Located north of Halong Bay (the UNESCO World Heritage site in northern Vietnam), Lan Ha Bay is considered one of the best Vietnamese tourist attractions. Its generous collections of 300 islands in diverse sizes and the lush foliage offer ample opportunities for fun water-based activities and deep exploration into the bay’s hidden nature.
Paradise Vietnam, recognized for class-leading Lan Ha Bay cruise packages, can lend you some support in choosing the best tour itinerary and services. Other critical Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay cruise guidelines will also be covered.
Enjoy a peaceful night in the Piano Lounge.
Considered one of the first cruise lines for elites, Paradise Grand Cruises offer spacious sundecks with unique views to grant cruisers the best view of Lan Ha and Halong. 39 giant cabins (large private balcony for each included) are also included in the amenities, offering ample space for entertainment and sightseeing during 3 days and 2 nights.
Exquisite spa treatments.
The restaurants will not disappoint you.
Kayaking on the bay’s crystal water is an unforgettable experience.
The bay’s crystal water and scorching sunlight are perfect for some good kayaking with your friends and families. While you are having fun, light pastries and cookies will be served on board, ready to soothe your body aches once you return to the cruise.
Lan Ha Bay cruises to Dark and Bright Cave also allow cruisers to kayak from the cruise to the cave’s mouth - a great idea for high-spirited people who do not want to waste their energy on quiet, slow-rowing bamboo boats.
As mentioned, both 2-day-1-night and 3-day-2-night packages introduce a special Happy Hour session (from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.), where you can taste the cruise’s exquisite beverages at amazing discounts. For each drink you buy, the wine cellar staff will grant you another one for free.
There are cooking classes right before dinner.
2-day-1-night cruisers on Paradise Grand will have the chance to get their hands on some of the best cooking methods for notable Vietnamese dishes right before dinner (around the same time as Happy Hour). Interesting backstories about the plates are provided along with the cooking class/lesson, and the chefs will also be more than happy to indulge in all your extra questions and inquiries.
Join the 30-minute Tai Chi session on deck every morning.
Both packages organize brief Tai Chi sessions (about half an hour) to let you re-energize yourself before breakfast.
The comprehensible instructions, coupled with the bay’s refreshing morning air and beautiful view, are the best stress relief one may experience. By the time Paradise Grand enters its first stop, you will be all spirited, ready to embark on the long adventures ahead.
Paradise Grand has no shortage of post-dinner activities you can partake in. If you are in the mood for some outdoor air, the back of the Lan Ha Bay cruises offers ample space for squid fishing. For those who prefer to relax on board, the Open Air Cinema introduces some of the best movies to while away the time.
Foods are prepared while you are spending your time on the beach.
There are few better ways to spend energy in the afternoon than several laps around the Cat Ba beaches. Its soft white sand also makes sunbathing sessions twice as fun; another alternative is some light beach sports, such as volleyball or sand yachting.
Dark and Bright Cave has made a name for itself as one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in Halong Bay.
Aside from the sturdy, magnificent stone walls and rock shapes that take all breath away, its peaceful lake surface and gorgeous foliage also deserve a spot in your camera rolls. Better yet, with years of intimate experience with the local cultures, the tour guides will tell you the most interesting backstories related to each artifact and stalactite you stumble upon.
A floating fishing village like Viet Hai Village is not always a common sight to see, especially if you drop by Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay from another country.
Hence, an entire morning observing the locals carry on their fishing schedules and lifestyles around the floating village will be one of the best experiences a cruiser could have. The people from Viet Hai Village are honest and friendly, making you feel at home in an instant with their enthusiasm and - the best of it all - the delicious specialty Halong Bay foods.
To help you experience Lan Ha Bay at its best despite the time limits, a typical Ha Long Bay or Lan Ha Bay cruise from Cat Ba Island will give you a full trip around the bay’s most unique rock formations and shapes and through some famous caves such as Dark and Bright Cave, Sung Sot Cave, etc.
In the afternoon, you can either choose to swim on famous beaches (e.g., Ba Trai Dao beach) or kayak your way into hidden archways, tunnels, and lagoons on Ti Top Island. Do not forget to spend the rest of your sunset moments capturing Halong Bay and its floating villages in beautiful pictures before returning to your home city and country.
