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Halong Bay


Halong Bay is a stunning limestone sea-scape about 3 hours’ drive from Hanoi and is a highlight for many on a tour of Vietnam.

A Halong Bay Cruise is a great experience and whatever the weather, the beauty of the bay is outstanding and cruising on a traditional junk is a very relaxing experience.

Cruising Halong Bay is best done as an overnight trip, in order to really experience the beauty of Halong Bay. We only recommend the best vessels for our cruises on Halong Bay.

Heritage Line's Halong Ginger, Ylang and Violet each offer a very personalised experience and high standards and cruise to Lan Ha Bay, a quieter area. Paradise Cruises offer one of the best overnight cruises on Halong Bay. Bhaya Cruises offer great value and a choice of cabins for up to 3 adults.


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Bhaya Cruises

Bhaya Cruises offer great value, well maintained vessels, visiting quieter areas of Halong Bay on 1 and 2 night Halong Bay Cruises.

1-2 Night Cruises
Great Value Halong Bay Cruise
1 Nights from
Full Board from Hanoi

Paradise Cruises

Paradise Cruises operate some of the best vessels on Halong Bay, where it is important to choose your cruise carefully.

1-2 Night Cruises
Luxury Halong Bay Cruise
1 Nights from
Full Board from Hanoi

Heritage Line

Heritage Line operate 4 boutique luxury cruisers in Halong Bay, each offering the highest standards.

Luxurious, Intimate & Elegant.
Boutique Halong Bay Cruises
1 Nights from
Inclusive Package from Hanoi

Paradise Peak

Paradise Cruise's Premium vessel is the 8 cabin Paradise Peak, offering the most luxurious boutique cruise on Halong Bay.

Top Luxury Cruise
Luxury Halong Bay Cruise
1 Nights from
Full Board from Hanoi

Hoa Lu, Tam Coc & Halong Bay

Discover some of the very best scenery in Vietnam at Dry Halong Bay and on an overnight Halong Bay cruise.

Overnight Cruise Included
Scenic Northern Journey
2 Nights from
Package from Hanoi

A Taste of Vietnam

See Hanoi, cruise Halong Bay in a traditional style Vietnamese Junk, explore Hue and enjoy a week relaxing in a boutique beach resort.

Tailor Make Your Trip
City, Nature, Beach
12 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Vietnam Family Holiday

Great Vietnam Family Holiday itinerary, perfect for exploring the best of Vietnam.

Hanoi to Saigon
Based on Family of 4
13 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Vietnam Highlights

See the best of Vietnam in 2 weeks - Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Saigon, Mekong Delta & Phu Quoc.

Tailor Make your Trip
Ideal First Time Vietnam
12 Nights from
Flights Inclusive Price from UK

Mountains & Hilltribes

Combine the North of Thailand with Laos & Vietnam on a spectacular immersive journey through this rich and scenic region.

Thailand, Laos & Vietnam
Unique Mountain Journey
13 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Vietnam & Cambodia

See the best of Vietnam & Cambodia in 2 weeks - Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Saigon & Mekong Delta.

Boutique & Luxury Hotels
Private Tailor Made Tour
14 Nights from
Flights Inclusive Price from UK

Cultural Vietnam

A culturally focused tailor made Vietnam journey from north to south. Superior, Deluxe or Exclusive.

Get under the skin of Vietnam
Unique Experiences
15 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from the UK

Lost Kingdoms of Indochina

Combine Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos in a cultural journey through the highlights of Indochina.

Tailor Make your Trip
Cambodia, Vietnam & Laos
14 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Hanoi to Kunming

Discover Yunnan including Kunming, the Stone Forest, Lijiang, Dali, Shangri-la, Black Dragon Pool and Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Unique Overland Journey
Vietnam and China combined
18 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Luxury Angkor & Vietnam

Spend 3 nights in Siem Reap and visit the Angkor Temples, Cruise Halong Bay and spend a few days in Hoi An with unlimited spa treatments.

Unlimited Spa Treatments
Angkor, Halong Bay, Hoi An
13 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Vietnam Odyssey

Includes Hanoi, Halong Bay, Ha Giang, Hue, Hoi An, Central Highlands, Saigon & Mekong Delta.

3-Week Vietnam Journey
Full & Varied Vietnam Tour
20 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Red River Cruise - Pandaw

Discover Hanoi, Halong Bay, the Red River & the best of northern Vietnam on this exciting Pandaw River Cruise.

Red River Cruise & Beyond
11 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Absolute Vietnam

In Depth Vietnam in 3 weeks - Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Dalat, Saigon, Mekong Delta & Phu Quoc.

Private Tailor Made Journey
Vietnam Encompassed
21 Nights from
Flights Inclusive Price from UK

Halong Bay Cruises

We co-operate with only a handful of the best cruise operators in Halong Bay.

Choosing your Halong Bay cruise can be a bit of a minefield with so many operators, many of whom operate on the borderline of safety or who offer an experience which has compromises from start to finish.

