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2D1N Budget Friendly Cruise (3-Stars) | Halong Bay

By Golden Star Cruise

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You are looking for a nice cruise with rooms with large windows without blowing your budget.


2 days 1 night
Group trip (20 travellers per group)
This 3 Star Cruise takes you to the most famous spots in Halong Bay such as Surprising cave and Tiptop island and allows you to enjoy activities such as swimming and kayaking. Golden is a traditional Vietnamese Junk that allows you to experience the Bay in style without blowing your budget. All cabins are air-conditioned and have windows overlooking the bay.

Trip Highlights

Explore Caves
Visit Pearl Farm
Hike Ti Top ('Titov') Island
Sunset Party
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What's included

From US$ 98 2,277,609 VND per person
  • Round trip Shuttle bus transfer via highway from Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Driver: proficient, enthusiastic, experienced.
  • Tour guide: English speaking guide (enthusiastic, experienced).
  • Welcome drink.
  • Entrance fees: During Halong bay tour for 2 days 1 night
  • Vietnamese meals as mentioned (standard and hygienic meal).
  • Golden Star Cruises: Safe, clean and beautiful.
  • Cabin with Air-conditioner, private bathroom, hot water, shower, standing cabin.
  • Kayaking
  • Insurance on board
  • Optional requested services: such as massages, beauty services, music performances,
  • Barbeques and other specific wishes can be made on prior request only
  • Drinks, tips and personal expenses
  • Beverages
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Hotel in Old Quarter area
Hotel in Old Quarter area

Scheduled Trip Dates

Trips scheduled daily
Feb 28
Feb 29
Mar 01
Mar 02
Mar 03
Mar 04
View the full calendar to try your luck for non-scheduled 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 - Halong Bay

You will visit Surprising Cave and enjoy a sunset party on deck.

Accommodation: Golden Star Cruise - Double/Twin Cabin

  • 07:30 – 08:30 Shuttle bus will pick up you at your hotel in Ha Noi Old Quarter and Hanoi Opera House then depart to Halong.
  • At the halfway stop for a short break of about 20 minutes.
  • 12:30 Arrive Tuan Chau International Port, then transfer to Golden Star Cruise by small boat. Enjoy welcome drinks, crew briefing before checking in to the cabin. Start cruising and enjoy a special lunch with Vietnamese traditional dishes while the boat slowly sails into the bay.
  • 15:30 Visiting Sung Sot Cave (surprising cave)
  • 16:30 The cruise will take you to Titov Island, it is noted for having a viewpoint at its peak which affords splendid views all around Halong bay. Or you can enjoy swimming near Sandy beach.
  • 17:30 Enjoy the Sunset party with wine and fruit and relaxing on the sun deck
  • 18:00 During cooking class learn how to make fresh noodle roll, and enjoy the final product which you make.
  • 19:00 Enjoy your dinner in the restaurant on board.
  • 20:00 Relax and enjoy your time on the boat at night.
Day 2: Halong Bay - Hanoi
Halong Bay - Hanoi

You will kayaking around Halong Bay, visit Pearl Farm then go back to Hanoi

  • 06:30 Wake up early to see the sunrise over Ha Long Bay then have breakfast with tea and coffee
  • 08:00 The boat will cruise to the pearl farm. The pearls in Halong Bay are the most renowned in Vietnam. The process of farming and retrieving pearls takes years.
  • 09:00 Enjoy kayaking discover Halong bay. Then back to Cruise check out, take time to relax.
  • 11:00 Have lunch while the boat is cruising back to Tuan Chau International Port.
  • 12:30 Get on the bus back to Hanoi, on the halfway stop for short break of 25 minutes.
  • 16:30 – 17:00 Arrive at the hotel in Ha Noi old quarter or Hanoi Opera House.

Meet your guide

Golden Star Cruise

GOLDEN STAR CRUISE is modelled after the old Vietnamese court vessels with sails, a wide transom, and rectangular superstructure, luxurious, traditional styling paired with sophisticated modern facilities and comforts. This junk boast's romantic wooden fixtures, a multitude of windows to make the most of the amazing views and a spectacular upper deck for your total relaxation. All cabins are air-conditioned and have windows overlooking the bay. From the moment you step onboard the GOLDEN STAR CRUISE, you will feel pampered. All team members are well – trained graduates dedicated to bringing you the very best of Halong Bay. Our team will also bring a new feeling about unique heritage in the world. To ensure your comfort, they always use private transport to travel by road. They have their own modern fleet of air-conditioned vehicles, ranging from 4 to 29 seaters bus, depending on the size of the group.
Fluent English

What others are saying

4.6 out of 44 helpful reviews
thien1303, Vietnam
09 Feb 2020 on TripAdvisor
Spent 2 days & 1 night aboard the Golden Star. Overall a very good experience for the budget conscious traveller. Our guide for the trip was Phuong he was pleasant and helpful and even taught us how to make spring rolls for an activity. Activities included a small trek, kayaking, cooking class, pearl farm visit & relaxing on the Sun Deck.
09 Feb 2020 on TripAdvisor
We were on the golden star for 2 days & 1 night. Nice little boat comfortable cabin with en-suite, awesome sun deck, great for viewing. Our trip included cooking class, a small trek, kayaking (we played opera while doing this activity), laughs and good times with our brilliant tour guide Phuong. Overall happy with trip good value option.
08 Feb 2020 on TripAdvisor
Very nice tour, at a very reasonable price. The guide and the food was excellent. The lugar could have been a little bigger, as shown on the pictures. But in general very good and clean. If the weather had been nice, it would have been perfect.
07 Feb 2020 on TripAdvisor
Very nice experience! Amazing Tourguide Hung did everything we asked him for. He took nice pictures of us and was able to answer all of our Questions. He seemed to be very in to historics and myths about the Halong Bay and gave some very interesting insight on them.
mukeiz, China
07 Feb 2020 on TripAdvisor
Nice trip, nice food, good cleanliness. We got a friendly tourist guide Mr. Hung. The trip was run smoothly. All timing is perfect.

Golden Star Cruise Policies

Strict Cancellation Policy
As Golden Star Cruise 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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