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3 Day Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise

1. 3 Day Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise

This dreamy cruise will leave you with lifelong memories. You will be picked up from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and head to Halong Bay. On arrival you will enjoy a welcome drink on board and a delicious buffet lunch. Cruise past hundreds of fascinating limestone pinnacles towering from the water. It is then time for some kayaking fun, exploring the beauty of nature in the hidden lagoon as you paddle through caves, gazing up at stalactites. There is a stop for you to go swimming in the emerald waters. Back aboard, it’s time to relax with the Happy Hour deals. You can join in a traditional cooking class. Once anchored for your tranquil overnight stay, the evening begins with the fantastic flavors of our deluxe dinner set menu. The next morning, you can start the day with a tai chi lesson on the sundeck, followed by a light breakfast. Then, transfer ashore for a bus trip to Cat Ba National Park. Here you will enjoy a forest walk before heading to the peak with its magnificent views over the whole island. Explore the historic Trung Trang Cave – a real highlight. Over lunch, you are free to discover the local life and food of Cat Ba township. Then, it is off to a picturesque beach for a swim before visiting the spectacular viewpoint of Cannon Fort. Transfer back to the cruise boat for a pre-dinner cocktail. After dinner you can relax, retire, or try your luck catching squids. On the final morning, you can sharpen your tai chi skills some more before breakfast. The crew will take you to Viet Hai village, located in Cat Ba National Park. Enjoy biking through the charming scenery of a traditional village in the coastal north of Vietnam. Returning aboard, you can take it easy before a light brunch is served while the ship navigates slowly back to the harbor. After disembarking it’s time to begin the drive back to your hotel in Hanoi.

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From Hanoi: 5-Hour Halong Bay Cruise

2. From Hanoi: 5-Hour Halong Bay Cruise

Experience the magic of Halong Bay on this full-day trip. After getting picked up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter, travel through the Red River Delta to reach Tuan Chau Island. You may choose to join the tour here if you are not staying in Hanoi. Upon arrival at Tuan Chau International Marina, you will be welcomed aboard the boat. Sit down to a delicious seafood lunch and begin the journey through the striking landscapes of Halong Bay. At your first stop, Bo Hon island, stop to visit the beautiful Surprising Cave. Witness the beauty of this vibrantly lit cave before kayaking through Luon Cave. Alternatively, you may wish to ride in a traditional Vietnamese bamboo boat through the cave. Finally, challenge yourself with a hike to the top of Ti Top Island and be rewarded with spectacular views of the entire bay. Return to the boat just in time to watch the sunset over the bay as you cruise back to Tuan Chau, where you will begin the journey back to Hanoi. Get dropped off back at your hotel at approximately 20.30 PM.

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Hanoi: Ha Long & Bai Tu Long Bay Luxury 1-Day Tour

3. Hanoi: Ha Long & Bai Tu Long Bay Luxury 1-Day Tour

Spend a full day immersed in the beauty of Ha Long Bay on a deluxe cruise. Start your day with pickup at your hotel or private address in Hanoi's Old Quarter and take the 2-hour journey to the International Cruise Port to meet your friendly crew and board the boat. Embark on your vessel and start cruising through Bai Tu Long, heading to Ha Long Bay's remote area, passing through mystifying and stunning landscapes of thousands of rocky islands. Lunch will be served as you sail past more magnificent limestone mountains. At 1:00 PM, stop to visit Tien Ong Cave, a natural karst cave in the middle of the sea that contains beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. See where fishermen from thousands of years ago left their marks. Continue cruising to Cua Van fishing village, the largest floating village in Ha Long Bay. Stop to explore the village by kayak or local rowed bamboo boat. Learn more about their lifestyles and the customs of these people at the quaint village museum. At 3:00 PM, board the boat again to enjoy free time to admire the scenery, take photos, and relax in a private room. Or, take advantage of the entertainment on board, like the gym, beauty services, or massage services. At 4:00 PM, take part in a fruit carving demonstration and try delicious finger food at the sunset party. After the cruise is finished, you will be brought back to Hanoi.

