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From Hanoi: 3-Day Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise

1. From Hanoi: 3-Day Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise

Day 1: Start with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi at 7:30 AM and transfer to Halong Bay. Receive a welcome drink and a cruise briefing before departure. Enjoy a delicious lunch while cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations along the journey. Visit Thien Canh Son with your guide. See the many stalactite and stalagmite formations in different amazing shapes. After about half an hour of exploring the cave, return to the boat. Take some time for sunbathing and kayaking in the Cong Do area. Join in a cooking demonstration with the onboard chef, followed by a traditional Vietnamese-style set dinner. Enjoy the rest of your evening by simply relaxing and taking in the amazing views of the bay. Get a drink at the bar or do some night fishing before settling in for the night on the boat. Day 2: Rise early in the morning and enjoy a full breakfast, coffee, and tea. After breakfast, embark on a day cruise to discover more about Bai Tu Long Bay. Drop anchor at Tra San and discover the geological park. Do some kayaking to see a panoramic view of Bai Tu Long Bay with its thousands of islets. Here you can stay on a private beach to do some sunbathing. Have lunch on the boat in a tranquil area of the bay. After lunch, enjoy some more time for kayaking again before returning to the main boat for the second night. Day 3: Have breakfast and enjoy the sunrise on the bay. Visit the ancient Vung Vieng floating village, where you can experience a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. After an hour exploring the floating village, head back to the boat to pack your bags in preparation for your return to shore. Have lunch while cruising back through Ha Long Bay to the pier. Disembark at Ha Long wharf, say farewell to the crew, and return to Hanoi.

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From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay Luxury Boat Tour

2. From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay Luxury Boat Tour

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi at around 7am and heads to Ha Long International Cruise Port, approximately 2-3 hours away. Upon arrival at the port, board your luxury boat for the day and receive a warm welcome from the tour team. Once everyone’s onboard, set sail towards the remote areas of Ha Long Bay and admire the mystifying and magical landscapes of the rocky islets and islands that surround you. At midday enjoy a delicious lunch onboard the boat as you continue to sail through bay and marvel at the stunning and magnificent limestone mountains all around. After lunch, arrive at Tien Ong Cave, a natural cave in the middle of the sea which is home to an array of incredibly beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. At the cave learn about the historical and cultural values of prehistoric sea fishermen who inhabited the location thousands of years ago. From the cave continue on towards Cua Van fishing village, the biggest floating village in Ha Long Bay. Explore the village by kayak or a bamboo boat and visit the quaint onsite museum to learn about local lifestyle and customs. Next, enjoy some free time on the boat to soak up the views, relax on deck, or treat yourself to a massage service. At 5pm watch an incredible fruit carving demonstration then enjoy a delicious canapé party against the backdrop of the glowing sunset. Finally, head back to the cruise port where your transfer service is waiting to take you safely back to Hanoi.

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Amazing 3 Days Halong, Bai Tu Long on Swan Cruise & kayaking

