The 5 day holiday in early
May has attracted tens of thousands of people to the beach
city Halong, the number of tourists flock to the Bai Chay
resort area in Halong Bay increased day after day. Roads and
streets in Halong city were in constant congestion.
Visitors arrived in Halong city from 30th April to celebrate
Halong carnival took place here. There are an estimated
500,000 visitors to Halong for the biggest festival of the
year in this city.
The Halong tourist area was in full congestion, tourists
flocked to Vuon Dao area where many family hotels and guest
houses are located. All hotels and restaurants were crowded,
private lodging and mini hotels in the housing areas such as
Cai Dam, Hung Thang, Hon Gai and Bach Dang were also fully
booked. At Hoang Gia and Thanh Nien beaches, the number of
people increased 4 times compared to normal days, from 8am
to 6pm were full of tourists. The number of people visiting
Halong Bay soared and the temporary parking areas were
organized in the city but always in overload.
Halong Bay is a popular destination for local and
international tourists, many travel company had to cancel
their tours to Halong Bay as it was impossible to book
services at daily prices. According to survey carried out in
the holiday prices for food and accommodation has increased
from normal days. Guests staying at the private hostels in
Vuon Dao, Hung Thang...rose from 400.000 vnd (approximately
20 usd) a room to 800.000 vnd or even 1 million, in the
streets of Le Thanh Tong, Doan Thi Diem in Hon Gai area room
rates went up 20 percent compared to normal days. Many
travelers complained about price of food and services at
some restaurants, entertainment parks and hotels, and
quality of 1 million vnd rooms were incommensurate.
Tran Trong Trung, vice president of Halong city people's
committee said that before the holiday, the city's
inspection teams visited and checked with all hotels and
restaurants throughout the city, facility owners were
required to specify prices and hotline phone number so that
tourists can promptly report to the authorities.
Trung acknowledged that there were some increases in service
prices at a few hotels and restaurants however the rise were
just slight and not 2 to 3 times higher than normal days.