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Halong Bay Full Day Tour-Cave, Kayaking, Meal, Bus, Guide

1. Halong Bay Full Day Tour-Cave, Kayaking, Meal, Bus, Guide

Day Trip - Bus, Cave, Meal, kayaking, Guide, Swimming 08h00 - 08h30: The driver will come to pick you up at the meeting point to start the a day trip visit Halong bay. Heading on the new Highway ( Hanoi- Hai Phong - Quang Ninh) to get the Halong bay. Stop over for a rest on the way. After 2 hours, arrival Tuan Chau Habour. Welcome aboard and enjoy Vietnamese traditional Lunch with seafood while cruising though the amazing rocks: Incense Burner, Cock fighting … Continuing to explore the Sung Sot- Surprising grotto. Surprising grotto is the longest, biggest and the most beautiful grotto of Ha Long bay with shimmering, fanciful stalactites embodying countless strange and unique shapes. One of the highlight activities is take a kayak or bamboo boat to discover Luon Cave (water cave) to relax and discovery the Halong bay on your own way. The boat send you to the Titop island. It is the time for swimming and trekking to the Titop peak for taking photos with panoramic view of the bay. 16h30: Back to the boat, enjoy sunset party on Boat with Red wine, French fried, cakes, Fruits.. while the boat run to Ha Long habour. The driver meet and transfer you back to Hanoi. Evening: Arrival to Ha Noi. Drop you off at your meeting point.

Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay 5-Star Cruise Tour with Activities

2. Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay 5-Star Cruise Tour with Activities

Day 1: Ha Long Bay and Kayaking Start with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi. From there you will drive through the green fields on the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Once having arrived at the harbor, you will check-in for your cruise on the Ha Long, which will begin with a welcome drink and cruise briefing. Enjoy lunch while cruising to Ha Long Bay. Explore the Eo Ech area where you can do some kayaking around limestone islets or some swimming in the sea. Enjoy a picturesque sunset on the sundeck for watching the sunset. Enjoy Happy Hour onboard with some cakes and fruit. Watch a cooking demonstration, and have the chef help you prepare Vietnamese spring rolls. Enjoy a seafood set menu onboard. Then make your way to the bar with a large selection of cocktails. Or choose to take part in some onboard activities: squid fishing, a spa treatment service, or simply relax in your cabin for the night. Day 2: Dark Cave and Bright Cave Watch the sunrise with a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Enjoy a Light breakfast before setting off exploring. Visit the beautiful Bright Cave on a local bamboo boat. Arrive at the picturesque lagoon, surrounded by magnificent mountains. Upon return to the boat, tuck into a buffet brunch. Return to shore, and be transferred back to Hanoi.

Lan Ha Bay 2 Day 1 Night 5 Star Cruise Private Balcony

3. Lan Ha Bay 2 Day 1 Night 5 Star Cruise Private Balcony

Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Hanoi, enjoy a relaxing 2-hour journey to Hai Phong. Upon arrival onboard the ship, enjoy a welcome drink and listen to your cruise safety briefing as you cruise past Da Chong islet, where you can see a lighthouse built by the French over 100 years ago. Later, sit down to a traditional Vietnamese lunch and get the opportunity to sample some local dishes while you sail through the Con Vit and Gia Luan islets, admiring the beauty of the extraordinary Cua Van area along the way. Stop to explore Ba Trai Beach or go for a swim in the crystal-clear waters of the bay. In the evening, enjoy a complimentary sunset party on the sundeck with local wine and fresh fruits. For dinner, sit down to a delicious local meal then feel free to join in one of the nighttime activities. You could do some squid fishing, watch a movie, have a drink at the bar or play some of the games provided. Day 2 Rise early to watch the breathtaking sunrise over the bay and enjoy an invigorating Tai Chi session on the sundeck before breakfast. Later, hop on a local bamboo rowing boat and journey through the famous Dark and Bright Cave. In the afternoon, learn how to cook Spring rolls at a cooking demonstration before sitting down to lunch. After lunch, say goodbye to the crew and begin the journey back to Hanoi.

