If you are planning a trip to Halong Bay, you need to know how to start, where to go, or what to do.  Our 3-day, 2-night Halong Bay itinerary will be the best choice for you. Halong Bay itinerary 3 days and 2 nights offers you different destinations and activities in Halong Bay. You will have the opportunity to explore the attractions of Halong Bay that we have available in each itinerary and decide which tour is best for you.

Metta Voyage will provide the information in the article below to ensure you have the complete experience possible during your three-day, two-night Halong Bay itinerary!

1. Halong Bay is one of the most famous places in Vietnam. 

Halong Bay, located in Quang Ninh province, is a small bay on the west coast of the Gulf of Tonkin.

Halong Bay is one of the most famous sites in Vietnam and consists of an impressive series of limestone islands on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It covers an area of 1553 square kilometers with almost 2,000 islands in the bay, many of which have lush vegetation.

Halong Bay is created by thousands of large and small limestone islands that overlap with emerald green water, creating a majestic landscape. This is one of the few places where you can experience many natural, cultural, historical, and human values while exploring the bay and surrounding areas.

2. Halong Bay itinerary 3 days and 2 nights 

2.1. Itinerary 1: Halong Bay + Cat Ba Island

2.1.1. Day 1: Hanoi to Halong Bay

Departing from Hanoi, it will take about 3–4 hours to reach Halong. Upon arrival, you will board a boat to visit Halong Bay, one of the new seven natural wonders of the world.

See more Cat Ba Islands:

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Besides, you will experience activities such as kayaking; visiting natural caves such as Sung Sot cave, Thien Cung cave, Trinh Nu cave, Thien Canh Son cave,ect. Take a bamboo boat rowed by locals through Luon Cave and Sang Cave from under the cave to see the stalactites and enjoy the scenery.

2.1.2. Day 2 : Halong Bay to Cat Ba Islands

The car takes you to the Tuan Chau ferry; board the ferry to depart for Gia Luan-Cat Ba wharf. Coming to the Cat Ba archipelago, you can swim, walk at Cat Co beach, or participate in water games such as riding banana floats, using a water motor, windsurfing, kayaking, etc.

After that, you can visit Lan Ha Bay on Cat Ba Island; Fort God is a solid military construction, and Cai Beo Fishing Village is the oldest in Vietnam.

Besides, you will enjoy the attractive delicacies of Cat Ba island, such as “be be” (also known as mantis shrimp), “tu hai”, grilled sam, “song” fish, shrimp vermicelli, “da cua” cake, “beo” cake, etc.

2.1.3. Day 3:  Cat Ba National Park/speedboat to Hai Phong/back to Hanoi

Cat Ba National Park is one of the world’s major biosphere reserves, with diverse and rich ecosystems. It is a marine ecosystem with colorful coral reefs, a coastal and alpine mangrove ecosystem, and a green forest ecosystem on limestone mountains.

This is also a place to preserve hundreds of rare and precious species of flora and fauna, such as langurs, crows, earthlings, Kim Giao, etc. Coming to Cat Ba National Park, you will be immersed in wild nature, admire the beautiful landscapes, and taste wild honey or rose flower tea.

After visiting Cat Ba National Park, the bus departs for the speedboat to Hai Phong, then gets on the bus to depart for Hanoi.

2.2. Itinerary 2:  Sunworld Halong Park + Day Cruise + Museum

2.2.1. Day 1: Hanoi to Halong and Sun World Park

Departing from Hanoi, it will take you about 3–4 hours to reach Halong City.

You will discover the entertainment complex “Sun World Halong Park”.  SunWorld Halong Park is the largest amusement park in Southeast Asia. Sun World Halong Park is a world-class amusement park complex, including:

You will have an unprecedented experience of the natural wonder of Halong Bay thanks to the Queen Cable Car with its large cabin. Along with fun activities at the mysterious hill: the Sun Wheel, the Zen Garden, the Kidoland children’s play area, the wax statue display area, ect.


