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Top 10 Best Recommended Cruises Halong Bay in Jun, 2024

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Top Halong Bay Tour Recommendations

Among the world’s most beautiful bays recognized by UNESCO and top famous travel magazines, Halong Bay is best explored on a cruise tour into the pristine nature and cultural richness.

About 2.5 hours from Hanoi to Halong Bay, the cruise will take you on a seascape through the majestic towering limestones and turquoise waters.

Choose Your Best Cruise

With a collection of the best cruises selected by BestPrice Travel, you will have different choices depending on 3 main factors: travel budget, itinerary, and cruise destinations.

Cruise Budget

Travel budget would be the first and foremost concern for most passengers. You can start from the lowest cost (3-star standard) and estimate the price range per day for one pax.

Cruise Price (pax/night) Highlight Facilities
3 stars US $112 - $140

13 - 18m2 cabin, window view

4 stars US $141 - $164

18 - 25m2 cabin, private balcony, bathtubs

5 stars US $165 - $199

28 - 35m2 cabin, private balcony, jacuzzi, pool

Most luxurious From US $200

45 - 150m2 cabin, private terrace & jacuzzi tub, private butler

NOTE:

  • The price is estimated at the lowest cost and does not include taxes & fees.
  • The most expensive option is a private charter cruise priced from US $218 to US $702/ pax/ night.

 

Cruise Itinerary

Joining a full day or an overnight trip, you can experience various activities to discover limestone caves, kayak and swim in secluded parts, get closer to the daily life in fishing villages, etc.

Halong Bay cruise itineraries

The most common cruise itineraries in Halong Bay

Itinerary Cruise length Attractions visit
1 day 6 - 8 hours

1 - 2 highlight spots

2 days 1 night 24 hours

2 - 4 highlight spots

3 days 2 nights 48 hours

3 - 5 highlight spots

4 days 3 nights 72 hours 6 - 7 highlight spots

 

Cruise Route

There are 3 main routes to separate parts: Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay, and Bai Tu Long Bay to diversify the cruise experience. More than 80% of cruises launch Halong and Lan Ha Bay routes, while only 10% set sails to Bai Tu Long Bay.

Halong Bay Cruise Route

Highlight attractions of Halong Bay

Classic Halong Bay route:

  • Route 2: Titop Island, Soi Sim, Sung Sot Cave, Luon Cave, Trinh Nu-Trong Cave, Me Cung Cave, Pearl Farm
  • Route 3: Cua Van Floating Village, Tien Ong Cave, Ba Ham Lake

Bai Tu Long Bay route:

  • Route 4: Cong Dam, Cong Do, Cap La Island, Vung Vieng Village, Thien Canh Son

Lan Ha Bay route:

  • Route 5: Dark & Bright Cave, Ba Trai Dao Beach, Trung Trang Cave, Viet Hai Village

NOTE: You can only choose one of these destinations; however, some 3-day-2-night cruises combine an excursion to Halong and Lan Ha Bay (e.g.: Hermes Cruise, Hera Grand Luxury Cruise, Paradise Elegance, Essence Grand).

The 10 Best Cruises in 2024

Based on the customer review and our inspection, we have chosen the top 10 cruises in 2024 at different budgets to fit all travel styles.

Cruise Price Best for
Mon Cheri 5* US $175 Best seller cruise 2023
Scarlet Pearl 5* US $182 Best modern luxury yacht
Peony Cruise 4.5* US $153 Top favorite in Lan Ha
Orchid Classic 5* US $186 Best traditional boat
Ambassador 5* US $170 Best largest cruise
Paradise Elegance 5* US $174 Best 5-star service
Era Cruise 5* US $180 Best for medical care
Doris Cruise 5* US $164 Best budget 5-star cruise
Orchid Trendy 4.5* US $172 Best deluxe junk boat
Athena Cruise 4.5* US $169 Best family cruise
La Regina Legend 4.5* US $173 Best standard cabins (from 45m2)
Paradise Peak 5* US $280 Best luxurious wooden junk

NOTE: All price quote references for 1 person share in a double/ twin cabin. The exact price is based on availability and season.

Before You Go

Hope you are a wise cruiser and travel like a local with these pro tips in Halong Bay. Don’t skip because you might not find these notes anywhere else.

  • Some cruises (e.g.: Paradise Cruises) might charge offboard activities like kayaking/ bamboo boating.
  • The Hanoi - Halong transportation, beverages, wine cellar, and spa service are usually excluded from the cruise price.
  • Some 3-day-2-night cruises only set sail on specific days. For instance, Paradise Cruises operates 3-day itineraries on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays only.
  • The “connecting suite” combines 02 different staterooms that connect with an adjoining door.
  • US $3 - 5 is the average range of tipping for each crew or service.
  • Bringing 2-pin plug adapters is a must. Also, remember that the electricity power in Vietnam is at 220V / 50Hz.
  • After 17:00 is the best flight time after the cruise. Since the cruise disembarkation time is around 11:30 - 12:00 noon, you will need 2.5 - 3 hours to transfer to Hanoi airport.

