- Explore Halong Bay's spectacular limestone rock formations
- Enjoy on a private cruise on a traditional junk boat
- Explore caves and grottos
- Share a seafood feast
Halong Bay CruiseEscape to the stunning waters of Halong Bay, explore island caves and tuck into a seafood lunch on board!
Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for driver or guide.
Why do we love this
This is a must do in Vietnam. We love that the vessel for this tour is a traditonal junk boat - what better way to get a sense of traditional culture in this stunning setting? We also love the little added extras like the seafood lunch and cave adventure that make your experience that litle bit more memorable.
What to Expect
Escape the busy bustle of Hanoi and discover tranquil Halong Bay. There's a reason this area is one of the most photographed places in Vietnam!
Sit back, relax, and get ready to discover the natural beauty and stunning limestone cliffs on this incredible cruise. You'll be riding on a traditional junk boat for an added culture hit and will get enjoy a tasty seafood lunch.
Your tour starts in Hanoi where you'll begin the 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay. To break up the journey you'll stop in at the Hong Ngoc Humanity Centre, a handicraft outlet developed to provide support to communities in the area. Have a look at the beautiful crafts and even purchase a few souvenirs!
Once you reach Halong City, your water adventure begins! Board the private boat for a cruise through the stunning green water and limestone cliffs of the bay. Enjoy spectacular views from your junk boat perch as you explore the nearly 2000 islands that fill the bay.
You'll see first hand why Halong Bay has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site since 1994 and announced as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature in 2011. The name means "Bay of the Descending Dragon" and legend has it that in ancient times when the Vietnamese were fighting off foreign invaders, the gods sent a family of dragons to help them in the fight. During the battle, the dragons spat out jewels, and today, these are the islands that now are scattered around the bay. Hear more stories like these as you wend your way around the glittering island gems, sipping a welcome drink as you soak up the stunning views!
Next, enjoy seafood lunch on board while you float through the islands and cliffs. Soak up the majestic atmosphere from the top deck or get comfortable below. You'll also have the chance to explore some of the grottos or caves in many of the islands.
After spending the day on the water, it's time to head home to Hanoi relaxed and rejuvenated!
This is a full day tour, starting at 8 am and finishing at approximately 6.30 pm.
Frequently Asked Questions
We're all about getting into the places big tours can't do. This tour have a maximum group size of 16 people. This way, we don't overwhelm the destination and you're able to have a real experience and immerse yourself in the local environment. On extremely rare occasions there may be slightly more travellers, but in these cases, we will try to contact you beforehand to let you know.
Yes, we have lots of tours that allow children! The minimum age and child policy will be included in the tour description, and children under six are typically free of charge. However, if you require a stroller, please check that the tour is also listed as accessible.
We recommend you allow plenty of time to arrive early for your tour, especially when you are in a new destination where transport can take longer than expected. Because we want to ensure our other guests can still enjoy their tour, our guides will only wait a maximum of 15 minutes for you to arrive. Unfortunately, if you are later than, this the tour will start without you and you will not be entitled to a refund.
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a) Age requirements — Children under 6 years are not permitted on the Halong Bay tour. All travellers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian, or in lieu of a legal guardian, by an escort over the age of 18, appointed by their legal guardian. The legal guardian or their designee will be responsible for the traveller under the age of 18. While many of our tours permit all ages, the minimum age requirements may vary with tours. Please see the tour description on urbanadventures.com to check whether a tour is child-friendly. For tours featuring alcohol, travellers may be required to show proof of age of majority.
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