Mesmerizing the bay from your window room
How to Get There
The second day of my trip in hanoi, i choose to visit the most important destination in Viet Nam.
I booked a room for 2Days 1Night Cruise in Halongbay, and they provide returned service with additional charge, if you stay around old quarter they can pick you up in front of your hotel door, if you stay outside, you have to meet them somewhere around oldquarter.
Every cruise have their own pick up service, with their own price. Mine here, they cost USD 40 per pax for return trip. It's a bit expensive, but when you see the luxury limousine bus is picking you up, suddenly feel it's worth the price.
The length of the trip hanoi-halongbay is around 3 hours. With 20minutes stop in rest area. They have a clean toilets and some local food stalls.
What to Do
After booking the room from booking.com, the cruise directly send us email to ask if you need a pick up drop off from hanoi, you can directly arrange all you need with them by email.
08.00: they pick up us from hotel lobby
08.30-11.00: hanoi to halongbay
12.00: boarding to cruises.
12.30: safety instruction, then lunch (set menu)
14.00: fishing village visit. (You can kayaking for USD 20 per kayak, or bamboo boat for free just give some tips for paddling lady)
15. 30: back to cruise, rest for awhile. Showering, relaxing.
17.00: cooking class. We had a fried spring rolls class for today.
18.30: dinner time (set menu, with main course choices)
21.00: squid fishing (i passsed this activity, and early go to sleep)
*2nd day on cruise*
06.00: tai chi on the top deck (the view and weather is very relaxing)
06.30: really light breakfast just to energoze you to hike up to the cave
07.00: hike up to cave that saidhave 200steps up, and playing around the beach
09.00: back to cruise, clean up, and prepare for check out
10.00: having a heavy brunch, while waiting the cruise sailing back to the pier
11.00: arrive back to pier, and waiting for bus transfer to hanoi
15.30: welcome back to hanoi
Tips and Trick
There's a lot of cruise in halong bay, you can find that suit your budget.
I choose to stay in Signature Royal Cruise, because they have jacuzi. You can having your time, soaking in jacuzi while mesmerizing the view of halongbay.
Stay in old quarter hanoi, every tour to out of hanoi only pick you up from hotel if you stay in old quarter. You need to reach old quarter by your self if you stay outside oldquarter area.
The price already include a room, 4 meals on board, activities, but no drinks. So prepare you bottled water if you drink lot of water.
Prepare more clothes if you wanna play kayaking.
Relax and enjoy every minutes your time in halongbay.
Where to Stay
It's not the best cruise i saw in halongbay. But they have the best service and guide for sure.