Hai Phong Halong bay day tour is perfect option for visitors whose do not want to stay overnight onboard. Book this one day tour with us and you will really enjoy the essential things to do on Halong bay. You will have 2 or 3 stops during this cruise trip depends on which option you choose. Basically, you will have chance to walk in 1 cave, do kayaking and sightseeing. The options make it different by duration of the trip. It should be from 3 to 6 hours on the bay excluding transfer time from Hai Phong to Halong bay (apx. 1 hour) and via versa. Join in Halong bay day trip from Hai Phong will save your transfer time.
Pick up for Hai Phong Halong bay day tour
To start Halong bay day tour, we pick up people in Hai Phong from 10h30 am to 11h00 am. Meeting point in Hai Phong city center can be at your hotel, home or Cat Bi airport (Hai Phong airport). If you land in Hai Phong earlier than pick up time, please just relax at coffee shop right there.
If you are out of Hai Phong city center, please let us know exactly address. Then we will discuss more about private car transfer or alternative solutions.
We also able to pick up in Hanoi Old Quarter from 8h20 to 9h00am. In case you are not in the Old Quarter, please grab taxi to Hanoi Opera House. Then we meet you there at around 9h00 am as the last pick up.
One more option, when you are already in Halong city and want to join in our Halong bay day tour, please present at harbor from 12h00 am. We will confirm harbor name to you directly.
Touring on Halong bay
Once arriving at could be Halong International Cruise port or Tuan Chau harbor, we do check in customs. All required information should be informed to our sale representative before you leave. If you have food restrictions, please do not forget to reconfirm with our tour guide. When the cruise leaves, no one can change food menu.
Please keep in mind that the ticket given by our tour guide should be kept carefully. They will check twice or 3 times depends on route you choose.
After settlement, we serve Asian food lunch onboard at the restaurant. This is group tour, then 6 people will share food together on a table. If you want to order private table with higher food class, please inform our sale man before. We have 3 options of Halong bay day trip:
This option is recommended by Hai Phong Tours. The time you will spend on the Halong bay is approximated 5-6 hours. It’s not too short and not too long as well. If you spend long time on the bay, you may feel tired and there’s no bed room to rest. 3 of stops are the best on the bay.
75USD for 1 person
60USD/person for group of 2+ persons
(These promo prices are applied in Covid season only. It may be changed later)
Sung Sot cave
During your lunch time, our cruise heads to Sung Sot cave. And on the way, you can express your eyes to admire Halong bay landscape surrounded by thousands of islands and islets. When you reach the first stop, it’s also the core of Halong bay. And this is highlight of Hai Phong Halong bay day tour. Take your time and enjoy every moment there.
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.
We spend around 50 minutes here. Then we move to Titop island nearby to continue Halong bay day tour.
Titop island (Titov)
The Titop is separated island located at around 14 km away from harbor. It’s named by President Ho Chi Minh in 1962. That was the time he and Russian cosmonaut Gherman Titov visited the island. Ho Chi Minh named the island Titop as a gift 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. This is the only beach to swim in your Halong bay day trip.
On reaching the Titop island, we do spend around 1 hour here. If you plan to swim, please bring towel, clothes or 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).
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.
Next, we get back to the day cruise and continue Halong bay day tour at Luon cave.
Luon cave or Luon lake is must go place on visiting Halong bay especially in day tour. At this stop, 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 Halong bay day tour!
After finishing 3 stops: Sung Sot cave, Titop island and Luon cave, we get back to harbor and Option 1 finished.
When you have limited time to travel, this option is the best. This Halong bay day trip is shortest. You still can walk in of the best caves on Halong bay. And then, free up yourself with activities at Luon cave. Instead of doing 3 stops like option 1, you just do 2. But that is the best way to save time and come back to harbor at around 4pm.
No change for your lunch, we server at restaurant onboard during the time cruise heads to Thien Cung cave.
75USD for 1 person
60USD/person for group of 2+ persons
Thien Cung cave
Thien Cung cave or also known as Heaven Palace. This is one of the best caves on Halong bay. Hence, it’s closest cave from harbor (only 4km from Tuan Chau harbor). Then most of the local shared cruises choose this route to go. To reach the entrance at 25 meter high, there are concrete steps. It’s quite similar to the once at Sung Sot cave. When you walk inside, you can see limestone cliffs with various shapes such as Dragon, Lion King. The Heaven Gate’s on the right hand. Do not miss it out. This Thien Cung cave is highlight of your short Hai Phong Halong bay day tour. So please do not go too fast. Take your time and enjoy it.
After finishing this attraction, we move to Luon cave for kayaking or bamboo boat ride. Please read details above or click here.
When finishing 2 stops: Thien Cung cave + Luon cave, we get back to harbor and Option 2 finished.
