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How to Spend 3 Days in Halong Bay

How to Spend 3 Days in Halong Bay

Some 1,600 islands and islets dot the waters of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering near endless opportunities for exploration. If you have three days to tour the area, you’ll more than likely be doing so by boat. Here are some ideas to help you choose the ultimate 3-day itinerary in Halong Bay.

Day 1: Cat Ba Island

Get up early to make the journey from Hanoi to Halong Bay, passing through the scenic Red River Delta along the way. You should be onboard by lunch and ready to get your first glimpse of the magnificent limestone karst formations as you set sail into the bay. A highlight of the area and a good option for your first afternoon is a visit to Cat Ba National Park, where you can trek through the jungle and spot rare animals such as the Cat Ba langur, civet cats, and giant oriental squirrels. Alternatively, opt for a bike ride around the coastal fishing villages, then cool off with a swim at one of the island’s many beaches. Back on board your boat, learn how to re-create your favorite Vietnamese dishes with a cooking class, then tuck into your creations as the sun sets over the bay.

Day 2: Lan Ha Bay

One of the benefits of a 3-day cruise is the ability to sail deeper into the bay to see some of its more pristine, off-the-beaten-track landscapes. One of these is Lan Ha Bay. Wake up for a sunrise session of tai chi on the top deck of your boat to kick off your day. Points of interest in this portion of Halong Bay include a floating pearl farm, Cai Beo floating village, white-sand beaches, and a few caves inside the karsts. Since fewer tourist boats venture here, you’ll feel like you’ve found an isolated slice of paradise. Enjoy a set-menu dinner onboard as the sun dips below the horizon, and after dark, head out on deck for some squid fishing with the crew.

Day 3: Kayaking and Caves

Many of Halong Bay’s most impressive spots are unreachable by larger cruise ships and junk boats, but they’re perfect for a kayak. For a more intimate Halong Bay experience, make sure to choose an itinerary that includes some kayaking to discover hidden beaches and majestic caves (there are plenty to choose from). If your boat has dropped you back on the mainland today, consider spending the afternoon seeing the bay from a different perspective—a seaplane sightseeing flight, arguably the best way to get a sense for the immensity and majesty of the bay. Once you’re back on solid ground, it’s time to head back to Hanoi, where you can decompress over a dinner of Vietnamese or French cuisine.

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All-Inclusive: 2 Nights on BEST CRUISES (BALCONY Cruises)

All-Inclusive: 2 Nights on BEST CRUISES (BALCONY Cruises)

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Discover the best of Halong Bay without leaving your comfort zone on a 3-day sightseeing cruise. The 4-star ship boasts private luxurious cabins, each with a private balcony and jacuzzi. Tour highlights include kayaking along Ba Trai Dao Beach, biking on Cat Ba Island, and a bamboo boat tour through local caves. On board the boat, you can try Tai Chi, squid fishing, and a Vietnamese cooking class.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$272.44
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3 days 2 nights Cat Ba

3 days 2 nights Cat Ba

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The perfect trip to Vietnam doesn't just include an energizing visit to bustling Hanoi—you also need to rejuvenate, and lounge on the beach, with a trip to the islands. On this two-day beachfront excursion to Cat Ba—with round-trip transportation and lodging included—enjoy your dream island vacation. Hop on a boat to cruise Halong Bay, lounge and snorkel on islands with white sand beaches, and hike in the scenic forests of Cat Ba National Park.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$128.21
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US$128.21

Bai Tu Long Bay 3-Day Luxury Cruise with Meals, Activities, and Hanoi Pickup

Bai Tu Long Bay 3-Day Luxury Cruise with Meals, Activities, and Hanoi Pickup

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Because of its increasing popularity, travelers on Halong Bay cruises find a tourist hotspot and islands packed with travelers. But with this three-day cruise to nearby Bai Tu Long Bay, you can enjoy the best of the bay sights, without the crowds. This off the beaten track spot is known for its pristine beaches and mountainous landscape, which you experience with a kayak excursion, private island stop, and visit to a natural cave. As you cruise, enjoy all onboard meals—and activities—included.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$280.39
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3-Day Luxury Cruise from Hanoi Exploring Halong and Lan Ha Bays with Kayaking or Bamboo Boat Rides

3-Day Luxury Cruise from Hanoi Exploring Halong and Lan Ha Bays with Kayaking or Bamboo Boat Rides

Enhance your experience of one of Vietnam’s most popular attractions on a luxurious 3-day cruise of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Opting for a longer cruise means you’ll be able to explore at a relaxed pace and enjoy the bay before it gets overrun with midday cruises. Plus, you’ll witness more sunsets and sunrises, and visit less-crowded caves and beaches.
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  • 3 days
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US$356.42
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Explore Cat Ba Island from Ha Long

Explore Cat Ba Island from Ha Long

Explore the beating heart of Halong Bay, Cat Ba Island, on this door-to-door guided day tour from Ha Long city. Hike through Cat Ba National Park to Kim Giao Forest and up Ngu Lam peak for panoramic views over island and bay. Explore Hospital Cave, a natural cave transformed into a 3-storey medical center during the Vietnam War. Finally, savor the golden sands of Cat Ba town and a seafood lunch.
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  • 9 hours
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US$142.00
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Shared Shuttle Transfer: Halong Bay to Hanoi

Shared Shuttle Transfer: Halong Bay to Hanoi

Ensure your journey between Halong Bay and Hanoi goes smoothly with this convenient and cost-effective transfer service. Skip the hassle of figuring out public transport and, instead, travel from your Halong Bay hotel in air-conditioned comfort. Upgrade for a private service that also includes hotel drop-off. 
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  • 4 hours
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US$40.00
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US$40.00

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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