What to explore in Halong

Bring one of the most developing tourism cities in Vietnam, Halong City is not all about Halong Bay. This beautiful city also offers travelers other tourist attractions as well as many special food and beverage specialties. Indochina travel Vietnam

Vietnamese Coffee

Vietnamese coffee in Halong is well worth trying
Vietnamese coffee in Halong is well worth trying – source: sam-and-paul.com

Although you can try Vietnamese authentic coffee in many cities throughout the country, once coming to Halong City, getting out of the Bai Chay Tourist Wharf, you should not miss a chance to try some Vietnamese Coffee at the Cafe 555. Exiting Bai Chay, you will walk about 100 meters to your right to reach this café shop. Situated among a row of shops by the main road, this coffee shop serves guests some potent coffee. Therefore, if you are interested in coffee, you will hit the first prize here. For those who are not a coffee lover, this café shop also serves other drinks.

Halong Market

Halong fish market
Halong fish market – source: blog.discoverhalong.com

Located right in the center of Halong City, Halong Market is well worth taking a taxi to get access to and spending a few hours to spare. After taking a taxi there, you can discover the dry and wet market. Here, you can see a large number of amazing items as well as get some local snacks and drinks for your Halong Bay Cruise. Halong bay cruise

Local Snacks and Herbal Drinks

Squid cake
Squid cake – source: bestcruiseshalongblog.wordpress.com

Halong City is an ideal place to indulge in the local Vietnamese food and beverages. Inside and outside the Halong Market, you can find a wide selection of exotic foods available if you are up to it. Sold in the open area behind Halong Market, the Squid Cakes which are similar to Thai Fish Cakes are one of the must-try items in Halong.

You can find this very tasty dish in a number of stalls at reasonably cheap price. If you stroll around to explore the wet market area, you will go across several local food delicacy stalls and of course, have a chance to sample all of them. The cooked or raw deep fried mini crabs are one of them. Also if your stomach is strong enough, you should not miss a chance to taste some of the spicy local mixed rice dishes and finally ease it with some healthy local Vietnamese Herbal Drinks. It is advisable to get some stunning local fruits for your overnight cruise of Halong Bay.

Halong Bay Casino

Casino in Halong
Casino in Halong – source: hotelscombined.vn

Located about 10-15 minute drive from the wharf, by the main road to Bai Chay, Halong Bay Casino is the only casino in Halong Bay. To enter this casino, foreigners have to show their passport without paying any deposit.

On the ground floor is a café lounge with slot machines open to all while there are two halls where they hold games with cards, one of which is on the ground floor and not open on weekdays while the primary hall is up on the first floor. So if you are such a lucky person, why don’t you head on to the Halong Bay Casino.

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