How Safe Is Halong for Travel?

Halong, Vietnam
Safety Index:
73

Halong city is a town located on the northern side of the Ha Long Bay Archipelago of Vietnam.

It’s the capital of Vietnam’s Quang Ninh province.

This city is primarily a transit point and is divided into two parts: Bai Chay and Hon Gai.

The Bai Chay part is perfect for tourists, offering them an abundance of hotels and restaurants.

Hon Gai is the local, more economic part with business and markets.

The two parts are connected by the enormous Bai Chay bridge.

This city has one of the biggest seaports in entire Vietnam, which is what makes it a major industrial center in Northern Vietnam.

This port receives imported fuel and oil supplying the whole of North Vietnam.

Unfortunately, during the war, the city of Halong was partly damaged, since it was a major target of the American Air Force.

Warnings & Dangers in Halong

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : LOW

Halong is a safe city to travel to. It is primarily a transit point, so tourists are not targeted by pickpockets nor are there instances of violent crimes towards them. There is some street crime, but much less than in Hanoi.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Means of transport and taxis aren't very safe in Halong. Even though you'll probably travel in a ‘private van’ throughout Halong, the road conditions are pretty bad, and fatalities are common.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

Pickpocketing and bag snatching isn't a very common issue in Halong. Still, you should keep your belongings by your side at all times and try to leave all your valuables in a security deposit box of your hotel.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Natural threats include occasional typhoons (from May to January) with extensive flooding. In case of a natural disaster, follow the instructions of local authorities.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

There are some areas where cases of mugging have been reported, it is generally rare, and foreigners are rarely targeted.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

There is a low probability of a terrorist attack, however, they should never be ruled out so be vigilant and watch out for suspicious activities.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : LOW

You can get overcharged by rental services in Halong, and pretty much everyone: street vendors, taxi and bus drivers, hotel owners and worst of all - the police. Double-check every information and payor negotiate everything in advance.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

There is a certain risk for women traveling to Halong. Avoid overnight trains and buses, and parts of the city that are filled with bars and clubs, since there is a higher chance of running into intoxicated people. Follow basic common sense and avoid walking alone at night and in poorly lit and secluded areas.

So... How Safe Is Halong Really?

Halong Bay is a rather destination for both male and female tourists when it comes to petty crimes like pickpocketing and bag snatching.

As in any country, there are parts of this city that may be dangerous, as the entire trip from Hanoi to the point of boarding in Halong.

Though you’ll probably travel in a ‘private van’, the road conditions are pretty bad.

The most common risk for tourists in this city remains petty crime such as pickpocketing, purse snatching, and valuables theft, usually not involving violence of any kind.

One of the common issues in Halong is motorbike snatching.

This usually involves thieves on motorbikes snatching pedestrians’ bags, mobile phones, cameras, and jewelry.

As for streets, they are generally safe but some areas should be avoided, such as parts of cities filled with clubs and bars that are usually filled with suspicious individuals.

Sexual assaults and robberies are more probable in these places, so be cautious and avoid these places late at night.

Avoid purchasing liquor from street vendors since they may not be authentic, and bear in mind that drugs in Vietnam can be laced with toxic ingredients and potentially fatal.

Useful Information

  • Visas - All US citizens wishing to visit Vietnam will need to apply for a tourist visa and no earlier than six months before their planned departure. Your passport should be valid for at least six months past your date of return.
  • Currency - The Vietnamese Dong is the official currency in Halong. We recommend changing your money in post offices, banks or larger hotels. Airports also offer a convenient exchange rate.
  • Weather - Halong has a humid and tropical climate, characterized by a hot, humid summer and dry, cold winter. Halong's temperature varies from 15ºC to 25ºC.
  • Airports - The best way to get to Halong Bay is to fly to the Noi Bai International Airport, 40km outside Hanoi, Vietnam's capital city. From there you can travel to Halong City, for which there are a couple of ways.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Halong, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Halong Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 22° C
Feb 24° C
Mar 25° C
Apr 26° C
May 26° C
Jun 26° C
Jul 27° C
Aug 29° C
Sep 26° C
Oct 25° C
Nov 24° C
Dec 23° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
283030313030323430293028
Low
°C
151719202221222422201818
High
°F
828686888686909386848682
Low
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596366687270727572686464

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