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Halong Bay Full Day Trip with Fast Expressway Transfer Round Trip provided by Vietnam Open Day Tours

Halong Bay Full Day Trip with Fast Expressway Transfer Round Trip

Halong Bay Full Day Trip with Fast Expressway Transfer Round Trip
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Tour snapshot
Cruise around Halong Bay and Thien Cung Cave
Duration:
11h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
30
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay is most impressive when viewed from the water. This private or group tour is ideal for travelers on a budget, offering the chance to experience the natural wonder on a day trip. Hotel pickup, round-trip transport from Hanoi, a boat cruise around Halong Bay, and a delicious seafood lunch are all included.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 11h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Spectacular views as you kayak or ride a bamboo boat around the bay
  • Choice of private or group tour to suit all budgets
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transport from Hanoi
What to expect
After hotel pickup in Hanoi, journey to Halong Bay by air-conditioned bus. Admire the views as you drive through the Vietnamese countryside, passing rural villages, lush rice paddies, and herds of water buffalo. Then, set sail on a scenic cruise around Halong Bay and discover its UNESCO-listed natural wonders—an expanse of glittering turquoise water dotted with jagged karst formations, soaring sea cliffs, and rocky islands. Stop at a calm area of the bay to enjoy sea kayaking or a bamboo boat ride (choice of one activity), affording a closer look at the unique landscapes. Tuck into a delicious seafood lunch on board as you gaze out across the bay. After lunch, cruise through Heavenly Cave (Thien Cung), before sailing back to shore. Your driver waits to take you back to Hanoi to drop you back at your hotel or at a central location (depending on the day).
Know before you go
  • Duration: 11h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Spectacular views as you kayak or ride a bamboo boat around the bay
  • Choice of private or group tour to suit all budgets
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transport from Hanoi
What to expect
After hotel pickup in Hanoi, journey to Halong Bay by air-conditioned bus. Admire the views as you drive through the Vietnamese countryside, passing rural villages, lush rice paddies, and herds of water buffalo. Then, set sail on a scenic cruise around Halong Bay and discover its UNESCO-listed natural wonders—an expanse of glittering turquoise water dotted with jagged karst formations, soaring sea cliffs, and rocky islands. Stop at a calm area of the bay to enjoy sea kayaking or a bamboo boat ride (choice of one activity), affording a closer look at the unique landscapes. Tuck into a delicious seafood lunch on board as you gaze out across the bay. After lunch, cruise through Heavenly Cave (Thien Cung), before sailing back to shore. Your driver waits to take you back to Hanoi to drop you back at your hotel or at a central location (depending on the day).
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Call the number below and use the product code: 8638P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Transported by model AC bus
  • Boat trip in Halong Bay
  • Round trip transfer with pick up/drop off the Old Quarter area of Hanoi
  • 01 bottle water per person perday
  • Kayaking or Boating on the bay during 45 minutes
  • Set menu delicious seafood lunch (vegetable food available on request)
  • Admission fee
  • Entry/Admission - Halong Bay
Exclusions
  • Drinks in meals, transfer back Hanoi on the other days. surcharge would be applied
  • Pick up and drop off at hotels located outside of the Old Quarter area
  • Not included transfer Hanoi - Halong - Hanoi for option "1/2Day Tour from Tuan Chau"
  • Surcharge 5 usd / person for travelling during Lunar New Year from 21 Jan - 26 Jan 2023
Duration
11h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • If yourself arranged transfer to Halong Bay, Please be Tuan Chau international marine, Tuan Chau island around 12:00 pm to join the tour
  • Vietnam Open Tour, 9 Ng. Hàng Hương, Hàng Mã, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam If you are staying outside of the Old Quarter are of Hanoi, please come to our office at No 9 Hang Huong at 8:45am to join the tour
  • Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam Pick up and drop off offered if your hotels located in the Old Quarter are of Hanoi. Please advise the location
  • Tuan Chau Island, Tuần Châu, Hạ Long, Quảng Ninh, Vietnam If yourself arranged transfer to Halong Bay, Please be Tuan Chau international marine, Tuan Chau island around 12:00 pm to join the tour
  • Ports:
  • Tuan Chau International Marina, Unnamed Road, WXCR+X7X, Tuần Châu, Thành phố Hạ Long, Quảng Ninh, Vietnam
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Sunscreen, hats, towel and comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Tour itinerary could be changed due to weather condition without notice in advance. You will be offered an alternative or refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Inclusions
  • Transported by model AC bus
  • Boat trip in Halong Bay
  • Round trip transfer with pick up/drop off the Old Quarter area of Hanoi
  • 01 bottle water per person perday
  • Kayaking or Boating on the bay during 45 minutes
  • Set menu delicious seafood lunch (vegetable food available on request)
  • Admission fee
  • Entry/Admission - Halong Bay
Exclusions
  • Drinks in meals, transfer back Hanoi on the other days. surcharge would be applied
  • Pick up and drop off at hotels located outside of the Old Quarter area
  • Not included transfer Hanoi - Halong - Hanoi for option "1/2Day Tour from Tuan Chau"
  • Surcharge 5 usd / person for travelling during Lunar New Year from 21 Jan - 26 Jan 2023
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • If yourself arranged transfer to Halong Bay, Please be Tuan Chau international marine, Tuan Chau island around 12:00 pm to join the tour
  • Vietnam Open Tour, 9 Ng. Hàng Hương, Hàng Mã, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam If you are staying outside of the Old Quarter are of Hanoi, please come to our office at No 9 Hang Huong at 8:45am to join the tour
  • Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam Pick up and drop off offered if your hotels located in the Old Quarter are of Hanoi. Please advise the location
  • Tuan Chau Island, Tuần Châu, Hạ Long, Quảng Ninh, Vietnam If yourself arranged transfer to Halong Bay, Please be Tuan Chau international marine, Tuan Chau island around 12:00 pm to join the tour
  • Ports:
  • Tuan Chau International Marina, Unnamed Road, WXCR+X7X, Tuần Châu, Thành phố Hạ Long, Quảng Ninh, Vietnam
Duration
11h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Sunscreen, hats, towel and comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Tour itinerary could be changed due to weather condition without notice in advance. You will be offered an alternative or refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 3 starting options
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Old Quarter
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Tuan Chau Island
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Halong Bay
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Tuan Chau Island
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
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167
Very good
48
Average
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Toru Y
Choshi, Japan56 contributions
Jan 2020
This tour is good value for money. Once you are out of town the journey to Halong Bay is fast (just over 2 hours) and smooth. We were very fortunate with the weather and enjoyed good views of the bay from the boat. The lunch was good and plentiful and the trip on the bamboo boat provided lots of photo opportunities. The cave was also interesting and a nice end to the tour.
Our guide, Samson was knowledgeable, efficient and friendly. He even helped us with recommendations for places to eat in town.
The only drawbacks to this tour is that the bus is rather old with little legroom and the reclining seats could not be locked in position, making it a little uncomfortable. The hotel pick ups were also very time- consuming. We had to go to the office by 8:30am as our hotel wasn’t on the pick up route and we didn’t actually get on the route out of town until 10am after a lengthy and tiresome trek around the old town hotels. In retrospect it might have been better to ask all the guests to meet up at a central pickup point.
However, all in all I would recommend this trip as an easy and reasonable way to see all the sights that Halong Bay has to offer within a limited timeframe.
Written January 4, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

