Best of Halong Bay

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Ha Long Bay
One of the great wonders of Vietnam, Ha Long Bay, looks like something from another world. Off the northwest coast, you'll find over 1,500 limestone islands, each covered with thick vegetation and jutting out of the emerald sea. The dramatic scenery also features caves, some of which have immense chambers lined with stalagmites and stalactites. Humans have visited these islands for thousands of years, and today, there are still a handful of floating villages where small communities sustain themselves through fishing and marine aquaculture (including pearl farming). 

While it's possible to visit Ha Long Bay on a day trip, you can reach less-visited parts of the region on a multi-night excursion, sleeping overnight on the boat. Highlights of a tour include early morning kayaking excursions among towering limestone formations and meals of fresh seafood from the bay. Along the way, you'll also take guided tours of some of Ha Long Bay’s caverns and enjoy some downtime on a secluded sandy beach.
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Map of Highlights of Northern Vietnam: Hanoi & Ha Long Bay - 5 Days
Highlights of Northern Vietnam: Hanoi & Ha Long Bay - 5 Days

This quick five-day tour of Vietnam's north lasts less than a week but covers the major highlights. It begins in Hanoi, where you'll see historic temples dating back thousands of years, plus discover the delicious flavors of Vietnam on a street-food tour. Then you'll head to the Gulf of Tonkin and Hạ Long Bay, where you'll hop on a cruise boat for an overnight journey on stunning emerald waters and amid towering limestone islands.

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Map of Vietnam South to North: Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Mekong Delta  - 7 Days
Vietnam South to North: Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Mekong Delta - 7 Days

Explore the highlights of Vietnam from its southern cities to its northern coast. You'll start the journey in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and discover its French-colonial heritage on a city tour. After embarking on an adventure to the Mekong Delta, you'll fly north to Hanoi and walk the streets of its ancient Old Quarter before ending the trip cruising the jade waters of gorgeous Hạ Long Bay.

Red Bridge in Hanoi, Vietnam
Map of Northern Vietnam Culture & Adventure Tour - 5 Days
Northern Vietnam Culture & Adventure Tour - 5 Days

This five-day tour gives you the best of northern Vietnam, from Hanoi to the fertile river lands of Ninh Bình and finally to Hạ Long Bay. In Hanoi, you'll immerse yourself in the culture, enjoy delicious street food, and visit famous landmarks like the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. You'll then travel to Ninh Bình for a boat journey on the river, followed by a trip to Hạ Long Bay, known for its emerald waters and over 1,000 uninhabited islands.

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Explore Northern Vietnam - 9 Days

This nine-day adventure celebrates the history and culture of Vietnam's north while taking you to the most beautiful areas in the region. First, tour the highlights of ancient Hanoi and ride bicycles through the countryside. The excitement kicks into high gear with trekking through the highlands, riding sampans down rivers in Ninh Binh, and cruising the jade waters of Ha Long Bay.

Boats sailing at sunset on Ha Long Bay
Map of Explore Northern Vietnam: Hanoi, Ninh Binh & Ha Long Bay – 6 Days
Explore Northern Vietnam: Hanoi, Ninh Binh & Ha Long Bay – 6 Days

Discover northern Vietnam's natural wonders and city sights on this six-day tour. Start by wandering the maze-like alleyways and markets of the buzzing capital, Hanoi, sampling steaming bowls of noodle soup on a street food tour. Head into the countryside next to explore Ninh Binh's palaces, pagodas, and magical grottoes before ending with an overnight cruise of Ha Long Bay, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

The idyllic valley of Hoa Binh Province is famous for its bucolic valleys and magnificent caves
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Family-Friendly Vietnam & Cambodia - 14 Days

On this family itinerary, you'll pair the diversity of Vietnam and the cultural treasures of Cambodia. Over two weeks, experience classic sites including the charming streets of Hanoi, cruising the impressive Halong Bay, strolling the markets of bustling Ho Chi Minh City, and exploring the palatial and mysterious Angkor Wat temple complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Your trip goes beyond guided tours allowing you many chances to get to meet locals in villages, take cycling through the countryside, and learn how to cook traditional foods.

