The majority of tourists to the Southeast Asia makes the plan to visit Halong Bay, Quang Ninh – a picturesque bay with the blue water and majestic limestones. Along with Ho Chi Minh City, Halong Bay is considered the best place for tourists in Vietnam trip.
Besides exploring the beauty of this destination, you can be involved in a variety of interesting activities in Halong Bay.
Halong Coffee Shop
First of all, tourists should taste a cup of coffee at thư coffee shop opposite the harbor. You will have to walk a distance of 100 meters to the right after leaving the harbor. The coffee shop is located by the roadside. This shop sells a range of good types of coffee and if you are really a coffee lover, you will find out many interesting things here. In addition to coffee, there are many other kinds of beverages for you to choose.
Right near the harbor are a few karaoke bars. This is an ideal place to kill time while you have to wait for a cruise ship. Most of the karaoke bars here have indoor rooms for singing. However, some outdoor bars are placed outdoor to meet the demand of tourists.
You can catch a taxi to cross from the Bai Chay bridge to the city center and visit Halong market. It is nearly impossible for you to walk from the harbor because it will take you some hours. It is best to catch a taxi ride to the market. In Halong market, there are many interesting commodities for sale; you can buy both dried and fresh food. This is also a good place to make a preparation for the tour of Halong Bay.
In the trip to Halong Bay, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a lot of delicious Vietnamese food. One of the typical dishes of Halong is dipped squid, which is quite similar to the Thailand’s fried fish. This food is sold in many places at the market, especially the rearward area. This food has delicious flavor but the price is relatively cheap.
If you spend a lot of time wandering in Halong market, you will discover quite a few food stalls with various unique dishes. Besides dipped squid, fried crab is considered one of the attractive foods here.
If possible, you should try some popular mixed sweetened porridge (chè) and take the typical Vietnamese beverage named nhân trần for dessert.
Finally, you should buy some fruit for the Halong tour.
Casino in Halong, Quang Ninh
Taking a trip to Halong, you are advised to take a moment to visit Halong Bay Casino named Royal International Casino – a very small casino and the only casino in Halong.
This casino is located right on the main road in Bai Chay. From the harbor to the casino, it will take you about 10 to 15 minutes. Foreign tourists are allowed to enter the casino if showing their passport and even they can participate in the game without the deposit.
At the corner of the room, there is a small coffee bar and several slot machines. The casino only has two zones of gambling. One area has its base in the basement flat and only opens on weekends and the other one is located in a large lounge. Because Halong casino is very small; you can quickly explore the whole casino in one or two minutes.