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Cat Ba to Halong Bay and Halong City

Posted by Pokol on 28/8/2009 at 20:37

Hi,

I've got a flight booked to HAiphong. From there I'd like to go to Cat Ba and Halong Bay. I was thinking of going to Halong City from there instead of Haiphong and head to HAnoi from there? Does this make any sense? I can't seem to find any kind of cheap accomodation fromm Haiphong or any tour starting from there...Any suggestions???

Thanks a million!!!

#1 Pokol has been a member since 26/8/2009. Posts: 38

Posted by BruceMoon on 29/8/2009 at 06:40

Pokol

I suggest you are going to have to do everything on your own. My understanding is that 'tours' begin and end at HaNoi.

For more look..

here for some info

and here

And, an overview, see:

this 'story' and this for transport options

For accommodation, go to this site:

https://www.travelfish.org/country/vietnam

On the left is a blue box under the words Jump to a destination put your mouse on the Hanoi & Surrounds to show several destinations. Click on the preferred, and when the page opens, click on Accommodation.

Hope this helps.

Cheers

#2 BruceMoon has been a member since 27/12/2008. Location: Australia. Posts: 1,941


Posted by nworbd on 29/8/2009 at 17:20

Posted from within Vietnam.

You don't need to go to Hanoi . From Haiphong's Lac Long bus station, there are frequent 'Hoang Long' buses to Cat Ba Town, about an hour's trip including a stretch by fast speedboat, around 40,000 dong if I remember right.

There is a daily ferryboat, about 50,000 dong, from Cat Ba Town to Ha Long, 2.5 hours along a superbly beautiful route. It leaves the pier in the middle of the esplanade precisely at 7 am. The ride ends near the big market in Hong Gai, the administrative section of Ha Long City. If you crave the tourist zone (brighter lights and higher prices), take a xe om (motorcycle taxi, about 50,000 dong) across the bridge to the Bai Chay tourist strip.

In Bai Chay you can negotiate the standard tourist excursion onto the Bay, if you wish (not essential if you have taken the ferry) and you can find lots of buses heading for Hanoi at the Bai Chai bus station, 60,000 dong last I did it. Strongly recommend one of the KumHo buses.

There is also a new ferry route from Gia Luan (on the thinly populated northern part of Cat Ba Island) to the Tuan Chau resort on the mainland. You don't want that, I think. Good luck, David in Hanoi

#3 nworbd has been a member since 21/3/2007. Posts: 7

Posted by Pokol on 31/8/2009 at 18:11

Sounds good...

Thanks a lot!!!

#4 Pokol has been a member since 26/8/2009. Posts: 38

Posted by Pokol on 3/9/2009 at 18:19

Some questions to this answer:

You don't need to go to Hanoi . From Haiphong's Lac Long bus station, there are frequent 'Hoang Long' buses to Cat Ba Town, about an hour's trip including a stretch by fast speedboat, around 40,000 dong if I remember right.

BUS? I THOUGHT IT WAS A FERRY? IM A BIT CONFUSED WITH THIS...

There is a daily ferryboat, about 50,000 dong, from Cat Ba Town to Ha Long, 2.5 hours along a superbly beautiful route. It leaves the pier in the middle of the esplanade precisely at 7 am. The ride ends near the big market in Hong Gai, the administrative section of Ha Long City. If you crave the tourist zone (brighter lights and higher prices), take a xe om (motorcycle taxi, about 50,000 dong) across the bridge to the Bai Chay tourist strip.

In Bai Chay you can negotiate the standard tourist excursion onto the Bay, if you wish (not essential if you have taken the ferry) and you can find lots of buses heading for Hanoi at the Bai Chai bus station, 60,000 dong last I did it. Strongly recommend one of the KumHo buses.

KUMHO BUSES...CAN I BOOK AT THE BUS STATION? HOW LONG FROM HALONG CITY TO HANOI?

There is also a new ferry route from Gia Luan (on the thinly populated northern part of Cat Ba Island) to the Tuan Chau resort on the mainland. You don't want that, I think. Good luck, David in Hanoi

THIS INFO YOU'VE GIVEN ME IS JUST GREAT!

LAST QUESTION: ANY CHEAP HOSTEL IN HAIPHONG YOU CAN SUGGEST?????

THANKS A MILLION!!!

#5 Pokol has been a member since 26/8/2009. Posts: 38


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