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3 Days Itinerary in Halong Bay

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Spending three days in Halong Bay gives visitors the most fulfilled experience in this magnificent World’s Heritage. Here’s the detailed 3-day itinerary to explore all must-see attractions in Halong Bay.

Beyond a beautiful destination, Halong Bay has a great diversity of history and culture waiting to be explored. It usually takes 3 days to soak up the scenic atmosphere, marvel at impressive beauty spots, involve in exciting activities, and get a deep insight into the local culture in Halong Bay. For those in search of a perfect plan, it’s essential to follow this suggested 3-day itinerary of Halong Bay Cruise.

Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay

Transfer between Hanoi and Halong Bay

The excursion from Hanoi to Halong Bay usually begins at 8:30 – 9:00 am and follows the new highway via Hai Phong city. On the way, you will have an opportunity to experience the longest sea-crossing bridge in Southeast Asia.

Around 11:30 am – 12:00 pm, you’ll arrive at the office in the pier in Halong Bay, where the crew warmly welcomes and take special tea at the check-in lounge. After receiving cruise briefing and safety instructions, you’ll embark on the Halong Bay Cruise to refresh yourself in the suite life onboard.

Have lunch on Halong Bay Cruise

Out of the hustle and bustle city, the cruise will take you into the water land of natural wonder in Halong Bay. While 3-day Halong Bay cruise is proceeding to Da Chong Islet, you’ll have time to savor a delicious lunch at luxury restaurant onboard. During your lunch, you should take your time to enjoy the amazing limestone karst formations and cruise around the untouched area in Cat Ba Island or Lan Ha Bay.

Visit local farm or kayak

The first visit of the 3-day Halong Bay itinerary is Tung Sau Pearl Farm or Ao Ech Area to discover the hidden charm of Halong Bay. If you have a chance to visit the pearl farm, you’ll take time to learn about the long-lasting area which dedicated to growing pearls and practicing a handmade technique based on Vietnamese tradition and Japanese technology.

Tung Sau Pearl Farm in Halong Bay

Tung Sau Pearl Farm in Halong Bay

Either Tung Sau Pearl Farm or Ao Ech Area is an ideal destination for kayaking. There’re plenty of adventurous kayaking sites where you can get closer views of the karst cliffs, limestone islands, caves, and floating villages. Check here for the best of kayaking areas in Halong Bay.

Alternatives: If the first stop isn’t for you, you can opt for sightseeing or spa treatment on Halong Bay Cruise. What’s better than an afternoon of pampering and indulgence at the spa lounge after a long drive?

Explore limestone caves in Halong Bay

Halong Bay is a wonderland of limestone caves, ranging from dry caves to cave water. Your 3-day vacation to Halong Bay will be imperfect if you miss the chance to visit the awe-inspiring caves like Sung Sot Cave, Thien Cung Cave, Dau Go Cave, etc. These dry caves offer magnificent views of stalactites formed over millions of years and breath-taking panorama across Halong Bay once you exit the cave. Especially, Dark & Light Cave is cave water where you can do kayaking or bamboo boat rowed by local people.

Sung Sot Cave is a must-visit on 3-day Halong Bay trip

Sung Sot Cave is a must-visit on 3-day Halong Bay trip

Enjoy sunset view and cooking class onboard

Dusk is the best time to return to Halong Bay Cruise, where you can marvel at the fabulous sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin. Also, you can enjoy a complimentary sunset party or join a cooking class to learn about traditional Vietnamese cuisine and culinary.

Have a deluxe dinner and top deck activities

At 7:00 pm, a delightful meal in an intimate romantic setting is already served. You can get a great dining experience with appetizing traditional and international food under the sumptuous candlelight. Uniquely, some of Halong Bay cruises set a Royal Bao Dai Dinner, in which you can dress like Kings and Queens in the concept of the Bao Dai King regime. It’s such a weird experience that everyone should try for a better insight into Vietnamese history.

Royal Dinner on a 3-day Halong Bay Cruise

Royal Bao Dai Dinner on Halong Bay Cruise

After dinner, you can involve in several amusing activities such as entertainment at the bar, relaxation with romantic ballad music, sightseeing on the top deck, night squid fishing, movie watch, and other more. At the end of the first day in Halong Bay, you should treat yourself a good sleep in your luxurious cabin.

Read more: Top 10 Most Luxury Cruises in Halong Bay

Day 2: Lan Ha Bay – Cat Ba Island

Do Tai Chi session

To welcome your second day on Halong Bay cruise, you’d better work out by Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Under the rising sun and breezing atmosphere, Tai Chi exercise helps your body keep balanced and relieve your anxiety to enjoy the 3-day Halong Bay trip to the fulfillment. After the Tai Chi session, you’ll have a refreshing cup of tea or coffee, and a light breakfast in the restaurant.

