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How to Choose a Halong Bay Cruise

By Viator, July 2018

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Vietnam’s Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with postcard-perfect scenes at every turn, is best seen from the water. Whether your schedule and budget allow for a day trip or overnight tour, here are some tips to select the best Halong Bay cruise for you.
 
For Those Short on Time
If you’re in Hanoi and don’t have enough time for an overnight cruise, a day tour is your best option. It’s a long day—the ride from Hanoi to Halong city is roughly four hours each way—but once you’re on the boat, gliding through the karst islands, you can relax and take in the scenery. Most tours take place on a traditional boat called a junk; some day trips include kayaking from the boat as an additional way to enjoy the bay. If you’re already in Halong, all the better: Look for a tour that departs there so you can skip the travel time from Hanoi.
 
For Those with a Night or Two to Spare
If time isn’t an issue, opt for a 2- or 3-day cruise for more opportunities to explore the limestone caves, visit island settlements, and see floating villages. Most cruises make stops to swim, kayak, or hike and might feature locations such as Bai Tu Long Bay, Ti Top Island, Luon Cave, Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba Island, or a pearl farm.
 
For Activity Lovers
If you’re the type of traveler who needs more to do than simply enjoy the view—no matter how incredible the view is—look for a luxury cruise that comes with on-board activities such as spa treatments, Tai Chi lessons, or Vietnamese cooking classes. Some tours include these perks while others offer them for an extra fee.

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Halong Bay Full-Day Guided Tour Including Cruise, Kayaking and Lunch from Hanoi, Halong Bay, null
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Halong Bay Full-Day Guided Tour Including Cruise, Kayaking and Lunch from Hanoi

4.5 star rating: Recommended 45 Reviews

Join this tour for the opportunity to experience a full-day out to Ha Long. With a convenient 4-hour transfer, you’ll reach Halong by midday. Enjoy the ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.00
Overnight 4-Star Halong Bay Cruise, Halong Bay, Day Cruises
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Overnight 4-Star Halong Bay Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

A fantastic journey covers most of attractions in Halong Bay and well-organized in 2 days 1 night. The tour takes you to explore beautifully famous sights in ...  Read more

Location: tp. Hạ Long, Vietnam
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $174.00
Halong Bay Overnight Cruise from Hanoi, Hanoi, Multi-day Cruises
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Halong Bay Overnight Cruise from Hanoi

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

Experience Halong Bay in more than just one day on an overnight boat trip with transport from Hanoi. This 3-star cruise features modern comforts and ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $149.00
Signature Royal Ha Long Cruise, Halong Bay, Multi-day Cruises
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Signature Royal Ha Long Cruise

Signature Royal Cruise offers luxurious and elegant accommodation offering stunning views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ha Long Bay and the beautiful Lan ...  Read more

Location: Hạ Long, Vietnam
Duration: 2 to 3 days

From USD $335.50
Full Day Boat Trip from Halong City, Halong Bay, Day Cruises
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Full Day Boat Trip from Halong City

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Halong Bay is a spectacular natural wonder. The dramatic scenery dotted with islets makes this an excellent semi-sheltered, open water location for kayaking. ...  Read more

Location: tp. Hạ Long, Vietnam
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.00
Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay on Luxury Cruise 3 days - 2 nights, Halong Bay, Day Cruises
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Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay on Luxury Cruise 3 days - 2 nights

Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay is route new opened after so many tourists complain about crowded people on classic route . A new fresh air feeling with wild ...  Read more

Location: Hạ Long, Vietnam
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $315.00
Halong Bay Overnight Cruise with Kayaking, Caves, and Private Cabin, Halong Bay, Day Cruises
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Halong Bay Overnight Cruise with Kayaking, Caves, and Private Cabin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Our Paradise Luxury Classic vessels contain 17 boutique cabins with a classic wooden interior, a cozy and sophisticated dining room, and an expansive sundeck ...  Read more

Location: tp. Hạ Long, Vietnam
Duration: Flexible

From USD $416.00
Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay on Luxury Cruise 2 days - 1 night, Halong Bay, Multi-day Cruises
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Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay on Luxury Cruise 2 days - 1 night

Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay is route new opened after so many tourists complain about crowded people on classic route . A new fresh air feeling with wild ...  Read more

Location: Hạ Long, Vietnam
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $169.00
Daily tour Bai Tu Long bay, Halong Bay, Day Cruises
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Daily tour Bai Tu Long bay

Make this Swan Cruise the highlight of your dream vacation in Vietnam!  1 day cruise is offered at an exceptional price for such a strange and ...  Read more

Location: Hạ Long, Vietnam
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
WONDER BAY CRUISES HALONG 1 DAY TOUR, Halong Bay, Day Cruises
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WONDER BAY CRUISES HALONG 1 DAY TOUR

Wonder Bay Cruises - refined exploration to Halong bay. Five hour cruise via crowd avoidance route aboard the region’s finest luxury day-ship cruise line, ...  Read more

Location: Hạ Long, Vietnam
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $83.00

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