How to choose a best cruise for your Halong bay tour 2017?

Halong bay as one of the most attractive places for scenic boat rides and You need help choosing a Halong Bay cruise for your next cruise vacation? offers various tips and tricks to select your next cruise ship and cabin. Let’s choose ones suitable your budget.
Halong Bay is known as a Wonder of the World as well as World Heritage Site. As a popular destination for worldwide travellers, Halong Bay is affordable and give you some ways to travel more enjoyable, cheaper, longer. Halong Bay treats visitors the incredible beauty of seascape of limestone pillars, majestic caves and crystal blue water. Halong bay as one of the most attractive places for scenic boat rides. There are various cruises, and Halong wooden junk that crewed by a professional, loyal and dedicated team will be your best choice. Let’s explore numerous amazing experiences on Halong Bay with

Sunrise in Halong Bay

Best time to visit Halong Bay: Anytime is a great time to visit Halong Bay but some months receive more visitors than the others. The peak season falls on December and January - the months that coincide with Christmas and New Year break. Other months that also see busy lines of travellers include October, November, February, March and April. During these months, the weather is also most suitable to visit Halong Bay.

Here is some tips how to choose a right cruise for Halong bay tour 2017?

Book a Halong bay tour or travel on your own

A lot of travelers think that traveling on your own is always cheaper than booking a tour. However, it’s true for Halong Bay. If you travel on your own,  you will take a bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay, you have to take a taxi to Gia Lam bus station or My Dinh bus station. I know it won’t be easy for tourist to take a local bus. There’s a lot of persons who is in the tourist wharf who offer plenty of choices for cruise. To be honest, you wonder who is a good one and who will tell you the truth. You don’t know that you go on the right cruise which you pay for. The cruise may be a different one with lower quality such as boat, food….. It’s your choice. I recommend to book a tour with a reliable travel agent or the hotel where you stay in Hanoi or booking online. If anything happens, you are able to deal with them .


Please read more posts, travel advice, travel experience and comments or ask your friends who has been there or other tourists who stay in the same hotel with you. It is so important to see what a company reputation is before booking with them. The cheap cruises may not be a good ones. The small one but with a good reputation can be your choice. Let’s choose ones suitable your budget.

Find a luxury cruise in Halong Bay, Our recommendation is:

  • Paradise Luxury Cruises
  • Victory Star Cruises
  • Valentine Cruise
  • Au Co Cruises
  • Huong Hai Sealife Cruise
  • Starlight Cruise
  • Violet Cruise
  • Golden Cruise
  • Indochina Sails
  • Bhaya Classic Cruise
  • Paradise Peak Cruise
  • Pelican Luxury Cruise
  • Paloma Cruise
  • Dragon Pearl Cruise
  • Calypso Cruiser
  • Syrena Cruises
  • Aphrodite Cruises
  • Glory Cruise
  • Image Halong Cruises
  • Phoenix Cruiser
Tour price:

Here are some tips to help you find out the best one, but affordable one on your budget. From US$70 to US$250/ per person for 2 days 1 night, you can get good ones such as Alova Cruise, Vspirit cruise, Halong Glory Cruise. In addition, please check what’s included in the tour price. For some travel agents, as you check on their website, the price is lower but round-trip transportation  may not be included. You may pay extra for a total bill.

If you prefer premium cruises, I can recommend Paloma Cruise, Pelican Cruise, Huong Hai Sealife, Gray Line Halong, Indochina Junk, Bhaya cruise. The rate is range from US$160 to US $345

If you are looking for a luxury cruise, my recommendation is Victory Star, Indochina Sail, Violet cruise, Paradise Luxury Cruise, Au Co cruise. The rate is different from each other. The most expensive ones are Au Co and Violet Cruise.
  • If you are traveling during the summer from May to September 2017, there’s a big deal for most cruises from 20% to 40% discount.
  • All cruises mentioned aboved offer joining group tour. It means that you will share the boat with others.

Facilities and Services:

Most of cruises have same facilities and services. It is just different for 4 stars and 5 stars cruise which offer other additional facilities such as safety deposit box, book shelves and services snorkeling and fishing equipment, jacuzzi and spa and kayaking. The services are mentioned  to be exclusives.

Safety first:

Please check the boat's age. I know it’s hard, but don’t take the old one. The newer boats are more safe. You should also check all facilities on board via their websites for safety and security such as life vests, alarm clock, hammer and safety deposit box.

Halong Bay boat trip is a perfect way to experience pristine beauty and sustainable ancient culture of Halong Vietnam that will surely rejuvenate your Halong Bay tours. We are very sure to provide you any type any level service that meet your demand and all informative knowledge about your Halong Bay Cruises.

Where to cruise:
My first recommendation is Bai Tu Long Bay where you can cruise off the beaten path, away from the crowd. You can get the most enjoyable moment and travel in your style. The second choice is Halong Bay. Most of the activities is almost the same: kayaking, caving, swimming, cooking class, squid fishing, karaoke on board…. but some of them offer extra special activities such as dinning in the cave, fishing with locals, collecting rubbish and wastes on the bay.

