2018 saw some major developments in Halong Bay’s infrastructure.
The new expressway, which links Hanoi to Halong Bay, cuts the drive time from four hours to just two. The brand new Van Don International Airport, which received its first flight in December 2018, is set to be the closest to Halong Bay.
Now, the new Hon Gai International Passenger Terminal, which received its first cruise liner on November 28, 2018, has received its first cruise ship, bringing 2,000 visitors and almost 1,000 staff members to the bay.
Construction began on this new port just one year ago, in November 2017, and has cost a total of $47.4 million. This massive investment into Halong Bay’s infrastructure helps to link this UNESCO World Heritage Site to the rest of the world, with the best possible facilities available for visitors.
This new port was designed to receive two cruise ships at any one time, each with the capacity of holding 8,460 passengers and crew members. The port itself provides a five-star, three-storey terminal, which covers 7,600 square meters, and a harbor able to accommodate 250 smaller tourist boats.
Ten international cruise liners were welcomed to the port before the end of 2018, adding to Halong Bay’s 12 million tourists expected in 2018. Given that the General Statistics Office stated that tourism delivered to Vietnam by ship was down 2.3 percent over the first 10 months of 2018, this port offered a welcome boost.
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