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Halong Bay Cruise

Halong Bay has reopened after Covid, and is very quiet - so if you go now, you'll get to see the Halong Bay of thirty years ago. Not all the cruises are sailing though, and many only sail on weekends. To make it easy, we've listed the reopened ones below for you!
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Are there boats currently running on weekdays?
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Since Halong Bay reopened the number of visitors has not bounced back to the same level, given the lack of foreign visitors. So many boats are only operating during the weekends which is the only time when they can get enough customers to make the operations economical. There are some boats that are running every day, however those tend to be more on the luxury side such as Jade Sails (1 day trip) and Doris Cruise (2 day trip). Others might run ad hoc trips as they get enough customers. If you are looking for a different option on a weekday, do let us know and we will do our best to find one for you!
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Is everything back to normal in Halong Bay?
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Halong Bay has happily opened back up to travellers at the beginning of May! However not every cruise company has reopened. Many others are operating only on the weekends. Otherwise, there are no other restrictions. The government no longer requires travellers to wear masks or for boat operators to limit the number of passengers per boat. Some boat operators will provide hand sanitizers and/or masks upon request.
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How do I get there?
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The closest big city to Halong Bay is Hanoi. Most of the cruise companies include return transfers from Hanoi to Halong Bay in the price. Depending on the type of cruise company, the journey can take between 2 to 3.5 hours. If you don't get a private transfer, you can also opt to get a bus. Buses leave from Luong Yen bus station from Hanoi to Halong Bay very regularly. Make sure you know which port/terminal you are leaving from so you know where to get off.
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Do I need to train up?
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It's entirely up to you how active you would like the trip to be! You can choose whether you want to sit back and relax on the boat, or take part in activities around Halong Bay such as kayaking and light hiking.
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What's the best time to go?
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The best months to visit are March, April, May, June, July, August
We recommend the above period because you would have good weather.
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