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Ha Long Bay: Our most recommended tours and activities

Ha Long Bay: 2-Day, 1-Night Cruise

1. Ha Long Bay: 2-Day, 1-Night Cruise

Discover, Ha Long Bay, known as the “Bay of Descending Dragons” an enchanting bay in the heart of Vietnam. Relax, soak in the scenery, and embrace the culture on this 2-day cruise. This cruise includes a visit to the Sung Sot Cave, the Biggest Cave in Halong Bay, learn about the UNESCO declared World Heritage area, and enjoy the stunning picturesque landscape. Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay Begin with a pickup from your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter between 8:00-8:30 AM. Set off towards Halong Bay on a 2.5-hour ride. Arrive at the Tuan Chau Harbor by noon, before checking in. Next, your captain will welcome you aboard the cruise with a complimentary drink. Meet the crew for a brief introduction and go through safety guidelines. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch, cruise along the Emerald Sea, and admire the fascinating rock formations. Later in the afternoon, you will visit the Sung Sot Cave, swim on Titop Island and embrace the views from the mountain peak. Soak in the sun on a deck chair, sip a cocktail or read a book as you enjoy relaxation. In the evening, gaze at the night sky, as you join the ship’s sunset party. Take a cooking class and master making fresh noodle rolls. Enjoy a delicious set dinner packed full of vibrant flavors. Join in karaoke, play games, or go fishing for squid, before you enjoy a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi Wake up, enjoy the beautiful sunrise on the sundeck, have breakfast, and admire the stunning views. Help yourself to a cup of tea or coffee if you like to kick start your day. Set sail past the magnificent landscapes, visit the Halong Bay Pearl Farm, and learn the history of pearls. Next, you will return to the ship, enjoy an afternoon dip or explore the bay yourself by kayak, the choice is yours. In the afternoon, enjoy a spot of lunch, and relax as you cruise back to Tuan Chau Harbor. You will then head back to Hanoi or your hotel, arriving back by 3:30 PM.

Hanoi: Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Lodging and Luxury Cruise

2. Hanoi: Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Lodging and Luxury Cruise

Experience Ha Long Bay on a 2-day cruise, with a sea view or balcony room, cooking demonstrations, and plenty of entertainment onboard. Swim and kayak in the bay's emerald waters and explore its limestone islands and quaint villages. Day 1: Hanoi Pickup and Ha Long Bay The first day of your cruise begins with a hotel pickup from the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Meet with fellow cruise guests and get to know travelers from all around the world. On your way to Ha Long Bay stop at a humanity center to check out local specialties and products. Arrive at your cruise boat and receive a warm welcome from your captain. Afterward, sit for lunch and savor a delicious meal as the cruise passes through thousands of islands and islets of different shapes. Stop near the floating villages and have the opportunity to kayak in the middle of the bay to admire its fascinating rock formations a bit closer. If possible that day, visit Titop Island. Return to the boat for the evening and watch a cooking demonstration of Vietnamese spring rolls. Then delight in an idyllic dinner on board. Spend the rest of the night with free time to participate in activities such as squid fishing, karaoke, or star-gazing on the deck. Day 2: Ha Long Bay and Hanoi Drop-off Have an early start to your day with morning exercises and photos. Sip your coffee or tea as you have breakfast. Relax and take in the breathtaking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear water of the bay. Check out of your cabin and then spend the rest of the morning exploring Ha Long Ba's Surprise Cave. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to impressive rock formations, incredibly tall ceilings, and an interesting legend. From Surprise Cave, head back to the cruise boat's restaurant and eat lunch. Disembark for your transfer back to Hanoi.

