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Hanoi: Islands, Caves, and Kayaking with Cruise in Halong

1. Hanoi: Islands, Caves, and Kayaking with Cruise in Halong

Discover the beauty of Ha Long Bay on a cruise and a guided Kayaking tour. Transfer from your hotel in Hanoi and stop to shop for souvenirs along the way. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on a cruise to the Thien Cung cave. Get closer to the islands on a leisurely kayaking tour. After you’re picked up at hotels located in Old Quarter of Hanoi, 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, 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 16:30 to 17:00 and board the bus that will take you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi from 19:00 PM to 19:30 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

Hanoi: Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Lodging and Luxury Cruise

2. Hanoi: Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Lodging and Luxury Cruise

Experience Ha Long Bay on a 2-day cruise, with a sea view or balcony room, cooking demonstrations, and plenty of entertainment onboard. Swim and kayak in the bay's emerald waters and explore its limestone islands and quaint villages. Day 1: Hanoi Pickup and Ha Long Bay The first day of your cruise begins with a hotel pickup from the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Meet with fellow cruise guests and get to know travelers from all around the world. On your way to Ha Long Bay stop at a humanity center to check out local specialties and products. Arrive at your cruise boat and receive a warm welcome from your captain. Afterward, sit for lunch and savor a delicious meal as the cruise passes through thousands of islands and islets of different shapes. Stop near the floating villages and have the opportunity to kayak in the middle of the bay to admire its fascinating rock formations a bit closer. If possible that day, visit Titop Island. Return to the boat for the evening and watch a cooking demonstration of Vietnamese spring rolls. Then delight in an idyllic dinner on board. Spend the rest of the night with free time to participate in activities such as squid fishing, karaoke, or star-gazing on the deck. Day 2: Ha Long Bay and Hanoi Drop-off Have an early start to your day with morning exercises and photos. Sip your coffee or tea as you have breakfast. Relax and take in the breathtaking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear water of the bay. Check out of your cabin and then spend the rest of the morning exploring Ha Long Ba's Surprise Cave. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to impressive rock formations, incredibly tall ceilings, and an interesting legend. From Surprise Cave, head back to the cruise boat's restaurant and eat lunch. Disembark for your transfer back to Hanoi.

Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay: 3-Day Tour on 5-Star Cruise

3. Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay: 3-Day Tour on 5-Star Cruise

This dreamy cruise will leave you with lifelong memories. You will be picked up from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and head to Halong Bay. On arrival you will enjoy a welcome drink on board and a delicious lunch. Cruise past hundreds of fascinating limestone pinnacles towering from the water. It is then time for some kayaking fun, exploring the beauty of nature in the hidden lagoon as you paddle through caves, gazing up at stalactites. There is a stop for you to go swimming in the emerald waters. Back aboard, it’s time to relax with the Happy Hour deals, where you can join in a traditional cooking class. Once anchored for your tranquil overnight stay, the evening begins with the fantastic flavors of the deluxe dinner set menu. The next morning, you can start the day with a tai chi lesson on the sundeck, followed by a light breakfast. Board the day boat to visit Viet Hai fishing village where you can enjoy cycling along the village (Optional electric car service is available.) Take in the stunning landscape of Cat Ba rain forest and dark tunnels, witness the scenery of rice fields, visit the ancient house, and get closer to local life. Over lunch, you are free to discover the local life and food of Cat Ba township. Visit Bao Trai Dao (Three peach Islets), a peaceful body of water that makes it the perfect place for scenic kayaking or relaxing on a sandy beach. Get back onboard the cruise and have some Tapas prepared by the chef. Next, it's time to contemplate the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin while having a few drinks during Happy Hour at the bar on the top deck. The Deluxe Dinner is served, and you experience a delightful meal in an intimate romantic setting. Take the time to enjoy delicious local food prepared and served to you by lovely caterers. It's time to admire the beauty of the night on the bay, sit at the bar on the sundeck, or in the restaurant to welcome you. Try your luck with squid fishing, watch a movie in the restaurant, or play some cards or chess before settling in for the night. On the final morning, it is a perfect time to refresh and indulge yourself in the peaceful beauty of the bay with a tai chi session on the sundeck. If you want to hunt for dawn, get up from 5:30 to 6:00 depending on the season. Have breakfast at the restaurant while continuing the cruise. Participate in Kayaking activities at Ao Ech area and discover the hidden charm of Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay. Afterward, enjoy a delightful brunch at the restaurant while cruising back.

