How to choose the greatest Halong Bay cruise tour


Halong Bay is one of Seven Wonders of the World and popular travel destination in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam. A common question of any tourist when choosing the Halong Bay cruise is: depend on which criteria to find the great one for their trip?

The first thing I want to share about Halong Bay is that it’s truly beautiful and well-worth spending time to discover. Next, if you are confusing how to choose the best cruise tour for your trip, let’s follow these steps below:

Time to visit

The main purpose of a Halong Bay tour is to provide the convenience and itinerary for tourists to savor the tranquility and beauty of the Bay. Before starting your trip, you can consider the weather of the North Vietnam, where Halong Bay is located. There are 4 distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Prior to such the clear division of the weather and consumption characteristics that Halong Bay tourist seasons are divided explicitly into 2:

  • From October – March: I highly recommend this as a good time to visit Halong bay due to the cool and dry weather that helps you possibly to take many beautiful photographs and join many interesting outdoor activities.

You can easily get harmonic-color Halong Bay photographs if travelling in the right season.

  • From April – September: The erratic rains and fog may decrease your good mood during the tour.
  • Note the July and August because sometimes storms come unpredictably and the administration of the Bay has to cancel all cruises. This doesn’t happen too often but will be a pity if your trip would be cancelled.

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Picking the right Halong Bay cruise tour

There are so many Halong Bay cruises that could make you feel confused to find out the most suitable one for yourself. Don’t worry, keep following these 3 criteria: Your budget, the length of the cruise tour and the prior tourist attractions.

Once you determine your budget, it would be much easier to find the cruise meet your demands. There are many cruise categories, such as: Luxury cruises, Mid-range cruises, Budget Cruises, Private Cruises, Day Cruises, Family Cruises and Honeymoon Cruises.

The length of the cruise tour: Consider 2 choices: A day cruises and overnight cruises. Usually tourists prefer staying overnight for one night or two nights on Halong Bay cruise. I recommend you the 2-night programs because you will have enough time to discover and to enjoy. Many visitors regretted that they didn’t take the 2-night itinerary.

The tourist attractions: This natural wonder has a lot of places to visit such as Bai Tu Long Bay, Cat Ba Island, Vung Vieng Floating Village, Trong Cave, Lan Ha Bay, Sung Sot Cave, Cong Do or Cong Dam, etc. Mainly they are divided into 3 main attractions: caves, villages and beaches (or island). So find out which is interesting and attractive to you the most then look for the cruise within your budget having an itinerary that match your expectation.

Activities on cruise

You may visit a floating village: If you see this activity to be listed in the cruise itinerary, you will have a chance to view the seafood farm, to understand more the living condition of the local people. Not all tours have this activity; it depends on your need.


Kayaking through tunnel and cave system is favorite activity of tourists

You may go swimming: Depending on each program, you might have chance to have a stop at an island o beach to swim, sun-bath or simply enjoy the bay air.

You may go kayaking: All the cruises allow tourists to paddle through one of the tunnel and cave system. This could be an interesting activity that almost tourists usually ask for.

You may go caving: The gigantic cave system in Halong Bay will surprise you. Walking inside the cave to explore, you will be amazed by the power of nature that created beautiful stones.

There are so many other activities such as joining cooking class on cruise, massage and spa services, taichi class on cruise sundeck, etc.

In conclusion, before starting any trip, you must spend time to research information carefully. The best and most convenient way is to thanks to the support of the travel companies to be consulted the suitable itinerary. Tips for choosing local travel company: you can see their rank and reviews on TripAdvisor, the largest travel forum in the world. 




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