Either you are in a short stopover in Hanoi, longer overnight cruise stay in Halong Bay, or you are embarking or disembarking from your cruise, if it’s your first time in the city or if you have already been here before, we can help you taking the most out of your time in Hanoi
Even if you are staying only for a morning, if your sightseeing is well organized you can get to cover much more than you would think. We are cruise tour specialists that can help you visiting in a time-efficient, organized and safe way. Our Hanoi – Halong off shore excursions are precisely designed with this goal in mind.
We have selected for you the itineraries that work best for cruise passengers in Hanoi with city highlights
Halong Bay itself is one of Vietnam’s most celebrated attractions, with nearly 3,000 limestone inslands that makes up a spectacular natural UNESCO World Heritage site.
This stunning beauty attracts not only travelers coming by land but also cruise travelers.
Tips for Halong Bay Cruise ship Travelers
Our detailed example Cruise ship off shore excursion Hanoi and Halong Bay
Where You’re Docked
There are some different ports in Halong Bay where Cruise ships can dock: Halong Bay port, Hai Phong port and Cai Lan port. Before you book a Halong Bay cruise, you need to know where you’re docked to inform the cruise organiser. This information will help them to pick you up easier.
Most ships dock at Halong Bay, about a 4 hour drive from Hanoi, because it’s one of the deep water ports and is a tourist destination in its own right. Tenders take passengers to shore at Bai Chay, the main tourist hotel strip. Some ships usually docks at Halong Bay Port: Costa ship, Celebrity Millenium Cruises, Ms Amsterdam Ship, etc.
Cai Lan is a relatively new deep- water port, more than 2km far from Bai Chay tourist wharf and is connected to Hanoi by a real highway (better than the roads from other ports to the city). Some cruise ship dock at Cai Lan port including: Costa Allergra Ship, SuperStar Ship, Henna Ship.
Haiphong is still used by some lines, such as Azamara, but most lines are leaving because the harbor is silting and getting shallower. In addition, there are no tourist attractions or facilities in the port area. It takes you about 2,5 hours to reach to Halong Bay from Hai Phong harbour by car.
HOW TO GET TO HALONG BAY?
Normally, if you go with a big group and book a private cruise tour with travel agents, you don’t need to worry anything because they will arrange all services: transfer, boat, meals, guide, etc, for you.
In case you travel as individuals, the best way to take a taxi to get to Halong Bay. You need to have a map or find on googlemap.com to know where your ship docks. If you book private transfer, the fix meeting point to meet your driver is the gate of Halong Plaza 4 star Hotel – opposite to Halong Bay port. If you come from Cai Lan harbour, ask the driver to go directly to Bai Chay tourist wharf (2km approximately) and wait for at BMC restaurant.
It is no better way to discover Halong Bay by taking ovenight trip. They will be 3 day 2 night trip or 2 day 1 night trip based on your requests. Some luxury cruises as Paradise Cruise, Indochina Sails cruise, Halong Emotion cruise are good options. However, if you don’t have enough time, a full day cruise trip is also an alternative option. All cruises will depart at 12 p.m from harbour so you need to be shown up there about 11.30 a.m.
Hanoi: Visit Hanoi full day
The 12-hour Hanoi tour is the best way to see the city. Some famous tourist desitnation as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Sword Lake, Temple of Literature and One Pillar Pagoda are worth visiting.You’ll have time to go shopping the Old Quarter and buy some souvenirs for your family. The ride to Hanoi is about 4 hours each way past rice paddies, towns and coal mines.
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