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Asked by Sanny,
Hi there, I am looking at the peony and genesis cruises, I like them both, I did message yesterday regarding vegetarian food on the peony cruise. Does Genesis cruise cater for vegetarians too? no meat and no seafood.
Response from BestPrice Travel
Hi I am pleased to inform that both Peony Cruise and Genesis Regal cruise have the vegetarian food for all your meal Cheers
Asked by Alexandra,
Hi there, I am looking for a Halong Bay Cruise, but instead of returning back to Hanoi, I would like to head to Ninh Binh and further south. Is there an oppurtunity? Thanks and best regards, Alexandra
Response from BestPrice Travel
Hi Book the private car is the best way to get to Ninh Binh from Halong Bay due to following reason Driver will pick you up at the hotels, cruise pier and take you to any hotel in Ninh Binh Driver will pick you up at any time you want. Especially if you would like to go Ninh Binh after your Halong Bay Cruise Tour, the driver will contact with cruise's operator and know when you disembark to pick you up The rate for the private car from Halong to Ninh Binh: 4 seat private car: 95USD 7 seat private car: 105USD 16 seat private car: 115USD
Asked by Robyn,
When I arrive in Hanoi do I need to have hotel booked for transfer,or can I transfer straight from Hanoi Airport? By the Luxury Bus..Many Thanks Robyn Lawson
Response from BestPrice Travel
Hi The Sharing luxury van only pick-up/drop-off at the hotels located in Hanoi Old Quarter If you are at the Airport, we can arrange a private car pick you up and transfer you to the Hanoi Old Quarter, or transfer you directly to Halong Bay Cheers
Asked by David Yan,
Dear Sir or Madam, we are planning to get a Cruise from your website, the Stellar of the Seas, for 2D1N starting 12th August. We saw that you offer transfer services however only round trips from Hanoi. We are coming from Tam Coc (Ninh Binh) so we are wondering whether you also offer transfer services from Tam Coc to Halong Bay, and afterwards from Halong Bay to Hanoi. If not, could you give some advice whether the bus transport from Tam Coc is reliable for catching the Cruise at 12:00 pm? Thanks in advance for your help. David Yan
Response from BestPrice Travel
Hi I am pleased to inform that we do not offer the sharing car from Ninh Binh to Halong So if you would like to start from Ninh Binh, we can arrange the private car from Ninh Binh to Halong, then the sharing car from Halong to Hanoi The rate as below: - Sharing luxury van Halong- Hanoi: 35USD/Car/Way - Private car Ninh Binh- Halong: 4 seat private car: 95USD 7 seat private car: 105USD 16 seat private car: 115USD
Asked by Ashish Agarwal,
Need to book a 2 day 1 night cruise for 28 june. What will be the suggested cruise and best price you can offer. So far we have liked mon cheri, orchid cruise and stellar of the seas. We would want to inlcude limousine bus transfer from hanoi as well. Please suggest a good cruise with yiur best prices. Regards, Ashish
Response from BestPrice Travel
Dear Mr. Ashish Agarwal, Warmest greeting from BestPrice Travel! First of all I would like to say thank you very much for your request. My name is Bella Nguyen – Travel Consultant of BestPrice Travel . I will follow up your request. I just check with Orchid Cruise, Mon Cheri Cruise and Stella Of the Sea Cruise, they are still available until this time. However, I recommend you luxury Orchid Cruise with free limousine round trip Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi. Or Stella Of the Sea if you like Swimming Pool in Cruise. For more choices, it’s my pleasure to give you the quotation for Cruises as below: Orchid Cruise (top 3 selling Cruise for many years) 02 Days on 28th Jun 2019- See more detail here Cabin 01: Suite Balcony - 02 adults: 360 USD Free Luxury Limousine Bus Round Trip Hanoi- Halong- Hanoi for 02 adults Total rate : 360 USD ( Price for 02 adults) Promotion: Free VIP Bus round trip Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi Free Visa Letter (save $15/person) Jun Flash Sale: 35% OFF Mon Cheri Cruise (luxury Cruise with cheap price) 02 Days on 28th Jun 2019- See more detail here Cabin 01: Ocean Suite Balcony - 02 adults: 320 USD Luxury Limousine Bus Round Trip Hanoi- Halong- Hanoi for 02 adults: 60 USD Total rate : 380 USD ( Price for 02 adults) Promotion: Freen Hanoi Street Food Tour Free Visa Letter (save $15/person) Stella Of the Sea Cruise (the only one has pool outside) 02 Days on 28th Jun 2019- See more detail here Cabin 01: Junior Suite - 02 adults: 360 USD Luxury Limousine Bus Round Trip Hanoi- Halong- Hanoi for 02 adults: 70 USD Total rate : 430 USD ( Price for 02 adults) Promotion: Freen Hanoi Street Food Tour Free Visa Letter (save $15/person) I'm waiting for your reply the soonest.

