20 Things You Should Know About Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

For those who have an opportunity to visit Hanoi and then want to experience an amazing overnight cruise in Halong Bay, one of those must-visit destinations when traveling to Vietnam. There are a dozen Halong Bay Overnight websites or resources with their routes, facilities, activities, and prices which could make you go nuts! That’s the reason why we provide you with this blog. For more details about the overnight cruise in Halong and a better decision, please keep reading!

Halong Bay Cruise Overview

First, Halong Bay overnight cruises are more classic choices and allow some more time to relax and truly enjoy the scenery out in the water. In addition, travelers can get to sleep on board and wake up with a gorgeous view. Generally, there are 2 main overnight schedules as follows:

  • 2 days 1- 1-night tour (1 night onboard).
  • 3 days 2 nights tour (2 nights onboard).

Halong Bay is divided into three bay areas: Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay, and Bai Tu Long Bay. Generally, these bays have a similar landscape, and structure to the limestone mountains, caves, and beaches. However, each destination has its pros and cons:

Halong Bay

  • Many caves, and many attractions.
  • Outdoor activities for tourists have been developed for a long time.
  • Halong might reach millions during its high peak season and get more crowded year after year.
  • Most getting polluted.

Bai Tu Long Bay

  • This bay recently has become more and more popular with tourists and busier than it was in the past.
  • Once coming Bai Tu Long Bay, you can visit the Cong Do area, Vung Vieng fishing village, Cong Dam area, Thien Canh Son cave, and much more.

Lan Ha Bay

  • This bay is something different. It even has some specific characteristics that Halong and Bai Tu Long do not have.
  • Remain unspoiled.
  • Small bay.
  • For those who want to escape the crowded and busy city.

20 things you should know about Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

Best time to book an overnight cruise

Here we provide with your pros and cons for each season of weather in Halong Bay and then you can easily choose the best time to book that is most suitable to your schedule, budget…

Spring (March-May): Halong Bay spring weather is not hot yet an average of 24°C but it will be more likely to rain especially during March. With pleasant weather and sunlight, travelers absolutely can take part in many outdoor activities such as swimming and kayaking in the daytime.

Halong Bay Activities

Summer (June- September): In this season, the temperature and humidity will start to increase but the Halong scenery is very charming with crystal clear sky and emerald water. There will be more time for kayaking, swimming, and other water activities in this beautiful bay.

Scarlet Pearl Cruise

Fall (October- December): This is the peak season in Halong because of its pleasant weather. Travelers can enjoy more sunshine, which is not as harsh as in the summer. For this occasion, there will be more deals and special programs. Because in this season, Halong is expected to be more crowded, travelers should contact their tour company to have them arrange the activity for them.

Winter (January- February): Halong Bay’s temperature is around 13-20°C which is very pleasant and perfect for relaxing. In the morning and late afternoon, you will mostly see fog and drizzle. But during this time you can see a completely different look of Halong Bay.

Paying attention to the terms and conditions

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Remember that all rights and obligations of users and/or of Halong Bay Cruise Deals for any services provided by Halong Bay Cruise Deals will be limited in the scope of this agreement. From time to time, these Terms and Conditions are subject to change and it is your responsibility to check these terms and conditions whenever accessing or using this site. For more details, you can access “Terms & Conditions”.

Pick-Up time notice

To avoid wasting time traveling to the bays, visitors should pay attention to our Pick-Up service. Departure time and type of transportation are also arranged depending on your itinerary. For the journey to Halong Bay or Bai Tu Long Bay, the departure time will be at 8 am. And for visiting Lan Ha Bay, you’ll be picked up at 8h45 - 9h.

Halong Bay Diving

About the type of transportation:

  • 16 seater car (with our guide): for those who choose the package of services at the 3-star level.
  • Dcar: for those who choose the package of services at the 4 (5)-star level.

About the pickup point:

Your hotel or Hanoi Opera House.

Note: After booking our Cruise, you can contact us to adjust the pick-up time and the type of transportation.


Where visitors spend time going to the toilets or having a snack if they have not had breakfast. Moreover, travelers can also buy souvenirs at these points. However, it should be noted that you should have an evaluation of the quality of each store's product to make the best choice.

Swimming in Halong Bay

This is one of the most interesting activities in Halong Bay that we hope you will not miss if you come here. Halong Bay is an ideal place with a beautiful beach with calm tides, clean, and green water, and sunbathing with dazzling sunlight. Ban Chan, Vung Ha,… are considered the best beaches in Ha Long that you should visit. However, swimming still possesses hidden dangers. So, you should follow the instructions and conditions before swimming or surfing. You are also advised to stay away from the white water in the center of the wave to avoid "over the falls". Especially, you shouldn’t swim in deep water while intoxicated because the precedents of death due to hypothermia and other accidents have been recorded in Halong.

Halong Bay Swimming

Kayaking in Halong Bay

For travelers who have been to Halong Bay, the kayak is considered the best way to feel all the grandeur of Halong nature and explore cliffs below the waves rolling up thousands of years, watch birds on the cliffs, or touch thousands of years old stalactites.

It’s no coincidence that in 2000, Halong Bay was voted by National Geographic Adventures magazine as 1 of the 25 world's best destinations for kayaking. However, with the high demand for this activity, sometimes it’s quite hard to rent one. But it won’t matter if you travel with our Halong Bay Cruise. We offer many types of kayaks such as kayaks made from composite plastic, molded rubber, or inflatable kayaks with oars which are for 2 people/ 1 kayak.

Kayaking in Halong Bay

In addition, although kayaking is generally assumed to be very safe in these calm waters of Halong Bay, travelers still are advised to listen to the tour guide and to avoid some areas.

