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We thought that the best way to see Halong Bay was by taking a cruise, but believe it or not, we were wrong. Hiking to the top of Poem Mountain, or Bai Tho Mountain as it is locally known, and seeing the cliffs from above was one of the most insane views we have ever seen. Read on to find out exactly how to get this view for yourself!

Seeing the incredible landscape of Halong Bay is usually top of most travellers’ bucket lists when they come to Vietnam. Thousands of towering limestone cliffs rise out of the water and create one of the most unique and spectacular landscapes we have ever seen. There is a hike up Hang Mua Cave in Ninh Binh that offers similar spectacular views and is known as Ha Long Bay on land.

Check out our full guide on a cruise around Bai Tu Long Bay to find out more: BEST BAI TU LONG BAY CRUISE

Witnessing the natural beauty of this landscape from above was absolutely next level. We are used to seeing places from the sky with our drone, but nothing can beat seeing somewhere with your own eyes. The cliffs extend out into the ocean for miles and the sheer number and size of these mini mountains blew us away. We did some great hikes in Vietnam and we’ve done some amazing hikes around the world and this ranks up there with the best of them.

Is Poem Mountain Open to Climb?

Updated December 2019 – It appears that authorities have once again closed Bai Tho Mountain to the public. This has happened many times in the past and the locals have always found a way to provide access to Poem Mountain for a fee. We are hopeful that access will be re-opened soon and we will try to update on here as soon as we know anything. Please let us know if you have any updated information.

Short answer – Yes! Legally, it appears the answer is no, but who ever let something like that stop them anyway?

Getting to Bai Tho Mountain

The Poem Mountain hike can be found in Halong City and we have pinned it below on the map to show you exactly where it is. Most people will be coming from Hanoi where there are daily busses to Halong City. The cheapest and easiest way to get here is by booking a bus with Bookaway. We booked all of our transport in Vietnam with them as they always seem to offer the best rates. You can book a ticket from Hanoi to Halong City here.

If you don’t fancy riding a scooter here, another great option is to take a Grab (popular app for ride-hailing similar to Uber). From the main touristy area of Bai Chay, it is a 15-minute drive to the base of the mountain.

Finding the Entrance

The entrance to the hike is located on Hang Noi street. We had read a few blogs and reviews about the mountain before we went and many of them said how difficult the entrance was to find. To access the entrance to the mountain, you first have to walk up through the house of a local lady. It is the entrance to this house that can be tricky to find.

You really do have to walk right through somebody’s house to reach the base of the mountain. We passed a couple of puppies, headed up the stairs and passed the kitchen and living room and came out into the backyard amongst the chickens.

This is where we finally met the infamous lady who owns the house with access to the mountain.

Entrance Fee

There is no set entrance fee to Poem Mountain. The lady will charge you whatever she feels like and it varies from person to person. We were charged 50,000VND ($2.15 USD) each after trying and failing to barter with her. The couple behind us paid 100,000VND each and we met another couple on our way up who only paid 25,000VND each.

You can try your best to haggle with her, but even if you have to pay 100,000VND per person it is still totally worth it. Plus, we didn’t feel like we had a lot of buying power when she is providing access to the mountain entrance.

Once you have negotiated an entrance fee, it’s time to break into the mountain. Having read numerous reviews, we saw that some people had to climb over barbed wire while others climbed through a hole underneath the main gate. At the time of hiking (June 2019), the authorities had closed both of these access points.

Now you have to scale a 10-foot rock wall and climb underneath the fence. They have literally carved away part of the mountain to allow tourists to gain access. It is a bit of a sketchy climb but the lady will help guide you up by showing you where to place your feet.

Poem Mountain Hike

Depending on your level of fitness, the hike to the top can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour. It took us around 30 minutes to reach the peak. It is not a particularly long hike, but it is straight up and steep the whole way. So although it is quite a short hike, it is fairly difficult. We had to stop every few minutes to catch our breath and drink some water. We went for sunset and even that late in the day the heat and humidity were still a killer.

The first two-thirds of the hike are up cement stairs that are still in very good condition. As it is officially closed, there are several sections where the trees and bushes are overgrown and you have to duck down low and shuffle underneath the greenery to get by. The last part of the climb is along mud and rocks and involves a bit more scrambling, but nothing too crazy.

The Summit

At the top there is plenty of space to hang out and a few different vantage points to enjoy. There were just 4 other people at the summit when we arrived for sunset. It was so peaceful and we love when we only have to share such an awesome place with just a few others.

