As if cruising through the emerald waters of Halong Bay in a traditional wooden junk wasna��t special enough, now you can get a spectacular birds-eye-view of the UNESCO World Heritage Site from a seaplane. The archipelago is made up of almost 2,000 islands and jungle-clad limestone pillars that dot the bay, making the aerial view bucket list material.
Transport to Halong Bay by seaplane
It would have been close to 40A� C the day we went up. In the hours leading up to our flight, the sky was grey and covered in a thick cloud. But as we boarded the tiny plane, the clouds cleared to reveal a beautiful blue sky.
While I love a good open-door helicopter flight, this was my first time in a seaplane and boy was it incredible. The entire plane was Topdeck crew and I couldna��t think of a better group of people to experience it with than with my new travel buddies. As our plane lifted off the water there was clapping and cheering all round.
If youa��re keen to take photos on your seaplane flight, get your hands on the widest-angle lens you can find. I used the Canon 11-24mm f/4L USM for my shots and it was the perfect lens for capturing the magical emerald waters below.
If youa��re pressed for time and dona��t have the luxury of pairing your scenic flight with a night or two on a wooden junk in the bay, Hai Au Aviation offer round trips departing from Hanoi. Those with a little more time can make a day of it and incorporate a four-hour cruise on a wooden junk.
What we did
We took the a�?Sightseeing Halong Baya�� tour with Hai Au Aviation. Taking off from the Tuan Chau Island Marina, this 25-minute sightseeing flight takes in all the highlights of Halong Bay.