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    Nostalgia Cruise Free Kayaking 230

    Nostalgia Cruise NEW

    9.7 Excellent | 42 reviews
    FROM $160
    10 Cabins - Steel Boat - Built 2023
    Special promotion - Only $180/person inc transfer
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    Orchid Premium Cruise Free Kayaking 73

    Orchid Premium Cruise

    9.9 Excellent | 62 reviews
    FROM $360
    5 Cabins - Steel Boat - Built 2019
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    Swan Cruise Free Kayaking 264

    Swan Cruise

    9.7 Excellent | 141 reviews
    FROM $139
    18 Cabins - Steel Boat - Built 2018
    Free shuttle bus and kayaking - only $149/person
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    Hera Grand Cruise Free Kayaking 194

    Hera Grand Cruise

    9.8 Excellent | 85 reviews
    FROM $125
    11 Cabins - Wooden boat - Built 2017
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    Bhaya Premium Cruise 61

    Bhaya Premium Cruise

    9.5 Excellent | 103 reviews
    FROM $170
    4 Cabins - Wooden Boat - Built 2015
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    Emperor Cruise Free Kayaking 40

    Emperor Cruise

    9.7 Excellent | 115 reviews
    FROM $220
    10 Cabins - Steel Boat - Built 2017
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    Heritage Line Ginger Cruise 30

    Heritage Line Ginger Cruise

    9.5 Excellent | 56 reviews
    FROM $270
    12 Cabins - Wooden Boat - Built 2006
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    Heritage Line Violet 33

    Heritage Line Violet

    9.5 Excellent | 54 reviews
    FROM $455
    6 Cabins - Wooden Boat - Built 2009
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    Prince Cruise 71

    Prince Cruise

    9.2 Excellent | 55 reviews
    FROM $190
    4 Cabins - Wooden Boat - Built 2007
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    Treasure Junk Free Kayaking 701

    Treasure Junk

    FROM $120
    14 Cabins - Wooden Boat - Built 2017
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    FAQs

    Can I charter a Halong small boat?

    Sure. You can charter a small boat or any other cruise type in Halong. However, to book a charter cruise, you should contact the cruise company or travel agent early (at least 1-2 months in advance) to ensure availability.

    Is there a boat cruise for only 2 people?

    Yes. You can refer to small junks such as Bhaya Premium, L’Amour Junk, or Bhaya Legend 1 cabin cruise in Halong Bay Private Cruise category.

    Is there a spa on small boat cruises?

    Not many small sized cruise have a spa. You can find spa service on Orchid Premium or Heritage Line Violet cruise.

    How big is the room?

    Small wooden junks usually have smaller cabins than iron boats. Cabins on Halong small boats vary from 10sqm to 65sqm in area.

    How many cabins/ guests will there be?

    Small boats have under 10 cabins and each cabin can accommodate 2 guests. Therefore, a small boat can carry up to 20 guests.

    Small Boat Experiences in Halong Bay

    While most of the newly-launched Halong cruises have above 15 cabins, small boats are still a favorite option for privacy-seekers and tranquility-lovers. Halong Bay small boats usually include under 10 cabins.

    The majority of Halong Bay small boats are wooden while a few of them are iron. They have different itineraries for Ha Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay, and Bai Tu Long Bay. Travelers can join a full list of activities as all other big boats. However, there are limited modern facilities & services due to cruise size.

    Small boats are suitable for solo travelers, couples, families, or small groups who want to charter the whole cruise.

    What facilities and services do Halong Bay small boats offer?

    With the aim of maximizing the local experience with nature and people, small boats do not provide too many recreational facilities but still ensure to meet the most basic needs such as accommodation, food and beverage, relaxation, etc.

    Depending on the luxurious or budget level, these junk boats may vary in convenience and comfort. If you want a luxury experience, cruises like Orchid Premium or Violet cruises offer the most spacious rooms (from 36sqm) with an airy balcony. Otherwise, you can completely enjoy the bay view from large windows from your cabin on other budget trip.

    Restaurants and bars are available on all Halong Bay junks. You can savor a bunch of Vietnamese and Western food onboard and enjoy unique drinks from the bar while the boat crosses thousands of limestone islands.

    Sundeck is the favorite spot for all passengers where you can have an unobstructed view of the bay, watch sunset and sunrise, or simply chill on sun loungers with your loved ones. 

    Why should you choose Halong Bay small boats?

    • More privacy

    Small boats with fewer cabins mean fewer passengers. If you are planning to get a romantic trip with your partner or simply do not like the crowds, small boats provide you with more space to enjoy the tranquil view of Halong Bay and activities on board such as watching the sunset, joining a cooking class, practicing morning Taichi, etc.

    • More personalized service

    With a small number of passengers onboard, these 1-9 cabin cruise ensure a more personalized service than bigger ones. You will be taken care of every single need such as room, dietary, excursions, or any special requests such as birthday, anniversary, etc.

    • Unique experience with more relaxation

    With a smaller crowd to handle, you will have a lot more relaxing experience than being on a voyage with 100 other guests.

    Price range and suggestions for Halong Bay small boats

    The price range of Halong Bay small boats is a bit higher than big cruises. It costs you from US$200 - 400 per person for a 2 day 1 night trip in Halong Bay.

    You can refer to some Halong Bay small boats in the following table:

    Small boats

    Cabins

    Highlights

    Itinerary

    Orchid Premium

    5

    - All rooms have a balcony and ocean-view bathtub

    - Outdoor pool on sundeck

    - Restaurant & sky bar

    - Spa & gym

    - Cooking demonstration

    - Happy Hour (buy 1 get 1 free)

    Lan Ha Bay:

    - Visit Trung Trang Cave

    - Swim at Tra Bau

    - Kayak at Ao Ech

    - Cycle at Viet Hai Village

    - Swim in untouched area of Lan Ha Bay

    Heritage Line Violet

    6

    - All rooms with balcony

    - Restaurant with bar

    - Library lounge

    - Sundeck with bar counter

    - Spa with steam bath

    - Fitness room

    - Cooking class

    - Taichi

    Halong Bay:

    - Kayak/sampan boat at Cua Van fishing village

    - Visit Tien Ong Cave

    - Swim/Hike at Titop island

    - Explore Sung Sot Cave

    - Visit a pearl farm

    Bhaya Premium

    3 - 7

    - All rooms with balcony

    - Restaurant and bar

    - Outdoor restaurant

    - Happy Hour

     

    Halong Bay:

    - Kayak at Tung Sau area

    - Visit Sung Sot Cave

    - Kayak at Trinh Nu Cave area

    - Cua Van Fishing Village

    - Rowing boat trip at Luon Cave

    Red Dragon

    5

    - Rooms with windows

    - Indoor and outdoor dining area

    - Bar

    - Triple room available

    Bai Tu Long Bay:

    - Visit Thien Canh Son cave

    - Swim/kayak at Hon Co Island

    - Cong Do area

    - Vung Vieng floating village

    Prince Cruise

    2 - 4

    - Rooms with windows

    - Indoor and outdoor dining area

    - Bar

    Bai Tu Long Bay:

    - Visit Thien Canh Son cave

    - Swim/kayak at Hon Co Island

    - Cong Do area

    - Vung Vieng floating village

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