Legend says a descending dragon created the majestic limestone karsts that rise from the emerald waters of Halong Bay. With charming beauty and countless amazing cave, Halong Bay is worthy a famous destination for both domestic and foreign tourists. Floating on a peaceful cruise is a perfect way to witness entirely the breathtaking scenes of the nature in Halong Bay.
There are literally hundreds of boats floating around Halong Bay every day, meeting all interests and budgets. But to find the one that caters to you, you need to know what you are looking for. That means:
How to travel
For tourists in Hanoi and around, open bus is the top choice. These buses are available in Luong Yen bus station or My Dinh bus station with price of $10/pax. For those in Ho Chi Minh, Hue, other provinces, you will flight to Hanoi and then take a bus to Halong. However, if this is the first time you travel to Vietnam, it is not easy to take a local bus as well as choose a suitable Halong cruise. So, I recommend to book a tour with a reliable travel agent such as Halong Bay Tours, Vietnam Tour Booking
,... If anything happens, you are able to deal with them.
Book a suitable cruise tour
There are hundreds of Halong Cruises in all category, you are recommended to choose a good one, from the mid-range cruise, to ensure the safety, comfort and pleasure. However, budget cruise is not a bad selection if you know how to book from a reliable company.
Of course, It is different in everyone's budget. A good price shouldn’t be cheap but reasonable for the quality. Before giving a choose you need to plan when to go?, how long your tour lasts? and how many people? Besides, 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 a suitable choice for you. Let’s choose ones suitable your budget.
Among hundreds of cruises on Halong Bay, some are owned by big companies, some are run by private family, others invested by the affluent in other areas. The cruises run by big and reliable companies are more recommended for you. They have more experience, more professional in providing cruising service. In addition, please read carefully inclusion and not inclusion in the tour price of Halong bay tours
Budget Cruise: you can get good ones such as Glory Cruise, Imperial Classic, Phoenix Cruise, Swan Cruise, Majestic Cruise, Alova Gold cruise...
Mid-range Cruise: If you prefer deluxe cruises, we can recommend Paloma Cruise, Pelican Cruise, Gray Line Halong, Glory Legend Cruise, Dragon Pearl Junk, Lavender cruise...
Luxury Cruise: If you are looking for a luxury cruise, our recommendation includes Au Co cruise, Signature Cruise, Royal Wing, Bhaya, Jasmine Cruise, Indochina Sails, Paradise Cruise, Aphrodite Cruise ...
Memorable experience only on Halong Cruises
Kayaking to Halong floating village
Halong cruises are considered as floating hotels with comfortable and convenient cabins on the sea. Overnight on these cruises, gently breaking waves will put you to sleep smoothly.
Here is things to do for responsible travel in Halong Bay:
- Take a kayak or a sampan to visit the fishing village
- Collect rubbish and wastes in Halong
- Offer life vests to the local fishermen
- Re-plant mangroves forests in Halong Bay
- Get a fishing trip with locals
- Repaint and build floating schools for local children
- Explore colorful and amazing caves with stalactites
- Enjoy delicious seafoods as well as Western - Asian cuisines while cruising magnificent karsts