3. Amazing 3 Days Halong, Bai Tu Long on Swan Cruise & kayaking

On the first day, you will be picked up from your hotel and head to the northeast of Vietnam. On arrival at 12:30 PM, you will be transferred to the cruise. Then, enjoy a welcome drink, and listen to a safety briefing before checking into your cabin. At 1:30 PM, enjoy a delicious Vietnamese set menu while leisurely cruising to the core of Bai Tu Long Bay. Arrive at Cap La Island, the beautiful area in Bai Tu Long Bay, at 3:00 PM. Enjoy swimming, relaxing, or kayaking through the karst and the breathtaking nature. At 5:30, arrive back to the boat and enjoy a sunset party while sailing to the overnight anchorage. At 7:00 PM, indulge in a sumptuous set-dinner onboard. Then, at 8:30 PM, enjoy free time and join in with games, or try your luck at squid fishing.  Your second day will start at 6:30 AM with Tai Chi on the Sundeck. At 7:00 AM, a Western-style breakfast will be served with traditional Vietnamese food. At 8:30 AM, explore the well-hidden Thien Canh Son Cave. Your tour guide will explain the history of Ha Long Bay and this cave, made by Mother Nature. At 9:30 AM, you'll cruise past several floating hamlets including Cap La and Vung Ha, and enter the center of the pristine Bai Tu Long Geology Park. On arrival, enjoy a whole day of fun and relaxation with more kayaking, swimming, and sandy beaches. Be back to the boat for a delicious hot lunch at noon. At 2:00 PM, spend more time relaxing, kayaking, cave visiting, and swimming. Then, return to the main boat at 4:30 PM and enjoy a sunset party. Again, dinner will be served at 7:00 PM and then you can enjoy free time at 8:30 PM to join in with games, or try your luck at squid fishing.  On the third day, start at 6:30 AM with a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck. At 7:00 AM, a Western-style breakfast will be served with traditional Vietnamese food. At 9:30 AM, finish packing and check out of your cabin. At 10:30 AM, a Vietnamese cooking demonstration will take place on the boat. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese brunch at 11:00 AM before disembarking at 12:00 PM. At 12:30 PM, it is time to say farewell to Halong Bay and then return to Hanoi. You will be dropped back to your hotel at around 5:30 PM. 

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Bai Tu Long Bay 2-Day Cruise by Junk Boat

4. Bai Tu Long Bay 2-Day Cruise by Junk Boat

Get back to nature on a 2-day junk boat cruise of Bai Tu Long Bay. Spend the night among thousands of limestone karst formations rising from the emerald green waters. Day 1: Hanoi – Bai Tu Long Bay (L, D) Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Hanoi, and then journey to Ha Long. Get a welcome drink as you board the junk boat and listen to the safety regulations before you set sail. Hear about the on-board activities and check in to your cabin. Enjoy a tasty Vietnamese lunch as you cruise to the heart of Bai Tu Long Bay. Kayak around the karst island of Cap La. Return to the boat for a sunset party and delicious set-menu dinner. Day 2: Bai Tu Long Bay – Hanoi (B, L) Take part in a Tai Chi exercise warm up before breakfast, and then explore the amazing stalactite and stalagmite formations of Thien Canh Son cave. Return to the boat to watch a cooking demonstration before an early lunch of Vietnamese food as you sail back towards Ha Long Bay. Relax on the drive back to Hanoi at the end of your amazing adventure.

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Hanoi: 2-Night Ninh Binh and Halong Bay Tour

5. Hanoi: 2-Night Ninh Binh and Halong Bay Tour

After being collected from the Hanoi Old Quarter, you will embark on your 2.5-hour journey to the Ninh Binh Province. You will eventually arrive at the Bai Dinh Pagoda complex, where you'll see the largest pagoda not only in Vietnam, but also in Southeast Asia. Leaving the pagoda, you will then climb up to the summit of the mountain to see the 100-ton bronze statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni. Once there you will take a rest whilst enjoying panoramic views of the picturesque landscape, dotted with limestone mountains. Following lunch at local restaurant, you will take a boat trip to explore the cave complex in Trang An. This is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, many of them partly submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. You will later spend the night at a home-stay/hotel in Ninh Binh. Following breakfast on the second day, your bus will pick you up at your accommodation for the 4-hour transfer to Halong Bay. Upon arrival at the Halong Wharf, you will have time to stretch your legs and take some photos. You will then board your cruise boat for a welcoming drink and cruise briefing, before enjoying lunch whilst cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay and admiring the fascinating rock formations along the way. It will then be time to transfer by tender boat to Thien Canh Son Cave to visit the cave which boasts many interesting stalactites and stalagmites in different amazing shapes. After about half an hour visiting, you will go back to the tender and return to the boat to relax, sunbathe, or to enjoy a cool drink on the sundeck. You may also like to spend half an hour kayaking to discover first-hand some of Bai Tu Long Bay's landscape. Following all these activities there will be the opportunity to join the fun with an onboard cooking class. After you've worked up an appetite, you will enjoy a Vietnamese-style set dinner which will be served on board. To end the evening you may like to spend some time chatting in the bar or enjoy some night fishing, before you stay overnight on the boat at a peaceful anchorage. After breakfast and enjoying the sunrise on the third day, you will visit the ancient Vung Vieng floating village. Here you will not only be immersed in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere, but will also be surrounded by the limestone mountains as you are transported by a small bamboo boat for an hour. Following that, you will return to the cruise for some relaxation and lunch. The boat will then return to the Halong Wharf for disembarkation and your return to Hanoi by bus, where your trip eventually ends.

