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

1. 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. Continue the scenic drive to Halong, reaching Tuan Chau Island pier around midday and board the traditional cruise. Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch onboard and take in the tranquil beauty and breathtaking scenery from the deck. Admire tiny limestone islands with rock arches, sheer cliffs, white sand beaches, peaceful coves, and fanciful names, such as Incense Burner and Fighting Cock (the symbol of Halong Bay). 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 evening. Lunch menu:• Tomato/ cucumber salad• Fried potato• Steam shrimp• Fried eggs roll• Fried squid • Deep-fried seafood spring rolls• Fried chicken with mushroom• Steamed fish with tomato sauce• Fried vegetables (when in season)• Steamed rice• Fresh fruit• Afternoon fresh fruit and tea

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 - Lan Ha 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. 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 Cave. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to impressive rock formations, incredibly tall ceilings, and an interesting legend. From 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.

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

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

Explore Lan Ha Bay on a 2-day cruise. Enjoy hotel pickup from Hanoi, relax in your luxury cabin, and kayak through the caves in Ao Ech. Day 1 Begin your adventure with a pickup from your hotel in Hanoi's old quarter. Head to Tuan Chau marina to board your cruise and enjoy a welcome drink. Meet the captain and crew and join a briefing about your upcoming cruise and hear some safety instructions. Enjoy lunch in the luxury dining room with indoor and outdoor dining areas. Cruise through Con Vit Islet, Thumb Islet, Gia Luan Harbor, and Lan Ha Bay. Drop anchor for kayaking or swimming at Ba Trai Dao Beach or visit Dark Cave and Bright Cave, depending on the weather. As the sun sinks into the horizon, gather on the sundeck to enjoy the brilliant colors in the sky and relax with tea, coffee, and a cooking demonstration. Make new friends at the sunset party or relax in the onboard Jacuzzi pool. Learn how to make the famous traditional Vietnamese spring rolls at the cooking demonstration before enjoying dinner. After dinner, reward yourself with a large selection of cocktails at the panoramic bar or play board games, watch a movie, go squid fishing, or get a massage by request (massage service is not included in the price). Day 2 Start your day with a 6:30 A.M. Tai Chi session on the sundeck to help focus the mind and condition the body. Enjoy a light breakfast while taking in stunning views of the Bay and its dramatic limestone islets. Sail through the calm emerald waters to Ao Ech for a kayaking trip of the caves. After exploring the caves either on your own in a kaya, enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese cuisine. Disembark from the cruise and take a speedboat back to Tuan Chau Marina before driving back to your Hanoi hotel.

Hanoi: 3-Day Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise & Private Balcony Room

5. Hanoi: 3-Day Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise & Private Balcony Room

Day 1 Get picked up at your hotel in Hanoi's old quarter. Transfer to Tuan Chau marina, welcome aboard to cruise. Refresh with a welcome drink. Meet the captain, crew, and join the briefing and learn safety instructions. Have lunch in the luxury dining room indoors. Continue cruising through Con Vit islet, Thumb islet, and Gia Luan harbor which belonged to the Cat Ba area. Discover the lagoon natural area belonging to Lan Ha bay. Kayak or swim or just simply sunbathe on the cruise. Enjoy a sunset party — the ideal time to make new friends or just relax. Join a short cooking demonstration. Dinner is served with a fresh food menu. After dinner, reward yourself with a large selection or enjoy one of the onboard activities like squid fishing. Day 2 Join a Tai Chi session for the early risers on the sun deck. Have a light breakfast with a panoramic view of the world heritage site. Transfer to a boat cruise for a full day trip and relax while taking in views of Lan Ha Bay. Enjoy lunch before boarding a smaller boat to explore some of the areas that the main boat cannot go through. Head to Viet Hai Village and take a bicycle ride to enjoy the scenery along the village roads and rainforests. Visit a local family’s house to see the daily life of local people. Back to the boat, continue cruising further into Lan Ha Bay. Arrive at a natural beach area for swimming. Back onboard the cruise, take time to refresh or relax in the sleeping area. Dinner is served with a different menu. After dinner, enjoy the landscape of the bay at night. Enjoy on-board activities like squid fishing, and watching movies in the restaurant. Day 3 Join a Tai Chi session on the sundeck for early risers before enjoying a light breakfast. Depending on the weather, try kayaking and swimming at Ao Ech. If there's time, visit a cave in the area. Take the option of either exploring the cave by yourself on a kayak or comfortably on a boat rowed by the locals. Check out the room. Vietnamese cuisine is served. Disembark from the cruise as the crew says farewell. Transfer by ultra-luxurious limousine (if you book our transfer). Arrival back at your hotel at approximately 3:00 PM.

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

6. 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. Select the option to discover Ba Trai Dao Beach, which is ideal for kayaking and swimming. Enjoy a refreshing dip 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 from Vietnam. Enjoy happy hour 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.

From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

7. From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a full-day trip to Ha Long Bay and get immersed in the beauty of the stone mountains, caves, sandy beach, and more. Board a vehicle from the hotel and enjoy a scenic drive through the green fields. Arrive at the Tuan Chau Habour and cruise through the turquoise waters and amazing rock formations. Soak in the beauty of the surroundings while enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch on board. Next, you will continue to explore the beautiful Sung Sot cave. Admire the shimmering stalactites embodying countless strange and unique shapes. Take a kayak or bamboo boat to spend some time in the water and discover the stunning Luon Cave. Feel the warmth of the sunshine as you pass by Titop island. Take a refreshing dip in the water or trek to the Titop peak for photos with a panoramic view of the bay. Relax for a while before going back to the boat to enjoy a sunset party with red wine, french fries, cakes, and fruits. After reaching Ha Long harbor, the driver will transfer you back to Hanoi. 

