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Halong Bay Tours

  • Visit the Gulf of Tonkin and cruise gorgeous Hạ Long Bay
  • Have a Glimpse of the Unique Lifestyle in the Floating Villages
  • Capture the Beauty of the Small Islands
  • Enjoy the Night on a Cruise
  • Paddle out in a kayak around Ha Long’s gorgeous seascape
  • Clamber into a cave and discover surprising sights
  • Try your hand at rock climbing in the bay’s countless routes
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Best Beach Holidays, Vacations & Tours in Vietnam

4 Days 3 Nights


  • Taste Hanoi’s best food
  • See UNESCO-heritage sites
  • Learn to cook Vietnamese food
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08 Days 07 Nights


  • Experience local life in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Discover the most famous places in Nha Trang
  • Immersive look at Ha Long Bay
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01 Days


  • Immersive look at Ha Long Bay
  • Sweeping panoramic views of limestone karsts
  • Delicious & fresh seafood lunch bursting with flavor
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There’s no better way to see the beauty of Halong Bay than from the water, zigzagging among the tiny islands and towering limestone cliffs that populate the bay. But what type of cruise experience you want makes a world of difference, and the options go from quick half-day tours around the day to overnight trips leaving from the capital Hanoi.

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All visitors are warmly welcomed upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport by our local guide then transfer to Halong Bay

  • Warmly welcome at Noi Bai airport and transfer to your hotel.
  • After a long journey, it’s time for your leisure.
  • Nice Vietnamese dinner will be serve at local restaurant.

Make sure to save at least one day to go on a cruise down Ha Long Bay, it’s one of the best things to see in Vietnam.

  • Immersive look at Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Sweeping panoramic views of limestone karsts & rainforests
  • Delicious & fresh seafood lunch bursting with flavor
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Halong Bay is one of the most famous places in Vietnam and consists of a series of impressive limestone islands that are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. There are around 2000 islands in the bay and many of them are with beautiful lush vegetation, making them ideal for walking.

5 reasons to visit Halong Bay

  • Take a fantastic cruise through the beautiful landscape.
  • Do an adventurous activity such as kayaking or rock climbing.
  • View the local life in the floating villages.
  • Explore different islands with viewpoints and caves.
  • Be romantic with a luxury cruise, spa and dining in a cave

Recommended days to stay

There are day tours from Hanoi that give you a good impression of the bay, but if you have time try to stay at least 1 night here. Keep in mind that the travel time between Hanoi and Halong is already 3 hours.


Best Beach Holidays, Vacations & Tours in Vietnam

4 Days 3 Nights


  • Taste Hanoi’s best food
  • See UNESCO-heritage sites
  • Learn to cook Vietnamese food
View more Enquiry

08 Days 07 Nights


  • Experience local life in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Discover the most famous places in Nha Trang
  • Immersive look at Ha Long Bay
View more Enquiry

01 Days


  • Immersive look at Ha Long Bay
  • Sweeping panoramic views of limestone karsts
  • Delicious & fresh seafood lunch bursting with flavor
View more Enquiry

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    Know Before Go
    To help you plan the perfect trip, here are my top Vietnam travel tips so that you can spend less time stressing and more time enjoying this fascinating country!

    Area: 331,210 sq. km
    Population: 95 million
    Time zone: UTC +7
    Dial code: 84
    Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND)
    Religion: Buddhism, Christian, ancestor worship and others
    Plug types: 2-pin outlets, flat and round pins
    Voltage: 220V
    Frequency: 50Hz

    Passport validity
    If you are visiting Vietnam, your passport should be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive.
    Make sure your passport is in good condition before arriving in Vietnam. Being refused entry can result in significant cost and a long stay at the airport.
    Check with your travel provider to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

    If you want to stay in Vietnam, you should only do so legally and with the right visa and permission to stay. If you wish to remain in Vietnam as a tourist for longer than 15 days there are two visa options:

    1. Book a tour with a travel agent in Vietnam requesting that the agent applies for a visa pre-approval letter for your travel to Vietnam.
    Visa on Arrival to be handled by AFS Travel
    To arrange for a visa on arrival, please send AFS Travel via e-mail the following information:
    Arrival date; Flight number; Full passport details (number/name/gender/nationality/issued and date expiry)
    It takes three to five (3-5) working days to secure a Visa authorization letter, which AFS Travel will email to you. You must present this letter when boarding your flight. Keep this form as you will need to present it again upon departure. At the airport, your Visa on arrival stamping will cost US$ 25 by cash.

    2. Apply for an e-visa online through the online portal.

    E-visas are issued for stays of up to 30 days, single entry only. Use of the e-visa is limited to certain entry/exit points which you must select at the time of application. You cannot make any amendments once your application is completed.

    Tourists to Vietnam can only apply for 30-day tourist visa. Tourist visas currently cannot be extended. Paid or volunteer work, missionary work, or other activities not related to tourism are not allowed under tourist visas.
    If you are travelling to Vietnam for business, or are an expert and/ or a high-skilled worker you will need to contact your business partner/ employer/ sponsor in Vietnam to work with relevant authorities of Vietnam to arrange the issuance of your visa.

