8 Fun (Yet Inexpensive) Things To Do In Halong Bay

There are plenty of things to do in Halong Bay if you’re travel budget is tight. Halong Bay is the most famous attraction in the country and contains a collection of exhilarating activities which you can perform. It has been recognized as a Natural Wonder of the world by the UNESCO. It is also a fabulous landscape which visitors that love nature should visit. The weather in this bay is excellent in the Autumn. During this time, you can participate in a variety of cheap but fun activities.


Here are Some Budget-friendly Things to Do in Halong Bay


Spend the Night in a Boat


There are many hotels around Halong Bay. However, a fun and cheap activity to do is spend the night on a boat. There are various types of boats floating along in Halong Bay. They range from luxurious cruisers to diesel junks. Pick cheap and affordable Halong Bay Cruises for go on an all-night stay. It will help you admire the bay at night from a closer perspective.


Sunbathe and Swim in the Bay


At no cost at all, you can swim and sunbathe in Halong Bay. The beach is freely accessible. You can also engage in a wide range of activities such as swimming, snorkeling, kayaking or fishing. Also, you can admire the cliffs as they rise out of the water in the bay as well.


Learn and Practice Tai Chi on Deck


For thousands of years, the Chinese have performed a martial art known as Tai Chi. It implements slow, soft movements to improve mental, physical and spiritual health. There are Tai Chi masters around Halong Bay. You can participate in a dawn class on the deck of a junk and participate in this age old art.


Visit the Floating Villages


A large number of locals in the Halong Bay area live in floating villages. They are dense structures built on stilts in the water. The houses rise and fall with the tide. The villages are home to the fishermen and their families. Here, you can meet playful children and happy fishermen too.


things to do in Halong Bay


Explore Cat Ba Island


The second largest island in Halong Bay is known as Cat Ba. It has a fabulous collection of flora and fauna. You can spend a day exploring the various grottoes, waterfalls and lakes on the island. You can ride a bicycle to Cat Ba Island or take a boat there. The island provides untouched beauty of wildlife and mangrove trees.


Go Spelunking


Halong Bay has a wide collection of mountain peaks covered in jungle. You can explore them and discover hidden grottoes, coves and caves of various dimensions. You can hire a rowboat at a small fee to ride out to some of these peaks. Here, you can find magical caves such as the Heavenly Palace Cave which has crystal stalagmites and stalactites. This makes for an incredible spelunking experience. 


Dine in the Cave


At an affordable fee, you can go on a cruise on Halong Bay for cave dining. After a day of swimming, kayaking and enjoying the water, you can proceed to dine in the cave. Many tourists use this experience to mark special events in their lives such as weddings, birthdays and anniversaries. Here, you can eat fresh seafood and vegetables. You can also request the chefs to prepare Western food if you miss your home country’s cuisine.


Kayak Through the Limestone Outcrops on the Bay


If you love adventure, this is the ultimate affordable activity to perform in Halong Bay. You can kayak around the bay and admire the limestone outcrops. There are hundreds of kayaks which you can rent for a small fee. After that, you can paddle around the bay and admire the limestone formations. You can kayak to the 3 Peaches Islets as well as the Dark and Light Cave. You can kayak for 2 or 3 days straight.


How to Get to Halong Bay


After arriving in the capital city of Hanoi, there are various means which you can use to get to Halong Bay. Some examples of these are a shuttle bus, seaplane, train, coach, car and boat. You can travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay in only 2 hours by car. If you would like to get there faster, you can use a seaplane. It takes only 45 minutes to fly from Hanoi to Halong Bay. It is also the most private and comfortable way to get there.


There are amazing things to do in Halong Bay. Some of them are fun and affordable. By parting with only a small fee, you can gain an amazing experience at Halong Bay. The adventures and activities indicated above are splendid and guaranteed to create beautiful memories. They are pocket-friendly attractions in and around Halong Bay! And if you’re looking for more travel tips, be sure to subscribe!

About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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