1-Night Ha Long Bay Cruise from Hanoi – A Handy Guide

Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the most stunning natural landscapes in the world. A 1-night cruise package from Hanoi is the perfect way to experience the magic of Halong Bay, allowing you to immerse yourself in its beauty while enjoying the comfort and luxury of a cruise. This articles will guide you through the highlights of a Halong Bay 1-night cruise, covering detailed itineraries, inclusions, exclusions, transportation options, and the variety of cruises available.

victory star cruise.
victory star cruise.

Halong Bay 1 Night Cruise Itinerary

For 1 night in Halong Bay, you can choose to visit Halong Bay Center (the classic route) or Bai Tu Long Bay (the less visited area). Both itineraries have similar timing and experience but be different about visiting sites and cruise route.

Halong Bay Cruise Itinerary


  • 08:00 – 08:30: Pickup from your hotel in the Old Quarter (20-minute refreshment break en route)
  • 11:30 – 11:45: Arrive at Halong International Harbor
  • 12:15: Embark on the cruise, check-in, welcome drinks, and briefing
  • 13:00: Lunch while cruising through Ha Long Bay
  • 14:45: Luon Cave – kayaking or bamboo boat ride
  • 16:00: Titop Island – climbing, beach, and swimming
  • 17:00 – 18:30: Enjoy the sunset on the sundeck with drinks and a cooking demonstration
  • 19:15: Dinner
  • 21:00: Night-time squid fishing
  • 22:30: Free time and sweet dreams

Luon cave Halong Bay

Titop island.


  • 06:15: Sunrise and Tai Chi on the sundeck
  • 06:30: Light breakfast with coffee, tea, and pastries
  • 07:20: Explore Sung Sot Cave
  • 09:15: Check out and settle bills, start cruising back
  • 09:30: Buffet brunch
  • 10:45 – 11:00: Disembark at the port
  • 11:15 – 11:30: Bus back to Hanoi, arriving around 14:30-14:45

Detail itinerary: https://baithojunks.com/2-day-1-night-cruise/

Sung Sot cave – Surprised by its vastness

Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi – Bai Tu Long Bay

  • 07:30: Pick-up from your hotel in Hanoi. Transfer to Halong Bay.
  • 12:00: Arrive at Hon Gai Harbor. Check-in on board.
  • 13:00: Enjoy a welcome drink and safety briefing.
  • 13:30: Lunch with fresh seafood while cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay.
  • 15:00: Visit Vung Vieng fishing village by bamboo boat or kayak.
  • 16:30: Relax on the sundeck or swim at Ban Chan Beach.
  • 19:00: Dinner on board. Evening at leisure.
Ban Chan beach in halong bay.

Day 2: Bai Tu Long Bay – Hanoi

  • 06:30: Start your day with Tai Chi on the sundeck.
  • 07:00: Breakfast while cruising to Thien Canh Son Cave.
  • 08:30: Explore Thien Canh Son Cave.
  • 10:00: Check out of your cabin.
  • 10:30: Cooking demonstration and early lunch.
  • 11:45: Disembark and return to Hanoi.
  • 17:00: Arrive in Hanoi. End of tour.

Detail itinerary: https://baithojunks.com/bai-tu-long-bay-2-day-1-night-cruise/

Thien Cung Cave.
Thien Cung Cave.

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Room: Comfortable accommodation in a well-appointed cabin with modern amenities, a private bathroom.
  • Meals: Four meals, including lunch, dinner, breakfast, and brunch, offering a variety of local and international cuisines.
  • Transportation: Round-trip transfers from Hanoi to Halong Bay in a comfortable vehicle.
  • Activities: Engaging in activities such as kayaking, swimming, Tai Chi sessions, and exploring caves and islands.
  • Entrance Fees: All entrance fees to the mentioned sites


  • Drinks: Beverages, including alcohol and soft drinks, are not included and are charged separately. Soft drinks at 2$ – 3$/can, Beer at 3$ – 5$/can
  • Extra Services: Optional services such as spa treatments and massages are available at an additional cost.

Transportation from Hanoi to Halong Bay

Limousine Bus

For a premium and comfortable experience, opt for a limousine bus. These buses offer luxurious seats, modern amenities, and a smooth ride. They are well-equipped with Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and spacious legroom, ensuring a relaxing journey.

The limousine bus could be arranged with 9 seat, 11 seat, 19 seats vehicle options

Check out the transporation by Bai Tho Junks: https://baithojunks.com/transportation-hanoi-to-halong-bay/

The interior seat of limousine bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay

Limousine bus Hanoi - Halong Bay
Limousine bus Hanoi – Halong Bay

 Tourist Bus

A more economical option is the standard tourist bus. These buses provide basic comfort and are a great choice for budget-conscious travelers. While they may not have all the amenities of a limousine bus, they offer a reliable and convenient way to reach Halong Bay. The number of seats on normal tourist buses is 29, 35 or 45-seat vehicle options.

