Halong bay one day or two day?

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1. Posted by Hanney (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I had been told by my travel agent that one day really isn't enough time to really enjoy beauty of Halong bay.
What do you think?

2. Posted by halleyy (Budding Member 2 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I would say minimum you should do on Ha long bay should be at least 2 days one night

3. Posted by king_golo (Respected Member 119 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Fully agree with halleyy. Even if Halong Bay has got much more crowded than years ago, there's nothing comparable to staying overnight on a junk with only the soft sound of the waves to be heard. Try to get a high-quality tour provider which includes an overnight stay further away from the main tourist areas so that you can really enjoy the silence.

Other things my overnight stay included was kayaking at sunset and swimming in the first light of dawn - magical!

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5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1477 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I wonder if three Vietnam questions from new users is a spam set-up? Just flagged various responses which include a variety of tour company name drops, though no links.

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2216 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Well, for one thing it would not be too smart to fly all the way from Australia for only a single day or two in Vietnam!

7. Posted by JetlagWarriors (Full Member 40 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

Just stayed for a 2 day, 1 night boat ride in Halong Bay a month ago. My girlfriend and I enjoyed ourselves. One night is certainly not too little time... but feel free to stay longer if you'd like. Our tour took us to a couple lookout points and kayaking on the first day and a cave on the second. But the highlight is really the view off the boat, especially at night when it's very silent. If it's in your budget, stay another day! Why not?

8. Posted by road to roam (Respected Member 142 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

This thread could've benefited from a snappier title - say, How Long in Halong?

Although the rhyme IS a very nice touch.

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Mar-2019, at 11:39 by road to roam ]

9. Posted by king_golo (Respected Member 119 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

I wonder if three Vietnam questions from new users is a spam set-up? Just flagged various responses which include a variety of tour company name drops, though no links.

Could be the case. Back in my VT days, any Vietnam thread was likely to be spammed with tour offers and the like. The same happens here, too.

10. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1143 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Suggest one night and two days is OK for Ha Long Bay. I was there May 15, 2011 and spent one night on a junk boat.

From my journal:

"Smiley noted that the small boat I saw yesterday with what seemed to be a motor put-putting away was actually not a motor to propel the slow-moving boat. It was a generator to produce electricity to stun the fish. Fishermen here, who earn about $100 a month, also import poison from China to disorient the fish. Smiley says Ha Long Bay is overfished to some degree. The number of fish is down from what it was 10 years ago, he says. The people here used to live on their boats. But since UNESCO put the bay on its World Heritage list, they are now settled in several water villages. Some of the buildings float on Styrofoam covered with fabric. But the Styrofoam disintegrates after a few years. So now they are using blue plastic barrels that cost about $10 each; and quite a few are needed. To supplement their incomes, the families (women mainly) steer the bamboo boats (tips suggested). They also are paid to remove the considerable amounts of human-generated trash that floats around the bay. The families also farm fish (sea bass, grouper, etc.), clams, oysters and mussels. We ate some of them, according to Smiley. He mentioned that the sewage from the villages flows directly into the bay. Uh-oh!"

Has the problem with trash floating in the Bay been resolved? I suspect they are still working on it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hrkRQ8Y0-0

Is Ha Long Bay still worth visiting? Yes. The scenery is beautiful, despite what else.