Welcome to Northern Vietnam

Halong Bay's seascape of limestone towers is the view everyone's here to see, but the karst connection continues inland, to Ba Be's sprawling lakes and the knobbly topped peaks of Ha Giang, until it segues into the evergreen hills of the northwest highlands.

Not to be outdone by the scenery, northern Vietnam's cultural kaleidoscope is just as diverse. In this heartland of hill-tribe culture, villages snuggle between paddy-field patchworks outside of Sapa and the scarlet headdresses of the Dzao and the Black Hmong's indigo fabrics add dizzying colour to chaotic highland markets.

The twisting ribbon-roads winding north from Hanoi reveal a rural world far removed from Vietnam's horns-a-honking big-city streets. If you're up for some road-tripping, this is the place to do it.

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$48 Water Sports

Halong Bay from Hanoi with Cruise, Kayaking, and Lunch

Introduction:Ha Long Bay is far from Ha Noi 165km in the northeast.It is one of the natural world heritages which  2 times recognized by UNESCO about lanscape & geological values - Situated in the North-East region of Vietnam, total of area 1,553 km2 with 1,969 islands of various shapes & sizes like Cock-fighting, Incense Burner,...and wonderful caves and grottoes, such as Heavenly Residence Grotto, Driftwood Grotto ,.. In the year of 2007, Halong bay is continuously in the voting list of the world’s wonder.08h10 – 8h35: Pick up at your hotel then depart to visit Ha Long bay-the natural world heritage. On the way you have good chance to see the beautiful landscapes of Vietname’s countryside such as: red river, Luc River, buffalos, green rice, cane, canal fields…..10h45: After long journey on bus, you have 15minutes for relaxing at Hai Duong city where you can see how handicated people make souvernirs and taste green bean cake (a tradditional cake in Hai Duong).11h00: Get on bus then continue going to Ha Long bay.12h15: Arrive Tuan Chau Habour, get on boat then have nice lunch on boat with nice Local sea foods while boat moving to overview the beauty of the bay. Then boat stop at fishing village where you can visit fishing farm and do some kayaking or bamboo boat rowing by local people to visit small cave or relaxing at sundeck. After that Continue  journey for visiting the bay. Boat will stop at the wharf then you can go inside to visit Thien Cung cave which is one of the most beautiful cave in Ha Long bay. You will have 45 minutes to discover the wonderful charm of  grottos and stalactites which make into lovely shapes such as: totoise, lion... Then get back on boat have Sunset Party  and continue excursion to sightseeing fighting cock islet, stone seadog, duck islet…16h30: Arrive Habour get on the bus to come back Ha Noi.20h30 – 21h00: Arrive Ha Noi bus take you back to your hotel then the tour finish.

$170 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Halong Bay Tour with Hanoi Transfer Option by Bus or Seaplane

Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay (L, D)12:00      Arrive at Bhaya Group Cruise Centre at Tuan Chau International Passenger Port.12:45      Embark your cruise onboard Bhaya Cruises. Enjoy welcome drinks while our Cruise Manager does the itinerary and safety briefing.13:00      Let the vacation begin with a fusion buffet lunch while the boat cruises towards the southwest of Halong Bay.15:00    Discover the mysterious Tien Ong Cave which is not only a beauty spot but also an archaeological site. Covering an area of 1,000 m2 with stunning stalactites and stalagmites, the cave is one of the finest caves in Halong Bay.17:00      Bar opens for the Happy Hour "Buy one get one free". Take the chance to get more delicious drinks and fun.17:30    Join exciting “Master-Chef Competition” and fruit carving demonstration, learn and try your hands with authentic Vietnamese food. The winner or the Master-Chef of Bhaya Cruise would be awarded with surprising gifts. It’s also time to admire the sunset over enchanting Halong Bay while the boat anchors for overnight stay.19:00      Enjoy set-menu dinner on board while your Cruise Manager introduces the following day program.21:00    Retire to your cabin or join our staffs for squid fishing. Overnight on board.Overnight: Your on-board cabinDay 2: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)06:15      Start off your day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with complimentary tea and coffee being served. Rejuvenate your body and mind with the slow movement of Tai Chi and enjoy the dawn on the bay.07:00      Light breakfast is served onboard. The boat weighs anchor to sail to Cua Van floating village.07:45       Take your time to visit the village which is voted as one of the 11 insanely beautiful small towns around the world by huffingtonpost.com. You can choose either kayak or traditional rowing boat to go around discovering local life on the waters.09:00       Return to your boat and relax.09:30      Brunch is being served in the restaurant while the boat cruises through Lom Bo Islet, Soi Sim Island, Hoa Cuong Islet and Ba Hang Village.10:45      Disembark at Tuan Chau International Passenger Port.

