Halong bay one day tour – Suggested Itineraries & Price

Halong bay one-day tour is a must-do experience in Vietnam. With only 2.5 hour’s transfer from Hanoi, you can visit Halong Bay on a day boat and back to Hanoi within 1 day. This one-day tour is a perfect option for travellers who have limited but still want to discover the stunning beauty of the World Natural Heritage Site. 

In this article, Vivu Halong will help you choose the best itinerary (4 hours, 6 hours, 8 hours) with suitable cruising boat options (wooden boats, steel boats) at good prices. You also get to know which activities you will experience in a Halong Bay one-day tour.

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Price of Halong Bay one-day tour 

Halong Bay one-day tour is a group tour with a transfer from Hanoi, lunch, entrance fee and activities. The private tour is also available based on your request.  Here is the price list for the tour, please contact us for the best price and tour available when booking.

Tour   Details  Price 
WEGO CRUISE 
  • Traditional boat
  • 6-hour cruise 
  • Group of max 45 passengers
  • Shuttle bus from Hanoi 
 1.090.000đ/pax 
ALOVA CRUISE 
  • Steel boat
  • 6-hour cruise 
  • Group of max 72 passengers
  • Shuttle bus from Hanoi 
1.350.000đ/pax
WONDER BAY CRUISE 
  • Steel boat 
  • 6-hour cruise 
  • Small group 
  • Limousine van from Hanoi 
1.650.000đ/pax
LA CASTA DAILY CRUISE/ QUEEN CRUISE 
  • Steel boat
  • 8-hour cruise 
  • Group of max 99 passengers
  • Shuttle  bus from Hanoi 
1.900.000đ/pax 
ARCADY LUXURY
  • Steel boat
  • 6-hour cruise, Halong Bay 
  • Group of max 72 passenger
  • Limousine van from Hanoi 
1.550.000đ/pax 
CATAMARAN 
  • Steel boat
  • 7-hour cruise, Lan Ha Bay 
  • Group of max 99 passenger
  • Shuttle bus from Hanoi 
2.090.000đ/pax 
LA MUSE CRUISE
  • Steel boat
  • 6-hour cruise, Bai Tu Long Bay
  • Group of max 35 passenger
  • Shuttle bus from Hanoi 
2.100.000đ/pax

Inclusions & Exclusions 

  • Lunch with Ha Long seafood dishes with a set menu or buffet depending on the tour.
  • Shuttle bus from Hanoi to Ha Long
  • Boat to visit the bay (4 hours – 6 hours – 8 hours), depending on the schedule you choose.
  • Entrance ticket to visit Halong Bay 1 day (VND 290,000/person)
  • Tour guide to escort your trip 
  • Not including drinks and personal expenses.

Private boat renting fee

For a private you, you can rent a private boat to explore the bay by yourself, the boat led by a local captain and staff. Price applied for traditional boat, group max of 30 passengers.

  • 4-hour tours during the week: 3,000,000VND – 3,500,000VND/boat and 3,700.00VND – 3,900,000VND/boat on the weekends.
  • 6-hour tours during the week: 3,700,000VND – 3,900,000VND/boat and 4,200.00VND – 4,500,000VND/boat on weekends.
  • 8-hour tours during the week: 6,000,000 VND/ boat/ and 7,500,000VND/ boat on weekends.
Bai Tu Long Bay day cruise
The cruising boat for a day tour of Halong Bay

Which Halong Bay one-day itinerary to choose? 

6-hour cruise tour in Halong Bay with transfer from Hanoi

This 6-hour tour is the most popular Halong Bay one-day tour, with a shuttle bus transfer from Hanoi. In this tour, you will visit Amazing (Sung Sot) cave, the largest cave in Halong Bay, kayak in Luon cave then get to Titop island for beach relaxing and hiking to the top of the mountain for a panoramic view of Halong Bay. 