Ha Long - Bai Tu Long Bay 2-day Premium Cruise

4. Ha Long - Bai Tu Long Bay 2-day Premium Cruise

Day 1: You'll be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi at 8:00-8:30 AM Drive to Ha Long City through the green fields of the Red River Delta. Stopover on the way for a refreshment break. You'll embark at Ha Long wharf and there will be some time for a break and photography. Enjoy a welcoming drink on board as well as a cruise briefing. Have some lunch while cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations along the way. Transfer to Thien Canh Son Cave. The tour guide will take you to a huge cave with many interesting stalactite and stalagmite formations. After about half an hour visiting, you will go back to the boat by tender. Then, return to the cruise vessel for some leisure time. You'll also have half an hour for kayaking to discover the Bai Tu Long Bay landscape. After you return to the boat, join a cooking class with the onboard chef. A Vietnamese style set dinner is served on board. Take some time to enjoy chatting at the bar or enjoy some night fishing. Stay overnight on the boat. Day 2: Have some breakfast at around 7:30 AM and enjoy the sunrise on the bay. Visit the ancient Vung Vieng Floating Village. You'll not only be immersed in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of the village, but, on your way, also be surrounded by the rocky mountains in a small bamboo boat as you go to and from the village. When it's time to check out, pack your luggage and check out and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay. Have lunch while cruising back through Ha Long Bay to the pier. Disembark at Ha Long wharf and say goodbye to the crew. Return from Ha Long to Hanoi with a short stopover on the way for a refreshment break before you arrive.

Ha Long: Bai Tu Long Bay 2-Day 5-Star Cruise with Kayaking

5. Ha Long: Bai Tu Long Bay 2-Day 5-Star Cruise with Kayaking

Option 1: Bai Tu Long Bay DAY 1: EXPLORE BAI TU LONG BAY - THIEN CANH SON - CAP LA AND TRA SAN (L,D) 08h00: Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Ha Long City through the green fields in the Red River Delta. 12h30: Boat Cruises on Halong, enjoy a welcoming drink and cruise briefing. 13h30: Have lunch while cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay 15h30: Transfer by tender to Thien Canh Son 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, enjoy swimming in the crystal clear water. Join with cooking class by our chef. Playing chess, talking. Relax and spend time for taking photos on the beautiful place. 19h00: Vietnamese style set dinner 21h00: Take some leisure time to enjoy chatting at the bar or enjoy some night fishing. DAY 2: EXPLORE BAI TU LONG BAY AND VUNG VIENG FLOATING VILLAGE (B,L) 07h30: Have breakfast and enjoy sunrise on the bay. 08h00: Visit ancient Vung Vieng floating village you are not only be immersed in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere, but also be surrounded by the rocky mountains by small bamboo boat to the ancient village, then return to cruise for relaxing. 10h00: After an hour around floating village, you back to the boat and packing your luggage and check out the room. 10h30: Have lunch. Ha long wharf, time to say goodbye to the crew. Arrive in Hanoi. End of the trip. Option 2: Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay Some time cruise overbooked, we will offer free upgrade other cruise same class or higher class in Ha Long Bay or Lan Ha Bay then operator will send details Lan Ha Bay itinerary to you.

Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay 2 Day 5 Star Cruise

6. Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay 2 Day 5 Star Cruise

On day 1, you will be picked up at Hanoi Old Quarter and transfer to Ha Long Bay, arriving at Tuan Chau Port at midday to start the cruise. Start by exploring Ba Trai Dao Beach, and enjoy kayaking and/or swimming in the crystal clear waters of the bay. In the summer (from June to September) the journey progresses to the Tra Bau Area of Lan Ha Bay. This is a quieter tourist paradise of Vietnam. Enjoy the complimentary sunset party on the sundeck with local wine and fresh fruits, as well as delicious local food prepared and served for you by the onboard catering staff. After the incredible dinner, take your time to chat at the bar, watch a movie in the restaurant, or join in a fishing excursion. You will stay on board overnight. On day 2, Visitors visit the famous Frog Pond area, this is the filming location of the famous movie Kong Skull Island (King Kong) in Quang Ninh 2018. Here you can freely kayak to explore the landscape, or immerse yourself. in the cool, clear blue water of this place. This is a wild and mysterious World Heritage site to appeal to your inner explorer. Back to your cabin, take relax and check carefully all the luggage before leaving your cabin. After lunch return via bus transfer service from Ha Long to Hanoi Old Quarter.

From Hanoi: 3-Day Halong-Lan Ha Bay Cruise with Meals & Cave

7. From Hanoi: 3-Day Halong-Lan Ha Bay Cruise with Meals & Cave

DAY 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay 08:30 – 09:00 – Pick up at hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter 12:30 – Check in aboard with Welcome Cocktail from crew member while manager introduce the safety briefing and the boat cruising forward to the Lan Ha Bay. 13:15 – Let your vacation start with a delicious lunch set menu in restaurant 15:30 – 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. 17:30 – 19:00 – 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. 19:30 – Dinner will be served on sundeck. 21:00 – Feel free to relax on boat, join Squid fishing at the area of Reception deck or singing karaoke on sundeck. DAY 2: Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay Full Day 06:30 – Start your day with the Taichi on sundeck. 07:00 – Light breakfast serve in dining room. 07:45 – 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. 12:00 – Over lunch, you are free to discover the local life and food of Cat Ba township. 13:00 – 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. 17:30 – 19:00 – Enjoy your time with the beautiful sun set on the bay and join “Happy Hour” – Get a discount 30% of all drinks 18:30 – 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. 21:00 – Feel free to relax on boat, join Squid fishing at the area of Reception deck or singing karaoke on sundeck. DAY 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi 06:30 – Start your day with the Taichi on sundeck. 07:00 – Light breakfast serve in dining room. 08:45 – 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. 9:00 – 9:30 – Back to the main boat for relaxing and check out at the reception, please put all your luggage at the outside of your cabin door, crew member will help to bring luggage on land. 09:45 – Brunch is served in the restaurant while the boat heads back to the harbor. 11:00 – Disembark at the harbor 15:00 – Drop off at hotel. Ends of Cruise 3 days/2 nights.

La Pinta Cruise - Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay 3 days - 2 nights

