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Prepare to be whisked away from the cosmopolitan streets of Hanoi to the serene landscape of the World Heritage-listed Halong Bay. Cast away on a traditional-style boat and set sail through hundreds of limestone karsts that rise dramatically from the emerald waters of the bay. Sit back, relax and soak up this epic landscape while enjoying scrumptious meals cooked on board. Relax on deck with friends, chat to the friendly crew, meet the locals as they row between boats or explore myriad hidden caves by kayak. This short trip is the perfect way to add a few days of well-deserved relaxation onto any Vietnam adventure.
Start Hanoi, Vietnam
Finish Hanoi, Vietnam
Theme Short Breaks
Trip rating 5
Ages Min 12
Group size Min 1, Max 22
Validity 01 Apr 2022 to 31 Dec 2022
Day 1: Hanoi/Halong Bay:
Xin Chao! Welcome to Vietnam. A welcome pack containing a welcome letter, your trip itinerary, relevant tickets, a feedback card and general information on the country will be waiting for you at your hotel. Please ask your hotel's receptionist for the Vietnam Locals Travel welcome pack upon arrival. You may be able to leave your main luggage in Hanoi (please check with your hotel), so we recommend you only take a small bag with a change of clothes and essential travel items for your Halong two day trip.
Your Short Break Adventure starts at 7.00 – 7.30 am, or from your alternate hotel located in Hanoi's Old Quarter (advised prior to departure), between 7.30am - 8.00 am. You will also be joined by other travelers taking the boat cruise. Travel by minibus for 3.5 hours to Halong Bay. Journey through the early morning streets of Hanoi on the way to Halong Bay, seeing steam rising from roadside eateries as breakfast is prepared and motorbikes weaving their way through the steadily increasing traffic. Leaving the city behind, drive through the countryside to the dock where this Halong Bay adventure truly starts. Climb aboard a traditional Halong-style boat – with its beautiful woodwork and beaming crew – and venture out into the emerald waters of the bay. Open water soon disappears as the boat glides through often misty waters and past limestone peaks jutting dramatically out of the water. Sit down to a mouth-watering lunch and take in the scenery of what is often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. The area of about 1,500 square kilometres is dotted with innumerable beaches and grottos, created over thousands of years by waves and wind. Even in the rain the bay takes on a mystic quality. After lunch, you will have the chance to explore Surprise Cave, stretching your legs for an included cave walk. Access to Surprise Cave is via staircases. Once inside the cave the pathways are a little uneven and slippery.
The captain will find a calm spot, so soak up the sun on the top deck or go kayaking to see the karsts up close. Everyone will be issued with water buoyancy vests.
Another delicious meal awaits after the sun goes down. Then sit under the beautiful starry skies before drifting off to sleep to the sounds of gentle waves lapping at the hull.
- Overnight boat (1 night)
There is an option for swimming from Ti Top Island beach during the warmer months. Swimming in the bay from the boats is not permitted.
Kayaking is not permitted within designated areas in the bay.
Day 2: Halong Bay/Hanoi
Rise this morning to the tranquil beauty of the bay. Perhaps even wake early for a Tai Chi class on the top deck. Spend the morning exploring secluded areas of the bay. Around noon the junk returns to the dock and the journey towards Hanoi begins. You will be transferred by boat to the mainland where your vehicle will be waiting.
The journey back to Hanoi takes around 3.5 hours. Your Halong Bay Cruise adventures ends on arrival in Hanoi (approximately 5.30pm depending on traffic of Hanoi) where you will be dropped off at your Hanoi Old Quarter hotel listed below, or as nominated.
Entrance fees, gratuity tips for driver and tour guide.
• On a two full day, efficient but comprehensive extension, you can experience staying overnight on Halong Bay Cruise.
• As this trip stays overnight on the boat there is somewhat less time for local interaction, but take the time to relax and enjoy the spectacular views of Halong Bay.
• This trip operates on a join-in basis. You will join in with other travelers, who have potentially booked on a different trip, or through other companies.
Hong Ngoc Cochinchine Hotel (ORIGINAL)
95 Nguyen Truong To Street
Phone: +847 7535 3575
Your short break adventure will start from the above hotel. If you require pick up from another hotel located with Hanoi's Old Quarter, please inform your booking agent at least 14 days prior to departure.
Vietnam Locals Travel team can assist with pre-booking an arrival transfer from the airport - enquire with your agent. Please advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to your departure.
If you have pre-booked an arrival transfer you will be met as you exit the Terminal Hall by a transfer representative holding a Vietnam Locals Travel & Transport sign with your name. If you cannot find your transfer representative, or if your flight is delayed, please call our hotline on +847 7535 3575. Please note that neither the driver nor any representative should ask you for additional payment.
Metered taxi ranks are available outside the airport entrance. Exit the Customs Hall and walk through the airport exit gates A4 and A5 on level 1. You will find Noi Bai Airport Taxis readily available. Noi Bai Airport Taxi drivers wear a yellow uniform shirt. Taxi fare to your hotel in town will cost approx. VND350,000.00 (~US 15.00) in total. Please note these taxis won't use a meter, but generally charge a fixed fare. Please avoid taxi touts who tell you that they have a metered taxi parked outside the airport. For safe traveling, please book your airport transfer with us on booking form.
While we always endeavor to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
We recognize that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 10 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.
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Vietnam Office: +847 7535 3575 (Available on WhatsApp)