  • Tour starts at 8:30 am with shuttle bus pick up at your hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter and ends at 08:30 pm
  • Cruise from 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm, 5 – 6 hours boat cruising on Halong Bay 
  • Itinerary following Route 2: Habour –  Surprise Cave – Luon Cave (kayaking) – Titop Island (beach & panoramic view) 
  • Vietnamese lunch included
  • Departure from Ha Long International Port or Tuan Chau International Port

Detailed Itinerary 

  • 08:45 – 09: 15: The shuttle bus and tour guide pick you up from the hotel in Hanoi Old Quater to Halong Bay.
  • 12:15 Arrive at Tuan Chau Harbor, welcome aboard, and safety briefing. Start the 6-hour journey to explore Halong Bay, passing through thousands of limestone islets, including Cock Fighting and Thumb, while enjoying mouth-watering Vietnamese lunch on the boat.
  • 13:45  Arrive at Bo Hon archipelago, tour guide escorts you to visit Surprising (Sung Sot) Cave to see a lot of stalagmites and stalactites with different shapes of rock formation, then go kayaking or bamboo boat rowing in Luon Cave to discover a beautiful lagoon. Visit Titov Island, relax on the sandy beach or climb up to Titov island peak for a panoramic view of the Bay.
  • 16:30 – Return to the boat for Afternoon Tea and cruise back toward Tuan Chau harbour. There is a lot of time for sunbathing on the upper deck with music and enjoying the great fun of group touring fellows among the world’s iconic natural scenery.
  • 17:45 – Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi
  • 20:30 – Drop off at your hotel, the trip ends.

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Halong Bay day cruise 6 hour
Halong Bay day cruise 6 hour

8-hour cruise tour in Halong Bay, with transfer from Hanoi 

Halong bay 8-hour tour is the longest journey to visit the bay during the daytime. You can have a lot of time to visit caves, and beaches, explore the islands and experience kayaking on the calm water of Halong Bay. 

Unlike other tours departing at noon, this tour departs early at 9:30 am, so you will depart from Hanoi at 06:00 am. It means you can have enough time for an 8-hour journey. Travellers can visit tourist attractions and experience no less than an overnight cruise. In the past, visitors used to rent a private boat for such long tours. But now there is such an interesting 8-hour tour to from choose. 

  • Tour starts at 06:00 am with shuttle bus pick up at your hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter and ends at 08:30 pm
  • Cruise from 09:30 pm to 5:00 pm, 8 hours on the boat to visit the bay
  • Itinerary following Route 2: Thien Cung Cave – Fighting cocks Islet – Amazing (Sung Sot) Cave – Titop Island – Afternoon tea 
  • Tour includes lunch
  • Departure from Tuan Chau International Port

Detailed Itinerary 

  • 05:30 – 06:00: Pick up at hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter 
  • 9:30 Arrive at Tuan Chau Marina and check in on the cruise.
  • 10:00 The boat will take you around the bay to explore the most beautiful islets…such as Human Head, Stone Dog islet, Incense Burner Islet, Hoa Cuong Fishing Village, and Fighting Cock islet which is a symbol of Ha Long Bay. The cruise will stop for 5 minutes for you to take pictures to keep the beautiful moments here. After that, the boat continues to move to Sung Sot cave.
  • 11h00 Enjoy a nice BUFFET (< 30 pax) or Set Menu (> 30 pax) lunch will be served with Vietnamese cuisines and fresh seafood while it is cruising to Ha Long Bay.
  • 12h15 You will leave the boat and visit Sung Sot ( Surprising) cave which is the most beautiful and the widest cave in Ha Long Bay.
  • 13h45 The boat will explore to Hang Luon ( three tunnels) area, a water cave for kayaking, rowing a bamboo boat or just staying on board for relaxing and the boat will move around slowly to sightsee more the bay. You will discover the area’s tranquillity by kayaking – an indispensable water activity in Ha Long, for those who love challenging themselves or sitting on a bamboo boat, for those who love being gentle and sophisticated, to admire breathtaking scenes. This is the moment you get closer to Ha Long’s nature. If you do not join any of those activities, you can stay on sundeck for relaxing.
  • 14:45 You will visit Titop Island, you can conquer Titop’s Peak to admire a panoramic view of Ha Long Bay from above. You will go to the white sandy beach to swim.
  • 15:45 Come back to the boat and enjoy Sun Set Party with coffee and tea assorted homemade pastries, and fresh juices.
  • 17:00 Disembarking at the harbour. Finishing Ha Long Bay 8 hours tour.
  • 08: 30 Arrive in Hanoi. Trip ends.

