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Bai Tu Long Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay, Vietnam

The Basics

The area of Halong Bay includes three sections: Lan Ha Bay to the south, Halong Bay proper, and Bai Tu Long Bay to the north. The best way to experience it is by boat, available as luxury junks with en-suite cabins or backpacker affairs with bunks; cruises can last days or hours. Enjoy sea kayaking, basket boat rides, cave adventures, squid fishing, karaoke, and cooking demos. It's also possible to see the bay via seaplane and helicopter tours.

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3-Day Luxury Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise on the Dragon Pearl Junk Boat
3-Day Luxury Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise on the Dragon Pearl Junk Boat
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$428.21 per adult
Traveler Favorite
What can I say....Brilliant...
What can I say....Brilliant! Amazing! Surreal! The staff were absolutely amazing. The food was never ending...like one endless degustation fest. The cabins were first class, with spectacular views. The activities really made this a spectacular 3 days. Fishing villages, kayaking, eating, swimming in the sea or soaking in the small pool, caves and on beach lunch...I simply cannot fault this extraordinary 3 days. Well done! 10 out of 10
Alberto M, Nov 2016

Recent reviews from experiences in Halong Bay

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Amazing trip
Traveler06641400302, Dec 2019
Full Day Explore Bai Tu Long Bay With Cave And Kayaking From Hanoi
This was an eventful trip. Well worth the time spent. The guide was both knowledgeable & friendly. The whole experience was very well organized. I would recommend it to anyone.
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Bai Tu Long cruising
wenjonhar, Oct 2019
2 Days 1 Night on Swan Cruises visiting Bai Tu Long bay Thien Canh Son cave
Well worth it. Loved every minute. Kayaking was very good. Superb food. Boat not too big and our party only comprised 12 people
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Book this trip! It's a smaller junk...
Mariska, Sep 2018
Overnight Bai Tu Long Bay and Ha Long Bay Cruise
Book this trip! It's a smaller junk boat so it's not lined up with rest of the boats at night. Cant fault anything,
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This was our first planned activity on...
Donna H, Mar 2018
Overnight Bai Tu Long Bay and Ha Long Bay Cruise
This was our first planned activity on our first trip to Vietnam, and it ended up being the absolute highlight of our trip. We appreciated the stops along the way to the departure location, for souvenir shopping at a workshop for disabled Vietnamese and a pearl farming center. We loved the small size of the boat compared with others we say 11-14 people on ours plus 5 crew. We loved the activities, including visiting caves, kayaking, squid fishing and cooking class. We loved having a top deck where we could socialize with the other travelers, enjoy the stunning scenery and have drinks. And we LOVED the food! It was plentiful and delicious. It was served family-style, with shared platters for each table. We made a point of rotating tables for each meal so our entire group could have a chance to get to know each other. The presentation was first-class flowers carved out of vegetables to adorn the shrimp cocktail. I know we got lucky with our group, made up of 3 different nationalities and with everyone getting along splendidly. But I definitely think being on a smaller boat contributed to the positive chemistry, and encouraged us to mingle more than we would have if we were on a big boat. Overall, the highlight of our trip!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bai Tu Long Bay is a great choice for travelers looking for a less crowded Halong Bay experience.

  • Water is a big part of the fun on warm weather Bai Tu Long Bay tours. Don’t forget to bring swimwear and sunscreen, and check whether your package includes towels.

  • Few Bai Tu Long Bay cruise boats are adapted for travelers who rely on wheelchairs, but the more expensive boats may be prepared to help.

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How to Get There

Bai Tu Long Bay sits north of Halong Bay proper in northern Vietnam. Most cruises depart from Tuan Chau port, although a few high-end options leave from Ha Long International Cruise Port. Many packages include transfers from Hanoi, which are quicker than public transport. The expressway takes around 2.5 hours.

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When to Get There

Bai Tu Long Bay is beautiful year-round, but the best time to visit is October through early December when the weather is dry, the temperatures mild, and skies are clear. The summer rainy season (June to September) is hot and may include the occasional storm, with the tourist peak in July and August. January through early March is cool and misty.

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Should I Choose a Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise or a Halong Bay Cruise?

It can be hard to choose between a Bai Tu Long Bay or a Halong Bay cruise. Only Halong Bay is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its caves are the more spectacular. However, Bai Tu Long Bay is less busy, yielding better photos, and its secret lagoons, karst pinnacles, floating villages, and fish farms are just as scenic. You could choose a multi-day cruise that visits both Halong and Bai Tu Long.

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