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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.

From Hanoi: Tam Coc, Hoa Lu & Mua Caves Full-Day Trip

2. From Hanoi: Tam Coc, Hoa Lu & Mua Caves Full-Day Trip

Travel by air-conditioned bus from Hanoi to Tam Coc and ride a Sampan boat to impressive caves. Experience local life as you cycle through picturesque villages, explore ancient temples, and enjoy a Vietnamese lunch. Start your tour early with pickup at your hotel in Ha Noi Old Quarter. Hop into the luxury van to visit Hoa Lu, an ancient capital of Vietnam. Visit Dinh king Temple and Le king Temple from the 10th century, and hear about the heroic histories of the two Kings during the Chinese Wars. At midday, sit down for lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant. Continue to Tam Coc and take the sampan go (traditional river boat) along the Ngo Dong river to visit Tam Coc's three caves. Head back to Tam Coc wharf, take your bicycle, and cycle around traditional villages and Tam Coc town. Visit Mua cave, which attracts visitors with its many interesting stories. Climb 500 stone steps to see all the way to Tam Coc, and enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. In the evening, return Ha Noi.

Hanoi: Islands, Caves, and Kayaking with Cruise in Halong

3. Hanoi: Islands, Caves, and Kayaking with Cruise in Halong

Discover the beauty of Ha Long Bay on a cruise and a guided Kayaking tour. Transfer from your hotel in Hanoi and stop to shop for souvenirs along the way. 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 Old Quarter of Hanoi, 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, 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 16:30 to 17:00 and board the bus that will take you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi from 19:00 PM to 19:30 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

Halong Bay Full Day Tour-Cave, Kayaking, Meal, Bus, Guide

4. Halong Bay Full Day Tour-Cave, Kayaking, Meal, Bus, Guide

Day Trip - Bus, Cave, Meal, kayaking, Guide, Swimming 08h00 - 08h30: The driver will come to pick you up at the meeting point to start the a day trip visit Halong bay. Heading on the new Highway ( Hanoi- Hai Phong - Quang Ninh) to get the Halong bay. Stop over for a rest on the way. After 2 hours, arrival Tuan Chau Habour. Welcome aboard and enjoy Vietnamese traditional Lunch with seafood while cruising though the amazing rocks: Incense Burner, Cock fighting … Continuing to explore the Sung Sot- Surprising grotto. Surprising grotto is the longest, biggest and the most beautiful grotto of Ha Long bay with shimmering, fanciful stalactites embodying countless strange and unique shapes. One of the highlight activities is take a kayak or bamboo boat to discover Luon Cave (water cave) to relax and discovery the Halong bay on your own way. The boat send you to the Titop island. It is the time for swimming and trekking to the Titop peak for taking photos with panoramic view of the bay. 16h30: Back to the boat, enjoy sunset party on Boat with Red wine, French fried, cakes, Fruits.. while the boat run to Ha Long habour. The driver meet and transfer you back to Hanoi. Evening: Arrival to Ha Noi. Drop you off at your meeting point.