Hanoi: Round-Trip Halong Bay with Transfers

3. Hanoi: Round-Trip Halong Bay with Transfers

Head off on an exciting day trip to Vietnam's stunning Halong Bay for a boat cruise. Head out of Hanoi by bus, enjoying the landscape along your route, before embarking on your boat. Explore the bay's calm waters by kayak or on a traditional bamboo boat, and walk among its striking caves. Your experience begins as your driver and guide pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi. Departing for Ha Long Bay in the Quang Ninh Province, you will pass by the Red River Delta throughout a 2.5-hour tour during which you can relax on the bus. You will later reach the Tuan Chau port at noon, checking in upon arrival. Once departing the dock, you can enjoy a set-menu seafood lunch while day cruising around Ha Long Bay. You'll pass by Dog Rock, the Incense Burner, and Fighting Chicken Rock... Following this, head to Bo Nau Island where you will have chance to visit Sung Sot, the latter of which is one of the top 2 most beautiful caves in Ha Long Bay. After an hour visiting Sung Sot Cave, Joining Kayaking in Luon Cave (a water cave) You will have about half an hour to hike up Ti Top peak to admire the panoramic view of Ha Long Bay before you return to the boat before traveling back to the pier and disembarking at the Tuan Chau Port at around 6:00PM. From there, your driver will return you back to Hanoi, where your trip will finish at around 7:30PM.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Luxury 5-Star Lan Ha Bay Cruise

4. From Hanoi: 2-Day Luxury 5-Star Lan Ha Bay Cruise

Day 1: Start with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi. Arrive at Tuan Chau pier and board the boat. Enjoy the buffet lunch while the boat is cruising towards North East of Ha Long Bay. Cruise next to the Dark and Bright Caves, the ideal place for you to get up close to Ha Long Bay by bamboo boat or kayak. Then enter a less populated area at Tra Bau - Lan Ha Bay. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the green emerald water. Onboard you may join a cooking demonstration as you learn about Vietnamese dining culture. The chef and staff will instruct you in making a traditional dish of Vietnam. Enjoy happy hour at the at the bar while watching the view of the bay at sunset. Sit for a deluxe dinner made with the freshest ingredients in a sophisticated space with elegant French neoclassical style and traditional oriental touches. Admire the beauty of the bay at night. You may want to try your luck with squid fishing or watch a movie in the restaurant. Day 2: Rise early in the morning for a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Enjoy breakfast at the restaurant while continuing the cruise. Take part in a kayaking tour in the Ao Ech area, before checking out of your cabin. Brunch will be served at the restaurant on the 2nd deck. Return to Tuan Chau Marina for your transfer back to Hanoi.

Ha Long: Lan Ha Bay 2-Day 5 Star Cruise With Luxury Cabin

5. Ha Long: Lan Ha Bay 2-Day 5 Star Cruise With Luxury Cabin

Explore Lan Ha Bay on a 2-day cruise. Sail past Con Vit islet, sunbathe on the deck, and enjoy a sunrise Tai Chi session as your cruise like a VIP. Day 1: Start with pickup from a meeting point in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Travel by highway to Tuan Chau marina. Hop onboard the boat and enjoy a welcome drink. Sit for a typical lunch in the luxury dining room with an indoor or outdoor dining area. Continue cruising through Con Vit islet, Thumb islet, and Gia Luan harbor. Discover the natural lagoon of Lan Ha Bay. Join a short cooking class demonstration. Dinner is then served with a fresh food menu outside of the swimming pool area. After dinner, enjoy some cocktails at a panoramic bar with a pool view or take part in one of the onboard activities with board games, movies, and squid fishing. Day 2: Take part in a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Local light breakfast is served. Enjoy the stunning views of the Bay and its dramatic limestone islets as the boat sails through the calm emerald waters. Visit the famous Frog Pond. Here you can freely kayak and explore the landscape. Check out of your room and enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese cuisine. Disembark from the cruise as the crew say farewell. Travel back to Tuan Chau Marina for the transfer back to Hanoi.

From Hanoi: Halong Bay Deluxe Full-Day Trip by Boat

6. From Hanoi: Halong Bay Deluxe Full-Day Trip by Boat

Enjoy a full-day cruise on board a classic junk boat and get a unique Vietnamese experience among the stunning limestone karst mountains of legendary Halong Bay. 8:45 AM-9:15 AM: Pick-up from hotel/accommodation in Hanoi Old Quarter Area - Hoan Kiem District and depart for Halong Bay or at the tour provider's office, if your accommodation is outside Hanoi. 12:15 PM: Arrive Tuan Chau Harbor, welcome aboard, and safety briefing – you'll set out on a 5 hour journey via 2 day-sleeper boat cruise route which is renowned for its striking passages. 1:45 PM: Arrive at Bo Hon archipelago, where you will visit Surprising Cave to see a many stalagmites and stalactites in different shapes. Enjoy kayaking or a bamboo boat ride in Luon Cave. Then visit Titov Island with its sandy beaches adjacent to a towering limestone mountain and the excellent backdrop of the bay. Climb up to Titov Peak for a panoramic view of the bay. 4:30 PM: Return to your cruise boat for a traditional cup of tea and then cruise back toward Tuan Chau harbor. Enjoy free time for sunbathing on the upper deck with music or just enjoy the picturesque views.  5:45 PM: Disembark and return to Hanoi via the new highway. 8:30 PM: Arrive at your hotel, other accommodations or meeting point in Hanoi.

