When you hear the name Halong Bay tours, it should become clear that the city is a natural wonder and a part of the world’s cultural heritage. Going there is bound to be exciting, especially when you experience the three elements that make it so beautiful: the blue sea, the limestone, and the blue sky.

1. About Halong Bay

Halong Bay, which includes the sea areas of Ha Long City, Cam Pha Town, and a portion of the Van Don island district, is situated in the northeastern region of Vietnam. It is a portion of the western bank of the Bac Bo Gulf. The southwest corner of it borders Cat Ba Island.

Halong Bay appears to be a massive, incredibly vibrant artwork when seen from above. This is a marvelous and skillful work of art that God and nature have created, transforming thousands of lifeless stone islands into amazing sculptures and works of art with various graceful designs that are both familiar and foreign to humans.

Thousands of islands that emerge unevenly in the fantastical waves appear both gentle and lively. People have the impression that they are lost in a frozen fabled realm while they are among these islands.

Numerous breathtaking caverns, including Thiên Cung, Dau Go Grotto, Sung Sot, Trinh Nu, and Tam Cung, are located inside the stone islands. These castles of the Creation on earth are quite spectacular.


There is a lot of biodiversity in Halong Bay, including common ecosystems such as coral reefs, tropical forests, and mangrove forests. Additionally, it is home to tens of thousands of different types of plants and animals, including squid, fish, and shrimp. Some exceptionally uncommon species are unique.

With such unique qualities, Halong Bay Bay was formally added to the list of World Natural Heritage during the 18th Session of UNESCO’s Council of World Heritage, held on December 17, 1994, in Thailand. It received a second World Heritage designation from UNESCO in 2000 for its geographic and geomorphologic significance. This demonstrates Halong Bay’s upper status around the world.

2. 3 Reasons to visit Halong Bay

2.1. Beautiful beaches

Halong Bay is the greatest spot to cool off and unwind from the stresses of daily life if you enjoy spending time in blue water on exotic beaches under the blazing sun. You will be given the essential gear, such as life jackets, and its beaches are suitable for swimming in. The beach at Halong Bay is a cool and refreshing place to swim.

2.2. Wonderful Cruising Experience

You shouldn’t pass up the chance to unwind on the Halong Bay cruise. Taking a sunbath while on a boat tour and imbibing in wine is one of the nicest things you can do in Halong Bay. Halong Bay is also regarded as one of the top locations in Vietnam to experience the sunset when you can take in the breathtaking reflection of countless limestone islets during the most romantic hour of the day. Going on an overnight sail across the broad oceans is very pleasant since you may witness the magical sight of the night sky loaded with hundreds of brilliant stars.

2.3. Mysterious caves

Halong Bay is among the most remarkable locations because of its limestone karst towers, which are found in stunning pillars. These towers are distinguished by various signs of coastal erosion, such as caves and ashes, which collectively contribute to the enchanted landscape. Several stalactites are hanging from the cave ceilings in a variety of shapes and forms.

3. The most extraordinary Halong bay tours

3.1. Halong Bay Charter Helicopter Day Trip – 1 Day

When you arrive in Halong and take a helicopter tour, you can then use a boat to explore Halong Bay.

You will be picked up by your guide at your hotel at 08:00 and transported to Gia Lam Heliport.

09:00: Take a 1-hour-45-minute helicopter ride to Halong Bay, where you can spend the next 8 minutes taking in the breathtaking scenery.

09:45: Halong Heliport landing atop General Giap hill. Pick up the visitors, then head to the harbor.

10:00: After welcoming you on board, your guide will start the 5-hour cruise so you can take in the area’s breathtaking beauty and limestone caverns. On board, a filling seafood meal will be served.

15:00: Back to the port. Return to the Halong Heliport.

15:30: Embark on a 45-minute flight back to Hanoi in a helicopter.

16:15: Meet at Gia Lam Heliport, then return to the hotel in Hanoi

3.2. Halong Bay Cruise Day Trip – 1 Day

This tour includes:

  • Private pick-up & drop off services
  • Private tour with English-speaking guide
  • Daily departure from Hanoi

About the itinerary, at 7:30 am, your driver will be waiting for you in the lobby of your hotel to take you on a 3-hour trip through the Red River Delta to Ha Long City.

You’ll join our boat when you get there for a 4-hour tour of the complex, including a visit to the breathtaking caves. The crew will prepare a filling seafood lunch as you take in the view. After the tour, head back to your accommodation in Hanoi.

3.3. Hanoi – Halong Bay Classical – 4 Days 3 Nights 

3.3.1. Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

When you arrive in Hanoi, the guide and a private car will be waiting to take you to the hotel so you can check-in.

The rest of the day is yours to do as you like. Hanoi overnight

3.3.2. Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B/L)

Discover the enchanting city of Hanoi, known as the “Paris of the East” for its ochre-hued colonial structures, tree-lined boulevards, and picturesque lakes. Visit the revered revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, a monumental structure made of marble and granite that is affectionately referred to by the Vietnamese as “Uncle Ho.” Visit the One Pillar Pagoda, a Buddhist pagoda constructed in 1049 and supported by a single stone pillar in the form of a lotus flower.

3.3.3. Day 3: Hanoi — Halong Bay (B/L/D)

Take off for the 2.5-hour trip to Halong Bay. Make a short break for some refreshments along the way (15 to 20 minutes). When you arrive in Halong Bay, board your luxurious junk, settle into your cabin, and get hungry for a delightful meal on the deck. Depending on the schedule of each boat, enjoy various excursions or activities in the afternoon, or simply unwind on board. The boat anchors for the night among the karst formations toward the conclusion of the day. On board, dinner is provided. Aboard for the night in Halong Bay.

3.3.4. Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi & Departure (B)

Get up early and watch another energizing Tai Chi demonstration on the upper deck to welcome the day. As the sun rises in Halong in the morning, breakfast is served (or brunch on some boats), and the boat gently makes its way back toward port through the stunning rock formations. Disembark and return to Hanoi or Haiphong for your subsequent flight.

3.4. Hanoi – Halong Bay – 3 Days 2 Nights

3.4.1. Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

When you arrive in Hanoi, our driver will meet you and take you to the hotel so you can check-in. The rest of the day is yours to do as you like. Hanoi overnight stay

3.4.2. Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay 

Take off for the 2.5-hour trip to Halong Bay. Make a short break for some refreshments along the way (15 to 20 minutes). When you arrive in Halong Bay, you’ll see its clustered limestone islets and crescent beaches, which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Then get on your luxurious ship, settle into your cabin, and get hungry for a delightful lunch on deck. Set up your main boat and get ready for a two-day, one-night trip across the breathtaking Ha Long Bay. Afterward, go kayaking through the lagoon, swim to cool off, or just unwind on the boat and watch the sun go down.

3.4.3. Day 3: Halong Bay — Hanoi & Departure 

Get up early and find a spot on the upper deck to watch the sunrise across the bay while holding a cup of hot tea. The bay is absolutely lovely in the morning when the limestone karsts appear all around you in various sizes, colors, and shapes. Keep sailing through the stunning Ha Long Bay. Before landing at Ha Long City Pier at midday, enjoy brunch on board. Transportation will be waiting to take you back to Hanoi or Hai Phong so you can catch your next flight.

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