Discover the coastal majesty of Halong Bay, one of Vietnam’s most captivating natural wonders, on a 2-day cruise from Hanoi. Climb aboard a traditional junk boat and set sail over the shimmering waters of the bay to see over a thousand limestone islands and mysterious caves. Delve into the darkened depths of the Cave of Surprises and plunge into the crystal clear waters of the ocean during swimming and kayaking stops. Enjoy an intimate ambience on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to 24 people
- 2-day traditional junk boat cruise on UNESCO World Heritage-listed Halong Bay including the Cave of Surprises
- Enjoy 3-star amenities including full cash bar aboard the boat
- Take photos from the sightseeing deck or aboard your kayak as you tour
- Sleep soundly in one of 12 comfortable, air-conditioned, ensuite twin cabins
- Dine on two seafood lunches, one dinner and one breakfast, including traditional Vietnamese fare
- Hotel pickup and drop-off from Hanoi included
- Small-group tour limited to 24 people ensures personal attention from your crew
Explore one of Vietnam’s most intriguing UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites on a 2-day cruise of Halong Bay. Marvel at the spectacular sight of more than a thousand limestone peaks rising from the emerald waters of the ocean as your junk boat sails past mysterious caves and blissful bays. Soak up the soothing sunshine on the tanning deck; plunge into the crystal clear waters during a refreshing dip or kayak ride; and pleasure your palate with delicious Vietnamese cuisine throughout the 2-day expedition.
Enjoy the luxurious facilities of the junk boat, which include: hot and cold running water; en-suite bathrooms with powerful showers; an elegant dining room and licensed bar serving an extensive selection of wines; a courteous crew; and a sun-tanning area and relaxation deck.
Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay (L, D)
After early morning pickup from your hotel, depart from the capital for Halong Bay – an approximate four-hour drive by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. Upon arrival at Halong Bay around midday, you’ll be greeted by a tour representative and transferred to the traditional junk boat.
Settle in with a complimentary welcome drink as you begin your cruise around majestic Halong Bay. Meet the expert crew and get acquainted with your small group while you dine on a delicious seafood lunch, including tea and coffee. After lunch, unwind and soak up the sun on the top deck – a great spot for photographing the natural wonders of the bay – as your captain finds a secluded area, perfect for swimming in the clear waters.
You’ll have the chance to try your hand at kayaking and explore some of the ancient limestone caves dotting the bay. As you glide along the most secluded lagoons, admire the surrounding limestone karsts amid unforgettable scenery only accessible by kayak! The modern kayaks are lightweight and easy to maneuver, and all participants will be issued water buoyancy vests. The junk boat will be nearby at all times, serving as a back-up vessel for those who need it.
After exploring, retire to the boat for more relaxation on the deck and enjoy a refreshing drink from the bar if you'd like. In the evening, your cook will prepare a splendid meal comprised of fresh seafood dishes as well as traditional Vietnamese fare as your crew weighs anchor in the heart of the bay. Afterward, you’ll have the opportunity to try some night fishing from the boat.
Overnight: Ensuite twin cabin aboard traditional junk boat in Halong Bay
Day 2: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
Rising to the tranquil beauty of the bay, there’s time for an early morning dip followed by breakfast. Then, head to the Cave of Surprises – the biggest cave in Halong Bay – where you’ll discover magnificent stalagmites and stalactites as you walk along the lit paths on a guided tour.
After another delectable lunch around midday, start your cruise back to the main harbor before transferring to your awaiting vehicle for the four-hour journey back to Hanoi. End your tour with hotel drop-off upon arrival in the capital.
Hanoi, Halong Bay
Daily Price (8 hours/day):
USD 50 / 8 hours
USD 0 / hour
Full refund 1 day prior to arrival
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Round-trip transfer between Hanoi and Halong
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
Kayak and equipment
English-speaking representative on board junk boat
Accommodation in air-conditioned cabin with ensuite