The distance from Hanoi to Halong Bay is about 170 km. It takes around 3.5 hours by shuttle bus, including haft-hour for break time. If you go on private car, it takes around 3 hours. Alternatively, there is another route which only takes you about 2.5 hours. You can hire a car or buy a ticket of a VIP bus to travel from Hanoi city centre to Halong Bay using the new Hanoi - Hai Phong highway. The distance between Hanoi - Halong shortens to 150km. There will be a fee of 6.5 USD/turn/car for the new highway, making the price a little bit higher than the another. You can read more detail how to travel from hanoi to Halong Bay here

The distance from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh is 200km & it takes around 5 hours to travel due to the low-quality traffic system. There are 02 ways to get to Ninh Binh from Halong Bay:

  • Option 1: Take the public bus.

The ticket's rate for the bus Halong Bay- Ninh Binh is quite cheap, only 10USD/Person. However, the bus will not pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. You have to come to the meeting point before departure time of the bus. Additionally, the quality of the service is very low since the buses are operated by local people who do not know how to serve foreign tourists, and do not speak English. So, taking the bus is not recommended to avoid the unhappy time of your journey in Vietnam

  • Option 2: Book the private car in advance

Book the private car is the best way to get to Ninh Binh from Halong Bay due to following reason

  • Driver will pick you up at the hotels, cruise pier and take you to any hotel in Ninh Binh
  • Driver will pick you up at any time you want. Especially if you would like to go Ninh Binh after your Halong Bay Cruise Tour, the driver will contact with cruise's operator to check when you disembark to pick you up

The rate for the private car from Halong to Ninh Binh:

  • 4 seat private car: 95USD
  • 7 seat private car: 105USD
  • 16 seat private car: 115USD

Read more detail here.

Cat Bi Airport is located in Hai Phong city, about 50km from Halong Bay. It takes about 1 hour to trave from Halong Bay to the airport thank to new highways which have just been opened recently. 

 

Cruises end at 4 difference ports which belong to Halong or Hai Phong, and you can choose either private or shuttle bus. 

  1. From Halong: There are 3 ports in Halong which are Tuan Chau, Hon Gai, Halong International cruise port

It is about 200km from Halong to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi. You can either take a private car or shuttle bus

  • Private car: it take about 3.5 hours and price is about 60USD for 4 seat car. Faster option is to travel on Haiphong-Hanoi highway to save your time, but you need to pay 10USD extra for the highway fee. It saves one hour travel less because the distance is shortened to 170km
  • Shuttle bus & taxi: It is cheaper option. You can take a shuttle bus from Halong bay and stop in Bac Ninh province where you can catch a taxi to the airport in Hanoi. It takes about 4 hours and taxi normally costs 20USD
  1. From Hai Phong: Got Ferry

There is a highway from Hai Phong to Hanoi. It takes only about 2 hours. You can choose to travel with private car or shuttle bus provied by some Halong cruises

Winter (around Octobet to December) and Spring (March and April) are two best seasons to visit Halong. It has the pleasant weather and low chance of rain. There is higher chance of storm from June to September.

Read more: what-is-the-best-time-to-visit-halong-bay.html

For Halong Bay 2 days or 3 days program is enough to discover main attraction here. The longer program is suitable for the guests who want to have more time in this stunning scenery and discover deep inside of the Bay.

Read more detail at: Halong Bay Tour Itinerary: 1 Night or 2 Nights On Cruise Is Better?

Halong Bay is 500km far away to Sapa & it will be very hard if you have only one day. Please see 2 options below:

Option 1: By bus: you can take an overnight bus from Sapa to Hanoi, arriving about 6:00 AM in the morning. Relax then take another day bus (about 3 hours) to Halong Bay.

Option 2: By Train & Bus: you can take an overnight train back to Hanoi, arriving around 5:00 AM then 3 hours by bus to Halong Bay.

There are 3 ways to book Halong bay Cruise when you are already in Hanoi: 

  • Going directly to cruise’s office, you have to pay a public price, quite high for your trip.
  • Booking through travel agency in Hanoi Old Quarter: there are many travel agencies around Hanoi Old Quarter, it is easy to book through them. You should double check the review for the cruise and make sure if you book you the one you have paid for. 
  • Researching and booking on websites in the Internet: it is easier for you to compare price and qualities, sometime you can get a very good deals for last minute. 

- Location: Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay is right next to each other. Halong Bay belongs to Halong City, Quang Ninh province and Lan Ha Bay belongs to Hai Phong City.

- Landscapes: The scenery of of both are beautiful but there are some differences that Halong bay has more famous tourist attractions like Titop Island, Surprising Cave but you will find it pretty crowded here. For Lan Ha bay, this is the less touristy area than Halong bay, the scenery and the places are tranquil. It is more suitable for relaxing trip and enjoy the time at the bay.

- Location: Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay is right next to each other. Bai Tu Long Bay can be called as off the beaten track. It is located to the north of Halong Bay.

- Landscapes: The scenery of both are beautiful but the main difference is that Halong Bay has more famous tourist attractions like Titop Island, Surprising Cave but you will find it pretty crowded here. For Bai Tu Long Bay, this is the less touristy area than Halong Bay, the scenery and the places are tranquil. It is more suitable to enjoy a relaxing trip and peaceful time at the bay.

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