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Tou 1 ngày Hạ Long tàu La Casta Daily
La Casta Daily for 8 hour-day cruise on Halong Bay

4-hour day cruise, easy to combine with a hotel stay in Halong city 

This traditional tour takes you to the most famous spots of Ha Long Bay. 4 hours is a suitable time if you don’t want to be on the boat for too long. The tour is suitable for travellers who stay in hotels in Halong city and want to see Halong Bay on a half-day tour. The tour includes a visit to Thien Cung cave, go kayaking in Ba Hang and a Vietnamese lunch included. 

  • The cruise schedule is from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the afternoon, or  from 08:00 to 12:00 in the morning
  • 4 hours on the cruising boat to visit the bay.
  • Itinerary following Route 2: Habour > Cho Da islet > Dinh Huong islet >  Thien Cung cave > Ba Hang fishing village (kayak or bamboo boat ride)
  • Lunch included 
  • Departure from HaLong International Port (Ha Long road, Bai Chay, Halong city) 

Details Itineraries 

Morning tour 

  • 07:00 – 07:30: Pick up at your Hotel in Bai Chay area
  • 07:40: Arrive at Ha Long International Port to check in on the boat.
  • 08:00 – 08:15: The cruise starts visiting Halong bay – one of the New Seven Wonder world heritage
  • 08:50: Passing through Stone Dog islet, Incense burner Islet – the image in the back side of Vietnam currency 200.000d.
  • 09:00: Visit Ba Hang area – where you can do kayaking or bamboo boat to explore the area.
  • 09:50: Visit Fighting Cock Islet – a symbol of Halong Bay
  • 10:10: Visit Thien Cung grottos – one of the most beautiful areas of Halong Bay
  • 11:10: Have lunch on the boat (Set Menu lunch,  6 person/table) 
  • 11:45-12:10: Back to Ha Long International Port.
  • 12:30: Shuttle bus take you back to your hotel in Bai Chay 

Afternoon tour 

  • 11h-11h30: Pick up at your hotels in Bai Chay area, Halong city
  • 11h40: Arrive at Ha Long International Port.
  • 12h00 – 12h15: Ha Binh cruise starts to visit Halong bay – the World Heritage Site
  • 12h30: Have lunch on the boat (Set Menu lunch,  6 person/table) 
  • 13h30: Visit Stone dog islet, Incense burner islet – the image in the Vietnam currency 200.000d
  • 13h40:Visit Ba Hang area – where you can do kayaking or bamboo boat or relax on the cruise.
  • 14h20: Visit Fighting Cock Islet – a symbol of Halong Bay
  • 14h40: Visit Thien Cung grotto – one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay
  • 16h30: The cruise arrives at Ha Long International Port
  • 17h00: Shuttle bus takes you back to the hotels

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Halong bay budget tour
Halong bay budget tour for 4 hour cruise

Which route to choose? 

There would be different routes for visiting Halong Bay in one day, you can choose to visit the route of Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay or Lan Ha Bay. All the routes have similar natural landscapes with limestone islets on green water. However, each cruising route has its own advantage.

Let’s check which route might suit you!

Ha Long Bay route

  • Departure: Ha Long International Port & Tuan Chau International Port
  • Attractions: Sung Sot Cave, Thien Cung Cave, Trinh Nu Cave, Titop Island, Luon Cave, etc.
  • Time to visit the bay: 4 hours, 6 hours, 7 hours, 8-hour cruise 

This route is the most popular day cruise itinerary when visiting Halong Bay. The tour starts from Halong Port or Tuan Chau Port. Following local authority, the route is named Route 1 and Route 2.

  • Route 1 (4-hour cruise): Habour > Stone Dog islet > Ba Hang > > Thien Cung cave
  • Route 2 (6-hour cruise): Habour > Stone Dog islet > Fighting Cocks islet > Sung Sot (Amazing) cave > Luon cave > Titov island

*This route has the most beautiful landscape of Halong Bay but it is crowded in the summer when domestic tourists are in high season 

Bai Tu Long Bay route 

  • Route to visit Bai Tu Long Bay
  • Departure: Ha Long International Port
  • Attractions: Thien Canh Son Cave, Vong Vieng fishing village, Cong Do
  • Itinerary: 6-hour cruise 

The route is named Route 4 with the itinerary: Habour > Cong Do area > Thien Canh Son cave > Vung Vieng fishing village.

