Board a boat and cruise to Halong Bay, whose emerald waters contain thousands of limestone islands.


2 Days, 1 Night     FROM US$ 253 PER PERSON

Short of time, but looking for a spectacular cruise? Our 2-day Halong Bay tour takes you from charming Hanoi through picturesque landscapes to the stunning seascape of Vietnam’s famed limestone archipelago. Glide past towering karst formations, dine onboard, explore island caves and be lulled to sleep on the calm waters.

You’ll set out from Hanoi, Vietnam’s lively capital, through rural Vietnam to Halong Bay. The captain of your junk will take you on a short overnight cruise through Vietnam’s famous bay, where you’ll drift over turquoise waters and explore the towering limestone formations. Once aboard, you’ll get the chance to drink in the sunset and watch the sunrise over the magical bay. On your vessel, enjoy the freedom to set the pace of your own exploration—partake in outdoor activities like swimming or exploring an island cave, or just let the waters lull you into a reflective mood as you contemplate the world-renowned, rainforest-topped islets.



“An overnight cruise of Halong Bay is a wonderful addition to any Vietnam trip. It’s short, easy, and totally unforgettable.”

Troung Thu Lan, Backyard Trevel Vietnam Specialist


Indulge in the luxury of exploring Halong Bay by boat
Swim in the bay’s turquoise waters or go on a cave exploration
Dine aboard the boat as you watch the sunset
Relax on the sundeck as you drink in spectacular seascapes

Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

  • Start
  • Day 1: Hanoi - Halong Bay

    Your short but sweet cruise of Vietnam’s breathtaking Halong Bay begins after breakfast. Journey for 4 hours through picturesque landscapes and fertile farmlands, arriving at the pier by noon. You’ll be welcomed by the captain of your junk (a traditional Vietnamese ship) and set out on the calm, turquoise waters. Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise among dramatic karst formations. In the afternoon, enjoy some visits to island caves ,or go sea kayaking (depending on your boat’s itinerary), or just spend some time relaxing on board. Your captain will set anchor for the night beside the beautiful limestone islets. Dine on board, and drift to sleep to the sounds of nature.
    Overnight on Halong Bay
    Meals included: Lunch and dinner

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  • Day 2: Halong Bay – Hanoi

    Watch the sun rise over Halong bay. Indulge in breakfast onboard (or brunch on some tours), as you glide through the spectacular seascape. Continue your short cruise through the archipelago and back to the port. After disembarking, you’ll be transferred on a 4-hour journey to Hanoi. (Another option is for us to take you to Haiphong, depending on your onwards travel plans).

    Meals included: Breakfast

    (Please note: This tour is subject to change depending on weather conditions.)

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Local vietnamese woman

Tour Details

All of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

You, your holiday and booking direct: Backyard Travel are on the ground year-round in Asia, which means you are booking direct with a local travel company, allowing you to save on the cost of your holiday. Our tailor-made tours are designed by local Travel Specialists who investigate every aspect of the trip themselves, giving you a unique view of each destination.

icon Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

icon Not included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Domestic and international flights
Departure taxes if applicable
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)

Why Backyard Travel?

Our experienced travel specialists possess years of local insider knowledge, because they live here.

We have offices in all of our destinations in asia, fully staffed and open all year-round.

With backyard travel you are booking direct, allowing you to save and benefit local residents.

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