We're looking for a half-day Halong Bay trip from Hanoi that will allow us to be back at our Hanoi hotel by around 4 or 5 pm. We have a flight to board at 7:30 pm that evening.
It seems not possible.
The road trip takes you already 3,5 hours from Hanoi to Halong Bay for 1 way.
The boat trip trip takes about 4 hours and you have to be at the airport at least 1,5 hours in advance.
The only way to do this is probably using the luxury service of a helicopter in the surburd of Hanoi.
http://www.vietnamtour.co.uk over 5 years ago
A half day from Hanoi to Halong is too short time coz you spend 4 hours to transfer by car from Hanoi to Halong and back.Hire a private car to Halong at 6:00 Am and have a 4 hours - 6 hours on Halong cruises. http://vietnamcruise-tours.com/Halong-Daily-Cruise/ha-long-6-hours-cruise.html . then back to Hanoi in the afternoon. over 5 years agoAnswered by Jack via WorldNomads.com
Dont rush your vacation! It will be no fun. I would suggest you enjoy the time in the city. Half a day is really tight if you want to travel anywhere more than an hour drive. You may take half day tours in Hanoi I believe. Not sure if travel agencies such as Intrepid or Buffalo Tours have such short tours. But you may try websites listing individual tour guides like www.triip.me. over 5 years ago
It is not easy, it has to take at least 4 hours from Hanoi to Halong bay. Instead of Halong bay, you should go to Hoa Lu - Tam Coc so-called Halong bay on land!
http://www.worldmatetravel.com/ over 4 years ago