Halong

Halong Bay is about 150 km from Hanoi. Halong Bay is included to the Worldwide UNESCO heritage. It is a very popular tourist destination. The nature in the bay is magnificent, therefore Halong Bay is the must visit place for each tourist in Vietnam. More than 3000 islands are there, as well as numerous small rocks, cliffs, and caves with stalactites. Halong translates as “where the dragon descended to the sea”. According to the legend, the bay was created by this creature.

SAFETY INDEX

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Halong Bay is a safe destination for both male and female tourists in terms of violent crime, assaults, and bag snatching.  However, safety regulations don’t always correspond to the international requirements, thus the cases of boat sinking are quite common. Consequently, the key to the safety will be choosing the trustworthy cruise company. The highly ranked cruise companies can be found on the Official Web Portal of Quang Ninh Tourism. A scam that involves the rental of motorbikes and jet skis are common. There have been numerous situations reported of renters that have been charged for damage of a motorbike or a jet ski, even if the renter has caused no visible damage. Safe Around advises examining the vehicle on the subject of the existing damage and take photos before signing the rental agreement. Be alert, follow common sense while you would be in your country of origin. Above all the transfer from Hanoi to the point of boarding in Ha Long could be quite dangerous. Usually, the transfer is in a ‘private van’ but the conditions of the roads and the level of the fatalities on the road are high. Also, there is a helicopter available for your trip from Hanoi to Halong Bay. Another inconvenience that visitors may experience is pollutions in the sea. Usually, it simply rubbish, and it is definitely not toxic for humans, but it may spoil the virgin beauty of the place. Halong is ranked 42nd out of 113 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities. We advise to be alert, follow common sense while you would be in your country of origin.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

The area is safe in terms of crimes and assaults. The only danger you may enforce is a violation of safety regulations. However, choosing the reputable cruiser/transfer provider, you can almost eliminate any risks.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

There are no pickpocketing risks in Halong.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

There is no kidnapping or mugging risk.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

You should be aware of scams in the rental service. We advise taking photos before signing the rental agreement.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : N/A

There are poor road conditions on the way to Halong. The fatality is high.  Use only reputable transfer companies in order to reduce the possible risks.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

During rainy season between June and December, flooding is common. Typhoons and Tsunami are also common. Information on natural disasters can be obtained from the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System. If a natural disaster occurs, follow the advice of local authorities.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Terrorism is considered as a worldwide threat.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Halong bay is very safe for women travelers. The assaults are rare and almost doesn’t exist.

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WHAT TO DO?

The most visited caves and islands in the bay are Hang Dau Go, Hang Sung Sot, Hang Trong. Dao Tuan Chau, Dao Titop and Cat Ba Island.

Useful Information

Vietnam visa is required for all US citizens wishing to visa Vietnam. Vietnam visa can be applied no earlier than 6 months prior to the date of departure. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return.
The official currency in Vietnam is Dong. In order to obtain the best currency exchange possible, try to exchange your money in banks, post offices or in some large hotels. The convenient currency exchange rate also can be found at the international airports.
The weather in Vietnam differs from region to region. In Hanoi, May to October is hot and humid, lots of rainfalls. November to April is cool and dry. Central Vietnam has a hot, dry weather from January to August, weather may reach the level of 30°C. September – October is a rainfall season. Southern Vietnam usually dry and hot between November and April, the rainfalls common in June, July, and August.
The busiest airports of Thailand are Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh and Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.