From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay and Titop Island Day Trip

4. From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay and Titop Island Day Trip

After getting picked up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter in the morning, enjoy a scenic 3.5-hour drive to Halong Bay, with a break stop halfway along the journey. Around midday, arrive in Tuan Chau Island, where you will board your boat. Once on board, sit down to a traditional Vietnamese seafood lunch as you cruise around uniquely shaped rocks. You will see rocks shaped like incense burners and fighting cocks along the way. In the afternoon, explore the most beautiful grotto in Halong Bay before boarding a bamboo boat to discover the picturesque Luon Cave. Finally, head to Titop Island. Enjoy a swim in the island's crystal-clear waters or relax on white-sand beaches before heading back to the harbor and beginning the journey back to Hanoi.

Halong Bay Highlight Day Trip-Bus, Cave, Kayaking, Swimming

5. Halong Bay Highlight Day Trip-Bus, Cave, Kayaking, Swimming

Full Day Explore Ha Long Bay - Highlight Destination - Cave - Kayaking - Beach - Swimming 08h30:8:30: Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Ha Long City through the green fields in the Red River Delta. 12h00: Embark at Ha Long wharf – Break and photography time 12h10: Boat Cruises on Halong, enjoy a welcoming drink and cruise briefing. 12h30: Have lunch while cruising in Ha Long Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations in the bay. 13h30: Transfer by tender to Sung Sot cave. Our tour guide will take you to a huge cave with many interesting stalactite and stalagmite in different amazing shapes …. After about half an hour visiting, you will go back to tender and return to the boat. Then return to cruise for your leisure or join sunbathing 14h45: Discovery Luon Cave by kayaking, the most beautiful destination for kayaking in Halong Bay. Enjoying about a hour kayaking to Luon cave then back to cruise and continue to Titov hiking or swimming beach here. 15h45: Swimming on the beach. Trekking Titop peak for taking photos with panoramic view of the bay 16h30: Enjoy Sunset party on Boat with Red wine, French fried, cakes, Fruits.. 17h45-18:00: Back to Ha Long harbour. 20h00-20:30: You will arrived Hanoi hotel and shuttle bus will drop off all around Hanoi Old Quarter or meeting point End of the trip.

From Hanoi: 3-Day 2-Night Ha Long Bay Cruise

6. From Hanoi: 3-Day 2-Night Ha Long Bay Cruise

DAY 1: HA NOI – HA LONG 08:00: Pick up at Old Quarter area and transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay 11:30: Arriving at the Halong Aquamarine check-in lounge. 12:15: While enjoying welcome drinks, you will be introduced the itinerary and safety briefing by Cruise Manager. 16:00 – 17:00: Hike to the top of Ti Top Island for stunning panoramic views of the Bay. After your hike, go for a refreshing swim in Halong Bay’s emerald waters or sip from a coconut in the shade. 17:30 – 19:00: Back on board, you can enjoy sunset party on sundeck or HAPPY HOUR 19:15: Delight in the shimmering atmosphere of thousands of stars while eating a fantastic, expertly prepared dinner. 20:30: This is the perfect time to relax with karaoke or enjoy the drink at Aquamarine provide free for squid fishing tools at reception. 13:00: You will have time to savor your delicious buffet lunch and enjoy the stunning views as the boat cruises towards the southeast of Halong Bay, passing Fighting- Cock and Finger Islet. 14:30 – 16:00: Your first excursion is a visit to Tung Sau Pearl Farm, an area in Halong Bay dedicated to growing pearls and practicing a handmade technique based on Vietnamese tradition and Japanese technology. This is also an ideal destination for kayaking. DAY 2: HA LONG BAY 06:00: Warm up your day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with a breathtaking view as the sun rises on Halong Bay. 07:00 – 07:30: Light breakfast is served at the restaurant. 8:15: Transfer to day boat at Titop Island. 08:30 – 09:30: Discover Ho Dong Tien Cave – this is one of the most beautiful caves on Halong Bay due to not only charming beauty but also geological value and historical value. 09:30 – 11:30: Your next stop is Trinh Nu Cave area for kayaking and swimming. 11:30 – 12:30: After your morning excursions, re-energize yourself with a fresh and delicious lunch in the restaurant. 14:00 – 15:00: Visiting Me Cung Cave - which is one of the most mysterious caves in Halong with the compelling view to Lan Ha Bay or Tung Sau Pearl Fam. 17:30 – 19:00: Back on board, you can enjoy sunset party on sundeck or HAPPY HOUR 19:15: Delight in the shimmering atmosphere of thousands of stars while eating a fantastic, expertly prepared dinner. DAY 3: HA LONG – HA NOI 06:00: Warm up your day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with a breathtaking view as the sun rises on Halong Bay. 07:00 – 07:30: Light breakfast is served at the restaurant. 07:30 – 08:30: Your next stop is the magnificent Sung Sot Cave, one of the biggest caves in Ha Long Bay with beautiful stalactites. You will be surprised by the breathtaking panoramic view across the Bay once you exit the cave as well as the stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years which have taken on fascinating shapes. 08:30 – 09:30: Back on board, you settle your bill, check-out and return to Tuan Chau Island 09:45 – 10:45: Brunch is served at the restaurant while the boat heads back to the harbor. Return to Hanoi.

