How to Choose the Best Halong Bay Cruises

by Julie on March 28, 2018

Halong Bay is one of the most beautiful and most visited travel destination located in Asia. Every year, it receives more than six million travellers from every corner of the world. The travelers head to the bay on cruise boats.

Traveling to Halong bay on cruise boats is in itself a great experience. It is convenient and also offers you the mesmerizing view of the bay from the sea. This is an enthralling experiencing.

If you have a plan of heading to Halong Bay, we advise you to take the Halong Bay Vietnam cruise. This is the best way to reach the bay.

If you are worried about finding the best cruise to take you to the beautiful Halong Bay, we are always happy to help you. We will tell you how to choose the best Halong Bay Cruise.

  • Decide the duration of your stay

Before you book the cruise, you need to be clear about your plans. First, decide the duration of your stay in the cruise. How long do you want to go in the cruise? There are three major kinds of cruise tours that operate from the Halong Bay. They are:

2 Day-1 Night cruises (2D1N)

3 Day-2 Nights cruises (3D2N)

4 Day-3 Nights cruises (4D3N)

Day trip cruises take you to a short journey to the bay. You can explore the forests of the bay in the day trip cruise. You can enjoy a long day on the bay without overnight stay. These cruises are good if you are in a rush, but if you want to enjoy the whole experience of exploring the bay, you should take the overnight cruises.

By opting for overnight cruises, you can explore every inch of the bay and enjoy to the fullest. An overnight stay on the cruise is also an amazing experience in itself.

If you opt for 2 Day-1 Night cruise, you can enjoy the beauty of the bay for 24 hours. The 3 Day-2 Nights and 4 Day-3 Nights cruises are for you if you want to explore the remotest areas of the gorgeous bay. In these trips, you can enjoy long days at the bay and return to the cruise in the evening.  You can enjoy many outdoor activities if you opt for long tours.

  • Decide what you want to explore

Halong Bay is divided into three distinct bays: Ha Long, Bai Tu Long and La Han Bay. Before you head for the tour, you must decide where you want to go and what do you want to explore. Although, all the three bays are beautifully adorned with limestone cliffs, beautiful beaches, caves and idlic bays.

Cat Ba island, also called as the Jurassic Park Island is a highlight containing dense forests, beautiful hills, cliffs and beautiful white sandy beaches.

The itineraries offered by the cruise are:

  • Halog Bay

  • La Han Bay & Cat Ba island

  • Halong Bay & Bai Tu Long Bay

  • Check on the amenities offered by the cruise

Generally, the cruise operators offer food, activities and other things except drinks. But, before you final the cruise, cross-check what the cruise operator is offering to you. Go through the itinerary offered by the different companies and also, the price. There are many companies that exclude the price of transportation from Hanoi.

Be sure of what the cruise is offering.

  • Research about the boats

You will find boats in different styles, quality and size. Before booking the boat, you must know about the kind of boat you are travelling in and for this, you need to do a little research. Check how old the boat is and also read the reviews. Also, research about the number of passengers the boat can hold.

  • What’s your budget?

To enjoy a good experience, you need not drill a hole into your pocket. A little research can save your money and also, spare you any bad experience on the cruise.

Look for good deals. Consider the boat and the activities included. You can negotiate with the travel agency too.

  • Select the right place to make the booking

Keep yourself from being caught in the trap of tourist scams. Don’t just trust any travel agency, but research in advance to find out the best place for booking. Look for a reliable tour agency by checking the reviews on the internet or by asking for advice from the people.

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