Hanoi: All-Inclusive Overnight Halong Bay Tour with Cruise

5. Hanoi: All-Inclusive Overnight Halong Bay Tour with Cruise

Treat yourself to a night on an Aspira cruise boat in Halong Bay, where you can enjoy Vietnam’s pristine waters in comfort. Enjoy the experience at your own pace, with the option to kayak, enjoy a boat ride, go swimming, or even enjoy a Tai Chi class. DAY 1: Ha Noi – Halong - Lan Ha Bay (L/D) With the option for hotel pickup in Hanoi (contact the cruise operator for more detail), begin your adventure at Tuan Chau Marina. Check in for your cruise, and receive a welcome drink and a cold towel. Get the safety briefing, place your belongings in your cabin, and head to a luxurious lunch in the ship's restaurant. Along the way, admire the beautiful canals of Halong Bay. Then, arrive at the Dark and Lights Cave, where you can kayak or board a bamboo boat, rowed by the local people. Return back to the boat, and enjoy swimming nearby the ship. As night falls, take in the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin, and relax in the seasonal Jacuzzi. Dance the night away during the sunset part, and enjoy happy hour deals in all the bars onboard. Take the option to join a traditional cooking class or enjoy deep relaxation with a massage. Workout in one of the onboard fitness centers, looking out over the top deck, with panoramic views of the ocean. Before dinner, the experienced captain will choose the most tranquil area to anchor for overnight. Afterward, take in the landscape of the bay at night or try your luck at squid fishing. DAY 2: Lan ha Bay -Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi (B/L) Wake up early to start your perfect day with a Tai Chi class or watch the sunrise on the top deck. Explore Lan ha Bay, the most beautiful natural bay in Vietnam. Feel free to try kayaking during your free time and see the sea-level view of Halong Bay. Return the boat and check out the cabin. Then, have brunch in a restaurant while the boat sails back to the pier. Settle the bill at the end of the trip and head back to port.

Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An Caves, & Mua Cave Day Trip and Lunch

6. Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An Caves, & Mua Cave Day Trip and Lunch

Travel in an air-conditioned van from Hanoi to Hoa Lu on this day trip to uncover the ancient temples of Dinh King and Le King. Savor local flavors with a buffet lunch and travel by boat on the Trang An river admire stunning natural scenery and visit the Trang An cave complex. Start your tour with hotel pickup in the early morning and depart for Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Visit the Dinh King Temple and Le King Temple from the 10th century, and hear about the heroic histories of these two Kings during the Chinese Wars. At around midday, sit down for a buffet lunch at a local restaurant, before you head to Trang An Wharf to take a boat trip along Trang An Stream. Visit Trang An cave complex, including Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau Ruou, and marvel at the scenery of mountains and rivers.  Then, head back to Trang An wharf to board the luxury limousine, and visit Mua Cave. Climb 500 stone steps to see all the way to Tam Coc, and enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. Finally, hop back onto the bus to return to Hanoi, arriving back in the early evening.

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

7. 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.

Ha Long Bay Day Boat Tour, Bus, Cave, Kayaking, Swimming

8. Ha Long Bay Day Boat Tour, Bus, Cave, Kayaking, Swimming

08h30 - 09h00: The driver will come to pick you up at the meeting point to start the one day trip visit Halong bay. Heading on the new Highway ( Hanoi- Hai Phong - Quang Ninh) to get the Halong bay. Stop over for a rest on the way. After 2 hours, arrival Tuan Chau Habour. Welcome aboard and enjoy Vietnamese traditional Lunch with seafood while cruising though the amazing rocks: Incense Burner, Cock fighting … Continuing to explore the Sung Sot- Surprising grotto. Surprising grotto is the longest, biggest and the most beautiful grotto of Ha Long bay with shimmering, fanciful stalactites embodying countless strange and unique shapes. One of the highlight activity is take a kayak or bamboo boat to discover Luon Cave (water cave) to relax and discovery the Halong bay on your own way. The boat send you to the Titop island. It is the time for swimming and trekking to the Titop peak for taking photos with panoramic view of the bay. 16h30: Back to the boat, enjoy SUNSET PARTY on Boat with Red wine, French fried, cakes, Fruits.. while the boat run to Ha Long habour. The driver meet and transfer you back to Hanoi. Evening: Arrival to Ha Noi. Drop you off at your meeting point.