All in all, it is important to find a reputable travel agent to book a cruise without scams. With more than 13 years of experience and consecutively awarded “Traveler Choice” of TripAdvisor, BestPrice Travel is the most popular name among thousands of travel agencies providing cruise booking services.

To book a cruise, please choose your perfect choice on our list and book online. Or send a request to us, then our travel consultant will help you book via email.

FAQs

Yes, Halong Bay is definitely worth a try. As one of the world-famous natural heritage sites, Halong Bay features the best destination for cruising in Vietnam. Why is it worth it?

  • Deeper exploration: Cruising is the best way to go further into the beautiful archipelago of the Gulf of Tonkin
  • Perfect seascape: Stay 2 - 3 days relaxing on the ship, soaking up the fresh air and tranquility of the bay
  • Exciting activities: Retreat by entertaining onboard (mini golf, poker, pool, spa, karaoke) and offboard (kayaking, boat rowing, cave visiting, catamaran, etc.)

For the best travel experience, the best time to go to Halong Bay is March - April and October - November, when the weather is cool (20 - 28°C) and dry (less rainfall).

Also, you can choose other months to visit:

  • May - September: Perfect time to get summer deals and flash sales up to 40% OFF
  • January - April: Enjoyable time to take part in Halong festivals and welcome Tet Holiday onboard

To better plan, please check out Best Time to Visit Halong Bay for Perfect Weather & Great Deals

On average, the prices of cruise trips range between US $125 - $300/person for 1 night, US $250 - $550/person for 2 nights, and US $65 - $120/person for a day trip.

Most cruises do not include the transfer in their package. You have to pay extra for the transfer if you want to be picked up from Hanoi.

Please see the price table for 2024 below for your reference:

Trip Type

Low season

High season

Day trip

US$ 65 - 95 US$ 75 - 120

2 days 1 night

US$ 120 - 200 US$ 130 - 300

3 days 2 nights

US$ 220 - 400 US$ 240 - 500

Shuttle bus round trip

US$ 30 - 40 US$ 30 - 40

* The price is per person in USD

* Low season: May - Sep, High season: Jan - Apr & Oct - Dec

How long you stay in Halong Bay really depends on your budget and available time.

  • 1 night: On a budget from US $125/pax, you can visit 1 - 2 attractions and join tai chi, cooking class, kayaking, or boat rowing onboard.
  • 2 nights: With US $225/pax or more, you can add on 1 - 2 hidden places to visit and enjoy more time sightseeing and relaxing. 

Still wondering about your plan? Please keep in touch with us via sales@bestpricetravel.com or +84 904 699 428 (WhatsApp).

It takes around 2.5 - 3 hours (including break time) to transfer from Hanoi Old Quarter to Halong Bay by limousine bus or car. For those who transfer from Hanoi airport, it takes about 3 hours of driving to Halong Bay.

The slowest way is by train (7 hours), while the fastest way is by seaplane (45 minutes).

For further information, let’s check 6 Best Ways to Travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay

Here are the top places to visit on most of the cruises, varying from islets, caves, and beaches, to fishing villages.

  • Titop Island: A famous viewpoint with a panoramic bay view and stunning beach
  • Sung Sot Cave: An amazing cave to admire gorgeous stalactites and stalagmites
  • Ba Trai Dao Beach: A beautifully pristine beach to enjoy swimming and sunbathing
  • Dark & Bright Cave: Top favorite destination to do kayaking in Lan Ha Bay
  • Thien Canh Son Cave: One of the largest limestone caves in Bai Tu Long
  • Vung Vieng Floating Village: A tranquil village known for its serene beauty and pearl farming

There are 2 main ports where most cruises start from Tuan Chau Port and Halong International Port at around 12:00 - 12:30 pm. Additionally, some cruises may depart from Vinashin Port (Hon Gai), Cai Lan, and other ports around Halong City and Hai Phong (50 km).

Tuan Chau Port

Halong International Port

Address

Ngoc Chau, Tuan Chau Island

No. 9 Halong Road, Bai Chay Ward

How to get to

From Van Don Airport: 1.2 hours by car

From Cat Bi Airport: 45 minutes by car

From Hanoi: 2.5 hours by limousine/ car

From Van Don Airport: 1 hour by car

From Cat Bi Aiport: 50 minutes by car

From Hanoi: 2.5 hours by limousine/ car

The overnight cruise usually returns to the port at 11:00 - 11:30 on the last day of the itinerary. You will get to your hotel in Hanoi by 15:30 - 16:00 in the afternoon. 

For the day cruise trip, the disembarkation time is around 16:00 - 17:00 and the drop-off time in Hanoi is approximately 20:00.

Note: If you want to book a flight on the same day, choose a domestic flight after 17:00 and an international flight after 18:00.

Yes, you are allowed to swim in some areas of the bay, specifically:

  • Halong Bay: You can only swim in Titop Island, where most Halong overnight cruises pass by on the first day of the itinerary.
  • Lan Ha Bay: You are freely swum by the overnight anchor point around Ao Ech and Tra Bau Area.
  • Bai Tu Long Bay: Unlucky, swimming is restricted in this area for safety reasons.

Note: Please wear a life jacket if needed and don’t go swimming alone!