HOC
1 contribution
Feb 2020
Tour guide was good, the cruise and caves part was nice. The cruise charges for drinks but were not upfront about this which was tricky. Every time you go on excursion and come back, they have drinks waiting, but the costs or potential for charging customers was never explicitly mentioned until they come for collection at the end of the tour. Also, they don't allow you to bring your own drinks on the trip which was just setting up their customers to be ripped off.
Written March 10, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Joseph W
Boston, MA15 contributions
Dec 2019
My husband and I were traveling to Hanoi for the first time and have known Ha Long Bay as a must-go place. We chose this tour based on the reviews from past users. Overall it was a great experience and I can recommend this one for the good price of US$46 per person. This included hotel pickup if your hotel was located within the Old Quarter. After our pickup, the coach bus looped around Old Quarter for almost 1 hour to pick up others before going to the highway. The local tour guy spoke good English and provided useful information to us. After getting to Ha Long Pier, we boarded a boat cruise and the lunch included was good. Drinks not included so you had to pay per can. We cruised around the bay and the bay was fantastic and beautiful! We parked in a location where we could either kayak or ride a boat by the rocks it was fun for many of us. One of the tour mates dropped his phone to the water and caused some delay, so don’t play with your phone while kayaking! The highlight of the trip was visiting the Cung (cave) where you could see the magnificent stalactites and stalagmites. The cruise ended around the sunset. However the bus which took us there broke down mid-way back to the city. There was a saga between some tour mates and the tour guide and eventually it took us 2 hours more back into the Old Quarter! We liked our tour guide but wish he could have stronger leadership and communication with us. At the end, all of us, strangers at the beginning of the tour, bonded as a team surviving the saga and made our safe way back to the city! It was memorable! I still highly recommend this tour!
Written January 4, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jade
7 contributions
A mixed review for the Halong Bay Tour.
Overall, the day was good. The 3 activities were included in the price. Kayaking was lovely, the cave is stunning and the hike leads to a wide view of the bay, (reasonably challenging walk though, no joke about 400 steps up). Lunch was included and I was catered to as a vegetarian without any hassle.