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.

Bai Tu Long and Ha Long Bay: 2-Day Exploration Cruise

8. Bai Tu Long and Ha Long Bay: 2-Day Exploration Cruise

DAY 1: HANOI – BAI CHAY – HA LONG BAY (L/D) 08h00 – 08h30: Leave Ha Noi city for Ha Long International Cruise Port in Bai Chay town, Ha Long city. Refresh up at the lounge. 12h00 – 12h30: Embark on Oriental Sails. Enjoy welcome drink and get a brief introduction about cruise and safety guidelines. Check-in your cabin. 15h00 – 16h00: Join a guided visit to Sung Sot Cave (also called Amazing Cave), one of the biggest and the most beautiful cave in Ha Long Bay. 16h00 – 17h00: Climb to the peak of Titov Island for the panorama view of the bay. Going down and relaxing on the beach, swimming in the crystal water. 17h20: Return Oriental Sails, enjoying the sunset while relaxing with Happy hour from now to dinner time at the bar. 18h00: Enjoy happy hours with free finger food and various drinks on discounts. Take part in a cooking demonstration and food décor with our Chef 19h00 – 21h00: Dinner is served. Private dinner is available on requested 21h00 – 22h00: Time of second happy hours to the late night or join squid fishing with the crew, sing karaoke or just laze around or relax in your cabin. DAY 2: HA LONG BAY – HANOI (B/L) 06h30: Welcome a new day with amazing dawn on the Legendary Gulf of Tonkin. Refresh your body & soul by a Tai-chi lesson on sundeck. 07h00 – 08h00: Catch morning view of seascapes with a cup of tea or coffee, have breakfast while charming the labyrinth of Karst. 8h00 – 9h00: Join a guided to explore hidden parts of the bay, Luon cave. We share a sampan with other touris with a local rower or taking a kayak on your own. Option kayaking to choose on your own expense. 09h00: Return to Oriental Sails for shower. 09h30: Check out your cabin. Sails weighs the anchor to continue to roam the picturesque route toward Bai Chay bridge for photos. 10h50: Have lunch. 12h00: Disembark. Cruise ends. 12h00 – 16h30: Transfer back to Ha Noi City and trip finishes at the hotel around 15h30.

