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Small Group Halong Day Tour Islands, Cave, Kayak. Lunch. HIGHWAY Transfer

Hoàn Kiếm, Vietnam
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  • 10 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Experience majestic Halong Bay in one day, with round-trip transport from Hanoi via the Red River Delta. Aboard a traditional Chinese junk, cruise past an epic landscape of limestone pillars and tiny islets. Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch, take a kayak or bamboo boat ride, and visit the stunning Thien Cung Cave. Upgrade for a private tour with your own personal guide and transport vehicle.
  • Halong Bay day cruise by traditional junk
  • Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch
  • Round-trip hotel transport included from Hanoi
  • Upgrade for a private tour with personalized commentary and transport

What's Included

  • Kayak/Bamboo boat 45 minutes. Cave visit in World Heritage Area. English-speaking guide
  • From Hanoi: Round-trip transfers by Modern Comfortable Bus pick up at Hotels located in Old Quater
  • From Halong: Pick up at Tuan Chau Island at 12:00-12:30 at Ticket Counter No 01.
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • National highway transfer for 2 ways
  • Drinks
  • Day tour to Halong would not arrange the Swimming as it is not enough time
  • Tranfer back to Hanoi on the other day. Charge would be applied

Departure & Return

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Please Note

- Pick-up is available for guests staying at hotels in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. And Hotels listed in the system. - For Guests stay at BnB or Homestays hard to find the way to pick up. Please come to our office for the pick up from 07:30 - 08:00 at 37a Hang Thung street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi. - Or you can an Option in our tour: Private car Pick up at your hotel then you would meet our tour guide when you check in Cruise in Halong bay. - Lotte Hotel/ JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi/ Grand Plaza Hotel Hanoi/ Somerset Hoa Binh Hanoi/ Crowne Plaza Hotel/ Muong Thanh Xa La. The traffic to our office very bad. It would take long time for the Taxi. - For travelers who stay in Halong. You can meet our guide at 12:15-12:30 at Ticket Counter #01, Tuan Chau Island, Halong Bay. If you would like to come back Hanoi with us please advise us in advance for the best arrangement.

