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How to Choose a Halong Bay Cruise

How to Choose a Halong Bay Cruise

Vietnam’s Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with postcard-perfect scenes at every turn, is best seen from the water. Whether your schedule and budget allow for a day trip or overnight tour, here are some tips to select the best Halong Bay cruise for you.

 

For Those Short on Time

If you’re in Hanoi and don’t have enough time for an overnight cruise, a day tour is your best option. It’s a long day—the ride from Hanoi to Halong city is roughly four hours each way—but once you’re on the boat, gliding through the karst islands, you can relax and take in the scenery. Most tours take place on a traditional boat called a junk; some day trips include kayaking from the boat as an additional way to enjoy the bay. If you’re already in Halong, all the better: Look for a tour that departs there so you can skip the travel time from Hanoi.


For Those with a Night or Two to Spare

If time isn’t an issue, opt for a 2- or 3-day cruise for more opportunities to explore the limestone caves, visit island settlements, and see floating villages. Most cruises make stops to swim, kayak, or hike and might feature locations such as Bai Tu Long Bay, Ti Top Island, Luon Cave, Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba Island, or a pearl farm.


For Activity Lovers

If you’re the type of traveler who needs more to do than simply enjoy the view—no matter how incredible the view is—look for a luxury cruise that comes with on-board activities such as spa treatments, Tai Chi lessons, or Vietnamese cooking classes. Some tours include these perks while others offer them for an extra fee.

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Halong Bay Overnight Cruise from Hanoi

Halong Bay Overnight Cruise from Hanoi

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Enjoy the modern comforts and nostalgic ambiance of a three-star cruise boat tour of Halong Bay during this overnight trip from Hanoi.
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  • 2 days
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US$149.00
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US$149.00

Halong Bay 2-day Royal Palace Cruise

Halong Bay 2-day Royal Palace Cruise

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Take a 4-star tour of Halong Bay aboard the boutique ‘Royal Palace Cruise,’ a royal-style traditional junk with 12 spacious cabins. Stay overnight in deluxe accommodations or upgrade for an ocean view, including chef-prepared meals served on board. Your sightseeing itinerary in this World Heritage area includes a visit to Sung Sot Cave plus excursions and a variety of activities such as kayaking, tai chi, a cooking class and a sunset party.
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  • 2 days
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US$179.49
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US$179.49

Rolling in the Deep of Halong Bay in 3 days 2 nights

Rolling in the Deep of Halong Bay in 3 days 2 nights

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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.
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  • 3 days
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US$659.00
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US$659.00

3-Day Halong Bay Cruise on the Starlight

3-Day Halong Bay Cruise on the Starlight

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A 3-day cruise on Halong Bay provides ample time to explore the World Heritage area, famous for its limestone karsts, islets and emerald waters. Stay overnight aboard the ‘Starlight,’ a luxury vessel with 32 exquisitely decorated and spacious staterooms. Enjoy all the amenities of a fine hotel, including a mini-bar and Jacuzzi tub. You’ll anchor at Titov Island, visit Sung Sot Cave (Amazing Cave), kayak around Lan Ha Bay, and have your choice of activities including a sampan ride or hiking up Ti Top Island. Fine dining included.
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  • 3 days
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US$328.21
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US$328.21
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Overnight Halong Bay Cruise on the Starlight

Overnight Halong Bay Cruise on the Starlight

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Board the well-appointed ‘Starlight’ at World Heritage–designated Halong Bay for this 2-day luxury cruise. Pass numerous islets and take a guided excursion to Sung Sot Cave (Amazing Cave), then choose from options including kayaking, swimming or hiking at Ti Top Island. During free time, play mini-golf on the top deck or take part in squid fishing, karaoke or a cooking demo. You’ll stay overnight in one of 32 spacious staterooms, each exquisitely decorated with the amenities of a fine hotel, including a mini-bar and Jacuzzi tub.
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  • 2 days
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US$162.66
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