    Vietnamese visit visas are issued to foreign nationals for a limited duration and on the basis that visitors must leave on or before the date of expiry, which is printed on your visa. Those who come to Vietnam to work are required to apply for a work visa / permit. You should check the visa validity and conditions carefully. Overstaying your Vietnamese visit visa or working illegally is a serious matter and you may be delayed from travel until a fine is paid, deported and may be prevented from visiting Vietnam in the future.

    Temple Etiquette: When visiting pagodas, temples or Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum in Hanoi, shorts and tank-tops are unacceptable as your knees and shoulders should be covered. Footwear and socks must be removed in some pagodas. Shoes are usually removed upon entering private accommodation.

    In terms of behaviour, public displays of affection between men and women are considered a bit shocking. On the other hand, it’s perfectly normal for a pair of men or a pair of women to link arms or hold hands, which does not imply any signal of lesbian or gay relations. Upon meeting someone new, people may simply nod to each other or may shake hands. Using both hands to shake someone’s hand while greeting “Xin chao” is a warm gesture of respect.

    Beckoning someone by crooking your finger is very rude. The correct way to call someone over is to wave at them or call their name. Never mind if the locals sometime look at you and laugh or giggle, they simply curious about your ages and why you travel if you are a senior traveler. To ask for the bill in a restaurant or shop, pretend to write on your palm with the other hand. You ‘ve got it.

    Taking picture for a close up one should be asked prior to your click, other than that, don’t aks if you like other photo opps. People are normally a bit shy when a foreigners turn to them and ask something with a camera in hand and they simply turn away. That is why the trick is not to ask if it is not a personal close up picture.

    Packing for a trip to Vietnam can be a bit hard, as the climate varies so much depending on when and where you go. When the weather is not ideal in one area, it must be great in another. While Hanoi is cold enough to bring a coat from December to February, this is an excellent time to visit HoiAn, Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta.
    From April to October, most of the country is affected by south-western monsoons. The rains, which tend to be concentrated in the late afternoon, provide comfort relief to the heat. Travel to very remote areas may be affected by the rains, but overall they should not interfere with your trip. The summer months and up to November are the perfect time to visit Ha Long Bay, as for the blue sky and the water is warm enough for swimming.
    In terms of weather, northern Vietnam is at its loveliest from September to December, when there’s a good chance of clear skies and low humidity. The hottest months in Ho Chi Mink City are April and May, although there is generally a decent breeze. The central highland town of Dalat is moderate all year round, earning it the reputation “City of Eternal Spring”.

    1. Crime
    Most visits to Vietnam are trouble free but you should take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings in big cities and tourist areas.
    Don’t hand over your original passport to third parties as a guarantee (e.g. to motorcycle rental shops, landlords) as there have been many instances of companies holding on to passports against claimed damage.
    You should remain alert and take care of your belongings, particularly in crowded areas and places visited by tourists where pick pockets and bag snatchers operate, including on motorbikes. Consider splitting key items between bags.
    There have been reports of arguments over hotel, restaurant or taxi bills turning violent or abusive. It is well worth researching places to stay before you arrive. To avoid potential disputes, make sure you are clear about the level of service you can expect to receive and any associated charges.

    2. Road travel
    Be alert at all times on the roads. When crossing the street on foot, move at a slow and steady pace with eyes contact. Never stop and step back suddenly since the motorist watching your pace from a far and measure their own speed. Just walk slowly and traffics will flow around you.

    If you’re planning on travelling as a passenger on a motorbike, please wear a good quality helmet and make sure your medical insurance is comprehensive. It’s illegal to be on a motorbike without a helmet.
    If you wish to drive cars or ride motorbikes in Vietnam you will need to present your international driving licence and an International Driving Permit (IDP).
    Don’t use your passport as a deposit for hiring vehicles or in place of a fine in the event of a traffic offence.
    Driving cars or riding motorcycles when your blood alcohol concentration is more than zero is illegal. This is enforced rigorously.

    Metered taxis from larger firms are generally reliable. Where possible get hotels or restaurants to book you a reputable taxi. Always make sure the driver identifies themselves before setting off. If you book a taxi online or through an app, make sure the details of the vehicle and driver match those provided by the company.

    3. Rail travel
    Rail travel in Vietnam is generally reliable. Be aware of the risks of petty theft, particularly while asleep on overnight trains.

    4. Sea travel
    Piracy in coastal areas off Vietnam is very rare. Mariners should, however, report all incidents to the coastal and flag state authorities. See Piracy and armed robbery at sea.

    5. Political situation
    Vietnam has a single party political system, which does not welcome dissent. Some protests in recent years have turned violent, or been violently suppressed by the authorities. You should avoid all protests.