Ha Long Bay 3 Days 2 Nights 5-Star Cruise

8. Ha Long Bay 3 Days 2 Nights 5-Star Cruise

Enjoy a trip of a lifetime with a 2-night stay on board a cruise in Halong Bay to discover this natural World Heritage site. Start with a pickup from your hotel in Hanoi's old quarter. Enjoy a welcoming drink and cruise briefing before embarking onwards to Ha Long Wharf, tucking into a delicious lunch, while cruising to Ha Long Bay. Admire the fascinating rock formations in the bay, then transfer by tender to Sung Sot Cave, with many interesting stalactites and stalagmites in different amazing shapes. Discover the Ha Long Bay landscape, the most mesmerizing moment in Ha Long Bay must be the sunset over the layered rock formations. Join the Chef for a cooking class, before enjoying a Vietnamese-style set dinner. Relax at the bar, or enjoy a spot of night fishing. Waking up on the second day, have some coffee and tea before a Tai Chi session, a kind of Chinese traditional material art. Refresh your day with this 30-minute physical and mental workout to improve health balance and relieve stress. Then, have something for breakfast at the buffet served in the dining hall. The first spot on this classic itinerary is Luon Cave, an open-air cave only accessible by boat. To enter the grotto, you have to take a rowing boat or kayak through a 100-meter-long and 3-meter-wide arch with heights of 2.5 – 4 meters. Once passing under the arch, you can feast your eye on sheer limestone cliffs rising up from the emerald water. Here, you can let your hair down and explore the diverse ecology system. You may spot brazen monkeys climbing the cliffs and fragrant orchids thriving in rocky outcrops. Next, you will visit Me Cung cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay. The afternoon excursion heads for Pearl Farm, which is located near the fishing village. Here, you will find how long it takes for pearls to grow, harvest, and extract. It is a distinctive experience to figure out that pearl farming is an extremely slow process. Transfer back to the main boat for the second night and have dinner. On the third day, after the Tai Chi lessons and breakfast, you will be transferred to Titop Island, a photogenic spot. After one hour of discovering the island, you can climb to the peak for a marvelous 360-degree view of the bay or relax on the beach. Returning to the boat, you will have half an hour to freshen up and finish packing. Afterward, During that time, the cruise will approach the pier, so you can sit back and relax for the rest of the time onboard. Finally, travel back to Hanoi in the afternoon.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Halong Bay Cruise with Meals

9. From Hanoi: 2-Day Halong Bay Cruise with Meals

Day 1: Hanoi/Tuan Chau - Halong Bay If you chose the option with a transfer, get picked up at your hotel and drive to Tuan Chau Marina. Otherwise, board the boat right away. After finishing the boarding procedures, eat lunch while cruising to the bay. Arrive at a striking cave to experience kayaking and swimming in the emerald water. Reboard your cruise to freshen up and attend a flower carving session with a skilled chef. Take advantage of a happy hour, with buy-two-get-one-free cocktails. Have dinner on the ship, then take part in squid fishing before going to bed. Day 2: Lan Ha Bay - Halong Bay - Hanoi/Tuan Chau Wake up and breathe in the fresh air. Join a Taichi practice to help you warm up and attract more energy for a new day. Eat a light breakfast at the restaurant, then discover the Tra Bau area, where a Kong Skull movie scene was filmed. Admire the spectacular scenery of Lan Ha Bay and enjoy a delicious lunch of local food before heading back to Gia Luan for disembarkation. For the option with a transfer, get picked up at Tuan Chau Marina by bus and drive back to your hotel.

Private Day Tour: Cuc Phuong National Park from Hanoi

10. Private Day Tour: Cuc Phuong National Park from Hanoi

Venture into the heart of the jungle on this full-day tour of Cuc Phuong National Park. Explore the park while on a hike, observing the way the jungle comes alive. Visit the langurs and Endangered Primate Rescue Center as well, witnessing them in their natural environment. In the morning, your private guide will meet you in the lobby of your Hanoi hotel. From there, begin your two-hour ride to the Cuc Phuong National Park in Ninh Binh. Upon your arrival, visit the langurs and Endangered Primate Rescue Center. Here, professional staff protect monkeys and langurs from becoming extinct. The environment is kept as close to their natural habitat as possible. Afterwards, enjoy a typical lunch at a local restaurant, recommended by your guide. Take a trekking trip into the heart of the jungle come the afternoon. As you hike, observe the rare flora and fauna that surrounds you. Listen to the exotic birds as they sing and stand in the middle of the jungle to take in nature in its truest form. From there, continue to walk the trail, taking photos along the way. Late into the day, you will return to the car and transfer back to your Hanoi accommodation.

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Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 29 reviews

They will pick you up where you stay. They may late because of traffic. The Tour Guide was a good guy who speaks in English very well and explains everything in details, especially, history of the city. I enjoyed delicious seafood. Just make sure you will climb up many stairs haha. After them, my legs were shaking.

We liked it very much. The trip started a little late, but you're not in a hurry when you're on vacation. The guide was nice and spoke good English. The food was plentiful and with enough choice. At all stops there was enough time for pictures and to look around.

Very hospitable staffs. The food is yummy as well.. the restaurant manager even asked if we need baby food for our toddler as well.. I’d recommend it. I would go for longer stay next time if I had the chance.

The trip was more than expected, morning pick up was a bit slow for 5 minutes, but not a problem at all, highly recommend this tour

Wonderful tour. The guide was excellent and we love it!