In 2012, news about Halong Bay installs free wifi Internet in the whole area has made many travelers excited, as sharing pictures/videos of the trip or contacting people at home can never be that easy. But the true story seems to be a little bit disappointing.
Quality of the Internet access in Halong Bay
Halong Bay’s free wifi only offer free access to some basic information pages (mostly belong to the government). Besides, after a few years, the network now no longer work well and is not covered the bay but only mainland. So to address the problem, on land, most of the hotels, hostels, restaurants offer their own free wifi for guests.
On the sea, almost all the cruises in Halong Bay offer free wifi, especially luxury cruises. However, just like any other places in the world, the signal on sea cannot be strong like on mainland, even for the mobile phone signal. So wifi or 3G seem to be useless most of the time onboard. Still, wifi can be used, works best when you are near the modem, normally in public areas like restaurant and reception area of the cruise. Wifi will be weaker when the cruise is moving and going through high islands.
So here is some tips…
Tips 1: Stay on land for a secured wifi.
If you are a business traveller, have a wise plan! You will need the Internet for work so just do an overnight on land like at a Halong City’s or Cat Ba Island’s hotel. You still can visit the Bay on a cruise after finishing the works with a 3D2N or 2D1N cruise if you time budget is generous; else, a day cruise is also available.
Tips 2: Forget the Internet and enjoy the wonderful Halong Bay.
Popular tour options in Halong Bay are 3D2N or 2D1N cruises. The itinerary is full of awesome activities, including: caving, Taichi in early morning, kayaking, swimming, cycling, trekking and cooking class. One thing for sure: you won’t have much sedentary time. So take your chance to experience the marvelous Halong Bay, separated with the outside world. If you are a fan of social medias or blogging, have your own time to take photos and think about the captions beforehand, you might get a thousands likes and comments later on, who knows ;)?
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