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THE 10 BEST Bai Tu Long Bay Cruises 2021

As a quieter and more unspoiled destination than Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay is increasingly popular in the Gulf of Tonkin. Go explore the off-the-beaten-path with our best cruises in Bai Tu Long Bay to enjoy a different side of the Bay.
Paloma Cruise - No 1  Bai Tu Long Bay Cruises
Paloma Cruise
188 reviews
Halong Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay - Thien Canh Son cave
  • Classic wooden junk with 04 decks
  • The cabins have a large window for a grand view
  • Cruising through Bai Tu Long Bay - Untouched path!
18 cabins - Wooden boat - Launched in 2009
Swan Cruises - No 2  Bai Tu Long Bay Cruises
Swan Cruises
13 reviews
Halong Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay - Thien Canh Son - Vung Vieng Village
  • Own best reviews on TripAdvisor.
  • Off-the-beaten route to Bai Tu Long Bay
  • Beautiful classic simple cruise.
9 cabins - Wooden Boat - Launched in 2015
Oriental Sails - No 3  Bai Tu Long Bay Cruises
Oriental Sails
54 reviews
Bai Tu Long Bay - Thien Canh Son - Vung Vieng Village
  • Triple room (3 single beds) available
  • Wooden boat with traditional style
  • Spacious restaurant with beautiful view
18 cabins - Wooden Boat - Launched in 2009
Emperor Cruises - No 4  Bai Tu Long Bay Cruises
Bai Tu Long Bay - Vung Vieng Village - Thien Canh Son
  • All-inclusive cruising experience, no bill to pay at the end
  • Your meals are served anywhere as your request
  • One of most luxurious cruises in Halong
8 cabins - Steel core, wooden cover - Launched in 2017
Athena Luxury Cruise - No 5  Bai Tu Long Bay Cruises
Bai Tu Long - Vung Vieng Village - Cong Do- Thien Canh Son Cave
  • Unique travel route through Bai Tu Long Bay
  • Large cabins with private balcony
  • Wide sundeck with alfresco bar
21 cabins - Metal Boat - Launched in 2016
Dragon Legend  Cruise - No 6  Bai Tu Long Bay Cruises
Halong Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay - Cong Dam Area - Thien Canh Son Cave
  • Vietnamese traditional decoration style
  • Wood-paneled cabin
  • Indoor & outdoor restaurants
24 cabins - Metal Boat - Launched in 2014
Victory Star Cruise - No 7  Bai Tu Long Bay Cruises
Halong Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay - Vung Vieng Village - Thien Canh Son Cave
  • Traditional design with modern services
  • Large view with private balcony
  • Less touristy travel route
32 cabins - Mental Boat - Launched in 2009
Signature Cruise - No 8  Bai Tu Long Bay Cruises
Signature Cruise
107 reviews
Halong Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay - Thien Canh Son Cave
  • Traditional wooden boat cruising through Bai Tu Long Bay
  • Largest cabins among cruises on Bai Tu Long
  • Private balcony and bathtub for most of the rooms
12 cabins - Wooden Boat - Launched in 2013
Signature Royal Cruise - No 9  Bai Tu Long Bay Cruises
Halong Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay - Thien Canh Son Cave
  • Top deck restaurant
  • Interesting quiz nights & board games
  • Private dining option available
16 cabins - Wooden Boat - Launched in 2014
Starlight Cruise - No 10  Bai Tu Long Bay Cruises
Bai Tu Long Bay - Vung Vieng Village - Vung Ha Beach
  • Unique cruising route
  • Mini-golf course on top deck
  • Interesting activities
32 cabins - Wooden boat - Launched in 2012
Sealife Cruise - No 11  Bai Tu Long Bay Cruises
Bai Tu Long Bay - Thien Canh Son - Vung Vieng Village
  • Spacious cruise
  • Fusion design style
  • Nice and helpful staffs
26 cabins - Metal boat - Launched in 2013

About Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise

As a remote silent area, there are not many cruises that choose to take their guests to Bai Tu Long Bay which makes this small bay becomes an important part of the off-the-beaten-path in the itinerary.

There are different choices for cruise standards from 3-star to 5-star. However, in general, all of these cruises are impressively convenient with full facilities and perfect services.

Budget & Mid-range Bai Tu Long Cruise: To save the budget, you can choose to book 3-star or 4-star cruises which are small wooden boat cruises with no more than 20 cabins. You can easily book these cruises at an extremely reasonable price from only about US$120/person. Some famous 3* or 4* ones are Swan, Paloma, Dragon Pearl Junk, Signature...

Luxury Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise: all luxury boats are made of steel with big size which usually has at least 25 cabins or more, except for the most high-end boat – Emperor Cruise which is an all-inclusive cruise with only 8 cabins, each cabin has a private butler and after the trip, you do not have to pay any extra bill for food and drinks here.

Paloma - Best Bai Tu Long Cruise

Paloma - Best Bai Tu Long Cruise

 

Bai Tu Long Cruise Itinerary

Just like other travel routes among Halong Bay and other brother bays, you can choose to travel with 2 days or 3 days itinerary.

2 days 1 night Cruise: As usual, the most popular tour is the 2d1n cruise in which tourists will follow about 12 p.m. and arrive at the Cap La area for swimming and kayaking. At dawn, the tour guide will bring you back to the cruise and enjoy the sunset party here with the buy-1-get-1-free drink program. After a cozy dinner, you can choose to watch a movie, play board games, or try the interesting night squid fishing and try to get a squid for supper before going to bed.

