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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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Halong Bay: Overnight Cruise With Meals

2. Halong Bay: Overnight Cruise With Meals

Experience the scenic beauty of Ha Long Bay aboard a state-of-the-art boat. Relax on board with complimentary meals and adventure activities. Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (lunch and dinner included) Following a pickup from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi between 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM, depart for Ha Long Bay and journey to Tuan Chau Port, arriving at approximately 12:00 PM. Complete your check-in formalities, and then enjoy a set-menu seafood lunch, as you sail across the emerald green waters. Take part in a kayaking activity and get up close to the limestone cliffs, explore a tranquil bay, or hike to Ti Top Island for a panoramic view from the top of the mountain. You'll also get the chance to swim, weather permitting. Watch the sunset during a party on the upper deck in the late afternoon, before feasting on a special dinner cooked by a professional chef. Enjoy some leisure time in the evening to relax, sing some of your favorite songs at a karaoke session or go on a nighttime squid fishing adventure. Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi (breakfast and lunch included) Wake up early and take some beautiful photos of the sunrise over the bay. Then, join a Tai Chi session before breakfast. Next, journey to Surprising Cave to discover the most beautiful grotto in Ha Long Bay. At 9:00 AM, cruise around the lesser-explored areas of the bay on the way back to Tuan Chau Port. Take part in a cooking class and enjoy a farewell lunch before you disembark at Tuan Chau Port at around 11:45 AM. Head back to Hanoi by bus and get dropped off at your hotel in the city center around 5:00 PM.

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

3. 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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2-Day Royal Palace Ha Long Bay & Ti Top Island Cruise

4. 2-Day Royal Palace Ha Long Bay & Ti Top Island Cruise

Experience the scenic beauty of Ha Long Bay in complete luxury aboard a boat kitted out like a royal palace! Relax on board with complimentary meals and adventure activities, such as kayaking close to the limestone karst formations. Go on a night squid fishing trip, or sing your favorite songs at a karaoke session! Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (L, D) Following pick-up from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi at around 8:00 AM, depart for Ha Long Bay and journey to Tuan Chau Port for an estimated arrival time of 12:00 PM. Complete all your check-in formalities, and then enjoy a set menu seafood lunch as you set sail across the emerald green waters. Marvel at the thousands of limestone karst islands, islets and rock formations emerging from the water in curious shapes. Take part in a kayaking activity and venture close alongside the limestone cliffs. Explore a tranquil bay or hike to Ti Top Island to get a panoramic view of Ha Long Bay from the top of the mountain. Swim in the inviting waters, weather permitting. Watch the sunset during a party on the upper deck in the late afternoon, before feasting on a special dinner cooked by a professional chef. Enjoy some time at leisure in the evening to relax, sing some of your favorites songs at a karaoke session or go on a night squid fishing adventure. Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi (B, L) Wake up early to take beautiful photos of the sunrise. Then, join a Tai Chi session before breakfast. Next, journey to Surprising Cave to discover the most beautiful grotto in Ha Long Bay. Check out at 09:00 and cruise around the lesser explored areas of the bay on the way back to Tuan Chau Port. Take part in a cooking class and enjoy a farewell lunch before you disembark at Tuan Chau Port at around 11:45 AM. Journey back to Hanoi by bus and get dropped off at your hotel in Hanoi city center at around 5:00 PM.

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3 Day Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise

5. 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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Halong Day Tour: Islands, Caves, Kayak with Dragonfly Cruise

6. Halong Day Tour: Islands, Caves, Kayak with Dragonfly Cruise

After you’re picked up at hotels located in Old Quarter of Hanoi from 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM, head out on the drive to Halong Bay, making a short stop half way to visit crafts workshops, where you’ll see marble stone sculptures, plaque paintings, and hand-embroidered items. On your full-day excursion continue on the scenic drive to Halong, reaching Tuan Chau Island pier from 12:00 PM to 12:15 PM, and board the traditional cruise. You’ll be greeted on board and then enjoy a fresh seafood lunch. Have a chance to take in the tranquil beauty and breathtaking scenery from the deck of the boat. During the cruise you’ll enjoy views of tiny islands with their rock arches, sheer cliffs, innumerable white sand beaches, and peaceful coves. Like sculpted cartoon characters, these limestone islands have fanciful names, such as Incense Burner, Stone Dog, and Fighting Cock (which is the symbol of Halong Bay). You will then head on to Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Grotto). Explore its huge chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites of all kinds. Finally, enjoy 45-minutes of kayaking or paddling a bamboo boat around the islands and water tunnels at the World Natural Area recognized by UNESCO. Return to the Tuan Chau pier from 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM and board the bus that will take you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi from 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Menu for lunch: 1: Tomato/ cucumber salad 2: Fried potato 3: Steam shrimp 4: Fried eggs roll 5: Fried squid  6: Deep fried seafood spring rolls 7: Fried chicken with mushroom 8: Steamed fish with tomato sauce 9: Fried vegetable (available upon season) 10: Steamed rice 11: Fresh fruit 12: Afternoon fresh fruit and tea

