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Halong Bay at a Glance

Cruising through Halong Bay is like entering a picture where the azure sky, majestic islands, and emerald sea harmonize. With the unique and amazing experience, Halong Bay is definitely a highlight that can't be missed in your Vietnam tours!

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Top attractions

With numerous stunning islands, caves, and beaches, Halong Bay has many places to visit. The most well-known attractions are Sung Sot Cave, Dau Go, and Luon Cave, where you can witness gorgeous stalactites and stalagmites. If you want a less-visited route, let’s travel to the pristine Lan Ha & Bai Tu Long Bay.

  • Titop Island
  • Bai Tu Long Bay
  • Lan Ha Bay
  • Ba Trai Dao Islet
  • Sung Sot Cave
  • Cua Van Village
  • Thien Cung Cave
  • Luon Cave
  • Dau Go Cave
Map & Itinerary

There are various options for Halong Bay itinerary. You can easily find and choose different cruise duration (one, 2, or 3 days), areas, and departure ports based on your preference.

Classic Halong Bay Route:

  • Visit Titop Island - Luon Cave - Sung Sot Cave for 2D-1N cruise
  • Explore Pearl Farm or Me Cung Cave for the extra day in the 3D-2N cruise

Lan Ha Bay Route:

  • Travel to Ao Ech - Tra Bau - Dark & Bright Cave for 2D-1N cruise
  • Visit Viet Hai Village or Ba Trai Dao in the 3D-2N tour’s extra day

Bai Tu Long Bay Route:

  • Follow the Cong Do - Cap La - Thien Canh Son for the 3D-2N cruise
  • Visit Vung Vieng Village for the 3-day tour extra day.

Halong Bay Itinerary

Halong Bay Map & Itinerary

Weather & Best time to go

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Halong Bay weather features humid and tropical monsoon in Northern Vietnam. The temperature fluctuates between 15°C - 35°C, and the annual rainfall is around 2.000mm. This bay has a clear weather division according to the season.

The best time to visit is in March, April, September, and October since the weather is mild at this time with no storms. For more information, you can see the board below:




(Feb - Apr)

  • 18°C - 30°C
  • Humid, Drizzy, Calm sea


(May - July)

  • 26°C - 38°C
  • Sunny, Hot, High rainfall, Occasional storms


(Aug - Oct)

  • 20°C - 33°C
  • Cool, Mild, Clear sky


(Nov - Jan)

  • 12°C - 23°C
  • Cold, Dry, Heavy fog 

Halong Bay weather overview


Yes, cruise in 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 cruise 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, Halong Bay cruise price 2023 ranges between US $125 - $300/person for a 1-night cruise 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 prices table below for your reference about tourist season and duration.

Cruise 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. In fact, the 1-night cruise is more popular among most Halong Bay tourists (up to 70%).

  • 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 on the cruise. 

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

It is not easy to find the best cruise among over 80 cruises in Halong Bay. Below are 4 small tips for you:

  • Decide itinerary & cruise route: The central (classic route), Lan Ha Bay (new trendy route), Cat Ba Island (combined trip to stay on the island), or Bai Tu Long Bay (less touristy route)
  • Estimate your budget: Different types of cruises from budget (from US$ 120 per person/night), mid-range (from US$ 135 per person/night) to luxury (from US$ 165 per person/night)
  • Check which cruise meets your needs: For a family with kids, private charter, couples, honeymoon, seniors, solo travelers, etc.
  • Choose a reputable agent: Engage with a local agency that has many years of experience in Halong Bay cruises and transparent policy

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

All cruises in Halong Bay must have permission from the Management Board to stay overnight in the Bay. Based on the weather conditions (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!

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

Tuan Chau Port

Halong International Port


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

Cruises depart

Mon Cheri, Paradise Elegance, Hermes, Sena, Capella Cruise, see more

Scarlet Pearl, Swan, Athena Luxury, Renea, Signature Cruise, see more

Halong Bay 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!