Bai Tu Long and Ha Long Bay: 2-Day Exploration Cruise

7. Bai Tu Long and Ha Long Bay: 2-Day Exploration Cruise

DAY 1: HANOI – BAI CHAY – HA LONG BAY (L/D) 08h00 – 08h30: Leave Ha Noi city for Ha Long International Cruise Port in Bai Chay town, Ha Long city. Refresh up at the lounge. 12h00 – 12h30: Embark on Oriental Sails. Enjoy welcome drink and get a brief introduction about cruise and safety guidelines. Check-in your cabin. 15h00 – 16h00: Join a guided visit to Sung Sot Cave (also called Amazing Cave), one of the biggest and the most beautiful cave in Ha Long Bay. 16h00 – 17h00: Climb to the peak of Titov Island for the panorama view of the bay. Going down and relaxing on the beach, swimming in the crystal water. 17h20: Return Oriental Sails, enjoying the sunset while relaxing with Happy hour from now to dinner time at the bar. 18h00: Enjoy happy hours with free finger food and various drinks on discounts. Take part in a cooking demonstration and food décor with our Chef 19h00 – 21h00: Dinner is served. Private dinner is available on requested 21h00 – 22h00: Time of second happy hours to the late night or join squid fishing with the crew, sing karaoke or just laze around or relax in your cabin. DAY 2: HA LONG BAY – HANOI (B/L) 06h30: Welcome a new day with amazing dawn on the Legendary Gulf of Tonkin. Refresh your body & soul by a Tai-chi lesson on sundeck. 07h00 – 08h00: Catch morning view of seascapes with a cup of tea or coffee, have breakfast while charming the labyrinth of Karst. 8h00 – 9h00: Join a guided to explore hidden parts of the bay, Luon cave. We share a sampan with other touris with a local rower or taking a kayak on your own. Option kayaking to choose on your own expense. 09h00: Return to Oriental Sails for shower. 09h30: Check out your cabin. Sails weighs the anchor to continue to roam the picturesque route toward Bai Chay bridge for photos. 10h50: Have lunch. 12h00: Disembark. Cruise ends. 12h00 – 16h30: Transfer back to Ha Noi City and trip finishes at the hotel around 15h30.

Hanoi: Islands, Caves, Kayak & Halong Dragonfly Boat Cruise

8. Hanoi: Islands, Caves, Kayak & Halong Dragonfly Boat Cruise

Discover the beauty of Ha Long Bay on a cruise and a guided Kayaking tour. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on a cruise to the Thien Cung cave. Get closer to the islands on a leisurely kayaking tour. After you’re picked up at hotels located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, head out on the drive to Halong Bay, making a short stop halfway to take a short break or restroom. On your full-day excursion continue on the scenic drive to Halong, reaching Tuan Chau Island pier around midday 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 and board the bus that will take you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi in the early evening. 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

