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Orchid Cruise
# 5/33B, Pham Ngu Lao str. Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi
Paradise Cruises
Unit 201, 2nd Floor, Hanoi Towers, 49 Hai Ba Trung Str, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Ancora Cruises
Halong, Quang Ninh, Vietnam

Luxury Halong Bay Cruises

Halong, Quang Ninh, Vietnam
Halong International Cruise Port, 9 Ha Long Street, Bai Chay Ward., Ha Long, Vietnam
No11, Le Quy Don Street, Ha Long City

Budget Halong Bay Cruises

8th Floor, Building, Dist., 2 Yen The,, Van Mieu, Hang Gai, Ba DInh District, Ha Noi
81C Ly Nam De Street, Ly Nam De, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Halong, Quang Ninh, Vietnam

Best Tours In Ha Long Bay

5 days / 4 nights


Spend 5 days to the notable historical and cultural sites of Hanoi where you can broaden your knowledge about the country and the city, immerse yourself in the sea and landscape of Ha Long Bay and Ninh Binh.

5 days / 4 nights


Do not miss a chance to visit two must-see attraction in Northern Vietnam: Hanoi and Halong. Join small group including pickup from hotels in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and depart to Halong to stay overnight on cruise. Admire the charm of Ha Long Bay, the beautiful scenery of the mountains and immense sea while the cruise surfs gently over the water.

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11 days / 10 nights


Traveling from South to North is the best direction to turn back time from modern daily life to the traditional culture and research history of Vietnam. You will be amazed at seeing this Vietnamese capital so much in just 11 days - all you need is the right schedule. On this 11 days Vietnam tour, you'll discover the essence of Hanoi through natural landscapes, museums, explore Hoi An's most famous attractions, immerse yourself in the rich cultural traditions, stroll around the imperial city of Hue - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and visit the most famous fishing bay in Vietnam - Halong Bay.

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9 days / 8 nights


Specifically tailor-made for the young or active people who love exploring the off-beaten-track and contemplate the magnificent nature landscapes at the untouched lands in Vietnam. The trip offers you the great opportunity to experience the authentic lifestyle of the local people who live in the remote areas and interact with them to open your knowledge to their culture, habit, custom, and tradition.You really live the life of the local people and merge yourselves with their culture.

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12 days / 11 nights


Opportunities to see something of the lives, customs and costumes of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities abound. Within 11-12 days, this Essential Vietnam Trip surely brings you many joyful experiences with beautiful landscapes and exciting activities. Traveling from South to North is the best direction to turn back time from modern daily life to the traditional culture and history of Vietnam. Easy to connect with Bangkok, Yunnan and Luang Prabang or extend to other parts of Vietnam/ Cambodia (Eg: Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Mui Ne, Siem Reap etc. are available upon request)

7 days / 6 nights


This 7-day Vietnam tour package is designed with sublime highlights of the North and the South – 2 main regions in Vietnam. Every place, every activity, every step you take in this tour will undoubtedly leave you an unforgettable remembrance of an exotic & compelling country, a land of spectacular natural beauty and cultural diversity, of dynamic mega cities and tranquil countrysides. Like a glimpse of Vietnam, this tour is ideal for whom still want to experience fully Vietnam in the short time.

North to South

10 days / 9 nights


This tour will bring you to all must-see spots, UNESCO World Heritages sites of Vietnam from the North to the South, from vibrant Hanoi to dynamic Saigon into the depths of ancient heritages: the new 7 wonder of nature Halong bay, ancient capital Hue, historic Hoi An town, iconic Cham Towers in My Son sanctuary. From learning the traditional culture and history of Vietnam before reaching its development and excitement, you will see the country packed full of diverse ethnicity, etiquette, and elegance leaded by an experienced private local guide.

South to North

10 days / 9 nights


Joining us on this private Vietnam tour from tail to the top of the S shaped country Vietnam, into the depths of ancient heritage and fascinating culture, the extravagant sceneries and beaches. This Vietnam Tour Package features the best of Vietnam with Top-rated UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites, beach relaxation, history & culture learning and local life experience with friendly local people. Vietnam will undoubtedly soothe all your senses and leave nothing but a thrilling remembrance, it could be a relaxing cruise in Halong bay or simply a moment at the Hoi An ancient town, or any place you have gone through.

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10 days / 9 nights


Enjoy the perfect 10 Day Exclusive Deluxe Private Tour combining the must-see attractions of Vietnam and Cambodia with unforgettable, quintessential South East Asian experiences. Experience UNESCO World Heritage Sites, stunning natural beauty, ancient wonders and cultural delights as you are escorted by knowledgeable local English-speaking guides through the heart and soul of Indochina. Create cherished memories as you immerse yourself in the rich culture and warm-hearted people of the region, taking the stress out of travel as you let the experts handle the details!

