Halong Bay Luxury Cruises

Halong Bay is an astounding UNESCO World Heritage Site with nearly two thousand picturesque limestone peaks—the calm waters wonderfully suited for kayaking close up to the limestone formations that offer fantasy water landscapes of exploration. Large caves that served as hidden bunkers for pirates, revolutionaries, and bandits we will now explore on foot and kayak or simply laze on deck watching the mesmerizing scenery drift by. Experience the highest-quality private tours on Halong Bay, excursions we have organized for over 25 years.

Placid Waters

With over 2,000 karst peaks tame the South China Sea, settling it into a glassy smooth surface — perfect for beginning kayakers, swimming, and of course those who are sensitive to motion.

Family kayaking on Halong Bay

Highest Quality Halong Charters

Only a small handful of boats playing the bay are of good quality, featuring elegant design, spacious decks and cabins, delicious cuisine, and cruise further out on the bay away from the groups of standard tourist boats. We inspect these few Halong charters each season to ensure the quality is maintained. Read more about Halong boats we charter.

Halong Bay luxury cruise ship

Attentive Service

During your cruise dine and overnight on a clean, comfortable traditional wooden cruisers, one the finest boats on Halong Bay. Private cabins have lavatories and twin beds. Spacious areas above deck and inside provide solitude when needed.

Halong Bay boat crew

Lavish Dining

Fresh meals prepared by your on board chef — catch of the day, seafood specialties, and Vietnamese favorites, including banh xeo and pho. For breakfast, hearty plate-size omelettes, piping hot soups, baguettes, jam, butter, and "depth charge" coffee. If you're interest in Vietnamese cuisine is deeper, enjoy hands-on cooking lessons with your chef, learn to fish with local fisherfolk, and their floating villages.

Fine dining on Halong Bay

Elegant Cabins

Charming cabins feature private lavatories and showers, air conditioning, comfortable beds, and elegant woodwork throughout. We lease boats only of the highest quality, please view our current Halong Bay charters.

Halong Bay luxury cabin

Halong Bay Activities

Cooking with your chef, learning the art of fruit and vegetable carving, kayaking, caving, island hiking, visiting floating villages, exploring deserted beach coves, swimming and snorkeling round out the many activities on the bay.

Fishing on Halong Bay

Stunning Scenery

Halong Bay is one of the world's greatest geological sites, a place which has inspired generations of Vietnamese artists and poets. The over two thousand karst towers scattered across the ocean are a sight that will take your breath away. Our cruises will take you into the further out, more beautiful and tranquil areas of the bay.

Halong Bay cruise ship

Family & Honeymoon

Our specialty and our most popular trips are family and honeymoon trips on the bay. Our staff is famously fun for children of all ages and for the perfect honeymoon, a private cruise on the bay is an unforgettable experience of a lifetime with specially-planned dining and activities.

Family at Halong Bay

Introduction to Halong Bay

If you want an idea of how beautiful Halong Bay is, watch the French film Indochine. Now imagine cruising or kayaking these same placid, emerald waters through caves into hidden lakes and white-sand beach coves, your small kayak gliding beneath towering limestone peaks...

There is no other place like this in the world, a cruising experience on par with the Blue Voyage along Turkey's coast. Indeed, the romantic setting of rugged island peaks and bays dotted with sailing junks has inspired a whole genre of Vietnamese painting.

Halong Bay Touring

Our private cruises of two to four days in length are of the highest quality yet as affordable as many package tours. Our three-day tour is the perfect compliment to a visit to North Vietnam — a short three-hour drive from Hanoi. Meals and long-distance transport are on our "mother ships" — spacious wooden cruisers equipped with comfortable suites, deck and dining rooms. Meals designed by culinary specialist and guides are abundant and delicious highlighting local seafood cooked up fresh. Vegetarians and those with shellfish allergies are easily accommodated.

Halong Bay Three-day Itinerary

Day 1

Hanoi to Halong Bay via private car. Board your private junk, enjoying lunch as we motor out onto the bay, pausing to sightsee in Hang Dau Go (Hiding the Timber Cave), the largest grotto in the Halong area. In the afternoon, we'll escape the flotilla of other tourist boats, escaping into our own private part of the bay for kayaking and a beautiful sunset over Halong. After, a delicious seafood dinner, followed by drinks under the stars.

Day 2

Full-day on the bay, exploring grottoes, coves, inland lagoons, floating villages, and beach coves by a kayak or smaller boat. Seafood lunch, dinner and overnight on board.

Day 3

Halong Bay. After another picturesque sunrise, morning kayaking on the bay followed by farewell lunch with crew before return to Halong port then to Hanoi by private car.

Tariff: Our private luxury Halong Bay cruises start at US$1,280 (inclusive of private boat and round trip transfer from Hanoi in private car).

Kayaking on the bay is optional, but enables up close access, through karst into hidden lagoons where no boat can go. We use imported one and two-seat models are perfect for beginners and for more experienced kayakers.

Jalong Bay junk More about our Halong Bay boat charters

When to go to Halong Bay

It is possible to visit Halong Bay year-round. Halong weather is typical for tropical coastal climate, with two primary seasons: April to September, when weather is typically hot and humid, and from October through March when drier and cooler.

Halong Bay Weather FAQS

  • The average temperature of Halong Bay is 75 degrees Fahrenheit (23.7 degree Celsius).
  • Winter months (from Mid-October through February) features the best weather overall on Halong Bay.
  • During summer months (May to September), tropical storms may alter the itineraries depending on conditions.
  • Due to hundreds of islands acting as a barrier in the area, Halong is not much affected by heavy storms and features calm, placid waters.

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