Travelling By Helicopter – A Fastest Journey From Hanoi To Halong Bay

If you have at least once travelled from Hanoi to QuangNinh province where places the famous Halong Bay, then you may know how long the trip is (about 4 hours travelling by shuttle bus) and it is not abnormal if someonelost their patience for the time being waste on the way. But now, good news comes to all of us, there is a new luxury transportation way between Hanoi and Halong Bay – by helicopter transfer.1

Upon booking this helicopter service from Cruises Company, you will be picked up by a private luxury car at your hotel in Hanoi, and then escorted to Gia Lam Heliport in the heart of the city. Only 45 minutes needed for a flight from the Capital to Halong Bay, along which you have chance to seize breathtaking vistas of the natural beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The return part is carried out with the same timings and routings from heliport in Halong to Gia Lam heliport, and then to your hotel. Don’t worry if you travel lonely, in couple or in group, because depending on your budget, helicopter could be large enough to accommodate from 1 to 12 persons. The more persons on a flight, the cheaper a flight ticket is. The normal cost for charter a helicopter is around US$16,000 per round trip.2

Though the cost of helicopter is quite high, the benefit and experience when travelling by such a luxury means of transport are undoubtedly fantastic. Even if you can’t afford a helicopter travel, you can still see here beautiful pictures of the view above. Not only is this new service an exceptional chance for the discerning traveler to enjoy imposing natural landscape of Halong Bay in a perfect way, but it will also help you to avoid a long hourspending on road. Thanks to that, you could savor every second of your vacation and not worry about losing time in transportation.

Author: Bhaya Cruises – Halong Bay

03 Transportations From Hanoi To Halong Bay

Halong Bay-the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site is a have-to-visit place for everyone coming to the North Vietnam. Departing from Hanoi, you could choose one of three most popular means of transport as followings for the route 165 km length.

   1.   By motorbike

Motorbike is the most convenient and popular means of transport in Vietnam. Since the distance from Hanoi to Halong Bay is not too far, motorbike will be a nice choice for those prioritizing freedom, flexibility, discovery and economization.


Motorbike-an adventure, cheap and flexible means in Vietnam

Depending on the speed of rider, it could take from 3.5 to 5 hours to travel from Hanoi’s centre to downtown Halong. On the road you could enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Vietnam along the two sides, from the rice fields, farmers, animals to villages and temples. However, this option is only suitable for those who are healthy, brave and skilful since the motorbike riding is quite stressful especially in such crowded and narrow roads in Vietnam.

   2.   By shuttle bus

Travelling by bus is the most favorite ways of all travelers on this route. Not only is it cheap (for around $20 per round), but it is also very safe, clean and enjoyful.

The drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay took quite long as 3.5 hours, thus be well-prepared you’re your stuff like headphones, music, books or even travel pillows for a short sleep J. There is a wide range of bus operators providing buses on this route. All what you need to do is to arrive at bus station (let’s say My Dinh, Nuoc Ngam, Giap Bat, Luong Yen,…) and buy tickets of some reliable bus operators namely Hoang Long,  Kumho, Linh Trang,…

In addition, if you book overnight tours from cruises operator like Bhaya Classic, The Au Co, Legend Halong then they will also provide daily shuttle bus riding right from your hotel to the port in Halong Bay.

   3.   By helicopter

Travelling by helicopter is the fastest, most luxury and also most expensive means of transport from Hanoi to Halong Bay. The normal cost for charter a helicopter is around US$16,000 per round trip and a helicopter could accommodate up to 12 persons.


