Travel to Halong Bay

The rest stop is a chance for you to refresh yourself and stretch your legs before the second part of the journey. The stop normally lasts around 15 minutes. Serious shopping is not recommended as the rest stop shops are expensive.
Main routeHanoi – Thanh Tri Bridge (across the Red River) – Bac Ninh Province – Pha Lai Power Station (Quang Ninh Province) – Rest stop – Dong Trieu Ceramic and Pottery Village – Mao Khe Coal Mining Area - Secret Halong Cruise 
Hanoi to Halong Bay Route (Googlemap)

The Red River (2 km or about 5 minutes from the Hanoi city centre)

Shortly after leaving the city centre, the vehicle will come to the dike along the Red River. This dike protects Hanoi and its surroundings from annual floods. The Red River originates in southwest China where it is known as the Yuan River and enters northern Vietnam in Lao Cai Province. The river passes Hanoi before separating into two distributaries which empty into the Gulf of Tonkin. The river forms the backbone of the Red River Delta, and fertilizes its rice paddies which feed the millions of residents on the delta.

Hanoi Bridges (2 km or 5 minute from the city centre)

Six bridges cross the Red River in Hanoi. The most frequently used on the way to Halong Bay are the Vinh Tuy (built in 2009) and the Thanh Tri (built in 2007). Arriving in Hanoi from Noi Bai International Airport means crossing either the Thang Long Bridge, built with Soviet assistance in 1985, or the Nhat Tan Bridge, the city's newest bridge, built with Japanese support and opened in early 2015. Another bridge worth seeing is Long Bien Bridge, a living historical relic, which was cons