Halong tour cost made clear
Department of Finance of northern Quang Ninh province
has posted prices of boat tours and boat accommodation
for visitors to Ha Long Bay. The prices are off-peak and
may be subject to an increase of up to 30 per cent
during peak periods, such as Saturdays, Sundays, holiday
seasons and the tourist season.
A representative of the department said the prices were
also subject to changes to suit "common practices" in
Operators were required to post peak season prices on
their tour boats and advertise them in the media.
Tour prices (VAT included) on boat tours without
accommodation vary with each class or level of boat. A
level 5 boat costs from VND250,000-300,000 (US$12-14)
per hour; level 4 VND300,000-400,000 ($14-19); level 3
VND400,000-500,000 ($19-24); level 2 VND500,000-600,000
On smaller boat tours, tickets for Route 1 through the
harbour to visit various landscapes are VND100,000
($4.80) per person; Route 2 around the harbour, to the
park and caves costs VND150,000 ($7.20) per person.
Other small boat routes are priced at VND300,000
($14.40) per person. They include: Route 3 through the
harbour, out to sea and the Cultural Conservation
Centre; Route 4, the harbour and the sea entertainment
centre; Route 5, the harbour and Gia Luan Station.
For larger boats, accommodation rates for sightseeing
tours on Ha Long Bay are calculated on the number of
people on the boat and are given as per person for 24
hours. For standard boats: level 1 VND5 million ($240),
level 2 VND2 million-3.5 million ($96-168), level 3
VND1.2 million-2 million ($57.6-96), level 4
VND700,000-1.2 million ($33.60-$57.60).
The announcement of the prices was aimed at re-aligning
business travel operators in the province, to combat
losses in revenue and to prevent overcharging.
Earlier, the local People's Committee requested all
documents of boat tours in the bay to be publicised in
Tour boat and accommodation boat operators must declare
their prices to the Department of Finance to ensure they
are within the allowable rates.