In Vietnam, almost every hotel and travel agency provide Halong Bay 2 days 1 night cruises. Halong Bay is one of the most extraordinary attractions in the North of Vietnam. This bay has nearly 2000 islets and immaculate islands, caves, inland lakes and peaceful floating villages. The best way to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site is by boat.
Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site by boat
You can choose a luxury cruise or diesel-powered junk depending on your budget to discover Halong Bay. It is highly recommended to have an overnight ( at least 2 days 1 night cruise) on Halong Bay since there are many things to see and exciting activities to join in. Normally, the cruises provide
- English-speaking guides
- hotel transfers
- entrance fees
- and onboard activities
Below is a list of everything you need to know about cruises in Halong Bay.
If it is your first time to travel to Halong Bay, a 2 days 1 night Halong Bay cruise is a good choice for you. With this option, you can have a more relaxed time after discovering a lot of islets, beaches, grottoes and fishing villages. 2-day-1-night tours also offer more time for swimming, fishing, snorkeling, kayaking and trekking. If you are not an active person, just relax and enjoy the wonderful sightseeing onboard.
Kayaking is an activity to discover Halong Bay caves and grottoes by yourselves (insta: justclairebear)
1. Top attractions you will visit in 2 days 1 night Halong Bay cruise
In 2 days, you will spend time visiting the famous attractions in Halong Bay depended on the itinerary and the cruise you choose.
Titop Island is located 8 kilometers to the Southeast of Bai Chay Port. The islet was named after a visit by Ghermann Titop (a former Soviet Union astronaut). The beach is its highlight where travelers can swim or sunbathe on the sand. Titop Beach also has high-end resorts, hotels, restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. Moreover, you will find a panoramic sight of Halong Bay by taking the 400-step stairway to reach the peak of Titop Island.
Reaching the peak of Titop Island
The islands in Halong Bay have been home to local people who make a living off agriculture and fishing for over 5000 years. Nowadays, only a few fishing villages left in Halong Bay: Cong Dam, Cua Van, Viet Hai and Vung Vieng Village. In these villages, tourists can kayak to visit a pearl farm, try fishing with local fishermen and see their lives on Halong Bay.
Locals selling fresh fruits and vegetable at Vung Vieng fishing village
Limestone caves and grottoes
Visit limestone caves and grottoes are a must when visiting Halong Bay. They are homes to stalactites and stalagmites aged over 2 million years. The most popular cave is Dau Go Cave, which has 20-meter-tall stalactites and stalagmites.
To reach the cave, an English-speaking tour guide will lead you through the 90-step staircase. There are 3 sections that brightened by sunlight and artificial light. You can find stalactites and stalagmites in various formations of objects, animals and people.
A small pond with clear water appears at the end of the caves which attached with a myth that says the pond’s water is used by fairies who want to visit the Earth
Trinh Nu Cave
Trinh Nu Cave (Virgin Cave) is where you find a statue of a woman who turned to stone after she died. According to local legend, she was not able to return home as the enforcement of marrying an old Mandarin. She had to escape from him because her family was so poor to pay a debt. A small shrine of the woman was built in the grotto by the fishermen who found her body.
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Sung Sot Cave
Sung Sot Cave includes two rooms with a square-shaped outer one. The cave’s limestone ceiling is 30 meters tall. Located in Bo Hon Island, Sung Sot’s inner chamber formations look like guards talking to each other. In the middle of this chamber, you can see a formation looks like a general is checking his army.
Inside Sung Sot Cave
The iconic Kissing Rocks
The symbol of Halong Bay definitely is the Kissing Rocks. The rocks look like a hen faces a rooster. Local people indicate that it is the symbol of eternal love since the Kissing Rocks have stood for thousand years in Halong Bay.
Remember to take a picture with this unique Kissing Rocks
2. Top activities in Halong Bay
- View Ha Long Bay From A Seaplane
- Scuba Diving
- Climbing areas – Rock Climbing in Halong Bay
- Night Squid Fishing
- Kayaking to discover grottos
3. What’s served on Halong Bay cruises for meals
Typical dining menu on Halong Bay Cruises is Vietnamese foods which include spring rolls, stir-fried vegetables, fried rice, seafood, poultry, meat dishes…
The common dessert is available in double beds cabins or bunk beds. fruit platter. Alcohol and snacks are also offered with additional charges. The breakfast is usually served with eggs, toast, and coffee. At night, the cruises anchor in appointed places. Some travelers will rest in their cabin while some stay up late to drink at the bar onboard or get around the boat. The cabins on cruises are
Delicious and eye-catching dishes
4. Halong Bay 2 days 1 night cruise typical itinerary
Day 1: Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay – Lunch – Titop Island – Surprising Cave – Sunset party – Dinner – Fishing
- 7:45 – 8:30: The tour guide will meet you at your hotel, and you will be picked up by a shuttle bus or a private car. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes while traveling through Red River and the rural areas.