12 days / 11 nights

This Vietnam tour package will take you out of the mass tourism route Sapa to the less touristic place Pu Luong to contemplate the magnificent nature landscapes with light adventure activities. A well-balanced itinerary includes new adventure place Pu Luong, sea escape, Top rated sites on TripAdvisor & UNESCO-designated attractions across Vietnam. This Vietnam tour puts an emphasis on new adventure experience while offering unique opportunities for cultural discovery. You will see local culture, including the lifestyle of the people in that area, the history of those people, their art, architecture, religions, and other factors that shaped their way of life while experiencing dozens of kinds of activities such as trekking, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, ect.

14 days / 13 nights


If you are fan of Asian culture and history, this tour will give you chance to visit almost World Heritage Sites recognized by UNESCO in Vietnam and present you vast knowledge and expertise of Vietnam as the most authentic and bespoke holiday ever. Additionally, let’s admire the incredible beauty of the mountainous area and spirit of Vietnam through its important historical sites, splendid nature, culture and warm-heart people throughout Vietnam.

11 days / 10 nights


This exotic trip to Vietnam covers all UNESCO World Heritages sites, including one of the new 7 wonder of nature Halong bay, ancient capital Hue, historic Hoi An town, iconic Cham Towers in My Son sanctuary. Specially designed for first time traveling to Vietnam, the "World Heritages Vietnam" which runs from North to South is the best direction to learn the traditional culture and history of Vietnam before you reach its development and excitement. This program is excellent to any one who wish to visit all Heritage sites of Vietnam within a short time and to extend to Cambodia at the end by riverway.


Located in Cat Ba island, Lan Ha Bay is considered as an extension to the southwest of the famous Ha Long Bay, but belongs to different province – Hai Phong. Not only famous for the karst islands and limestone outcrops which are just as beautiful as those of Halong Bay, Lan Ha also attracts us with the numerous isolated white-sand beaches and luxury Halong bay cruise.

Therefore, recently more and more people plan to visit Lan Ha Bay which is still untouched and less touristic compared to the well-known Ha Long Bay, to enjoy the tranquility and immerse in nature by an overnight cruise.

So in order to visit Lan Ha bay to enjoy your holiday, you either can reach Cat Ba island or start to explore the bay from the port there with Lan Ha bay cruises.

From Hanoi

If you are already in Hanoi and you want to get to Lan Bay from there, we have different ways of transportation for you to select the most suitable one:

- By tourist/ public bus: this is the most popular way to get Cat Ba islands since they depart to Cat Ba islands daily with about 10 times per day, with first departure at 06:00 and last one at 14:30. We can recommend some buses with good quality and services such as Good Morning Cat Ba, Cat Ba Discovery, Daiichi Travel Cat Ba, .... and the buses will pick you up in Hanoi and drop you off in Cat Ba town and vice versa. For the public bus like Hoang Long, you have to go to their office/ bus station in Hanoi/ Cat Ba to catch the bus.

Normally their tickets will vary about USD11 – USD14/ person/ way, covering 03 main routes:

• Hanoi – Got port (by land transport for about 2.5 – 3 hours)

• Got pier – Cai Vieng port of Cat Ba island (by speedboat for about 10 – 15 minutes or ferry for about 25 – 30 minutes, depending on your chosen bus’s company)

• Cai Vieng port – Cat Ba town (by land transport for about 40 – 50 minutes).

You can book the ticket online or ask the hotel’s staff in Hanoi to help you reserve the booking.

- By train: you will catch the train from Hanoi/ Long Bien station to Hai Phong station for about 2.3 – 3 hours, with the cost of about USD4 per ticket per way. Upon your arrival at Hai Phong station, you will have to catch the car to transfer to Cat Ba island for about 30 minutes. Though this is not a wise choice to reach here.

- By private car: thank to the Hanoi – Hai Phong highway, we can save the transfer time by car to about 1.5 – 2 hours only to reach Got pier, then you will get on the ferry and continue the drive to Cat Ba town. The rental fee will depend on the type of transportation (may be vary from USD150 per 4-seat car for 02 days/ 01 night up, not including toll fees).

From Van Don airport

Van Don International airport – the first privately-run airport in Vietnam went into operation from the end of 2018, which helps us save the transfer time for the travelers coming to Ha Long bay and Lan Ha Bay.

Previously, the visitors must take the flight to Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi, then continue the journey by road with about 4 hours to Ha Long Bay/ Lan Ha Bay. Now the travelers should take the private car from Van Don airport to Got pier via the new highway (Van Don – Ha Long – Hai Phong) for about 2 – 2.5 hours.

