Are you planning to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay? Is it possible and convenient to get there by motorbike? Do you know the direction and how to get there? Those are frequently asked questions of many first-time visitors to Halong Bay from Hanoi.
Located in the Gulf of Tonkin in the North Vietnam, Halong Bay has been endowed with green islands which are in harmony with blue water, creates a graceful picture of nature. Recognized as a Natural Heritage of the world, it’s no exaggeration to describe the stunning beauty of Halong Bay.
Only 170 km away from Hanoi, there are many easy ways for you to get there: go with travel agency or by public bus, by motorbike as independently traveling. While motorbike is the most common mean of transportation in Vietnam, why not riding motorcycle for your trip to Halong Bay? It would be unforgettable experiences for those who love to explore and adventure.
Before your traveling
- Get an international drivers permit from your National Automobile Association as possible.
- Have a compatible smartphone with Google Maps and GPS.
- Get a local 3G SIM card, Vinaphone is a high recommendation offering unlimited mobile internet for one month on prepaid (~VND 100.000).
- You can buy a second hand motorbike or rent a good one. At Backpacker areas in District 1 (Saigon) and the Old Quarter, it’s very easy to get one. The prices are various depending on the seller, the age and condition of the bike. Honda Cub, Suzuki, Honda Dream, Minsk are the most common bikes on the roads of Vietnam.
Beside of things of bike, traffic rules, these are directions that you should not miss.
Directions to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay
Hanoi – Bac Ninh – Halong Bay (155 km) is considered as the shortest route for you to go. It takes only half and 3 hours. The road is quite straightforward. Depart from Hanoi, take Route 5, then follow signs for Sai Dong junction (10 km). From Sai Dong, take Route 1 to enter Bac Ninh city (23 km). Continue by route 18 – Pha Lai Chi Linh – Dong Trieu – Uong Bi – Halong (122 km).
Besides, you can choose other itinerary: Hanoi – Hai Duong -Halong (170 km). This is the favorable route to get Halong Bay from Hanoi via Hai Duong. At Nam Sach town, turn along Highway No.183 through the town of Red Star, Dong Trieu, Uong Bi, to Ha Long. This way takes 3 – 4 hours.
It would be safer and more interesting if you embark on this way with a small group of friends or a guide to support each other, especially in case of a break down or other issues.
Being a destination that you should visit once at least in a lifetime, Halong Bay is a travelers’ dream. Those are the useful directions for you to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay by motorbike. Do you think so?