In Dragon Park, you will enjoy a lot of modern and extremely attractive games when coming to Sun Word Halong Park, such as Phi Long Than Toc, Rhinoceros Cuong Phong, etc.

Water Park (Typhoon Water Park): On hot summer days, you can freely immerse yourself in cool blue water at the wave pool or test your bravery on water slides.

2.2.2. Day 2: A Day Cruise on Halong Bay

The best thing about coming to Halong Bay is enjoying the beauty of nature on the cruise. You will be able to see the whole of Halong Bay with Ga Choi islet, Dinh Huong, and islands of various shapes; visit caves such as Sung Sot cave, Thien Cung cave, Trinh Nu cave, and Thien Canh Son cave.

Explore islands such as Titop Island and Soi Sim Island, which have a beach where you can relax, swim, and even climb to the top of the mountain to see the full beauty of Halong Bay. Take the bamboo boat rowed by the locals and admire the natural scenery.

2.2.3. Day 3: Museum and return to Hanoi

The Quang Ninh Provincial Library and Museum is located in the complex of cultural works in Hong Hai ward, Halong City. The building has three blocks: the museum, library, conference, and exhibition areas.

The highlight of the Museum Block on the 1st floor is the mountain tubes with images of Halong Bay forming an exhibition space introducing the natural conditions of Quang Ninh; the 2nd floor is a unique design space that simulates a wooden boat; the 3rd floor is underground system, simulated through the development periods of the coal mining industry, etc.

The library block is designed modernly with a reasonable functional chain, including halls, reading rooms, document retrieval, book exhibitions, and conference rooms.

After visiting the museum cluster at Quang Ninh Library, we will return to Hanoi.

2.3. Itinerary 3: 3-Day Cruise in Halong Bay

2.3.1. Day 1: Hanoi-Halong Bay

Departing from Hanoi, it will take you about 3–4 hours to reach Halong. Upon arrival, you will board a cruise ship to visit Halong Bay.

Halong Bay is a popular tourist destination for both domestic and international visitors, and it is well-known for its typical type of cruise tourism, which allows visitors to discover the magical natural beauty of Halong through experiences on the yacht.


Tourist attractions on Halong Bay that the cruise will stop at include: Ti Top Island, Sung Sot Cave, Thien Cung Cave, Luon Cave, Tung Sau Pearl Craft Village, Soi Sim Island, Cua Van Fishing Village,… Besides, you can participate in activities such as kayaking (you row yourself), canoeing (rowed by local people), squid fishing at night, etc.

2.3.2. Day 2: Visiting Bai Tu Long Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay is located in the east of the Halong Bay tourist area, a concave area in the Gulf of Tonkin, in the northeast region of Vietnam.

When you take a cruise to visit Bai Tu Long Bay, you will admire the mountain scenery, and glide through the limestone mountains such as Ga Choi Islet, Dinh Huong Islet, Mai Nha Island,ect. And you can also visit the Cong Dam fishing village, Bai Tu Long National Park, and the villages of the Tay, San Diu, and Red Dao people living on the islands in Bai Tu Long.

Coming to Bai Tu Long Bay, you can also enjoy extremely attractive island specialties such as cobia, grouper, blue crab, shrimp, crab, squid, jumping snails, incense snails, tu comedy, nodding cake, and soup. Tired of preparing spinach, etc

2.3.3. Day 3: Visit Yen Duc Village and return to Hanoi

After 2 days of cruising to visit Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay, we will come to Yen Duc village, where there is a peaceful scene on the Kinh Thay river, along with the gentle and simple people and the famous cultural and historical relics such as Canh Mountain, Cave 73, Canh Huong Pagoda, etc.

Here, you can learn about traditional housing architecture, customs, community cultural, etc. In addition, you can also enjoy the smooth folk songs of the Northern Delta, watch water puppet shows, and participate in other fascinating folk games.

Experience life in Yen Duc tourist village:

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Metta Voyage’s 3-day, 2-night Halong Bay itinerary will hopefully be the right choice and bring you the most wonderful experiences. Please contact us; we are always ready to assist you as soon as possible!

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