How To Choose The Best Halong Bay Cruise For You: From Hanoi Capital Travel

Ahh, Ha Long Bay. This UNESCO Heritage Site is an iconic north Vietnam treasure for a reason - its glorious limestone karsts dotted along the Gulf of Tonkin in North Vietnam are a sight to behold. Located off the coast of Hai Phong, Halong Bay is a famous must-see when visiting Vietnam. Halong Bay is easily accessible from Hanoi, as its only about a 2-hour drive from the capital city to the Hai Phong port.

Halong Bay

There are a variety of cruise and tour options available to tourists who desire to see the beauty of Ha Long Bay for themselves - so you may be wondering how to choose the right Halong Bay cruise for you. If so, look no further than this article, as I will be covering everything from budget day trips and cruises to Halong Bay for backpackers on a shoestring budget, to multi-day luxury Halong Bay cruises for holidaymakers seeking a bit more comfort and class as they cruise through the jutting islands of Halong Bay.

Most Halong Bay cruise packages listed include round trip transportation from Hanoi, delicious Vietnamese (and sometimes also Western) meals, kayaking along the majestic jutting karsts, and cave exploration. Some include some additional activities such as cooking classes, tai chi, fishing, cycling and more.

The following cruises from Hanoi Capital Travel are some of the best options I’ve found and can be easily booked directly through the Hanoi Capital Travel website.

Hanoi Capital Travel Halong Bay Cruise Recommendations

Best Multi-Day Halong Bay Luxury Cruise: Mon Cheri Cruise (5 stars)

Mon Cheri Halong Bay

*Available for 3 days/2 nights or 2 day/1 night

Price: From $240/pax


  • Luxury roundtrip transfer from Hanoi hotel

  • Welcome drink with warm and cold towels

  • Visit to untouched parts of Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island

  • Swimming and kayaking in Lan Ha Bay

  • Explore Van Boi Bay

  • Entrance and sightseeing fees

  • Luxurious A/C cabin options

  • English-speaking tour guide

  • All delicious meals on boat

  • Tai Chi lesson

  • Bamboo boat in Dark and Bright Cave

  • Kayaking in Ba Trai Dao beach

  • Cooking demonstration

  • Night squid fishing

  • Sunset party

  • Onboard insurance

Best Multi-Day Mid-Range Halong Bay Cruise: Viola Cruise (4 star)

Viola Halong Bay Cruise

*available for 3 days/2 nights or 2 days/1 night

Price: from $138/pax


  • Fully furnished, A/Ced cabin with ensuite bathroom

  • Cave exploration by bamboo boats

  • Kayaking

  • Tai Chi lesson

  • Cooking class

  • Cycling or taking a car through Viet Hai village (*3 day tour)

  • Vietnamese meals

  • Roundtrip transportation from Hanoi

  • Welcome drinks

  • English-speaking tour guide

  • Fishing equipment, games

  • Entrance and sightseeing fees

  • On board insurance

Best Multi-Day Budget Halong Bay Cruise: Imperial Classic Cruise (2 star)

*available for 3 days/2 nights or 2 days/1 night

Price: from $113/pax


  • A/C cabin with ensuite bathroom

  • Roundtrip transportation from Hanoi

  • Cave exploration

  • Swimming or hiking on Titop Island

  • Kayaking

  • Visit to Fairy Lake Cave and Sung Sut Cave *3 day only

  • Visit fishing farm to learn about raising fish and cultivating pearls *3 day only

  • All meals on board

  • Cooking demonstration

  • Happy Hour

  • Squid fishing

  • English-speaking tour guide

  • Entrance and sightseeing fees

  • Insurance on board

Best Day Budget Cruise: 4 Hour Halong Bay Cruise

Price: $43/pax


  • Hotel pickup/dropoff from Hanoi

  • English-speaking tour guide

  • Entrance and sightseeing fees

  • Vietnamese lunch on board

  • Kayaking

  • Visiting Thieng Cung Grotto (cave)

  • Insurance onboard

Best Day Luxury Cruise: Luxury Halong Bay 6 Hour Cruise


Price: $79/pax


  • Roundtrip luxury transportation from Hanoi hotel

  • Visit multiple caves, including Surprising Cave and Luon Cave

  • English-speaking tour guide (French and Korean audio guide available)

  • Sampan boat rowing/kayak

  • Vietnamese and seafood lunch on board

  • Fruit and snacks

  • Welcome drink

  • Insurance onboard

How to book:

✔Mob/WhatsApp/Viber: +84986368683 ( Mr Tony Hoang )

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