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From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay Luxury Boat Tour

1. From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay Luxury Boat Tour

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi at around 7am and heads to Ha Long International Cruise Port, approximately 2-3 hours away. Upon arrival at the port, board your luxury boat for the day and receive a warm welcome from the tour team. Once everyone’s onboard, set sail towards the remote areas of Ha Long Bay and admire the mystifying and magical landscapes of the rocky islets and islands that surround you. At midday enjoy a delicious lunch onboard the boat as you continue to sail through bay and marvel at the stunning and magnificent limestone mountains all around. After lunch, arrive at Tien Ong Cave, a natural cave in the middle of the sea which is home to an array of incredibly beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. At the cave learn about the historical and cultural values of prehistoric sea fishermen who inhabited the location thousands of years ago. From the cave continue on towards Cua Van fishing village, the biggest floating village in Ha Long Bay. Explore the village by kayak or a bamboo boat and visit the quaint onsite museum to learn about local lifestyle and customs. Next, enjoy some free time on the boat to soak up the views, relax on deck, or treat yourself to a massage service. At 5pm watch an incredible fruit carving demonstration then enjoy a delicious canapé party against the backdrop of the glowing sunset. Finally, head back to the cruise port where your transfer service is waiting to take you safely back to Hanoi.

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Halong Day Tour: Islands, Caves, Kayak with Dragonfly Cruise

2. Halong Day Tour: Islands, Caves, Kayak with Dragonfly Cruise

After you’re picked up at hotels located in Old Quarter of Hanoi from 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM, head out on the drive to Halong Bay, making a short stop half way to visit crafts workshops, where you’ll see marble stone sculptures, plaque paintings, and hand-embroidered items. On your full-day excursion continue on the scenic drive to Halong, reaching Tuan Chau Island pier from 12:00 PM to 12:15 PM, and board the traditional cruise. You’ll be greeted on board and then enjoy a fresh seafood lunch. Have a chance to take in the tranquil beauty and breathtaking scenery from the deck of the boat. During the cruise you’ll enjoy views of tiny islands with their rock arches, sheer cliffs, innumerable white sand beaches, and peaceful coves. Like sculpted cartoon characters, these limestone islands have fanciful names, such as Incense Burner, Stone Dog, and Fighting Cock (which is the symbol of Halong Bay). You will then head on to Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Grotto). Explore its huge chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites of all kinds. Finally, enjoy 45-minutes of kayaking or paddling a bamboo boat around the islands and water tunnels at the World Natural Area recognized by UNESCO. Return to the Tuan Chau pier from 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM and board the bus that will take you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi from 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Menu for lunch: 1: Tomato/ cucumber salad 2: Fried potato 3: Steam shrimp 4: Fried eggs roll 5: Fried squid  6: Deep fried seafood spring rolls 7: Fried chicken with mushroom 8: Steamed fish with tomato sauce 9: Fried vegetable (available upon season) 10: Steamed rice 11: Fresh fruit 12: Afternoon fresh fruit and tea

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Ha Long Bay: Full-Day Group Tour with Kayaking

3. Ha Long Bay: Full-Day Group Tour with Kayaking

Start your day between 7:45 AM and 8:30 AM at your accommodation in Hanoi. Here, your friendly driver and guide will be to meet you. After a short meet and greet you will head off on a short and scenic drive to Ha Long Bay. En route, you will get a stop over to take a walk, take in some fresh air and stretch your legs.  Upon your arrival at Tuan Chau Harbor between 12:30 PM and 4:30 PM, you will be welcomed on board your cruise boat. As you board the boat, you will be greeted by the friendly staff and receive your complimentary welcome drink. Once you have settled in, your guide will offer you a safety briefing before the boat sets sail on its adventure. Whilst onboard, you will get to enjoy some delicious local delicacies as you enjoy traditional Vietnamese dishes.  After a short time on your cruise, you will begin your kayaking adventure. Kayaking is a great way to experience nature and the outdoors and is a fun activity for everyone. You will get to kayak or operate a bamboo boat, depending on your preference. As you kayak you will get to visit the famous Thien Cung cave, a famous natural landmark in Ha Long. After visiting the caves you will enjoy some relaxing time whilst you have some afternoon tea. After you have enjoyed your afternoon tea you will disembark from your boat and head back to your accommodation in Hanoi. 

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From Hanoi: Lan Ha and Ha Long Bay Day Cruise

4. From Hanoi: Lan Ha and Ha Long Bay Day Cruise

Journey to the famed Ha Long Bay and the lesser-known but equally beautiful adjoining Lan Ha Bay. Depart early from Hanoi with a convenient pickup from your hotel in Hanoi. Enjoy the scenic ride to Got Harbor in Hai Phong City through the Red River Delta, an area known for its traditional rural culture. At Got Harbor, relax in the waiting lounge and enjoy a welcome drink as the crew presents the itinerary for your 7-8 hour cruise. Once on board, dig in to a delicious multi-choice lunch in the elegant dining room as the ship sets sail. Admire some of the bay’s most famous islets as you cruise, including Da Chong and the 100-year-old French lighthouse left behind after the colonial era. Stop at the Dark and Bright Caves, two beautiful wet cave systems rich in marine life and lush vegetation. Their entry obscured by hanging orchids and fig trees, the caves are less touristy than other spots in the bay. Either kayak in on your own or have a local row you on a sampan boat through the long, silent tunnel of the Dark Cave to the light open space of the Bright Cave. Emerge at a hidden lake enclosed on all sides by streaked cliffs and tree-topped peaks. Passengers with keen eyes may be able to spot Cat Ba langurs, an endangered species of monkey that has sought sanctuary in the forested mountainsides of the Bright Cave. Back on board, relax on one of two sundecks and take in the phenomenal sights of unbounded nature on all sides, perhaps with a drink from the bar. Later in the afternoon, attend a cooking class and fruit-carving demonstration put on by several talented chefs, followed by a Western-style afternoon tea with accompanying snacks. On the way back to the harbor, go for a swim in the clean waters of Lan Ha Bay, enjoying the quiet surroundings. Arrive at Got Harbor just in time to catch a beautiful sunset over Lan Ha Bay. After a day full of exploring, get dropped off back at your accommodation in the Hanoi Old Quarter.

