Similar to the day 2, the Tai Chi excercise is hold on sundeck in the early morning.
Hai Phong Halong bay 3 days 2 nights tour allow you to experience all the activities, attractions on Halong bay. The day 1 and day 3 of this overnight tour are similar to the route of Halong bay 2 days 1 night. However, the second day makes this tour different. On this day, you will go further to Fairy Cave, Drum Cave, Pearl Farm by day boat. This 3 days tour looks more suitable to people who have much travel time of want to deeply explore Halong bay.
Pick up for Hai Phong Halong bay 3 days tour
We do not have fixed pick up place. To bring more convenience to our customer, we pick up directly at hotel, home for Hai Phong Halong bay 3 days tour.
In Hai Phong, the pick up time is from 10h30 am to 11h00 am. We can also pick up at Hai Phong airport (Cat Bi airport). If you land in Hai Phong earlier than pick up time, please do wait at coffee shop.
In Hanoi Old Quarter, pick up time is from 8h00am. If you are in Hanoi but outside Old Quarter, please present at Hanoi Opera House at around 8h30am for the last pick up.
When you stay outsite the city center, we offer private car transfer service. If you would like to join in our group from harbor, please present from 12h00 am. We will confirm harbor name to you directly later.
Route of Halong bay 3 days 2 nights
Day 1: Luon cave + Titop island (lunch, dinner)
As we do both pick up in Hanoi and Hai Phong, then there are at least 2 groups join in the Halong bay 3 days 2 nights. We all will meet each other at Halong International Cruise port or Tuan Chau harbor. After regroup, we do check in procedures. All of your passport, food restriction information should be informed to Hai Phong Tours in advance before pick up. We do transfer luggage first to your cruise. So please leave your suitcases at the right place as instruction of reception or tour guide. Please handle yourself carry on luggage.
Once reaching to overnight cruise for Halong bay 3 days 2 nights, let’s enjoy welcome drink, refresh with cold wipes. Tour guide will do go over safety instruction, room, route… After that, please get to your room to settle.
Next, we serve Asian food lunch onboard at the restaurant. Depends on class of overnight cruise you choose, luch will be buffet or set menu.
During your lunch time, our cruise heads to Luon cave to do kayaking or have seat on bamboo boat to explore the area.
Luon cave or also known as Luon lake is very popular place to travel especially Hai Phong Halong bay 3 days 2 nights tour or Halong bay day tour. Here, you are free to choose either paddle kayak or have seat on bamboo boat. You will do around trip through Luon cave to a lake.
The cave that you will get through is around 100 meter long and 3 meter wide. However, to get through this cave, we need to consider tidal flows. Its depth could be from 4 to 2.5 meters or even lower. Once passing the cave, you will be at the lake. This is where you can see sheer limestone cliffs, monkeys… I would recommend you to choose kayaking for the best experience of Hai Phong Halong bay 3 days 2 nights!
Next, we move to Titop island for swimming or sightseeing or both of them.
Titop island (Titov)
Titop island is about 14 km away from harbor. At first, this island was unnamed (similar to others behind). In 1962, President Ho Chi Minh and a Russian cosmonaut Gherman Titov visited the island. Then Ho Chi Minh named the island Titop as a present for him.
Titov island has a total area of 0,037 km² with 110 meters (360 ft) in height. You may need to spend 450 steps to reach the peak.
On reaching the Titop island, we do spend around 1 hour here. If you plan to swim, please bring your towel or collect in your room, necessary things with. You can not come back to the cruise. As it’s not allowed to anchor right at the island. And washing shower fee not included in the package (around 50.000VND ~2.5USD per person).
Tip: You’d better come back to your cruise to have shower later in your room to save money!
Now, please choose either do swimming, sunbathing at the beach or reach the Titop peak for sightseeing. Certainly, you can do all within 50 mins – 60 hours if you think you can.
You should also bring small bottle of water with you or buy right on the cruise, on island. Do not bring plastic bottle.
After this, we come back to overnight cruise, refresh, enjoy happy hours party and watch sunset on Halong bay. Depends on cruise you choose, the offer for Happy hours will be different. We do continue our Hai Phong Halong bay 3 days 2 nights tour with cooking class onboard.
Spring rolls is very popular in Vietnam and easy to cook also. It’s a combination of pork, wood ear mushroom, carrot, herbs. All are prepared and mixed together. Then we use rice paper to roll in and fry with cooking oil.
Sometime, we practice to make “Nem Cuốn”. You can eat directly after done.
Fishing or relaxing
We serve dinner at the same restaurant for lunch. After that, you are free to relax or go fishing at tender (fish for squid).
Day 2: Fairy Cave, Drum Cave, Pearl Farm (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
That would be wonderful to start your new day with Tai Chi excercise on sundeck. However, this is option. That’s fine to stay on your bed. But you may miss sunrise moment on the bay.
About 8am, we all transfer to day boat and visit the Fairy cave.
