Top tips for solo wanderers in Halong Bay, Quang Ninh.
Beware of single supplement
If you travel alone, don’t forget to pay attention on single supplement fee. Most of cruises operator on Halong bay don’t provide single cabin/room for solo travelers. But some did (such as Dragon Legend Cruise). If you choose to stay in a single cabin, you don’t have to pay for extra fee (but the single room/cabin could be smaller than a double one). Of course, if you’re happy to pay a supplement for single occupancy of a double cabin, you can enjoy your trip in a larger cabin. Normally, the supplement can range anywhere from 20 to 100 percent of the trip cost.
Halong bay or Bai Tu Long bay, your choice!
Researching carefully before booking a cruise to discover Halong Bay the World Heritage Site is very important, especially for someone who travels alone. As you know, The whole area of Halong Bay UNESCO World Heritage site can be divided into central Halong bay, western Bai Tu Long bay, and Lan Ha bay near Cat Ba island. They all have the same beauty of natural lime stones and karts. While central Halong bay has long been a tourist area, Bai Tu Long bay remains a less visited destination. Most of Halong tours operators offer the same itinerary in the central of Halong bay, and only some cruise companies offer unique itinerary for exploring the magnificent, primitive and unsullied beauty of Bai Tu Long bay (for example: Indochina Junk, Treasure Junk, Dragon Legend Cruise, Au Co Cruise.)
If you’re a dynamic traveler and want a party and funny cruise, you can choose to visit Halong bay’s central (the price is normally lower than Bai Tu Long bay cruise). If you are a type of discover-able traveler; or you want to explore the further and mysteries of Halong bay; or you just love the tranquil/quiet place to relax and run away from the hustle and bustle city, visiting Bai Tu Long bay is a perfect choice.
Meet new friends/fellow travelers and become a group
Traveling alone is the best way to make new friends. You can easily take part in a group of other young travelers and together having fun. And you can share the room/cabin on board with another traveler of the same sex (or not the same, your choice!), thus, you can save more money for an overnight cruise on Halong bay. But if you’re a woman, just remember to protect yourself from dangers. Trust Everyone and No One, you know that simple rule, right?
Kayak for one? Don’t worry it’s totally fine and there are plenty of solo riders out there paddling around the bay. You will ride in the back seat of a two seater kayak.
Types of cruises
There is a type of cruise to suite everyone’s preferences – relaxing, romantic, active, party – you name it. Normally, a solo traveler will take the lower budget cruises while couples, honeymooners, and those seeking peace and quiet will be on the more expensive and more private cruises. Do not book the wrong type of cruise if you don’t want to pay more than your budget.
What to pack?
- Your original passport
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
- Beach hat/Umbrella, Swimsuits, Bikini (a sarong is recommendable for women if you want to go up to the sundeck and sunbathe)
- Flip flops, sandals, comfy cotton t-shirt, shorts, skirts, maxi dresses, etc. are all you need for an awesome summer. If you visit Ha Long Bay in the winter, do not forget to bring warm clothes, scarves, and shoes to keep warm.
- Other necessary things (such as camera, Insect repellent sprays and lotions, …)
Don’t overpack! Your hotel will likely keep your main suitcase for you so you don’t have to lug it all the way to Halong.
Hope you enjoy your time in Halong Bay!
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