In a landmark bid to aid faster transfers for tourists and commuters, the newly built Halong – Hai Phong Expressway has just opened, cutting the drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay from four hours to two. Anyone traveling from Hanoi to Halong will now have a speedier and shorter drive, rather than the previous 180km.
This new $556 million road has a bounty of benefits for tourists wishing to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay. A shorter drive means that tourists leaving from Hanoi can enjoy more time spent in Hanoi before departing, or more time relaxing in Halong Bay.
The design of this new highway not only means tourists travel at greater speed, but it will also provide a more comfortable and quieter journey. In addition, a trip along the longest sea bridge in Southeast Asia and a short rest stop will mean added levels of comfort and enjoyment for passengers.
When asked how she felt about the new highway, Lisa, a holidaymaker from Berkshire, England claimed that the experience was a significant improvement to her previous trip to Halong Bay
“I came a few years back and used the old roads,” Lisa Hertz comments. “While we did have a private car with a driver, it was still a long, tiring experience. The new highway has turned it into a pleasant trip though, with a nice little break in-between.”
“We’ll be flying out from Hanoi tomorrow, so we’ll be leaving in the morning. I’m not worried about the journey at all, it should be fine.”
This road doesn’t just help the tourist industry though. John Moka, a resident Hanoi expat, says: “I regularly travel from Hanoi to Ha Long for work. The trip used to take four hours, which is half a working day.”
“When you travel by bus it can be crowded, hot, and impossible to get work done. This would essentially mean half of my day was lost to travel. Now, with the breezy two-hour journey, it feels like nothing more than a commute.”
The newly constructed Van Don Airport compliments this newly built expressway, one of Vietnam’s other recent tourist conveniences that links Halong Bay with the rest of the world.
While this brand-new international airport doesn’t currently have international flights scheduled, that is all set to change in 2019.
>> Check out the new airport in Halong