Ha Long Bay
Map of Highlights of Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi & Ha Long Bay - 6 Days
Highlights of Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi & Ha Long Bay - 6 Days

Discover Vietnam's highlights on this compact six-day tour. Start by exploring the bright lights of Ho Chi Minh City before escaping to the lush Mekong Delta to sail along peaceful waterways and visit local villages. Continue to the capital, Hanoi, where tasty street food, colonial architecture, and water puppet shows await. The adventure ends with an overnight cruise on the emerald waters of UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay.

A lush green landscape in the Vietnamese countryside
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Best of Northern Vietnam - 7 Days

Experience the best of northern Vietnam on this weeklong getaway. You'll tour the historic streets of old Hanoi, travel to mountain villages home to ethnic communities, and hike around the terraced rice fields of Vietnam's highland region. The adventure culminates with an unforgettable boat ride in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hạ Long Bay.

Trấn Quốc Pagoda reflected in water
Map of North & Central Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An  - 7 Days
North & Central Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An - 7 Days

In just a week, you'll travel through highlights of one of the most beautiful countries in the world. This itinerary through Vietnam starts with city tours of Hanoi's historic Old Quarter, then heads to the coast for an overnight cruise on the emerald green waters of Hạ Long Bay. Later, you'll jet to the central coast, where you'll cap the adventure with a tour of Hội An, the most ancient and well-preserved port city in the nation.

Bountiful produce at a traditional floating market
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Vietnam Culinary Adventure - 8 Days

Perfect for avowed foodies and aspiring chefs, this hands-on, 8-day itinerary introduces you to the many flavors of Vietnam. Seek out the best banh mi sandwiches in Hanoi, savor freshly caught seafood on Ha Long Bay, and learn to cook the perfect bowl of pho in Hoi An. Search for Ho Chi Minh City's best street food by scooter, then head into the Mekong Delta for a peaceful day trip of floating markets and countryside cycling.

Rice fields and river in Ninh Binh, Vietnam
Map of Highlights of Northern Vietnam: Hanoi, Ninh Binh & Ha Long Bay - 8 Days
Highlights of Northern Vietnam: Hanoi, Ninh Binh & Ha Long Bay - 8 Days

See some spectacular scenery and learn about daily life in northern Vietnam on this immersive, eight-day tour. Explore the lush countryside of Ninh Binh by bike and sampan boat, savor Hanoi's best street food on a guided tour, enjoy an overnight cruise around Ha Long Bay, and discover the villages and countryside of Ba Vi National Park on an unforgettable eco-tour.

Tour the Imperial City in Huế, Vietnam
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Highlights of Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An & More - 10 Days

The highlights of Vietnam are many, and you'll see a good deal of them over 10 incredible days. First, it's city tours of Hanoi followed by an overnight cruise around Hạ Long Bay, with its jade waters and limestone islets. After visiting the ancient coastal towns of Huế and Hội An, you'll finish the journey in the south with a Vespa tour around Ho hi Minh City, followed by a boat trip/cycling adventure on the Mekong.

Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Heritage of Vietnam & Thailand: Ha Long Bay, Chiang Mai & More - 14 Days

This two-week adventure packs two of the most beautiful countries in Southeast Asia into one itinerary. You'll arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam, and enjoy city tours on the back of a scooter plus kayak excursions on the jade waters of Hạ Long Bay. Then you're off to Thailand, where you'll discover the secrets to its cuisine in a cooking class, walk amid the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya, and travel north to Chiang Mai where you'll see more historic temples.

Golden-sailed junk boats in Hạ Long Bay
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Honeymoon in Northern Vietnam: From Hanoi to Hoi An - 10 Days

Tied the knot and want a customized trip to celebrate your love? Try honeymooning in Vietnam. This 10-day tour combines culture, relaxation, beautiful landscapes, and a touch of adventure, perfect for an unforgettable honeymoon. Starting in Hanoi, you'll spend two luxurious nights in the esteemed Topas Ecolodge amid some of the region's most remote hill tribe communities, overnight in a private cabin on Hạ Long Bay, and end your stay in postcard-perfect Hoi An.

