruise that actually anchors in BaiTu Long Bay, it is less crowded.


From May to September 2014 (excluding June), Bhaya Cruises offer a free cabin to children for every cabin booked by their parents, onboard all of BhayaCruises fleet.

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Sung Sot Cave Halong

Sung Sot Cave -Halong Bay

Halong Bay cruises offer to guide you amongst more than 2000 impressive islands, a unique experience, at a site classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1994.

These limestone islands are full of caves, created by decades of wind and water, now accessible thanks to the receding water levels. Many are illuminated by a clever lighting set up made to enhance the trip of Halong Bay travelers.

Several Halong tours offer a visit the Sung Sot Cave (surprise cave) because it is considered as the most magnificent of all. At first it seems fairly unimpressive, but the last room, as huge as a stadium,is truly breathtaking

Your Halong Bay cruise will drop you off at the bottom of some steps which you’ll have to climb to reach the first room. Try to avoid the 1-day Halong Cruise tours, which depart at 8:00am and 12:30pm, as the stairs are usually crowded between 9:30am-11:00am and 14:00am and 15:30am.

You will have to pass through a very tiny dark corridor to access the 2nd room. Any good Halong Bay tour guide won’t forget to show you the shapes looking like Buddha or Santa.

Finally, you will reach the last room… And this will remain a Surprise 😉

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