Hanoi: 2-Day Halong-Lan Ha Bay 5-Star Cruise

9. Hanoi: 2-Day Halong-Lan Ha Bay 5-Star Cruise

Day 1 09:00 Pick up at hotel in Hanoi old quarter. Transfer to Tuan Chau marina, welcome aboard to cruise. Refresh with welcome drink. Meet the captain, crew cruise and join briefing and learn safety instruction. Lunch in the luxury dining room with indoor or outdoor dining area. Continue cruising through Con Vit islet, Thumb islet and Gia Luan harbor where belonged to Cat Ba area. Discover lagoon natural area belong to Lan Ha bay. Drop anchor for Kayaking or swimming or just simply sunbathe on cruise. Gather around the sundeck for watching the sunset, enjoy Sunset party with complimentary cocktails demonstration. It’s ideal time to make acquaintance with new friends, just relax in the seasonal swimming pool, or enjoy in golf course or do the exercise at fitness area. Join for a short class of cooking demonstration. The chef will guide how to make famous traditional Vietnamese spring rolls. BBQ dinner is served with fresh food menu outside of swimming pool area. After dinner, reward yourself with a large selection of cocktails at panoramic bar with seasonal pool view, at wine and cigars cellar, or take one of onboard activities: board games, movies, and squid fishing… or relaxing with massage services. Day 2 06:30. Join for a Tai Chi session on the sundeck for early riser. Tai chi helps focus the mind and condition the body, joining Tai Chi session or do the exercise at fitness area to full charge energy for the new day. Local light breakfast is served. Mingling yourself in the stunning views of the Bay and it’s dramatic limestone islets as we sail through the calm emerald waters heading to Dark & Bright Cave. Take option either exploring the cave by yourself on kayak or comfortably on local boat rowed by the locals. Check-out the room. Vietnamese cuisine is served. Disembark from the cruise as crew say farewell, back to Tuan Chau Marina by our speedboat. Arrival back at hotel approximately 15:00

From Hanoi: Ninh Binh and Ha Long Bay Cruise 3-Day Trip

10. From Hanoi: Ninh Binh and Ha Long Bay Cruise 3-Day Trip

On this 3-day excursion, discover the incredible landscape and sights of the Ninh Binh province and enjoy an overnight stay in an eco-lodge. Then, ride your shuttle bus to Tuan Chau Island and take a luxury boat for a tour around Ha Long bay and spend the night on board. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery on your shuttle bus as you make your way to the Trang An Ecolodge in Ninh Binh. Savor the tranquility of the lodge’s amazing location - surrounded by mountains and rivers. After check-in, head off by bike or on foot to see the local sights.   Visit the ancient city of Hao Lu or climb to the Hang Mua viewpoint, for a breathtaking panorama over the limestone mountains and rice fields of the Tam Coc Valley. In the afternoon, come back to the lodge and relax by the pool or doze in the peaceful gardens.  Rise bright and early and enjoy a delicious breakfast before leaving for Tuan Chau Island with your shuttle bus. After arriving at the dock, take a small boat to reach your luxury cruise ship, where you will be welcomed aboard with a drink and a refreshing cold towel.  After check-in, enjoy lunch in the onboard restaurant as the boat sails up the winding canals on its way to Ha Long Bay. Then, hop into a canoe or a bamboo boat to explore the dazzling white limestone karsts, emerald green waters, and dark mystery of the Dark and Light Caves. Back on deck, unwind and admire the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin from the pool or at the bar. Then, choose from a range of activities: join a traditional cooking class, get a massage, or work out in the high deck gym with panoramic views. After dinner, you can enjoy the landscape of the bay at night from the top deck, relax with romantic music, or sip refreshing drinks at the bar. You can also try your luck at squid fishing, watch a movie, enjoy a spa treatment, or simply relax in your room. Wake up to an early breakfast before stopping off at a charming local fishing village. After returning to the boat, finish your trip with a hearty brunch while the ship sails back to the harbor. Wave goodbye to the boat from the port and ride in comfort back to Hanoi.

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What people are saying about Ha Long Bay

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,517 reviews

Truly a wonderful experience! The staff on the ship was phenomenal and really took pride in taking care of the customers. They were very welcoming. The drinks were great. The food was plentiful. The room was clean. I had no complaints. The lady that made this cruise such a great experience was Hana. After booking she contacted me on WhatsApp and I was a little skeptical at first but I wouldn’t be writing this review if it wasn’t for her. She made sure everything ran smoothly from start to finish and any time I had a question or a concern she responded to me in under 2 minutes. Bottom line is if you get to work with Hana you are in good hands and don’t worry about anything. It was such a great experience I wish I would’ve stayed two nights instead of only one. I would highly recommend this cruise!

We really enjoyed our trip! The day before, we got a message asking if we would like an upgrade to Wonderbay. We said yes and glad we did. We meet great people and the activities we fun. Buffet lunch was good!

Beautiful nature, exciting activities (kayaking, cave visit), this is a much recommended trip. The lunch was delicious, the tour guide knowledgeable and friendly, we enjoyed this tour a lot!

Excellent tour well worth the trip. Really enjoyed every part of the day. Kayaking is a must, Amazing views all day.

Fantastic Tour with a lot of highlights. The guide was excellant and well informed. I can recommend the trip.