The scenic seaplane flights between Hanoi and Halong Bay have become an exclusive experience in northern Vietnam, it’s a great way to get the most out of what the area has to offer. Take in the picturesque scenery of the Red River Delta and the amazing natural wonder of Halong Bay from the top view, enjoy the 45 minute-flight instead of nearly four hours driving from Hanoi. In Halong Bay, aboard a private wooden boat to cruise by towering forest-clad limestone formations, visit the limestone cave and fishing villages.
As a local legend goes, once upon a time when Vietnam was attacked from the sea, the Jade Emperor sent a family of dragons to help the Vietnamese fight against their invaders. Those dragons flew down to upon where is now Halong Bay and spat out countless pearls into the sea, which turned into a myriad of limestone islands linking together to form a barrier against the invaders, and helped the Vietnamese defend their land. Therefore, the area where the dragons descended on has been being called Halong Bay, meaning “Bay of Descending Dragons”.
The mystical landscape of limestone islands in the “Bay of Descending Dragons” is often compared to Guilin in China or Krabi in southern Thailand. In reality, Halong Bay is much more spectacular. The best way to discover the beauty of this Tonkin Gulf is to see it from the air on a seaplane and cruise among the islands and islets on traditional Vietnamese wooden boats. Cruisers can submerge into the bay with so many soil islands, caves, grottoes, beaches and tranquil lagoons.
Since 2014, a Cessna Grand Caravan 208B-EX seaplane has been being operated for both join and charter daily flights between Hanoi and Halong Bay, the seaplane takes off from Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi and lands on the water of Tuan Chau Island. Each trip takes 60 minutes, including 15 minute-scenic flight over the bay. Its 12 elegant seats designed next to large windows, you will be able to fully absorb scenery outside with no obstacles, especially the limestone islands right below your seaplane.
There are three different cruising options regarding to your interest, you can choose to experience Halong Bay on a private boat then fly back to Hanoi on the same day. A standard Halong Bay day trip features four hour-cruise, including lunch on boat and visiting a limestone cave along the way. Most Halong visitors go for an overnight option, which includes accommodation and meals on boat. Violet, Jasmine, Paradise and Hera are some of the nicest boats in the bay, offering both one-night and two-night cruising trips including kayaking and cave explorations.
Every Incense Travel’s tour includes Hanoi and Halong Bay, and they are well-combined with other famous destinations in Vietnam, including Hue, Hoi An, Saigon and Con Dao Islands. Contact us to starting planning your private, tailor-made Vietnam tour.