4 Cool Things to do in Halong City, Vietnam
Discover 4 cool things to do in Halong City. The minibus from Nanning dropped me close to the beach front in Halong City. There aren’t too many things to do in Halong City but you can use it as a base to tour Halong Bay. Also, you can check out Tuan Chau and Cat Ba islands.
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4 Cool Things to do in Halong City
So it seems I’m going Halong – Catba – Halong – Sapa – Hanoi. If I were to do it again, I’d go from Nanning to Haiphong, then to Cat Ba from Haiphong. It seems much easier and reliable. Haiphong is also a more interesting place than Halong City, or so I’ve read.
1. Beachfront Markets
The first thing on my list of cool things to do in Halong City is to go to the beachfront markets.
There is a friendly guy that will change your money. He’ll match what you got at the border. Look for his sign.
2. Check out Tuan Chau
I set out to get to Cat Ba in the morning and took a moto from Bai Chay to Tuan Chau wharf. He wanted 100 000, I haggled to 70 000 but ended up giving 90000 as the journey was quite far. About 10 minutes
I missed the 0900 ferry by about 20 minutes so I went for a walk to kill time until 11:30. There is not much to see in Tuan Chau, although there’s a lot of construction. Maybe in 5 years, it will be a big tourist destination.
3. Catch a Ferry to Cat Ba Island
From Tuan Chau Wharf you can catch the ferry to Cat Ba Island.
Timetable and Prices of Ferries From Tuan Chau Wharf
Note that the ferries are less frequent during the offseason. They need at least 30 passengers or will not leave.
4. Go on a Boat Cruise of Halong Bay
Going on a boat cruise of Halong Bay is the most popular thing to do in Halong City.
My 11:30 ferry to Catba didn’t leave because I was the only customer. Instead, a young Vietnamese man (mid-20’s) offered to take me on his boat. But he wanted 1,000,000 Baht. I declined and he said that I could have lunch on his boat and take a nap until the 15:00 ferry.
It was a simple Vietnamese lunch. Very nice. Fish, chicken, cabbage, and rice. Chased with a cup of Happy Water (rice wine). I took a quick nap then remembered how much I hated boats, so decided not to bother with CatBa. After my nap, I left for the bus station and gave him 30,000 for lunch, although he didn’t ask for it. I hope I didn’t offend him.
Cheap Accommodation in Halong City
There is a lot of cheap accommodation in Halong City. I paid 14,000VND for a private room at the Nga Trang Hotel. I’m sure you could haggle down to 12,000.
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