How to Get from Thailand to Halong Bay

The distance between Thailand and Halong bay is about 895 miles (1441 kilometers). From Thailand, the best and fastest option is to fly to Hanoi and then travel to Halong bay. There are currently no direct flights between Thailand and Halong bay.

How to Get from Thailand to Halong Bay

  • Travellers can fly from Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Krabi to Hanoi and then take a bus or join a cruise tour to Halong bay.
  • Thai citizens do not need a visa for Vietnam for 30 days.

Visa requirements

NationalityVisa requirementsFree Stay
ThailandNot required30 days
Other passport holders residing in ThailandVisa requiredN/A

How to get a visa

Map of the embassy of Vietnam in Bangkok, Thailand (Google map) 

There are three options for visitors from Thailand to get a visa for Vietnam:

  • Visa at the local embassy of Vietnam in Bangkok: 83 1 Witthayu Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand, Phone: +66 2 251 7202 (Verified)
  • Visa on arrival (Applicable to air travel only)
  • E-visa (Official site)

A 30 day tourist visa may cost about US$25 to US$50 (755 to 1500 Thai Baht).

From Bangkok

From Bangkok Bangkok at night (Photo: Shutterstock)

There are daily non-stop flights from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang) to Hanoi (Noi Bai). The average flight time is about 1h50m and the lowest round trip fare is THB 3,860.

Flight timeStopPrice
Bangkok Airways (
19:00 BKK - 21:00 HAN - Airbus A321
2h 00mNon-stopTHB 4,635 (Round-trip)
Vietnam Airlines (
09:05 BKK - 11:20 HAN - Airbus A321
2h 15mNon-stopTHB 4,635 (Round-trip)
Thai Airways (
10:35 BKK - 12:25 HAN - Airbus A330
1h 50mNon-stopTHB 6,910 (Round-trip)
AirAsia (
07:00 DMK - 08:45 HAN - Airbus A321
1h 45m (fastest)
Non-stopTHB 3,860 (Round-trip)
Vietjet Air (
12:15 BKK - 14:05 HAN - Airbus A330
1h 50mNon-stopTHB 6,292 (Round-trip)

From Chiang Mai

From Chiang Mai The Great Holy Relics Pagoda Nabhapolbhumisiri, Chiang mai, Thailand (Photo: Shutterstock)

The distance between Chiang Mai and Hanoi is 877 miles (1412 km). You can get to Hanoi from Chiang Mai either by bus (via Luang Prabang, Laos) or airplane.


AirlinesFlight ScheduleStopsPrice
Thai AirAsia13:20 CNX - 14:50 HAN - Airbus A321(1h30m)Non-stopTHB 3,460 (Round-trip)


There is no direct by from Chiang Mai to Hanoi. You will need to take a bus from Chiang Mai to either Huay Xay or Luang Prabang in Laos, then catch another bus to Hanoi. Since the bus is not a sleeper-bus, you can expect an uncomfortable and time consuming bus ride.

From Krabi

From Krabi Krabi, Thailand (Shutterstock)

There are no direct flights between Krabi and Hanoi. You will need to fly to Bangkok, then onto Hanoi.


AirlinesFlight ScheduleStopsPrice
Thai Lion Air
13:10 KBV - 20:15 HAN (7h5m)
1 Stop (3 h 45m in DMK)
THB 6,665 (Round-trip)
Thai Airways
10:20 KBV - 19:20 HAN (9h0m)
1 Stop (5 h 50m in BKK)
THB 11,970 (Round-trip)

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a UK passport holder living in Chiang Mai, do I need a visa to visit Halong bay?

No, UK passport holders are exempt from visa for 15 days.

Are there direct flights from Thailand to Halong bay?

No, there is no direct flight between Thailand and Halong bay at the moment. Many airlines plan to open new routes to Van Don Airport in the time to come.

Are there any international cruise lines connecting between Thailand and Halong bay?

Yes, Silversea, Silver Spirit (website) operates a 14 night holiday starting from Singapore to Koh Samui, then to Halong bay.

Last updated: November 24, 2019

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