The epic landscape of Halong Bay has beckoned dreamers to Hanoi for centuries. Experience the majestic bay in 1-day while on board a traditional Chinese boat, and visit the magical grottoes that have charmed visitors for years.
What to Expect
If you visit Hanoi, you won't want to miss Halong Bay, where a lot more than the famous limestone island formations await you.
After pick-up at your hotel at 07:45, the bus ride through the Red River delta is a great opportunity to see what daily life is like for Vietnamese farmers. Rice fields and water buffalo flank both sides of the road. The most interesting glimpses into rural life come during February and June, when whole families are busy transplanting the young rice plants to the growing fields.
We arrive in Halong City tourist wharf around 12:00, board a traditional wooden junk and head into the bay. A fresh seafood lunch (vegetarian available if requested) is served on the way out. The limestone bedrock and sheer cliffs of the countless islets have inspired local people to come up with equally fanciful names: Stone Dogs island, Duck island, Finger island, Incense Burner island, and Fighting Cocks island, the symbol of Halong Bay.
You will then head on to Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Grotto) and Dau Go (Hidden Wooden Stake Cave), 2 magnificent and otherworldly caves. Explore their huge chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites of all kinds. Finally, enjoy 30 minutes of kayaking around the islands and water tunnels and bask in the charm of this natural paradise.
Around 16:30 you will be brought back to the Halong tourist wharf, where our vehicle is waiting to take you back to Hanoi. The trip ends at your hotel around 20:00.
- Round-trip transfers by shuttle bus between Hanoi and Halong Bay
- Boat on Halong Bay
- Kayaking trip
- English-speaking tour guide
- Entrance fees
What's Not Included
- Personal expenses not mentioned in the itinerary
Know Before You Go
• Children under 4 years old can accompany parents free of charge, children up to 8 years old are charged at 75% of the cost for an adult, and children more than 8 years old are charged the full price