Pick-Up & Drop-Off

Most cruises offer pick-up and drop-off services at hotels in the Hanoi Old Quarter, ensuring a convenient start and end to your journey. If you do not stay at a hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter, we have the meeting point at Hanoi Opera House in Trang Tien str, Hanoi.

Cruise Options for Overnight Cruise in Halong Bay

Boutique 4-Star Cruises

  • Victory Cruise by Bai Tho Junks: The 21-cabin cruising boat provides a cozy, intimate experience with excellent service and amenities. They are perfect for travelers seeking a mid-range option that combines comfort and affordability.
  • Treasure Junk by Bai Tho Junks: The 14-cabin boat features traditional decoration and a cozy atmosphere. You can enjoy the indoor and outdoor dining. A perfect option for travelers who prefer more privacy and comfort.

Treasure Junk on Bai Tu Long Bay.
Treasure Junk on Bai Tu Long Bay.

Luxury 5-Star Cruises

  • Victory Star Cruise by Bai Tho Junks: For a more luxurious experience, these 5-star cruises offer opulent cabins, gourmet dining, and top-notch facilities. They are ideal for those who want to indulge in luxury while exploring the beauty of Halong Bay. The cruise has 32 luxurious cabin, bar & restaurant, spa and sundeck to let you fully enjoy the cruise journey.

Experience on 1 night cruise


Kayaking is a highlight of any Halong Bay cruise. It allows you to explore the serene waters and hidden caves up close, offering a unique perspective of the stunning limestone formations. Paddling through the calm waters, you can discover secluded lagoons and untouched beaches, creating unforgettable memories.

kayaking in halong bay.
kayaking in halong bay.

Visiting Caves

  • Sung Sot Cave: Also known as Surprise Cave, it is one of the largest and most beautiful caves in Halong Bay. The cave features two main chambers, each filled with impressive stalactites and stalagmites, creating a surreal underground landscape.
  • Thien Canh Son Cave: Located in Bai Tu Long Bay, this cave offers breathtaking views and a tranquil atmosphere. It is less crowded than Sung Sot Cave, providing a more intimate and peaceful experience.
Súng Sot Cave.
Sung Sot Cave.

Visiting Islands

  • Ti Top Island: Famous for its sandy beach and panoramic views from the top of the island. A short hike to the summit rewards you with stunning vistas of Halong Bay, making it a popular spot for photography and sightseeing.
  • Hon Co Island: A hidden gem in Bai Tu Long Bay, this island is ideal for swimming and exploring. Its pristine beach and clear waters make it a perfect spot for relaxation and enjoyment.
Hon Co Island.
Hon Co Island.

Vung Vieng Floating Village

In Bai Tu Long Bay, visit the Vung Vieng Floating Village to learn about the traditional way of life of the local fishermen. The village is home to a community that has lived on the water for generations, offering a unique glimpse into their daily lives. You can explore the village by bamboo boat, interact with the locals, and gain insight into their culture and traditions.

Meals on a 1-night cruise

During 2 day 1 night cruise on Halong Bay, you will enjoy 4 meals, prepared by chefs on the cruise and taste both local Vietnamese food and some international dishes.


Enjoy a diverse buffet or set menu blending Vietnamese and Western cuisines. Western options include soups, European-style bread, cheese, salads, and cold cuts. Some local seafood like oysters, squid, and shrimp, or indulge in grilled pork, beef, or chicken. Vegetarians can savor braised tofu, vegetable curry, spring rolls, and noodle dishes. Desserts feature fresh exotic fruits and sometimes European-style pastries.



As the sun sets behind Halong Bay’s karst islands, anticipate a dinner showcasing Western and Vietnamese flavors. Options range from Western food to freshly caught shrimp. Some cruises offer a fixed menu, while others provide a buffet. Seafood lovers can enjoy prawns, Ngan, lobster, and baked oysters. Some cruises offer special BBQ options for dinner.

Grilled garlic butter mussels
Grilled garlic butter mussels


Start your day with a light breakfast at 07:00, featuring bread with butter, jam, fruits, and sweet cakes, followed by a brunch at 09:30 or 10:00. So the breakfast is the light meal only.


Conclude your cruise with a buffet or set menu brunch at 09:30 or 10:00. Buffet options include a live seafood noodle station, egg station, bread assortment, stuffed crab, grilled oysters, and chicken. Enjoy hot dishes like pork, beef, chicken, and fish, with desserts of sweet cakes, fresh fruits, and yogurt.

Embarking on a 1-night cruise from Hanoi to Halong Bay or Bai Tu Long Bay is an unforgettable experience that offers a blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion. You can choose a boutique 4-star cruise or a luxurious 5-star cruise based on personal preference then you are sure to create lasting memories amid one of the most stunning natural landscapes in the world.

Grilled crab right on the cruise
Grilled crab right on the cruise
amarind sauce Barramundi fish
amarind sauce Barramundi fish

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