Halong bay sightseeing tickets update – 1st April 2017

The entrance fee is increased Halong bay Vietnam and Bai tu long bay from 1st April 2017

From April 1, the price of services on Halong bay Vietnam and Bai tu long bay, Quang Ninh province, had changed, according to which the ticket price increased will almost double;
Specifically, from April 1, the fees to visit Ha long bay and Bai Tu Long Bay comply with Decision No. 4278/2016 / QD-UBND was issued by Quang Ninh People’s Committee.

The new fee is applied for 5 routes of day tours on Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long with a price of VND200,000 – VND250,000 / route (the old rate is VND120,000 per visit, plus point extra fee, From 30,000 to 50,000 VND / point).

ticket price increased HaLong Bay

Kayaking on Halong Bay, one of most exciting activities

Fee for sightseeing tours then overnight stay on the bay (1 or 2 nights) ranges from 500,000 to 750,000 VND / person (nearly doubled, the old level is 200-350-400 thousand per person for the duration of stay. 1, 2 and 3 nights respectively, with Bai Tu Long Bay, respectively, 150,000, 300,000 and 350,000 VND / person respectively).

If you look at fare, many people think that the new entrance fee is almost twice as high as the old one. However, local authorities claim that the province does not increase the ticket price increased Halong bay Vietnam and Bai Tu Long Bay. Ticket price changes are due to the application of the new way “by line” to replace the “point” way as before.

According to this calculation, visitors not only lose more fares in places where they do not have the need to visit but may also have to pay for the cost of renting a tourist boat higher due to the length of visit in the route may be extended and fuel costs also increased.

On March 29, the People’s Committee of Halong City issued a document No. 2195 / UBND on stopping the kayaking service on Halong Bay from 1/4. The reason given by the Ha Long People’s Committee is that the number of kayaks in Halong bay Vietnam is growing rapidly, while those organizations and individuals doing business in this service do not have approved plans for activities.

The organization of kayak service business does not list prices or do not follow posted prices, there are expressions “hacking” tourists affect the business environment of tourism in Halong bay; Kayaking is not regulated in Decision No. 1139 / QD-UBND dated 27/4/2015 by the provincial People’s Committee approving the detailed plan for preserving and promoting the values of Halong Bay Vietnam until 2020.
bai tu long bay

Bamboo rowing boat, visit fishing village, could replace kayaking

In order to enforce the effective kayaking ban, local authorities also take measures: If any cruise ship business unit violates, the City People’s Committee will request Quang Ninh Port Authority to stop licensing to leave the port or wharf for at least 30 days.

Below is the fee for visiting Halong bay Vietnam scenic route applied from April 1st 2017:

Routes All new fixed Cruising routes  Price / per person
     Day Cruise 1 Night cruise 2 Nights cruise
Route no 1
Halong bay
Thien Cung (Haven palace) cave – Dau Go cave – The dog islet, Ba Hang floating village, Dinh Huong islet, Male-female chickens islet  250,000 VND
(12 USD)
Route no 2
Soi sim beach, Titop beach, Sung sot (Surprising cave), Me Cung (The maze) cave, Bo Nau cave, Luon tunnel, Trong (drum cave), Trinh Nu (Virgin) cave, Dong Tien (Angel spot) lake  250,000 VND
(12 USD)
 550,000 VND
(25 USD)
 750,000 VND
(34 USD)
Route no 3
Cua Van floating culture centre, Tien Ong (Old budda) cave, Ba Ham lake, Ba Men temple, Ang du islet.  200,000đ
(9 USD)
 500,000 VND
(23 USD)
 650,000 VND
(30 USD)
Route no 4
Bai tu long bay
Co (Grass) cave, Thay (Master) cave, Cong do area, Cap La cave, Vung Vieng floating village,  200,000đ
(9 USD)
 500,000 VND
(23 USD)
 650,000 VND
(30 USD)
Route no 5
Transfer to Cat ba island
Thiên Cung (Haven palace) cave – Dau Go cave – The dog islet, Ba Hang floating village, Dinh Huong islet, Male-female chickens islet
=> Cat Ba Island
(9 USD)
  • added note: Beside the entrance and sightseeing fees, the Management of Tuan Chau Marina also charge 40,000đ/person when they come to Tuan chau island for Cruising depart.
    So if you go route 02 for day Cruise, total fee is 290,000đ/person. and for overnight Cruise is 590,000đ/person. -> It is too high as what they charge few years before.
  • => it is reason why Vietnam is called the Country of tax and fees.

2. Comparing the Cruising route of Genesis to other luxury Cruise:

Item Genesis Cruise Other luxury cruises
Itinerary – Route number 2: pass by the most beautiful area, islets such as: Đỉnh hương, Con Vịt (the duck), male-female chicken,  Hoa cuong floating village,  Frog lake… – Route number 1: only 30 minutes far away from pier, always see Halong bridge behind
– Visit Sung sot cave area, the core of Halong heritage – Visit Thien cung (haven palace) cave only
– Visit spots at low time, go earlier than any other cruises– kayaking in Luon tunnel, best tunnel of Halong bay – Kayaking in Ba hang floating village, near pier…
-> Go as far as overnight cruises -> Visit destination that almost for domestic tourist

Halong bay Vietnam


By Sandie Sa