Cycling in Halong Bay

There are many different types of vehicles for travelers exploring the famous attractions in Halong Bay. However, if you want to deeply enjoy the quiet atmosphere, scenic setting on the beach, or the hectic pace of life most clearly cycling and trekking will be a perfect suggestion for you. Bai Tho 1 Bridge, Bai Tho Bridge 2, or the “isolated oasis” Viet Hai village,… is the most popular area to organize cycling.

Cycling in Halong Bay

Looking down from Bai Tho Bridge 2, you will be impressed by the hustle and bustle of fishermen. While cycling in Viet Hai village which is surrounded by high mountains, thick jungles, and a vast ocean, you can have a great opportunity to enjoy the truly airy ambiance, visit old houses, take pictures of forest trees, and admire natural scenery.

Besides, you can spend a morning exploring the coastal road with your family or your friends. While trekking on the beach, tourists will be free to enjoy gaze stunning seascape or cozy white sandy ground of Halong.

Exploring caves with our guide

One of the activities not to be missed if you have the opportunity to visit Halong. A wide range of destinations for tourists who love discovery: Sung Sot Cave, Drum Cave, Dark and Bright Cave, Me Cung Cave, and so on.

Sung Sot Cave

Diving in Halong Bay

With tourists who love discovery, scuba diving will be a favorite activity on Halong Bay. There are countless coral reefs and numerous marine life along Cong Do Island and Van Don Island. Imagine that you can see various kinds of fish as well as pristine coral reefs at the bottom of Halong Bay by their eyes and even touch them. Dancing with an octopus or swimming with sea bass is no longer the only sight of animation. We believe that the underwater adventure is the heart, the soul of Halong Bay that visitors should not miss.

Diving in Halong Bay

Hiking in Halong Bay

For those who love nature and don’t have a huge amount of time to explore Halong Bay, this is a good pick as you will get to see a wide range of species in a short amount of time.

Seaplane tours

For those who want to splash out and see Halong Bay from a height then consider signing up for a tour on a seaplane that will take you up to a height of 300 meters above the water and you will fly over spots of interest like Dau Go Cave, Tuan Chau Island and plenty of other highlights.

Going night squid fishing

Those who are a night owl should consider a popular nighttime activity in Halong Bay which is night squid fishing.

Visiting fishing village

Once visiting the fishing village in Halong Bay, tourists will also have the chance to experience the aquatic life of residents and explore diverse seafood. Cua Van, Vung Vieng, Cong Dam, Hoa Cuong, and Ba Hang Fishing Village are the most famous fishing villages in Halong that you cannot skip.

Bamboo boat

In addition to roaming around on luxury cruises, tourists are also finding much fun in taking a bamboo boat to explore Halong Bay. You can choose to learn how to drive the boat under the instruction of local people or have a fisherman rowing boat for you. While rowing, tourists are free to immerse themselves in the fresh air of the sea or admire the caves, limestone mountains, gorgeous beaches, take pictures and film, chat with the enthusiastic fishermen,…

Bamboo Boat in Halong Bay

Having lunch in the caves

If you are seeking a different experience of Halong Bay, lunch in the caves is a must. It does not only come with a fine candlelit dining experience but also admires the great work of Mother Nature.

Attending a traditional Vietnamese cooking class on board

This is an interesting experience for visitors to better understand Vietnamese cuisine. You will take part in a Vietnamese cooking class with the chef on board to learn how to prepare delicious appetizers.

Tai Chi exercise

Start your new day on board with an exercise that helps improve your balance by moving your body slowly, gently, and privately, while breathing deeply.


Not only stop at a normal relaxing method, with comfortable beds in a private quiet room along with high-qualified essential oil and other facilities accompanied with personal attention from skillful hands, the spa onboard also ensures to give you true relaxation on every inch of your skin, muscles, and mind.

Spa in Halong Bay


A fitness center that will serve you 24/24 and is free to use. With the beautiful view open to the sea, you will have a chance to commune with nature while running the treadmill, taking the bikes, or trying the step machines.


Temporarily forget the outdoor activities in the daytime, we would like to invite our customers to come to tonight's parties in our bar where you can enjoy a glass of wine or an exotic cocktail and the conversation flowing late into the night. The bar is the ideal place for your union with your friends. A vast assortment of cocktails accompanied by local and international beers and a wide range of delicious non-alcoholic beverages will not limit your selections. Our professional crews commit to bringing out the perfect night for you.

Bonus (some of our suggestions for Luxury Cruise and Budget Cruise)

Halong Bay Luxury Cruise

Our prestigious ships of Halong Bay Luxury Cruise have brought customers' holidays to a new height, and provide them with an unforgettable trip from the schedules which are designed so perfectly that visitors can maximize their experience and enjoy the vacation from all rooms are well-furnished with modern amenities to ensure your enjoyable stay.

Halong Bay Budget Cruise

The modern ship combines the Vietnamese design concept, and our Halong Bay Budget Cruise is considered a work of art defining the luxury cruise experience in Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay. We are deeply honored to welcome you on our cruise to immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery of Lan Ha Bay while experiencing luxury cruise service on a traditional ship, showing numerous features of Vietnamese culture. All of the passages can find the spirit of Vietnam anywhere on the Budget Cruises, but most profoundly in the welcoming demeanor of our staff, who convey classical Vietnamese hospitality in all of its glory.

And if you want to get more information about our Cruises, please click on Halong Bay Cruise Deals.

Lastly, we hope that after reading this blog, visitors will get the most useful information for their trip!


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