Why you should visit Hanoi and Halong Bay
- Cruise through the emerald waters of Halong Bay on a private junk
- Visit colourful grottoes and swim at deserted beaches
- Cycle through the narrow streets of Hanoi’s old quarter
- Tour the Museum of Fine Arts
- Enjoy the excellent French cuisine
- Get a birds eye view of thousands of limestone karsts of Halong Bay
Our specialists ‘Must Do’
Stay at the Metropole Hotel, it has a rich history and a century long tradition of welcoming guests.
Reach Halong Bay by exhilirating seaplane, saving hours of road travel and incorporating a scenic flight over the stunning World Heritage Site.
A little more about Hanoi and Halong Bay
Travel to the northeast of Vietnam and experience two of Vietnam’s treasures, Hanoi the capital and Halong Bay, a sublime seascape of limestone pinnacles which protrude out of the water.
In the capital, Hanoi, large, classic colonial style buildings mix with a combination of Russian and Chinese architecture and the more traditional two storey dwellings and shops. It is a pretty city with trees and lakes and the old quarter is a photographer's delight.
Just three hours drive away from Hanoi is Halong Bay, or a shorter scenic sea plane flight from Hanoi, where thousands of limestone islands jut out of the water giving rise to the legend of dragon’s teeth and what is also to be considered as geology gone wild. Halong Bay has been classified a World Heritage site, and travellers to Vietnam who visit it are captivated by the presence of the pinnacles; it is one of Vietnam's true intriguing natural sights.
If Halong Bay doesn’t inspire those who visit it, the surrounding scenery is sure to; huge mountains which tower over one another create masterpiece panorama. This is prime hiking and trekking country, where paths meander through the wonderful ranges and create excitement around every corner.
Halong Bay rarely fails to inspire travellers; teamed with Hanoi it creates a truly beautiful region.
When to go to Hanoi and Halong Bay
The north (Hanoi, Sapa and Halong Bay) is best visited May to October, it can be cool and damp from November to March, however given the peak time for holidays to Vietnam are December to June, many are often prepared to wrap up for a visit to this fascinating area.