Drift Between Limestone Peaks

Alternative Halong Bay Junk Boat Cruise to Bai Tu Long Bay - Vietnam

Prices from £188 pp

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Duration2 days / 1 night (flexible)

LocationHanoi - Bai Tu Long Bay - Hanoi

Suitable for families

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Bai Tu Long Bay is every bit as beautiful as neighbouring Halong, but is less famous and so attracts fewer tourist boats. Rich in the fairytale feeling that Halong Bay has perhaps lost, it’s a more peaceful way to experience this extraordinary landscape, which is peppered with tiny jungle-topped islands and white sandy coves. During this trip, you’ll spend one night on a traditional junk boat, exploring the bay and soaking up the surreal atmosphere as you drift between towering karst mountains.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • All transport
  • All meals aboard the junk boat
  • Bai Tu Long Bay cruise, with any optional activities
  • English speaking guide
  • Tea and coffee

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Hanoi to Bai Tu Long Bay

This morning you’ll be collected from your hotel and embark on a 4 hour drive to Hon Gai harbour where you’ll hop on a traditional Chinese junk boat with huge, billowing sails. This will be your floating home for the night. A lunch of fresh grilled seafood will be served as you set sail, kicking off the trip in true local style. You’ll spend the early afternoon sailing between towering jungle-topped islands, before dropping anchor so you can explore the bay for yourself.

Bai tu long bay boats during sunset Vietnam

Kayaks will be available so that you can paddle to the places your boat won’t reach, where you’ll find secluded beaches and can swim in the azure waters between the rock formations. At sunset, grab an ice-cold beer, watch the blazing sun sink into the sea and soak up the magic of the place. A delicious dinner will be served on board before you retreat to your cosy, private cabin or try your hand at squid fishing or traditional Vietnamese games.

kayaks on beach in bai tu long bay vietnam

Bai Tu Long Bay to Hanoi

If you feel like it then you can start the day with a spot of Tai Chi on the deck to welcome in the day, before exploring a cave filled with sparkling stalactites. As you cruise back towards the harbour you can relax on deck or watch a cooking demonstration from the chef. You’ll have a tasty lunch on board, before disembarking for your transfer back to Hanoi, or to the airport or train station for your onward journey.

views of bai tu long bay in vietnam

Meaningful Travel

We have decided to offer Bai Tu Long Bay instead of the more famous Halong Bay as the latter is experiencing issues with overcapacity and environmental degradation. So we are part of the solution and not the problem, we want to alleviate some of the pressure on Halong Bay by offering an alternative to make this hot tourist spot more sustainable in the long run – providing employment to many local people whilst allowing visitors to enjoy the stunning scenery of this area.

junk boat in bai tu long bay at sunset

Speak to our Vietnam specialist, Miles

“Vietnam is as chaotic as it is calming, which is precisely why I love it! I’ve been spoiled for choice with its incredible landscapes and phenomenal pho"

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