One Day in Halong Bay: The Best 1-Day Cruise Itinerary from Hanoi
One day in Halong Bay will be a tight squeeze but we’ve come up with a jam-packed itinerary to ensure you get to see as much as possible.
- Depart early from Hanoi, arrive at Tuan Chau wharf to board a day cruise.
- Visit floating villages, Thien Cung cave.
- Return to Hanoi in the evening.
- 8:00 - 08:30 - Depart Hanoi Old Quarter by shuttle bus, 15 minute rest stop along the way.
- 12:00 - Arrive and check in at Tuan Chau Wharf. Board your cruise ship and have welcome drinks.
- 12:30 - Have lunch aboard your cruise ship as the ship heads for Halong Bay. Be sure to look out the windows and observe the beautiful scenery.
- 13:30 - Visit one of Halong Bay’s floating villages. Explore by kayak, talk to the locals and try your hand at fishing. Keep an eye out for some of the famous islets and beaches that Halong Bay is home to.
- 14:15 - Arrive Thien Cung Cave, one of Halong’s most beautiful and famous caves. Explore the cave and take pictures of the stunning stalagmites and stalactites.
- 15:30 - Return to the boat for your trip back to the mainland. Stay on the top deck and feast on some fresh fruit while you enjoy the majestic limestone karsts.
- 16:15 - Board the shuttle bus to return to Hanoi.
- 21:00 - Arrive back in Hanoi Quarter.
Distance: 160 kilometers. Travel time: 2 hours 30 minutes!
Things to know:
- Bring a bathing suit with you as you are likely to get wet when kayaking.
- Bring your passport.
- Wear comfortable shoes for exploring the cave.
Useful tip: Bring some Vietnamese Dong in case you want to purchase refreshments or souvenirs.
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