You can be forgiven for thinking that Halong Bay couldn’t possibly be a real place. After all, beauty like this only exists in movies, where high-tech equipment can create a landscape that is mesmerizing, awe-inspiring and perfect. Not only is Halong Bay real, however, but it’s a convenient side trip from fast-paced Hanoi that should be on the itinerary of any traveler passing through North Vietnam.

Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the seven New Wonders of Nature, Halong Bay contains over 1,900 islands and jagged limestone islets. Cruise in silence on a traditional junk through the morning Halong Bay mists, and watch as vertical karst formations appear and then fade from view. In addition to the islands and turquoise waters, Halong Bay is riddled with grottoes that feel like hidden lairs. Dock the boat at Bo Hòn Island and descend into Sung Sot Cave, a 130,000-square-foot chamber that drips in dozens of stalactites. Or, trade with floating Vietnamese fruit merchants as they paddle right up to your boat, their simple rowboats serving as their storefront as well as their floating home. On Cat Ba Island, walk the length of some of North Vietam’s only white sand beaches, or go hiking in search of endangered langurs in Cat Ba National Park.

Practical Info

Halong Bay is 103 miles and three-to-four hours from Hanoi. Many visitors choose to spend either one or two nights cruising on a traditional junk, which not only allows more time for exploring, but also allows for the unforgettable spectacle of limestone islets piercing the mists as the sun rises over the bay. While it’s technically possible to visit Halong Bay independently, the bay’s popularity makes a guided tour a more convenient and economical option.

Tours & Tickets

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2-Day Halong Bay Luxury Junk Boat Cruise Including Cooking Class and Morning Tai Chi

Take in the sights of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Halong Bay on a 2-day luxury cruise aboard a traditional junk. Swim in the bay’s emerald-green waters and ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $217.00

Halong Bay Small Group Adventure Tour including Cruise from Hanoi

4.5 star rating: Recommended 120 Reviews

Discover the striking beauty of World Heritage-listed Halong Bay on this Halong Bay small group adventure tour from Hanoi. Drive through the rural villages of ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.95

Halong Bay Overnight Junk Boat Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 54 Reviews

Imagine waking up surrounded by the tranquil beauty of Halong Bay, one of Vietnam's most spectacular natural wonders. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $219.00

Private Tour: Deluxe Halong Bay Day Cruise including Seafood Lunch from Hanoi

4 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Take a one-day tour to the spectacular World Heritage listed site of Halong Bay by a traditional Vietnamese junk boat, while enjoying a delicious seafood ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.33

Private Tour: 4-Day Hanoi Highlights and Halong Bay Cruise

Take in the sights of Hanoi and enjoy an overnight cruise on Halong Bay on a four-day excursion from Hanoi. Visit Hanoi’s market and Ho Chi Minh sights, ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $450.00

3-Day Halong Bay Adventure Tour from Hanoi

Relax on the remote islands of Cat Ba and Nam Cat on this three-day adventure from Hanoi. You’ll cruise to the islands of Halong Bay and explore remote Lan Ha ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $590.52

Halong Bay 3-Day Junk Boat Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Enjoy more time exploring Vietnam's Halong Bay, one of Vietnam's most spectacular World Heritage listed natural wonders, on this 2-night cruise aboard a junk ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $462.50

Small-Group Vietnamese Countryside Tour by Bike and Boat from Hanoi

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Explore the exquisite Vietnamese countryside by bike and by boat on this small-group tour from Hanoi. Visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, home to the first ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.00

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