Halong Bay Nightlife: 6 places for a memorable experience after sunset

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Night view of Halong Bay cruise

Halong Bay is famous for its majestic and magnificent natural beauty during the day. But as the sun dips below the horizon, it turn into a charming beauty with plenty of things to do. Exploring Halong Bay nightlife is definitely a must-do activity that you should not missed.

If you still don’t know what and where to experience the lively Halong Bay after sunset, the comprehensive guide below will suggest the best places for exploring Halong Bay nightlife.

 

Overnight on a cruise 

 

Overnighting on a cruise is definitely a unique experience in Vietnam. This is a flexible spot to see Halong Bay at night the way you want, and it is also the most romantic way to enjoy the nightlife beauty of this land.

On the cruise, you can immerse yourself in nature and enjoy the sights of the natural wonders under the starry sky. This is also the ideal spot to see the shimmering beauty of the coastal city when the lights come on.

Spending the night on a cruise is not just about sleeping; you can experience many activities, such as trying squid fishing, watching water puppet shows and other traditional Vietnamese art activities, watching music performances, enjoying local cuisine, playing games, watching movies, etc.

 

Royal International Gaming Club – Casino

 

Royal International Gaming Club is one of six casinos in Vietnam and the only casino in Halong Bay. In Vietnam, this entertainment activity only serves foreign tourists and is prohibited for Vietnamese citizens.

This casino is a part of Halong Royal Hotel,  located in the center of Ha Long Bay, at Bai Chay Beach. From here, it only takes 2 minutes to walk to the beach and 3 minutes to get to the tourist boat station.

Inside Royal International Gaming Club
Royal International Gaming Club – @RoyalHalongHotel

This casino includes four floors with a total area of 7,250 square meters. Here, there are many tables with four types of games and 70 card slot machines. Currently, the casino offers the four most popular games in Asia: Baccarat, Black Jack, Sicbo, and Video Slots, and will soon launch Poker in the near future.

The Gaming Club is open 24/7; the bet amount depends on the type of game but is limited to a minimum of 1–20 USD and a maximum of 20,000 USD. The bet price for card slot machines ranges from 0.01 USD to 1 USD.

 

Night markets

 

Night markets, which are a very vibrant part of Halong Bay nightlife, are definitely interesting destinations to experience local culture. These markets offer a variety of items, such as souvenirs, handicrafts, local specialties, clothing, etc. They are also considered culinary paradises, famous for their seafood restaurants and snack stalls.

Most of the sellers here are friendly and can communicate in English, so you can easily buy, bargain, ask them for directions, or talk to them to learn more about the culture here.

Bai Chay Night Market
Bai Chay Night Market – @parul_safariplus/Instagram

Famous night markets in Halong Bay:

Name

Location

Opening hours

Ha Long Night Market (also known as Bai Chay Night Market)

Hoang Quoc Viet Street, Hung Thang Ward, Halong City, Quang Ninh Province

17:00–23:00 every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Bazaar Halong Night Market

Le Thanh Ton Street, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh

16:00–21:00 every day, may change on holidays

Marine Night Market

Halong Marine Avenue, Bai Chay, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh.

21:00-23:00 every day

 

Local restaurant

 

Eating street food is a must-do when reveling in Halong Bay’s nightlife. The night markets are the best places to eat a wide variety of delicious foods.

Seafood dishes are a culinary characteristic of the coastal city. You should try some of the best local foods, like Ngan porridge, Ngan stir-fried noodles, Sam salad, Sam rolls, stir-fried squid, grilled squid, grilled oysters with onion grease, rolled cake with squid rolls, etc. Then you can have dessert with some well-known Halong snacks, like Halong pearl yogurt, floating cake, nodding cake, and pillow cake.

Read more at: Halong Bay Street Food: Top 7 dishes you should not missed (2023 Update)

 

Sun Wheel

 

The Sun Wheel is a symbol of Halong Bay, located on Yet Kieu Street, Tran Hung Dao, Halong City. It belongs to the Sun World Ha Long Complex, with an area of up to 214 hectares.

The construction is in the shape of a massive wheel and is up to 115 meters in diameter and 215 meters in height. It’s one of the ten biggest Ferris wheels in the world.

Sunwheel Halong Bay at night
Sunwheel Halong Bay at night – @lialee__/Instagram

You can see the panoramic view of Halong Bay nightlife from above when sitting on the Sun Wheel. This carousel has a total of 64 cabins, enough to accommodate about 1,200 passengers per hour, and takes 20 minutes per rotation.

 

Operating hours:

  • On weekdays: from 14:00 to 19:00
  • On weekends and holidays: from 14:00 to 22:00 

Ticket price:

  • For adults (1.4m tall or higher): 350,000 VND 
  • For children from 1m to under 1.4m: 250.00 VND
  • Free for children under 1m

 

Beach bars

 

Along the Bai Chay coast, beach bars are places that attract tourists after sunset. These will be ideal entertainment spots if you are passionate about music, dancing, enjoying premium cocktails, etc. 

These outdoor bars are a place many tourists choose to watch the sunset, then immerse themselves in the sea breeze, sip a cocktail, and sway to vibrant music.

Halong Bay beach bar
A chilling corner in Halong Beach Bar – @jackpedder/Instagram

Some famous beach bars in Halong Bay:

 

Name

Location

Opening hours

Valley Beach Club

Ky Quan street, area B of Sun World beach, Bai Chay, Halong city

20:00–02:00

Bistro Fou Beach Club

Opposite Sun Square, Ky Quan Street, Bai Chay, Ha Long

19:00–overnight

Chill Beach Bar

Ky Quan street, Bai Chay, Halong city

15:00–24:00

Fleur d’Or Maison Bar

SunGroup Walking Street (Near Novotel Hotel), Bai Chay,  Halong City

20:00–02:00

H Club

Group 7, Zone 4, Bai Chay Street, Halong City

20:00–02:00

New Square Bar

Group 5, Zone 9, Cai Dam, Halong City

19:00–02:00

 

Above are prominent locations to explore Halong Bay after sunset. Experience all of these destinations to see how beautiful Halong Bay nightlife is. I wish you many interesting and memorable experiences on your trip.

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