Hai Phong Halong day cruise – The perfect solution if you don’t want to stay overnight on Ha Long Bay or only have a Sunday to explore. On this one-day journey, you will visit and admire Ha Long Bay, recognized by UNESCO as a natural wonder of the world. You will also visit the most beautiful cave in Ha Long Bay – Sung Sot Cave, covering an area of 10,000 square meters, swim at Titov beach or climb to the top of Titov island for panoramic views, and ride a boat or kayak to explore Luon Cave.
All the amazing things above are included in the Hai Phong Halong day cruise. Here are 10+ Tips for a perfect trip that Hai Phong Tours would like to share with you!
1. Going on a Hai Phong Halong day cruise as private or group tour
The criteria for deciding whether to go on a Hai Phong Halong day cruise as private or group tour are as follows:
- Budget for the trip
- Number of people in the group
- Departure time
The budget for the trip is the most significant factor affecting the decision to go on private or group tour. If you have a fixed budget of around 1.6 million to over 2 million VND per person, then joining a group day cruise is the best option. However, if you have no budget constraints, then going on private day cruise is the most preferred choice.
The larger the group, the more you should consider booking a private cruise for a day trip to Ha Long Bay. As long as the group has around 12 people or more, the cost of joining a tour and booking a private tour is almost the same. When the unit price is the same, why not choose to go private option!
The departure time has a significant impact on the decision to go on private or group Hai Phong Halong day cruise. If you choose to join a group, you must depart at the scheduled time. Hai Phong Tours pick up guests in Hai Phong from 10:45 to 11:00 am. If you cannot arrange your schedule to leave at that time, then going on a private cruise is the wise choice. If you go on private cruise, you can depart from Hai Phong at 6:00 or 7:00 am, 10:00-11:00 am.
During that time, you can start your trip whenever you want. If you have to depart in the afternoon, you can only take a short route: visit Thien Cung Cave, Dau Go Cave (~3-3.5 hours).
2. Time to go on a Hai Phong Halong day cruise
Usually, a cruise can run 2 to 3 trips per day. From the pier, the departure time is from 6:00 am and the cruise returns to the pier around 9:30 am if you take a short route. Therefore, if you go on a Ha Long Bay day cruise in the morning, you need to depart from Hai Phong at around 5-6 am or 10-11 am. If not matched, please ask Hai Phong Tours to customize!
In the afternoon, the departure time depends on your needs, but you need to do private tour. If you depart early, you can take the beautiful route of Sung Sot, Titov, and Luon Cave. If you leave around 3 pm, you can only take a short route, which is Thien Cung Cave and Dau Go Cave.
3. What to bring when going on a Hai Phong Halong day cruise?
For a one-day cruise trip in Ha Long Bay from Hai Phong, you don’t need to bring too many items. Just a few accessories for the day as follows:
- Phone (+ waterproof pouch for the phone)
- Sun cream
- Clothes (you may get wet if kayaking)
- Flip flops
- Hiking shoes, shorts, and a T-shirt (if you plan to climb to the peak of Titov Island)
- Towel, shower gel, and shampoo (if you plan to swim at Titov Beach)
- Glass water bottle or thermos to hold water (if you don’t want to buy water). Plastic bottles are not allowed in Ha Long Bay.
4. Who should not go on a Hai Phong Halong day cruise?
The Hai Phong Halong day cruise is a very simple and suitable itinerary for most tourists. Non-swimmers can still swim at Titov beach because the beach here is calm and has sandy shores suitable for all ages. Elderly people or those who cannot move around much can still participate in this tour by sitting on the boat and waiting for the group or going to Titov Island to enjoy the scenery at the beach.
At the stop of Surprise Cave, to get to the cave entrance, tourists need to climb 50 stone steps (30 meters high above sea level). Depending on their health condition, if tourists cannot climb, they can wait for the group on the boat.
5. Hai Phong Halong day cruise pick-up and drop-off in Hai Phong and Hanoi
The pick-up and drop-off in Hai Phong and Hanoi are very simple. This is a very common requirement nowadays. When taking the Hai Phong Halong day cruise, you can choose to be picked up in Hai Phong, dropped off in Hai Phong, picked up in Hanoi, dropped off in Hanoi, or a combination of both.
The option of being picked up in Hanoi and dropped off in Hai Phong is usually applied to tourists who want to end the Hai Phong Halong day cruise at Cat Bi airport or at a hotel in Hai Phong in order to fly from Cat Bi airport the next day.
6. Notes on dining when joining the Hai Phong Halong day cruise
When participating in the Hai Phong Halong day cruise tour with Hai Phong Tours, tourists can choose to have a Set or Buffet meal depending on the tour package. If you have any allergies or dietary requirements, please inform the consultant 1 day before departure. This way, the chef will have more time to prepare your food carefully.
In case the boat has departed, there is no other way to change the menu!
You can also order a super VIP meal according to your needs. But of course, please inform the consultant of Hai Phong Tours beforehand!
7. Souvenirs on the Hai Phong Halong day cruise
In Halong Bay, souvenirs are sold almost everywhere: at the pier, on the boat, at the attractions (Titov Island, Surprise Cave).
Items sold include clothes, dresses, traditional Vietnamese Ao Dai, hats… with the words “Halong” printed on them. Items made from coal, shell, and pearl are also very popular.
8. The most beautiful itinerary of the Hai Phong Halong day cruise
The most beautiful itinerary of the Hai Phong Halong day cruise must include Route 2: Sung Sot Cave, Titov Island, and Luon Cave. This is the most suitable tourist route because the time on the bay is not too short or too long (only about 5.5-6 hours on the bay).
If the route is too short, you will feel a bit “hungry” because the time is only about 3-3.5 hours. You will feel a bit “craving for more” if you are a “playful person”.
If the route is about 8 hours, by the 6th hour, you will start feeling tired due to the sea breeze and sunlight.
Therefore, Route 2: Surprise Cave, Titov Island, and Luon Cave are considered the most beautiful!
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Halong bay day cruise photos (Option 1)
Halong bay day cruise photos (Option 2 VIP)
Halong bay day cruise photos (Option 3 Budget)
Halong day tour activities
9. Prices for Hai Phong Halong day cruise
Surcharge 22USD every group <=3 person for transfer in different cities;
+22$ for solo traveler (pick up/drop off in Haiphong only)
Option 1: 75USD – hot
- Shared with group of max 65 persons
- Set menu lunch (better)
- Bigger boat
US$75/person (group of 2+)
Option 2: 95USD (VIP)
- Shared with group of max 34 persons
- Buffet lunch
- Medium boat, more space per person
US$95/person (group of 2+)
Option 3: 68USD (budget)
- Shared with group of max 48 persons
- Set menu lunch (basic)
- Smaller boat
US$68/person (group of 2+)
There is no difference in itinerary, activities in 3 of above options. Things make it different are: maximum visistors in group, lunch, boat size.
10. Review of Hai Phong Halong day cruise
The Hai Phong Halong day cruise program is suitable in many aspects for tourists, for example:
- For tourists with a short time, who can only go on a day trip
- For tourists who do not want to spend the night on the boat
- For those who have a tight budget for a trip, as a day trip is the cheapest option.
Conclusion: Hai Phong Halong day cruise
The Hai Phong Halong day cruise is a product that is always in high demand. The tour itinerary is increasingly popular among tourists due to its quality and flexibility. To receive free advice on this tour program, please contact Hai Phong Tours via Zalo/Whatsapp at the phone number: +84975200357.
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