8. La Pinta Cruise - Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay 3 days - 2 nights

Day 1: Hanoi - Hai Phong - Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay (lunch/dinner) On the first day you have the option to get picked up from Hanoi old quarter between 9:00 and 9:30 AM (optional). Head on the new national highway 5B from Hanoi capital to Cat Hai Island. At 11:45 AM, you arrive at Got Pier, where you will be offered tea, lemon juice or purified bottled water before transferring to your La Pinta Cruise at 12:00 PM. On-board, enjoy a welcome drink then receive a cruise briefing and safety instructions before check-in. At 12:30 PM, savor a delicious lunch at the restaurant while enjoying the beauty of the canals and islets such as Da Chong, Con Vit and Gia Luan. At 2:15 PM progress to Trung Trang cave by bus on Cat Ba island which is located in the middle of Cat Ba National Park with Kim Giao forest around the cave. Trung Trang Valley is the largest one in Cat Ba Island. The cave was formed by nature for more than 2000 years. The cave has many stalactites that take on various shapes that will awe and inspire visitors to use their imagination. After Trung Trang Cave. Take a short trek at the entrance of Cat Ba National Park in order to know more about the typical creation of the tropical forest. Between 5:00 PM and 5:45 PM, join the on-board chefs for a cooking show where you can learn how to make some traditional Vietnamese dishes. You are also welcome to take part in a special activity or any activity of your choice. At 7:30 PM dinner is served on-board. After finishing dinner, view the bay at night up on the top deck, relax with romantic music, enjoy drinks from the bar while watching a Vietnam special Top Gear - a TV series by the BBC or try your luck at squid fishing. You could also grab some drinks and relax outside on your private cabin balcony. Day 2: Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay - Viet Hai Village (breakfast/lunch/dinner) At 7:15 AM, enjoy a light buffet breakfast served on-board. At 8:15, start your excursion with a boat trip to Lan Ha Bay for sightseeing. At 9:30 AM, the boat docks at Viet Hai pier. Here, passengers can choose bicycles or electric cars to travel 3.5 km into the village. Viet Hai Village is in a valley within Cat Ba National Reserve. You can either take photos or videos, walk in the old houses or meet village folks and observe the local daily life. In summer, discover the beautiful rice field, in winter time you may do some trekking on the lime stone cliffs and mountains. At 11:30 AM, a local lunch is served with fresh seafood and local foods. At 1:00 PM, enjoy a ride back to Viet Hai pier where your boat takes you to Van Boi - a small beach nearby. Here, you can do some kayaking or swimming. At 3:30 PM, get back onto the day trip boat to transfer back to the cruise. Back on-board enjoy free time to relax, join a cooking class or take part in a special activity on the sundeck. Enjoy an on-board dinner at 7:30 PM. After finishing dinner, you can enjoy another evening full of activities or relax in your cabin.  Day 3: Ha Long Bay - Ha Noi (breakfast/brunch) Wake up at 6:00 AM inhale the fresh air, watch the sunrise on the horizon and admire the breathtaking seascape. At 6:30 AM, travel 10 minutes to a nearby fishing area. Here, observe a man and woman in classic fishing costumes and take photos or videos of this performance or of the lime stone islets on the bay. At 7:15 AM, enjoy a light buffet breakfast before transferring to the dark and bright cave at 8:00 AM. On arrival, explore the lovely cave in a bamboo boat. At 8:45 AM, head back onto the cruise and join the special activity or any activity of your choice. At 9:15 AM, pack and check out before enjoying a farewell brunch, served at the restaurant at 9:45 AM. You will travel back to Got Pier where you will disembark and say goodbye at 12:00 PM. You can then enjoy an optional transfer back to Hanoi. At 2:30 PM you will arrive in Hanoi old quarter and be dropped off at your hotel.

Hanoi: 2-Day & 1-Night Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay Luxury Cruise

9. Hanoi: 2-Day & 1-Night Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay Luxury Cruise

Day 1: Hanoi - Hai Phong - Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay (Lunch/Dinner) On the first day you have the option to get picked up from Hanoi old quarter between 9:15 AM and 9:45 AM (optional). Head on the new national highway 5B from Hanoi capital to Cat Hai Island. At 11:45 AM, you arrive at Got Pier, where you will be offered tea, lemon juice or purified bottled water before transferring to your cruise at 12:00 PM. On-board, enjoy a welcome drink then receive a cruise briefing and safety instructions before check-in. At 12:30 PM, savor a delicious lunch at the restaurant while enjoying the beauty of the canals and islets such as Da Chong, Con Vit and Gia Luan. At 2:15 PM progress to Trung Trang cave by bus on Cat Ba island which is located in the middle of Cat Ba National Park with Kim Giao forest around the cave. Trung Trang Valley is the largest one in Cat Ba Island. The cave was formed by nature for more than 2000 years. The cave has many stalactites that take on various shapes that will awe and inspire visitors to use their imagination. After Trung Trang Cave. Take a short trek at the entrance of Cat Ba National Park in order to know more about the typical creation of the tropical forest. Between 5:00 PM and 5:45 PM, join the on-board chefs for a cooking show where you can learn how to make some traditional Vietnamese dishes. You are also welcome to take part in a special activity or any activity of your choice. At 7:30 PM dinner is served on-board. After finishing dinner, view the bay at night up on the top deck, relax with romantic music, enjoy drinks from the bar while watching a Vietnam special Top Gear - a TV series by the BBC or try your luck at squid fishing. You could also grab some drinks and relax outside on your private cabin balcony. Day 2: Ha Long Bay - Ha Noi (Breakfast) Wake up at 6:00 AM inhale the fresh air, watch the sunrise on the horizon and admire the breathtaking seascape. At 6:30 AM, travel 10 minutes to a nearby fishing area. Here, observe a man and woman in classic fishing costumes and take photos or videos of this performance or of the lime stone islets on the bay. At 7:15 AM, enjoy a light buffet breakfast before transferring to the dark and bright cave at 8:00 AM. On arrival, explore the lovely cave in a bamboo boat. At 8:45 AM, head back onto the cruise and join the special activity or any activity of your choice. At 9:15 AM, pack and check out before enjoying a farewell brunch, served at the restaurant at 9:45 AM. You will travel back to Got Pier where you will disembark and say goodbye at 12:00 PM. You can then enjoy an optional transfer back to Hanoi. At 2:30 PM you will arrive in Hanoi old quarter and be dropped off at your hotel.