Fairy cave or Ho Dong Tien
The Fairy cave is about 1,000 m2. When the sea tide risen, water cover almost one third of the entrance. This makes the cave always wet and dark. To get in the Fairy cave or Ho Dong Tien, tourist may either choose kayak or bamboo boat which is similar to Luon cave above. The narrow entrance gate only allows people go through one by one. Then, everyone soon feel amazed by various stalactites beautifully sparkling hung down from the ceiling. Go further, many stalagmites rises from the ground and connect the ground to the ceiling. The the small boat will lead you to the second chamber of Fairy cave. This is where you take the chance to see a lake with shallow water, covered by lime-stone mountains, where fairies came here for bathing and sleeping according to legends of local residents.
Next, we will move to Drum cave area to do kayaking.
Thanks to beautiful stalactites, Drum Cave is mainly chosen as a favorable destination to organize cave dinner by a few Halong Bay cruises. According to researchers, Drum Cave is also an archaeological site of Soi Nhu Culture dating back from 7,000 – 18,000 years ago.
An old story has it that once upon a time, there were a beautiful woman and a hard-working fisherman residing in a floating fishing village in Halong Bay and falling in love with each other. Living in extreme poverty, she was forced to marry a rich guy in the village. Because of the deep love with the fisherman, she disapproved and fled to a desert cave. On a rainy and stormy day, the woman was so scared that she was petrified. After receiving the bad news, the fisherman immediately rowed a boat to for the girl. He got lost in another dessert cave which was opposite to the cave that the woman stayed in. From a distance, he could see her. He struck a stone on the cliff to inform her of his appearance but she couldn’t listen anymore. Finally, being exhausted and misery, the man was also petrified.
Nowadays, the cave that the boy was petrified is known as Hon Trong (Drum Cave or Male Cave) while the opposite cave was named Hang Trinh Nu (Virgin Cave or Female Cave). Tourists visiting these caves can still see stone statues of the boy and the girl.
After visiting Drum cave, we get back to day boat and have lunch onboard.
Once finishing lunch onboard and resting, we continue our Hai Phong Halong bay 3 days 2 nights tour with a visit to Pearl Farm. Now, you are able to learn more about technique to make high quality pearls. They also sell real pearl directly at small showroom right there.
15:30: Let’s get back to overnight cruise to refresh till dinner at restaurant. Then you are free to relax or go fishing (squid) at tender.
Day 3: Sung Sot cave (breakfast, lunch)
Similar to the day 2, the Tai Chi excercise is hold on sundeck in the early morning.
After breakfast, we continue our Hai Phong Halong bay 3 days 2 nights tour with Sung Sot cave visit. It is the best cave on Halong bay.
To get to Sung Sot cave’s entrance at 30 meter high, you may need to pass 100 concrete steps. So please consider your health. The Sung Sot cave was found by French in 1901 and named Grotte des Surprises. This cave covers around 10.000 sqm with 30 meters high. There are 2 different caverns with their own beauties. The first one is small with Fairy Well on the left hand. Keep going to a unique, small way, you will be at the main cavern. It’s large enough to accommodate 1.000 people at the same time.
This is the last stop of our 3 days trip. So please take your time and enjoy it. After around 50-60 minutes, we come back to the cruise to refresh, check out your room and have lunch. During your lunch time, our cruise return to harbor and anchor at about 11h30-12h00.
Drop off after Halong bay 3 days tour
Regarding to drop off options, we can bring you back to Hai Phong city center, Hai Phong airport (Cat Bi airport) or Hanoi Old Quarter. If you need to get dropped off at Hanoi airport, we will bring you to Hanoi. Then please grab taxi to airport. Or you can go directly to Hanoi airport by using our private car transfer service.
Drop off time
- Hanoi Old Quarter: 16:00 – 16:30
- Hai Phong: 13:00 (Cat Bi airport or city center)
- Round way transfer
- Meals onboard (vegetarian food available)
- English speaking tour guide onboard
- All entrance fees
- 2 night onboard
- Kayaking or bamboo boat ride
- Tip for driver, tour guide (recommended)
- Additional Services
Child offers for this Halong bay 3 days tour
Child age = current year – birth year
- Every 2 adults can escort 1 child under 5 year old.
- Child under 5 year old is free of charge
- Child from 5 to 8 year old is charged 75% of adult price (taller than 1.2 meters is considered adult).
- From 9 year old, we charge 100% of adult price
FAQs about Halong bay 3 days tour
- When is the best time to visit Halong bay?
Halong bay is nice everytime. But the best periods to visit are September – November and March – May. The dry climate and pleasant temperature will allow you to enjoy all activities and nicest views.
- What to bring with me for the Halong bay 3 days tour?
There are some things to bring with such as: flip flop, camera, mobile phone, charger, cap, sun cream, sunglasses, clothes, passport.
- Do I need to bring passport to the cruise?
Passport is required for this overnight trip. But it’s needed to show only if Halong administration requests directly.
- Can I bring water to the cruise?
Yes you can. But please do not bring plastic bottle. Glass or inox bottle is fine. Wine maybe charged for service fee.
- Is it ok to pick up in Hanoi and drop off in Hai Phong?