Helicopter in Halong

Upon booking this helicopter service from Cruises Company, you will be picked up by a private luxury car at your hotel in Hanoi, and then escorted to Gia Lam Heliport in the heart of the city. Only 45 minutes needed for a flight from the capital to Halong Bay, along which you have chance to seize breathtaking vistas of the natural beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Halong from the above

Recreational Activities in Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay has become one of the most well-known travel destinations in Northern Vietnam. There are several options for those who wish to explore the famous Ha Long Bay, of which going on a cruise tour around the bay offers the most convenient way to fully take in its magnificent natural beauty, including the limestone mountains, the caves, the islands and everything else present in between the tranquil waters.
A summer with blue oceans and white sandy beaches would not be complete without some outdoor activities. That is why these days most cruise operators offer a wide range of recreational activities so cruise passengers, especially the young ones, could be active during the trips and enjoy all the healthy excursions.
Below are several of the most popular recreational activities in Ha Long Bay:

Kayaking could be taken as one of the must-try experiences in Ha Long Bay. Rowing the kayak on the tranquil waters and go discovering the natural caves which can’t be accessed by the big ships is a great experience to behold. Cruisers often provide free kayak for passengers onboard; however, it would be a good idea to book the kayak in advance in case their supply is limited.

swiming What is a summer vacation without swimming right? The cruise itineraries usually include a stop at a beach for a few hours. Or, when your ship anchors, you could always jump right into the open ocean for a swim.

Biking on Cat Ba island
Biking activity is often included in three day cruise itineraries (for example: the Au Co cruise or the Bhaya 3 day cruise) or itineraries that visit Cat Ba Island. On the biking path, passengers will have the chance to look at the rugged natural scenery of Cat Ba, enjoy the refreshing air and visit Cat Ba National Park with a great variety of plant and animal species.

Bhaya Cruises, Halong Bay Announces “Free for Children” Special Summer Promotion

From June to September 2014, Bhaya Cruises is excited to run a very special summer promotion which extends families the opportunity to travel in style with its’ new “Children Travel for Free”.

Bhaya Classic Halong Bay Cruise

This opportunity can be applied on all products within the Bhaya Cruises group–The Legend, The Au Co, and The Classic. For each cabin booked by parents, one cabin is then given for their children. Condition do apply; for inbound market only and a maximum of 2 children under the age of 12 travelling with 2 adults.

In 2007, the Bhaya Classic was known as a revolution for her time, with an innovative design and unique concept never before seen in Halong Bay ( Anticipating new needs for travellers, the group decided to launch 2 new products, first in 2009 and again in 2012; the Legend (, a fleet of 8 small private charters, and the latter, The Au Co (, the first and only ship to cruise continuously for 2 nights in the whole Gulf of Tonkin.

Bhaya Cruises group is the largest luxury cruise operator in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, with 14 ships,more than 300 staff, and a total of 180 cabins for overnight guests. We are known as the largest cruise operator in Ha Long Bay as we operate 180 cabins and accommodate up to 5,000 passengers each month. We have also received multiple Certificates of Excellence – Trip Advisor from 2010 to 2014” Armand Cheveux, Business Development Manager of Bhaya Cruises.

For more information and reservations, please contact:

Armand CHEVEUX (Mr.)
Business Development Manager
Add: 47 Phan Chu Trinh Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: +84-4-39446777 | Fax: +84-4-39446776

2014 Bhaya Cruises Summer Specials for Halong Bay

Summer is definitely here! What better way to spend your summer vacation than cruising around the tranquil waters and magnificent natural beauty on one of the most beautiful travel destination in Vietnam?

Bhaya Classic Cruises is offering some exclusive 2014 Summer Promotion Packages to make your summer days even more wonderful.

  1. Free for kids under 12 years-old

For 1 night cruise package, families traveling with up to 2 kids under 12 will only need to pay a rate of USD 179/person. Let your kids spend this summer on-board Bhaya Classic with unlimited fun activities from swimming and kayaking to joining a cooking class. This package is valid until October 2014 only.

For package details, please visit Summer Halong cruise promo for kids.

  1. Free 1 night at the Intercontinental Westlake Hanoi or half day Hanoi city tour

Summer Promotion for Bhaya Halong bay cruise

Book 1 night in Halong Bay with Bhaya Cruises this summer, and you get 1 night complimentary stay at the Intercontinental Hotel in Hanoi.

In case your hotel is already booked ahead, then you could have the second option of a half-day city tour for two persons. This offer is valid until September 2014. The price is from USD 179/person, click here for more details.

  1. Exclusive deal for expats

Looking for a summer getaway from the crowded cities? Make the most of your summer time with your families and friends in Halong bay and enjoy this exclusive deal from Bhaya cruises!