Search 'Halong Bay Cruise' on google and you will find any number of websites, many of whom purport to be the 'official website' of the cruise operator but who are simple local travel agents.

The following Halong Bay cruises offer the best experiences for discovering Halong Bay.

Heritage Line Cruises

Heritage Line offer a selection of traditional Vietnamese-style junks, including the Halong Ginger, Halong Violet and the newer Ylang Cruise.

Halong Ginger is the original of Heritage Line's three Halong Bay Cruise vessels - known as the 'Three Sisters'.

Built to resemble a traditional wooden junk, the elegant and serene Halong Ginger features wood-paneled lounges, shimmering silks and Indochine-style furnishings.

Simple yet elegant, the cabins feature large windows – perfect for viewing the Bay’s ever-changing scenery.

There are just 12 suites on the Halong Ginger, making this a genuine boutique cruise experience. The open kitchen is a real highlight.

The younger sister is the Halong Violet. Small and exquisite, the Violet has just 6 cabins and offers a truly boutique Halong Bay cruise.

Halong Violet has all the amenities of larger vessels however, including a gym and sauna, a spa with unrivalled views, a restaurant and a lounge, and a rooftop Sundeck.

Cabins with floor to ceiling windows are the real highlight however.

For an intimate experience of Halong Bay, there is nothing to compare to the lovely Violet, one of the most beautiful vessels cruising Halong Bay. It's often chartered by families.

Heritage Line’s Ylang is a cutting-edge ship sailing Lan Ha Bay with a design that mixes vivacious flair with Indochina style.

Considered the top luxury cruise on Halong Bay, what makes Ylang truly special is her expansive wellness sanctuary of sensational spa facilities and her very bespoke itinerary.

Jasmine’s interiors, like the exterior, are covered in polished wood, lending the Jasmine the stately air of an Indochina-era cruising boat. - See more at:

Paradise Cruises

Paradise Cruises Luxury vessels each offer around 15 cabins and are amongst the best Halong Bay cruise vessels.

Designed in the style of traditional Vietnamese junks, Paradise Cruises offer spacious cabins, a high standard of dining and a top deck with panoramic 360-degree views of the bay.

Paradise Luxury is designed in the form of a traditional Vietnamese Junk and offers an unlimited a-la-carte menu, whilst Paradise Elegance has a more contemporary style.

For the most luxurious Halong Bay cruising experience, go with Paradise Peak, a tiny but elegant luxury Halong Bay Cruiser in the style of a traditional Junk.

One and Two night cruises are offered and are highly commended by our clients.

Bhaya Cruises

Bhaya Cruises have the largest fleet of boats cruising Halong Bay and offer excellent value for money, cruising in traditional Vietnamese Junks.

Choose between the Bhaya Classic and Classic Premium Cruise for a 1 or 2 night cruise on Halong Bay.

Bhaya is a particularly good option for 3 adults (or parents and child) travelling together as cabins on the Classic Premium vessels have been designed with accommodating 3 adults in mind.

One of the prettiest ships in Halong, the steel hulled Au Co is a Halong Bay luxury cruise which offers smooth sailing through Halong and Lan Ha bays. Retrace the steps of colonial-era explorers in vintage style aboard this 32-cabin ship, visiting hidden beaches, forested islands, and gorgeous sea lakes.

In early 2020, the twin Au Co ships received a comprehensive renovation, lending a beautiful contemporary feel to the ancient Vietnamese legend on which the ships are inspired.

The Au Co Luxury Cruise is the first and only cruise that brought an exclusive continuous three-day journey encompassing the breadth of the world-renowned Halong Bay, as well as less-crowded destinations of the neighboring Bai Tu Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay and beyond.


The Emeraude, in contrast to the traditional Vietname-style junks of Heritage Line and Paradise Cruises is a replica French colonial-era steamer.

The vision of a French entrepeneur inspired by a chance discovery of a postcard in a Paris flea-market, the Emeraude has brought back to life a classic era of cruising Halong Bay.

Cabins are very smartly furnished, although you will need a Suite if space is important.

Dining is of a high standard and facilities include spa treatments and early morning Tai-Chi sessions.


All of the itineraries in Halong Bay include a visit to some spectacular caverns hewn out of the limestone cliffs over the millenia.

Spectacularly lit, the caverns are easily explored along boardwalks, with no walking difficulties.


All of the Halong Bay Cruises we feature offer kayaking although some charge a supplement for the use of kayaks.

Some free time is built into the cruise itineraries to allow time for kayaking around the bay.


Halong Bay is one of the most scenic destinations in Vietnam.

Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment on board one of Heritage Line's Halong Bay cruises, soak in the sun and the views from the sun deck or be up early for a Tai Chi session on deck shortly after sunrise.


Most itineraries in Halong Bay stop for a short walk up to an island viewpoint, a great chance to stretch the legs and for panoramic photo opportunities of the Bay.