$108 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Full Day Boat Trip from Halong City

This morning you'll be picked up at the Tuan Chau Tourist Wharf and start cruising through hundreds of limestone islands and islets on the bay. Here, witness beautiful spots like Cho Da (Stone Dog), Lu Huong (Incense Burner), Ba Hang Fishing Village and Ngon Tay (Fingers) Islets.Next, visit Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave, one of the most stunning caves in Halong bay. After, board your boat and cruise to Ti Top island. Climb to the top of the hill on the island and enjoy the amazing panoramic view over the Halong bay. (Optional to enjoy 1-hour and a half kayaking trip)Then head back to the junk and savor a set-menu lunch on-board. Cruise leisurely back to the harbor passing Luon cave, Con Rua (Tortoise), Dau Nguoi (Man Head) and Mat Quy (Monster Head) Islets.Early afternoon, disembark at Tuan Chau Tourist Wharf where your tours ends.

$402 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Halong Bay 2-Day: Private Cabin, Squid Fishing, Kayak, Caves

DAY ONE   12:00       Arrival in Tuan Chau Island 12:15       Transfer to Paradise Luxury 12:30       Welcome drink, cruise information and check-in 13:00 – 14:30          Lunch at the restaurant 14:30 – 16:30          Cruise and sightseeing along Halong Bay.  Enjoy an afternoon spa treatment at Paradise Spa* 16:00                       Visit Sung Sot Cave (1 hour)  17:00 – 18:30          Happy Hour* on the sundeck                                 Anchor at Coconut Tree Island for overnight stay 18:00 – 19:00          Cooking demonstration on the sundeck 19:30 – 22:00          Bao Dai Dinner at the restaurant  21:00                      Select from Squid fishing or Movies in the restaurant DAY TWO07:00                   Tai Chi on the sundeck 07:00 – 08:00       Light breakfast, coffee & pastries 08:00                    Visit Ti Top Island (1hour) .  Stay on board and just relax or enjoy a spa treatment at Paradise Spa* 08:30                    A la Carte breakfast at the restaurant 09:30                   Bill settlement and checkout 10:30                   Return to Tuan Chau Marina

$169 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Halong Bay Syrena Cruise from Hanoi