This promotion is valid from June to September 2014 and applied to Bhaya 1 night cruise only! Check the detailed promotional rate here: Bhaya cruise promotion for expats.

For more info and inquiries, please call Bhaya Cruises’ hotline +84 933-446-542 or email

Bhaya Cruises Hanoi Office

Add: 47 Phan Chu Trinh Str., Hanoi, Vietnam

Tel: +84 4 3944 6777

Hotline: +84 (0) 933 44 6542


Ho Chi Minh City Representative Office

Add: 194 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Str., HCMC, Vietnam

Tel: +84 8 3933 0077

Fax: +84 8 3930 2148


What are you waiting for? Book your exclusive deals now!


Top Beaches in Vietnam

With its booming travel and tourism industry plus the good weather conditions, Vietnam is becoming the top destination for a lot of travelers from all over the world. Being blessed with beautiful landscapes and wonderful beaches, make sure that your trip to this amazing country will involve a lot of beach activities. We’ve listed below the top beach destinations in the land of motorbikes.

Nha Trang

Nha Trang Viet Nam

Nha Trang Viet Nam

Situated near the Southern Central Coast of Vietnam, Nha Trang is probably the most popular & most visited beach in the country. Everyone that has been to Vietnam has surely been to this heavenly place as well. From big five star resorts to high end beach bars, shopping malls and fast food restaurants, you will never run out of options when you get to visit here.

Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc Viet Nam

Phu Quoc Viet Nam

Same size as Singapore, Phu Quoc Island is located in the southern oceans of Vietnam and Cambodia. Aside from being a famous beach destination, Phu Quoc is also known for its dark history during the French Intervention of the country.

Cu Lao Cham

Cu Lao Cham in Hoi An

Cu Lao Cham in Hoi An

Cu Lao Cham is a group of islets located just east of Cua Dai Beach in Hoi An mainland. For the past few years, these islets have created a big noise in Vietnam’s tourism mainly because of its perfect location and diving spots. Many expats and tourists alike come here and spend the night with the locals of both Bai Huong and Bai Lang Villages.

Minh Chau

Minh Chau in Halong Bay

Minh Chau in Halong Bay

Your travel to Ha Long Bay is not complete if you don’t go to one of the area’s best beaches. Just 15km from Quan Lan Beach, the famous Minh Chau Beach is a perfect place for you and your friends/family to get away from the heaps of crowds in the main areas of Ha Long Bay. Some Ha Long Bay cruises and Ha Long Bay tours are available to help you get here by local boats or private transfers.

Mui Ne

Mui Ne in Phan Thiet

Mui Ne in Phan Thiet

One of the biggest players in Vietnam’s beach destination industry, Mui Ne has surely made its name and reputation with all kinds of tourists from around the globe. Aside from having good waves for some Kite surfing, Mui Ne is also famous for having both of the Red Sand Dunes & White Sand Dunes.

A trip to The Floating Villages of Halong Bay

Ha Long Bay is one of Vietnam’s most prized destinations in the country. Since 1994, it has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and has been voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature just last November 11, 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland.

This popular tourist destination is also home of the ancient Vietnamese people living above the water on floating houses. These people have been here for hundreds of years and have been surviving mainly from fishing and aquaculture.

Experiencing bamboo boat to discover local floating village

Experiencing bamboo boat to discover local floating village

There are four major floating villages in the area: Cua Van, Ba Hang, Cong Tau, and Vong Vieng in Hung Thang Commune, Ha Long City. Cua Van is the largest among the four villages, with about 185 households in total. On the other hand, Vong Vieng is the less crowded and less touristy one.

Both villages can be visited by tourists by joining any major Ha Long Bay Cruises in the area. Each cruise will give its guests some opportunities to visit these villages either by rowing boats or by kayaking. Tourists who are visiting the villages will have a bigger picture of how the people live and survive in such small and secluded communities. Some may even have a chance to participate in village events and celebrations depending on the season.

Paying a visit to the floating fishing villages is definitely one of the Ha Long Bay Tours that everybody should do once they get the opportunity. It will help not only the villagers who live in the area, but also the preservation and protection of Ha Long Bay and its surroundings.

