Take a magnificent excursion to the famous Halong Bay with convenient transportation and a knowledgeable guide to help make this the perfect full-day tour. Cruise along through the incredible scenery of the bay, visit grottoes, enjoy fresh seafood on board, and go to a ceramic village.
After a convenient pickup from your hotel, journey 103-miles (165-km) east of Hanoi to Halong Bay. Board the boat and set off on a relaxing and wonderful cruise through World Nature Heritage Halong Bay, passing bizarre rock formations, such as the Dinh Huong (the Incense Urn), Cho Da (the Stone Dog), islands with sandy beaches, and Ga Choi (the Fighting Roosters) islets. Discover Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage of outstanding natural beauty, known in Vietnamese as “Dragon descending to the sea."
The picturesque Halong Bay has more than 3,000 limestone islets rising from the clear emerald water, many of them containing beautiful grottoes. You visit Thien Cung and Dau Go grottoes situated on the southwest side of the bay, 2.5 miles (4 km) from the wharf outside of Halong City. The way to Thien Cung grotto is covered on both sides by thick forest. After entering a narrow gate, the grotto’s 427-foot-long (130-m) girth opens up. Be amazed by the splendid beauty of the stalactites hanging down.
On the east wall of the grotto, there is a grandiose and imposing picture with characters from stories. Going out of the Thien Cung grotto, you have the pleasure of watching a unique, meticulous, interesting fine-art museum which is made by nature. This grotto is one of the most beautiful ones in Halong Bay. Legend has it that a beautiful young lady named May (cloud), caught the eye of the Dragon Prince and he fell in love with her. They were betrothed and their wedding lasted 7 days and 7 nights in the very center of the grotto.
During the boat trip, fresh seafood is served. You also have the option to go kayaking if the weather permits, or take a refreshing swim in the bay. In the late afternoon, sail back to shore and disembark for the drive back to Hanoi. Your full-day tour ends with a visit to Dong Trieu ceramic village en route to your hotel.