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Map of Impressions of Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An & More - 10 Days
Impressions of Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An & More - 10 Days

On this 10-day adventure, you'll visit the highlight cities of Vietnam plus gorgeous national parks and UNESCO landmarks like Hạ Long Bay. It begins in Hanoi, where you'll not only tour the historic Old Quarter but also embark on a bike trip to country villages. Then, after cruising the jade waters of the aforementioned Hạ Long Bay, you'll fly to the central and southern coasts, visiting the ancient port city of Hội An and historic landmarks in and around Ho Chi Minh City.

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Family Cultural Tour of Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An & More - 10 Days

Vietnam is a great place to bring the whole family, as you'll find out when you travel the country over 10 action-packed days. This itinerary features ample city tours plus an overnight cruise on the gorgeous emerald waters of Hạ Long Bay. You'll also experience the cultural heritage of Vietnam as you travel by bicycle to the Mekong Delta to visit organic farms and floating market villages, where you'll learn to fish from traditional basket boats.

Jayavarman II Cambodian sculpture
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Discover Vietnam & Cambodia - 14 Days

This two-week odyssey includes visits to some of the most historic cultural sites not only in Vietnam but in Cambodia, too. Beginning in Vietnam, you'll tour the capital of Hanoi, cruise along gorgeous Hạ Long Bay, and visit the UNESCO World Heritage river town of Hội An. After a stop in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), you'll jet off to Cambodia and tour the largest religious temple site in the world: Angkor Wat.

Explore the flavors of Vietnamese cuisine
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Ginger & Lemongrass: A Vietnam Culinary Experience - 11 Days

Delight your senses on this flavorful, 11-day journey through Vietnamese cuisine. Get off the beaten path to find Hanoi's best noodle shops, take a cruise through Ha Long Bay for spectacular seafood and scenery, and sit down to a memorable dinner in one of Hue's most famous historic homes. Save room for a motorbike tour through Ho Chi Minh's street food stalls, then head to the Mekong Delta to see the floating market of Cai Be.

Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi
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Active Trip Through Vietnam - 12 Days

Travel from the mountains of the north through the history of Vietnam down to the southern river delta on this twelve-day itinerary. You'll start off with two days of cycling through northern Vietnam's nature reserves, then cruise through the dramatic karst scenery of Ha Long Bay. Explore the historic sites and modern city life in Hue and Hoi An before making your way south down the Mekong Delta, ending your trip in the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City.

<em>Pho</em>, one of Vietnam's most beloved dishes
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Flavors of Vietnam: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh - 12 Days

Get to the heart of Vietnam through its cuisine on this delectable 12-day itinerary. Start in Hanoi to breeze around the capital by Vespa and search out the city's best banh mi and bun cha. Board an overnight cruise through the fantastical islets (and fresh seafood) of Ha Long Bay, then head south to Hoi An for renowned street food and an immersive cooking class. Continue to Ho Chi Minh City to end your trip and awaken your senses with an incredible "dining in the dark" experience.

Hội An's colorful riverfront
Highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia - 15 Days

Cultural wonders and natural beauty abound on this 15-day journey through Vietnam and Cambodia. With an itinerary packed full of world-famous highlights and off-the-beaten-path gems, you'll set out from the buzzy capital of Hanoi to cruise through the magnificent Ha Long Bay, cycle through the countryside of Hue, and learn to fish with the locals in Hội An. After a trip through Ho Chi Minh's past and a leisurely float down the Mekong Delta, it's time to hop over to Cambodia and end your adventure among the ancient temples of Angkor Wat.

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Best of Vietnam - 14 Days

This two-week tour starts in Ho Chi Minh City and ends in Hanoi. Cycle around traditional farming villages, hike through national parks, explore grand architecture in Hoi An and Hue, and cruise around mesmerizing Halong Bay. Hitting all of Vietnam's highlights, you'll take in the very best this spectacular country has to offer.

Discover Vietnam from the vantage of a traditional sampan
Map of Family Adventure in Vietnam: North to South - 14 Days
Family Adventure in Vietnam: North to South - 14 Days

Take the family on an in-depth discovery of a singularly beautiful country that's the well-spring of a deep culture: Vietnam. Over two weeks, you'll see it all, from the colonial Old Quarter of Hanoi to the terraced rice fields of Sapa and the historic fishing ports of the central coast. The trip culminates around the former Saigon, where you'll tour Ho Chi Minh City and explore the Mekong Delta by boat.