Best Photo Spots

There is a green hut perched on the edge of the peak that you can climb on to. It looks kind of sketchy but it felt pretty secure to us. We went to the edge of the roof and enjoyed uninterrupted views of the bay. It is a wicked spot to take some seriously cool photos.

Just above this green roof is a rock that protrudes out of the mountain which we clambered to the top of to take some more photos, and again to enjoy the view.

Hike Down

Shortly before the sun set we started to make our way back down. We wouldn’t recommend climbing back down again in the dark as the top part of the mountain has a couple of slippery sections that were tricky to navigate down.

Travel Tips to Know Before You Go

Catch a Grab or rent a scooter – These are both cheap and easy options to reach the entrance to the mountain.

Wear trainers – The top section is difficult enough that you should wear trainers for this hike. Flip flops are not recommended.

Bring water – It is a short but tough climb so you will need to carry some water with you. There are several shops near the entrance where you can buy water before and after the hike.

Take some cash – You will need to pay the owner of the house to reach the entrance. Take a few hundred thousand Vietnamese dong with you just in case she feels like increasing the price that day.

Plan to take 2 hours – To climb to the top, enjoy the views at the summit and make your way back down again, we suggest taking at least two hours. The best time to enjoy the view is at sunset so make sure you time it right so you are not walking back down in the dark.

Pack your camera – Like we mentioned, the views at the top are unreal. Pack your camera so you can take some epic photos to remember your trip. They should look especially good at sunset.

Avoid after heavy rain – As some of the trail is unpaved and muddy, it would be dangerous after heavy rain.

It is moderately difficult – Even though it is short, the constant uphill climb makes this a tough little hike. Prepare to rest every few minutes on the way up.

Where to Stay

We looked at doing the hike on the same day as arriving from Hanoi and setting out for our our cruise around Halong Bay, but we just couldn’t squeeze it all in. It’s worth staying for at least one night in Halong City either before or after a Halong Bay cruise. Even if you weren’t planning on a cruise, it is worth the bus journey out here just for this hike.

Budget: Ha Long Bay Fancy Hostel – We stayed in a double room with A/C which cost 300,000VND ($12.93 USD) per night and included breakfast. The room had a private bathroom and was very comfortable. It is also in a great location right in the Bai Chay area. There are plenty of good places to eat nearby. We recommend the restaurant next to the hostel as it was super cheap and some of the better food we had in Vietnam.

Mid-range: The Bay, Ha Long Homestay – Great value for what you get. The homestay is super clean, well-decorated, with a cute garden patio to relax while still being right in the city centre. The owner and staff are also super helpful with all your tour booking needs.

Luxury: Vinpearl Resort & Spa Ha Long – With a private beach area, swimming pool, tennis court and fitness centre, this resort is the epitome of luxury. Not to mention, it is located on its own private island just off the Bai Chay shoreline.

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Halong Bay Cruise Recommendation

As most people will do this hike as well as do a cruise, we thought we would offer up our recommendation. We went with Cristina Diamond Cruise and could not have been happier with this decision. Our stay was not sponsored – we paid full price. We just really enjoyed our stay, our guide, Lucky, was fantastic and every expectation was exceeded. We cannot recommend them enough.

This cruise actually visits Bai Tu Long Bay instead of Halong Bay. The landscape is the same, but there are fewer boats here which we thought was fantastic. We did a two-day, one-night trip but would have loved to stay an extra day.

Check out rates and availability for Cristina Diamond Cruise.

Final Thoughts

I’m not sure we can really put into words how awesome the Poem Mountain hike was. Most places we visit are pretty cool and get a couple of thumbs up from us, but this really was next level. I would definitely say it was the single best thing we saw in Vietnam and it’s one of the better views we’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing anywhere in the world.

Most people head straight from Hanoi to do their cruise around Halong Bay and then go straight back again. You’d be mad to miss out on this experience and you should stay at least one night in Halong City so you can do this hike. As it is just starting to grow in popularity, it still doesn’t attract too many tourists.

This is the hidden gem of Vietnam but it may not stay that way for long.

Have you hiked Bai Tho mountain recently? Let us know your experience!

Planning a trip to Vietnam? Check out our other blog posts on the area:

*Please note, prices are a reflection of our experiences while traveling Vietnam in June 2019 and are subject to change. Prices quoted in local currency (VND) were the exact prices we paid and USD conversions are listed for your convenience.