- 12:00 – 12:30: Arriving Tuan Chau Harbor and go to the cruise. The welcome from the captain and the crew who will introduce the life onboard.
- Check-in your cabin and then take time to relax.
- Having lunch on board while the cruise head to Halong Bay.
Swimming and having fun with friends in the afternoon
- Visit Sung Sot Cave, the most beautiful Halong Bay Cave. It is one of the largest caves with many stalactites and stalagmites.
- Back to the Cruise, visit Titop Island and swimming.
- Climbing to the top of Titop Island, take the paranomic view of Halong Bay in summer.
- Enjoying the untouched landscape while continuing the cruise go to the quiet areas.
- Get back to the cruise, join in Sunset Party (free fresh fruits and wine)
- Evening relaxing:
- Dinner time. Meet other passengers, take part in board games, squid fishing or strolling around.
- Overnight on board
Day 2: Tai Chi – Breakfast – KAYAKING– Cooking demonstration – lunch – your hotel
Kayaking in Ha Long Bay
Morning in the bay:
- 6:30 – 6:45 Take part in Tai Chi class or take the photo of the dawn.
- 7:00: Have breakfast on board. The cruise head to the Natural Preservation Zone.
- KAYAKING in 30-45 minutes.
- 9:30: Board the cruise again. Take some rest before checking out. Check your bags carefully to avoid something is left in the luggage store.
- Continue your cruise pass through Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more…
- Join in the Cooking Class which provides recipes of Vietnamese foods, specifically Spring rolls, before having lunch.
- 11:30 – 12:00: Return to Tuan Chau Marina. Transfer to shuttle bus or private car to get back to Hanoi.
Taichi class on the cruise
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4. List of Halong Bay cruises 2 days
2 days tour is offered by a lot of Halong Bay Cruises. You can choose a tour which fit your travel style and budget, here are our Halong Bay Cruise recommendations:
- Apricot cruises
Apricot Cruise overview
The company has 2 Apricot Cruises with beautiful cabins that ensure passengers’ comfort and privacy. Halong Apricot Cruise has excellent tours on elegant cruises. The crew’s hospitality with deluxe services will bring you the best experience of Halong Bay. Apricot Cruise aims to bring special memories to their guests by providing authentic Vietnamese spaces within the neoclassical design and boutique allure with customized services. The great accommodations and excellent value will bring you a chance to relax and enjoy the wonderful site.
- V’Spirit cruises
V’Spirit Cruises is one of the best cruises providing high-quality services in Halong Bay. The overnight cruises, with the itinerary of 2 days 1 nights or 3 days 2 nights, will create a memorable moment for tourists.
“V’Spirit” means “Vietnamese Spirit”. The goals of the company unique limestone islands found in Halong Bay, along with the mysterious, and beautiful caves scattered throughout, mirror the beauty, grace, and mystery of our homeland.” is “To help you experience that feeling which is part of our daily lives. The entire length of our country is next to the sea which feeds us, and on which many of us live and work. Much of our delicious, traditional cuisine is derived from the riches of the sea, and our love of family, friends, and gathering around a good meal shines through in the many tastes of Vietnamese cooking. The u
- Paloma cruises
The Paloma cruises bring tourists the feeling of home while cruising in Halong Bay. The best cruises of Paloma will be an unforgettable experience. Enjoy the luxurious charming and affectionate set up of the ships along with the best services. Paloma Cruise is a great way to see the extraordinary and pristine scenery of Halong Bay.
Paloma Double Suite for 3-4 people
- Imperial Legend Cruise
Imperial Legend Cruise offers traditional wooden sailboat with modern facilities and high-end services which is ideal for exploring Halong Bay. You can relax and enjoy the stunning view of Halong Bay on the sundeck and explore mysterious sites by kayak.
- Majestic Halong Cruise
Majestic Halong Cruise top deck
Majestic Halong Cruise is a combination of appeal and relaxation to respond to the increasing demand of tourists looking for high-end cruises. Majestic Cruise has operated by the professional and dedicated crew since 2013 with the newest and luxury wooden sailboats in Halong Bay.
Traveling on the new Majestic Halong Cruise, which is designed to give customers the best services, is one of the best options to discover the beautiful landscape of the bay.
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