4.5 star rating: Recommended 159 Reviews

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

Halong Bay Small Group Adventure Tour including Cruise from Hanoi

Immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed natural wonder, on a small-group adventure tour from Hanoi. Discover the rural and rustic villages of northern Vietnam then set sail on the iridescent waters of the sea to observe more than 2,000 idyllic limestone islands. Pleasure your palate with a sumptuous seafood buffet onboard and capture fantastic photographs of the bay’s sublime scenery. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, which operates with a maximum of 16 passengers.    


  • 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

Depart from your Hanoi hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and relax during the scenic 3.5-hour drive to the beguiling Halong Bay. Watch the scenery transform from metropolitan sprawls to scenic natural beauty as you approach your destination. Stop at Hong Ngoc Humanity Centre en route to purchase handicrafts made by undeveloped communities in the region. 

On arrival in Halong City, climb aboard a Chinese junk to cruise around the idyllic limestone islands of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site famed for its spectacular vistas and majestic multitude of islands. Gaze at more than 2,000 islets as your guide regales you with legends of dragons and secreted treasure. Discover secret grottoes and mystical caves then disembark at a rustic fishing village to delve into the culture and customs of local inhabitants. 

Return to your boat and feast upon a sumptuous seafood buffet of freshly caught fish. Relax during your return journey to Hanoi City and travel back to your hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach.   

Customer Reviews

Alex G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Dien, our tour guide, picked us up from our hotel at 630am. We were the first of the 10 people in our tour group to be picked up and Dien kept us engaged with some interesting information about Vietnam for about the first half of the 3 hour ride. There isnt a whole lot during the ride in terms of sight-seeing but we got go see some smaller towns, factories, and rice planting along the way. About halfway through the trip we stopped for about 15 minutes for a restroom break. Of course we got the opportunity to purchase some items at the location. There are some pricey art items there from the hundreds to thousands of USD, but if you look around towards the back there are some more reasonably priced items.

On arrival at Halong Bay we had a wonderful lunch and got to try out a variety of Vietnamese dishes. It was late January, a bit chilly with no sunshine, and I needed a light jacket. We were still able to experience the beauty of Halong bay and everyone was awed. The overcast conditions gave it a very majestic feel. We also stopped off at the limestone cave, which I thoroughly enjoyed. After about 3.5 to 4 hours it was time for the return trip.

I feel like the 1 day trip was sufficient and that I had not necessarily missed out on anything. The downside is it is a lot of time spent traveling in a bus. However, I would do this tour again. Thanks to Dien for helping to make this a wonderful trip!

James M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

An excellent tour. My guide was informative and the lunch onboard the boat was superb! I highly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great guide very knowledgeable. The trip itself was terrific. Great sites and cruise lots to see.

Nicholus C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Really enjoyed our time on this tour, and the drive there wasn't nearly as bad as I expected.

Ramesh K Singapore

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.

Mark S

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.

Kelly K

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.

Jennifer L

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

David M

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.

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