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2D1N Cruise (3-Star) | Bai Tu Long Bay

By Garden Bay Cruise Premium

Choose this if...

You're short on time but want to have an authentic and unconventional Halong Bay experience away from the crowds. No frills here but certainly a convenient option!


2 days 1 night
Group trip (10 travellers per group)
This is a 2D1N cruise that takes you away from the crowds of the main Halong Bay to the slightly less-touristed Bai Tu Long Bay (which is still part of the Halong Bay UNESCO World Heritage Site). Experience local fishing villages, kayak and explore the Thien Canh Son cave. Head back to Hanoi the following day. This option includes return transport from Hanoi Old Quarter.

Trip Highlights

Squid Fishing
Visit Floating Villages
Explore Caves
Visit Pearl Farm
Learn Tai Chi
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What's included

From US$ 140 3,257,916 VND per person
  • 1 night's stay in a private AC cabin
  • English speaking guide on board
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing fees
  • All meals on board
  • Activities such as tai chi class, fishing, cave visit and kayaking
  • Drinking water
  • Return shuttlebus transportation from Hanoi Old Quarter via highway
  • Round trip limo transfer via highway (USD 18 per person) from 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 the day before your trip.


Trips available daily
Mar 04
Mar 05
Mar 06
Mar 07
Mar 08
Mar 09
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 - Vung Vieng Fishing Village

Today you'll get to explore Vung Vieng, a floating fishing village

Accommodation: Garden Bay Cruise Premium Boat - Deluxe Room

  • 7am: Depart Hanoi for Halong Bay
  • 12:30pm: Embark on the cruise ship at Hon Gai Port
  • 1pm: Lunch
  • 3pm: Explore Vung Vieng, a floating fishing village in Bai Tu Long Bay. It's a small floating village with a handful of fishing houses, a pearl farm and areas to repair boats and nets. The village is accessed via rowing boats managed by locals and provides an income for the inhabitants.
  • 5:30pm: Sunset viewing
  • 7:30pm: BBQ dinner
  • 8:30pm: Squid fishing
Day 2: Thien Canh Son Cave - Hon Gai Port - Hanoi

Today you will get to explore Thien Canh Son Cave

  • 6am: Taichi course
  • 7am: Breakfast
  • 8am: 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!
  • 10:30am: Brunch
  • 11:30am: Return to port
  • 4:30pm: Return to Hanoi

Meet your guide

Garden Bay Cruise Premium

Garden Bay is a 3-star wooden junk that will take you a bit out of the way of the crowds of Halong Bay to Bai Tu Long Bay. This less crowded part of the Bay will make for a more intimate environment so that you can enjoy the views away from the main tourist crowds, as well as the warm hospitality of the staff. Garden Bay Premium operates one boat in the 3 star category with 10 cabins and a capacity of 22 passengers.
Fluent English

What others are saying

4.3 out of 96 helpful reviews
ranne94q, UK
24 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
The boat and rooms are exactly as pictured, comfortable and clean. The food and level of service was well above what we expected. Our guide Noi was lovely and gave us lots of information. Very helpful as well such as ordering us a taxi when we got off the boat as we weren’t going back to Hanoi. Single use plastic has been banned from the bay so they will make you throw away/leave behind and pick up later. This is a good thing! We noticed much, much less plastic waste floating in the sea compared to other places in Asia. But it wasn’t mentioned until 5 mins before going to the boat - some people had already stocked up with bottles of water and weren’t too pleased. Water and reusable bottles are provided on the boat free of charge.
Sabeau2908, Belgium
22 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
We were picked up by a bus in Hanoi, together with other cruise guests. 3,5h’s drive, but good accommodation. The boat itself was above expectations. Nice room and bathroom. The food (breakfast, lunch and diner) was of very good quality, served by a very friendly staff. The activities were very well organized and fun, lead by a very funny and friendly tour guide. The scenery in Halong Bay is fabulous, so you can be sure to go home with some beautiful pictures.
Laffo67, UK
08 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
From start to finish one of the best things I did while traveling in Vietnam. The food was fantastic and the team accommodated two of our group's vegetarians. We were picked up from our hotel in Hanoi at a cost of around 582,000 VND ($25USD) return. The boat was clean and very spacious. I can't recommend highly enough. you won't regret going.
22 Oct 2019 on TripAdvisor
We were advised from our hotel to go to dhalong bay with this agency for a low price and good quality cruise. We were very happy to see that it was even better than we thought. Kevin (our guide) was funny and very helpful, he gave us lots of tips about the country and was very honest. View from the goat was amazing and people very nice. And most important: in that area we were really a few boats compare to the Real halong bay
Erin K, USA
08 Sep 2019 on TripAdvisor
We had a well-planned 2 day, 1 night cruise with Garden Bay. It felt like there were plenty of activities (hike through the caves, kayaking, swimming, trip to fishing village, cooking demonstration), but there was also plenty of time to relax and take in the magnificent scenery. Each room had a private balcony which was really nice, but you could also go sit on the top deck for amazing views as well. Tons of food available throughout the whole stay. Really nice experience with this tour group. Thank you!

Garden Bay Cruise Premium Policies

Strict Cancellation Policy
As Garden Bay Cruise Premium pays for your trip’s logistics in advance, you can only cancel for free within 24 hours of your booking, provided that this is at least 2 weeks before your trip starts.
Change of Date
You may also change your trip date once up to 3 days before your trip starts. Any date change are subject to availability.

Other Things to Know

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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