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Hanoi: Islands, Caves, Kayak & Halong Dragonfly Boat Cruise

Hanoi: Islands, Caves, Kayak & Halong Dragonfly Boat Cruise

Activity provider: CharmingVietnamTravel.com
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Visit the spectacular Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on a shared deluxe traditional cruise. See Heaven Palace Cave, islands, and islets, go kayaking, or enjoy a bamboo boat ride.

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Duration 10 - 11 hours
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Live tour guide
Vietnamese, English
Pickup included
Pickup is available at hotels in the Old Quarter of Hanoi only. Your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby 5 minutes before the scheduled departure time if you are staying at a hotel in the Old Quarter. If pickup is not available from your location, please meet at the local partner's office, 31 Lo Su Street, Hoan Kiem.


  • Embark on a cruise on Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Heavenly Palace cave, a fishing farm, floating village, and the famous James Bond cave
  • Relax in the sun on the sundeck and enjoy delicious seafood on board
  • Explore the emerald waters by kayak or bamboo boat
Full description

Discover the beauty of Ha Long Bay on a cruise and a guided Kayaking tour. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on a cruise to the Thien Cung cave. Get closer to the islands on a leisurely kayaking tour. 

After you’re picked up at hotels located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, head out on the drive to Halong Bay, making a short stop halfway to take a short break or restroom. Continue the scenic drive to Halong, reaching Tuan Chau Island pier around midday and board the traditional cruise.

Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch onboard and take in the tranquil beauty and breathtaking scenery from the deck. Admire tiny limestone islands with rock arches, sheer cliffs, white sand beaches, peaceful coves, and fanciful names, such as Incense Burner and Fighting Cock (the symbol of Halong Bay).

Then, head on to Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Grotto). Explore its huge chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites of all kinds. Finally, enjoy 45-minutes of kayaking or paddling a bamboo boat around the islands and water tunnels at the World Natural Area recognized by UNESCO.

Return to the Tuan Chau pier and board the bus that will take you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi in the evening.

Lunch menu:

• Tomato/ cucumber salad

• Fried potato

• Steam shrimp

• Fried eggs roll

• Fried squid 

• Deep-fried seafood spring rolls

• Fried chicken with mushroom

• Steamed fish with tomato sauce

• Fried vegetables (when in season)

• Steamed rice

• Fresh fruit

• Afternoon fresh fruit and tea

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Old Quarter of Hanoi. Apartments, Airbnbs, Hotels Outside of Old Quarter. Please come to our office at 31 Lo Su, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi for tour departure
  • Halong Bay cruise
  • Admission fees
  • Seafood lunch
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Pickup and drop-off are only available from accommodation in central Hanoi. If staying in an AirBnB or other private accommodation, please provide a clear address in the booking process.
  • Please advise in advance if you are vegetarian
  • Be sure to bring a hat, raincoat, swimsuit, insect repellent, water, flashlight, good shoes, and some cash
  • All participants are required to obey the orders of the tour guide for safety
  • You are advised not to bring large pieces of luggage (for your convenience)
  • Please advise if you are vegetarian or allergic to any foods
  • You will get a full refund if the tour is canceled due to bad weather
Customer reviews

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4.4 /5

based on 821 reviews

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From start to finish this tour was brilliant! Our tour guide Benjamin was very nice and hat lots of knowledge about Vietnam. He spoke very good English with a great sense of humour! If we had more time we would have probably opted for the 2 day / 1 night tour but the one day was great. The scenery was beautiful and well worth the 3 hour drive from Hanoi. The highlight for me was kayaking through the cave which is included in the price of the tour - you can also opt for a small boat with a driver through the caves which looked good too. The seafood lunch was very nice with plenty of food to go around! Overall I would definitely recommend this tour

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November 27, 2022

Very well-organized trip. There was so much food for lunch, we couldn’t finish. What I didn’t like that much was that I felt were in a hurry all the time. We were supposed to arrive back in Hanoi at 7-7:30, but we were back at 6:30. I felt like we could stay more and enjoy the views or kayak for longer.. We entered the boat at 12:00 and exited it at 16:00, which means it was only 4 hours spent on the boat (1 hour spent in a cave). Too little for me :)

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November 23, 2022

This was a fantastic activity and worth every penny. We were picked up at our hotel as arranged and after a few other pick ups we were on the road. It was a good 3+ hours getting there on the old road. Harry was very good at keeping us informed of what we were seeing and doing. On arrival at the dock, it was very well organized and we were on board quickly. We ate our meal first....which was fantastic. I'm vegan and the number of vegan dishes they brought me was astounding. Sooo good. We traveled out through the rock formations which was soo beautiful. The stop at the caves was another great visit...what an amazing site. And lastly, we had the option of kayaking or riding the boat....we went on the boat. What a great adventure through the caves. Our trip back to the harbor was fantastic and the quicker ride home on the expressway was wonderful. We were back to our hotel and tired out by about 7:30. No complaints...our driver was amazing and Harry did a great job of including everyone

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November 20, 2022

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