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Hanoi: Ha Long & Bai Tu Long Bay Luxury 1-Day Tour

5. Hanoi: Ha Long & Bai Tu Long Bay Luxury 1-Day Tour

Spend a full day immersed in the beauty of Ha Long Bay on a deluxe cruise. Start your day with pickup at your hotel or private address in Hanoi's Old Quarter and take the 2-hour journey to the International Cruise Port to meet your friendly crew and board the boat. Embark on your vessel and start cruising through Bai Tu Long, heading to Ha Long Bay's remote area, passing through mystifying and stunning landscapes of thousands of rocky islands. Lunch will be served as you sail past more magnificent limestone mountains. At 1:00 PM, stop to visit Tien Ong Cave, a natural karst cave in the middle of the sea that contains beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. See where fishermen from thousands of years ago left their marks. Continue cruising to Cua Van fishing village, the largest floating village in Ha Long Bay. Stop to explore the village by kayak or local rowed bamboo boat. Learn more about their lifestyles and the customs of these people at the quaint village museum. At 3:00 PM, board the boat again to enjoy free time to admire the scenery, take photos, and relax in a private room. Or, take advantage of the entertainment on board, like the gym, beauty services, or massage services. At 4:00 PM, take part in a fruit carving demonstration and try delicious finger food at the sunset party. After the cruise is finished, you will be brought back to Hanoi.

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Ha Long Bay: 2-Day, 1-Night Cruise

6. Ha Long Bay: 2-Day, 1-Night Cruise

Discover, Ha Long Bay, known as the “Bay of Descending Dragons” an enchanting bay in the heart of Vietnam. Relax, soak in the scenery, and embrace the culture on this 2-day cruise. This cruise includes a visit to the Sung Sot Cave, the Biggest Cave in Halong Bay, learn about the UNESCO declared World Heritage area, and enjoy the stunning picturesque landscape. Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay Begin with a pickup from your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter between 7:30-8:15 AM. Set off towards Halong Bay on a 3.5-hour ride. Arrive at the Tuan Chau Harbor by noon, before checking in. Next, your captain will welcome you aboard the cruise with a complimentary drink. Meet the crew for a brief introduction and go through safety guidelines. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch, cruise along the Emerald Sea, and admire the fascinating rock formations. Later in the afternoon, you will visit the Sung Sot Cave, swim on Titop Island and embrace the views from the mountain peak. Soak in the sun on a deck chair, sip a cocktail or read a book as you enjoy relaxation. In the evening, gaze at the night sky, as you join the ship’s sunset party. Take a cooking class and master making fresh noodle rolls. Enjoy a delicious set dinner packed full of vibrant flavors. Join in karaoke, play games, or go fishing for squid, before you enjoy a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi Wake up, enjoy the beautiful sunrise on the sundeck, have breakfast, and admire the stunning views. Help yourself to a cup of tea or coffee if you like to kick start your day. Set sail past the magnificent landscapes, visit the Halong Bay Pearl Farm, and learn the history of pearls. Next, you will return to the ship, enjoy an afternoon dip or explore the bay yourself by kayak, the choice is yours. In the afternoon, enjoy a spot of lunch, and relax as you cruise back to Tuan Chau Harbor. You will then head back to Hanoi or your hotel, arriving back by 4:30 AM.

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Halong Bay: Private Helicopter Tour

7. Halong Bay: Private Helicopter Tour

Marvel at Halong Bay from the comfort of a helicopter and enjoy this iconic site from a very unique perspective. Halong Bay has been the most visited site in Northern Vietnam with ten million visitors per year.  Capture the most stunning photos of Halong Bay and discover the hidden gems in this beautiful site. The name Hạ Long means descending dragon, the bay is formed with 1,600 limestone islands and islets. The area is famous for the crystal clear emeralds water which creates a breathtaking natural view.  To maintain a wide range of biodiversity and minimize pollution, several route restrictions have been announced for all bay cruises.  Discover the whole beauty of this naturally created bay from up in the air.

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What people are saying about Ha Long Bay

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,102 reviews

Excellent trip. Great value for money. Very knowledgeable, friendly guide. The lunch on board the boat was really nice with a lot of food and a good choice of options. My only negative was the lack of WiFi on the bus.

Great way to see Halong Bay in one day! Bus journey is obviously quite long but if you need to squeeze it into 1 day it isn’t much to sacrifice. Benjamin was a great guide, so helpful and spoke amazing English!

very well organised, uy was a really nice tourguide and his english was perfect! also big thanks to driver huy for getting us there quick and save!

Our tour guide Jimmy was lovely the activities were amazing would definitely reccomend

Excellent....the entire day was Perfect in Everyway