Halong bay will have different routes and visitors can visit different things as well.
Halong Bay route 1: 4 hours visit Fighting cock, Thien Cung, Dau Go caves and Ba Hang area
Halong bay route 2: 6 hours visit Sung Sot (Surprising cave) Titop Island and Luon cave
Halong bay & Lan Ha Bay: Visit Dark & Bright cave, Frog Pond.
Most of the cruise is going via Route 2 is also Best Halong Bay Day tour itinerary.
Halong bay route 2
8h10 - 8h50: Pick up from hotel in the old quarter or meeting point at Hanoi Opera House. Have a short break on the way.
11:45 - 12:15 Check in on the boat and enjoy welcome drinks
12:30 Enjoy a Buffet lunch with Vietnamese traditional food while cruising through thousands of limestone islands such as: Dog Rock, Incense Bunner and especially Fighting Cock – a symbol of Ha Long Bay.
13:30 Explore Sung Sot Cave – The most beautiful and biggest cave on the bay.
14:45 Boat will stop at Luon cave – for kayaking or bamboo boat
15:45 Visit Titop Island visitors can swim or hiking to the peak to get the panoramic views of the bay.
16:30 Enjoy the Sunset party with complimentary Vietnamese tea, fresh juice, fruit, and a little cake will be served. While the boat back the harbor.
17:45 - 18:00 Disembark and get on the bus back Hanoi.
20:30 - 21:00 Dop you off at your hotel (around the Old Quarter area)
There are many options for visitors, from budget to medium and luxury cruise, here is the list for you: