Halong Bay to Muong Phan Drive: Road Trip Tips & Info

If you’re planning this same drive and want to know all about it – how long it is, how long it takes, and where to stop along the way – read on. By the end of this post, you’ll know everything about the drive between Halong Bay and Muong Phan.

How far is Muong Phan from Halong Bay?

As the crow flies, it’s roughly 254 miles between Halong Bay and Muong Phan. Luckily, we can’t skip over all the good stuff and have to drive – that means seeing some of the sights and countryside between these two points.

For driving, it is roughly 355 miles or 572 km between Halong Bay and Muong Phan. This may vary slightly depending on your start and end points.

Halong Bay to Muong Phan drive hours

In terms of travel time by car, the 355 miles drive from Halong Bay to Muong Phan takes 7 hours 49 minutes. Again, your final drive time depends on where you start in Halong Bay and end in Muong Phan.

As 355 miles is roughly one tank of gas, you may or may not need to stop for gas along the way; there are plenty of options along these major roads.

Halong Bay to Muong Phan road trip

Realistically, you're not going to want to drive without stopping all the way from Halong Bay to Muong Phan, especially if you're the main driver. So let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Muong Phan, and you need to stop along the way to rest. Plus if it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting stops along the way, eat at great restaurants, and find a hotel to stay overnight. That's what we are perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Based on the length of this trip, we think you could spread out this fun road trip over a number of days.

Road trip: 2 days of driving

With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.

Travel time: 7 hours 49 minutes hours on the road with 2 overnights

Itinerary

Start at Halong Bay.

Drive for about 3 hours, then stop in Quốc lộ 32, QL.32 and stay for about 2 hours. Next, drive for another 4 hours then stop in Quốc lộ 279, QL.279. Stay overnight.

Finally, drive for about 0.8 hours and arrive in Muong Phan.

Halong Bay to Muong Phan airports and flights

To give you a better estimate of real-life travel, we've put together a flight itinerary with actual airports. Eventually you'll be able to customize this plan, choosing your own airports and flights. But for now, here's an example we've selected to give you an idea of how traveling might work between airports.

Departure airport: Cat Bi International Airport (HPH)

Arrival airport: Dien Bien Phu Airport (DIN)

With the airports selected, we can estimate the travel time to and from the airport, based on how far the airport is from downtown.

Getting to the airport: 35 minutes

Getting to your destination: 32 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from HPH to DIN and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

Commercial flight time: 29 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Halong Bay to Muong Phan including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 3 hours 36 minutes

Flying non-stop from Halong Bay to Muong Phan

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Halong Bay and Muong Phan. Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.

Flight time from Halong Bay, Quang Ninh Province to Muong Phan, Dien Bien Province is 31 minutes under avarage conditions.

Our flight time calculator assumes an average flight speed for a commercial airliner of 500 mph, which is equivalent to 805 km/hr or 434 knots.

Actual flight times may vary depending on aircraft type, cruise speed, routing, weather conditions, passenger load, and other factors.