ITINERARY DAY 1: Hanoi – Halong – Syrena Cruises (L,D) 08:00- 9:00: Syrena Sh.Bus and guide picks up from seleted Hotel around the Old quarter of Hanoi and depart for Halong. Our shuttle bus takes Highway, only 2 hours/one way11:10: Arrive at Syrena Café at Tuan Chau Marina and prepare for embarkation Syrena Cruises. 11:45: Captain welcomes guests to Syrena cruises. Check in cruise, whilst enjoy a welcome drink, safety briefing and check in cabin. 13:00: Leaving the pier and start to discover the Halong Bay - natural wonders of the world. Enjoy buffet lunch with special foods while cruising through famous sights Ba Hang fishing village, Dinh Huong island, Cho Da islet, Ga Choi islet... 14:30: Cruises stops at Bo Nau cave, the core area of the world natural heritage. Transfer by tender to Surprise cave - one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay. 15:45: Leaving Surprise cave, transferred by tender to the Titov island where Guest can enjoy swimming, relaxing on the beach or climb the steps of the Rock to the top of the island. On the top of the mountain, you can enjoy or taking photo the panorama view of the bay 16:45: Back to the cruise. Relax and enjoy sunset on sun deck. Go to the overnight place. 18:00: Take part in Happy Hour where Guest can buy one drink and get one free (wine excludes) and cooking demonstration 19:00: Acquaint yourself with the set menu dinner. 20:30: Evening activities include: film entertainment (in the dining room); squid fishing; massage (contact with cruise manager for service price),...  DAY 2: Syrena Cruises - Halong Bay - Hanoi (B, L) 6:30: Enjoy Tai Chi instructions on the sundeck in 30 minutes whilst cruising to Luon cave. 7:00: Enjoy light breakfast in the restaurant (coffee, tea, fresh milk, water, pastries, bread, egg, fresh fruit, cereals will be served in the dining room). 8:00: After breakfast, take a guided tour to visit Luon cave - .one of the cave open to the form beautiful about endemic the vegetation of the Halong Bay. Visit Luon cave by a traditionally woven (bamboo) boat rowed by a local boatman. 8:40: Come back to Syrena cruise, relax and check out of cabin. Please put your luggage outside the door. Staff will collect and get them ready on the Pier for you. 10:00: Enjoy brunch buffet menu served in the dining room. Settle bills in the dining room after brunch (if any). 11:00: Arrive to Tuan Chau marina and disembarkation. 11:30: Transfered to Ha Noi by shuttle bus 14:00: Return to Ha Noi and Farewell to guests!   NOTE: The itinerary can be changed due to the check-in time and the weather conditions

$174 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Overnight 4-Star Halong Bay Cruise

Day 1: Halong (L – D)Appox 07.45: Pick-up at hotels if located in the Hanoi Old Quarter (upon your private booking of Gray Line shuttle bus); departing to Halong Bay with stopovers for refreshing en route.12.00: Arriving and enjoying fresh tea at Gray Line Lobby before check-in.12.30: Entering Gray Line Cruise via a private pier and being warmly welcomed by the crew. Enjoying welcome drinks when listening to the Briefing of the main Tour guide and check-in13.30: Having a delicious Lunch while the Cruise goes ahead to the Bay. This is the best time to watch unparalleled scenery of Halong in a slow motion.15:00: Arriving at Luon Cave by tender boat. We will discover the area’s tranquility by kayaks or rowing boats. 16:00: Stopping over at Titov Island. We will have various choices to be by your own, having sunbath, swimming or conquering the peak of the Titov to admire the Bay’s panorama. Recommendation: Climb up the top of the island and enjoy bird's-eye view!17:30: Going back to the boat for relaxation at the dusk. Enjoy FREE seasonal fruits on the sundeck. Other drinks will be subject to special rates or seasonal promotions.18.30: Joining a cooking demonstration on the sundeck. Try to make it well and check how well you can cook or prepare for Vietnamese foods.19.30: A dinner with local gourmet will be served with BBQ fresh seafood. After dinner: Free choice of evening activities (movie watching, squid fishing, etc.). Some activities are to be ordered in advance.Day 2: Halong (B – L)06.00: Waking up at dawn for morning exercise (Tai Chi Quan) or enjoying beautiful moments when a blazing sunrise breaks the clouds of the island on the bay (exercises are upon desire).07.00: Light breakfast will be ready with cakes, bread, tea and coffee, noodle soup, etc.07:45: Tender boat will pick us up to visit the Surprising (Sung Sot) Cave, discovered in 1901, and now being a must-to-see tourist attraction for its extensive space. After the rock formation and millions years of water erosion, the cave is now featured by hundreds of marvelous stalactites, stalagmites and grandeur stone chambers which are incomparable with any cave in Gulf of Tonkin. (Shoes, sandals and convenient clothes are recommended to visit the Cave).09:15: Coming back to our cruise for freshening check-out. Cabins will be cleaned up soon whilst we can enjoy drink and sunbath on the half-open-air sundeck of the Gray Line.10:30: Enjoying a tasty farewell buffet lunch while the boat continuously cruises back.11:30: Time for us to say goodbye with the Crew, and give them feedback about the trip. We can have some tea or other drinks at Gray Line Lobby and wait for our shuttle bus (or private cars) to return to Hanoi or the next destination.