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

Halong Bay Small Group Adventure Tour including Cruise from Hanoi

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 northern Vietnam, board a private Chinese junk and set sail through turquoise waters dotted with over 2,000 magnificent limestone islands. Explore the many karsts and enjoy a seafood buffet while taking in the bay's mystical scenery.


  • Transport by air-conditioned mini-van between Hanoi and Halong Bay including hotel pickup and drop off
  • Cruise aboard a traditional Chinese Junk on Halong Bay, a UNESCO listed World Heritage site
  • Visit a fishing village and learn about the culture and customs of the Halong Bay locals
  • A delicious seafood lunch
  • Traveling in a small group, maximum 16 passengers allowing a unique and intimate adventure experience

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What You Can Expect

Halong Bay Small Group Adventure Tour including Cruise from Hanoi

Halong Bay Small Group Adventure Tour including Cruise from Hanoi

Your Halong Bay tour begins with a 3.5-hour drive from the hectic pace in Vietnam's capital city, Hanoi, to the tranquil and beautiful Halong Bay. En route stop at the Hong Ngoc Humanity Center, a handicraft outlet developed to provide support to communities in the area including people's with disabilities. The handicrafts made at the center are available for you to purchase.

On arrival in Halong City board the Chinese junk for your cruise on Halong Bay, famous for its lime karsts jutting out of the green waters creating a spectacular vista as nearly 2000 islands fill the bay. A UNESCO listed World Heritage site since 1994, Halong Bay means "Bay of the Descending Dragon". Legend has it that a long time ago when the Vietnamese were fighting off foreign invaders, the gods sent a family of dragons to assist in the fight. During the battle the dragons spat out jewels that would later become the islands that now are scattered around the bay.

The cruise explores some of the grottos and caves that have formed in many of the islands that fill Halong Bay. Visit a fishing village where you learn about the culture and customs of the local inhabitants and enjoy a scrumptious seafood lunch on board the boat before returning to Hanoi.

Customer Reviews

Ramesh K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

That's what we would call an out of this world natural wonder. Our guide was absolutely brilliant. He paced his presentation throughout the long to and fro journey with an excellent command of the English language. We strongly recommend taking the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Halong Bay is a beautiful natural beauty. Everybody needs to see it once in his/her life.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our tour guide and driver Sorry! Forgot their names were GREAT!!! I would recommend this tour to everyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Halong Bay is beautiful- can't really take a bad photo there :
We didn't have a long time in Hanoi area so going to Halong Bay via bus and returning that same day was perfect! It's fun to see the landscape shift from the city to rural to coast. Our tour guide San was GREAT! Very friendly, knowledgeable, conversant and easy to be around. The boat tour and lunch great food, great scenery. It's a fun stop at the big cave on one of the islands- like some kooky Disney film meets early Star Trek. A bit crowded with boats and people but all part of the experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

What a fabulous place to visit my tour guide Cuong Tran Dry was awesome. Very knowledgeable. The cruise was lovely and the lunch scumptious. A must do thing for everyone

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent tour and tour guide. Thoroughly recommend. It might be easier to have a central pickup and dropoff point to save time for those who get the first and last pickup and drop-off as in our case. This added over an hour and a half to what is already a long trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

So worth the day trip if you don't have a lot of time. The drive its self is worth it just to experience and observe the countryside, then arriving at Halong Bay is so beautiful. Excellent

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Tour itself was great - great tour leader, safe driver, large sized boat to ourselves, beautiful tour of Halong bay. Had lunch on the boat while cruising past the islands which was amazing.

Just note that the drive to Halong Bay is long. Be prepared for a lot of sitting and waiting - bring a book, pillow, and snacks.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Amazing and Great! Good local food served too!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

really good

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