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

Halong Bay 3-Day Junk Boat Cruise

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 boat. Dotted with limestone islands in a sea of azure blue water you will cruise the bay, enjoy seafood lunches, dinner, swimming, kayaking (optional) and visit one of the many limestone caves.


  • Cruise along limestone islands and breathtaking scenery on this 3-day Halong Bay junk boat trip from Hanoi
  • Comfortable airconditioned ensuite cabins
  • All meals included
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Include hotel pickup and drop off from Hanoi

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What You Can Expect

Halong Bay 3-Day Junk Boat Cruise

Kayaking in Halong Bay

This three-day cruising itinerary to Halong Bay in Vietnam gives you the best chance to enjoy the World Heritage listed Halong Bay from the luxury junk boat. Here you can relax on the tanning deck, swim in the clear, aqua blue waters and enjoy the best cuisine available in the bay. All the while you will be looked after by our dedicated and attentive crew. There is also the option of exploring some of the bay's most secluded lagoons using our fleet of modern easy-to-maneuver kayaks for some unforgettable scenery only accessible by kayak.

Akin to a floating hotel. Here are some of the junk's facilities:

  • 5 ensuite twin cabins with air-conditioning and ensuite tiled bathroom
  • Hot and cold running water and shower in each bathroom
  • Dining room serving Vietnamese fare (including complimentary welcome drink and free tea and coffee throughout trip)
  • Licensed bar with extensive wine list
  • Games area with assortment of board games, books and magazines
  • Sun tanning area with eight adjustable sun lounges
  • 5 lightweight western made (New Zealand) sea kayaks
  • Night fishing from the boat
  • Fully staffed crew of 7 including Customer Services Manager


Day 1: Hanoi - Halong Bay (L, D)

Depart Hanoi around 8am, the drive to Halong Bay is around 3.5 hours (stopping along the way for a toilet break and a coffee). We arrive at the port at midday where you'll board the junk boat and sit down to a lovely seafood feast while cruising into the bay. After lunch visit a limestone cave before finding a secluded bay to anchor for the night. There will be a chance to swim in the emerald waters before dinner.

Accommodation for the night is in private, ensuite timber cabins with air-con and hot showers.

Day 2: Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Awake the next morning to the lapping waters and enjoy a breakfast overlooking the bay. Either relax on the boat or explore the bay with kayaks. In the afternoon cruise around the bay at a leisurely pace, stopping to explore more caves. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the boat reading, sunbathing or swimming before a decadent seafood meal.

Day 3: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B, L)

Today we continue to cruise around the bay to find secluded spots for swimming and kayaking. At around midday you'll return to the main harbor and set off for Hanoi. Along the way you'll stop at Yen Duc village, for tea and a water puppet show, before arriving in Hanoi late in the afternoon

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

I was expecting a fairly standard boat trip into the bay, and was pleasantly surprised with 3 days of luxury. The cabin was beautiful, with a lovely bathroom and excellent shower. The crew were so attentive and fun, and we had a very knowledgable tour guide. The food was amazing and very plentiful. A highlight was the meal in the cave, which was an experience I shan't forget. Overall, this was a wonderful trip and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to see the best of Halong Bay.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2011


Joanne R
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2009

Fantastic few days! Despite other reviews criticising the fact that you have to return to port each morning to collect people staying for just one night, we wouldn't change a thing. Each day had different activities and routes so it didn't feel 'samely'. Seafood was delicious. All in all, an unmissable experience for anybody passing through northern Vietnam!

Peter G
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2008

This trip was the highlight of our visit to Vietnam! The boat was very traditional but comfortable, and the food and service far exceeded my expectations considering the price paid!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2008

I was very pleased with the tour, the service was excellent, the boat was clean and in good condition, the staff were friendly and helpful, the food was excellent and of course the beauty of Ha Long Bay is breathtaking. Very good trip.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2012

The 3 day cruise was one of the highlights of our trip in Vietnam. Every morning we woke up to some stunning views and we finished each day by kayaking under a specatular sunset. The most memorable moment was perhaps the candle lit dinner we had in a beautiful limestone cave. We were most pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed the dinner.

The only disappointment was day 3. We did not have any activities at all and finished the cruise early at 11am. Return transport just added to our dissatisfication. First the driver was late, then he misread our hotel name and got lost. We did not get back to our Hanoi hotel until almost 5pm (the itinerary said 3pm)!

4 star rating: Recommended January 2011

Good but perhaps the drinks and particularly the too wine expensive.

Ian L

4 star rating: Recommended November 2008

The trip was great, and we encourage anyone interested to make a visit sooner than later, as the influx of tourists will certainly spoil the area for others to visit in the future. Already, we noticed a significant amount of rubbish in and around the bay, and this was in low season! Our room on the "Jewel of the Bay" was certainly cosy, and if possible we would suggest booking the room with the double bed, which was more than twice the size of the others - but be quick as there is only one double bed on the entire boat!

4 star rating: Recommended November 2008

The guides on the boat were excellent. Halong Bay was amazing, definitely one of the great natural Wonders of the World. Only one thing, we booked the two night boat trip and unfortunately the boat returns back to the port each day to get the next batch of single night tourists, so we spent too much time travelling back and forth to the port. Service on board was great, great food. Our cabin was nice and roomy, but beds were thin slabs of foam on wood, a bit too spartan for our tastes. Water in Halong Bay had floating garbage in many places, didn't want to swim in garbage, but kayaking was great. The port was so crowded it made the boat transfer a bit intimidating for some, not a problem for us, but elderly people might have a problem.

4 star rating: Recommended November 2008

Apparently we hit the worst weather in fifty years, so was overcast and cold. However, this tour was still worth doing. Again, our tour guide's English was very poor. He couldn't explain things of interest. We booked and requested the double bed room, but on arrival, they were reluctant to give it to us! They finally did. Food was initially good and in good quantities. However, this dwindled down, so that by the third day there was little seafood, and smaller quantities. Newer passengers only coming for the one day cruise would have been quite shocked. Food was freshly made, but always arrived cool to the table. It would have been better to have all the longer stay people on one boat, and just stay out into the Bay longer.
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