Tips for travelling with children in Halong Bay
It is a great experience when your family can spend time travelling together. However, traveling with children can sometimes be a hard-work. In order to help you and your children enjoy Halong Bay to the fullest, here are some specific Halong travel tips that parents should know when joining a cruise.
Since it would take approximately 3.5 hours on bus from Hanoi to Halong, parents are advised to make a request to be collected first so that you can pick the seat where your child can feel comfortable at its best, and to be dropped first once you are back in Hanoi. For more convenient, you can also book a private car transfer in advance for the whole family. And do not forget to bring some of your childrens’ favourite snacks as they might feel hungry during the transfer.
When booking a cabin, a triple one (with discount for children under 12 years old) would be the perfect choice so that you could place a spare bed or babycot for your kids. Also, do put in mind that you need to inform any food allergy your children might have to the tour operator and bring suitable clothes for them: swimsuite in summer and warm clothes in winter.
Safety on board
In order to keep children safe, parents need to:
- Always take notice of your children and do not let them climb on the handrail or the railing on boat.
- Beware of children when transferring from the cruise to the rowing boat.
- Make them wear the required life vest when taking cruise activities.
- When visiting the caves with toodles or small children, do keep in mind that you will need to pay extra attention to them as there are a lot of steep steps.
- Do not miss out the squid fishing at night and Tai Chi session in the morning as these are very interesting activities that your children would love.
Tips for taking the best photos in Halong Bay
Halong Bay’ breathtaking views offer its visitors a perfect opportunity to add some great shots to to their photography portfolio. Here are some tips that might be useful for the photo hunters when visiting Halong.
Pick the right time to go
December to February is the coldest time of the year with drizzle and fog, which often results in low visibility. Therefore, if you want to take amazing pictures of limestone mountains and emerald water, photo hunters should visit Halong Bay on other period of the year.
As the sunlight is an important factor to have a good picture, you are strongly recommended to take your trip from April to July, when Halong is filled with constant sunshine and will definitely amaze you with full of light in the Bay.
It is advised that you should use lenses with very wide angle for better photos when shooting Halong Bay seascape. Some suggestions are Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II.
One of most attractive about photography in Vietnam is the pace of everyday life, and as a photographer you always need to be on the lookout and ready for opportunities. Here in Halong, the last thing you want is to miss a great opportunity of shooting a photo of local fishermen or a boat lady selling stuff. Hence, your camera should be out of its case or bag, switched on and with the lens cap off.
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