From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay and Ti Top Island Cruise with Stops

9. From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay and Ti Top Island Cruise with Stops

Experience the scenic beauty of Ha Long Bay on a 1-day cruise departing from Hanoi's Old Quarter. Head for the island of Tuan Chau and Ha Long city, where you will board a cruise boat at 12:30. Get a safety briefing at the start of your cruise. Then, set off to explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site of astonishing beauty. Marvel at the limestone karst rock formations as you travel through uninhabited islets, and see outcrops that have been given imaginative names by the locals, such as "Cock Fighting," "Incense Burner" and "Thumb" (to name a few). Enjoy a mouth-watering Vietnamese lunch on board the boat, and then journey to the Bo Hon archipelago (14:00), where you can choose to kayak around the area or relax on the boat. Then, go to the island of Titov to discover a sandy beach adjacent to a towering limestone mountain, where you can climb to the summit for panoramic views. Return to the boat and set sail for Tuan Chau Harbor at 16:00. Enjoy some free time to sunbathe on the upper deck of the boat with music and meet fellow travelers from around the world. Later, board the bus for the journey back to Hanoi.

From Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave and Tam Coc Full-Day Trip

10. From Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave and Tam Coc Full-Day Trip

Escape the hustle and bustle of Hanoi for the day and spend the day in the breathtaking nature of Southern Vietnam. After getting picked up from your hotel or meeting in point in Hanoi Old Quarter, travel south to the province of Ninh Binh. Stop in the former capital of Hoa Lu and enjoy 1 hour to explore this breathtakingly beautiful ancient city. Next, hike to the top of the Mua Caves Viewpoint and enjoy panoramic views of Tam Coc before sitting down to a delicious Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, board a traditional sampan boat and enjoy a 1.5-hour boat ride on the Ngo Dong river through 3 of Tam Coc's most famous caves: Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba. Begin the journey back to Hanoi in the late afternoon, arriving back just in time for dinner

5 best day trips from Hanoi

Day trip to Ha Long Bay

1. Day trip to Ha Long Bay

If you have visions of craggy limestone islands rising majestically out of turquoise waters, head immediately to Ha Long Bay. This iconic landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site visited by millions of people every year. Of course, the top activities are boat tours of the bay, which can guide you to sites like the colorfully illuminated Dao Go Cave, the island of Tuan Chao, and the serene bays of Bai Tu Long National Park.

How far is Ha Long Bay from Hanoi?

The 174 kilometers (108 miles) from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay do not go quickly, so leave early and plan to return late. Driving, the journey takes three to four hours. Public transportation is not a good option for day trips to Ha Long Bay. A guided tour is highly recommended for this excursion.

2. Day trip to Duong Lam Ancient Village

For a fascinating getaway from the bustle of Hanoi, head to the hamlets of Duong Lam Ancient Village. One of the oldest villages in the region — as well as the country — Duong Lam has well over 1,200 years of history to explore. Make sure to see the five communal houses — dedicated to local heroes, kings, and gods — admire the Buddhas of Mia Pagoda, and marvel at the temple and mausoleum of the ancient King Ngo Quyen.

How far is Duong Lam Ancient Village from Hanoi?

The 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Hanoi to Duong Lam Ancient Village takes around an hour and 15 minutes by car. Taking public transportation is possible, but allow more time as it takes closer to three hours via several different buses.
Day trip to Ninh Binh Province

3. Day trip to Ninh Binh Province

A day trip to Ninh Binh is perfect for those in search of unforgettable natural beauty. The area is best known for its dramatic karst landscape, which can be seen in all its glory at the grottoes of UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trang An or cruising the river to Tam Coc. Don’t miss an opportunity to check out the many temples of the 10th and 11th century capital of Hoa Lu.

How far is Ninh Binh Province from Hanoi?

The town of Ninh Binh is 94 kilometers (58 miles) south of Hanoi. By car, the trip is about an hour and a half. Trains take around two hours. A guided tour is an excellent option for a day trip to from Hanoi to NInh Binh.
Day trip to Bat Trang Village

4. Day trip to Bat Trang Village

Best known for its centuries-old porcelain tradition, Bat Trang Village is an excellent day trip for art and history lovers alike. Browse the dazzling rows of artisanal pottery, dishware, sculpture, and other ceramic art that lines the streets and shopfronts of the village. A visit to the Porcelain and Pottery Market is a must, or try your own hand at pottery at the ceramic playground. For a unique experience, hop on a buffalo cart for a ride.

