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  • Address: Ha Long, Vietnam
  • Admission: Free
You can be forgiven for thinking that Halong Bay couldn’t possibly be a real place. After all, beauty like this only exists in movies, where high-tech equipment can create a landscape that is mesmerizing, awe-inspiring and perfect. Not only is Halong Bay real, however, but it’s a convenient side trip from fast-paced Hanoi that should be on the itinerary of any traveler passing through North Vietnam.

Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the seven New Wonders of Nature, Halong Bay contains over 1,900 islands and jagged limestone islets. Cruise in silence on a traditional junk through the morning Halong Bay mists, and watch as vertical karst formations appear and then fade from view. In addition to the islands and turquoise waters, Halong Bay is riddled with grottoes that feel like hidden lairs. Dock the boat at Bo Hòn Island and descend into Sung Sot Cave, a 130,000-square-foot chamber that drips in dozens of stalactites. Or, trade with floating Vietnamese fruit merchants as they paddle right up to your boat, their simple rowboats serving as their storefront as well as their floating home. On Cat Ba Island, walk the length of some of North Vietam’s only white sand beaches, or go hiking in search of endangered langurs in Cat Ba National Park.

Practical Info

Halong Bay is 103 miles and three-to-four hours from Hanoi. Many visitors choose to spend either one or two nights cruising on a traditional junk, which not only allows more time for exploring, but also allows for the unforgettable spectacle of limestone islets piercing the mists as the sun rises over the bay. While it’s technically possible to visit Halong Bay independently, the bay’s popularity makes a guided tour a more convenient and economical option.

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2-Day Halong Bay Tour with Optional Hanoi Transfer by Bus or Seaplane, Halong Bay, null
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2-Day Halong Bay Tour with Optional Hanoi Transfer by Bus or Seaplane

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 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
Full Day Halong Bay Islands and Cave Tour from Hanoi, Hanoi, Multi-day Cruises
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Full Day Halong Bay Islands and Cave Tour from Hanoi

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 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
Halong Bay Full-Day Trip, Hanoi, Day Cruises
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Halong Bay Full-Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 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
Small-Group Halong Bay Day Cruise Including Hotel Transfers from Hanoi, Hanoi, Day Trips
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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 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

Tired of long drive and want to enjoy yourself in a private cruise? Package with L’Azalee Premium Private Cruise and Seaplane is a perfect choice. Leave the ...  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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 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 Boat Trip from Halong City, Halong Bay, Day Cruises
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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 $125.00
Hanoi - Hoa Lu Ancient Capital - Tam Coc Full Day, Hanoi, Day Cruises
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Hanoi - Hoa Lu Ancient Capital - Tam Coc Full Day

Immerse yourself in Vietnamese history and culture during this full-day tour of Hoa Lu and Tam Coc from Hanoi. See the former royal capital of Vietnam and ...  Read more

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

From USD $50.00
Halong Bay Day Trip from Hanoi, Hanoi, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Halong Bay Day Trip from Hanoi

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 10 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 Day Cruise From Hanoi, Hanoi, Day Cruises
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Halong Bay Day Cruise From Hanoi

4 star rating: Recommended 4 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 $55.00

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