Cultural Excursion

Vietnam: 3 Day Halong Bay Cruise

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Prices From: $479 per person

Discover the splendors of Halong Bay aboard the Halong Phoenix Cruiser, a wooden junk that combines classic beauty with modern comfort. The boat's design is based on a traditional Asian junk exuding elegance and luxury. From the moment you step on board, you will feel pampered. The professional crew and experienced captains can take you to explore tranquil scenery in the safest conditions.

This spectacular Halong Bay cruise allows you the opportunity to experience the rich culture and natural environment of northern Vietnam in just 3 short days. Halong Bay is often referred to as Vietnam’s eighth wonder of the world and once visited, it is difficult to deny that claim. Imagine 3000 stunning limestone peaks rising up from crystalline emerald waters, in an area that is without a doubt the most exceptionally beautiful in the country - an unparalleled coastal landscape.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Hanoi - Halong Bay

At 08:00 am, you’ll leave for Halong Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape. There you’ll board your boat, a wooden junk built from the model of the old Vietnamese court vessels with sails, a wide transom and rectangular superstructure, that will take you first to the busy World Heritage area and then to a well-known grotto. Weather permitting, you’ll be able to swim or relax and enjoy the views on the sundeck.

Overnight: Phoenix Cruiser (Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 2 - Halong Bay

Today you’ll be transferred after breakfast to your day-trip boat (with private crew) to cruise to the most deserted areas of Lan Ha Bay with opportunities to swim from quiet beaches or kayak through water tunnels. A personal chef will prepare and serve your lunch on board the boat or you may enjoy a BBQ lunch on the beach (depending on tidal condition). The afternoon offers more time for swimming at a private beach, kayaking to deserted lagoons, and exploring quiet floating villages. In the late afternoon, you’ll return to the Phoenix Boat for dinner and your overnight stay.

Please Note: The smaller boat’s facilities are limited and at a lower standard when compared to the Phoenix boat, but you’ll have its exclusive use to cruise around the further reaches of the bay well away from the tourist area.

Overnight: Phoenix Cruiser (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 3 - Halong Bay - Hanoi

You’ll wake in the fresh air of the bay with a swim or you can relax on the sundeck. After breakfast, you’ll continue your cruise to visit an island and relax on its beach or walk up to the top for the panoramic view of the anchorage area. Before lunch on the sundeck you’ll learn a few recipes and techniques that go into preparing the most popular dishes in Vietnamese cuisine. Lunch would be served when cruising back to dock around noon whereupon you’ll be picked up for your return transfer to Hanoi. You’ll arrive at your hotel in the mid-afternoon.

(Breakfast, Lunch included)

Accommodation Information

Phoenix Cruiser

For your three-day Halong excursion, you'll board Phoenix Cruiser, a wooden junk based on the model of the old Vietnamese court vessels with sails, a wide transom and rectangular superstructure. The Halong Phoenix Cruiser has a total of 16 deluxe cabins. The cabins are all private ensuite and include air-conditioning, rustic rattan furnishings and private toilets. The Phoenix Cruiser has a luxury restaurant located at the bow of the junk which serves authentic Vietnamese cuisine as well as a sundeck on the top deck.


Region: Asia - Southeast

Halong Bay


Breakfast Breakfast

Day Tours Day Tours

GBC Staffpick GBC Staffpick

Family Friendly Family Friendly

Culinary Classes Culinary Classes

General Information

Price Includes

  • Accommodation on boat sharing a twin bunk cabin
  • Full board on Phoenix Cruiser boat (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners)
  • Pickups and transfers in shared airconditioned shuttle bus with an experienced safe driver
  • Kayak and gear
  • Cooking class demonstration on boat
  • The services of experienced Englishspeaking guide for the duration of the tour
  • Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the program
  • Departure dates in 2012: Sept 6, Sept 20, Oct 8, Oct 22, Nov 4, Nov 20, Dec 10, Dec 26

Price Excludes

  • International flight tickets
  • Accommodation in Hanoi
  • Single supplement fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Camera fees (if any)

Optional Add-ons

Global Basecamps specializes in building complete, multi-day eco tours all around the world. The 3 Day Halong Bay Cruise is a great building block for a trip to Vietnam, and following are a number of optional add-ons that complement the cruise well, but are not included in the price of the cruise.

North - Hanoi

Hanoi, the "Paris of the Orient" is a great starting point to any Vietnam itinerary. Take a stroll along the tree-lined streets surrounding Hoan Kiem Lake, visit the serene Tran Quoc Pagoda, and get lost in the vibrant maze of the Old French Quarter. This capital city offers the perfect blend of history and culture, providing a fantastic introduction to Vietnam.

Central - Hoi An & Hue

The central coast of Vietnam is a delight to explore, with relaxing beaches, UNESCO World Heritage sites and long stretches of rice paddy fields filled with water buffalo and farmers evoking a sense of a by-gone era. The imperial capital of Hue and the colonial town of Hoi An, are two excellent stopovers not to be missed.

South - Saigon & Mekong

In the south lies the bustling, and often times chaotic, city of Saigon (officially known as Ho Chi Minh City, but still called Saigon by locals). Vietnam's largest city represents a more modern side of the country, yet still retains some of its old charms. Here you'll find towering buildings and trendy new restaurants along side vegetable markets, noodle carts and pagodas. South of Saigon lies the Mekong Delta. Here you can visit stilt houses, floating markets and endless paddy and fruit fields, allowing you a deeper insight into the rural culture of southern Vietnam.

Cambodia - Siem Reap

Cambodia has many wonderful experiences to offer. The most common being the famous Angkor Wat Temple complex. Siem Reap, is the primary access point for the Angkor Archaeological Park and where the closest airport is located. This trip extension can easily be added to any Vietnam itinerary.