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There's a reason Halong Bay is one of the most photographed places in Vietnam - it's ridiculously beautiful. Hop on a traditional junk, glide through the azure waters with a drink in one hand, and a spot of seafood in the other. There's no better way to travel Halong Bay!
- Be enchanted by the tranquility and natural beauty of Halong Bay
- Escape the hustle and bustle of busy Hanoi for the relaxing pace of Halong Bay
- Cruise around on a private boat, navigating the iconic lime karsts that tower above the water
- Explore a cave and share a seafood feast
Tour style:Nature, Local Life & Culture
Local English speaking guide, transportation, entrance fees as indicated, lunch.
Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for driver or guide.
Group size:Maximum 16
- Duration:11-12 hours
- Pickup location:
Pick up at centrally located hotels in Hanoi.
- Pickup Time: 7.30 AM-8.00 AM
- Drop off location:
Drop off at centrally located hotels in Hanoi.
Additional information :
- Voucher exchange details:
Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.
- Confirmation of booking:
If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at your hotel for pick up. Please check your hotel details are correct on the voucher.
If your details are not correct, it is very important to please email us to confirm your correct pick up hotel using the contact details on the voucher. If you prefer you may also phone the change through to us during business hours.
- Dress standard:
Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate.
- Child policy:
Children must be between 6 years and 11 years inclusively. Children below the age of 6 years are not permitted on this tour.
- Language: English
Halong Bay is one of the most loved spots in Vietnam for a reason - it's gorgeous. On this Halong Bay tour, we take you away from the hectic pace of life in Hanoi and introduce you to the tranquil, beautiful Halong Bay..
Our Halong Bay tour begins with a 3.5 hour drive, but en route we will stop off at the Hong Ngoc Humanity Centre, a handicraft outlet developed to provide support to communities in the area including people with disabilities.
On arrival in Halong City, we board our private boat for a cruise in Halong Bay, famous for its spectacular limestone karsts jutting out of the peaceful green waters of the bay. The views are spectacular as we cruise amongst the nearly 2000 islands that fill the bay.
You will 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. Halong Bay 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 assist in the fight. During the battle, the dragons spat out jewels that would later become the islands that now are scattered around the bay.
After a welcome drink, we'll enjoy a seafood lunch on board while we cruise among the breathtaking scenery...what a way to spend the day! Soak up the majestic atmosphere from the top deck and enjoy the stunning views or relax below in comfortable surroundings. We'll also explore some of the grottos or caves that have formed in many of the islands that fill Halong Bay.
We return to Hanoi by road in the late in the afternoon, where you have a chance to reflect on this memorable day.
Want to check out what other travellers think of their Urban Adventure experience? See below for our traveller feedback.
- Your overall experience ...................................................................................... 4.87
- Your guide’s enthusiasm, local knowledge and communication skills........................................................................................................................ 4.80
The level of opportunity to learn more about the culture, interact
with locals, and experience their way of life......................................................4.27
The Responsible Travel philosophy implemented on your
Urban Adventure................................................................................................... 4.40
- Did the trip match your expectations?.............................................................. 4.53
Mrs. Lynne D.
United Kingdom ~ 10 Jun 2014[back to top]
We had a fantastic trip and although the journey was long it was worth every minute.
Mr. Jeffrey W.
USA ~ 07 Jan 2014[back to top]
We had a great day out on Halong Bay. The guide was knowledgable, personable and had spent a lot of time there.
Mr. Donald M.
Malaysia ~ 04 Dec 2013[back to top]
Halong Bay itself was excellent and I appreciated that the whole boat was reserved for only our small group of 9 persons. I was also appreciative of the fact that you catered for my allergy to seafood & fish by providing very tasty chicken, pork and meat alternatives. The only thin g was the very long drive there and back – 4 hours each way. I noticed that other coaches were travelling faster – perhaps because your coach springs were not so good? My back was sore at the end of the day by all the jolting going over the unavoidable bumps on the road.
Ms. Julie M.
Canada ~ 10 Nov 2013[back to top]
Awesome trip. Exceeded our expectations and the food was delicious!
Mr. ROXANNE M.
Australia ~ 01 Nov 2013[back to top]
We had a great guide and a fantastic day only 5 on the tour so plenty of attention. Great seafood lunch. We visited the caves and toured around with the boat and viewed the fish farms and mountains. I was very disappointed because the water is not blue and never is! The traffic to Halong bay took forever a new freeway going in so check how that is going before u book your tour!!
Rox and Rod october 2013
Ms. Emma C.
Australia ~ 21 Aug 2013[back to top]
Ky was an absolutely brilliant guide. His knowledge, passion and willingness to share personal experiences made the long bus trip to Halong Bay enjoyable. I will definitely book urban adventures again because of Ky.
Ms. Jennifer L.
Singapore ~ 14 Jan 2013[back to top]
Our guide, Tang, was very professional. We really want to thank him for being our guide that day.
Ms. Ebony B.
Australia ~ 13 Jan 2013[back to top]
Was an excellent trip. Out guide Cuong was fantastic and made the whole experience fun and worthwhile. Would be certain to do an urban adventures trip again!
Mrs. Maddison G.
~ 05 Dec 2012[back to top]
Our tour guide Quan was well informed with many facts about hanoi itself and Halong Bay. I learnt a lot of new information and really enjoyed my experience at Halong Bay! They were even kind enough to drive us to our hotel in Halong Bay which really impressed us, thank you!
Ms. Netchanoke P.
Thailand ~ 04 Oct 2012[back to top]
Overall, the tour was great, but a little bit exausting on the bus for return way from HAN to HALONG. If poss, seats should be more comfy, then customers would be more happy even with the long duration in transfers.
Ms. Rebecca D.
Australia ~ 19 Jul 2012[back to top]
Excellent service - was amazed that the tour operated even though I was the only client that day, had the boat all to myself - wonderful!
Mr. Judith C.
USA ~ 20 Apr 2012[back to top]
guide with very good local knowledge and very kind, driver was exellent, the crew on the ship did a very good job
This tour is offered on a "join-in" basis. Maximum group size is 12.
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.
- Cancellations made more than 2 days prior to travel receive a full refund
- Cancellations made 2 days or less prior to travel attract a 100% cancellation fee.
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