Welcome to Northern Vietnam

Vistas. This is Vietnam's big-sky country; a place of rippling mountains, cascading rice terraces and the winnowed-out karst topography for which the region is famed.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... Read More

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$170 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Halong Bay Tour with Optional Hanoi Transfer by Bus or Seaplane

Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay (L, D)Arrive at Bhaya Cafe on Tuan Chau Island around midday, and board your boat. Enjoy welcome drinks and listen to a quick briefing on the itinerary and safety information by the cruise manager. Let the vacation begin with a lunch as the boat cruises towards South East Halong Bay, passing by Chicken Rock, Finger Islet, and Frog Islet.  Arrive to Dark and Bright Lagoon and visit the area by rowboat or kayak, and then return to the boat, where you have about an hour to relax at your leisure on the sundeck, perhaps enjoy a spa service (own expense), or buy a drink at the bar. Then happy hour begins at the bar with a buy-one-get-one-free special. Next is a 1.5-hour cooking demonstration with traditional Vietnamese food on the sundeck (or in the restaurant in case of inclement weather) before sitting down to your set-menu dinner in the restaurant. After eating, enjoy free time for squid fishing at reception or relaxing at the bar. Overnight: Your on-board cabinDay 2: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)In the early morning, begin the day with a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck. Tea and coffee are available.Then enjoy a light breakfast in the restaurant before visiting Surprise Cave, considered the most beautiful cave in the bay. When you return to the boat, check out of your cabin and place your baggage in the corridor. Brunch is served in the restaurant while the boat heads back to harbor. When you reach Tuan Chau Marina in the late morning, disembark to end your Halong Bay experience.

$45 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Halong Bay Full-Day Guided Tour Including Cruise, Kayaking and Lunch from Hanoi

Your day will begin with an early hotel pick-up. From there you will be taken to the beautiful Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1994 with nearly 3,000 rocky islets. Depending on the traffic, the drive could take up to 4 hours, however, along the way you’ll get to see the Red River Delta, one of the two granaries of Vietnam.Upon arriving in Ha Long, you will sail the boat round its natural rocky gardens whilst a tasty seafood lunch is waiting on board. Most of the islets here are not for living due to the lack of fresh water, but are excellent for cruising due to their magnificent beauty. Many of them have great names from their inspirational shapes, including the Surprising Cave, Pelican Grotto, Chopstick Rock, Butterfly Rock, Turtle Rock, the Island of Fishman’s Head, the Fighting Cocks, the Sail, the Urn, or the Sea Dog!You have the choice of wandering through the grotto's, going swimming, or just lazily relaxing on the sun deck with drinks.The boat will be back to the Wharf late afternoon where you will return to you Hanoi hotel by car or coach.

$200 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Overnight 4-Star Halong Bay Cruise

First Day:12:15: Embark at Tuan Chau Marina pier (Tuan Chau Island, Halong City). Enjoy complimentary tea at the private lounge.12:30: Transfer to the Halong Cruise. Have a welcome drink, then take a little time for a by cruise briefing. Check in your cabins afterwards.1:00: Enjoy a delicious set lunch then relax on the sundeck and take in the unparalleled scenery of Halong Bay while cruising ahead to the Bay. Cruise through the Hoa Cuong floating fishing village.2:30: Arrive at Me Cung Cave ( Bewitching Grotto). Join the tour with your guide to explore the cave. Climb up several rugged stone stairs to see a great lake considered, a royal garden and surrounded by mountains whose water is blue year-round. 4:00: Back to the cruise and head to Bright Cave - a very beautiful lagoon belongs to Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba Island. Forget about the distance of geography, the cave now introduced by this cruise. Visit some tunnel caves by Kayak or bamboo boat. Time to savor the beauty and amazing islet’s stalactites in detail. Enjoy swimming around the cruise (weather permitting). Relax on the sundeck. Enjoy fantastic views and take stunning pictures of gleaming sunsets.6:30: Join Cooking demonstration on the sundeck. Learn how to make the fresh/fried spring rolls and mix fish-sauce. 7:30: Enjoy fabulous buffet BBQ dinner (available for group 15 passengers and above) served with a variety of Vietnamese and Western foods. 9:00: Evening activities: watching film at the outdoor bar, playing board and card games; squid fishing on boat. Enjoy squid cooked after fishing.10:00: Overnight. End of Day 1.SECOND DAY06:30: Tai Chi class on the Sundeck.07:30: Have breakfast with Coffee, tea and bakeries on board.08:30: Arrive at the cruise's exclusive floating house, Rang Dua area by tender – one of few existing houses left after the regulation of Management to relocate the traditional floating village to main land.09:30 - 11:00: Check out cabin. Relax on the sundeck or in the dining room to enjoy the bay scenery on the way back to Tuan Chau pier. Farewell Lunch served on board.11:45: Disembark at Tuan Chau Marina

