Legends have it that “Ha Long” which means “Bay of Descending Dragons” used to attacked by foreign invaders until the Jade Emperor sent a band of dragons to help the Vietnamese drive our the enemies. Today, the Halong Bay is a peaceful and scenic archipelago made up of 1969 islands famed for its unique karst topography. In this 2D1N Halong Bay itinerary, you will have a chance to take a luxury 4 star cruise to experience UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay.
HANOI – HALONG BAY – OVERNIGHT ON CRUISE
730-800am – Picked up by our friendly tour guide directly from your hotel. Say hi to other passengers joining you for the cruise.
(Please have your breakfast before the pick-up.)
1030am – Stopover in Hai Duong city where there will be a rest stop and you can visit the shops to look at hand-made Vietnamese handicraft products.
1230pm – Arrive in Tuan Chau Marina Pier (Tuan Chau Island) where you will transfer by a small boat to the cruise ship.
Afternoon activities include:
- Welcome drink will be served along with cruise briefing, safety instructions and allocation of cabins by cruise manager.
- Great lunch is served while cruising pass islets through Hoa Cuong floating village.
- Exploration of Halong Bay passing by Soi Sim Beach, Coconut Three Island. Then arrive in the area of Lan Ha bay where the cruise will be anchored at Dark and Bright Cave area.
- Kayaking & swimming or just relaxing on the sun-deck for fantastic views. Our rowing boat will pass through the magnificent landscape with limestone mountains and sea caves.
- Joining the cooking class on the sun-deck and dirty your hands making fresh friend spring rolls.
- Enjoy sunset party with nuts, fruits and wine.
730pm – Enjoy our luxury set-menu dinner on the peaceful waters and under the magnificent night sky of Halong Bay.
Evening activities include:
- Squid fishing on boat with our crews. You can enjoy the squid cooked with assistance from our chef.
- Or just rest and relax with our happy-hour drinks at the bar.
Overnight: Cruise (Private Rooms)
HALONG BAY – HANOI
615am – For the early risers, join the crews for Tai Chi class on the sun-deck
715am – Have breakfast with coffee, tea and bakeries on board.
800am – Visit Surprising Cave (Hang Sung Sot) which was discovered by the French in 1901. Opened for tourists since 1936, the large cave complex is a must-to-see and it takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete the circuit.
930am – Check out and relax on the sun-deck or inside the restaurant to enjoy the bay’s scenery.
1015am – Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch while cruising back to the pier.
1200pm – Disembarkation at Tuan Chau Pier and transfer back to Hanoi with drop off directly at your hotel.
1630pm – Arrive in Hanoi. End of the trip!
- Transfer between your hotel in Hanoi and Tuan Chau Pier
- Lunch and dinner on the first day, breakfast and lunch on the second day
- Kayak rental
- Entrance fees to Surprising Cave
- Mentioned activities on the cruise
- Overnight stay in a private cabin
- Drinks during lunch or dinner (you can bring your own drinks or purchase from the menu at reasonable prices)
- Travel insurance*
- Vietnamese VISA (ASEAN citizens are VISA-free up to 30 days)
- All meals not indicated
- Tips for guides
- All expenses of a personal nature
*AIG Travel Guard Insurance can be arranged on your behalf.
Best Season to Visit: During the dry months from March, April, May, September and October
Temperature: It can get very cold during the winter months. Warm clothing are necessary.
We can also arrange hotels in Hanoi, airport pick-ups, train to Lao Cai/Sapa, Sapa Villages Trek and Mount Fanispan hikes. It is also possible to take a Halong Bay day cruise or 3D2N Halong Bay cruise.
Our adventure through bustling Hanoi, breathtaking (figuratively & literally) Sapa and unbelievably stunning Halong Bay was an absolute blast. iwannatravel could not have arranged it any better. This was all done up in two days as we made a very last minute decision to fly out to Vietnam instead of our original plan (Surabaya, Indonesia). Despite the last minute change, iwannatravel went the extra mile to ensure that our Vietnam adventure well planned. Through the entire trip, iwannatravel also touched base with us to ensure that we were doing ok. If you are looking for hassle-free and fun-filled adventure, look no further already!