Tai Chi session on 3-day Halong Bay Cruise

Tai Chi session on 3-day Halong Bay Cruise

Discover Halong Bay

The 3-day itinerary will continue with the deeper insight of Halong Bay. Depending on different 3-day Halong Bay cruises, various options are offering the chances to visit the main highlights including Ti Tov Island, where you can go swimming or hike to the top for the breathtaking panorama of Halong Bay; then Trinh Nu Cave and Trong Cave, where you’ll be surprised by many stalactites hung down from the ceiling.

Or else, you can visit Viet Hai village, a local village in Cat Ba Island. You will take the bicycle trip along the village path and go through rain forests and dark tunnel. Let’s admire the mesmerizing scenery of the rice fields on the way. You should take your time to wander around Viet Hai village, where you have an opportunity to visit an ancient local house made from straw, mud, and bamboo, as well as see how the daily local life goes on.

Biking route in Viet Hai Village in a 3-day itinerary in halong bay

Biking route in Viet Hai Village

Take a trip to the floating village

After a fresh and appetizing lunch onboard, you’ll re-energize yourself with a trip to Cua Van floating village, the largest of five remaining floating fishing villages in Ha Long Bay. The bamboo boat trip to Cua Van floating village will take you to a deeper insight into the daily life and local people here. If you want something more adventurous, go kayaking to explore the bay and take a breeze at the off-the-beaten area. 

Go swimming in the unspoiled area

Return to Halong Bay cruise, you’d better let yourself immerse in the pristine water and feel the cool breeze in the bay. Halong Bay is known for calm water, so it’s time to unwind yourself after a long day excursion and find your own space in the untouched area.

Join pre-dinner sunset cocktails and cooking demonstration

At twilight, the 3-day cruise will anchor overnight at Coconut Tree Island. With the harmonious music theme, you’ll sip up a cocktail or two as the sun sets over the karst landscape. If you miss the chance to watch the magnificent sunset on the first day in Halong Bay, don’t forget to catch the best sight of the sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin. There’s also a traditional cooking class to learn about Vietnamese cooking demonstration and Vietnamese culinary.

Enjoy sunset cocktails on 3-day tour Halong Bay cruise

Enjoy sunset cocktails on Halong Bay cruise

Enjoy nightlife on Halong Bay cruise

Following this 3-day itinerary in Halong Bay, you won’t waste time choosing what to eat since everything superb is already served on Halong Bay cruise. If you want a private space, you can have dinner in your cabin or on the sundeck.

As the dinner is finished, a range of nightlife activities awaits you to enjoy the last night on Halong Bay cruise. If you haven’t tried squid fishing, you should take your last chance to try your luck. Or you may just want to put your feet up with a movie after two days exploring Halong Bay.

Read more: Top 10 Best 4-Star Halong Bay Cruises

Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi

Tai Chi on the sundeck

If you’re an early bird, why not start a perfect day to witness the best of Halong Bay whilst enjoying an invigorating Tai Chi session on the sun deck. Or else, you can have a chilling time with a spa treatment at the spa onboard. The last morning in Halong Bay must be relaxed before heading out to explore the bay in the third-day itinerary.

Visit Trung Trang Cave

Trung Trang Cave is the last destination of a 3-day itinerary in Halong. Trung Trang is the most stunning stalagmite and stalactite cave, located in the middle of Cat Bat National Park. It’s also the largest valley in Cat Ba Island, covering an area of 300 hectares and measuring 300 meters lengthwise through the mountains. Visitors will be awed and inspired by various shapes of the cave carved by nature for over 2000 years.

Trung Trang Cave in Cat Ba Island in 3-day itinerary in halong bay

Trung Trang Cave in Cat Ba Island

Have a brunch and tea ceremony on the cruise

Return the boat and do checkout procedures. After that, brunch is served while the cruise sails back to the pier. At the restaurant, there’s a tea ceremony for you to enjoy Vietnamese tea and Vietnamese culture.

Return the GOT ferry and back to Hanoi

When the cruise bid farewell at GOT ferry, it’s the end of a 3-day itinerary in Halong Bay. It’s time to get on the D-car transfer or shuttle bus to return to Hanoi. Usually, you will arrive in Hanoi at around 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm.

That’s all you need to know about our 3-day itinerary in Halong Bay. If you want more details, please check here for a diversity of recommended Halong Bay trip. Let’s go on the Halong Bay vacation with BestPrice Travel!

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