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Hanoi: 2-Day Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise Excursion with Guide

6. Hanoi: 2-Day Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise Excursion with Guide

Following an early morning pickup from your hotel in Hanoi, enjoy a comfortable ride to Ha Long City along the green fields of the Red River Delta. Upon arrival at the pier of Ha Long City, enjoy a welcome drink and receive a short briefing before cruising out to a 2-day adventure tour of Bai Tu Long Bay. Day 1 On the way to your destination, enjoy a lunch on board before making a stop at the Thien Canh Son Cave. Follow your guide and explore the massive cave with various shaped stalactite and stalagmite for about 30 minutes. Continue the tour and return to your cruise boat where you can choose to relax in the sun or go kayaking and discover the beautiful landscape of Bai Tu Long Bay for another 30 minutes. Then join a cooking demonstration by a local chef and enjoy the freshly cooked dinner on board with fellow travelers. Have a drink at the bar or enjoy some night fishing activity before concluding day 1. Day 2 Have breakfast and enjoy the beautiful morning views at the bay. Afterward, visit the ancient Vung Vieng floating village by a small bamboo boat and immerse yourself in the calm and peaceful atmosphere of the village surrounded by rocky mountains. Return to your cruise for a cabin check-out. Enjoy lunch on board and marvel the beautiful landscape once more before returning to the pier at Ha Long wharf where you'll transfer back to your accommodation in Hanoi.

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From Hanoi: Bai Tu Long Bay 2-day Cruise

7. From Hanoi: Bai Tu Long Bay 2-day Cruise

Day 1: You'll be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi at 7:30 AM Drive to Ha Long City through the green fields of the Red River Delta. Stopover on the way for a refreshment break. You'll embark at Ha Long wharf and there will be some time for a break and photography. Enjoy a welcoming drink on board as well as a cruise briefing. Have some lunch while cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations along the way. Transfer to Thien Canh Son Cave. The tour guide will take you to a huge cave with many interesting stalactite and stalagmite formations. After about half an hour visiting, you will go back to the boat by tender. Then, return to the cruise vessel for some leisure time. You'll also have half an hour for kayaking to discover the Bai Tu Long Bay landscape. After you return to the boat, join a cooking class with the onboard chef. A Vietnamese style set dinner is served on board. Take some time to enjoy chatting at the bar or enjoy some night fishing. Stay overnight on the boat. Day 2: Have some breakfast at around 7:30 AM and enjoy the sunrise on the bay. Visit the ancient Vung Vieng Floating Village. You'll not only be immersed in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of the village, but, on your way, also be surrounded by the rocky mountains in a small bamboo boat as you go to and from the village. When it's time to check out, pack your luggage and check out and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay. Have lunch while cruising back through Ha Long Bay to the pier. Disembark at Ha Long wharf and say goodbye to the crew. Return from Ha Long to Hanoi with a short stopover on the way for a refreshment break before you arrive.

