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Visit Ha Long for the Dragon Festival and Drone Show This April 30th

Last updated: April 16, 2024
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This April 30th, head to Ha Long to partake in the vibrant Dragon Festival at Sun World Ha Long and enjoy a spectacular drone performance at the Carnaval hosted by the city. Here’s a breakdown of the itinerary and highlights to ensure expats have a memorable visit.

Day 1: Travel and Explore the Dragon Festival

Getting There:

  • From Northern Vietnam: Opt for the Hanoi - Hai Phong, Hai Phong - Ha Long expressways. Travel time is approximately 2.5 - 3 hours.

  • From Ho Chi Minh City or Da Nang: Direct flights to Quang Ninh are available, followed by a 50 km road trip to Ha Long city. Convenient bus services from the airport to the city center are available.

Morning Activities:

  • Start your day with local delicacies like Bà Ngân’s squid cakes or Northeastern shrimp cakes, reasonably priced from 30,000 to 55,000 VND.

Main Attractions:

  • Sun World Ha Long: The highlight for families, especially those with children, is the Dragon Festival running from April 27 to May 1. The park features elaborately themed dragon landscapes and gardens, offering a mythical world experience.

  • Attractions for Kids: The Sun World Ha Long Cup featuring traditional dragon and lion dances, the Dino Show at the Jura Park area, and international performances, including the Malambo dance and stilt walking.


Evening Enjoyment:

  • Take the Queen Cable Car across the bay for breathtaking views and explore Sun Hill, Japanese Garden, and the Koi Bridge. New attractions include the Mystery Castle’s Fun Fest Game and DIY Zone. Try your hand at Japanese-style activities like archery and ninja skills at the Swordsmith Village.

Special Offers:

  • Various discounted combos available such as 2in1, 3in1, and buffet options ranging from 500,000 to 750,000 VND per person.

Day 2: Water Park Fun, Squid Cake Delight, and Drone Display at Carnaval Ha Long

Morning to Afternoon:

  • If opting for the 3in1 combo, continue the fun at the Whirlpool Water Park, ideal for families looking for a less crowded, child-friendly environment with 12 water games and 29 slides.

  • Visit the Beer and Squid Cake Festival, an exemplary cultural and gastronomical event from April 27 to May 1. Highlights include a record-setting attempt for Vietnam’s largest squid cake from 2 PM to 5 PM.

Evening Snacks and Entertainment:

  • Indulge in famous local snacks like bubble milk tea, priced between 15,000 to 30,000 VND. Recommended spots include Cô Nghi and Tuấn Liên’s stalls.


Nighttime Spectacle:

  • At 8:10 PM on April 28, Carnaval Ha Long kicks off at Ocean Park Beach with the theme "Illuminate the Wonder". This event blends artistic performances and a seaside festival, featuring hundreds of boats and ships.

  • The showstopper will be the drone light show utilizing 3D mapping technology, painting the sky with symbols representing Ha Long, marking a thrilling start to the summer tourist season.


Why Visit?

Ha Long’s combination of cultural richness and modern technology offers a unique experience that’s both entertaining and immersive. The Dragon Festival and Carnaval Ha Long are perfect for expats to explore the beauty and excitement of Vietnam during this vibrant holiday season.