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Halong Bay Cruise

A fantastic cruise of Vietnam's UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site of Halong Bay

2-day Halong Bay cruise

A fantastic cruise in Vietnam’s celebrated UNESCO World Natural Heritage site of Halong Bay including an overnight stay onboard a comfortable, traditional-style wooden junk. You’ll visit the incredible limestone, karst scenery of the spectacular and famous Bay as well as the equally dramatic, but far less visited, Bai Tu Long Bay, lying just to the north of Halong in Bai Tu Long National Park.

Our 2-day programme, (see details below) starting and finishing in Hanoi, will show you the most famous isles, grottoes and vistas of Halong Bay along with some of the lesser-known sites for an unforgettable boat journey through some of Southeast Asia’s most awe-inspiring scenery aboard a luxury wooden craft.

This Halong Bay extension is already included on our Hanoi to Saigon and World Heritage Sites of Vietnam tours but is also suitable for any of our other Vietnam tours which either finish or begin in Vietnam’s capital city such as Vietnam, Mountains and Hilltribes or Unexplored; the Far North.

Note also that Hanoi’s International Airport is easily reached from most other regional destinations such as Bangkok, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vientiane or Phnom Penh.

With the area’s complex topography weather is correspondingly unpredictable but broadly speaking, the rainy season is May to September while cool months are December and January. We emphasise the word unpredictable and in the case of intemperate weather, cruises may be cancelled at the last minute. (Unlikely but it has happened.) In that case, either full refunds, a change of date or an alternative tour such as World Heritage Trang An – ‘Halong in the Rice Fields’ – are available.

All cabins are air-con and en-suite and while our Halong Bay extension price is based on two people (shared twin or double room) the cruise is also available for one person at a slightly increased cost of £245.

Finally, note that additional nights’ accommodation in Hanoi, prior to or after this Halong Bay Tour are available on request.



Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

Vietnam, Halong Bay cruise

Day 1 - Hanoi

You will be collected from your Hanoi hotel and transferred to Halong Port to board the Bai Tho junk. Midday departure for Halong Bay with a seafood lunch on board. Explore the islands, visit the grottoes and swim on the beaches before sundowners on deck, dinner on board and overnight in your cabin. (Air/con and en-suite bathroom.)

Overnight: Halong Bay Transport: Minibus, Boat,  Meals: L, D, 

Vietnam, Hanoi to Saigon, Halong Bay cruise

Day 2 - Halong Bay

Early rise for dawn over Halong bay before continuing the visit with stops at ‘Man’s Head’ and ‘Tortoise’ Islands plus a tour of one of the picturesque lagoons by local rowing boat. Late morning return to Halong Port via Bai Tu Long Bay and mid-afternoon return to Hanoi.

Overnight: Departure Transport: Minibus, Boat,  Meals: B, L, 

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Vietnam, Bai Tu Long Bay sunset

Just a few of the many highlights

A 2-day cruise of UNESCO World Heritage Halong Bay including a night on board a traditional-style junk

  • Visit the isles, coves, caves and lagoons of incredible UNESCO World Heritage Halong Bay
  • Overnight on a superb, traditional-style but well-appointed, wooden junk
  • Inclusive options include swimming, kayaking, cave hikes and even an onboard cookery class
  • Venture into the lesser-known, but equally spectacular, Bai Tu Long Bay
  • Air-con, ensuite cabins and full board during the cruise
  • Pick uo and drop off at any central Hanoi hotel

We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...

Vietnam, Bai Tho Junk, Halong Bay

Victory Star Halong Bay view

  • Overnight on a boat in UNESCO Halong Bay
  • Excellently appointed and comfortable private cabins
  • 1 day, 1 night cruise of this fabulous World Heritage Site

*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.

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