Glide across the emerald waters of Vietnam's Halong Bay on a junk boat
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 junk 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 the myriad of hidden caves by kayak. This short trip is the perfect way to add a few days of well-deserved relaxation onto any Vietnam adventure.
- Hanoi, Vietnam
- Hanoi, Vietnam
- Short Breaks
- Physical rating
- Min 12
- Group size
- Min 1, Max 22
Why we love this trip
Experience the natural wonder of thousands of limestone karsts that rise from the Bay on a cruise through this World Heritage site
Sail back in time with an overnight stay on a traditional-style wooden boat, and awake to the unique misty morning sights of this strange paradise of green waters and rocky islands
Feast on a sumptuous meal as the boat anchors in the heart of the bay, then take to the deck to see the stars and moon illuminate the water and peaks
Halong Bay is one of Vietnam’s most iconic sights, and this must-see must be seen on a classic Junk Cruise
Is this trip right for you?
On a two full day, efficient but comprehensive extension, you can experience staying overnight on Halong Bay.
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.
This trip operates on a join-in basis. You will join in with other travellers, who have potentially booked on a different trip, or through other companies.
Included activities for the Original and Comfort style short break are the same, but you can choose the style of boat accommodation that suits your preferences. This gives trip gives you the convenience and security of booking this highlight destination before you arrive.
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 travellers 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 fascinating countryside to the dock where this Halong Bay adventure truly starts. Climb aboard a traditional junk boat – with its beautiful woodwork and beaming crew – and venture out into 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 Eight 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 some of the limestone caves dotted around the bay, and stretch your legs for an included cave walk.
The captain will find a secluded spot, so soak up the sun on the top deck or take a sampan boat ride out to a nearby cave 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 or perhaps do some night fishing, before drifting off to sleep to the sounds of gentle waves lapping at the hull.
- Overnight boat (1 night)
Special InformationThere is an option for swimming from Ti Tip Island beach during the warmer months. Swimming in the bay from the boats is not permitted.
Kayaking is not permitted in the Bay.
The journey back to Hanoi takes around 3.5 hours. Your Halong Bay Junk Cruise adventures ends on arrival in Hanoi (approximately 5.30pm) where you will be dropped off at your Hanoi Old Quarter hotel listed below, or as nominated.
Meals1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
TransportBoat, Shuttle Bus
AccommodationOvernight boat (1 night)
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1. This Short Break Adventure starts at 7.00am on Day 1, and finishes at approximately 5.30pm on Day 2.
2. You will be picked up on Day 1 from the Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary. Pick-up will take place between 7.00 - 7.30am in the hotel foyer.
Please note in March the Original Style default pick up will be the May De Ville City Centre 2, due to renovations at the Hong Ngoc Cochinchine.
3. If you require pick up from another hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter, please inform your booking agent at least 14 days prior to departure. Pick up from alternative hotels will take place between 7.30-8.00am.
4. This trip is operated by one of our local partners in Vietnam and therefore you may be joined by a mixture of Intrepid-booked passengers and other travellers during activities.
5. The maximum number of travellers is indicative of maximum number of travellers during join-in activities only.
6. Kayaking ban in Halong Bay: Due to a recent ban by the local authority, kayaking is no longer allowed in Halong Bay. Your kayaking activity will be replaced by a sampan boat ride.