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10 Best Halong Bay Day Cruises & Trips from Hanoi 2024

Top 5 best seller day cruise in Halong 2024

About Halong Bay Day Cruises

Day cruises are the best choice for travelers who have limited time yet want to see the breathtaking Halong Bay. A day trip may last for 4 hours - 8 hours.

Even with short time, you still have the opportunity to see spectacular locations in Halong Bay, such as Titop Island, Sung Sot Cave, Luon Cave, etc. Moreover, you can participate in kayaking, swimming, sightseeing, and more.

Overall, the design of day cruises in Halong Bay can be divided into 2 types: 

  • Traditional: classic design of local fishing boats
  • Modern: stylish and equipped with new facilities

Here are some comparisons between the two kinds of day cruises. 







Launched year

Before 2019 

After 2020


Under 40

99 - 500


Only restaurant and bar

Fitness rooms, lounges, bathrooms, etc.

Day Trip Itinerary

There are 3 main routes for a day cruise: classic Halong Bay (the most popular), Lan Ha Bay, and Bai Tu Long Bay. The check-in time is usually 9:30 and the disembark time is 17:00

Day Cruise Map

Day Cruise Map 

Classic Halong

Day cruises that follow this route operate in both Tuan Chau Marina and Halong International Port and visit these main attractions. 

  • 4 hours: Thien Cung Cave - Dau Go Cave
  • 6 - 8 hours: Sung Sot Cave - Titop Island - Luon Cave

Lan Ha

These day cruises start from Tuan Chau Marina and only have 6 to 8-hour tours to Dark & Bright or Frog Pond. Jade Sails is the most recommended cruise for guests.

Bai Tu Long

This route is pretty rare for day cruises. There is only La Muse Cruise operating here. It embarks at Halong International Harbor and has a 5.5-hour tour to Thien Canh Son Cave.

Top Selling Day Cruises 2024

Below are some of the best-selling day cruises according to guests' ratings for reference (the cruise price does not include the transfer fee).

*Price from per pax




Jade Sails

US $115


Wonder Bay

US $84



US $65


Queen Luxury

US $64


Phoenix Day

US $59


Overall, day cruises are perfect for visitors who don’t have much time to travel. You still have a chance to explore the splendor of Halong Bay while participating in amusing activities. If you are interested, let’s book your cruise now!


Depending on which itinerary and the facilities of the cruise, here is the list of the best cruise for each demand:

  • Bestseller: Queen Luxury Day Cruise
  • Best day cruise in Bai Tu Long: La Muse Day Cruise
  • Most luxurious in Lan Ha Bay: Halong Catamaran Day Cruise
  • Budget cruise: Phoenix Day Cruise

To find the most suitable one, refer to BestPrice Travel's top 10 Day Cruises in Halong Bay

The most luxurious Halong day cruise is Queen Luxury because of its offering: 6 hours to explore Halong Bay, high-end facilities such as the 4D virtual studio on the rooftop, plush materials, and buffet meals with varied tropical and seafood options.

The price range for a day cruise is depending on cruise class:

  • 5-star cruise: from $79/pax - $105/pax
  • 4-star cruise: from $65/pax - $89/pax
  • 3-star cruise: from $58/pax - $69/pax

The best 1-day cruise itinerary for the first time to visit are some highlight destinations in Halong as Titov Island and Surprising Cave

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I'm a traveller from Taiwan. I'm enquiring about 4 people coming to Halong Bay on the 21 APR. One day on JADE SAILS CRUISE or Ambassador Day Cruise (no accommodation required). Please quote me the price. Thank you very much.


Hi Dongmei, for Jade Sails, it is US $115 per passenger for full-day cruise (including transfer). Ambassador Day Cruise is US $80 usd/pax (no transfer) and US $99/pax (including transfer).

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I'm looking for a day cruise to Lan Ha Bay on the 28th of January, 3 pax. Can you recommend some cruises for us? We need a transfer from Hanoi, too.

@Edith S:

We have only Jade Sails and Catamaran doing day trip in Lan Ha and both available on 28 Jan.

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Good morning! 24.01.2024 we arrive from Westerdam to Hanoi. We are interested in a day tour of the bay with transfer (from 8:00 - 20:00), preferably with Titop. We are 2 pax. Can you recommend me some cruises?

@Eleni Kardashova:

We have option with Queen Luxury or Amethyst match with your plan. However we recommend you transfer on your own by taxi, we are charged 25 USD/person on top of transfer rate if we come inside pier for pick you.

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For the day trip, are there any options if we don't know how to kayak? Would there be a separate sampan/small boat?

@Mathew Kentley:

Yes sampan or kayak is optional for you.

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Hi, my budget is around 250 USD. Is that enough for a 5-star cruise in Halong Bay including transfer?

@Frederic M:

Yes enough, you can book the Jade Sails

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