Seaplane Halong Bay | Perfect Flight to Discover Halong

Lê Ngọc Minh Châu - October 30, 2018

If you wanna have a new and unusual journey in Vietnam, try Seaplane Halong Bay once! I can guarantee this means of transportation are well worth your money.

Not only contemplate stunning aerial viewsights over the countryside, you will be astonished by the thrill of water landing. Moreover, this seaplane trip will save time to reach out to Halong Bay, UNESCO World Heritage. It means you will have more unwind, leisure time to discover spectacular natural beauty of Halong Bay.

This article provides you with 3 different options when it comes to Seaplane Halong Bay and the information about the seaplane agency. Besides, I also weigh up the pros and cons of travelling with this means of transport

Seaplane Halong Bay - Are you ready to explore?

If you have rather generous budget for a perfectly enjoyable journey in Northern Vietnam, the seaplane is especially for you.

Once in a lifetime experience with Seaplane Halong Bay

Once in a lifetime experience with Seaplane Halong Bay

Everyone can become a passenger of seaplane Halong Bay, from adults to children and even infants. Therefore, you do not have to leave any members behind when going with your family.

If you go with your friends, it can also be an unforgettable memory for your group.

Besides, you may want to share this fantastic journey with your partner. Every couple will treasure such a romantic trip.

It will still be perfect even if you choose to go alone. Isn’t it cool to get on a seaplane and enjoy all the wonderful scenery on your own?

 Advantages and disadvantages of Seaplane Halong Bay


  • Time-savingIt only takes 1 hour on the seaplane. If you have limited amount of time to visit Halong Bay, this is certainly a perfect choice.

  • ConvenientThe plane arrives at Tuan Chau Harbour. Therefore, it is very convenient if you take a cruise tour right after that. Seaplane Halong Bay landing at Tuan Chau Harbou Also, English speaking staff is available so that you do not have to worry about miscommunication.

  • SafeThe air crew is all well-trained and experienced for every unexpected situation to ensure your security. Experienced flight crew for Seaplane Halong BayIn addition, the agency strictly follows the safety regulations and meets all requirements from civil aviation authority.

  • Magnificent viewThe bird's-eye view of rice paddy fields, meandering rivers and rural villages from above simply amazes you. What is more, the coolest part must be the water take-off. Cool landing on water surface from Halong Bay Seaplane

  • Many glamorous viewsights on the way

    • Sublime Red River Delta to the coast of Tonkin Gulf with admirable patchwork of green fields, farms, people and cattles.
    • Co Loa – the oldest citadel in Vietnam, also the former capital of Au Lac kingdom. Its foundation is in the center of Red River Delta, near the famous Thang Long 1000-year-old ancient heritage.
    • Luc Dau Giang – where rivers from many directions meet and also Pha Lai, the spot all the rivers join together before flowing into Pacific Ocean, forming a striking nature amidst far-flung paddy fields.
    • Hai Phong City has been famous for its complex of deep water anchorage seaports with large facilities for maritime industry.
    • Tuan Chau Island, just 8 kilometers to the southwest side of Ha Long Bay, a paradise of majestic sloping hills, stretching over 2 kilometers long with white smooth sand and yellow sunshine in the summer.


  • High priceYou need to pay at least US$175/one way for Halong Bay seaplane. On holidays, the fare of seaplane may increase more.
  • Limited weight of luggageThis requirement is reasonable and we all understand that. Make sure you only pack necessary stuffs into your baggage.

3 available tours of Seaplane Halong Bay

1. Scheduled flight from Hanoi to Halong Bay


  • US$175-385/one-way ticket (subject to the time)
  • US$350/return ticket

3 available routes

Scheduled Seaplane Halong Bay routes from Hanoi include:

  • Hanoi to Halong Bay flight by seaplane
  • Halong Bay to Hanoi flight by seaplane
  • Hanoi - Co To (Coming soon)

Fast, efficient and really memorable, this scheduled flight with Hai Au Aviation will offer you the best time in Halong Bay. Just take 45 minutes from Hanoi to Halong Bay and much more 25-minute scenic flight to contemplate gorgeous beauty of islands. A fun bonus with thrilling water take-offs and landings is so interesting!