*This itinerary is less crowded but there are only some boats operating this tour, mainly for foreigners 

Lan Ha Bay  route 

This is a new route for travellers to visit Halong Bay. The tour starts at Tuan Chau Port in Halong city or Beo Pier in Cat Ba island (Hai Phong). The day cruise to Lan Ha Bay will include a trip to visit the cave on a bamboo boat, go kayaking and relax on the beaches. The longer trip might have the cycling to the forests. on Cat Ba island

  • Departure: Tuan Chau International Port (Ha Long city) or Ben Beo (Beo Pier)  in Cat Ba island 
  • Attraction: Bright Cave, Ao Ech (kayaking), floating village 
  • Experience: kayaking, visiting caves, swimming 
  • Time to visit the bay: 5 hours, 7 hours, 8 hours

What you would experience in a Halong Bay one-day tour? 

Kayaking

Join a day tour to visit the bay, in addition to boarding the sightseeing boat, you will experience kayaking for about 30 minutes to 1 hour. It is so interesting to explore the different corners of the bay by yourself. Kayaking is the best way to get closer to the limestone islands in the bay. 

Kayaking on Halong Bay
Kayaking on Halong Bay

Cave visiting

Halong Bay is home to many wonderful natural caves, such as Sung Sot cave, Thien Cung cave, Trinh Nu cave, Thien Canh Son cave… You can climb up the island to go inside the caves. Then you will admire such interesting landscapes bestowed by nature.

Sung Sot cave, the biggest cave in Halong Bay
Sung Sot cave, the biggest cave in Halong Bay

Bamboo boat rowing 

 If not kayaking, you can choose to take a bamboo boat carried by locals, and visit Luon cave, enter the “lagoon” areas with beautiful scenery.

Visit Bright cave by local bamboo boat
Visit Bright cave by local bamboo boat

Beach, swimming, hiking on mountain 

The beaches on the bay are not very big but beautiful. You can find a nice beach on Titop island and many small beaches dotted in the bay. On the island, you can relax on the beach, swim, or climb to the top of the mountain to see the whole view of Halong Bay, to save the best selfie photos.

Đảo Titop Vịnh Hạ Long
Titov island, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Halong Bay

Afternoon tea, cooking lessons

This experience is so relaxing that many travellers want to join in. You can use a cup of coffee, a cup of tea, or a glass of wine to wait for the sunset on Halong Bay. It’s not easy to capture this moment so good luck.

Sunset Party on Lan Ha Bay one day cruise
Sunset Afternoon tea while cruising on Lan Ha Bay

Where to depart for the tour? 

Ha Long International Port 

Halong International Port locates on Halong road, right in the centre of the Bai Chay tourist area, providing easy access for both domestic and international tourists coming to visit Halong Bay on a day cruise. You can visit Halong Bay on a day cruise departing from Ha Long International Port following a morning tour or afternoon tour.

Ha Long International Port 
Ha Long International Port

Tuan Chau Marina 

Tuan Chau International Port is located in Tuan Chau island, the port is 12.5km from Ha Long city and 150km from Hanoi. Tuan Chau is a popular port for both domestic and international visitors taking a day cruise on Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay.

Tuan Chau Marina 
Tuan Chau Marina

 

Food on Halong Bay one-day tour 

On a day tour to Halong Bay, you will be served a Vietnamese lunch with some local seafood dishes, the set menu lunch will be served for 6 persons/table, joining the group. Some bigger boats will offer a Buffet lunch with more choice of food served. Check out the typical menu for lunch on a Halong Bay day tour

Set Menu lunch 

  • Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad
  • French Fries
  • Ha Long Grilled Squid
  • Steamed Shrimp With Beer
  • Grilled Oyster With Onion Fat
  • Sea Bass with Sauces
  • Stir-fried Vegetable
  • Jasmine Rice
  • Seasonal Fruits
  • Ice Tea

Vegetarian Lunch Menu 

  • Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad
  • French Fries
  • Dumpling Cake
  • Vegetable Spring Roll
  • Tofu with Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • Vietnamese Egg Roll
  • Seasonal stir-fried vegetable
  • Jasmine Rice
  • Seasonal Fruits
  • Ice Tea

Buffet menu (8-hour day cruise) 