Transportation always take an important role in your travel plan, as you can save the time and the budget for your trip upon your suitable way of transportation. With above different ways to reach Lan Ha Bay, we hope that you can easily find a perfect one to complete your future holiday to the beautiful bay.

There are several roads between Hanoi to Halong Bay. Between Noi Bai airport and the place where the Halong bay Cruises often anchor, is from 165 to 180km, therefore, it takes about 2h00 – 2:30 from Hanoi to get to Halong bay. There is also another airport nearby in Hai Phong seaport, so that it takes about 1.5 hour from Hai Phong to Tuan Chau island, Halong bay. In short, you can either take fly from Saigon (SGN) to Hanoi (HAN) or Haiphong (HPH) or Van Don (VDIA) then taking private car or taxi to Ha long.

Most of the cruises depart every day at 12.30pm from the pier of Halong International Cruise Port or Tuan Chau island so you better be at port before 12:00 pm, then return to the port at 11.30 am.

Dinner is often an ideal meal on cruise with BBQ seafood, you also have many choices with buffet or set menu. You can choose non-seafood menu, too and let advise your tour operator before departure date at least 1 day. If you are not keen on seafood, there are also other dishes from chicken, fish and accompanied foodstuff, ect. You are able to order diet food or vegetarian food before departure date one day.

Halong bay is consider as a year-round holiday destination. Meaning you can travel at any time of a year. The best months are from March, April, May, June, October to November. The typhoons or rains possibly come in late Summer (July and September). Weekdays from Monday to Friday will be less crowded than Saturday and Sunday.

For safety reason, if there is any sign of bad weather, the Board of Management of Halong Bay will cease all cruises from departing without advanced notice due to weather condition on departure day, it can happen on the departure day.

Halong bay in January covered by mist in the morning and has high humidity in summer from May to August. Though, the Bay is still the No.1 great choice to visit and attracts every traveler, even the repeated guests whenever they come to Vietnam.

For more details, check our full informative blog here: Ha Long Bay Weather - The Best Time To Visit

Due to the geographical surrounding of Hanoi is similar to Halong Bay. To be precisely, they are on a same mountain range. In case, your sea boat trip is canceled by weather before 1 day, you can check other alternative options such as visiting other further attractions in Hanoi, taking boat trip in Ninh Binh in those areas where limestone mountains and rivers offer mostly the same landscape you may see in the Bay. Simply contact your tour consultant to get best advices.

There are various onboard activities than swimming in the winter time in Halong bay.

You can check more advices with our useful blogs here:

- Top 3 best Halong cruise itineraries in Ha Long bay & Lan Ha bay

- Don't Miss Out The Gorgeous Ha Long Bay Caves In Your VietNam Holiday Packages

For extra service and food, you can make payment by your Visa or MasterCard onboard such as drinks, extra foods, extra services and massage. Please also take notice on tax and bank fee when you make payment by card also, usually, there is no hidden cost in any cruise trip.

Though the internet/Wifi signal is weak in further places when cruising, you better backup cash. Vietnam Dong (VND) and American Dollar (USD) are accepted on cruise.

Yes, please! Your passport will be compulsory required by the Board of Management of Ha Long bay, Vietnam. Halong bay overnight cruise is like a floating hotel; you also have to present your passport when you checkin your room. We strongly recommend you to bring your passport on you all the time.

In order to make legal entry procedures, you are requested to submit all the copies of their passports, check-in date, Vietnam via expiry date and special requests (g. vegetarian meal, honeymooners, allergies, etc.) before check-in at least 01 (day).

As you will be on a sea excursion, not a river cruise tour, you should prepare the following items before boarding Halong cruise such as: bringing swimming suits as always, wearing shoes for visiting cave, applying sun cream as the sunlight in summer between 09.00 and 16.00 is quite strong; wearing light clothes, shorts and bring umbrella in summer time. From November to February is the winter time in Northern Vietnam, you should also wear warm clothes like pullovers and coats. You can bring sandals or shoes, but if you plan to challenge yourselves by climbing up the Titov Peak, shoes will be better option.

According to the management board of Halong, you are not allowed to use single use plastic products effective from 1 Sep 2019. Read those regulations, penalties and punishments carefully.

Personal food and beverage are allowed to bring onboard with surcharges. The normal corkage fees ranging between $10-50 per bottle/item.

+ Firearms and ammunition + Matches
+ Knives and cutting instruments + Oxidizers and organic peroxides
+ Paintball guns + Poisons & Marijuana (cannabis)
+ Power tools and larger hand tools + Infectious materials
+ Dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide) + Corrosives
+ Explosive and incendiary materials + Organics
+ Flammable items + Radioactive materials
+ Gasses and pressure containers + Magnetic materials

Note: If you are in any doubt about whether your item may be hazardous, please ask your tour operator before check-in.

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