How Many Days In Halong Bay? [Must Know]

Lê Ngọc Minh Châu - October 26, 2018

Travelers are always wondering how many days you should spend for each destination for each travel, because time is limited and there are many interesting things waiting for us. The same goes for Halong Bay when it comes to the question "How many days in Halong?".

After guiding a thounsand international tourists to Halong Bay, I would love to share this experience of how long each type of traveler should spend in Halong Bay to take advantage of your trip in the North Vietnam.



Halong Bay cruise length

Some conversations and opinions for How Long To Spend in Halong Bay:

Q: Nick S

Adelaide, Australia

Hi guys i am planning to go to halong bay in early oct after spending a couple of days in hanoi i am thinking of going therefor 5 nights staying at the novotel and probably doing a day trip on the bay.I have been reading on a few posts that there is not much to do in halong bay so i was thinking if it would be better to stay a little longer in hanoi. Could someone give some advice on what would be the best option. regards nick.

A: YorkFoodie

Rural West Aussie

I'd recommend at least an overnight on Ha Long Bay. The trip there takes about 4 hours, so with an 8 hours' return trip drive there's not much time left to actually see the bay on a day excursion.

Most people visit the Amazing Cave and go kayaking/swimming, and it is a lovely place to just take in the scenery. I don't think you would be bored on an overnight trip.

A: nzp0ppy 


We did the 3 ndays and 2 nights with indochina and seriously wish we had longer. It was a beauitful boat, stunning scenery, great food, plenty of optional activities such as kayaking, fishing boat village trip, beaches and the stunning dinner in a cave which is only on 2 night trips. Its a four hour drive from Hanoi. So an overnight trip really only goes from 1pm til noon the next day. Too much of a rush to really enjoy and relax and appreciate the stunning area.

1 Day in Halong Bay

Unless you have much limited time, and Halong Bay is a must of yours, I would recommend you spend at least 1 night, Another reason is the more time you spend for Halong Bay, the more money you need to spend. Spending money in Halong Bay is normally much more than other attractions like Sapa, Ninh Binh. But it is worthy.

How Many days in Halong bay Bai tu Long

Travellers with a limited amount of time but still want a glance at this legendary Bay. The one day cruise gives you just enough time to admire its exquisite beauty and experience one or two activities.

For:Travellers with a limited amount of time but still want a glance at this legendary Bay.  The one day cruise gives you just enough time to admire its exquisite beauty and experience one or two activities.

2 Days-1 Night in Halong Bay

75% Travelers spending at least 1 night in Halong Bay, and more than half of them will stay for 2 days 1 night.

Not only seeing, you will really enjoy one of the most amazing Bay in the world. More activities like Taichi in the early morning. Visitng Sung Sot Cave, Ti Top Beach, Luon Bo that all are amazing that you could not see if doing 1 day trip.

  • 1 Day Trip recommended is 6 hours on the cruise instead of 4.
  • Not much time visit
  • Quite rush ( 8-hour transport, and 4 or 6 hours on the beach)

2 days 1 night is recommended, and also enough. There are many types of cruises that you can choose, from budget to luxury

For: A Halong Bay Overnight Cruise is a “must” for all travellers on their vacation to Vietnam.  For those with a bit more time in their travel itinerary, consider an overnight cruise. By spending a night on a comfortable boat, you will have more time to explore the far corners of the bay away from the crowds of day trippers.

3 Days 2 Nights in Halong Bay

More to see, like Bai Tu Long, the Vung Vieng Vilage, visiting Vung Vieng Village by a rustic - Row boat, meeting locals there could bring you lots of special feelings.

  • 3 days 2 nights will be very relaxing, deep-understanding but you should choose the cruise carefully, not like the hotel you can change from this one to another. You are on a boat ^^.
  • More than 3 star cruise will be recommended, this will make sure that your relaxing holiday will be smoothy, no worries.

3 days 2 nights in Halong Bay

3 days 2 nights relaxing in Halong Bay

For: A Halong Bay 3 Day 2 Night Cruise is the perfect option for those travellers seeking the ultimate experience on Halong Bay. The added day and night allows you to do extra activities at a more relaxed pace.

Recommendations for How Many days in Halong Bay

  • At least 1 night in the bay
  • 3 days 2 nights will be the best if you have time and would love to have leasure vacation
  • It is more expensive in Halong Bay than other destinations (Hanoi, Ninh Binh or Sapa)