Essential Halong Bay

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Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period:

tour highlights

  • Embark on a four hour boat trip in beautiful Halong Bay
  • Visit Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace) Cave to see its beauty for yourself
  • Marvel at the unique rock formations of many islands & caves
  • Marvel at the mighty limestone cliffs & emerald waters

tour details

Admire the spectacular views of Halong Bay and its many fascinating rock formations. Enjoy the diverse scenery on the 3.5 hour drive to Halong City, and then as you arrive in Halong City, you’ll have a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before you transfer to the pier for a four hour boat trip on the water. You’ll find no shortage of stunning views as you cruise through the divine emerald waters between the limestone outcrops & long corridors, including a visit to Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace) Cave to observe its unique system of stalagmites & stalactites. You’ll return to the Bai Chay pier and transfer back to Hanoi, arriving at approximately 20:30 hours.
Note: There are two options to select from:
– Superior option: with Vietnamese lunch
– Deluxe option: seafood lunch and kayaking

tour description

Early morning departure from Hanoi to Halong Bay (165 km east of Hanoi). Arrive at the Halong tourist pier. After boarding the boat you will start a relaxing and wonderful cruise through World Nature Heritage Halong Bay, passing bizarre rock formations, such as the Dinh Huong (the Incense Urn), Cho Da (the Stone Dog), islands with sandy beaches and Ga Choi (the Fighting Roosters) islets. You will discover Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage of outstanding natural beauty, known in Vietnamese as "Dragon descending to the sea".

The picturesque Halong Bay has more than 3,000 limestone islets rising from the clear emerald water, many of them containing beautiful grottoes. You will visit Thien Cung grotto situated on the south-west side of the bay, 4 km from the wharf outside of Halong City. The way to Thien Cung grotto is covered on both sides by thick forest. After entering a narrow gate, the grotto's 130-meter-long girth opens up. Getting in you will be more astonished in front of the very animated and splendid beauty which is made from the stalactites. On the east wall of the grotto, there is a grandiose and imposing picture with characters of tales. Going out of the Thien Cung grotto, you will have a sensation of just watching a unique, meticulous, interesting fine-art museum which is made by nature. This grotto is one of the most beautiful ones in Halong Bay.

During the boat trip fresh seafood fingertips will be served for your delights (please let us know if you do not eat seafood).


Transportation in A/C vehicles
Boat fees
Seafood lunch
English or French-speaking local tour guide
(other language guides are available on request and surcharges apply)
    Tour code: HANDHHAL

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