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1 Day Halong Cruise from Hanoi **Best-Value Small Group Trip

By Dragonfly Cruise

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You're looking for a good-value cruise with a small group! Bonus: this has a friendly & informative guide, and a special seafood lunch!


1 day
Group trip (24 travellers per group)
This is a well-run Halong day cruise from Hanoi, for a good price. The group size is small which is unusual at this price point. This boat has a friendly and reliable crew that speaks good English, and the food on board is yummy. A special seafood lunch will be served, with Vegetarian and Halal options available on request! You're not cruising on the water for a super long time (4 hours in total), but the pace is still relaxed and comfortable.

Trip Highlights

Visit Floating Villages
Explore Caves
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What's included

US$ 42 976,154 VND per person
  • Special Seafood lunch (Vegetarian/ Halal/ Muslim available on request)
  • Kayaking trip or Bamboo boat in 40 minutes
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fees to Halong Bay and Cave visits
  • 1 free bottle of water
  • Pick up and drop off at your Hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi.
  • Round-trip shuttle-bus transfers via highway from Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Drinks by orders
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Pick up outside Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Pick-ups from Airbnbs & homestays
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Your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter
Your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter
Other Notes

Dragonfly only picks up from hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter (not hotels outside of Old Quarters or homestays, Airbnbs or other non managed properties in Old Quarter). If your hotel is outside of Old Quarter or you are staying in an Airbnb, please meet at Dragonfly's office at 03 Gia Ngu str, Hoan Kiem dist, Hanoi.


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Bookings should be made at least 3 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 - Halong Bay - Hanoi
Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi

Today you'll take a day trip around stunning Halong Bay in a traditional wooden junk boat

  • 07:45 - 08:15 am: Pick-up at hotel in the Old Quarter
  • 12:15 pm: Arrive in Halong City Tourist Wharf.
  • Board a traditional wooden junk and head into the bay.
  • Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch (vegetarian available if requested) on the way out.
  • Enjoy the limestone cliffs and islets along the way - learn more about the interesting names given to these islands: Stone Dogs Island, Duck Island, Finger Island, Incense Burner Island, and Fighting Cocks Island, the symbol of Halong Bay.
  • Head to Thien Cung Cave (Heavenly Palace Grotto), a magnificent and must-visit cave. Explore their huge chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites of all kinds.
  • Enjoy 45-minutes of Kayaking or Bamboo boat around the islands and bask in the charm of this natural paradise.
  • 04:30pm : Return to Halong tourist wharf, where your vehicle is waiting to take you back to Hanoi.
  • 8:15 pm: The trip ends at your hotel

Meet your guide

Dragonfly Cruise

A brand of Charming Vietnam, Dragonfly Cruise, pays attention to all your travel needs and expectations. The staff will assist with any concerns or questions you might have from the very start to the moment you get home safely. They are committed to setting a new level of professional and tour quality.
4 years experience

What others are saying

4.9 out of 41 helpful reviews
Petri Partanen
30 Jan 2020 on SeekSophie
The hotel pickup arrived exactly at the agreed time. Vegetarian food at the cruise was superb. Halong Bay itself was alright. Tour guide is pretty amusing and shares insights about Vietnam during the bus ride. It was a nice way to spend one day. Expect to spend some additional money on tips and drinks.
04 Jan 2020 on TripAdvisor
We booked with Dragonfly based on the reviews here but walked to their office to book directly which was only 2 minutes from our hotel. Our guide Benjamin was very informative, more so than any other we had over various tours in 2 weeks! The tour itself is great, lunch was delicious and the cave visit is manageable for someone like me with bad knees. The boat goes up close to the amazing rock formations. There is a half hour comfort break half way into the journey at a marble warehouse kinda place where you can also buy various souvenirs. My only criticism would be that we got picked up last in the morning and we therefore had to take the last 3 seats on the back row of the bus. The middle seat feels like you could be flung forward at any moment, you can't sit back properly or hold on to anything, and with the bus being full you are squashed up against a stranger. Not comfortable for a 7 hour journey there and back. Ps: I didn't see those with comfortable seats and able to sleep leave a tip. ...
24 Dec 2019 on TripAdvisor
Louis our tour guide was great. He was very informative and pleasant to be with. Louis was there very step of the way explaining what to look out for while explaining the history behind the sights. We booked our day trip last minute and glad that we decided to take this tour. There are no regrets. I recommend to anyone visiting Hanoi to take this tour with him.
21 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
Trip to Halong Bay area is a must of you visit Hanoi. The bay is in northeast part of Vietnam, is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests.
18 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
I recommend this tour. The bus ride was a bit long but I guess it is the standard route. Our host, Robert was great. He was punctual at pick up, was insightful with good humor too. The tour was well organized and was a great value. Thank you Robert (hi). From: Kathy C

Dragonfly Cruise Policies

Flexible cancellation policy
Cancel for free 5 days before your trip starts. Cancellations after such date will not be eligible for refunds as Dragonfly Cruise would have paid for your trip’s logistics already.
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
Cash (for purchasing drinks during happy hour, buying souvenirs or tips)
Change of clothes
Electrical adapter
Hat (it gets sunny!)
Passport (required for registration on the boat)
Umbrella and/or light rain jacket

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