In a survey of Singapore’s Changi Airport Corporation (CAG) in 2021, 90% of tourists being interviewed wanted to travel to Vietnam. Among them, Halong Bay, a UNESCO world natural heritage site, is a destination loved by.
If you are in Singapore and planning to travel to Halong Bay, Vietnam, this comprehensive guide will suggest how to get from Singapore to Halong Bay.
Before you go
First of all, you need to carefully check the visa requirements before your trip.
For Singaporean citizens: You do not need a visa to visit Vietnam and Halong Bay for a maximum stay of 30 days.
If your nationality is on this visa exemption list, you won’t need a visa to enter Vietnam within 30 days for tourist purpose.
For others not on the exemption list, or if you want to stay in Vietnam for more than 30 days, you could:
- Option 1: Check out the Vietnamese Embassy in Singapore to apply for a visa and follow their instructions. Address: 10 Leedon Park, Singapore 267887. Phone: +56 6462 5938.
- Option 2: Apply for an e-visa through the Vietnam Immigration Official website. The cost would be about 25 USD per person, and it might take 5-7 working days for it to be completed.
- Option 3: Apply for an approval letter. You could find a trusted travel agency to do so. The letter will allow you to obtain a visa on arrival at Vietnam’s border.
Choosing Flights and Airports
There are no direct flights from Singapore to Halong Bay. Therefore, you could choose to land at nearby airports, such as:
- Noi Bai Airport, Hanoi, is about 180 km from Halong Bay. This option is suitable if you want to travel to both Hanoi City and Halong Bay.
- Van Don Airport, Quang Ninh Province, is about 56 km from Halong Bay. However, there are no direct flights from this airport to Singapore. It would be perfect if you’re traveling from other parts of Vietnam to Halong Bay.
- Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City, is about 1812 km from Halong Bay. This is an option for the Singapore-Ho Chi Minh City-Halong Bay travel itinerary.
Round-trip ticket prices from Singapore to Vietnam range from 3,000,000 to 21,000,000 VND ($166 to $1162). This is a non-stop flight lasting over 3 hours.
There are many airlines offering this itinerary, such as Vietnam Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Scoot Air, Vietjet Air, Jetstar, etc.
Check out Google Flights for the best rates.
Best time to go
Deciding the best time to visit Halong Bay from Singapore is also critical to ensuring that you will have a good experience.
According to many travelers, the best time to visit Halong Bay in terms of weather is from October to December.
If you’re looking for the cheapest time to travel Halong, consider traveling from May to September. It’s the low season in the bay, and you might get a pretty good deal on hotels or cruises. However, be advised that this period is also the typhoon season, so we highly suggest checking the forecast at least 10 days in advance to make sure there’ll be no interruption during your travel.
Find your way to Halong Bay
After arriving in Vietnam, you could choose various types of transfers to Halong Bay.
Buses and taxis are the most popular transportation options. It’s faster, door-to-door and there’s various schedules during the day. If you’re planning to explore Halong Bay by cruise, make sure to contact your cruise or agency since most of them offer bus transfers to Halong in their packages.
Train, on the other hand, is more like experience. The train system in Vietnam is pretty old-fashioned (it was built in French Colonial time!). Besides, the only train connecting Halong Bay is normally used to transport goods and merchandise only, so this may not be a good option.
Suggested itinerary: 5 days explore Halong Bay from Singapore
Day 1: From Singapore to Hanoi
Take a flight from Singapore to Hanoi, then move to a hotel in Hanoi to stay overnight.
If you take night or early morning flights, you can explore Hanoi on the first day of your trip in the afternoon and possibly at night. Ideal tourist destinations for the evening are Hoan Kiem Lake, Ta Hien Street, etc.
Day 2: Hanoi city
Let’s spend a full day exploring this capital. Start your morning with a cup of coffee, a habit of the locals. Then, try enjoying some typical Vietnamese breakfasts, such as beef pho, bun cha, banh cuon, etc.
After that, you can visit famous tourist attractions in Hanoi, such as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Museum of Ethnology, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Hanoi Old Quarter, etc.
Day 3: Explore Halong Bay by Overnight Cruise
Around 08:00, transfer will arrive at your hotel in Hanoi to take you to the cruise in Halong Bay.
You can visit many different places depending on your cruise itinerary, such as Trong Mai Island, Sung Sot Cave, Thien Cung Cave, Titop Island, etc.
In the afternoon, you can participate in activities such as swimming, kayaking, visiting caves to check in, etc.
In the evening, return to the cruise to enjoy dinner, participate in a cooking class, watch movies, sing karaoke, or try your luck at squid fishing.
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Day 4: Halong overnight cruise to Hanoi
Early in the morning, enjoy the fresh air and majestic beauty of the island. You can participate in early morning exercise activities on the cruise or sunbathe on the deck. Then enjoy lunch before the cruise returns to port.
Travel back to Hanoi by bus.
Day 5: Hanoi-Singapore
Take a transfer to Hanoi Airport. Tour end.