– Shawn & Tricia (Group of 2 on a 5D4N trip to Sapa & Halong Bay in Oct 2016)
I liked how fast HS was able to plan the itinerary for our group, making it flexible to suit our preferences and how he was very prompt to answer our questions and give suggestions on things that we can do. We only ask assistance for bookings on our Vietnam trip (Mt. Fansipan trek, Lao Cai- Hanoi train tickets and Halong Bay Day Cruise). However, upon knowing that we are also traveling to Laos, HS has gone an extra mile and help us map out our Laos itinerary too. Transport provided both for Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Day Cruise were awesome as they picked us up from our hostel right on time. Our Fansipan guide was very helpful and patient and ensured everyone’s safety during the trek. While our Halong Bay Cruise guide was quite informative and very entertaining as she makes us laugh without even trying. Our group was very much satisfied with the food served to us both during the Fansipan trek and Halong Bay cruise. And of course, we definitely enjoyed all the activities we did: trekking up to the summit of Fansipan, riding a sleeper train from Lao Cai to Hanoi and kayaking in Halong Bay. Organization of our trip is superb knowing that we were IWT’s first customers to book for their Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Cruise trip. *^_^*
– Michelle (Group of 3 on a 4D3N trip to Mount Fansipan & Halong Bay in Mar 2016)
Coordination with IWT was a breeze. Ying was quick in responding to queries and very helpful, giving tips according to her own experience climbing Pelapah Falls. Prasanth, the driver, was on-time, friendly and skillful. Despite the hours of driving and waiting for us, he always wore a smile on his face. Nan, our guide, was very experienced. He was like a fatherly figure who knew exactly what he was doing and that brought a lot of assurance to us. Pelapah Falls has its challenges but it was such a good experience for my friends and I. We had to tread through cooling rivers, climb using ropes, avoid giant ants and manage a few leeches but the amazing and therapeutic waterfalls made it all worth it. All of us were counted as beginner hikers and we all made it. So don't worry. Just do it!
– Xiuqing (Group of 5 on a Pelepah Falls & Kota Tinggi Trip in Feb 2017)
Guide and driver were very nice people. Caring, considerate, conscientious, patient, nice and fun people. Car was driven with care so that we were comfortable and did not feel car sick during the long rides. I enjoyed the trips to ijen, bromo and the waterfall at batu. Views were very scenic. Our guide Vinda and the local guides which she got along the way brought us to scenic spots (esp @ the waterfalls) and helped to take great pictures.
– Alexia (Group of 3 on a 5D4N Ijen Crater, Mount Bromo & Batu in Sep 2016)
Everything was great! From planning til the end of the trip, everything was organised. The activities were fun and itinerary was well planned. We did not feel that we were rushed at all and we get to enjoy Borobudur and Mount Bromo in our own pace. Our guide, Bayu, was very friendly and helped us a lot especially when it comes to ordering food :). This is the most relaxing, hassle-free trip I've ever had! Thanks Iwannatravel 🙂
– Sunshine (Group of 7 on a 4D3N trip to Bromo & Borobudur in Aug 2016)
I really enjoy the whole travel experience. The driver is always contactable and prompt, and transport it’s quite comfortable. The mountain guide is friendly, and is knowledgeable and ensures that the last person is not left behind, and there are 2 guides provided to us for a group of 10 which I think is quite good. The accommodation at Melaka is quite clean and it’s within the tourist attraction; Jonker Street and there’s also some free and easy time to explore with driver provided.
– Xian Ying (Group of 10 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in May 2016)
I liked how fast HS was able to plan the itinerary for our group, making it flexible to suit our preferences and how he was very prompt to answer our questions and give suggestions on things that we can do. We only ask assistance for bookings on our Vietnam trip (Mt. Fansipan trek, Lao Cai- Hanoi train tickets and Halong Bay Day Cruise). However, upon knowing that we are also traveling to Laos, HS has gone an extra mile and help us map out our Laos itinerary too. Transport provided both for Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Day Cruise were awesome as they picked us up from our hostel right on time. Our Fansipan guide was very helpful and patient and ensured everyone's safety during the trek. While our Halong Bay Cruise guide was quite informative and very entertaining as she makes us laugh without even trying. Our group was very much satisfied with the food served to us both during the Fansipan trek and Halong Bay cruise. And of course, we definitely enjoyed all the activities we did: trekking up to the summit of Fansipan, riding a sleeper train from Lao Cai to Hanoi and kayaking in Halong Bay. Organization of our trip is superb knowing that we were IWT's first customers to book for their Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Cruise trip. *^_^*
– Michelle (Group of 3 on a 4D3N trip to Mt Fansipan & Halong Bay in Apr 2016)
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