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Excellent - Ashleigh Russell
Athena Luxury Cruise 3 Days 2 Nights | 21/09/2023

This is a memorable tour for us. We had a great time on Athena Cruise. Our cabin was the Premium Terrace so it was spacious and had a big balcony overviewing the bay. The schedule was well-planned. The 3-day trip was a great choice to explore the bay.

Excellent - Daphne
Calypso Cruise 3 Days 2 Nights | 21/09/2023
A cruise and crew that give their all

The Calypso 2 is recently upgraded, so the staterooms, mattresses, and bathrooms are all extremely excellent. There is always available hot water and air conditioning. The crew was entirely pleasant and enthusiastic. My kids were really fond of delicious food and the bartender, despite his youth, made… More

Excellent - Thanh Le
Emperor Cruises Halong 2 Days 1 Night | 21/09/2023
Easy trip, thanks My Uyen

We appreciate My Uyen’s effort in organizing everything and keeping us updated throughout the trip. Fantastic communication, as well as being really helpful and dependable. We will definitely contact her again for our future vacation because our journey was seamless and fun.

Excellent - Hebrew
Jade Sails Luxury Cruise Full Day | 21/09/2023
Luxurious Halong Bay day cruise!

With Jade sails, we spent a comfortable and unforgettable day in Halong Bay last week. The ship is relatively trendy and new, but the team is really professional. We were picked up and dropped off by a limousine from our hotel.
On the deck, there were sun loungers for total enjoyment. They planned the… More

Excellent - Mr.guedon thomas
Mon Cheri Cruise 2 Days 1 Night | 21/09/2023
Memorable honeymoon on Halong Bay

We visited Halong Bay on our honeymoon holiday. And I really appreciate My Uyen from BestPrice Travel and her team's work. They did all possible to make our special day unforgettable.

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Hello, I’m a dive master and I would like to take the opportunity and perform a scuba diving in Halong bay. My flight arrive at October 7th, around 5am in Hanoi so I have 2 full day (7-8.10), can you please suggest me a 2 full day scuba diving including hotel and transportation?


 After covid-19 right now all the scuba diving is not available on Halong Bay, you can change to Nha Trang or Phu Quoc for Scuba Diving

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Greetings across the miles. We are family of 3 coming to travel around vietnam on 4th January 2024 , we are arriving at 5:30 morning to Hanoi rail station from Sapa, and would like to check the cost for a halong bay 2 nights tour for 1 room for 3 adults (attached washroom-balcony/ window) basis. We also required Pick up from Hanoi Rail station on the 4th morning and drop back to the same station on 6th Jan after Lunch. We are Booked on the 17:20 train to Da nang from Hanoi station on 6th Jan. Could you please tell us how much it could cost us to book with you please? "

@Lindsey :

You cán have a look at Scarlet Pearl Cruise will very suitable with you. For transfer, you should book a private transfer . Our travel consultant will send you price and detail through email so you can have a look clearly

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Hello. I'm on your website and I'm a bit confused because it allows me to pick any departure day for the halong bay cruises, but how do I know which dates are actually available?


If the cruise are full on your the day you book for departure day, you can not make payment for deposit, you just can send the request on our website

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Hello! Me and my wife are planning to book a cruise in Halong Bay. We would like to be picked up in Hanoi before the cruise, but then travel to Ninh Binh immediately after. Is this something you can help us arrange? If so, should I chose the shuttle service when I book a cruise, or should we handle it separately?


You can have two option is to book a private transfer or bus transfer depend on what you need. Bus will be 20 USD/person/way, private transfer price will be depend on how many person will travel

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Good Morning.. Me and my friends gonna visit hanoi this wednesday sept 26th. We are thinking to take cruise for 1 night. We are 3 people and prefer to stay at same room, 3 beds if possible. New boat with big pool would be best. So far, i found erina cruise have room from 3 people. Would love to hear feedback from you guys. Any other options i have and price. Thank you so much


You can have a look at Catherine Cruise, a whole new cruise will come out on late September, other option is Stellar of the Sea Cruise will suitable for you

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