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2D1N Halong Bay - Less-Touristed Bai Tu Long Bay Route (4-Star)

By Swan Cruises

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You're seeking an unconventional, less-touristy Halong Bay experience. Swan Cruises hires locals so you'll definitely have warm hospitality and an authentic experience!


2 days 1 night
Group trip (16 travellers per group)
This 2D1N cruise takes you away from the crowds of the main Halong Bay to the less-touristy Bai Tu Long Bay (which is still part of the Halong Bay UNESCO World Heritage Site). Experience local fishing villages, enjoy a local cooking class, kayak, and explore surrounding caves. Head back to Hanoi the following day. This option also includes return transport from Hanoi Old Quarter.

Trip Highlights

Squid Fishing
Visit Floating Villages
Explore Caves
Learn Tai Chi
Vietnamese Cooking Class
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Trip Inclusions

From US$ 143 3,321,599 VND per person
  • 1 night's stay in private AC cabin
  • English speaking guide on board
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing fees
  • All meals on board
  • Activities such as tai chi class, fishing, kayaking, cave visit and cooking class
  • Drinking water
  • Return shuttle bus transport from Hanoi Old Quarter via highway
  • Transport outside of Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Alcohol
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Guest's Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter
Guest's Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter
Other Notes

The above times are approximate and the exact time will be provided upon booking.


Trips available daily
Feb 27
Feb 28
Feb 29
Mar 01
Mar 02
Mar 03
Bookings should be made at least 7 days in advance. View the full calendar to request other dates.


Please note that this is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Day 1: Hanoi - Hon Gai Port - Cap La Island
Hanoi - Hon Gai Port - Cap La Island

Today you'll get to fish at Cap La and kayak

Accommodation: Swan Cruises - Cabin

  • 8:00am: Depart Hanoi for Halong Bay
  • 12:30pm: Embark on the cruise ship at Hon Gai Port
  • 1:30pm: Lunch
  • 3pm: Arrive at Cap La Island, a beautiful small fishing village located between Bai Tu Long and Halong Bay. Spend time kayaking and fishing.
  • 5pm: Happy hour and cooking class
  • 7pm: Dinner
  • 8:30pm: Squid fishing
Day 2: Thien Canh Son Cave - Hon Gai Port - Hanoi
Thien Canh Son Cave - Hon Gai Port - Hanoi

Today you will get to explore Thien Canh Son Cave, one of the most famous caves in the Halong Bay area.

  • 6am: Taichi course
  • 7am: Breakfast
  • 8am: Arrive at Thien Canh Son Cave, a small cave in the Bai Tu Long cave system. There’s a single entry point and may be crowded with many travellers. You might want to give this a miss if you are claustrophobic!
  • 11am: Brunch
  • 11:30am: Return to harbour and board shuttle bus
  • 4pm: Return to Hanoi

Meet your guide

Swan Cruises

Swan Cruises is a 3-star traditional Vietnamese wooden boat, that departs from Hon Gai port for the less frequented Bai Tu Long Bay. Swan Cruises are warm hosts who want their guests to experience warm hospitality. In addition to showing their guests the best of the area, Swan Cruises also gives back to the local Halong Bay community through providing locals with jobs on board its ships. Swan Cruises operates 4 boats - 8, 9 and 12 cabins (capacity of 17, 20, and 26).
Fluent English

What others are saying

4.5 out of 116 helpful reviews
03 Dec 2019 on TripAdvisor
Our cruise to Bai Tu Long Bay (the less touristed sister of Halong Bay) aboard Swan was truly a highlight of our Vietnam trip. I chose Swan primarily because they were a well-reviewed, mid-range option that promised to take us away from the hordes of crowds in Halong Bay--and boy did they deliver. We soaked up the solitude and snapped hundreds of photos of the setting sun aboard our kayaks, with nary another pesky tourist group in sight. But what truly set our trip apart was our guide, Duke, as well as our bartender, Quang. Duke was incredibly funny, knowledgable, patient, helpful, and his self-taught English was impeccable. Quang even took the time to show me his special recipe for his egg coffee. Also of note: our drop-off at a midpoint where a taxi picked us up and drove us to the Hanoi Airport went off without a hitch. Wifi on the bus also worked like a dream. Our room aboard the boat was spacious and comfortable. Only minor issue was that the shower water was frigid, and the boat's outlets inexplicably fried almost all of our USB cables/plugs. November weather was perfect...not too hot, not too cold! Our only mistake was that we chose the 2 day tour instead of the 3 day tour; we wish we had more time aboard Swan. Next time!!
Medhaverma1, Dubai
02 Dec 2019 on TripAdvisor
If you take the 2 days 1 night cruise, you spend about 24 hours on the cruise only. But the crew is quite amazing and makes it worth your while. Luna was our guide and she made sure that we were all comfortable and happy. She gladly took pictures for us, explained what to expect from the tour and showed us around as well. Overall, the experience was really good, thanks to the friendly staff. A special shout out to Luna, who proved to be a fun guide and a great person!
Lei Li D
28 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
We did a tour with team DAISYYY!!! It was really beautiful and quiet boat ride! The trip went to a bay where there were very few other boats. We loved the beach and wished we could have stayed longer. The cabins and boat were clean and the staff was really friendly. Daisy gave us a lot of information on the bus ride and her English is super good. She has a good sense of humour and was like a walking encyclopaedia! Daisy took good care of us during our trip and made sure we had everything we needed. The trip was a lot fancier than we anticipated, but we would definitely recommend taking it!
27 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
Trip was well organised n the tour people provided warm n hospitable service. Food was good n served like in a fine dining restaurant. The activities were good n not too hectic with time for private time as well as interesting activities on the water. I kind of prefer small groups so this tour is to my liking. I would surely recommend to my friends as they can be assured they will be well taken care of.
MichelleLao, Malaysia
27 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
The tour was well organised as our guide (Kien) schedule us ahead of crowd on the cave visit and kayaking. No need to cramp with other tourists. Food was great (5 course for Lunch & Dinner). Room and cruise was clean. All staff are friendly and smile all the time. Beautiful scenery throughout the journey. Great weather. I even won free beer from mini games on board. Got to experience squid fishing too. Managed to fish one but unfortunately it fell back into the sea before I could get hold of it. Learnt to cook Banh Cuon. It was delicious and simple. Definitely can replicate it back home. One thing to note - Ha Long bay is now plastic free. So, the cruise provides glass bottle and water refill for the guests. Well done. Overall, I had a wonderful time and experience on board. Our guide (Kien) took good care of us. Definitely beyond my expectation.

Other Things to Know

Cancellation and Exchange Policy
While we understand that plans change, we also have to be fair to each supplier, who needs time to prepare logistics for your trip such as manpower, food, permits, and more.
Flexible cancellation policy
As Swan Cruises pays for your trip’s logistics in advance, full refunds will only be for trips cancelled 5 days before your trip starts.
Flexible Date Policy
You may also change your trip date once up to 3 days before your trip starts. Any date change are subject to availability.
Packing list for the trip
Backup batteries and charger
Cash (for purchasing drinks during happy hour, buying souvenirs or tips)
Change of clothes
Electrical adapter
Hat (it gets sunny!)
Hiking shoes
Insect repellent
Light jacket/sweater (for the evenings)
Passport (required for registration on the boat)
Shorts & T-shirts
Umbrella and/or light rain jacket

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