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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
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Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Big drive and day for one place to visit but all worth it.
The kayaking was full so we had to take the rowing ladies in a boat, so don't get your heart set on that if it is the weekend.
Good value for money but next time would definitely opt for a small-group or private tour.
343 reviews
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Richard, Feb 2020
The tour itself was nice, my second time in halong bay. The kayak was a lot of fun. However the tour guide, Benjamin, was constantly making gay jokes, such as referring to the driver as a “ladyboy” because he was older and not yet married. Benjamin also made other jokes that made me quite uncomfortable.
very good
Parimal_Shankar, Feb 2020
very good. Guide was good. Everythings were done in time. Food was ok. Boat guide was excellent Group people also very nice.
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A very enjoyable day trip
Frances_B, Feb 2020
We thoroughly enjoyed our day trip to Halong Bay qnd the caves. Our tour guide was excellent. We enjoyed a great lunch on the cruise boat while viewing the amazing structures in the bay. Being able to enjoy a row boat cruise in a small section of the bay was great. Walking thru an area of the caves was breathtaking. Really incredible to walk thru the caves and see the magnificent limestone structures. A must to see
rajivsuri4, Jan 2020
Excellent Trip Right from Hotel Pick Up to Drop. Every Minutest Detail Was Fully Well Taken Care of. Will Surely Recommend
Must see
Donald_B, Jan 2020
Our guide was knowledgable, humorous and took care of us well. The lunch on the boat was so much more than we anticipated-- beautiful, expansive and delicious! And of course, the sites of the Bay-- our guide gave us multiple opportunities to get just the right picture and to take in all the beauty the bay and the cave had to offer. We highly recommend this tour as part of a visit to Vietnam.
Chill and easy day tour
hellotosamuel, Dec 2019
A great tour overall! Our tour guide, Fic, gave us the rundown on many cultural aspects of Vietnam, and delivered a raw and sarcastic commentary during the trip (which was amazing, btw). There's not much walking involved so you won't break a sweat enjoying the amazing views of Halong Bay and the stalagmites/stalactites in the cave! 1) Take note that the food on the ferry is shared in tables of 6, so you may be sharing with strangers if your group is small 2) Remember to bring cash if you decide to take the bamboo boat ride; a local suggested that you tip ~10% of the ticket price. They love USD, though.
Great tour
elenapA7992SH, Nov 2019
Great tour guide and tour with interesting history and information. Great driver. Big drive and day for one place to visit but all worth it. The food on the cruise was amazing and the caves were a great visit.
Trip is good, but the "bus" is sucks to max
edmund_h, Oct 2019
The trip at halong bay was a great experience but the bus that we traveled hanoi-halong bay and halong bay-hanoi was terrible. The seats are SO CRAMP and so SOLID HARD, straight up right, making our waist and ass pain like no tomorrow. I even shifted to an empty seat but the driver asked me to f off to my original seat in no way polite. The seat remained empty the entire journey back to hanoi and we have ache all over our body.
An unforgettable experience!
Matthew_S, Oct 2019
With pickup from Hanoi, this tour offer an amazing chance to visit Halong Bay! The drive was a little long (as expected) so bring snacks/entertainment.. You'll probably spend most of the return trip sleeping though. Great food options for lunch and happily catered to dietary needs and preferences. If it wasn't for the inconvenience surrounding our transport in the morning, this trip would've been a flawless 5/5.
Great tour
Kiwianna241, Oct 2019
Awesome guide and driver. Long day, but worth it! I recommend this tour if you have a short time in Hanoi!
Great experience with family!
Oscar_P, Sept 2019
We had a great time in general, guide Benjamin is very nice and easy-going, he greeted us in Spanish ;) and the cruise was good, especially its food, a fulfilling lunch indeed. The visits were good, we enjoyed the bamboo boat and the visit to Thien Cung cave. For us it was very good! Thank you!
Great way to spend the day and see the sights
Rick D, Sept 2019
David was a great guide giving us lots of history and information and had a great sense of humor. The boat cruise among the limestone mountains was breathtaking and the meal they served was delicious and filling. We hiked into the Heavenly Palace cave and David pointed out many formations. From there we went to an area to ride in a bamboo boat or kayak, surrounded by the monoliths. We were able to rest on the 3.5 hr. drive back to town. A full, but fulfilling day!
Good tour
Mihai1882, Aug 2019
Very well organized, the food on the boat is great, the guide is nice but somehow i feel they are away from complete experience as thailand offer. I am not talking here about the nature, but about guides attitude, informations, history. In vietnam the guide is not telling you stories, he is just a person who takes care of you. We would like to hear stories about those places, about history, way of leaving etc.
Full Day Ha Long Bay Tour
Bing O, Aug 2019
Our tour guide Duong was very knowledgeable of the history of Ha Long Bay and the cave, encouraged us to ask questions; told us where to take pics; to summarize our full day tour, Ha Long Bay and the cave tour were great except for the very hot weather. I'm going back to Hanoi but not in August.
A well organized day
Stephen_M, Aug 2019
A well organized day only spoilt by the number of people at Halong Bay and stopping at a “rest stop” for 30 minutes on the way back. Picked up at our hotel. Comfortable bus. Good commentary. Stopped at a rest stop on the way which was wall to wall carvings and paintings. Arrived st Halong Bay in time. In the boat. Set lunch which was okay. Tour of bay. Walk through the cave. Back to the hotel. The guide was great and informative
DiaF, Aug 2019
The full day halong bay trip was absolutely amazing from the beginning till the end. The view of halong bay to kayaking and to visiting the cave...all were fantastic. I enjoyed kayaking the most. The food served on the cruise was also delicious! John was our tour guide and he was so sweet. I am thankful they were able to cater to our special request. I highly recommend.
Day in the bay
Rachel T, Jul 2019
Our pick up was early and made us feel right at ease the second we got on the bus, the whole journey and process of the day was layed out for us, the actual time in ha long bay and then the cave was amazing and it was totally worth the money we paid! Highly reccomend!
Great tour guide! Beautiful sights! Worth it 👍
Curiosity43195916178, Jun 2019
Great tour guide! Cool trip! Cave and bay are beautiful! Worth the money. It’s very hot this time of year so bring extra water.
A superb if tiring day
Steven_G, Jun 2019
The journey to Ha Long Bay return is a bit of a drag but the day itself couldn't be faulted. We started with Lunch on board which was excellent. The Cruise around the Bay was awesome as was the cave visit. I did Geology at school and I have seen nothing like this! We then moved venue with a choice of a bamboo boat or kayak experience. I chose the boat and wasn't disappointed! Superb! A truly great, value for money days excursion. A must do!
Amazing day welll spent!
weltenbummler_crazy, Jun 2019
First of all we'd like to highlight our tour guide Harry which was speaking very good English and had a great sense of humor making us love several times throughout the day. He did a great job explaining everything in detail and making sure that no one gets lost in our group of so many different nationalities. This was our first tour in Vietnam so we can't compare with tours within this country, but compared to organized tours in other countries, we definitely have to highlight the food on board of the boat. It was delicious and plenty! Halong Bay is of course simply beautiful and if you only have a day to go for a tour from Hanoi, this is definitely the tour to book. We liked to compare the tour with the James Bond island tour in Thailand which roughly offers you similar activities, however the heavenly palace cave was incredibly stunning and in no way should be compared to the "ice cream cave" in Thailand. Everything during the trip seemed to be well taken care of and we had the feeling that Vietnam is doing a good job to preserve the nature and protect it from "wild tourism". Canoo boots were even collecting garbage floating around and around the island with the cave were ample of rubbish cans. To sum it up, we had an amazing day and would recommend the tour and especially Harry as a tour guide to everyone looking for a trip to the Halong Bay!!


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