Once you settle down with the best Lan Ha Bay cruise price and itinerary, it is time to think about what should be packed before you visit Lan Ha Bay:
Passengers should never forget their passports no matter which Lan Ha Bay cruises they choose.
The reason is most all inclusive luxury cruise lines must register their guests with the local authorities. That means a passenger will likely not be allowed to board if he fails to prove his identity and show his passport.
Though the best cruises often have more than enough room for meetings, parties, or conferences, their cabins are still admittedly smaller than typical hotel rooms. Hence, you might not have that much space for big suitcases; pack wisely and only bring a moderate-sized backpack that stores everything you need.
Travelers on extended touring packages (e.g., 2-day-1-night or 3-day-2-night) should bring enough clothes to last them conveniently throughout the entire trip length.
Most importantly, do not leave weather conditions and types of activities out of the picture. For instance, passionate fans of water activities on Cat Ba Island/ Cat Hai Island must remember to pack extra swimming gear, while those who mostly stay on the boat deck could be more casual with their clothing choices.
The weather here can get quite hot.
While Lan Ha Bay is an attractive destination regardless of season, the number of tourists still peaks during summer, when the UV can get extremely damaging.
Do not forget to bring waterproof sunscreen to protect yourself better while on the beach or during kayaking sessions. Apply the sunscreen every 1-2 hours after water exposure.
And if you travel with small kids - who are very vulnerable to strong sun on Cat Ba Island and Cat Ba National Park - it would be great to put some strong sunblock in your backpack.
A few common questions among cruisers.
Van Don Airport (Quang Ninh), Cat Bi Airport (Hai Phong City), and Noi Bai Airport (Hanoi) are the closest airports to cruise Halong Bay. The latter is quite hectic due to Hanoi being the country’s capital, so time your schedule well to seize a ticket before it sells out.
Yes. Overnight cruise tours aside, Lan Ha and Halong Bay are also home to many hostels, hotels, and bungalows. Otherwise, you can choose to spend the night in other neighboring regions like Cat Ba Island, Bai Tu Long Bay, etc. Feel free to stay there after you explore Lan Ha Bay during the day.
No. Just like Bai Tu Long, remote Lan Ha Bay is also one of Halong Bay’s extensions, but the latter two are far from similar. In fact, Halong Bay belongs to Ha Long City/Cam Pha City, while Lan Ha Bay is located at the north of Halong Bay and near Haiphong City.
What amenities and services are included in the cruise packages?
In addition to expenses such as airfare and airport transfers, visa arrangements, hotel accommodation, transportation, beverages, kayaking on the second day, massage, spa treatments, tips and other expenses not mentioned, all expenses in the package you choose are served by Paradise Grand without charge.
Are there options for customization or personalized experiences during the cruise?
Add specialized activities to your Paradise cruise, such as snorkeling or special trips. For a genuinely unforgettable trip, take advantage of individualized food, spa services, exclusive tours, and cabin choices. With a variety of alternatives to make your vacation exceptional, the cruise caters to both special events and entertainment preferences.
Could you provide information about the dining options and the quality of food served on board?
Guests can savor the chef's preparations of the world's finest Eurasian cuisine. Guests can savor both Vietnamese and international traditional foods during traditional dining on a cruise ship. If you have any particular requests, do let the cruise know in advance.
What are the best times of the year to visit Ha Long Bay for a cruise experience?
For beautiful weather, clear skies, and temperate temperatures, the best seasons for a Ha Long Bay trip are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). These seasons are great for experiencing the bay's natural splendor.
What are the options for accommodations on the cruise? Are there different tiers or styles available?
There are 4 options for you when choosing accommodation on the cruise: Deluxe Balcony, Executive Balcony, Grand Suite Balcony, and Captain's View Terrace Suite. You can check room availability on the website and notify the cruise staff in advance if any special arrangements are required.
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A Lan Ha Bay cruise organized by Paradise Vietnam combines fun activities, spectacular scenery, and classy onboard services to ensure a relaxing trip for all passengers. Contact Paradise Vietnam now to negotiate the best Halong Bay/ Lan Ha Bay cruise cost and itinerary for your family!
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