The Best Halong Bay Tours & Cruises from Hanoi

by Roisin McAuley  |  Published July 17, 2018

A recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay’s 1600 craggy islands and caves scatter across the Gulf of Tonkin creating a playground of formations for visitors to explore. Most of these limestone pillars and masses remain uninhabited, capped in vegetation and truly unspoilt. Residents of the area live within small fishing communities and in floating houses, with only two of the Bay’s islands big enough to house permanent inhabitants or host hotels.

As North Vietnam’s number one tourist spot, visiting the bay via cruise is a popular choice. There is no shortage of options on tours from hotels and agencies, making it difficult to filter through the options available. Here are five of the best that will suit travellers on varying budgets and itinerary.