Ninh Binh: 2-Day Excursion with Guide and Activities

9. Ninh Binh: 2-Day Excursion with Guide and Activities

Option 1: Day 1: Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Mua cave Day 2: Bai Dinh – Trang An Option 2: Day 1: Hoa Lu - Trang An/Tam Coc – Mua cave Day 2: Bich Dong pagoda, Thai Vi temple – Thung Nham Bird Valley Morning: Have breakfast at Hotel/ Bungalow then be ready for the trip 08h30: Get picked up by our friendly guide then cycle to visit the Thai Vi temple and Bich Dong pagoda (the second most beautiful cave in Viet Nam) 11h30: Check out and have lunch in the restaurant with a lot of local foods such as goat meat, fish, spring roll, fried rice… Vegetarian foods are always available at the lunch 13h00: Continue to Thung Nham Bird Valley. Get on a small sampan to discover Hang But (Buddhist Cave), about 500m in length, a magical view of the stalactites and stalagmites, and see a big Buddha-shaped stalactite sitting beside an underground river, as well as visit an orchard of tropical fruits in this area. The best time for the bird park in the afternoon, sit quietly on a boat and slowly paddle through Thung Chim (Thung Nham), discover the most features of this area with more than 4,000 birds of 40 species flying to inhabit every day. Your best chance to take nice photos and immerse yourself in the wild and nature. 16h00: Get on the bus to return to Hanoi 18h30: Get dropped off at hotel in Hanoi Option 3: Day 1: Hoa Lu - Tam Coc/Trang An - Mua cave Day 2: Cuc Phuong National Park Cuc Phuong National Park belongs to Nho Quan District, Ninh Binh province, which is bounded by three provinces of Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh, and, Thanh Hoa province. It is far about 100 kilometers from Hanoi to the southwest. Cuc Phuong national park is the first national park in Vietnam, established in July 1962. Cuc Phuong National Park has a population of abundant flora and fauna. 08h30: Have breakfast and be ready for Cuc Phuong National Park. 09h30: We will firstly visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre - a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, breeding, research, and conservation of endangered primates, and to the protection of their habitats. 12h00: Have lunch in the restaurant with the local foods. Continue taking a short trek into the National Park for sightseeing and learn more about the fauna and flora in this oldest forest of Vietnam. Back to the Park Centre visit the “Cave of Early Man”. 16h00: Take the Limousine Bus back to Ha Noi 18h30: Arrive Back to Ha Noi and get dropped at the hotel

Hanoi: 5-Star 3-Day Halong Bay Cruising Experience

10. Hanoi: 5-Star 3-Day Halong Bay Cruising Experience

Day 1: Hanoi and Lan Ha Bay Begin with pickup from your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter. From there, travel for 2.5 hours on a shuttle limousine bus to your cruise destination. Once there, enjoy a welcome drink while your Cruise Manager provides you with a brief introduction, including safety guidelines. After receiving your room key, you'll check-in to your room. A typical lunch in the luxury dining room will be served as the boat slowly makes its way through the bay. You can then head downstairs to the reception to take part in outdoor activities on the smaller tender. Whilst out on the boat, drop anchor for swimming or simply sunbathe on the deck. Kayaking is also available under the guidance of a local instructor. Following your afternoon activities, return to the cruise at 4:30PM and head to the sundeck to watch the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin. That evening, take part in a cooking demonstration before sitting down to dinner. Following dinner, choose from a large selection of cocktails at the panoramic bar, or head to the entrance for squid fishing. Day 2: Lan Ha Bay  and Viet Hai Village in Cat Ba Island Wake up early for sunrise, at which point you can enjoy a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Breakfast will then be served accompanied by panorama views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site outside. Following breakfast, head out for the day on a smaller boat on which you will cruise along Lan Ha Bay. Later, transfer to Cat Ba Island where you can go cycling through Viet Hai Village to discover the local way of life. Head back to the boat for lunch, before kayaking around a small fishing village and swimming in the waters of Lan Ha Bay. Between 4:30PM-5:00PM, say goodbye to your day-crew as you return to your cruise. That evening, take part once more in the sunset party and cooking demonstration, before sitting down for dinner and relaxing for the evening. Day 3: Lan Ha Bay, Halong Bay, and Hanoi On your final day, choose to wake up early once more for Tai Chi before breakfast. You'll then visit the Dark and Bright Cave by tender and visit the small floating house before taking the opportunity to explore the cave on a local bamboo boat rowed by locals. Upon returning to the cruise, pack your luggage before checking out of your room and returning your room key. Brunch is then served, after which you leave the cruise to return to the harbor. Return to Hanoi around midday, at which point you will be dropped off to your hotel in the Old Quarter.

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What people are saying about Ha Long Bay

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 27 reviews

The two day cruise in Halong Bay was one of the best things we did in Vietnam. The boat was very nice. The cabins had dark wood and big windows. We also enjoyed the balcony where we took a lot of photos from. After our kajak tour we went in the hot tup and drank some happy hour drinks. The staff was very friendly without being too much.

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!

Amazing tour with an amazing friendly guide who was very informative. Would definitely recommend. Stunning lunch on the boat, kayaking, cave tour and oyster farm all included.

Was a good trip. A bit small bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay, but a very pretty view when we arrived the bay.

I am happy that I did the tour, it was amazing experience. Would highly recommend.