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How To Hike Poem Mountain (Bai Tho) In 2022 • Happily Ever Travels

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The best way to explore Halong Bay is by getting to the highest viewpoint possible: Bai Tho Mountain, also known as Poem Mountain. If you’re wondering where to go in Halong Bay, this incredible hike should be your first stop! This post will help you start your Halong Bay trip on a budget as well as walk you through how to hike Poem Mountain.

First off, the Poem Mountain hike is in Halong Bay City and it is definitely the must-do Halong Bay Hike. That is if you can figure out how to get there! Halong Bay travel was actually pretty difficult to plan before getting out there and doing it ourselves. This is why I think it’s so important that we get this information out there.

Of all of the places we’ve been so far, this is definitely on our list of Vietnam must see! It is actually a UNESCO World Heritage site and can you guess how many islands are in Halong Bay? 1,600!!

hike poem mountain: How many days in Halong Bay?

Depending on when you get to the city, you could go that same day or stay the night there and go first thing in the morning. Since we were going in June and it gets crazy hot during the day, we decided to get to the city the night before and wake up early the next morning.

I felt like we would have a better chance of getting to the Halong Bay viewpoint if we did it that way. Our Halong Bay itinerary was a bit different than just choosing a cruise and getting to the city, but you get to experience it a little better that way I think.

Plus, there are not a ton of things to do in Halong Bay from land, so just one night is perfect to be able to do the hike and then head out to the water.

I wouldn’t recommend doing everything on land and sea in Halong Bay in one day, though. It’s such a beautiful part of the world and you already made it out this far, it deserves more than a day trip!

If you’re wondering what to do in Halong Bay and have some extra time after your hike, you can check out the SunWorld. We didn’t go, but I’ve been to the one in Danang and loved it!

Where to stay in halong bay

If you choose to stay overnight and go in the morning, we can recommend Halong Bay Fancy Hotel/Hostel from chúng tôi

There are a lot of Halong Bay Hotels and hostels, but we were looking for a budget option, and this was only $13 a night for a private room with A/C and free breakfast! You could stay even cheaper by staying in the hostel part of the hotel.

If you want to stay near the viewpoint, anywhere close to the Halong Bay Sunworld is perfect. That’s why we chose this hostel since it was right behind the Sunworld and it was also within walking distance to the few Pho restaurants that are in the city.

Better in the morning, without the crowds and heat. We were there in June and the sun rises REALLY early at 5:14 am. We got up at 5:30 am and after driving there on our motorbike we started the hike at about 6:00-6:15 am.

Plus the Vietnamese get up early and are more likely to be awake at sunrise than during nap time which is 11-2 pm. And the Halong Bay view at sunrise is so incredible!

Halong Bay Weather

On a side note, anytime it’s not raining would be a great time to go. The Halong Bay weather in June is usually pretty rainy. However, if the weather says it will be cloudy, there’s a good chance that it will be sunny during the morning hours and then get cloudier towards the afternoon. Another good reason to go early!

What should You bring?

A full 1L water bottle, shoes you feel comfortable scaling a wall in, clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty but still cute enough for amazing pictures, and a good camera. I would also bring a tripod or a friend!

If you want to go the extra mile, bring a bag. A lot of the Vietnamese who do this hike bring tiny water bottles and then just leave them along the path. I know that because I watched them do it.

Unfortunately, we didn’t bring a bag and the hike was way too steep to be carrying a bunch of bottles in our hands. If you want to make a difference on your trip to Vietnam, this would be a good opportunity. Help Halong Bay tourism get a better reputation!

How to get there

We had our motorbike with us (yes, we drove all the way from Hanoi, we’re insane) so that made it pretty easy to get there. However, if you don’t have that, you can download the Grab app and get a driver.

Save yourself the money and avoid a guide. Especially if you are someone like us and would like to do Halong Bay on your own and without a tour. You’ve got this!

On your way, you should cross over a bridge that looks like this:

Ask them to take you to this location:

Jake dropped a pin at the exact location of the house, so here’s that location on Google maps:

getting in the door

There are two entrances but we chose the lady way because it had more reviews on TripAdvisor. As a warning, some people have said that if you try to sneak through and they catch you and she might call the cops.

If you are on a motorbike, park your bike away from the street to save on parking. The locals might try to charge you but we just parked on the main road and had no problems.