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Hanoi: 2-Day Bai Tu Long and Vung Vieng Village Cruise

8. Hanoi: 2-Day Bai Tu Long and Vung Vieng Village Cruise

Day 1: Bai Tu Long Bay and Cave At 7:30AM, your shuttle bus will pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. From there you will drive through the green fields on the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Once having arrived at the harbor, you will check-in for your cruise on the Ha Long, which will begin with a welcome drink and cruise briefing. You will then enjoy lunch while cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay. Once there you will transfer by tender to Thien Canh Son Cave. Your tour guide will take you to a huge cave with many interesting stalactites and stalagmites in varying amazing shapes, and after about half an hour of exploration, you will go back to your tender to return to the boat. You will then have half an hour for kayaking to discover the Bai Tu Long Bay landscape. Following a short cooking class, you will savor a Vietnamese-style set dinner which will be served on board. You can then enjoy some leisure time to enjoy chatting at the bar or engaging in some night fishing. At the conclusion of your day, you will spend the night on the boat. Day 2: Vung Vieng Fishing Village Your second day will begin at 7:30AM as you enjoy breakfast whilst viewing the sunrise over the bay. You will then visit the ancient Vung Vieng floating village, where you will not only be immersed in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere, but also be surrounded by the rocky mountains whilst floating in a small bamboo boat. You will then proceed back to your room where you will pack your luggage before checking out of your cabin. Lunch will be served while you cruise back through Ha Long Bay to the pier, where you will eventually disembark before returning to Hanoi.

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2 Days-1 Night Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise

9. 2 Days-1 Night Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise

On day one of this spectacular two-day cruise, a shuttle bus picks you up from your hotel, with a short stop on the way. Following departure from Hon Gai Pier, you'll be welcomed with a drink and, later, a delicious Vietnamese set menu will be served while leisurely cruising further into the heart of Bai Tu Long Bay. You'll be able to explore the mysteries of well-hidden Thien Canh Son Cave, or enjoy kayaking through breathtaking nature at Cap La Island. After these invigorating activities, it's back to the boat for a chef-led cooking class before tucking into a sumptuous on-board feast. During downtime, challenge yourself to a Vietnamese puzzle, gather your group for a board game, try your luck with squid fishing, or simply quaff a cocktail and enjoy a peaceful night on the bay. On day two, visit ancient Vung Vieng Floating Village, where you will be immersed in the still atmosphere, surrounded by rocky mountains, before returning to Hanoi in the afternoon.

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From Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay Cruise with Activities

10. From Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay Cruise with Activities

Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter, head to Halong Bay for check-in at noon. Enjoy a welcome drink and onboard lunch before heading to Canh Son Cave where you can admire uniquely shaped limestone formations. Afterward, return to the cruise ship and enjoy some free time to relax or sunbathe. Later, kayak through the picturesque landscapes of Bai Tu Long Bay, followed by a cooking class with the onboard chef. Sit down to a delicious Vietnamese dinner before doing a spot of fishing or grabbing a drink at the bar.  Day 2 After breakfast on board, watch the sunrise over the bay before heading to the ancient Vung Vieng floating village. Soak up the village's quiet and peaceful atmosphere and admire the surrounding rocky mountains as you float around on a traditional bamboo boat. When you get back to the boat, have lunch as you pass through Ha Long Bay pier before beginning the journey back to Hanoi and getting dropped off back at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Bai Tu Long Bay

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 270 reviews

We chose the three-day tour and would recommend it at any time. The all-round care was very good (very seafood-heavy, but if you are not a seafood fan, you can indicate this in advance and be offered an alternative). You have enough time for activities far away from everyday life. We did three kayak tours, two cave tours and a cooking class. In the evening you could try your hand at squid fishing. The guides and the staff were all very friendly and accommodating. Gladly again!

A wonderful trip and an absolute must when visiting Vietnam. The rooms in the boat were spacious and luxurious compared to hostels! Friendly and helpful staff and plenty of food. Great activities aided in the enjoyment and appreciation of the beautiful landscapes. Highly highly recommend this trip, this is the best thing we have done in a long time!

Fantastic trip. Beautiful boat, superb cabin. Great crew, very attentive (William!). Ha Long Bay unbelievable.

We loved our experience! I highly recommend this cruise to anyone and everyone.

Excellent....the entire day was Perfect in Everyway