2. Scenic flight in Halong Bay

  • Departure and arrival point: Tuan Chau Marina
  • Duration: 25 minutes
  • Departing time: 10:30 am, 02:00 pm and 02:40 pm
  • Price: US$99/person

Sightseeing flight over Halong Bay

Sightseeing flight over Halong Bay

You already get to Halong Bay via another means of transportation. Yet, you do not want to miss the once in a lifetime opportunity to try a seaplane Halong Bay trip. Then, going on a scenic flight is the right choice for you.


From the height of 150 metres, you will fly over:

  • Dau Be Island: among the most gorgeous limestone islands in Halong Bay. Near Lan Ha Bay estuary, beside Tra Ngu Island and Da Le Island, this is definitely an unmissable spot during seaplane Halong Bay trip.
  • Cong Do Island: core area recognised as the World Natural Heritage Site with untouched beaches diverse aquatic animals and plants. With an 23,363 square meters area, it's still easy to spot some highlights like a majestic mountain reaching up to 172 meters high, or scenic lagoons here...
  • Bo Hon Island: the destination well-known for Sung Sot Cave, Luon Cave, Virgin and Male Grottoes and many more,,, Not only attractive by striking scenery, Bo Hon gains its reputation as one of the largest island in the area. It's home to high mountains with vertical cliffs as citadel wall, which reflects on the sea to create a splendid picture ever.

3. Charter flight from Hanoi to Halong Bay

Charter flights are the most luxurious type of travelling by seaplane. The price may go up to thousands of US dollar.

The premium private services take you to more than 20 fascinating destinations in Vietnam such as Halong Bay, Hue, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Phan Thiet, Can Tho, Phu Quoc, etc.

Everything is customisable from departure and arrival point to the travelling time.

3 suggested options to enjoy an affordable Seaplane Halong Bay trip

1. A luxurious trip

To save the moving time, you can book the return ticket from Hanoi to Halong.

Two flights depart at 09:00 am and 12:45 daily. You check in at Counter No.10 in Lounge A from Noi Bai International Airport. The seaplane then take off at Tuan Chau Island. The Halong – Hanoi flights depart at 11:30 and 04:00 pm every day.

You spend 60 minutes on each flight (including 15 minutes for sightseeing from the height of 500 to 3000 metres).

Luxury Seaplane Halong Bay trip

Luxury Seaplane Halong Bay trip

In case you want a longer stay in Halong, I recommend booking a Halong Bay cruise tour to explore the bay several hours and have lunch on boat.

The total cost is approximately US$735 for traveling, meals and cruise.

2. An affordable trip

To save money, you can travel from Hanoi by plane and return from Halong Bay by coach. The schedule of flights remains unchanged as the round-trip flight.

After landing, you can visit Tuan Chau Marina for numerous activities and programmes. Performances of circus, dolphins, crocodiles and fountain music may catch your interest. Other outdoor activities like windsurfing, canoeing, and parachuting are also available.

Leaving Tuan Chau Harbour for exciting activities

Leaving Tuan Chau Harbour for exciting activities

In late afternoon, you catch a taxi to National Highway 18 to catch the coach back to Hanoi. You may need the assistance from AZ Local Trip since catching a coach is rather complicated for foreign tourists.

The total amount is about US$400 for travelling cost, entrance fee to Tuan Chau Marina and meals.

3. A modest budget trip

Simply register to join a scenic flight in Halong Bay in case you do not want to overspend. You can choose to reach and leave Halong by either bus, train or coach.

This option takes more time, so you are recommended to stay at a hostel or hotel near Bai Chay overnight. The total cost is around US$275 for travelling, accommodation and meals.

Seaplane Halong Bay Agency and booking

Traveling by seaplane has been growing in popularity among many developed nations for years. However, only after 2014 was the first seaplane service offered in Vietnam by Hai Au Seaplane Aviation.

Hai Au Aviation with Seaplane Halong Bay service

Hai Au Aviation with Seaplane Halong Bay service

Until now, Hai Au Aviation is still the only agency providing flight service in Halong Bay.

You can directly contact Hai Au Aviation Seaplane via hotline (+84) 962 069 689, website or Facebook.