Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh province has been named among cheap holiday destinations nearby where Singaporeans can go, according to a list released by AsiaOne, a leading digital content site that gives readers a fresh perspective on news that matter to our readers.
If you’re taking a short holiday at the end of this year, why not spend it visiting one of the most beautiful locations in Asia – Ha Long Bay. It’s one of Vietnam’s most iconic holiday destinations primarily for its beautiful and secluded grottoes, lagoons, semi-inhabited islands, and beaches.
AsiaOne advises travelers that just keep in mind that even though the Vietnam dong is the national currency, you should bring along at least US$200 (S$271.30) in smaller denominations just in case. And make sure you sharpen your bargaining skills before you go.
Visiting Ha Long Bay without taking a cruise and taking in the scenery is like buying a ticket to Universal Studios Singapore and not getting on the rides – it’s why you go. “Aside from taking a cruise, you can also go kayaking, scuba diving, rock climbing, or visit the local casino,” AsiaOne wrote.
Depending on when you fly, expect ticket prices to be about US$250 to US$300 per person. But you’ll also need to take a bus or a taxi to Ha Long Bay. It can be a bit complex to get there, but following these directions helps.
In 2018, Quang Ninh province welcomed 5.2 million visitors, a 22% increase from the same period last year. The sector earned over VND24 trillion (US$1.03 billion), up 28% year on year, according to Quang Ninh Department of Tourism.