The tour stated it had a pick up of 9am. It picked us up at 8am. So just be aware it could be a little early. However, the whatsapp communication that they would be early was great.

The bus was “early” to arrive to the bay and our boat not ready to depart. We were taken to “kill time” to a random building where essentially we participated in a marketing scheme designed to sell people cheap plastic and bamboo items. It was not the “traditional making experience” the guide coined it on the bus. I highly suspect this was planned as we were one of 10 buses there.

There were many times in which tourism overan the tour and it seemed the boat employees and bay employees were determined to sell you something at all times. (This is not the fault of the tour necessarily as those employees are separate)

The tour guide was lovely, he was quite funny and spoke good English.

The bay itself is nice. However, the water is not as crystal clear as some will tell you and for those who have travelled to other islands like Thailand, Cambodia or Fiji. It is not anyway near that standard of beauty and clarity. Just an FYI.

Still worth the trip, but the constant selling and tourism was disappointing to see in a natural landscape.

Overall, still would recommend the tour for the price, the trip, food and activities ☺️
Written June 24, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Craig O
Cork, Ireland30 contributions
The bay itself is spectacular and gets 10/10, the tour company gets a 3/10; at least they got us there and back in one piece. The pickup was a little late but we still made it to the main meeting point at 8:30. Unfortunately all the other picks must have been late because the main bus didn't arrive and leave until 09:00 (30 mins late). The bus itself was old and not comfortable, see picture for the leg room we had.

We stopped at some pearl museum/shop and were told to meet back where we stopped the bus, then changed his mind to meet on the other side, but never said what time which resulted in our group just standing around for 20-30 mins.

The lunch on the boat was quite good. It was mostly seafood but also had vegetarian options. When they came around putting the food on the tables they gave everyone a drink aswell but nobody was told it wasn't included which meant we had to pay 30k VND each when they're usually about 15k VND. It's not about the money and more about being sneaky offering the drinks without notice of the price.

The various other "go roam free and meet back at this point in X minutes" were also poorly communicated in general.

The tour guide was friendly and took some nice photos for everyone.
Written January 12, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Pari2
15 contributions
Jan 2020
If you only have a day to explore Halong bay, then this is a great option as you are efficiently guided to all the sights and lunch is included.
For people staying outside the old quarter however, hotel pickup is not included and you have to find your own way to the tour office (quite easy by taxi). You then have to spend about an hour on the bus meandering through the old quarter picking people up which is a bit annoying but the rest of the tour is fun and easy.
Our guide was great and knowledgeable and we felt as if we had made the most of our day.
Written January 11, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jason
Perth, Australia1 contribution
Visiting Halong Bay has always been on my bucket list. It was a great rday and the people on the tour were very friendly and tmixed well. Toan was a great guide. He spoke good English and he was very informative. The only downside to the day was the cloudy weather
Written January 2, 2020
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Michael P
Kiama, Australia227 contributions
Feb 2020
We booked this from Australia prior to coming to Vietnam, not really sure what to expect , unfortunately my partner injured his back the day before the Halong Bay trip. So I was a little reluctant at first to go on my own. But the group was small (9). The guide Tam was amazing with very good English. the quick express way makes all the difference in arriving early. I spent time with fellow guests and had a great time, the lunch came in 8 courses and was superb. The waters were not busy at all and we enjoyed a wonderful cruise around the bay. seeing the monkeys close up was truly spectacular. There is however a 300 step walk through the caves which I was ok about but would be a challenge for anyone with mobility difficulties.
The waters are calming and serene with landscapes all too amazing to describe. I would thoroughly recommend this 1 day cruise memories never to be forgotten.
Written February 17, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

