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Experience booking a Halong cruise for foreigners


Mastering the secret of booking a Halong cruise helps you to have the best preparation for the whole experience of the exciting trip, as well as take advantage of all the services available on the cruise. Here, Lily’s Travel will share with you the experience of booking a successful Halong cruise, bringing many practical benefits to the trip. Let’s explore it!

The types of Halong cruise

Ha Long Cruise is one of favorite tour
Ha Long Cruise is one of the favorite tours – Source: Internet

Currently, the booking of cruise tours in Ha Long is divided into many different luxury segments depending on customers’ needs. You are now booking cruise tours in Ha Long with 5-star cruise service, 4-star Halong cruise, 3-star Halong cruise. Besides, depending on the schedule of self-sufficient Halong exploration, there will also be Halong boat tours for 2 days and 1 night, 3 days and 2 nights or 4 days and 3 nights. You may select the appropriate sort of criuse based on your demands and budget.

For day cruises, the most popular option is a 4-hour tour of the bay. You have the option of leaving the pier at 8:00 a.m. and returning to the dock at noon, or leaving at noon and returning to the port at 16:00. With this 4-hour Halong cruise reservation, you may pick a private cruise (just your party) or a mated cruise (with other groups of passengers, generally ranging from 20 to 40 people, depending on the size of the vessel).

In addition, if you want to have a private tour schedule, boldly go to book a boat tour in Ha Long, lasting from 6 to 8 hours. You will experience the feeling of spending the night on the boat, will have enough time to visit the rocky islands and caves, and participate in exciting activities on the sea, such as visiting fishing villages, kayaking, or watching the sunset on the yacht deck with the afternoon chill.

Details of Halong Cruise Tours

Currently, tours are classified by the number of days and nights or hours visitors enjoy the beautiful scenery on the boat. Specifically, there are 3 forms of booking cruise tours in Ha Long as follows:

Book a cruise in Ha Long for the day (4 hours on board)

With this type of tour, the popular option is to visit the bay for 4 hours. The best time to do a day cruise is at 8 am and ends at midnight, or you can choose the 12 pm to 4 pm time frame. On this trip, you can choose to ship with other guests, usually ranging from 20 to 40 guests. In addition, you can select your train to have fun with friends and family.

Book a cruise in Ha Long – 2 days 1 night

Ha Long Cruise in 2 Days 1 Night
Ha Long Cruise in 2 Days 1 Night – Source: Internet

This form of booking a cruise tour in Ha Long to visit the bay for 2 days and 1 night is not only popular with Western guests but also the favorite choice of many Vietnamese guests. Although the amount of 2 days and 1 night is relatively short, it is still enough for you to visit all the tourist attractions and create an atmosphere of relaxation after stressful working days.

At the same time, you can choose to book this tour for a free weekend from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. Just take 24 hours on the cruise to eat and participate in exciting outdoor activities to help you recharge fresh energy for the next working week.

Cruise excursion 3 days and 2 nights

If you have extra time, you can participate in the 3-day-2-night tour package to spend more time away from the beach. The trip will allow you to visit peaceful islands and watch the deep blue sea water and the clean, deserted beach, along with smooth waves and calm sea. The harmony between people and nature, enjoying life makes you more relaxed, as well as more motivated to work.

Book Halong cruise – 4 days 3 nights

Booking a cruise in Ha Long to visit the bay for 4 days 3 nights is only possible if you book a private boat. The tour takes place over a more extended period for activities such as conferences, luxury parties, or suitable for families traveling on luxury yachts together. The benefit of this style of trip is that it creates a sense of solitude and comfort.

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Convenient time to Halong cruise and current prices

Experience in Ha Long Cruise
Experience in Ha Long Cruise – Source: Internet

The best time to book a cruise in Ha Long to explore the bays is from April to July. At this time, the weather in Ha Long is in summer, so it is dry and convenient for picnic activities on the bay.

The price of booking a cruise tour in Ha Long will depend on factors such as how long you choose to go, the cruise star class and the length of the itinerary,… For example, the lowest tour price is less than 1 million VND/person with a 1-night program, the cost of booking a Halong 2 days 1-night 5-star cruise will be priced from 2,500,000 VND, with a 4-star cruise will be priced from 1,900,000 VND.

In addition, according to previous tours, the price of booking Halong cruise tours has included bedrooms on the cruise, main meals on the cruise, guides, scenic tickets and scheduled activities. Depending on the tour schedule of each yacht, there will be 3 popular berths: Tuan Chau Wharf – Ha Long, Sun Group Wharf – Bai Chay Wharf and Gog Ferry Wharf – Hai Phong.

Discover what’s unique about booking a cruise in Halong Bay

Halong cruise
Halong cruise – Source: Internet

Ha Long Bay is really separated into three bays: Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay, and Lan Ha Bay. In general, these three bays have the same structure formed from limestone mountains, with a system of caves and green beaches with smooth white sand. But in particular, Ha Long Bay (with Tiph and Sung Sot caves) is a place where many cruise ships and yachts are concentrated and a place to attract tourists for a long time, so it is often more crowded than the other two bays.

Meanwhile, due to a lack of tourism, Bai Tu Long Bay (located in the east) and Lan Ha Bay (located in the south) preserve their natural and calm aspect. Lan Ha Bay cruise is a good option if you wish to see the gorgeous landscape on Cat Ba Island. If you want a quiet space with unspoiled beauty, Bai Tu Long is the right place.

In addition, when you book a boat tour in Ha Long, the cost will include activities: visiting caves, experiencing life in a fishing village, pearl farming area, swimming, kayaking (you row yourself), nan boating (fought by local people); night squid fishing, visiting Lan Ha Bay on Cat Ba Island and some other programs due to different exploitation tours.

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Amenities inside a Halong cruise tour

Experience on Ha Long Cruise
Experience on Ha Long Cruise – Source: Internet

Depending on the type of yacht, there will be different interior amenities. However, most cruises will have basic internal amenities such as:

  • Comfortable luxury cabin system: The cabins are similar to a hotel room and are fully equipped with utility equipment, including a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, a private bathroom, mini bar,…
  • Restaurants on Halong cruise: Designed impressively, comfortable with the area to serve the dining needs of tourists. Depending on the type of tour you book and the service on the cruise, you can choose a meal according to the available menu or buffet. Accordingly, the menu on the yacht is quite wealthy, from Asian to European cuisine, satisfying from Western guests to Vietnamese guests.
  • The sundeck area of Halong cruise tours: This is where many tourists like to go the most. Here, you can watch the sunrise and sunset and fully embrace the poetic and majestic beauty of the island bay. Besides, this area is also the perfect place to relax: reading, breezing, sunbathing, and participating in morning fitness activities such as yoga on a yacht.
  • Traditional Vietnamese massage and spa services give visitors a relaxing experience during the trip and enjoy the natural scenery in harmony.
  • Cruise bar: Most high-end Halong cruises have an outdoor bar on the top floor, serving fine foreign wine, cocktails or chill snacks in the evening.
  • Gym while on Halong cruise. This area is not only equipped with modern machines and gyms but also with windows facing the bay. As a result, you may eventually train while admiring the wonderful surroundings of this location.

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