Option 3: Private Halong bay day tour
If you do not want to share your boat with anyone, the Private Halong bay day tour is perfect. Certainly, when you choose this option, price is higher. Then please contact us to discuss more.
Because this is private tour, so you can do option 1 or 2. For example, you are group of 5 persons. Then there are only 5 of you and crews on the cruise with tour guide. As default, we will arrange English speaking tour guide. But if you are looking for tour guide who speak other language such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean…, it’s fine for us.
You can also order food menu or give us budget range. If no food order given, we will set up Asian food as normal.
In a day, a cruise runs twice. The first one is in the morning. The next one is afternoon. So you can freely to choose. If you decide to go in the morning, we will pick up from Hai Phong at around 7am. If you go in the afternoon, we pick up from 11h00 or 12h00. Hai Phong Tours would recommend you to go to Halong bay for day tour afternoon. If the weather is good enough, you can see sunset on the bay. It’s romantic moment.
Anyway, this option is flexible. Please give us as more information as possible.
Drop off after Halong bay day 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.
If you do option 1, you will be at harbor at around 5h30pm – 6h30pm. When you choose option 2, time of arrival at harbor is around 4h00pm. And it’s flexible for option 3.
Drop off time option 1:
Hanoi Old Quarter: 07:30pm – 08:00pm
Hai Phong: 06:30pm – 07:00pm (Cat Bi airport or city center)
Drop off time option 2:
Hanoi Old Quarter: 05:00pm – 05:30pm
Hai Phong: 05:00pm – 05:30pm (Cat Bi airport or city center)
Round way car/bus transfer
Lunch onboard (vegetarian food available)
English speaking tour guide onboard
All entrance fees
Kayaking or bamboo boat trip ride
Tip for driver, tour guide (recommended)
Child offers for this Halong bay day tour
Child age = current year – birth year
Every 2 adults can escort 1 child under 5 year old. We charge 50% of adult price for the next 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 day tour
What to bring with me for the Halong bay day tour? There are some things to bring with such as: flip flop, camera, mobile phone, cap, sun cream, sunglasses, towel, clothes.
Do I need to bring passport to the day cruise? Passport is required if you stay overnight onboard only. This is day cruise tour. So you do not need to bring it with.
Can I bring water to the boat? 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.
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Transfer to Halong bay
When you do this day 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 day tour
In this Halong bay day tour, you all will visit the most beautiful attractions on Halong bay such as Sung Sot, Thien Cung, Luon cave. The option 1 brings you experiences almost the same as the itinerary for 2 days 1 night tour. But when you do this day tour, you have no chance to stay overnight on the bay. And time to visit each stops is rusher.
The best things to do on Halong bay are: visit Karst cave, sightseeing, swim, kayak paddling, bamboo boat ride, visit pearl farm. And in this tour, you will do 5/6 of them already. So I can say, itinerary of this tour is duable.
Besides, there are 3 routes to go for Halong bay day tour:
Thien Cung cave + Luon cave (3-4 hours)
Sung Sot cave + Titop island + Luon cave (5-6 hours)
Thien Cung cave (or also Dau Go cave) + Sung Sot cave + Titop island + Luon cave (7-8 hours)
The route 2 is recommended by Hai Phong Tours as it’s not too short as well as not too long. Spending 5-6 hours for continuous activities is suitable for everyone. If it’s longer, you maybe tired by sea wind and have no room to rest.
Pros: visit all most all the best things to do on Halong bay
Cons: quite rush
Halong bay day cruise
When you book our Halong bay day tour (Halong bay day trip), group tour option, we use luxury day cruise (4 star) to run. It’s made of, covered by iron with max load of 29 passengers. Our day cruise is totally different from the once at the harbor for basic local people.
The cruise features modern facilities with A/C inside, decent quality of food & beverages. There are a lot of rooms and arm chairs for relaxing on sundeck. You will have luxurious spaces to check in, selfie…
Pros: luxurious experience
Cons: more cost
All of English speaking tour guides on Halong bay day cruise are well-trained and have International Tour Guide License. They are young, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and funny.
Cons: only speak English. If you need tour guide speak other language, please request us in advance with more fee.
Food and Drinks
During your Halong bay day trip, we serve decent lunch with great fresh seafood, fruits. All dishes are cook in Asian food style. Vegetarian food’s also available on request in advance. 6 persons do share food on a table. Private table with better menu’s also available on request in advance.
Pros: well decoration, fine dining
Cons: can not order or change order after cruise leaves
Buy Halong souvenir
Halong is famous for real pearl. You can find small shop selling at almost all stops. But the word “real” must be considered if you have knowledge about pearl. If you plan to buy the real one, you can go to reputable shop inland. They have certificate tag with each product.
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, hard to verify origin
About is everything about Hai Phong Halong bay day tour (Halong bay day trip). If you need us to clarify anything else, please contact us.