You will probably hear that you are at the right place before you see the blue-framed door. The dogs are pretty vicious and a man was holding a Pomeranian back so that it wouldn’t bite us.

How much will it cost You?

It’s a mystery! But here’s our tip for you: have 20k or 50k ready in your hand to show her. If you show higher she will ask for higher. She asks for a different amount from everyone who goes through.

At that point, she had the upper hand and there was nothing we could do to change her mind. So we handed her 200k dong (about 9 dollars) and decided to do it anyway.

Other reasons she might have charged us more were that I was holding my camera instead of having it in my bag, we were one of the first people to come there that day, or maybe she was just in a terrible mood.

We tried not to dwell on it too much. The truth is that the views were worth it, even if a mean lady was rewarded for doing literally nothing except for being the gatekeeper to the coolest backyard ever.

Climbing up the gate

She did show us up to the gate though and pointed to where we should put our feet. Anything extra in our hands we could reach through the gate and set it on the steps before climbing up. She even pushed me up!

After that, there’s only one spot where it’s possible to get lost:

Viewpoints on the way up: Our Halong Bay photos

Just so you can remember that all the hiking and dangerous fence jumping and haggling with elderly Vietnamese women is totally worth it:

Climbing on top of the green tin roof

We found pictures on this green roof on Instagram which made us want to come to this spot in the first place. I am not someone who risks their life for a selfie especially because I get really shaky when I feel like I am close to an edge.

However, I found that this whole hike and even the viewpoints weren’t that scary.

Obviously, I need to tell you to be careful of rust and not to get too close to the edge. Don’t ever risk your life for a photo!

the best part

Usually, even when we get up early to go somewhere, we feel like we need to take our pictures and then go so that we aren’t in someone’s way. There’s almost always someone else waiting to take a picture and we don’t want to be rude.

However, because of how difficult this is and adding in the early morning, we were able to sit on the rooftop for a while and just enjoy the incredible views!

Nobody bothered us and we didn’t feel rushed at all. Even in the 100-degree weather, there was a bit of a breeze so we were able to cool down before the hike back. It is definitely the best way to see Halong Bay.

How long did it take?

30-45 minutes up and the same going down depending on how quick you are and how many stops you make to take incredible pictures. Overall, I would say it was not a difficult hike at all! It was a little steep but I’m only 5″1 so that might have something to do with it lol.

Jake even went out of his way to count the steps for you! 770 steps in total. Definitely not a difficult hike!

Was the Poem Mountain Hike worth it?

If you are scared of heights maybe skip this one. But I’d say it was the best way to visit Halong Bay. If you’re wondering if Halong Bay itself is worth it, I’d still say YES!

To read all the Halong Bay reviews that we found, check TripAdvisor for Bai Tho Mountain here and another one here. Anyways, this is one of the must-see places in Vietnam that I’m so glad we didn’t miss!

Want to go to Halong Bay without going broke while also having more fun? Check out this post to see why you should skip a Halong Bay Cruise and do our itinerary instead!

Liked the post? Don’t forget to pin this for your Vietnam Trip! (:

Bai Tho Mountain – A New Adventure Spot

Have you had a chance to admire all those stunning photos of Halong Bay from above? If you think that they are always taken from a helicopter, then you make a mistake. In the city of Halong, there is a mountain top called Bai Tho Mountain (Poem Mountain), from which you can behold the whole stunning panoramic view of Halong Bay as well as Halong City. Tours in Laos

Situated on the coastline of Halong Bay, Bai Tho Mountain, which translates to “Poem”, is a very huge mountain lying on the land and extending out into the bay. From the 186 meters height of Bai Tho Mountain, tourists can certainly see an enormous stretch of land and sea when exploring the mountain. Resembling a beautiful castle, the mountain seems to be made of three peaks that reach high into the sky.

Bai Tho Mountain, which is accessible by water and land, is an ideal place for visitors to relax and enjoy the nice view.

Situated on the coastline of Halong Bay, Bai Tho Mountain, which translates to “Poem”, is a very huge mountain lying on the land and extending out into the bay. From the 186 meters height of Bai Tho Mountain, tourists can certainly see an enormous stretch of land and sea when exploring the mountain. Resembling a beautiful castle, the mountain seems to be made of three peaks that reach high into the sky.

Bai Tho Mountain, which is accessible by water and land, is an ideal place for visitors to relax and enjoy the nice view.

How to reach Bai Tho Mountain?