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From Hanoi: 3-Day and 2-Night Cruise Stay at Bai Tu Long Bay

4. From Hanoi: 3-Day and 2-Night Cruise Stay at Bai Tu Long Bay

Day 1: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay - Thien Canh Son Cave - Kayaking Between 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM, your driver will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. Arrive to Ha Long's port at noon and check-in for your cruise. Enjoy a welcome drink while going over your cruise briefing. While heading to Bai Tu Long Bay enjoy lunch onboard. Spend the afternoon exploring Thien Canh Son Cave and return to the cruise ship to participate in a range of activities. From sunbathing, kayaking, taking a cooking class, or even playing chess, fill your time before your Vietnamese style set dinner. After dinner, try nighttime squid fishing. End your day relaxing in your cabin. Day 2: Bai Tu Long Bay - Islets - Kayaking Be Ong Dau Area Start you morning with breakfast and coffee or tea. Afterwards, get ready for a day trip to discover more of Bai Tu Long Bay and go into Tra San. Discover the geological park by kayak and see panoramic views of Bai Tu Long Bay with its thousands of islets. Relax on a private beach and have lunch in a romantic area of Bai Tu Long Bay. Kayak some more to see the Be Ong Dau area and then head back to the cruise ship for your Vietnamese style set dinner. The ship will cruise to Cong Do overnight.  Day 3: Bai Tu Long Bay - Vung Vieng Floating Village - Ha Long Bay - Hanoi Have breakfast and enjoy the sunrise on the bay. Visit the ancient Vung Vieng Floating Village and be surrounded by the rocky mountains as you float through on a small bamboo boat. Be immersed in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere. After about an hour, head back to the ship to prepare for check-out and have lunch while cruising back through Ha Long Bay to the pier from where you will be returned to Hanoi.

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Ha Long Bay: 2-Day Cruise with Private Balcony

5. Ha Long Bay: 2-Day Cruise with Private Balcony

Experience the best of Ha Long Bay on an overnight cruise which includes meals, commentary from a knowledgeable tour guide, onboard entertainment, and exciting water excursions. Day 1: Get picked up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter by your tour guide. Board a speedboat at Tuan Chau Harbor after stopping off for a short break in Hai Duong Province. Enjoy a welcome drink with the captain once aboard the cruise boat, and listen to a safety briefing before checking into your cabin. Relax over a fixed menu lunch of Vietnamese seafood and vegetarian dishes. Sail past Con Vit islet, Thumb islet, and Gia Luan Harbor, and admire the fascinating rock formations. Drop anchor to swim or sunbathe by a nearby lagoon. Go kayaking or swimming at Ba Trai Dao islet. Return to the cruise boat for a sunset party with fruit, cake, and wine. Make traditional Vietnamese spring rolls and other famous dishes during an onboard cooking class. After dinner, play card games or chess, listen to music, and go squid fishing. Day 2: Wake up early for a tai chi lesson on the sundeck. Sit down to breakfast while taking in morning views of the bay. Explore Dark and Bright Cave on a local bamboo boat. Return to the cruise boat for check out, and savor a buffet lunch before making your way back to Tuan Chau Harbor and then to your hotel in Hanoi.

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From Hanoi: 2 Day Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay Package Tour

6. From Hanoi: 2 Day Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay Package Tour

On day 1, you will be picked up at Hanoi Old Quarter and transfer to Ha Long Bay, arriving at Got Ferry at midday to start the cruise. Start by exploring Ba Trai Dao Beach, and enjoy kayaking and/or swimming in the crystal clear waters of the bay. In the summer (from June to September) the journey progresses to the Tra Bau Area of Lan Ha Bay. This is a quieter tourist paradise of Vietnam. Enjoy the complimentary sunset party on the sundeck with local wine and fresh fruits, as well as delicious local food prepared and served for you by the onboard catering staff. After the incredible dinner, take your time to chat at the bar, watch a movie in the restaurant, or join in a fishing excursion. You will stay on board overnight. On day 2, visit Dark & Bright Cave and islets by rowing boats used by the locals. This is a wild and mysterious World Heritage site to appeal to your inner explorer. Later, join a cooking class and learn how to make spring rolls. After lunch return via bus transfer service from Ha Long to Hanoi Old Quarter.

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 313 reviews

Awesome. Not too many people. Get freedom to swim and kayak. Crew very friendly and well organised. Food was fresh, well prepared and enough. On board drinks not too expensive. Would highly recommend.