Ha Long Bay features a system of beautiful rocky islands and caves belonging to the west coast of the Gulf of Tonkin in the Northeastern sea area, Quang Ninh province, Vietnam. In particular, Ha Long Bay is also famous for its romantic cruises, suitable for ideal vacations for tourists. Explore the 8 best HaLong Bay cruise luxury on your budget!

1. The 8 Best Halong Bay Cruise Luxury

1.1. President Cruise

President Cruise is the largest 5-star cruise in Halong Bay, providing tourists with luxurious and upscale experiences. The cruise is designed with up to 5 floors, owning 46 cabins and 5 different room types, and we can claim that President is the best Halong bay cruise for backpackers. The Presidential Suite is a highlight of this cruise; the area is up to 130 m², the butler takes care of you 24/7, and 20 kinds of imported wine from famous wine brands to serve in your meals. Moreover, this cruise has an elevator, 2 large sundecks, an outdoor swimming pool, and a separate spa area. Furthermore, the menu is exceptional because a famous British chef designed it.

Location: Tuan Chau Island, Ngoc Chau, Tuan Chau, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh, Vietnam
Contact:  +84 98 664 00 99
Check in: from 12:00
Check out: from 10:30
Price range:
– From 230$ to 2715$ in 2 days 1 night/ cabin
– From 356$ to 2746$ in 3 days 2 nights/ cabin

“Did the 2 days 1 night cruise with my friend. A big thanks to the President team. I had a super nice trip there. We enjoyed the comfortable bed, nice cabin” reviewed by Dung 2020 on the Tripadvisor platform.

1.2. Alisa Cruise 

Alisa Cruise is a 5-star cruise that offers thoughtful and luxurious service. The cruise has 22 unique rooms with modern facilities such as private balconies, jacuzzi tubs, and satellite TV. Like some modern hotels in the town, the cruise provides an outdoor bar, gym, spa & massage, and children’s playground to bring the break needs to couples and families. In addition, Alisa Cruise can offer if you like exciting activities such as tai chi classes on the deck, fishing excursions, and cooking classes.

Location: Gate 16B Tuan Chau Port, Halong Bay, Quang Ninh, Vietnam
Contact: 84-981519898
Check in: from 12:00 to 12:30
Check out:  from 9:30 to 10:00
Price range:
– From 340$ to 726$ in 2 days 1 night/ cabin
– From 634$ to 1,408$ in 3 days 2 nights/ cabin

The cruise received much positive feedback; such as “The cruise was great, very clean rooms, lots of delicious food and great tours” (Clare H, 2020) or from another, “From the moment we walked in, the food, the entertainment, the staff, the itinerary, and the atmosphere, it was all perfect!” (Megabazz, 2020)

1.3. Athena Cruise 

Athena Cruise is a 5-star cruise with 21 cabins and 3 decks with full amenities. The restaurant and bar here have a breathtaking view overlooking HaLong Bay, along with European dishes and elegant wines for visitors to enjoy. Moreover, the luxury spa & sauna promises to be an ideal place for visitors to relax. You can also visit outstanding destinations such as Vung Vieng Fishing Village – One of Halong’s largest and most famous fishing villages.

Location: Hon Gai Wharf, Ha Long, Vietnam
Contact:  0366 828 321
Check in: from 11:00
Check out: from 9:00 to 9:30
Price range:
– From 400$ to 610$ in 2 days 1 night/ cabin
– From 620$ to 1,050$ in 3 days 2 nights/ cabin

On the Tripadvisor platform, Vy (2019) said, “We had a fun and enjoyable stay on the Athena cruise. The room is beautiful, the food is delicious, and the service staff is attentive. Thanks, everyone! We will share with friends about this trip”.

1.4. Indochina Sails Cruise 

Indochina Sails Cruise is a famous 5-star cruise in Halong Bay with 43 wooden cabins designed to bring a cozy feeling. In addition, the cruise provides tourists with exciting experiences such as Jacuzzi in each room, kayaking, night squid fishing, and cooking classes. The restaurant, spa, and bar here are also highly rated. Also, Indochina is Halong bay cruise on a budget for backpackers at a reasonable cabin price.

Location: N22, Port 2, Tuan Chau Wharf, Ha Long, Vietnam
Contact: 0982 042 426
Check in: from 11:30 to 12:00
Check out: from 9:00 to 10:00
Price range:
– From 320$ to 452$ in 2 days 1 night/ cabin
– From 580$ to 750$ in 3 days 2 nights/ cabin

According to Tripadvisor, the cruise is rated as “The boat was luxurious and we had a superior cabin which was very plush, including a spa bath. There is a narrow balcony suitable for standing only. All areas were clean, and the staff was accommodating and friendly” (Kymh, 2020).

