Cheap International Flights To Vietnam – Part 2

  1. Cebu Pacific

With those who are interested in the airline Vietnam-Philippines and vice versa, Cebu is an indispensable cheap-price airline. The firm is currently operating two main airlines from Manila to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

To specify, there are daily flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Manila while Hanoi to Manila fights are only operated 2 days a week on Wednesday and Sunday.1

The price of Cebu ticket is not only normally cheaper than other international airlines for the same routes, but they also sometimes launch discount campaigns with super big deal for purchaser, says $130 for round trip Manila-Ho Chi Minh City and $135 for round trip Manila-Hanoi.

  1. Jestar Asia

Jestar Asia is an Australian airline firm whose mother company is Quantas. In Vietnam, there is also a domestic firm called Jestar Pacific operating domestic airline while Jestar Asia provides flights from Vietnam to foreign countries.

Besides airline from Hanoi to Singapore, Jestar Asia also serves connecting flights to further destinations like Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Bangkok, Phuket (Thailand), Manila (Philipines), Taiwan, Jakatar, Medan, Surabaya (Indonesia), Auckland (New Zealand) and Darwin (Australia).2

From Ho Chi Minh City, Jestar Asia runs direct flights to Singarpore and Darwin (Australia), connecting flights to HongKong, Kuala Lumpur and Penang (Malaysia), Bangkok and Phuket (Thailand), Manila (Philipines), Taiwan, Jakatar, Medan, Surabaya, Bali (Indonesia), Auckland, Christchurch, Welington (New Zealand), Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Perth, Sydney (Australia) and Beijing (China).

Whether you are an international backpacker wishing to visit Vietnam, or a Vietnamese traveler desiring out-of-border lands, flight ticket is now no longer a barrier anymore!

Author: Bhaya Halong Cruises

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.

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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.

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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.

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Halong from the above

What should be on your visit-list in Halong Bay Vietnam?

Halong Bay, one of New Seven Natural Wonders of the world, possesses very diverse natural landscape, varying from long sandy beach to thousand-year-old lime mountains. With nearly 1900 islets of different size, some very large such as Thien Cung Cave or Surprise Cave, others as small as a few meters wide, Halong Bay, Vietnam is an ideal natural destination for your holidays of all kinds. Hereunder is to name just a few must-to-visit attractions in this area.

  1. Surprise Cave

Located inside Bo Hon Island, in the middle Halong Bay, Surprise Cave is considered the most magnificent cave in this charming bay. It is enjoyable to know that the title of this cave originates from the very first feeling of tourists when they entered the cave with full of “wow”, “amazing”, and “unbelievable”.

Sung Sot Cave Bhaya Halong Cruises

If at first, after few steps into the cave they tourists might think that the cave seems like a narrow and minuscule one, just few more steps into the cave, a bigger and bigger space will be opened gradually, bringing about images of a giant, airy, and spectacular cave.

It would not be overstating to describe the inner space of the cave as a large theater, a theater that was made by Mother Nature. While its ceiling is decorated with grandiose stalactites like colorful chandeliers, the floor is adorned with of rocks in diverse shapes of elephant, chimpanzee to flowers, trees. The further tourists go into the cave, the more interesting and amazing they find the rocks appear.

  1. Ti Top island

Located in the heart of Halong Bay, Ti Top Island is regarded as one of the most attractive site for tourists to Halong.

Titop island Bhaya Halong Luxury Cruises

Ti Top Island does not only own breath-taking romantic landscapes, but also has a heavenly magnificent beach called also Ti Top with fresh atmosphere, clean water, and smooth white sand that create a great ambiance for tourists to relax. Ti Top beach is famous for any beach activities.

  1. Cat Ba Island

Only 25km from downtown Halong, Cat Ba is not only a group of about 367 islands, but also a national park, recognized by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve Park.

Cat Ba Island Halong Cruise Tours

There is a rich range of activities for tourists to choose on this Island, from relaxing and enjoying some fresh air in luxurious resorts, riding to explore the local daily life and visiting The Au Co Green Farm, to joining adventurous trips of Cat Ba National Park.

Until now, The Au Co is the first exclusive cruise operator in Halong Bay offering continuous three-day cruise in a single trip through the Gulf of Tonkin in which Cat Ba Island and its renowned National Park will also be part of the experience.

  1. Lan Ha Bay

Lan Ha Bay from Bhaya Cruises Halong Bay

Located adjacent to Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay is a peaceful bay in Cat Ba Islands system. With a large portion made up by limestone and small islets, Lan Ha Bay possesses many calm water area suitable for swimming and kayaking around Sen Islet, Cu islet, Monkey islet as well as up to 139 beautiful and clean beaches with white sand. Underneath the tranquil blue water is colorful coral reefs area such as Van Boi, Van Ha, which is worthwhile a diving adventure.

Author: Bhaya Halong Cruises

Top Attractions to Visit in Halong Bay

Halong Bay, one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the world, possesses very diverse natural landscapes, varying from long sandy beaches to thousand-year-old limestonemountains. With nearly 1900 islets of different sizes, some very large such as Thien Cung Cave or Surprise Cave which can accommodate up to a thousand people, others as small as a few meters wide, Halong Bay, Vietnam is an ideal natural destination for your holidays of all kinds. Hereunder is to name just a few must-visit attractions in this area.

