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Where’s the highway to Halong Bay?

Q: Can someone tell me how to get to highway 18 to drive to Halong Bay? Is there another way to go that’s faster? I live here in Hanoi, but not sure where to actually catch highway 18.
A: This is the way go:

Head out to Gia Lam roundabout, hang a right as if your off to Hai Phong. About 6k along there you’ll see a new bridge project (Cau Vuot-Sai Dong) you need to turn left there.
As it’s not quite finished, you go under the bridge and then turn back on yourself (This makes it a right turn then).
Keep going up this road, till you see the massive VFG (Vietnam Float Glass) sign on your right, turn right to Pha Lai (On sign). Then keep on this road all the way to Halong.

From Hanoi there are about 4 toll booths to HaLong, and plenty of police about. If your on a bike, should take you around 3.5 hours. I drove my family there and back the other week, and made the return trip in 2.45 h, which iam told is very quick.

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