DyAnn87
Bradenton, FL36 contributions
Jan 2020
Ha Long Bay was really pretty but we regret using this tour group. For starters the bus was packed, and there was not one seat empty. The bus was very cramped and old. There was literally tape holding the windshield together. Then on our way we were told there was a delay with the previous boat tour and our tour guide had to "figure out" a way to spend an extra 45 minutes while we waited for the previous boat to be done. Turns out that extra time was spent at a Pearl Farm/Pearl Jewelry Shop. I believe this was part of the plan all along which was frustrating as this was not in the schedule. The boat that took us out was in poor condition and both bathrooms on the boat did not work so we could not use them. The food served for lunch tasted terrible. Because of this I did not eat much. The food ended up making my husband sick. Ha Long Bay was pretty and the cruise around was nice. Our tour guide Bao was very good and knowledgeable. He was the only bright spot to this tour. We definitely recommend Ha Long bay but be careful and choose a better a tour company.
Written January 26, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

gavap73
Adelaide, Australia36 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We really enjoyed the trip to Halong Bay but were a little disappointed with the weather. It rained most of the time and also very foggy which affected the views. Apart from that it was a great experience and mostly because of our guide 'Sweet' (we forgot his name so we called him that). He was very knowledgeable in Vietnamese history and culture and was always attending to everyone's needs or questions. The caves were amazing and needs to be experienced. The food was pretty good and there was enough range to keep you happy. I would recommend this trip as it should definitely be on your bucket list.
Written February 13, 2020
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Louise R
Louise R
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Highly recommend
Great communication, picked up and dropped off at my hotel. Trip was brilliant, tour guide was friendly, organised
CAMERON S
CAMERON S
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Day trip out of Hanoi
We booked this through our hotel , it’s about a 7 hour trip . The drive itself is fascinating as you view “ real” V
Hanson P
Hanson P
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Pay premium usd 44 compare to other member usd35 but get LESS service
This company service is BAD, the Tour Guide and Bus Driver so bad, all peaple in bus pay atound USD35 and I pay pr
Cotet T
Cotet T
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Nice tour
It is a nice tour, a little bit boring. The guide was very nice. It is ok to go solo in this tour...
Malcolm H
Malcolm H
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Full Day
Contacted day before to confirm pick up time. Bus arrived promptly, older vehicle but vary spacious and clean. Gu
simonjx
simonjx
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amazing tour, sadly the beautiful place is ruined by over tourism
I did the tour with my group of students as part of an educational excursion from university and was supposed to be
lindsaym716
lindsaym716
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A GREAT TIME
What an amazing time. We had a great tour guide, Nghia. He taught us so much about the culture, history, and locati
636darylp
636darylp
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Excellent Trip, Beautiful Scenery, Great Value for Money!
The day trip was well organised, a wonderful day of sightseeing away from busy Hanoi. Our guide Nghia spoke excelle
Odyssey59060
Odyssey59060
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Sightseeing in Jordan
I just returned from a short trip to Jordan. Bridge Travel was the local agency I used. They went out of their way,
LaurentCL2
LaurentCL2
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No need to do a tour to visit Hà Nội!
It took 45 minutes to collect everyone from all the different hotels in Hà Nội before we finally started the tour.
LaurentCL2
LaurentCL2
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A full day that you will remember!
It took 45 minutes to collect everyone from all the different hotels in Hà Nội before we finally started the tour.
Ellaisasickunit
Ellaisasickunit
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Nghia
Such a comedian. Lovely, kind tour. Very willing to help out anyone with a problem. Made my stay on silversea very
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melissalP6218UM
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Great day, excellent guide and amazing experience.
Nghia was a fabulous guide who spoke excellent English. He was very friendly and helpful and ensured everyone enjoy
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libbymoyle
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Ninh Binh Experience
Ninh Binh was beautiful. The buffet lunch started the day off to a great start. Our boat trip was breathtaking, the
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A great way to spend the day!
This was an amazing experience! Our guide Max was so hospitable and spoke great English. He was very knowledgeable
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