Halong Bay (Vịnh Hạ Long) is one of the most beautiful natural landmarks in Vietnam with its breathtaking wonder isles and limestone karsts. Thousands of cruises sail throughout the year offering the tourists a chance to experience the wonders of Halong, thus putting this landmark on the map and making it known as THE paradise for cruises. So, if you're planning to experience this unrivalled awesomeness, book your desired cruise early. With so many options to choose from, it can be real tough to find the best ones that cater to your budget, schedule and requirements.
Cruises sailing in the magnificent Halong Bay.
Worry no more! Here’re the top five Halong Bay cruises you should consider trying. Before that, let's take a look at some quick bits of necessary information:
How to Get To Halong Bay?
Due to its huge popularity, Halong Bay is very well connected to any part of Vietnam and other countries. You can go there through different routes:
By water: There's a big international cruise ship that regularly ferries visitors to Halong Bay. The Cai Lan International Port where the ship docks in is just 10 minutes away from Halong Bay.
By air: Hanoi and Hai Phong are the closest airports. Regular flights are available from Nha Trang, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City. You can also fly to these two airports from most Southeast Asian airports.
By road: This is the most preferred option, as you can get there by car from virtually any neighboring locales.
Sunset in Halong, a thing to die for.
And now, here're the top five Halong Bay cruises you should try:
Emeraude Day Cruise (top day cruise)
The French beauty
The design is absolutely eye-catching. Unlike other cruises, Emeraude exudes its original French design with pride. It’s a short one-day trip to Halong Bay that'll quite easily provide an unforgettable experience as it takes its passengers to Surprise Grotto or Surprise Cave (Sung Sot Cave), which is considered to be the finest and most magnificent cave in the bay by many, followed by a trip to Hang Trong cave. Most people agree the food and the service are awesome.
Glory Cruise (value for money)
For a most glorious cruising experience
If a serene trip free from crowds is what you want when visiting Halong, then this cruise is for you. On its 2D1N trip, you will be taken to a nearby fishing village where you can see its villagers' daily activities. You can even try kayaking, have on-board cooking lessons, go fishing or exploring caves.
Dragon Pearl (awesome itinerary)
Targets in vacation? No way! It’s time to chill.
When the other cruises struggle to clear the traffic, this one makes sure that its on-board tourists do not have to wait in queue. In its 2D1N program, you can cover almost all famous hotspots, yet get some more time to chill.
Paradise Peak Cruise (best luxury trip)
Paradise Peak Cruise: the epitome of opulence and perfection.
Just only one word is needed to define this cruise, it would be "luxury". From the aesthetic beauty of the cruise to the rooms, amenities, food, staffs and service, the entire cruise is classy in every sense. It makes a trip of 2D1N.
Pelican Cruise (top newcomer)
Indulging in luxury is not a sin after all
Launched in 2012, Pelican has already built a rock-solid reputation with its top notch facilities, good service, superb amenities and friendly staff. It offers bay trip packages of 2D1N and 3D2N.
Rate: $260 and $370 respectively
So, book your cruise trip NOW and head for an awesome holiday in Halong Bay.