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Top 4 Halong Bay activities

Activity is an important part of any trip and with the Halong cruises how to do activities in the most unforgettable way. Here are outstanding activities in Halong Bay:

  1. Kayaking
Kayaking in Halong Bay

Kayaking in Halong Bay

This is one of the easiest ways to explore the magnificent caves, hidden lagoon, through the giant limestone rocks. You will have great chance to get away from the crowds, admire the fresh and interesting perspective on the delightful scenery surrounding and hone your kayaking skills in a unique location.

  1. Swimming
Halong Bay swimming

Halong Bay swimming

Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay that have many clean, pristine and white sandy beaches are wonderful places for swimming and sunbathing. It would be even much more enjoyable if you have a chance to swim far away from the beach, maybe diving from a cruise, because water is much more transparent.

  1. Biking on Cat Ba Island
Biking on Cat Ba island

Biking on Cat Ba island

Experience a different way to see Halong bay with biking tour, you can enjoy the fabulous scenery of Halong Bay and explore the beauty of Cat Ba National Park. You also have a chance to meet local fisherman in Viet Hai village to learn more about their daily life.

  1.  Squid fishing
Halong Bay Squid Fishing

Halong Bay Squid Fishing

Beside daytime activities, squid fishing at night is great chance for visitors want to experience the feeling being a fisherman and learn more about their life. The local will guide you how to fish a squid accordingly and your achievements will be used to make dishes for you. You also have opportunity to admire Halong Bay at night.


7 Days in Hanoi

Traveling around Vietnam is probably one of the most awesome things a person could do in his or her lifetime. As the tourism industry in this country has improved so much in the last couple of decades, cities like Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City usually are the main destination stops for travelers. These cities serve as the main portals for them to be able to explore the surrounding areas and see the wonders that this country has to offer.

Hanoi in general is a big and busy city with millions of motorbikes raging from one road to another day in and day out. With so many options of what to do and where to go, it is actually hard to decide which ones are the best to choose as a first time visitor. So for our reader’s benefits, below are some of the many things you could do for a week in Vietnam’s charming capital.

Day 1: Get lost in the Old Quater

Hanoi Old Quater

Hanoi Old Quater

Ha Noi is very well known for preserving not only the old streets of the main area, but also the culture and traditions of being a true Hanoian. Walking around the 36 streets of the old quarter while getting lost in the traffic and in translation will definitely enhance your social skills as a first timer in the city. This is a great way to get to know the real Ha Noi and to get familiarized with its rich history.

Day 2: Devour in unlimited Street food

Hanoi Street food

Hanoi Street food

Another amazing way to experience Ha Noi is to immerse yourself fully with the local culture by eating and socializing like the locals do. Street food in Ha Noi is generally safe but again do not try it if you’re in doubt. Top picks like “Pho Bo”, “Bun Cha”, and “Mien Luon” are just some of the best dishes that you will have to try out while you’re here.

Day 3: Explore the Outskirts

Nhat Tan flower village

Nhat Tan flower village

Since Ha Noi is an enormous city in terms of size and population, you will definitely not run out of things to do during the day. You may visit the Bat Trang pottery village located just a few kilometers across the Red River and make a stopover at the Long Bien Bridge before or after your visit. Continue and end your journey back to the main area and relax in café or restaurantoverlooking Tay Ho, the largest lake in Ha Noi.

Days 4-6: Discover Halong Bay Vietnam

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

A trip to Northern Vietnam will never be complete if you don’t get to see one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. What better way to spend your next three days and two nights doing Ha Long Bay cruises and Ha Long tours. Just three hours outside of Ha Noi, Ha Long Bay Vietnamexudes a different side of the country that is breathtaking and spectacular. It’s the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Day 7: Shop all you can

The perfect ending for your one week trip in Ha Noi; ranging from locally made products such as ceramics and silk cloths to branded electronics and clothesline, you will never run out of things to buy in Ha Noi. There are plenty of shopping places to go to like the Night Market in the Old Quarter and huge shopping malls located just around the city centre.