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    Lily Cruise Free Kayaking 731

    Lily Cruise NEW

    9.6 Excellent | 9 reviews
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    20 Cabins - Steel Boat - Built 2023
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    9.1 Excellent | 61 reviews
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    11 Cabins - Wooden Boat - Built 2010
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    9.5 Excellent | 96 reviews
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    16 Cabins - Steel Boat - Built 2014
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    Swan Cruise Free Kayaking 266

    Swan Cruise

    9.7 Excellent | 141 reviews
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    18 Cabins - Steel Boat - Built 2018
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    9.6 Excellent | 13 reviews
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    11 Cabins - Steel Boat - Built 2015
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    Signature Cruise Free Shutte Bus 704

    Signature Cruise

    9.4 Excellent | 282 reviews
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    Dragon Legend Cruise 266

    Dragon Legend Cruise

    9.5 Excellent | 116 reviews
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    Paloma Cruise + Free Kayaking + Shutte Bus 112

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    FAQs

    Is there a cruise visiting both Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay?

    No. Each cruise just visits one of three bays including Halong, Lan Ha, or Bai Tu Long Bay.

    Are Bai Tu Long Bay cruises cheaper or more expensive than Halong Bay cruises?

    Cruise cost does not depend on which route but on the quality of each cruise. You can choose the Economical, Mid-range, or Luxury cruise on Bai Tu Long that matches your budget.

    Which Bai Tu Long Bay cruise is suitable for families?

    Family can choose any Bai Tu Long Bay cruise, however, cruises with connecting rooms or triple rooms such as Dragon Legend or Swan cruise could be more convenient for you.

    Which season is best for a Bai Tu Long Bay cruise?

    Bai Tu Long Bay has 4 seasons Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. If you like pleasant weather, the best seasons are Autumn (October to December) and Spring (March to May) since they are dry seasons with blue sky, less rainfall, no harsh sunshine, and almost no chance of storms.

    On the other hand, if you prefer more sunshine, Summer (from June to September) could be ideal. However, make sure your trip is well planned due to the higher chance of heavy rains and storms during summer in Bai Tu Long Bay.

    Is there snorkeling on Bai Tu Long Bay cruises?

    No. There is currently kayaking or taking a sampan boat on Bai Tu Long cruise trips.

    Do Bai Tu Long Bay Cruises serve vegetarian food?

    Yes. Vegetarian food or other dietary will be taken care of during the tour. You should inform the tour operator in advance for preparation. 

    See the hidden charm of Bai Tu Long Bay on a cruise

    Where is Bai Tu Long Bay?

    Located in the East of Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long is another extension part of the World’s Natural Heritage Site, besides Lan Ha Bay in Hai Phong. If Halong Bay boasts majestic and bustling attractions, Bai Tu Long is perfect for natural indulgence and relaxation. Covering an area of around 158km2, Bai Tu Long enchants travelers with hundreds of islands and islets and a variety of pristine beaches. This is an off-the-beaten-track bay that cannot be missed for a cruising experience.

    There are not many cruises operating on Bai Tu Long Bay now. That makes it a perfect refuge for privacy lovers to get away from the hustle and bustle and immerse in pure nature. Cruises visiting Bai Tu Long Bay can depart from Tuan Chau Pier in Ha Long or Halong International Cruise Port (Sun Group Port) in Bai Chay.

    How different are Bai Tu Long Bay and Halong Bay cruises?

    Like Halong Bay cruises, Bai Tu Long Bay Cruises are also divided into 3 main categories which are Luxury (5*), Deluxe (4*), and Superior (3*). Visitors also can see traditional wooden junks or modern iron boats in Bai Tu Long Bay. Each cruise has its own exterior and interior style to meet the preference of different travelers.

    Itineraries

    Bai Tu Long Bay has day cruises, 1-night or 2-night cruises as well. Although there are fewer attractions than Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay cruises ensure to bring no short of activities such as exploring a cave, kayaking, swimming, visiting a fishing village, etc.

    Facilities

    Since most new cruises operate in Halong and Lan Ha bay, Bai Tu Long Bay cruises may have limited modern facilities such as a swimming pool, sauna/steam, gym, mini golf, karaoke room, etc. However, travelers still have all the necessary facilities for a comfortable stay such as well-furnished cabins with a private bathroom, a spacious restaruant and bar, sundeck, and spa.

