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How to Choose a Halong Bay Cruise

By Viator, June 2018

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The startling landscapes of Halong Bay are best explored by boat, but with so many options, choosing the perfect cruise can seem impossible. There are luxury cruises, traditional junk boat cruises, day and multi-day cruises, and itineraries that check off all the top attractions or venture off-the-beaten-track, plus plenty of extras like Vietnamese cooking classes, sea kayaking excursions or morning Tai Chi onboard your boat.

If time and budget isn’t an issue, a 3-day cruise is the best choice for discovering Halong Bay, offering plenty of time to explore the unique limestone caves, visit the island settlements and floating markets, and stop to swim, kayak or hike around the many islands.  Hop on-board the luxury Calypso Cruiser and visit top sites like Sung Sot cave, Ti Top island and Luon Cave; take a Royal Palace cruise to Tu Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island; or ride the authentic Dragon Pearl junk boat to the less-visited Bai Tu Long Bay.

A more affordable option is a 2-day cruise, which still offer plenty of time to soak up the scenery and duck off the tourist trail, as well as spending the night on board an atmospheric junk ship. If you’re pushed for time, it’s also possible to take in the highlights on a day trip or overnight cruise, spotting famous landmarks like the Cave of Surprises, Fighting Cock Island, Dog Rock and Turtle Island. Maximize your time by including a thrilling seaplane transfer from Hanoi, an onboard cooking class or a kayaking tour.  

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Halong Bay Full-Day Guided Tour Including Cruise, Kayaking and Lunch from Hanoi, Halong Bay, null
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Halong Bay Full-Day Guided Tour Including Cruise, Kayaking and Lunch from Hanoi

4.5 star rating: Recommended 44 Reviews

Join this tour for the opportunity to experience a full-day out to Ha Long. With a convenient 4-hour transfer, you’ll reach Halong by midday. Enjoy the ...  Read more

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

From USD $48.00
Halong Bay Overnight Cruise with Kayaking, Caves, and Private Cabin, Halong Bay, Day Cruises
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Halong Bay Overnight Cruise with Kayaking, Caves, and Private Cabin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Our Paradise Luxury Classic vessels contain 17 boutique cabins with a classic wooden interior, a cozy and sophisticated dining room, and an expansive sundeck ...  Read more

Location: tp. Hạ Long, Vietnam
Duration: Flexible

From USD $416.00
Halong Bay Overnight Cruise from Hanoi, Hanoi, Multi-day Cruises
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Halong Bay Overnight Cruise from Hanoi

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

Experience Halong Bay in more than just one day on an overnight boat trip with transport from Hanoi. This 3-star cruise features modern comforts and ...  Read more

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

From USD $149.00
Overnight 4-Star Halong Bay Cruise, Halong Bay, Multi-day Cruises
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Overnight 4-Star Halong Bay Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

This is a fantastic 2 day/1 night Halong Bay trip that covers almost all of the beautiful highlights of Halong Bay, Lan Ha bay and nearby attractions. Tourists ...  Read more

Location: tp. Hạ Long, Vietnam
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $174.00
Halong Bay Cruise from Hanoi with Seafood Lunch, Halong Bay, Multi-day Cruises
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Halong Bay Cruise from Hanoi with Seafood Lunch

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This day cruise leads you to the famous Halong Bay and through the most attractive areas of the Tonkin Gulf. The well-designed route offers an excellent ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $62.50
Daily tour Bai Tu Long bay, Halong Bay, Day Cruises
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Daily tour Bai Tu Long bay

7.30: Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter 11.45:  Welcome guests at Hon Gai habour 12.30:  Embark Swan Day Cruise, cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay, ...  Read more

Location: Hạ Long, Vietnam
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Halong bay 2 days 1 night, Halong Bay, Day Cruises
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Halong bay 2 days 1 night

Visit the most beautiful sightseeing places on  UNESCO World Heritage-listed Halong Bay  including the  Cave of Thien Canh Son, Bai Tu Long Bay ...  Read more

Location: Hạ Long, Vietnam
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $185.00
Signature Royal Ha Long Cruise, Halong Bay, Day Cruises
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Signature Royal Ha Long Cruise

Signature Royal Cruise offers luxurious and elegant accommodation offering stunning views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ha Long Bay and the beautiful Lan ...  Read more

Location: Hạ Long, Vietnam
Duration: 2 to 3 days

From USD $301.95
Signature Ha Long Cruise, Halong Bay, Day Cruises
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Signature Ha Long Cruise

Housed in a traditional wooden boat, Signature Halong Cruise offers luxurious suites with stunning views of Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Lan ...  Read more

Location: Hạ Long, Vietnam
Duration: 2 to 3 days

From USD $282.15
Halong Bay 2-day Royal Palace Cruise, Hanoi, Day Cruises
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Halong Bay 2-day Royal Palace Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

A traditional junk boat with 12 cabins with unique design, Halong Royal Palace Cruise 4* offers an interesting journey for 2 days 1 night. Tourists will visit ...  Read more

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

From USD $182.00

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