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

Halong Bay Overnight Junk Boat Cruise

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 bay, dotted with impressive limestone islands, on a two-day cruise aboard a traditional junk boat. You’ll enjoy a guided tour of the limestone Cave of Surprises as well as free time to sunbathe, swim and kayak in secluded lagoons. Receive personalized service from your crew on this small-group tour, limited to 24 people.


  • 2-day traditional junk boat cruise on UNESCO World Heritage-listed Halong Bay including the Cave of Surprises
  • Enjoy 3-star amenities including full cash bar aboard the boat
  • Take photos from the sightseeing deck or aboard your kayak as you tour
  • Sleep soundly in one of 12 comfortable, air-conditioned, ensuite twin cabins
  • Dine on two seafood lunches, one dinner and one breakfast, including traditional Vietnamese fare
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Hanoi included
  • Small-group tour limited to 24 people ensures personal attention from your crew

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What You Can Expect

Halong Bay Overnight Junk Boat Cruise

Halong Bay Overnight Junk Boat Cruise

Halong Bay, listed as one of Vietnam’s five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, covers 933 square miles (1,500 square km) with more than a thousand limestone peaks rising up from the emerald waters. Your two-day itinerary gives you a chance to relax on the tanning deck, swim or kayak, try night fishing, see the sights and enjoy delicious Vietnamese cuisine – all while being looked after by your attentive crew.

The traditional junk boat includes: hot and cold running water and shower in each ensuite tiled bathroom; a dining room and licensed cash bar with extensive wine list; sun-tanning area with adjustable sun lounges; and fully staffed crew including a customer services manager.


Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay (L, D)
After early morning pickup from your hotel, depart from the capital for Halong Bay – an approximate four-hour drive by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. Upon arrival at Halong Bay around midday, you’ll be greeted by a tour representative and transferred to the traditional junk boat.

Settle in with a complimentary welcome drink as you begin your cruise around majestic Halong Bay. Meet the expert crew and get acquainted with your small group while you dine on a delicious seafood lunch, including tea and coffee. After lunch, unwind and soak up the sun on the top deck – a great spot for photographing the natural wonders of the bay – as your captain finds a secluded area, perfect for swimming in the clear waters.

You’ll have the chance to try your hand at kayaking and explore some of the ancient limestone caves dotting the bay. As you glide along the most secluded lagoons, admire the surrounding limestone karsts amid unforgettable scenery only accessible by kayak! The modern kayaks are lightweight and easy to maneuver, and all participants will be issued water buoyancy vests. The junk boat will be nearby at all times, serving as a back-up vessel for those who need it.

After exploring, retire to the boat for more relaxation on the deck and enjoy a refreshing drink from the bar if you'd like. In the evening, your cook will prepare a splendid meal comprised of fresh seafood dishes as well as traditional Vietnamese fare as your crew weighs anchor in the heart of the bay. Afterward, you’ll have the opportunity to try some night fishing from the boat.

Overnight: Ensuite twin cabin aboard traditional junk boat in Halong Bay

Day 2: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
Rising to the tranquil beauty of the bay, there’s time for an early morning dip followed by breakfast. Then, head to the Cave of Surprises – the biggest cave in Halong Bay – where you’ll discover magnificent stalagmites and stalactites as you walk along the lit paths on a guided tour.

After another delectable lunch around midday, start your cruise back to the main harbor before transferring to your awaiting vehicle for the four-hour journey back to Hanoi. End your tour with hotel drop-off upon arrival in the capital.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Fantastic tour led by tour guide James who was just outstanding. Highlight was the swim followed by an entertaining and delicious dinner Highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Everything about the junk boat was amazing.
Fantastic food and service. The kayaking was a lovely experience and so was watching the sunset on the deck.
Not a fan of sharing room with a few cockroaches but guess bugs are to be expected on a junk boat!
Long journey to get there though.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Halong Bay is beautiful. Yes there are a lot of tourists and tourist boats but the area is so beautiful that everyone deserves the opportunity to see it. The cabin was spacious and very comfortable. We were lucky that the weather was perfect. The boat was not large so it gave us the opportunity to get to know some of the other tourists. The staff on the boat were excellent and a lot of fun. Visiting Halong Bay is one of our best travel experiences. Kayaking on the bay was hard work but has given us great memories.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

This tour was the highlight of our Vietnam trip and we thorouly recommend it. Our guide Hui was lovely and such a great host and the food was simply amazing and plentiful. A great relaxing way to spend a couple of days amongst the beautiful scenery.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

We booked this tour during the off season and were thus the only couple on the cruise. The crew were very attentive and the food was fantastic. Our guide was great and did a great job of informing us and answering all our questions. Being the only couple on board, we truly felt like we were living in the lap of luxury! The crew accomodated my husband's wishes to swim off the boat with him and I'm glad they did because he ended up getting stung by a jellyfish and they were right there with him. It was obvious the crew was very professional and upon comparing stories with other couples, I'm glad we booked through Viator. And it was always evident in the condition of the boats.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

We rode on the lazalee boat, and relative to the other boats I saw in the bay our boat was the newest and cleanest. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip, even with the mist it was beyond perfect. Food was good and various and cabins were top notch. Very good choice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Everything went like clockwork according to the itinerary. The food on the boat was outstanding and there were some very classy touches. Cabin was very comfortable and the shower was piping hot. Weather wasn't ideal in February - very hazy and misty and a bit chilly, but the great organisation more than compensated for the disappointing weather. Very friendly staff and guide. Overall, a great experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

Had an amazing time at Halong Bay. It is totally breath taking. The junk boat was very comfortable and the staff very friendly. The food was amazing and so much of it. Definately do this again but would do for 3 days instead of just overnight.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

We enjoyed the trip a lot. That was a great landscape, really beautiful. When got back from Ha long to Hanoi, i dropped my wallet in the Van. The next day, the Van Driver (Mr. Tuan) brought me back my wallet. For the great service with honesty and hospitality, this tour is truly recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

We had a fantastic time on the junk boat cruise and highly recommend it to others. The sleeping cabins were delightful, clean and surprisingly spacious. The crew were friendly, helpful and seemed to really enjoy their jobs. The scenery in Halong Bay was beautiful, including the cave tour and the kayaking tour. This tour was one of the highlights of our trip to Vietnam.

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