Guide to Cruise Ports and Terminals
The cruise port that serves Hanoi Vietnam is located at Halong Bay (Bai Chay), approximately 170 kilometers (105 miles) east of the capital.
Depending on the size of your cruise ship, it will either dock at Halong's City's commerical pier or moor offshore. In the latter case, passengers will tender to Bai Chay Tourist Wharf.
The beautiful bay, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is comprised of nearly 2,000 islands.
A mini bus service operates between Halong Bay and Hanoi. The cost is approximately USD $6 but the journey takes 5 hours.
Larger buses provide service on the same route but fares are more expensive. The buses depart every 30 minutes between 6am and 6pm.
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is home to many interesting tourist attractions. The most popular include the following:
Halong Bay is said to be the most beautiful area of Vietnam. The best way to experience the bay is to take a harbor cruise. Boats depart regularly from the Bai Chay Tourist Wharf. Tickets should be purchased inside the tourist information building; not from the outdoor vendors.
The best panoramic views of Halong Bay can be gleaned, however, on arrival and departure from your cruise ship.
View Map of Halong Bay Cruise Port
The currency of Vietnam is the Dong, however, US dollars are widely accepted. There are approximately 16,000 dong to 1 USD.
The weather in Hanoi is hot and humid for much of the year. The monsoon period runs from May through September.
WiFi access is available in many cafes and restaurants in Vietnam.