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Visit Halong Bay: Read this travel guide before coming to Halong Bay

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Visit Halong Bay to admire a spectacular seascape and thousands of amazing islands. Find out everything you need to know before coming to Halong Bay.

Visit Halong Bay to admire a spectacular seascape with around two thousand islands and islets in different shapes and sizes. Are you excited to see with your own eyes the majestic beauty of Halong Bay? Below Sao La Tours will provide travelers with a useful guide about visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Types of cruises and Tips to arrange cruises around Halong Bay

Luxury cruises

These cruises will give you a five-star experience with luxury amenities and great services. In fact, a luxury cruise is just like a luxury hotel, the only difference is that it’s floating on water. It usually comes with high-quality meals and high-end amenities like gym, spa, restaurant etc. The cost for luxury cruises are normally between $350 - $400 per cabin.

Mid-range and Budget cruises

The majority of travelers opt for mid-range or budget-friendly cruises. Some mid-range boats still offer a comfortable experience with cozy and carefully-decorated cabins, kayaking stops and helpful on-board tour guides. You may find many budget options that come with amazingly cheap prices but extremely rustic conditions and basic amenities. It’s recommended to go for the overnight mid-range cruises that cost around $100 - $140 for a decent experience.

Day cruises

If you don’t have much time to spend on Halong Bay, consider choosing the day cruises departing Tuan Chau Marina. These boats usually cost $25 - $35 per hour and their maximum capacity is up to 20 passengers. To save money, you can share the boat with other visitors, which means that you’ll only have to pay around $50 per person.

There are different types of cruises when visiting Halong Bay

There are different types of cruises when visiting Halong Bay (Source: Collected)

Visit Halong Bay: 5 best things to do in Halong Bay

Halong Bay has a myriad of attractions to offer and most of them are included in your cruise trip. That’s why you should double-check with the cruise organizer for exact information. Here are the top-rated things to do while you’re in Halong Bay:

Flight over Halong Bay

Admire Halong Bay above as you take a scenic flight over the bay. Board a seaplane that takes off the emerald water of the bay, which is also a great experience. Then enjoy 25 minutes in the sky to see the spectacular limestone islands and rock formations. You can also take advantage of the flight to take beautiful photos of Halong Bay at a broader angle than you normally do.


Kayaking around Halong Bay allows you to discover places that normal cruise boats can’t. Paddle to the completely untouched areas of the bay and through the amazing caves. A small kayak can also take you to numerous nearby beaches. This activity is normally included in every Halong Bay tour program.

Visit the floating fishing villages

Along the coastal areas you can easily notice afar the unique fishing villages floating on the waters. Thanks to the tranquil water of Halong bay, the locals have put up these floating fishing villages to live, grow and catch marine resources.

Visit Halong Bay and the unique floating fishing villages

Visit Halong Bay and the unique floating fishing villages (Source: Collected)

Come to Cat Ba island and enjoy the beautiful beaches

Travel to Cat Ba island, where you can relax and enjoy the stunning beaches. You’ll definitely fall in love with the creamy soft sand and clear waters of these beaches. The island of Cat Ba is also the largest island of the entire Halong Bay. Here you can join different activities such as visiting a wild national park, cycling or kayaking.

Explore the magnificent caves

Halong Bay consists of the same kind of limestones found in Phong Nha. That’s why there’s a wide variety of wonderful caves for you to discover in Halong Bay, some of them are Sung Sot Cave, Tien Ong Cave, Thien Cung Cave, Dau Go Cave, Luon Cave, Me Cung Cave and many more. You can even have a delicious meal in a cave.

Surprise Cave in Halong Bay is one of the most beautiful caves

Surprise Cave in Halong Bay is one of the most beautiful caves (Source: Collected)

Visit Halong Bay - Where to stay in Halong Bay

While paying a visit to Halong Bay, you can choose many ways to stay overnight on this bay:

  • On a cruise: As mentioned before, staying on a cruise is the most popular thing to do in Halong Bay. Travelers can also stay overnight on cruises landing in Lan Ha Bay or Bai Tu Long Bay.

  • Cat Ba Island: This is one of the few islands in the Halong Bay area that offer different types of accommodation such as hotels, resorts or hostels.

  • Tuan Chau Island: This island is the home to a harbor which the majority of boats depart. The island also has a big area dedicated to hotels and resorts near the beaches.

  • Halong City: There are technically two cities in Halong City, which are Bai Chay and Hon Gai. These cities are linked together by a bridge. Bai Chay is considered a popular tourist area in Halong City, whereas Hon Gai is where most locals live.

Tuan Chau Island in Halong Bay has many beautiful hotels and resorts

Tuan Chau Island in Halong Bay has many beautiful hotels and resorts (Source: Collected)

Halong Bay will surely cast its spell on you with its spectacular beauty of nature. Visit Halong Bay with Sao La Tours and bring home lifetime experiences. With our dedicated 1:1 tour consultants, Sao La Tours is confident that we are able to give our beloved customers maximum satisfaction.

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