Boat Tour Ha Long Bay: Tips And Destinations For Travelers

Ha Long Bay is an indispensable destination when traveling to Ha Long. Today, we will guide you on how to try a boat tour Ha Long Bay : things to know, tourist attractions as well as useful local tips. Moreover, the experience of spending the night on the bay by yacht is definitely one of the new forms of tourism that must be tried here.


1. Why Should You Rent A Boat Tour Ha Long Bay?

A Ha Long boat tour
A Ha Long boat tour

A Ha Long boat tour is always considered one of the most interesting experiences that you should not miss if you have the opportunity to set foot in the land of coal mines.

The place is made up of more than 3000 different large and small islands, undulating on the sea surface like giant pearls. The majestic and poetic space of the bay hides a strange attraction for all visitors. And chartering is always considered an extremely ideal choice for you to explore the beauty of the bay.

The travel schedule is also designed to be extremely diverse, in accordance with the needs and preferences of many different customers. You can rent a boat to visit the bay for 4 hours, all day or overnight. Depending on the number of members in the group, you can also choose a single ticket or rent the whole train.

2. When Will You Go In A Boat Tour Ha Long Bay?

Weather is a factor that greatly affects chartering to visit Ha Long Bay. 

  • April - September: This is the summer time and also the peak season of Ha Long tourism. The boat tour is usually busy. Therefore, to avoid the situation of not being able to rent a boat, you should contact to book tickets in advance. However, from June to July, there are often storms here, so the ship may be forbidden to spend the night on the bay.

  • October - March: This is the time when the climate in Ha Long is quite cool and the number of tourists is not much. Renting a boat tour in Ha Long this season, you will be able to feel the chilly atmosphere, making your soul so light and relaxed.

3. How Many Destinations Will A Boat Tour Visit?

The number of destinations totally depends on the schedule you choose. The more time you stay in a boat, the more experiences you can try.

In particular, there are some common routes below:

Route 1: Ha Long Port - Thien Cung Cave - Dau Go Cave - Ba Hang fishing village - Dinh Huong Islet 

Time: 4 hours

Thien Cung Cave
Thien Cung Cave

Route 2: Ha Long Port - Marine entertainment center - Co Cave - Cap La Cave - Vung Vieng fishing village - Tung Ang ecological area - Hon Xep park. 

Time: 6 hours

Route 3: Ha Long Port - Sung Sot Cave - Titop Island 

Time: 2 days 1 night

Route 3 is most chosen by many tourists since it has more time than the others. You can visit the famous cave and island with some experiences such as kayaking, swimming, or enjoying the boat night. 

4. How Much Is A Ha Long Boat Tour?

There are 3 types of boat tours you can choose from:

4.1. Single Ticket

If you travel to Ha Long alone or with a few people, you can buy single tickets. The price is currently about 290,000 VND ($13)  / 1 person / 1 route, including an entrance ticket to Tuan Chau port and an entrance fee to visit Ha Long Bay
Full Boat Tour

For groups with a number of 15 people or more, chartering a private boat will be a reasonable choice. It not only saves money but also helps bring comfort to all members of the crew. Here is the latest price of the boat you can refer to:

  • Boat with 18 seats: 3,000,000 VND – 5,000,000 VND ($130 - $217)

  • Boat with 48 or 72 seats: 3,300,000 VND – 8,900,000 VND ($143 - $386)

Beside that visitors can join A 1-daygroup tour to Ha Long costs between 950,000 and 2,500,000 VND ($45 - $108) per passenger, depending on the popularity or high-class of the ship. The services offered are also extremely varied, including cave exploration, swimming activities, fishing, and kayaking.

4.2. Overnight Boat Tour 

Book boat overnight on the bay is also an interesting experience chosen by many tourists when they have the opportunity to come to Ha Long. 

  • 3 Stars cruise from $95 

  • 4 Stars cruise from $120

  • 5 Stars cruise from $200 

5. Some Notes Before Going To A Ha Long Boat Tour

According to Ha Long cruise experience, you should note in the preparation of luggage as follows:

  • Personal papers: Identity card, passport, and birth certificate to register for an overnight stay on the bay.

  • A pair of sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunscreen

  • A pair of soft, easy-to-go shoes when walking around the caves.

  • Swimwear

Moreover, remember to contact to book tickets at least 10 days in advance, especially if you plan to go on weekends or public holidays.

Wish you have a great journey on a boat tour Ha Long Bay!

author hoan
My name is Hoan and I come from Hanoi, with more than 10 years working in the tourism industry (both as a tour guide then tour operator). I am very proud to say that I can give you the best advice for your trip to beautiful Vietnam.

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