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Halong Bay Getting Around
Halong Bay Getting Around, Halong Bay History. “Ha Long” is literally translated as “Bay of Descending Dragons...

Getting around in Halong Bay can be quite tricky. If you are on the mainland, you can obivouly get around on the roads. The roads aren't in excellent condition, and some are actually still just dirt roads. Still, you shouldn't have a very hard time finding where you need to go. If you rent a car, you should ask directions and try to know some Vietnamese, otherwise you will have a very hard time understanding where to go. In many cases, tourists have guides to help them around, especially if they don't speak Vietnamese. If you are trying to get around in the bay, you will have to get around on a junk, also known as a boat. The junks, which are small fishermen boats, can hold a good amount of people. If you are just touring the bay, you can pay a guide to take you around. It is a rare thing to be able to take your own junk out by yourself. The person in control of the boat will know where they are going, so you don't have to worry about getting lost. You should check to make sure there are life jackets in the junk before you leave.

There are various motorbike / taxi options around the island once in Cat Ba City. The problem is that if arrive at other parts of the island, getting a ride to Cat Ba City (where the hotels are) can be very expensive! (150,000 dong per person on a motorbike.) It's not very clear why it's so expensive, but it seems like there is a monopoly on transportation, and once you negotiate with one person, others will refrain from offering you reasonable rates, thus you are stuck with whomever you're talking with. To say the least this is not a comfortable experience. It's recommended that you book your travels in advance, and make sure that you end up in Cat Ba City.

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