1.5. Ambassador Cruise 

Ambassador Cruises 6 Star is designed in steel with 46 rooms, private balconies accommodating up to 120 people, and the largest sundeck in Ha Long Bay (87m²). Besides the restaurant, bar, or spa, the cruise also has a souvenir shop for tourists. Also, recreational activities such as swimming, squid fishing, and playing live music are attractive here. A highlight of the Ambassador Cruise that you should not miss is enjoying lobster. This food is considered a premium seafood dish popular for anyone coming.

Location: B135 – B138 Sunworld Old Town Commercial Area, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh, Vietnam
Contact: 1900 3045
Check in: from 11:30 to 12:00
Check out: from 10:00 to 10:30
Price range:
– From 380$ to 2,670$ in 2 days 1 night/ cabin
– From 710$ to 5,430$ in 3 days 2 nights/ cabin

“We had a wonderful cruise experience with the best Halong bay cruise. Delicious food, friendly staff. The ship’s interior is modern, and every corner is beautiful”   reviewed by Quynh (2022) on the Tripadvisor platform.

1.6. Genesis Luxury Regal Cruises

Genesis Regal is a 5-star cruise with neoclassical French – Indochina architecture, bringing a cozy, luxurious and sophisticated space. The cruise has 20 cabins, and all have balconies and sea views. The cruise has a bar and restaurant inside if you love the quiet space. Also, if you love spacious space and nature, you can use the outdoor bar with karaoke and restaurant. Moreover, it serves premium drinks imported from Austria, Hungary, Chile, etc.

Location: Suite 19, Tuan Chau Marina, Ngoc Chau Tuan Chau road Island, Quang Ninh, Vietnam
Contact:  0383 887 557
Check in: from 11:30 to 12:00
Check out: to 11:30
Price range:
– From 360$ to 460$ in 2 days 1 night/ cabin
– From 660$ to 880$ in 3 days 2 nights/ cabin

A backpacker, nicknamed D.T (2022), just wrote a review on Tripadvisor “Their service was top notch and ensured that all guests had the best experience out of the cruise. From the point of pick up, you feel you are in for a luxurious trip on a high-class van (chairs with massage functions!). The room, food, and activities that come with the cruise were all amazing and could not get any better than this”.

1.7. Halong Glory Legend Cruise 

Halong Glory Legend Cruise is a 4-star Halong bay cruise for backpackers with a peaceful and quiet space with an Asian classic style. Despite the compact space with 22 cabins with 3 floors, the cruise still brings necessary amenities for visitors. Tourists can participate in many entertainment activities on the deck area, such as morning tai chi class, sunset party, movie watching, night squid fishing, and chess playing.

Location: 36 Tuan Chau Port, Tuan Chau, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh, Vietnam
Contact:  0203 3846 810
Check in: from 12:00 to 12:30
Check out: from 11:30  to 12:00
Price range:
– From 430$ to 562$ in 2 days 1 night/ cabin
– From 669$ to 953$ in 3 days 2 nights/ cabin

“All the staff are super friendly and happy to help you. Every activity is well-organized and informative. The food is tasty and well served. The transfer coach was very good and comfortable. We enjoyed every moment of the journey,” reviewed by Rabeya (2020) on the Tripadvisor platform.

1.8. Orchid Classic Cruise 

Orchid Classic Cruise is a 5-star cruise with a luxurious architectural style. The cruise has 14 elegant neoclassical cabins. In addition, the Family premium room is a cabin with a large balcony and an area of ​​up to 72 m².

It features top-notch cuisine (Vietnamese-European menu), massage service using the latest therapies, Happy Hour, and a memorable sunset party. In addition, some services, such as a bar and a restaurant, are reasonable offers for you here!


Location: 32 Anh Dao street, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh, Vietnam
Contact:   024 3927 5797
Check in: from 11:30 to 12:00
Check out: to 11:30
Price range:
– From 446$ to 918$ in 2 days 1 night/ cabin
– From 756$ to 1,576$ in 3 days 2 nights/ cabin

According to Tripadvisor, some reviews recommend “Just a dream! The ship, the crew, and of course, the scenery is perfect. Luxurious but very comfortable amenities (Laurelle, 2022)” and “We had a wonderful time on the Orchid Classic Cruise. Everything was perfect, the food was delicious, the activities were interesting, and you could also choose to relax on your balcony or communal areas” (Joe, 2022)

2. The best time to travel

We recommend the best time to cruise on Halong Bay in spring and autumn (from April to October) because of the cool and pleasant weather. However, from April to June, the weather is warm sunshine, with almost no rain, and there are very few tourists, so you will have a more comfortable space for your vacation. On the other hand, from July to October, sometimes the weather will suddenly rain, which is also the peak time for tourists.

Above are 8 ideal cruises in Halong Bay with different architectures, designs, and activities. Nevertheless, they all have one thing in common: equal quality. Metta Voyage hopes there is the best Halong bay cruise for backpackers to help you make a good choice for your vacation or your honeymoon on a budget.

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