$160 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Halong Bay Syrena Cruise from Hanoi

Built in accordance with traditional Vietnamese style and modern-day luxury, your tour vessel showcases the high standards of luxury cruising in Halong Bay. The two-ship fleet offers a total of 34 luxury cabins and suites accommodating up to 68 passengers. Swimming and kayaking in the crystal waters of Halong Bay are favored activities for the energetic while morning Tai Chi on the sundeck offers a meditative and uplifting start of the day. Adventure outings, tour excursions, and cooking classes are also available on board during your overnight cruise.

$62.50 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Halong Bay Cruise from Hanoi Including Lunch

You will be picked-up from your hotel at 07:30 to 08:30, depending on your hotel location, for a 3.5 hour bus ride through the country side of the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Along the way, you'll pass water buffalo, paddy fields (rice transplanting time: February and June) and Vietnamese farms along both sides of the motorway. Arrive in Halong City around noon, board a traditional wooden junk and start cruising to the middle of the bay. While the boat is gliding out, a fresh seafood lunch will be served, with a vegetarian option available. Get your cameras ready to capture the most exotic and magnificent natural splendor of the limestone bedrock and sheer cliffs of the tiny islands, highlighted with fanciful names, like Fighting Cocks (symbol of Halong Bay), Duck, Finger, Incense Burner and Stone Dogs. There may be a chance for an optional swim. Stop for a row boat trip around Ba Hang Floating village, then rejoin cruise for a trip to a most beautiful cave named Thien Cung (Heaven Palace Grotto), and explore huge chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites of all kinds. Continue to enjoy this relaxing cruise on the way back to Ha Long harbor, where your vehicle awaits for your transfer back to Hanoi. The trip ends back at your hotel at approximately 19:30-20:00.Note: The above itinerary is subject to change without prior notice

$115 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Day Trip to Ninh Binh from Hanoi

Our guide will meet you at the hotel at the hotel around 8am. We depart to Ninh Binh - one of the most beautiful regions in the North of Vietnam. On arrival, we are inviting you to embark on an unforgettable bike ride. The province of Ninh Binh is one of the richest in Vietnam. Nicknamed “Terrestrial Halong”, not only does it offer a landscape of sugar loaf Mountains overlooking the river, but also entire stretches of flooded rice fields, pagodas and temples scattered through nature and typical scenes of daily life. Ninh Binh is an essential landmark in your travel through Northern Vietnam. This bike ride will provide a good overview of the sublime landscapes and the locals’ way of life in this part of Vietnam.After visiting the beautiful landscape of Ninh Binh, you can experience a lunch with a local family there. The owners are very friendly and willing to exchange the culture by offering a locally prepared meal. From that place, you can walk around for sightseeing, watching locals in their daily life in the fields or meeting with them in their houses.In the afternoon, we will visit Van Long. Close to the Natural Park of Cuc Phuong, Van Long is the nature reserve and a site of exceptional beauty, similar to Tam Coc with its flooded rice fields surrounded by limestone mountains. The rock of these mountains is of the same type as that of the peaks in Halong Bay and Ninh Binh. You will visit the reserve aboard small wooden boats, the sampans, which will be aptly maneuvered by a paddle with his feet. Exoticism is guaranteed! Your escapade in the meanders of the river through the nature reserve provides an unreal landscape of rain forests and ancient mountains reflected in the water. Discover numerous species of exotic birds in their natural habitat Van Long is also the opportunity to discover numerous species of exotic birds in their natural habitat. After the boat trip, you will be back to your hotel in the late afternoon.