First, you can go to Hon Gai by catching a taxi from your hotel. Even the way lead to the mountain, which is near a small alley situated at number 102 Le Thanh Tong Road, is less known by many locals as it is quite difficult to find. It is better to ask the locals for direction when you are near this road. Then you will see a locked gate after going deep into the alley and do not be shy to ask the person living in the house right next to the door as she/he is exactly the gatekeeper. Alova cruise

Entrance fee

For the gatekeeper, who will open the gate and allow you to freely discover the mountain, you will need to pay 10,000 VND/person (around 0.5 USD).

What to prepare for the climb up Bai Tho Mountain?

Although not really easy, climbing this mountain is not too hard. You will actually need to hold on to trees and rocks to climb up at some point when there is no step anymore. It is highly recommended to being with you comfortable and non-slippery shoes. As it is hard to find the way to climb down when it gets dark, all climbing trips should be made before 4.p.m.

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» Complete Guide To Bai Tho Mountain (Updated 2022)

Keep reading as I will provide you with the guide to experience Halong Bay on a shoestring budget:

Bai Tho mountain is a huge limestone that stands at the beginning of the bay just in the middle of Halong Bay city. If you’re somehow like me, a person who loves to experience beautiful places, but doesn’t want to be around a hundred tourists in small boat tour, then this article is for you! I was wondering if there is any way to have Halong Bay only for myself. If you add a small budget to that equation, it seems like an impossible thing, but better, believe me, I found a way and it’s called Bai Tho mountain!

Hanoi to Halong Bay by Bus

The ride on the normal bus (referring to the bus that is not a sleeper bus) is very tough and uncomfortable. Usually, it’s a bit overcrowded and people are sitting on the way between the seats. Another thing is that these buses smell really bad and the drivers will just drop you off in the middle of nowhere where taxi drivers will wait.

There are so many tours and agencies that are specialized in the tours from Hanoi to Halong Bay. In my opinion, taking a tour isn’t very expensive and it will cost you around 200,000 dongs (around $10), but if you want to go on the budget, then the bus is the better option. The buses from My Dinh bus station to Halong Bay bus station costs a bit lower than 100,000 dongs. It won’t be that significantly cheaper and I guess the value isn’t near these private shuttles, but at least, you can have food for a day in Halong Bay for that money!

Learn more: Cultural shocks you will experience in Vietnam (and other SEAn countries!)

If you’re located somewhere outside the Old Quarter in Hanoi, the best way to go around is by taking a local bus that costs 7,000 dongs in one direction. Alternatively, I was using Grab so much which is very convenient and cheap compared to regular taxis (Uber in Vietnam). So, if you choose to visit Halong Bay from Hanoi by bus, then I recommend you to check out their official bus schedule and site Vexere for details.

It seems there is a bus line every three hours to Halong Bay, so you’re quite flexible. The bus ride will take around 4 – 5 hours with one stop where you could take a snack or beer to refresh yourself.

Also, don’t forget to check our complete public transport guide about Vietnam. There are some golden tips that can save you time and money while traveling around the country.

A local beer from Ha Noi is always a good choice to refresh yourself on the bus stops!

Note: The bus isn’t the most comfortable one and it smells pretty bad, but at least you’ll get an authentic experience and a few bucks saved! 🙂

Note 2: Don’t get scammed by a bus driver who will tell you to get outside the bus before the station. They will leave you in the middle of nowhere on the main road and that place will be overcrowded by taxi drivers. That’s a nice way to make some money! But again, it’s very easy to bargain!

Never ever accept the first price, especially from taxi drivers as they will usually change their mind pretty fast! When I was traveling back to Hanoi, I took another bus which was kind of VIP with one stop on the market. The bus was very nice and comfortable with only a few passengers and the trip lasted around 4 hours. The price was 100,000 dongs and pay attention to the type of the bus (look for VIP buses).

Best Time to Climb Bai Tho Mountain

You can experience temperatures around 20 – 25C in March which is completely fine if you ask me. I just wanted to add the fact that a visit to Halong Bay was just a few days after I left cold and snowy Croatia!

We climbed Bai Tho mountain twice, to watch a sunset and sunrise. Sunset was a bit misty and foggy which makes a trail a bit slippery, so be careful! When it comes to sunrise, it’s extremely clear without many clouds and you can see thousands of limestones in the bay! When it comes to food, drinks, and accommodation, I was astonished by our hostel price that was only 300,000 dongs (around $13) per night.