Halong Bay: 2-Day Luxury Cruise

10. Halong Bay: 2-Day Luxury Cruise

Check in an set sail between 11:30 am and 12 pm on your first day. After setting sail, head to the Tonkin Restaurant for a delicious set menu lunch. In the afternoon, board kayaks or traditional bamboo boats rowed by locals to reach the Dark and Light Caves. Explore these half-submerged limestone caves that are only accessible by water, spotting the abundant marine life and making your way through an unlit rocky tunnel to an airy, light-filled grotto. Head back to the ship and take the opportunity to swim in the emerald green waters of the bay. Around sunset, enjoy happy hour deals and sip a cocktail on the deck. Take part in a cooking class and lear to make a deep-fried spring roll. Then sit down for dinner and enjoy the cozy ambiance of the dining room. Take time after dinner to relax or take part in activities, including films, playing chess, reading, listening to music, or trying your luck with squid fishing. The boat will head to the quietest part of Lan Ha Bay overnight to ensure you get a restful sleep. Wake up bright and early on the morning of your second day for a tai chi session on the sundeck. Greet the dawn while engaging you body and waking up slowly. Enjoy a light and nutritious breakfast before going on a tour of a typical floating house. The local host will welcome you as guests and tell you about the traditional way of life on the bay. When you return check out and take time for a delicious farewell brunch. Return to Tuan Chau Marina and disembark around 3:30 pm.

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Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 118 reviews

The tour was excellent. The food was excellent. They also showed us the Pearl farm which was not mentioned in the itinerary. The room is neat and clean. The guide was good. The only negative that I can think of is the planning for viewing the sunrise. By the time they moved the boat from where we could see the sun the sun was already above the horizon. Basically we missed the sunrise in spite of waking up early and waiting on top. Thank Ding Dong our guide..

It’s our first time in Vietnam and booking this cruise was the best decision ever. Was a little bit disappointed at first coz the boat I initially book was full but then the staff of the local partner guide was able to compensate by giving us free limo pick up. During our cruise, the staff were amazing. Food was great and the experience was superb. Thank u to all for a great job. Kudos to the staff.

A wonderful trip and an absolute must when visiting Vietnam. The rooms in the boat were spacious and luxurious compared to hostels! Friendly and helpful staff and plenty of food. Great activities aided in the enjoyment and appreciation of the beautiful landscapes. Highly highly recommend this trip, this is the best thing we have done in a long time!

We had a really good time on board. All the staff was so friendly and helpful and our guide was really professional and well-informed. The food was good and we were so thankful that our special wishes were fulfilled completely (no meat, no seafood, no eggs, no onions ;)). The cocktails were delicious! Everything was clean and comfy. Thank you again!

We loved our experience! I highly recommend this cruise to anyone and everyone.