(English) Trip Planning

I. Weather in Halong Bay

1. General Climate

Halong Bay belongs to the Northern Patterns of Vietnam so it is generally cooler than the Southern of the country. It experiences two main distinct seasons.

In winter months, the weather gets colder and colder from November to March and considerably warmer in April (a leap into summer). This is also time to observe much cloud and frequent drizzle. The average winter temperature is 17.2°C (62.9°F). Particularly, deep inside bay is often colder; temperature may keep below 10°C (50°F) for long period.

In the summer (from May to October), the whole region is quite hot. Temperature may rise to 37°C (98.6 °F) in the peaks of June and July. Halong City enjoys equitable weather with high average humidity (80%) all year round though they may occasionally be subjected to typhoons and heavy rain in late summers (September to November). The distinct features: pleasant spring (typically March-April) and autumn (October-December), a chilly winter (December- February) and a hot summer (June – July).

2. Best Time to Travel

It is possible to visit Ha Long Bay year-round, with the best time to visit from October through April, although during the winter months of December, January and February, the weather can be cool and overcast with low visibility. During the summer months from May to September, temperatures rise and storms are more likely during the rainy season.

Halong Bay Four Seasons:

Spring: February to April: Temperature ~ 17°C – Misty with drizzle

Summer: May to July: Temperature ~ 28°C – Clear blue sky with occasionally pouring rain

Autumn: August to October: Temperature ~ 25°C – Partly cloudy, partly windy, high chance of storm

Winter: November to February: Temperature ~14°C – Cloudy, cool and rainy

3. How to Wear

It is highly recommended that you check the weather forecast before packing up, some tips are:

The hot season is from May to September with the temperature is 25 – 35 degree: Shorts and skirts and short sleeve shirts

The cold season in Halong Bay is from October to April and the temperature is 10 – 15 degree: Sweaters, jumper, light jacket, scarf

During kayaking/swimming: Swimming suits, sun block, hat, anti-insect repellent, sunglasses

During visiting the cave and grottoes, visiting fishing village: Walking shoes, crocs shoes, scandals, comfortable clothes

4. Cancelation Due To Bad Weather

Without prior notice, the cruise trip could be postponed, shortened or canceled due to unexpected bad weather, including Storm/ Typhoon (summer), Foggy days (winter), Monsoon (winter). The cruise operation is out of Pelican cruise’s control so we suggest that Guests should check the Weather Forecast at least 1 day before the cruise for better preparation of backup plan.

II. Safety Notice

1. Particular individuals

For safety reasons, these below Guests are not recommended to cruise overnight in Halong Bay:

People with disability, such as blindness, two hand amputee. People who are unable to walk on 2 m high stairwells

People who have health problems, including people with sleepwalking syndome, people who have Illusions, people with epilepsy, people who have got anxiety when being in a small place.

People who are on medicines that need to be stored at a special temperature and without it their lives are in danger

People who is older than 80

People who is more than 100kg weight

People who is over 2 meters height

2. Poisonous plants and animals

During summer, especially May, June, July, before going to swim, Guests should ask the guide or captain for advice because it is when the poisonous jellyfish are most active

3. Safety Facilities

Life vest in each cabin, at public area, life buoys, life raft that enough for guests and crew on board.

Lighters and hammers for emergency case in each cabin. Fire alarm, fire extinguishers at different areas on board, following the standard guide and ready to use

Oxygen-tub inside each cabin

Diagram to exit in emergency case .

Marine equipment: VHF radio, GPS plotting, walkie-talkie, Walter licking alarm system, water pump system, fire alarm system and fire extinguishers.

4. Onboard safety

Brief introduction about the trip with itinerary, crews, activities and safety, weather information

Activity warning: our guide will give short introduction and warning to visitors, depending on weather conditions and seasons features, we recommend you to listen carefully to this information.

The speed canoe to transfer guest immediately to harbor in the short time regarding health safety.

Medical aid available on board

Marine Search and Rescue team with essential skills and training, equipment to deal with emergency.

III. Transfer Services

1. Vietnam Transportation

In general, Vietnam still has an inconvenient transportation system. This in itself has been an obstacle for the Vietnamese to overcome while advancing economically. Although improvements have been attempted, particularly major roadways is still under construction/ maintenance which might causes long drive and awkwardness to travelers.

2. Shuttle Bus Information

The Pelican Cruise Shuttle departs every day, we do pick up Guests directly from their hotels in the Hanoi Old Quarter to Tuan Chau Harbor, Halong City

Type: Small Van – the Mercedes Sprinter 313 with 16 seats

Capacity: Maximum 10 Passengers

Pick up time 07h30 to 08h00/Drop off time 15h45 to 16h30

Distance (Hanoi – Halong Bay): 180 Km

Travel time (approximately): 4 hours

Rest Stops at the middle of the drive:

The Rest Stop way approximately 20 minutes is a Stop Over with clean toilet where you can refresh and stretch out. Shopping is not at any pressure.

3. Private Transfer Information

Private transfer is available; please contact your Sales staff for the detail quotation and advices

3.1. Noi Bai International Airport

If your flight is right before the cruise, you arrival time at Noi Bai Airport must be no later than 8h30 AM. In this case, you need to book a private transfer from Noi Bai International Airport to travel directly to Halong Bay.

If your flight out of Noi Bai International Airport is right after your cruise, your departure time must be no earlier than 5h30 pm. In this case, you can book a private transfer directly from Halong Bay to Noi Bai International Airport.

Otherwise, you can also take the shuttle bus service to travel from Halong Bay, and then, at the intersection in the highway back to Hanoi, we can arrange a private transfer you from there to Noi Bai Airport, extra services upon request.

3.2. Hai Phong Domestic Airport

If your flight is right before the cruise, you arrival time at Hai Phong  Airport must be no later than 9h30 AM. In this case, you need to book a private transfer from Hai Phong  Airport to travel directly to Halong Bay.

If your flight out of Hai Phong Airport is right after your cruise, your flight departure time must be no earlier than 3h00 PM. In this case, you also need to book a private transfer directly from Halong Bay to Hai Phong Airport.