A Guide to Cruising Vietnam on the Iconic Halong Bay Junk Boats


The beauty of a Halong Bay overnight cruise is having the time to relax and truly enjoy the scenery of Halong Bay. Remember, Halong Bay is also one of the biggest tourist attractions in Vietnam.

On the two, three, or  four-night Halong Bay cruises, you will have the possibility of visiting the main tourist hot spots but also exploring areas away from the crowds.

Day 1

Once at the cruise terminal, there was still a long wait to board the vessel as the boats are quickly turned over from previous guests who have not long disembarked.

Ti Top Beach

Ti Top Beach is famed for its clear water, and white sand beach. Ti Top does have all the qualities of the quintessential island experience.

Pearl Farm Visit and Kayaking in Halong Bay

Visiting the floating pearl farm, we were shown the entire process of growing and harvesting a valuable pearl.

Day 2

On day two of the cruise, passengers are split up according to the length of the cruise you booked.

Cua Van Village

Cua Van is a fascinating look at a lifestyle dictated by the sea. The fishing boats are often their main houses, always on the move to earn a living, often travelling far from the village.

Bai Tu Long Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay, further to the northeast is as beautiful as Halong Bay but without as many tourist boats.

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