    Services

    Bai Tu Long Bay cruises provide a full range of services as Halong Bay ones. You have an enthusiastic crew team who support you 24 hours per day onboard. Your accommodation and meals are taken care of all the time. You can ask for some arrangements for your special occasions such as birthdays, honeymoons, anniversaries, etc. Just raise your questions and the crew team will go extra mile to make your trip most enjoyable and memorable.

    What experiences do Bai Tu Long Bay cruises offer?

    • Discover Thien Canh Son cave

    Thien Canh Son cave was formed thousands of years ago. After climbing around 400 stone steps, travelers will be amazed by the large space and uniquely shaped stalactites and stalagmites inside. Following another 100 steps up, you will see a stunning overview of Bai Tu Long Bay and the greeneries in the surrounding. 

    • Kayak or take a sampan boat to Vung Vieng Fishing Village

    Fishing village is where travelers can see and understand local life on Bai Tu Long Bay the most. Choosing a kayak to discover the village by yourself or sitting leisurely on a rowing boat paddled by a local will be suggested here.

    • Swim at Ban Chan Beach

    Ban Chan Beach (or Foot Beach) is an isolated beach in Bai Tu Long Bay. You will be wowed by the unspoiled scenery of the beach and would love to spend hours here. Swimming in the clear water and sunbathing on the sandy beach is a must in the bay.

    • Kayak at Hon Co Island, Tra San, Cap La area

    Kayaking must be the most interesting experience when joining a cruise. Travelers can start their own journey on the kayak and come closer to nature, discover the rocky island, or watch the marine under the water.

    • Explore Bai Tu Long National Park

    Nature lovers would be interested in Bai Tu Long National Park. The park includes both forest land area and sea area. However, ​​the sea area accounts for 2/3 of the whole area and is the home of many rare and precious plants and animals. Visiting Bai Tu Long Bay is the chance to explore the national park and watch the diversified ecosystem here.

    • Watch sunrise and sunset from the top deck

    The advantage of joining an overnight cruise on Bai Tu Long Bay is that you can enjoy the magnificent view at different time frames from early morning to late night. Watching the sunrise and sunset and taking the best photos by yourself are unmissable experiences.

    • Join a cooking class

    If you do not have a chance to join a cooking class on the mainland, here is the chance. On many Bai Tu Long Bay cruises, the chef will show you how to make the most traditional dish in Vietnam. It could be deep-fried spring rolls, fresh spring rolls, or others. Apart from watching, you may like to try to make your own dish. It is such an interesting activity for both adults and children.

    • Try squid fishing at night

    If you are looking for something fun after dinner, squid fishing is a note-worthy experience. leisurely fishing squid and chatting with new friends could be the highlight of your trip on Bai Tu Long Bay.

    • Do morning Taichi exercise

    A Taichi class on the top deck in the early morning is ideal for those who want to keep a healthy lifestyle during vacation. Gentle movements combined with breath-in and breath-out will be the perfect start for a new day full of energy.

    Top 3 best Bai Tu Long Bay Cruises

    Depending on what cruise type you choose, a Bai TU Long Bay cruise may cost travelers from US$140 to over US$200 for a 1-night itinerary and US$275 to 365 for a 2-night itinerary.

    Here are the 3 best Bai Tu Long Bay cruises that you can consider:

    Bai Tu Long Cruises

    Category

    Highlights

    Itinerary

    Dragon Legend

    Luxury (5*)

    - Iron boat in traditional design

    - Outdoor swimming pool

    - 24 spacious cabins (from 26.5m2)

    - Connecting cabins available

    - Restaurant & bar

    - Spacious sundeck with sun loungers

    - Spa

    Thien Canh Son Cave, Vung Vieng Village, Hon Co Island, Cong Dam area

    Dragon Pearl

    Deluxe (4*)

    - Traditional wooden junk

    - 11 cabins (from 12m2)

    - Indoor and outdoor dining area

    - Front and back sundecks and relaxation area

    Cap La, Tra San, Thien Canh Son, Vung Vieng Fishing Village

    Swan

    Superior (3*)

    - 18 cabins (from 18m2)

    - Connecting and triple cabins available

    - Dining area & bar

    - Cooking demonstration

    Cap La island, Vung Vieng Fishing Village, Cong Dam, Thien Canh Son Cave

    Kayaking in Bai Tu Long Bai Tu Long Bay Water Happy family onboard Dragon Legend Cruise Rowing through emerald water Solo traveler on board Local fisherman Great view to the bay