Duration of your stay:
Depending on your schedule, you will decide how long to stay. If you take a Halong bay day tour. You will spend 4 hours cruising on Halong Bay, joining these activities such as: kayaking or visiting a fishing village on a sampan rowed by locals and visiting Thien Cung (Hevenly Palace cave). It’s good for visitors who only have a short time. Most of the cruises offer the same itinerary, just choose a good tour company one as

Two important packages for travelling in halong bay:
Halong bay 2 days with 1 night overnight on a sleeping boat, Halong bay 3 days 2 nights with 2 nights sleeping on boat. On the 2nd day, you will take a day boat and spend your day for kayaking in the area of Dark and Light cave, visiting  Soi Sim beach island. Some cruises offer a longer cruising to Ba Trai Dao beach and barbecue lunch on the beach but it depends on the tidal and weather condition.
  • Halong bay cruise 2 days 1 night is the best choice for you to see both the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay and Halong Bay with our itinerary for a limited time schedule. You will not only explore less visited sites in Halong Bay & Bai Tu Long Bay, but will also take part in a many other interesting activities such as: swimming, bamboo boat trip, kayaking,...
  • Halong Bay cruise 3 days 2 nights: There is no better way to experience the most stunning scenery of one of the most beautiful bays recognized as a world heritage by UNESCO than aboard Halong. The 3 days / 2 nights voyage offers countless opportunities to explore the most exotic and magnificent destinations
  • In my opinion,  I prefer Halong bay 2 days 1 night and 3 days 2 nights.
Type of cruise:
  • Private charter cruise: If you join a private one, you can custom itinerary, do your own activities and give instruction to the crews. There is also a plenty of choices such as 1 cabin, 2 cabins to 6 cabins. If you want something private, it will be a good choice for you. You may pay a bit extra than joining a group tour, but you have your own boat. It’s good for couples, family, the old.
  • Joining group cruise tour: You will join the tour with others. A small but good service can be a good choice for you.

Family cruise


Admire the wonders right outside the window: HalongBayCruises are usually scheduled to allow tourists to take overnights on the cabin while the ship is moving into “the land of a thousand-islands”. From the windows of cabin, you can admire many strangely sculpted limestone islands and outcrops.

Admire the wonders right outside the window

Responsible travel:

What the cruise does to, to respect and benefit local people and  minimize environmental impact.  Here is things to do for responsible travel in Halong Bay:
  • Take a sampan to visiting the fishing village rowed by locals and chat with locals to know more about how their daily life is.
  • Collecting rubbish and wastes in Halongbay
  • Offering life vests to the local fishermen
  • Re-planting mangroves forests in Halong Bay
  • Repainting and building floating schools for local children
  • Taking a fishing trip with locals.
If you are planning to visit Halong Bay 2017, – one of the reliable travel agents of cruises in Halong Bay and many cruises and tours in Halong Bay are awaiting to take you around this World Heritage Site. Find your best cruise at the best price now!

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Violet Cruise 2 days/1 night

Destination: Hanoi - Pier - Halong bay
From: US$/ Per Person
Free round trip transfer Hanoi-Halong Bay
Visit Cua Van fishing village
Explore Tien Ong Cave & Titop Beach
Discover tunnel caves by bamboo Boat
Cooking & Tai Chi demonstration included

Paradise Luxury cruise 2 days/1 night

Destination: Tuan Chau - Cua Van Fishing Village - Dong Tien - Surprise Cave - Tuan Chau
From: US$/ Per Person
Free round trip transfer Hanoi-Halong Bay
Cooking demonstration on the sundeck
Bao Dai (King) Dinner at the restaurant
Visit Surprise Caves & Free Kayaking
Beauty & Spa services available

Pelican Cruise 2 Days /1 Night

Destination: Cho Da- Dinh Huong- Ga Choi- Sung Sot- Titov- Soi Sim- Ho Dong Tien- Luon Cave
From: US$/ Per Person
Free roundtrip transfer Hanoi-Halong Bay
Free kayaking to explore tunnel caves
Discover Surprise Cave, Swim at Titop Beach
Deluxe Vietnamese BBQ Set Menu Dinner
Tai Chi & Cooking demonstrations included

Aphrodite Cruise 2 days/1 night

Destination: Hanoi - Halong - Tuan Chau - Sung Sot - Luon cave - Tuan Chau - Halong - Hanoi
From: US$/ Per Person
Free round trip transfer Hanoi-Halong Bay
Free kayaking to explore tunnel caves
Enjoy sunset on sundeck with buy 1 get 1
Discover Surprise Cave & Luon Cave
Cooking demonstrations + Tai Chi

Signature Cruise 2 Days/1 Night

Destination: Bai Tu Long Bay – Vung Vieng Floating Village – Drum Cave – Thien Canh Son Cave
From: US$/ Per Person
Free transfer round trip Hanoi-Halong Bay
Free kayaking to explore the Lagoons area
Happy hour: Pay one get one
Cooking demonstration
Sail to both Halong Bay & Bai Tu Long Bay

Orchid Cruise 2 days/1 night

Destination: Ha Long Bay – Lan Ha Bay
From: US$/ Per Person
Free round trip transfer Hanoi-Halong Bay
Cruise through Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay
Free kayaking to explore nice places
Cooking & Tai Chi demonstration included
Spa, Beauty service available

Paradise Elegance Cruise 2 Days/1 Night

From: US$/ Per Person
Free round trip transfer Hanoi-Halong Bay
Free kayaking to explore tunnel caves
Live music at Le Piano Bar
Passing Thien Cung Cave & Titop Beach
Cooking demonstration at L’Odyssée Sundeck
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