3 Days in Halong Bay: Suggested Itineraries

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With a mind-boggling 1,600 islands sprinkled around the shore, there are endless opportunities for exploring Halong Bay, and with 3 days to take in the highlights the best option is a boat cruise. A 3-day junk boat cruise is the ultimate adventure and there is a huge variety to choose from – here are some suggestions to help inspire you.

Day 1: Visit Cat Ba Island
Set sail across the shimmering waters of Halong to Cat Ba Island, the bay’s largest and most visited island. The main highlight is the sprawling Cat Ba National Park, where you can trek through the jungle and spot rare animals like the Cat Ba langur, civet cats and giant oriental squirrels. Alternatively, opt for a bike ride around the coastal fishing villages, then cool off with a swim at one of the island’s many beaches. Back on board your boat, learn how to recreate your favorite Vietnamese dishes with a cooking class, then tuck into your creations as the sun sets over the bay.

Day 2: Take in the highlights of Lan Ha Bay
After sleeping onboard the boat, start the day with a morning Tai Chi class on the top deck, then head off-the-beaten-track and set out for a cruise around the stunning karst landscape of Lan Ha Bay. Highlights include the Light and Dark Cave, Three Peach Beach and a floating Pearl Farm, but be sure to take a peek at the Cai Beo floating village and take in the views from Monkey Island too.

Day 3: Go kayaking around the caves
A kayaking excursion is the ideal way to discover the majestic caves and hidden beaches unreachable by boat. Top destinations include the aptly named Sung Sot Cave (Amazing Cave), Ti Top Island, Dragon Islet, Thien Cung Cave (Heavenly Palace Cave) and Dau Go Cave (Cave of Wonders). Alternatively, try your hand at rock climbing, paddle-boarding or squid fishing.
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3-Day Halong Bay Cruise and Cat Ba Island Tour

Discover Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island with a 3-day itinerary that includes a boat cruise in the World Heritage area plus an overnight stay in town. Stop for a swim at Soi Sim Island and visit Sung Sot Cave (Amazing Cave); take a boat tour to nearby Lan Ha Bay; ride a bike to a local village; look for wildlife at Monkey Island; and enjoy free time in Cat Ba. Choose from activities such as kayaking, cooking, karaoke or squid fishing. Select a superior or deluxe cabin.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$206.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 days
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$206.00 USD

3-Day Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island Tour

Enjoy the best of both worlds on this 3-day Halong Bay cruise, including one night on-board and one night at the Monkey Island resort on Cat Ba Island. Admire the natural highlights of Ha Long Bay as you explore Sung Sot cave; stop to swim and kayak around the beaches and islets; and watch the sunset over the UNESCO-listed landscapes. After dining and sleeping onboard, cruise around Lan Ha Bay and the Cai Beo floating village, then make the most of the beachside activities at the Monkey Island Resort.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$422.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 days
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3-Day Halong-Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island Tour

Marvel over the magnificent landscapes of Halong Bay on this 3-day cruise, including on-board accommodation and meals. Venture off the tourist trail for an action-packed itinerary including a bike tour of Cat Ba Island, a kayak excursion around Three-Peach Islet and a tour of the Vung Vieng floating village by bamboo boat. You’ll also spend time in a floating village in Rang Dua; explore the Bewitching Grotto and Maze Cave; and enjoy on-board activities like Tai Chi, squid fishing and cooking demonstrations.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$312.00 USD
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Halong Full Day Tour with Cave Discovering and Kayaking

Spend the day in Halong Bay on a guided tour from Hanoi — ideal for those with limited time. Travel from the Old Quarter to the World Heritage site of Halong Bay, where you’ll cruise aboard a traditional-style junk and enjoy a seafood lunch. Visit Thien Cung Cave and enjoy a kayaking trip around limestone islets named for their whimsical shapes.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$55.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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2-Day Halong Bay Luxury Junk Boat Cruise Including Cooking Class and Morning Tai Chi

See the unearthly sights of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Halong Bay on a luxurious 2-day cruise aboard a traditional junk boat. Plunge into the emerald green waters of the bay; explore the rugged limestone sculptures and the caverns they harbor by kayak; and catch a rare glimpse of local life during visits to rural island villages. Experience a cooking class; try your hand at tai chi; and feast upon several sumptuous seafood meals aboard your opulent vessel. Luxurious accommodation in ensuite cabins and round-trip transportation from Hanoi is included on this tour.
  • Duration: 2 days
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$217.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 days
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