Yes it is. This is very common. Or you can do pick up in Hai Phong, drop off in Hanoi also.
- I am vegetarian, can you prepare food for me?
Yes we can. We will serve tofu, streamed rice, vegetable, peanut, fish sauce instead.
Review Hai Phong Halong bay 3 days tour
Spending 3 days 2 nights on Halong bay is really amazing. But due to the time on the bay is quite long, you maybe tired by seawind or sunshine. Then please consider your health condition before booking this tour. As mentioned above, this tour is quite similar to the Halong bay 2 days tour. But the difference is on the 2nd day that you will spend whole day to do kayaking or bamboo boat ride, visit cave, pearl farm.
Transfer to Halong bay
When you do this Halong bay 3 days tour with Hai Phong Tours, we will go on highway (Hanoi > Hai Phong and Hai Phong > Halong). Then the transfer time is shorten almost 50% (Hanoi > Halong: 2.5h drive, Hai Phong > Halong: 50mins drive). From Hanoi Old Quarter, we use high-class bus to pick up people. But in Hai Phong, we use car instead such as Toyota Vios, Altis or Innova. If you are looking for better car, we also have Fortuner, Camry or Sedona for business man.
- Pros: more comfortable, faster
- Cons: more cost
Itinerary of Halong bay 3 days tour
The itinerary of Halong bay 3 days tour looks more like the itinerary of 2-day trip. But you will have up to 2 nights to stay on the Halong bay. If you prefer more activities, this is perfect. Not only visiting 3 caves, you will spend time to do kayaking or bamboo boat riding twice on day 1 and day 2. Tip: To get more expericen, you should choose bamboo boat on 1st day, then kayaking on 2nd day or vice versa.
Fairy cave, Drum cave, Pearl Farm are less touristy attractions. Then you will feel more comfortable on traveling there.
- Pros: experience everything about Halong bay, more activities
- Cons: more tired, repeating activities
Halong bay 3 days cruise
When you book Halong bay 3 days tour with us, we will auto arrange suitable cruise that matched your budget. Basically, there are 3 grades of cruise from 3, 4 to 5 star with different price ranges. Please just choose the one that you feel good.
The Halong bay 3 days cruise – 3 star cruise should have all basic facilities the same as 3 star hotel such as private bathroom, linens, towels, mini bar, toilet paper, private A/C ensuite… Max load of the 3 star cruise is around 16- 35 persons. There are common room type to choose like single, twin, double, triple rooms. We can also arrange adjoining or connecting room if you prefer. The room size is around 12sqm so no balcony available in this cruise grade.
4 star Halong bay 3 days cruise is more deluxe with larger size (around 22sqm). Food in each menu should be better. If you are looking for better room in the same cruise, the Suite or VIP may fit you.
When you want everything perfect, luxury style, the 5 star cruise is the best option. On Halong bay, there are many cruise to choose (not brandnew). If you are looking for brandnew cruise, you may need to choose Lan Ha bay tour. The 5 star cruise is biggest. So room size is also bigger from 20-40sqm depends on room type. Most of 5 star cruises on Halong bay equips Jacuzzi ensuite, Massage service or mini swimming pool in front of cruise.
On the 2nd day, you will travel by day boat untill late afternoon (not the same one that you stay overnight).
- Pros: experience both day cruise and overnight cruise, stay 2 nights onboard
- Cons: no bathroom till late afternoon
All of English speaking tour guides are well-trained and have International Tour Guide License. They are young, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and funny.
- Pros: professional
- Cons: only speak English. If you need tour guide speak other language, please request us in advance with more fee.
Food and Drinks
Food is prepared and cook in kitchen onboard. When the cruise leaves, there’s no chance to order. If you have food restriction, please let us know before departure date. There is bar at restaurant and sundeck.
- Pros: fresh, cook and serve directly
- Cons: can not order or change order after cruise leaves, drinks fee higher than on land.
Buy Halong souvenir
When you buy this Halong bay 3 days tour, you can buy real pearl directly from fisherman at pearl farm to be souvenir. Other option, you may consider “Nón Lá” for woman, things made of shells, T-shirt with Halong text, brocade handbag…
- Pros: easy to find, handle
- Cons: need to bargain
Book Hai Phong Halong bay 3 days tour
To Book Hai Phong Halong bay 3 days tour, we provide some convenient options as following:
- Social chat: We are available on Whatsapp, Zalo, We Chat, LINE, Kakao talk. Please find us by this phone number: +84975200357. You can also find quick chat button on the Left-Bottom corner on our website.
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- Send email: If you do not find above convenient, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to book Hai Phong Halong bay 3 days tour. We do get back to you shortly.
- Book directly on website: Please choose any option (if any) in the tour, select number of person in your group, then click to “Request now”. Next, please fill in required fields and click “Send request” and wait for few seconds. Please note that this is to send request only. You will not be charged any kind of fee online.
Above is everything about Hai Phong Halong bay 3 days tour. If you need us to clarify anything else, please contact us.
Thank you and happy travel!
Hai Phong Tours team.