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3D2N Halong Bay Cruise (Bai Tu Long Bay Route)

By Swan Cruises


3 days 2 nights
Group trip
Price from USD$266 6.189.628 VND per person
This is a 3D2N Cruise that 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 at Cap La island and explore the Thien Canh Son cave. Highlights include swimming at Hon Co island and kayaking through secluded lagoons further afield. This option also includes return transfer from Hanoi Old Quarter.
  • 2 nights' 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 transport from Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Transport outside of Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Alcohol
Same Price as What You’d Find Locally
Free Date Change ~ 3 Days Before
Community-Based Guides
Low Carbon Footprint
Always Available to Chat
Guaranteed Trip Even with 1 Guest

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


Trips available daily
Dec 13
Dec 14
Dec 15
Dec 16
Dec 17
Dec 18
If you require an earlier date, please request to book.


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
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Today you'll get to fish at Cap La, a beautiful fishing village between Bai Tu Long and Halong Bay.

Accommodation: Swan Cruises - Cabin

  • 9:30am: 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, kayaking, fishing
  • 5pm: Happy hour and cooking class
  • 7pm: Dinner
  • 8:30pm: Squid fishing
Day 2: Hon Co Island
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Today you'll get to kayak through some hidden gems!

Accommodation: Swan Cruises - Cabin

  • 6am: Taichi course
  • 7am: Breakfast
  • 9:45am: Swimming at Hon Co Island
  • 12:30pm: BBQ lunch at the beach
  • 2pm: Kayaking through hidden lagoons
  • 7pm: Dinner
Day 3: Thien Canh Son Cave - Hon Gai Port - Hanoi
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Today you'll get to explore Thien Canh Son Cave, one of the most famous in the Halong Bay area.

  • 6am: Taichi course
  • 7am: Breakfast
  • 8:30am: Explore 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!
  • 10:45am: Lunch
  • 12pm: Return to Hon Gai port
  • 4:30pm: Return to Hanoi



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.

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What others are saying

4.5 out of 116 helpful reviews
3 days ago 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
4 days ago 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
8 days ago 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!
9 days ago 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.
9 days ago on TripAdvisor
I did the day trip to Bai Tu Long bay in November. It was absolutely beautiful and an amazing experience. Swan Cruises was a great company, Jack was a fantastic guide, the lunch was lovely. As others have commented on...definitely more quiet and way less tourists than Ha long Bay. For those of you worried about only a day long experience (and not an overnight), I was really happy with how much we were able to see in one day and was quite happy not to stay overnight. Definitely worth visiting.

Other Things to Know

Cancellation and Exchange Policy
Flexible cancellation policy
You can be fully refunded for cancellations at least 7 days before the adventure start date. Other cancellations will not be refunded.
Flexible Date Policy
You can change your trip date once for free up to 3 days before your trip. Any date change will be subject to availability, and will not count as a cancellation.
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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