The hostel was located on the main street and we had the luck to be on the fifth floor overlooking an infinite number of limestones! Food was a bit pricier than in Hanoi and the portions weren’t so significant. I mainly ate their Banh Mi and Pho. For a can of beer in the town, expect to pay around 30,000 dongs (around $1.3). Anyway, during the stay, I can’t say anything was overpriced or I experienced hordes of tourists, but I noticed slightly higher prices compared to Hanoi which shouldn’t hurt your wallet that much.

How to Find and Climb Bai Tho Mountain

Well, before I did any planning, I was told by so many people to take a boat tour and that would be the best way to experience Halong Bay. At first, I was thinking of getting on a tour, but after some research, I find out that it’s usually overcrowded and you don’t get the value for the money you pay.

The last thing I wanted was sharing the boat with hundreds of tourists!

Luckily, on my arrival in Hanoi, I met an amazing guy Bryan from the Philippines and we shared a similar opinion when it comes to the way of traveling – we were looking for memorable experiences. We headed to Halong Bay absolutely not having an idea what to do and see. We only knew that we were heading to a breathtaking natural wonder. Before we arrived, Bryan stumbled upon a post on Instagram from one upcoming travel blogger with the alternative view on Halong Bay. We instantly agreed that we’re going there! The place is called Bai Tho Mountain (the view really gives you much inspiration!).

See on the map below how to find the mountain:

It’s amazing that this mountain is located in the residual area, but it’s not a very known place as there is no signs or nothing that could tell you where and how to climb it!

Here comes the most interesting part…

You need to navigate the doors of the local house and you basically walk through their house (very warm people) to set your feet on the hiking trail that will lead you to the top. If you thought you would pass through someone’s house for free, you’d be very wrong! We’re in Vietnam baby!

The funny thing is that when these locals show you the way to their backyard, they will start to wave with 50,000 dongs which mean “Give me 50k to climb!”.

Note: Later, we found out that there is a house on the left and the owners will let you through for 25k! 🙂

We went there twice to catch the sunset and sunrise. The sunrise absolutely blew away our minds and the most interesting thing is that only four people in total were there catching the sunrise. It means a whole Halong Bay for us for only $2! 🙂

Alright, now then you have a location and know the details, I bet it’s time for pictures to show you how that hike and view actually looked alike! 

You need to climb to the top of that limestone, but don’t worry, the hike isn’t that tough. Be careful in the morning or afternoon as it becomes a bit foggy and slippery on the steep steps.

This dog will protect the doors where you need to come in. Don’t worry, he will bark but that’s the sign for the owner to come in front and pick you up to the back of the house.

The metal door is the first small obstacle at the beginning of the trail. You will be greeted with a few friendly dogs before your climb.

At the beginning of the trail, there are many stairs, but later, there are not any. In general, it’s not a hard hike, but you should be careful as it can be very slippery to hike there!

First view of Halong Bay city from the stairs. Still far away from the top..

The stairs at the beginning of the trail are very easy to overcome. After a while, you will get to the point where there are not many stairs and you need to use the help of your hands a bit.

After a while, you will get to the point where the path looks like this. It’s nothing especially demanding, but be careful as it can be slippery.

Where to Stay in Halong Bay

A view from the fifth floor of our hostel. Always ask for the fifth floor as you will have a huge balcony for yourself with the view like this! And not to forget, it only costs $13 for a double room.

There are many options to stay in Halong Bay, especially when tourists start to arrive (around May). I went for a budget option again, renting a hostel on the main street in Halong Bay city. The name of the hostel is Halong Bay View Hostel and it acts as a backpacker hub there. The hostel has a small pub with billiards and a restaurant where you could order a coffee, tea or western food.

A view of the hostel from the street. It has a bar and breakfast included in the price. The breakfast is nothing special, but still, any food is better than no food! 🙂

I was so amazed by the view I had from the room. Literally, you could see Halong Bay from the balcony drinking a beer! Also, the price was surprisingly low and it costs only $13 for a night in two-bedroom with breakfast included. However, as I find out later from a German girl, it wasn’t that cheap as she paid around $20 for a night in a nice hotel room with two beds. But anyway, six dollars won’t be that hard on your wallet!

Hope you enjoyed and if you have any additional questions, feel free to reach us out through contact form or directly on social media! Cheers, and wish you an amazing experience in Halong Bay! ):

btw. are you looking for your next destination after stunning Halong Bay?

Check out our Vietnam bucket list according to 14 travel bloggers.

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