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Map of Highlights of Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Long Bay & More - 14 Days
Highlights of Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Long Bay & More - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary includes the highlights of Vietnam from south to north. Beginning in Ho Chi Minh City, you'll tour the historic metropolis once known as Saigon, plus take a river trip up the Mekong Delta—and that's just the beginning. The rest of the trip combines sightseeing in Hanoi and the river town of Hội An, plus cruising the jade waters and towering green islands of Hạ Long Bay.

Hoi An, Vietnam
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Backroads of Vietnam: Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An & Ho Chi Minh City - 14 Days

Travel from north to south as you explore the best of Vietnam on this two-week tour. Start in Hanoi to discover its riches in the city center and outskirts. Cruise on Ha Long Bay to get a feel for rural Vietnam. Meander through the countryside as you discover the villages of Hue, Hoi An, and Cam Thanh before enjoying a basket boat ride in complete serenity. Finish your trip in the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh, where you'll tour the city and experience the floating markets of Cam Rai.

Vietnamese food
Map of Vietnamese Culinary Journey: Hanoi, Hoi An & Ho Chi Minh - 14 Days
Vietnamese Culinary Journey: Hanoi, Hoi An & Ho Chi Minh - 14 Days

Discover the culinary cuisine of Vietnam firsthand as you delight your tastebuds from north to south on this two-week odyssey of food. Start in Hanoi and learn the tricks of Vietnamese cuisine from a master chef. Delight in fresh seafood as you cruise along Ha Long Bay and swim at leisure. Take a food tour in the peaceful countryside of Hoi An and enjoy a basket boat ride. Eat your way through Ho Chi Minh on the back of a Vespa before winding down your journey with a sunset cruise on the Saigon River.

Sunrise over the Vung Tau coastline, Vietnam
Map of Discover Vietnam’s Local Culture & Idyllic Beaches – 14 Days
Discover Vietnam’s Local Culture & Idyllic Beaches – 14 Days

Experience authentic Vietnamese life with a side of beach relaxation on this two-week tour. You'll meet all kinds of locals, from a Hanoi puppet maker to a tea plantation owner and an expert Hoi An cook. Along the way, cruise the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay, cycle through idyllic rice paddies, and explore the urban sights of Ho Chi Minh City. The trip ends with a paradisical seaside break in Vung Tau.

Vietnamese rice terraces
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Vietnam Off-the-Beaten-Track Adventure – 14 Days

Stray off the beaten track on this adventurous 14-day Vietnam tour. Touch down in Hanoi and head north to trek through Sapa's towering rice terraces and visit remote villages where you'll meet Vietnam's diverse ethnic communities. Continue with an overnight cruise of UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay and a trip to the lush Mekong Delta, where floating markets and peaceful river life awaits.

World Heritage Site in Vietnam
Best of Vietnam: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, & More - 15 Days

Experience all of the highlights of Vietnam on one trip with this extensive itinerary. Wander the streets of Hanoi, bike through small fishing villages and rice paddies, experience the beauty of Halong Bay,  see the hidden charm of Mekong Delta, and explore the ancient Hindu temple ruins at My Son Holy Land.

Halong Bay
Map of Vietnam Nature and Culture Tour: Hanoi, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, & More - 17 Days
Vietnam Nature and Culture Tour: Hanoi, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, & More - 17 Days

Explore the cultural and natural highlights of Vietnam on this 17-day trip. Arrive in Hanoi and indulge in a street food walking tour, followed by a day at Pu Luong National Park and dinner with a local host family. Next, explore the beauty of Trang An's caves, followed by an overnight cruise along Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. Then, trek through Phong Nha National Park and camp overnight before discovering the stunning Tu Lan Cave System. Next is Hue, and another dinner with a local family, as well as a tour of the ancient city. Head to Hoi An for some sightseeing, a free day, and a fishing village tour. The trip concludes in Ho Chi Minh City with a Vespa tour and a day trip to the Mekong Delta.

Other popular travel destinations in Vietnam
Hanoi · Ho Chi Minh City · Hoi An · Hue · Can Tho · Sapa · Ninh Binh · Pu Luong Nature Reserve · Phu Quoc