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Spectacular Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Deluxe Cruises

7. Spectacular Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Deluxe Cruises

Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (L - D) 7:45 AM - 8:30 AM: Pickup at your hotel located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi by shuttle bus. You will have the chance to join in with the group and make friends with other travelers from all around the world. 10:00 AM: Take a rest at the Humanity Center and enjoy local specialties and handicraft products. 12:00 PM: The captain and tender welcome you to the cruise. Savor the delicious lunch as the cruise passes through thousands of islands and islets of different shapes 3:30 PM: Cruise stops at the floating house for an hour of kayaking in the middle of the bay to admire the fascinating rock formations in the bay.  3:30 PM: Visit Titop Island if possible 6:00 PM: Enjoy a cooking demonstration for famous Vietnamese spring rolls. 7:30 PM: Enjoy a delicious and romantic dinner on board. 9:00 PM: Free time for entertainment with activities such as squid fishing, karaoke, star-gazing on the deck. Day 2: Ha Long Bay discovery – Hanoi (B - L) 6:30 AM: Start your new day on Halong bay with morning exercises and photos. Have breakfast with coffee or tea. 8:30 AM: Relax and enjoy the breath-taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear water of the bay. 9:30 AM: Return to cruise, check out of your cabin. 10:00 AM: Explore the biggest and the most amazing cave in Halong Bay – Surprise Cave. 10:30 AM: Head back to the ship's restaurant to enjoy lunch. 12:00 PM: Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. 4:00 - 5:00 PM: Arrive in Hanoi. Trip ends.

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

8. 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

9. 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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From Ha Long City: Glamours of Ha Long Bay

10. From Ha Long City: Glamours of Ha Long Bay

Begin the day at your hotel and head directly to beautiful Halong Bay in the Gulf of Tonkin. Translated as the "Bay of the Descending Dragon" in the local language, Halong Bay consists of a dense cluster of 3,000 limestone monolithic islands, topped with thick jungle vegetation and rising spectacularly from the ocean. Several of the islands are hollowed out by enormous caves, and surrounding the islands are the floating villages of fishermen who spend the days plying the shallow waters for fish and mollusks. The tour begins with a dreamy cruise through the stunning scenery of the bay. Enjoy a seafood lunch (served with Vietnamese traditional dishes as well as vegetarian options) while cruising through the emerald waters, passing by the Dog Stone, as well as the Burning Incense Islet. Afterward, visit the Fighting-Cock rock and the stalagmites and stalactite of the Heavenly Palace (Thien Cung Cave). End the exciting day with a visit to the stunning Dau Go Cave before cruising back to the dock and transferring back to your hotel. Available to book as a shared or private tour.

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What people are saying about Quang Ninh

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 1,090 reviews

The two day cruise in Halong Bay was one of the best things we did in Vietnam. The boat was very nice. The cabins had dark wood and big windows. We also enjoyed the balcony where we took a lot of photos from. After our kajak tour we went in the hot tup and drank some happy hour drinks. The staff was very friendly without being too much.

A very fine trip and stay on an excellent boat. The room, the food, the service and the tours were all very good. The only complaint is that the tour-operator should inform about the expected pick up time and keep the timetable. We had to ask the tour operator about the expected pick up time but the bus showed up about one hour late.

Great way to see Halong Bay in one day! Bus journey is obviously quite long but if you need to squeeze it into 1 day it isn’t much to sacrifice. Benjamin was a great guide, so helpful and spoke amazing English!

The Tourguide, Tony, was Very kind and helpsome! The staff Speaks english Very well and Are Very serviceminded. The food was above all expectations! Very delicious!

Best time to travel during pandemic. Very little tourist. Less stressful and frustration. Bad for tourist companies but it was great for me