05/14/2013

Ha Long City

The name Ha Long City just exists since 1994 when the two places Hon Gai and Bai Chay on the two sides of the Cua-Luc-canal became one in being the new capital of the province. Up to now the old names are still in use, for example on buses. Bai Chay is the “touristic” part of the city with plenty of hotels and restaurants, Hon Gai is the “local” part of the city where only few tourists are seen. In 2006 a huge bridge was opened to connect both parts of the city – the pride of the whole region. b

Tourists who stay in ordinary Halong City are mostly waiting for a tour to famous Ha Long Bay. Guests who didn’t book their tour already in Hanoi can also do so at the jetty for the touristic boats in Bai Chay. If you are not taking a tour you can also visit the Royal Amusement Park and enjoy the water puppet-theater, traditional dances and more or climb the Nui Bai Tho (“poem-mountain”) in Hon Gai with the nearby Long Tien-Pagoda. In the evening you should enjoy a cool bia hoi at the seafront and a seafood-dish in one of the many specialized restaurants. There is also a night market (5pm – 11pm) with a lot of beautiful souvenirs – but make sure you bargain the high prices!

The area around the city is the most important mining area for stone coal in Vietnam. Around 15 million tons are exported to China, Japan or Korea each year.

If travelling to Halong City in the summer (June-August) you should book a room already in advance as many Asian travelers are spending their holidays here during that time. Off season the city is very quiet.

 

Transport

Bus

The bus station is set about 5km west of the touristic city centre. The buses operate all day long and the destinations are Hanoi and some other small cities.

Boat

There is a hydrofoil to Mong Cai several times a day (ca. 4h) and a ferry to Quan Lan (ca. 3,5h) without a regular schedule. There is no passenger ferry to Cat Ba but you can take one of the tour boats that are leaving each morning from the jetty for the touristic boats.

Hotels and accommodation

Low priced

City Bay Palace Hotel

 

156 Le Thanh Tong Str, Bach Dang, Ha Long, Quang Ninh, Hon Gai Port, Halong, Vietnam 8433

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Paradis Hotel

No. 81, Road 25/4, Bach Dang Ward, Hon Gai, Halong, Hon Gai Port, Halong, Vietnam

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Mid-range

Ha Long DC Hotel

No 08 ,Road 25/4, Hong Gai, Hon Gai Port, Halong, Vietnam

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Comfort

Muong Thanh Quang Ninh Hotel

No 1, 2nd Bai Chay Area, Bai Chay Ward, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province, Halong / Bai Chay, Halong, Vietnam

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Royal Halong Hotel

Halong Street, Bai Chay Ward, Quang Ninh Province, Halong / Bai Chay, Halong, Vietnam

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Hotels
June 25th, 2013

Ideally located in the center of Halong tourism, Asean Halong Hotel is an international standard 4-star hotel with 101 luxurious and modern rooms. Its warmth and modern European setting makes you feel at home while at the same time offering you a lifestyle experience.