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How to Spend 2 Days in Halong Bay

How to Spend 2 Days in Halong Bay

A cruise on Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a highlight of northern Vietnam for many travelers. While it’s possible to see the bay on a day trip, two days (and an overnight on a boat) lets you experience the exquisite scenery at a more leisurely pace. Here’s what to expect from two days in Halong Bay.

Day 1: Caves and Climbs

**Morning:**Most visitors on a 2-day cruise through Halong Bay begin the day with a scenic drive through the Red River Delta between Hanoi and the town of Halong, where boats depart for the bay. Board your vessel in time for lunch and a safety briefing before you set sail.

**Afternoon:**Many of Halong Bay’s most famous sights can be seen on this first afternoon sailing into the sea of karsts (islandlike limestone formations). Depending on your itinerary, you might hop off to explore Tien Ong, Bo Nau, or Surprise Caves; visit the small Ba Hang fishing village; or climb to the top of Titov Island for a panoramic view of the bay. 

**Night:**Day trippers miss out on something special—a sunset on Halong Bay followed by dinner out on the water. Most boats offer a seated dinner with a fixed menu, followed by nighttime squid fishing on deck. Let the gentle rocking of the boat lull you to sleep in preparation for another day of exploring. 

Day 2: Active Adventure

**Morning:**Arise early to watch a sunrise over the karsts of the bay, and get your blood flowing with a session of morning tai chi or yoga on the sundeck of your ship. After a light breakfast, get off at Luon Cave for an excursion by woven boat, or grab a paddle to kayak through the interior of the cave.

**Afternoon:**Passengers on 2-day cruises often head back to the passenger port at Tuan Chau Village by early afternoon to begin the drive back to Hanoi. Those on 2-night itineraries will have more time to explore the bay, at sites such as the Tung Sau Pearl Farm or Cua Van floating village.

**Night:**Depending on the length of your cruise, you might have another night aboard your ship, watching movies, fishing for squid, lying on deck beneath the stars, or relaxing in your cabin before disembarking the next morning.

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Bhaya 2-Day Halong Bay Tour with Optional Hanoi Transfer by Bus

Bhaya 2-Day Halong Bay Tour with Optional Hanoi Transfer by Bus

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Set sail to discover the UNESCO-listed landscapes of Halong Bay on this 2-day tour, including overnight accommodation and meals on board. Cruise around unique rock formations like Chicken Rock; marvel over the shimmering Dark and Bright Lagoon; and venture inside Surprise Cave. The fun doesn’t stop once you’re on board, either: enjoy Tai Chi, try your luck squid fishing, or take part in a traditional Vietnamese cooking class.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$175.00
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US$175.00
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Halong Bay 2 Days 1 Night Excursion - Superior Cruise with full board services

Halong Bay 2 Days 1 Night Excursion - Superior Cruise with full board services

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Even with limited time in Vietnam, you can experience the natural beauty of Halong Bay on a 2-day cruise with round-trip transfers from Hanoi. Go sightseeing at Titop Island, kayak into sea caves, or simply relax on the spacious deck with great views. Sleep overnight in a comfortable private cabin and enjoy delicious meals during this memorable cruise at the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$129.00
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US$129.00

Overnight Halong Bay Cruise Including Transfer Service and Kayaking or Bamboo Boat Activities

Overnight Halong Bay Cruise Including Transfer Service and Kayaking or Bamboo Boat Activities

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Kick back and relax on this overnight cruise around Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get up close to some of the bay’s most striking natural wonders, like the remarkable Sung Sot Cave, and visit local villages built around the resources that the Bay provides. Row or kayak around the floating fishing village of Van Gia and learn about pearl farming in Ha Long area.
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  • 2 days
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US$166.66
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US$166.66

2-Day Halong Bay Syrena Cruise- Included Round Trip Shuttle Bus

2-Day Halong Bay Syrena Cruise- Included Round Trip Shuttle Bus

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Spend a memorable two days sailing around the UNESCO-listed landscapes of Halong Bay on this luxury Syrena Cruise. Hop off to explore Amazing Cave, enjoy kayaking around Ti Top Island and Luon Cave and more. Along the way, get a taste of local culture with a Tai Chi lesson and Vietnamese cooking class on board. This all-inclusive tour includes overnight accommodation and meals, plus round-trip hotel transfers from Hanoi's Old Quarter.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$171.17
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US$171.17
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Overnight Halong Bay with Paradise Elegance Cruise

Overnight Halong Bay with Paradise Elegance Cruise

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Sail on one of the largest and most stylish boats on the gorgeous Halong Bay during this two day cruise. A major advantage of this cruise is that you’ll visit the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site during its least busy times. You also get to stay on the beautiful Coconut Tree Island, with en suite, air conditioned rooms. Three meals, afternoon tea, a Tai Chi class, and cooking demonstration included.
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  • 1 day to 1 day 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$461.54
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US$461.54
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Overnight Luxury 5 Star Alisa Premier Cruise with Meals, Kayak or Bamboo Boat

Overnight Luxury 5 Star Alisa Premier Cruise with Meals, Kayak or Bamboo Boat

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No trip to Vietnam is complete without a visit to the UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay. This overnight journey is a great way to see the major highlights of the bay including a number of caves, islands, beaches, and a floating village. Enjoy activities such as swimming, kayaking, and fishing during this all-inclusive cruise.
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  • 2 days
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US$206.66
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US$206.66

Halong Bay Overnight Cruise with Kayaking, Caves, and Private Cabin

Halong Bay Overnight Cruise with Kayaking, Caves, and Private Cabin

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Spend one night on Halong Bay aboard a classic wooden luxury boat for a memorable experience of one of Vietnam's most famous destinations. Take in scenic locations around the bay during the overnight cruise, and have the option to visit Ti Top Island, explore Sung Sot Cave, and go kayaking during the day, and partake in a cooking demonstration and squid fishing during the evening. Includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and accommodation in one of 17 private air-conditioned cabins.
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  • 2 days
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US$369.24
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US$369.24
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3-Day Halong Bay Cruise with Kayaking, Caves, Pearl Farm, and Floating Village

3-Day Halong Bay Cruise with Kayaking, Caves, Pearl Farm, and Floating Village

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Experience more of Halong Bay on a 2-night cruise aboard a classic wooden boat. See the highlights of this famous Vietnamese destination including Ti Top Island, Sung Sot Cave, Titov Island, Tung Sau Pearl Farm, and Cua Van Floating Village. Stay in your own private cabin with ensuite bathroom, soak in the views from the large sundeck, enjoy delicious meals in the dining room, and perhaps treat yourself to a spa treatment (own expense). Other activities include kayaking, tai chi lessons, a cooking demonstration, and evening squid fishing.
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  • 3 days
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US$887.18
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US$887.18
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