(Group tour)

The Hanoi Halong Bay Day Trip is a conclusive day trip from Hanoi to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Halong Bay, covering most of the aspects of a Halong Bay overnight cruise in a shorter time. Of all Vietnam Group Tours that operate here, this Halong Bay 1 day tour is a great option for any travellers with a time or budget constraint, with almost 2000 previous guests leaving excellent reviews on Tripadvisor. Let Incredible Asia Journeys show you the magnificence of Halong Bay, one of the 7 New Wonders of the World.

The friendly staffs and concise itinerary of the Hanoi Halong Bay Day Trip make it one of the essential things to do around Hanoi. We look after you from pick-up to drop-off to ensure your once-in-a-lifetime Halong Bay trip goes flawlessly.
The itinerary on the Hanoi Halong Bay Day Trip is designed to get you the most out of Halong Bay as possible. We have a friendly English-speaking guide who will take you via bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay in the morning. There will be a delightful lunch served on board in the shadows of the famous Halong Bay islands; rocky spires of all shapes and sizes, bearing impressive figures in the bay. There is the opportunity for kayaking or being rowed by a local worker on a bamboo sampan boat in the open water of Halong Bay. We will have a look at one of the most intricate Halong Bay caves – Thien Cung Cave (Heaven Palace Cave) – before heading back to Hanoi via bus.

Sailing around Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Savouring the wonderful seafood lunch that will be served on the boat
Taking in the grandeur of the hundreds of limestone pillars of Halong Bay
Kayaking or a sitting on a bamboo boat around remote areas
Seeing the magical Thien Cung Cave
Soaking up the rays on the sundeck


08.00 – 08.30 AM: We will collect you from your hotel in Hanoi in our air-conditioned bus and drive you 3.5 hours along the Red River Delta. Soak up the farmland landscape and witness life in the country for the Vietnamese farmers who live here.

Once we have arrived at the harbbour, we will board the Incredible Asia Journeys boat to begin our Halong Bay 1 day tour.

Enjoy a wonderful seafood (or vegetarian if requested) lunch after our quick safety briefing. We have about four hours of cruising time and we make the most of it by heading straight to Thien Cung Cave, passing the litter of iconic limestone towers that make up the bay. The Thien Cung Cave has large empty chambers with a fascinating array of stalactites and stalagmites jutting from its walls.

We will pass the famous rock formations such as Fighting Cock Islet (Hon Ga Choi) which provide the good photo opportunities.
Ba Hang Fishing Village will be our next stop. Here you will have the chance to go kayaking or take a local-rowed sampan boat around the village area, chatting to villagers about life amid the Halong Bay islands. Movie buffs should keep an eye out for locations where they shot the movie ‘Kong’.

Heading back to the Incredible Asia Journeys boat, we will have time for a snack of green tea and bean cake before departing at the harbour, waving goodbye to the crew and boarding the shuttle bus that will take you from Halong Bay to Hanoi. Your Hanoi Halong Bay Day Trip concludes at about 8:30 pm. Thanks for choosing Incredible Asia Journeys and we hope to have the pleasure of serving you again!

Meals: Lunch

The itinerary of the cruise is subject to change dependent on the weather or new rules by the Halong Bay Management Authorities.

We advise you to bring:

  • Camera
  • Extra money for personal expenses
  • Sunglasses and sun cream


  • Shuttle bus: Hanoi – Ha Long – Hanoi (Hanoi Old Quarter) with complimentary bottled water
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing tickets in Ha Long Bay
  • Boat trip in Ha Long Bay
  • Professional English Speaking Guide
  • Kayaking/Sampan boat
  • Lunch on cruise


  • Pick up/drop off outside Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Meals or drinks not mentioned in our itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa stamp fees for Vietnam
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • All other services not mentioned in the itinerary

Available departures

This is a daily cruise.

We are sorry, there are no cabins available at this cruise at the moment

Ha Long

Ha Long

Area: 271.5 sq. km
Population: 215,915 habitants (year 2009)
Administrative division: 
-Wards: Ha Khanh, Ha Lam, Ha Trung, Ha Phong, Ha Tu, Hong Hai, Cao Thang, Cao Xanh, Yet Kieu, Tran Hung Dao, Bach Dang, Hon Gai, Bai Chay, Hong Ha, Ha Khau, Gieng Day, Hung Thang, Tuan Chau, Viet Hung, Dai Yen.
Ethnic groups: Mainly the Viet (or Kinh)

Halong Bay Travel Guide

Ha Long City, formerly the Hon Gai Town, is the cultural, economic and political centre of Quang Ninh Province. It borders Cam Pha City to the east, the Quang Yen Town to the west, the Hoanh Bo District to the north and Ha Long Bay to the south with the coastline of 20km.

The city is divided into two parts: East Ha Long and West Ha Long. The eastern part is an industrial zone where most of the province's official buildings are also concentrated. The western part, also called Bai Chay, is the animated tourism zone.

Ha Long Bay is situated off the coast of Halong City (170km far from Hanoi) and owns more than 3,000 islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. In 1994, it was designated Vietnam's second World Heritage Site and attracts a steady stream of visitors year round for the magnificent views of the bay and the relaxing boat trips.

Ha Long's population are most having emigrated from other places to settle here. Ha Long Bay is famous internationally, and is recognized as a World Heritage by UNESCO for its thousands of natural islands. Also in the city, there are temples, pagodas and historical relics.In addition to the most active branch of tourism, there are other economic activities such as: trade, seaport, coal, marine products and the production of construction materials

What to do?

Besides the breathtaking vistas, visitors come to Halong Bay for the perfect time spent on the boat to visit floating villages and explore the caves. There also have interesting relaxing activities such as swimming, fishing and kayaking. Also, this trip can be combined with a trip to the largest island of Cat Ba, which offers beaches, hiking in the national park.

Nearby Ha Long City, Tuan Chau Island is a promising spot for relaxation. This island is being developed into a recreation complex with aquarium, circus, golf and resorts, and is becoming increasingly popular for Vietnamese tourists.

When to go?

It is possible for visits to Ha Long Bay year-round. And winter months (from October to April) are said to be the best time although in months of December, January and February, the weather is often cool, drizzly and overcast with low visibility. During summer months (May to September), tropical storms are frequent and tourist boats may have to alter the itineraries depending on weather condition.

Travel Tips:

There is different scale of prices for overnight tours to Ha Long Bay but beware that we just get what you pay for. Price differences are based on the quality of the boat, food, accommodation, transportation, crew as well as other invisible elements. Frequent questions to ask before making a booking are the group size on boat and on car, cabin type (with or without A/C), included and excluded services in the package so that you know what to expect in advance.

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