How far is Bat Trang Village from Hanoi?

You can travel the 16 kilometers (10 miles) to Bat Trang Village in just 40 minutes by car. On the bus, it can take from an hour to 90 minutes.

5. Day trip to Ba Vi National Park

Escape from civilization and delve into the lush splendor of Ba Vi National Park. This gorgeous nature area is very popular for walking and hiking, though there are several points of interest to visit. Travelers can join the pilgrims and hike up to the summit of Tan Vien peak to see the shrine of the Mountain God and the Ho Chi Minh Temple. Adventurous people can also explore the ruins of the abandoned French resort that has since been reclaimed by the jungle.

How far is Ba Vi National Park from Hanoi?

It will take between 90 minutes to two hours to drive the 62 kilometers (38.5 miles) to Ba Vi National Park from Hanoi. The bus can range from two to three hours.

Hanoi day trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

Trying to figure out how to get around any foreign country can be intimidating. There are several choices in Vietnam that can fit your goals and travel style.
  • • Hanoi day trips by train

    Trains in Vietnam are old but fairly dependable and travel in most directions from Hanoi. Many destinations outside of main centers may require a transfer to a bus or taxi at some point in the journey.
  • • Hanoi day trips by bus

    The bus is the most comprehensive and affordable public transportation option for day trips around Hanoi. Buses run all over, however depending on the time and specific location could be limited. Traveling by bus may require one or more transfers before you reach your final destination.
  • • Hanoi day trips by car

    Traffic and driving in Hanoi and Vietnam are generally chaotic. If you are a confident driver, a car is a fine option to reach more rural places or to simply take control of your own schedule. Many travelers opt to rent a motorcycle or motorbike to get around, which is a very popular and efficient — though sometimes daring — option.

Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

A guided tour is always a smart choice for day trips, especially in more remote areas of the country. Whether you are struggling with logistics or don’t feel confident with a language barrier, guided tours provide peace of mind, convenience, and the opportunity to bond with fellow travelers.

What should I pack for my day trip?

What to bring with you on your day trip depends on the season and your destination. For the beach, swim gear, and sunscreen are a good idea, while trips to higher-elevated areas would benefit from warm clothes. No matter the location, always make sure to bring plenty of water.

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What people are saying about Hanoi

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,926 reviews

Honestly the only thought I have after the last 2 days is: I wish it didn’t end. It’s been such a great experience, off the beaten track with a small group of people on board (~8 guests), a fantastic tour guide in Nam and deliciously made food along the way from the fantastic crew. We did some kayaking and swimming, made spring rolls together, caught squid, discovered a cave on an island and overall just had a fabulous time. The thing that makes me think that this is the best one is that I’m a solo Traveller and this is the only provider that offered me my own (gorgeous) cabin without me having to pay the price for 2. Must book - must go - try to find out if you can stay 2 nights, it’s definitely worth it!!!

This was an amazing experience, outdoing all expectations. The food was way above what we expected. Our tour guide Hoang Nam Nguyen made the experience complete. He spoke amazing English and showed us all the hidden gems of the bay. Renea cruises is the only company heading to this specific part of the bay, so we had it all to ourselves, even with tourism picking up again post-Covid. Next time I am doing a tour in Vietnam, I am checking whether Renea and Nam have something available!

Ha long bay is simply beautiful!! The boat was a little old but the tour guide Duc was so lovely and really looked after us. The kayaking was lots of fun and amazing to be the only ones at the beach. The food was good and very generous portion sizes. If it’s in your budget definitely go for it but check the weather first!

Pick up at hotel, transfer to Halong Bay and return trip were on time and smooth. We very much enjoyed our cruise ship “Renea” and would have liked to spend more time in our suite and on deck. The scenery, well known from countless pictures and videos, remains unbelievable when you sail there for real.

One of the best day trips I’ve done. The area was spectacular.