Kayaking in Bai Tu Long Bay

Kayaking in Bai Tu Long Bay

On the day after, you can start your new day with a Tai Chi lesson then have a full breakfast, prepare for a visit to the stunning Thien Canh Son cave, and may have a little time resting at Hon Co Island beach before getting back to the boat, have a light brunch before arriving at the port.

3 days 2-night cruises: If you feel like a 2 days tour is not enough, so the option of 3d2n cruises staying in the bay is just for you. Normally, with this itinerary, you will have more time travelling and explore deeper inside this area by swimming at Hon Co Island, visiting Vung Vieng fishing village, or the Cong Dam area with Hon Xep Natural Park.  

Frequency Ask Questions

We offered about 11 cruises in Bai Tu Long Bay from budget to luxury class. Depend on your prefer cruise type and price we do recommend you 3 options below:

Let's pick a suitable one for your tip in Bai Tu Long Bay.

Bai Tu Long Bay is a quiet place and spends for an off-the-beaten-track or relaxing client. It is not too crowded tourists like in the main Halong Bay area, so cruising in Bai Tu Long you will help you have an unforgettable trip. So if you are looking for a relaxing trip or off-the-beaten-track trip, please don't hesitate to choose Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise.

Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise price offers different price ranges based on boat types, travel date, and cabin types. Normally the price is between 120 USD - 190 USD per person for a 1-night cruise. You should contact a travel consultant to get the exact price for your Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise tour.

No, it is not. Bai Tu Long is quite further than both Halong Classic and Lan Ha Bay. There are not many cruises, and the most beautiful scenery still remains. So you should do a cruise in Bai Tu Long instead if you prefer the route which offers less boat & a nice view.

Current Halong Bay separate to 3 main routes: Halong Classic, Bai Tu Long, and Lan Ha Bay. Follow the policy of the Halong board management we could not combine any of them. Most of the routes look quite similar, so if you prefer quiet, less touristy let's choose Bai Tu Long Bay cruise. If you prefer to visit the main sites in Halong like Sung Sot Cave, Titop island let's choose Halong Classic, however, it will be a bit crowded.

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Asked by Sarwar, March 04, 2021
I’m interested in booking 3 nights/2 days cruise to Halong Bay that also includes Bai Tu Long bay. Can you recommend such a cruise that is 5 star and luxury? It will be for 2 adults and 1 child (13 years old). I’m looking for only 1 room big enough for all 3 of us - an extra bed is fine.
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BestPrice, March 04, 2021
@Sarwar: Follow the new policy of Halong Bay management we could not combine Bai Tu Long Bay and Halong Bay in the same trip, you need to book it separately (2 days 1 night in Halong and 2 days 1 night in Bai Tu Long). If you prefer less tourist route, please choose Bai Tu Long Bay.
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Asked by Doreen SIM, December 16, 2020
We, 4 adults, are looking for a 2D1N Halong Bay cruise on 30 Dec. We prefer somewhere less touristy and have 1 person who suffers from motion sickness. Would you recommend Bai Tu Long Bay or Lan ha Bay? Based on your recommendation, please propose suitable cruises with a budget between USD150 to 200 pp inclusive of transfer from Hanoi.
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BestPrice, December 16, 2020
@Doreen SIM: Bai Tu Long Bay is suitable for those who prefer a quiet and relaxing route. There are not many choices for Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise but all of them are good and offer a great experience to customers. You can have look at Paloma Cruise which offers a rate of about 160 USD include bus transfer from Hanoi. BestPrice
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Asked by Cedric, October 07, 2020
Hi, I would like to know if you can propose and advise me for a cruise on the Tu Long bai on a 2D/1N format I plan to do this on the 19th-20th of nov; Also, can you propose a tam coc one day trip? Thank you
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BestPrice, October 07, 2020
Dear Cedric, There are not many options for Bai Tu Long Bay cruise at this time due to COVID. You can have a look at Oriental Sails (3*), Signature Cruise (4*) which are operated on every weekend Fri, Sat. It is the same with Tam Coc if you want to join a group tour. If you do a private tour you can do any travel date. We will send you a proposal through email. BestPrice
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Asked by Angel, August 06, 2019
hi, i'd like to book a cruise trip, but i'd like to get more information about it. i was told that there's a 2days 1 night trip starting at the bay 2 hours a way from down town, which is? how do i book online?
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Angel, August 06, 2019
Hi The cruise depart from Halong Bay, while almost of tourists stay in Hanoi down town, so we arrange the shuttle bus/ sharing luxury van/ private car pick customers from Hanoi then transfer to Halong Bay- and vice versa The time from Hanoi to Halong Bay via the express road is 3.5- 3 hours, and via normal road is 3.5- 4 hours Cheers
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Asked by Betty Liu, July 05, 2019
Hello, Could you please let us know if we can book a transfer directly from Hon Gai Wharf to the Ninh Binh area? If yes, what is the approximate cost? We are hoping to transfer from Hanoi to a Bai Tu Long 2D/1N cruise on Dec 5, and stay in Tam Coc the night of Dec 6. Best regards, Betty
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Betty Liu, July 05, 2019
Dear Betty Liu, For transfer from Hon Gai Pier to Ninh Binh, we offer Private transfer only. Public bus is available but it is not suitable for foreigner. Private transfer rate between 95 - 115 USD/car (depend on how big the car is) For transfer from Hanoi to Bai Tu Long bay, you can book the shuttle bus of cruise company which offer you best rate. Regards,
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