  1. Surprise Cave

Located inside Bo Hon Island, in the middle Halong Bay, Surprise Cave is considered the most magnificent cave in this charming bay. It is enjoyable to know that the title of this cave originates from the very first feeling of tourists when they enter the cave with full of “wow” and “amazing” reactions.

Sung Sot Cave Halong Bay

Sung Sot Cave Halong

  1. Ti Top island

Located in the heart of Halong Bay and just next to Surprise Cave when tourist can do the combination visit, Ti Top Island is regarded as one of the most attractive site for tourists in Halong.

Ti Top Island does not only own breath-taking romantic landscapes when you climb to the top of its main mountain, but also has a heavenly magnificent beach with fresh atmosphere, clean water, and smooth white sand that create a great ambiance for tourists to relax. Ti Top beach is famous for any beach activities.

Titov Island - Halong Bay Travel

Titov Island – Halong Bay

  1. Cat Ba Island

Sought of Halong Bay,, Cat Ba is the largest island in the area which hosts a national park, recognized by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve Park.

There is a rich range of activities for tourists to choose on this Island, from relaxing and enjoying some fresh air in luxurious resorts, riding to explore the local daily life and visiting The Au Co Green Farm, to joining adventurous trips at the Cat Ba National Park.

Until now, The Au Co is the first and only cruise operator in Halong Bay offering continuous three-day cruise in a single trip through the Gulf of Tonkin in which Cat Ba Island and its renowned National Park will also be part of the experience.

Cat Ba Island - Halong bay Cruises

Cat Ba National Park

  1. Lan Ha Bay

Located adjacent to Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay is a peaceful bay in Cat Ba Island system. With a large portion made up by limestone and small islets,Lan Ha Bay possesses many calm water area suitable for swimming and kayaking around Sen Islet, Cu islet, Monkey islet as well as up to 139 beautiful and clean beaches with white sand.

Lan Ha Bay - Halong Bay Cruise Tour

Lan Ha Bay

 

Author: Bhaya Cruises – Halong

An Introduction to Bai Tu Long Bay and Quan Lan Island

Bai Tu Long Bay - bhayacruises.com

Bai Tu Long bay (Bái Tử Long) is located east of Halong bay and definitely as breathtaking as its well-known neighbor. Bai Tu Long is getting more and more popular among visitors wanting something newer and quieter than the overly touristic Halong bay. These days there are a lot of Halong cruises that include Bai Tu Long bay as a fixed destination during their cruising itineraries in response to the growing demand from tourists.

Bai Tu Long bay offers the same impressive scenery of sea and islands as Halong bay, but more pristine and less crowded. Visitors who love adventure and nature should probably start with Bai Tu Long Park. The area of thick jungles is protected and secured by the Government with some of Vietnam’s endangered species of birds and animals. With luck, you might see some of them with your own eyes!

Quan Lan island - Bhayacruises.comAlong with Bai Tu Long, Quan Lan Island also grows much more popular recently for its three beautiful beaches of white sand and blue water. For Quan Lan or Bai Tu Long or Halong bay, the best time to visit is during Summer or early Autumn, which often lasts from May to October.

During old times, Quan Lan was a major trading port between Vietnam and China. You will see the ruins of the old Van Don Trading Port if going to the northern part of the island. Another unique feature of Quan Lan is their red Tuk-Tuk vehicle mainly used for transporting tourists from the harbors into the island center. Riding on the Tuk-Tuk can be described as an adventure for most tourists as well.

As the Bai Tu Long area is only opened for tourism in recent years, there are still many places to visit and sites to explore. Why not planning your Bai Tu Long bay cruise today and be among the first people who could set your eyes on what other unspoiled wonders that this magnificent place has to offer?

Author: Bhayacruises.com

Top Romantic Destinations in Vietnam

It’s already 2014 and the tourism industry in Vietnam has never been successful as ever. More and more people are now coming and visiting this remarkable country for its wonderful nature and rich cultures and traditions. And of course, a great place like Vietnam would never be complete without its top romantic destinations like the few places listed below.

Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An town - Bhaya Cruises Blog

Located in Southern Central Vietnam in the province of Quang Nam, Hoi An is definitely considered the top destination for all couples visiting the country. Aside from the quaint ancient town filled with lanterns street vendors, visitors can also visit two of the country’s most beautiful beaches, An Bang and Cua Dai just along the coast near the East Sea.

Da Lat Highlands

Da Lat Vietnam - Bhaya Cruises Blog

As what the locals have claimed to everyone visiting Da Lat, this charismatic city is known for its four season weather in one day. Spring in the morning, Summer in midday, Autumn in the late afternoon, and Winter in the evening; Da Lat has so much things to offer to all couples travelling here.

Ha Long Bay

Halong Bay - Bhaya Cruises Blog

Travelling to Ha Long Bay is a major must do when visiting Vietnam as a couple. One activity that you should definitely try is going on a Ha Long Bay cruise as this the best way to experience the wonders that the area can offer to its visitors. Other options are available as well like Ha Long Bay tours to some of the major islands in the area for beach excursions.

Author: BhayaCruises.com

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.