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  • Address: Halong, Northern Vietnam, Vietnam
  • Admission: Free
You'd be forgiven for thinking Vietnam’s Halong Bay is a land torn from the pages of a fairytale book, especially when its majestic limestone columns are shrouded in dense morning mist. The UNESCO-listed landscape, with its collection of 1,900 beautiful islands and jagged islets, is one of the New7Wonders of Nature and an integral stop on any Asia-bound traveler’s itinerary.

The Basics
On a Halong Bay cruise, you can discover the mystical beauty of secluded grottoes and narrow lagoons as you glide on turquoise water, past quaint rowboats and floating villages such as Cua Van, Vung Vieng, and Cong Dam. Here in this serene bay, the incessant bustle of Vietnam’s capital feels worlds away. Disembark on Cat Ba Island to recline on North Vietnam’s only white-sand beaches, or search for endangered langurs during a hike through Cat Ba National Park. Also keep in mind that mysterious caves abound in Halong Bay—jump off your junk boat at Bo Hòn Island and descend to the stalactite-studded lair of Sung Sot Cave, a massive chamber replete with limestone formations.

Insider Tip
There are few sights more spellbinding than Halong Bay obscured by ethereal morning mist. Opt to spend a peaceful night on a junk boat to watch the sun rising over the UNESCO World Heritage Site—you won’t regret it.

How to Visit with Viator
Undoubtedly, the best way to explore Halong Bay is by junk, an ancient Chinese sailing ship. Guided tours are the best choice to ensure you see the bay’s most scenic areas and receive roundtrip transportation with a tour guide. Halong Bay tours depart primarily from Hanoi’s Old Quarter—small-group or private tours combine bay cruises, which cover highlights such as Lan Ha Bay, West Lake, and the Dau Go Caves, with kayaking and a seafood lunch. Multi-day boat tours allow for deeper exploration, while day trip excursions can also cover nearby towns such as Tam Coc, Haiphong, and the rural Mai Chau, hemmed in by green mountains. Splurge on a luxury cruise for the full experience.

How to Get To Halong Bay From Hanoi

Set in the Quang Ninh Province 103 miles (165 km) east of Hanoi, Halong City can be reached independently from Hanoi by car or bus in about 3.5 hours. From there, it’s possible to take a two-hour ferry ride to Cat Ba. Most travelers fly into a Hanoi airport (Noi Bai International or Gia Lam) before making the journey to Halong Bay.

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Full Day Halong Bay Islands and Cave Tour from Hanoi, Hanoi, null
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Full Day Halong Bay Islands and Cave Tour from Hanoi

4.5 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

The epic landscape of Halong Bay has beckoned dreamers to Hanoi for centuries. Experience the majestic bay in 1-day while on board a traditional Chinese boat, ...  Read more

Location: tp. Hạ Long, Vietnam
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00
2-Day Halong Bay Tour with Optional Hanoi Transfer by Bus or Seaplane, Halong Bay, Day Cruises
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2-Day Halong Bay Tour with Optional Hanoi Transfer by Bus or Seaplane

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Take an overnight trip to one of the most visited sites in Vietnam with this Halong Bay cruise. Enjoy a luxurious journey with on-board meals and spectacular ...  Read more

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

From USD $200.00
Halong Bay Full-Day Trip, Hanoi, Multi-day Cruises
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Halong Bay Full-Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Enjoy this full-day trip to Halong Bay from Hanoi, including a scenic round-trip drive through northern Vietnam’s rural landscapes. Enjoy a seafood lunch as ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.00
Halong Bay Day Cruise from Hanoi, Hanoi, Day Trips
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Halong Bay Day Cruise from Hanoi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Cruise through the stunning Halong Bay on traditional Asian junk as you dine on a delicious seafood lunch. Visit a local fishing village with your ...  Read more

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

From USD $55.00
Full-Day Small Group Halong Bay Islands and Caves Tour with Seafood Lunch from Hanoi, Hanoi, Day ... 
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Full-Day Small Group Halong Bay Islands and Caves Tour with Seafood Lunch from Hanoi

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Cruise the magnificent limestone karsts of Vietnam’s Halong Bay on a Full-day small group adventure tour from Hanoi. Climb aboard a Traditional Junk Boat and ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00
Full Day Boat Trip from Halong City, Halong Bay, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Full Day Boat Trip from Halong City

Halong Bay is a spectacular natural wonder. The dramatic scenery dotted with islets makes this an excellent semi-sheltered, open water location for kayaking. ...  Read more

Location: tp. Hạ Long, Vietnam
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $132.00
Small-Group Halong Bay Day Cruise Including Hotel Transfers from Hanoi, Hanoi, Day Cruises
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Small-Group Halong Bay Day Cruise Including Hotel Transfers from Hanoi

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

If you want to have a glint of breathtaking Halong Bay, our daily full day tour would be the best choice. This join-in tour offers you an overview of Halong ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Halong Bay Day Trip from Hanoi, Hanoi, Day Cruises
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Halong Bay Day Trip from Hanoi

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 11 Reviews

Being one of the world’s natural wonders and heritage recognized by UNESCO, Ha Long Bay is a truly attractive destination with 1,969 islands jetting out from ...  Read more

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

From USD $48.00
Halong Bay Flight from Hanoi and L'Azalee Private Day Cruise, Hanoi, Day Cruises
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Halong Bay Flight from Hanoi and L'Azalee Private Day Cruise

Indulge yourself with a private cruise and seaplane flight at Halong Bay, a UNESCO-listed archipelago composed of nearly 2,000 islands and jungle-clad ...  Read more

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

From USD $505.00
Halong Bay Day Cruise From Hanoi, Hanoi, Air Tours
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Halong Bay Day Cruise From Hanoi

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

The beauty of Halong Bay, or "bay of the descending dragon," is not exclusive to the famous splendor of the bay, but also hidden in its nature, where ...  Read more

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

From USD $59.00

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