Take a scenic drive through northern Vietnam’s countryside, then go on a Halong Bay cruise. This full-day trip from Hanoi includes kayaking and a seafood lunch on the boat. See the tall limestone cliffs in Halong Bay, a World Heritage site, and visit the Thien Cung Cave (Heavenly Palace Cave) with a guide who knows a lot about it.

Your full-day trip to Ha Long Bay starts with pickup from the Old Quarter in Hanoi. Relax as you drive through the countryside of northern Vietnam to Ha Long Bay. Once there, you’ll board a cruise ship for a 4 or 5-hour sail. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of UNESCO-listed Halong Bay and its limestone cliffs. You will visit caves like Thien Cung (Heavenly Cave) or Sung Sot (Surprising Cave), and your guide will tell you interesting stories about these places.

You can kayak around the bay or swim if the weather is good. During the cruise, enjoy a tasty seafood lunch while viewing the bay. The tour includes a ride back to your hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, making your day both enjoyable and easy.

Highlights of the Trip


Itinerary idea in detail

  • Day 1

    8:15 – 8:50 AM: A bus will pick you up from your hotel in the Old Quarter and take you to Halong Bay.

    10:00 AM: There is a short 20-25 minute break halfway to Halong Bay.

    11:50 AM: Arrive on Tuan Chau Island, Halong Bay. Check-in on the cruise and start your tour with a traditional Vietnamese seafood lunch on board while cruising through Halong Bay, passing scenic islands like Incense, Bunner, and Cock fighting.

    1:30 PM: Explore Sung Sot Cave, known as the Surprising Cave. This is the biggest and one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay.

    2:45 PM: Discover Luon Cave by kayaking or on a bamboo boat. You have the option to choose either activity.

    3:45 PM: Visit Titop Island, known for its hiking and swimming opportunities. You can swim on its beach or hike up to Titop peak to take photos with panoramic views of the bay.

    Admission Tickets: Included for Sung Sot Cave, Hang Luon Cave, and Ti Top Island.

    Enjoy the scenic views, learn about the local geology, and take part in fun activities like kayaking and hiking during your trip.

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