  • Asparagus soup with seafood
  • Rice congee with pork meatballs
  • French fries/ fried corn
  • Green Papaya salad with dried beef
  • Russian Salad
  • Pomelo salad with shrimp
  • Spring rolls
  • Sushi rolls
  • Stir-fried noodles with seafood
  •  Sauté diced beef
  • Grilled shrimp
  • Crispy fried squid
  • Stir-fried flower clams with basil leaves
  • Grilled fish with chilli paste
  • Grilled chicken wings
  • Salt-roasted mantis shrimp
  • Grilled oysters with scallion oil
  • Vegetable stir fry
  • Mixed fried rice
  • Green beans sweet gruel
  • Bread
  • Profiteroles
  • Cream cake
  • Butter
  • Strawberry, orange Jam
  •  Seasonal fruits
  • Pure dumplings
  • Pan-fried hot dog
Lunch on the cruise to visit Ha Long Bay 1 day
Lunch on the cruise to visit Ha Long Bay 1 day

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Cruise to Ha Long Bay 8 hours
Cruise to Ha Long Bay 8 hours

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Sightseeing routes for Ha Long 1 day tour

With Ha Long day tours, you have three options to visit the bay, including two routes in Halong bay, and one route in Lan Ha Bay – Cat Ba Island (Hai Phong).

Although the geographical location is different, it still belongs to the landscape space of Ha Long Bay.

  • A destination in the journey to visit Ha Long Bay
      A destination in the journey to visit Ha Long Bay
Service in 1 day tour of Ha Long Bay on luxury boats
Service in 1 day tour of Ha Long Bay on luxury boats

Recommended tour 

La Casta Daily 5-star cruise 8 hours

  • Luxrury cruise to visit Halong Bay in one day 
  • Departure: Tuan Chau International Port
  • Type of cruise: 8-hour bay cruise
  • Include Ha Long seafood buffet lunch
  • Visit Surprise Cave, the largest cave in Ha Long
  • Explore Titop Island, panoramic view of Ha Long Bay from the top of the mountain
  • Kayaking at Luon Cave
  • Tour price: 1,550,000 VND/pax
Halong Bay 1 day tour La Casta Daily, 8 hour journey
Halong Bay 1 day tour La Casta Daily, 8 hour journey

Ha Long 1-day tour on Ha Binh wooden boat (4 hours)

  • The journey is 3.5 -4 hours long
  • Sightseeing route: route 1 (Ba Hang, Thien Cung Cave)
  • Departure from Halong International Port (Sun Port)
  • Attractions: Ba Hang, Thien Cung Cave
  • Activities: visiting the caves, kayaking
  • Group of guests: 30-40 guests
  • Tour price: 680,000 VND/pax

Wonder Bay Cruise 1 Day Tour (6 hours)

  • Time to discover Halong Bay: 6 hours
  • Sightseeing route: route 2 (Surprise Cave – Titop Island)
  • Travel from Hanoi only 2.5 hours by tourist bus
  • Departure from Tuan Chau International Port
  • Explore Sung Sot Cave, the largest and most beautiful cave in Halong Bay
  • Kayaking or taking a bamboo boat to visit Luon cave
  • Explore Titop Island, a panoramic view of Halong Bay
  • Tour price: 1,550,000 VND/pax
The day boat to discover Ha Long Bay
The day boat to discover Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay one day 6-hour tour, Queen – Vitamia cruise 

  • 8-hour journey
  • Route 2
  • Newly-built cruise ship, beautiful & modern
  • Include  Buffet Lunch
  • Explore Sung Sot Cave, the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay
  • Kayaking in Hang Luon ,
  • Visit Titop Island with beautiful beaches and mountain peaks that cover the beauty of the bay
  • Departure from Tuan Chau International Port

One day Lan Ha Bay tour on Serenity Boutique Cruise (7 hours)

  • Special cruise on a 7-hour cruise to explore Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay
  • Shuttle bus Hanoi – Ha Long, pick up guests at hotels in the Hanoi Old Quarter area
  • Only 2 hours by highway from Hanoi to Halong
  • Departure from Tuan Chau International Port
  • New, modern, and comfortable yacht
  • Experience kayaking
  • Explore Bright Cave, Dark Cave
  • Visit Trung Trang cave on Cat Ba island
  • Lunch buffet with traditional Vietnamese dishes
  • Cooking demonstration on board.
Sundeck enjoys the view of Ha Long Bay from the boat
Sundeck enjoys the view of Ha Long Bay from the boat

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With the above information provided by Vivu Halong, hopefully, you have enough information to choose a suitable day tour to visit Halong Bay. If you have any questions or need further advice, do not hesitate to contact Vivu Halong. 

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