All cruises in Halong Bay must have permission from the Management Board to stay overnight in the Bay. Based on the weather predictions (high winds, monsoon, thunderstorm, cyclone, storm...), the Management Board has the authority to cancel all cruises on a certain day to guarantee the safety of tourists.

In those cases, the following policies will be applied for the cruise: 

  • If the cancellation is informed before you leave Hanoi (you have not used any service yet): 100% refund
  • If the cancellation is informed during the trip (you have already used some services: transfer, lunch, day trip, hotel,...): Only the fee of these services will be charged and we will refund the whole remaining amount
  • If the trip is cut down from 3 days/2 nights to 2 days/1 night, we will charge as 2 days/1 night trip, plus other services you have already used, and refund the remaining amount

Important notes:  

  • The cancellation is announced ONLY by the Management Board and often on short notice of time. Therefore your understanding of these situations is highly appreciated.
  • The period from May to July is considered stormy weather in Halong Bay with many unpredictable weather conditions. Hence more cruises will be canceled on short notice during this season.
  • In all cases, please contact our consultants directly for any urgent help. We are here to support you with all of our best!
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Heritage Binh Chuan Cruise 2 Days 1 Night | 13/06/2024
Pleasant cruise tour

I took a 1-night trip with my wife on this cruise, Lan Ha Bay was beautiful. The service and food were excellent. I had a very comfortable room with a little balcony to enjoy the view outside. We also had the option to swim near the ship, the water was calm but very hard so using a safety vest.
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Excellent - Ms.Tait
Canada Canada
Phoenix Cruise 2 Days 1 Night | 13/06/2024
Outstanding tour

I recently ended my 21-day trip in Southeast Asia. My highlight was the Halong Bay overnight cruise. I highly recommend this tour and I recommend it to others wanting to experience Asia's mystical beauty, culture, nature, and culinary delights.

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Excellent - Ms.genevieve l
United States United States
Elite of the Seas Cruise 3 Days 2 Nights | 13/06/2024
The best cruise I have ever taken!

I booked our trip with Haley, who was the most professional agent we have ever worked with. She accompanied us throughout our trip to ensure that everything went as planned. The boat is brand new, and the staff is extremely friendly and attentive. Our attentive butler, Brian, was extremely knowledgeable… More

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Amethyst Cruise Full Day | 13/06/2024
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Despite a few changes, Janet handled my booking with confidence and patience. She made it simple for me and provided useful advice on my questions. She responded quickly, and I knew it was not a scam because there were official correspondences via emails and WhatsApp messages. Overall, I am pleased and satisfied with the service.

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Signature Cruise 3 Days 2 Nights | 12/06/2024

The cruise ship was a small ship which we preferred and the trip to Bai Tu Long Bay was peaceful and beautiful.

The Cruise director Mr. Morning was fantastic and a master at organization with the ability to learn everyone’s name and personalize the adventure.

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29/05/2024

Hello, we (3 pax) plan to go to Ha long Bay, staying at Hanoi arrive on September 9 and left on September 10, 10:05 PM from Noi Bai. If time permits, can you help arrange day trip to HalongBay and if possible to old quarter and local food?

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30/05/2024
@Daniel:

Hi! With your itinerary, we suggest you should do the day cruise on 10th Sept then get directly to the airport from the cruise port. All of our day cruises are available for your travel date. Here are the best options with total price for 3 people:

About an Old Quarter tour with local food, we have 2 best selling options for the night of 9th Sept if you have enough time (with total price for 3 people):

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16/05/2024

Hello, I’m trying to book a cruise and would like to take the shuttle bus from Halong to ninh binh. Is this a local bus or a limousine bus? And can we get dropped off at our hotel in trang an? Thank you

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16/05/2024
@Morgan:

Hi! The shuttle bus is only from $20/person from Halong to Ninh Binh and it's Fuso Limousine Bus. We can drop you off at your hotel in Trang An.

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08/04/2024

Hi, I would like to inquire about Halong Bay cruise for 15/04/2024. Which cruise was available for that date? We have 8 people. We want to used around USD 400 per room.

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09/04/2024
@Sophia:

Hi! For your request, pls consider our best options below:

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28/03/2024

Hello, we would like to take a 2 day 1 night cruise in HaLong Bay that includes a visit to Ti Top Island. We're a family of 3, including 12 yo. Are there any cruises that could accommodate all of us in the same room? Which cruises could you recommend that include a cooking class, squid fishing, Tai Chi etc.? Thank you!

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30/03/2024
@Nancy:

Hi! For your request, you can consider below options:

Usually, most of cruises have cooking class, Tai Chi, and squid fishing. Pls note that the squid season is summer so if you want to enjoy that, you should book the cruise on the right time.

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21/03/2024

Hi! I will be doing a cruise in Halong Bay starting April 10. I want to do the Pradise Elegance Cruise 3 days 2 nights and it seems like I can make the reservation for april 10, but it is also written that it only leaves on tuesdays or thursdays so is April 10 reallly available for departure?

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22/03/2024
@Max:

Hi, the 3 days program only run for Tue, Thus so you can take 9 or 11 Apr.

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