Halong Bay is one of the most impressive natural corners of the world. Sailing and sleeping on a cruise through its waters and its capricious rock formations is an activity that you cannot miss if you travel to Vietnam.
The story goes that these formations were created when a dragon came down from the skies spitting precious jewels that turned into stone. But if your idea is to stay on a boat in the bay one or two nights, you have to keep in mind that it is like a hotel in full board.
You will spend many hours on the boat and it is better to make sure that the service is of quality since in a way it is a floating hotel. There are quite a few cases in which travelers, for saving a lot when choosing the cruise they are traveling on, have then felt cheated.
We recommend looking for cruises that are luxurious, that have few rooms and that their quality is always superior, which ensures you have the best of the boat. In addition, Vietnam is a very cheap country so a good cruise usually leaves quite cheap by booking it in time. Important, drinks are not included in any cruise.
What cruise to choose for Halong Bay?
Comparing our experiences with other travelers who have visited Halong Bay, we were clear that the idea is to take the excursion already hired before going to the country since everything is much easier because it is an excursion for which you have many options.
In this way, before traveling, you can compare the different companies that offer you the excursion, because there are very few main operators, but a thousand companies that slip in between that can make the price more expensive and lower the quality.
What to see and do in Halong Bay?
Most cruises offer the same activities, and depending on the one you hire, it will give you time to do more or fewer excursions. I tell you quickly how was our visit of two days and one night, to use it as a base on which to tell you the options you have. We left early in Hanoi to arrive at the port at noon. After entering the ship and leaving things in the room, they put us the first meal while we were sailing and we were entering the bay.
Sung Sot Caves
This experience of eating while you see how you gradually enter this wonder of nature that is Halong Bay, we will not forget in life. We spend the afternoon sailing through the bay and enjoying the imposing landscape to end the day visiting the huge Sung Sot caves full of grottos and stalactites distributed in three rooms. After visiting them, return to the boat to take a shower, have dinner and rest watching the dusk.
Fishing villages in Dao Cat Ba
Those who stayed spent the night in a bungalow on one of those small islands that are all over the bay. After the second night, they spent the next day on the island of Dao Cat Ba and visited one of the fishing villages before returning to port. As you can see there are many options to choose from when making your visit, so it is important to look well and compare to choose the cruise that we like the most.