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Halong Bay cruises

UNESCO World Heritage designated Halong Bay, scenic highlight of northern Vietnam, is a fabulous location for taking to the water.

Halong Bay, a World Heritage Site and scenic highlight of northern Vietnam, is a fabulous location for taking to the water. Sail serenely between the limestone towers scattered throughout the bay, stopping at floating fishing villages, kayaking to remote beaches, or exploring beautiful caves.

The most popular way to explore the bay is on an overnight cruise on one of the many traditional-style junks that ply the waters, but day-boats or extended two-night options are also possible. Since 2012 the government has ordered that all boats on the bay must be painted white, so at first glance there may not seem to be much variety - but in fact there is a tremendous selection of boats available in different sizes and styles, operating a variety of different itineraries.

The majority of boats are traditional Chinese-style junks, ranging from romantic private vessels to large boats with 20 cabins or more, and from comfortable mid-range quality to the height of luxury. The more expensive vessels boast larger cabins, private balconies, and more high-end en suite bathrooms. If you'd prefer a different style of boat, you can also take to the waters in a modern luxury vessel like the Au Co, or a colonial-style paddle steamer like the Emeraude.

Halong Bay cruises

located in Halong Bay

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Interested in this Experience? It is included in this tour:

  • Discover the tastes and smells of authentic cuisine from all corners of Indochina.

    Culinary Vietnam

    From the origins of pho and other traditional dishes in Hanoi to the spicy royal cuisine of Hue and the simple, fresh ingredients of the Mekong Delta, feast your way through Vietnam.

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    Discover the tastes and smells of authentic cuisine from all corners of Indochina.

Other suggested Boating & Cruising

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  • Ninh Binh <i>sampan</i>

    Ninh Binh sampan

    Known as 'Dry Halong Bay', the breath-taking scenery of Ninh Binh is best appreciated from amongst the lily and lotus on the calm waters of the river.

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  • Thu Bon River sunset cruise

    Thu Bon River sunset cruise

    The Thu Bon River in Hoi An once witnessed great trading fleets from across Asia. A more sedate pace is common today; ideal for an evening cruise!

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  • Mekong Delta cruises

    Mekong Delta cruises

    In southwest Vietnam the great Mekong River splits into countless tributaries that fan out to form the vast, fertile Mekong Delta.

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  • Nam Ou River cruise

    Nam Ou River cruise

    The Nam Ou is a tributary of the Mekong that carves a dramatic path through the mountainous landscapes of northern Laos.

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  • Mekong River cruising in southern Laos

    Mekong River cruising in southern Laos

    Explore the idyllic landscapes of southern Laos aboard a converted teak rice barge.

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  • Mekong River cruising in northern Laos

    Mekong River cruising in northern Laos

    Rugged, jungle-covered mountains tower over the Mekong as it carves south from the Thai border toward Luang Prabang.

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