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Advice on itinerary in Hanoi and Halong Bay for September

Vilnius, Lithuania
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Advice on itinerary in Hanoi and Halong Bay for September

Hello,

I will be landing from Da nang in Hanoi on 15th of September.

My return flight home is from HCMC on 23rd, so in these 8 days I want to accommodate Hanoi and a 3d2n trip to Ha Long Bay.

My plan is now, to explore the Hanoi for 15th and 16th;

Do the trip on 17-18-19;

Explore Hanoi a bit more on 20 and on 21st fly down to HCMC.

Questions I would appreciate advice to:

1) Do you think this is a wise itinerary?

2) Ha Long Bay - do I book this tour online in advance or do I book them at a local travel agency 1 day in advance?

I know for busiest season this should be done online but given September is not that busy I am a bit confused here.

Also if you could point me towards a good agency with reasonable price for the Ha Long Bay I would appreciate it.

Thank you in advance!

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Portsmouth, United...
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1. Re: Advice on itinerary in Hanoi and Halong Bay for September

For Ha Long bay, don't book online. Costs less to book when you arrive.

I did a full day cruise around Han La bay (same karst scenery as Ha Long) for only 340,000VND. Same cruise advertised online is double that price.

There's plenty do do and see in the north around Hanoi. I spent a whole month up there last year and was never short of things to do.

I'd also recommend staying on Cat Ba island for a Lan Ha bay cruise. If you stayed for two days there, the full day trek in the national park is a great day out. Again, if booked online, the cost is double what you'd pay locally.

Edited: 03 August 2018, 19:47
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2. Re: Advice on itinerary in Hanoi and Halong Bay for September

it looks not bad as you have enough time to see both places. September is not busy, so you can book tours when you arrive in Hanoi with some promotions. Be aware of the weather for Halong bay because if it has storm or big rain, no boat will be allowed to go to the sea.

Sapa Sunshine Travel.

Edited: 03 August 2018, 20:23
Vilnius, Lithuania
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3. Re: Advice on itinerary in Hanoi and Halong Bay for September

Thank you for this!

Do you know if the tours to Ha Long bay start every day?

Cheers x

Portsmouth, United...
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4. Re: Advice on itinerary in Hanoi and Halong Bay for September

There are cruises every day as far as I know. Just ask at your hotel.

Ben Tre, Vietnam
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5. Re: Advice on itinerary in Hanoi and Halong Bay for September

IMO, it is rushed for HCMC.

Vilnius, Lithuania
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6. Re: Advice on itinerary in Hanoi and Halong Bay for September

Hi there,

Thanks for your comment! I will be in HCMC before arriving to Da Nang so I guess that covers it all.

Thanks for your help!

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