|Hạ Long Bay, Việt Nam’s world’s natural heritage. Sightseeing services on five routes along the Hạ Long and Bái Tử Long bays in the northern province of Quảng Ninh will double from April 1. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hùng|Viet Nam News
QUẢNG NINH — Fees for sightseeing services on five routes along the Hạ Long and Bái Tử Long bays in the northern province of Quảng Ninh will double from April 1.
The services on these routes will range from VNĐ200,000 to VNĐ250,000 (US$9-11), plus each spot will charge a sightseeing fee ranging from VNĐ30,000 to VNĐ50,000 ($1-2).
Visitors who wish to stay overnight on the bay will also have to pay double the amount, ranging from VNĐ500,000 to VNĐ750,000 ($22-33); the earlier rate was from VNĐ200,000 to VNĐ400,000 ($9-18).
Local authorities said that the province has not actually hiked the rates, but it has put in place a new method for calculating fees, which is as per route instead of spots like previously.
This means that tourists will end up paying for visiting spots that are not on their list and for hiring boats because of the increase in the duration of the sightseeing tour and the use of more fuel.
The kayak service will also be halted from early next month because of management issues and violations in preserving Hạ Long Bay, a world heritage spot.
Quảng Ninh welcomed around 8.3 million visitors in 2016, up 7 per cent from the previous year. Of the total tourists, 3.5 million were foreigners, according to the province’s television station. — VNS