    • COVID-19 is under-controlled in Vietnam but stil remains a risk. Wearing the mask and keep your hands clean always to protect yourself and others.
    • Use insect repellent. Get vaccinated before you travel. Consider taking anti-malarial medication.
    • Rabies occurs in Vietnam, especially in the north. If you’re bitten or scratched by an animal, get medical help immediately.
    • Foodborne, waterborne, parasitic and other infectious diseases include cholera, hepatitis and typhoid. Wash your hands well and often. Drink only boiled or bottled water. Avoid raw or undercooked food.
    • Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave.

    The currency of Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND).

    When you arrive or exit Vietnam, you must declare if you have:

    • Foreign currency in excess of $US5,000, including cash and traveller’s cheques
    • More than 15 million Vietnamese dong in cash
    • More than 300 grams of gold, including jewellery, gold bar and raw gold

    You must also present one of the following documents:

    • Written confirmation of carrying foreign currency or Vietnamese dong in cash abroad, issued by an authorized Vietnamese credit institution in accordance with the laws on foreign exchange control
    • Written approval to carry foreign currency or Vietnamese dong in cash abroad, issued by the State Bank of Vietnam- Credit cards are widely accepted throughout major cities in Vietnam.

     ATMs are widespread in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang.

    Check with your bank to confirm if your ATM (eftpos) card will work in Vietnam.

    If you go shopping in Vietnam, bargaining is necessary and actually full of funs. It is also recommended to check prices of the same items in the neighbor hood shop before coming to a deal. If you choose to ship items home, we highly recommend that you buy shipping insurance and check the policy details. As shops are not responsible for damages incurred en route, it is better to be safe than sorry. Beside local post offices’ services, DHL, UPS and FEDEX have their hands in every big cities.
    Knock off products or genuine fake i.e. Luis Vuiton… is of a variety in Hanoi, Hue and Saigon, make sure if there is any problem at your country’s customs before you purchase them home.

    High-end restaurants will often add a service charge of five to ten percent to the bill. While tips are not expected in more casual restaurants and bars, they appreciated with thanks since waiters earn low wages. Indochina Voyages suggests tipping drivers about US$4 – US$6 per day, tour guides about US$8 -US$12 per day.

    Update . . .

    Depending on what you need, contact your:
    family and friends
    travel agent
    insurance provider
    Fire and rescue services
    Call 114.
    Medical emergencies
    Call 115.
    Call 113.
    Take a translator with you to report a crime to the local police. Cases reported by foreigners may be accepted at the discretion of local police.
    Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number
    Tourism: Contact your travel provider with any support about tourist services or products.

    Update . . .

    Halong Bay as known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous because its stunning limestone mountains raising up from emerald waters that formed from thousand years ago.

    You also can have a chance to explore amazing caves as well as the culture of Ha Long.

    Interesting fact about Ha Long

    Who has been to Halong Bay? From world leaders, celebrities, fashion icons, to Hollywood directors, Halong Bay has probably welcomed the world’s most influential leaders. The list includes:

    • Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
    • The late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain
    • Numerous presidents and prime ministers
    • Facebook’s Founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan
    • Hollywood directors and actors, and many others.

    It shows how the destination bringing so much importance to the representation of Vietnam to the rest of the world. “

    “Covering such a wide area for tourism and economic purposes, Halong Bay is a place where you’ll never run out of things to do. From outdoor and active activities to a more relaxed and food-focused itinerary, there’s always something to do for all kinds of travelers Here are some addition activities besides visiting famous attractions you can expect when join a Halong Bay Tour:

    1. Join Agriculture Tour

    Experiencing and learning to how traditional farmers plant organic foods served onboard, guests will find a variety of healthy and unique plants of Vietnam via this activity.

    2. Kayaking

    Perfect for those who like to explore on their own and for those who have more active lifestyles, kayaking through Halong Bay is one of the best ways to experience the area.

    3. Sunbathing

    Only appropriate and doable in specific times of the year, sunbathing in Halong Bay is most of the time overlooked by many visitors. But as far as we’re concerned, this is among the things you should definitely do in Halong Bay.

    4. Trekking

    Trekking is very much doable in any part of Halong Bay, whether you’re staying in Tuan Chau Island near the fishing villages, Cat Ba Island, or by Hon Gai District, there are places where you could trek or hike.

    5. Cycling

    Same as trekking, cycling can be done in almost every major part of Halong Bay and Halong City, including Cat Ba Island and the city center.

    6. Rock Climbing

    With limited options and only provided by one company in Cat Ba Island for now, rock climbing is advisable for the sporty types of travelers, ranging from beginner to expert level. For a more adventurous option, visitors can also try Deep Water Soloing.

    7. Tai Chi

    One of the most common early morning activities for those doing the overnight cruises in Halong Bay, Tai Chi is a great alternative to a morning workout onboard.

    8. Cooking Class

    Also one of the most common activities onboard for overnight and 2-night cruises, cooking classes usually take place in the afternoons after all the off-board activities and right before everyone settling down for the dinner.

    9. Spa & Wellness

    Usually available in luxury cruises, spa and wellness services are readily available for those who want to maximize their relaxation time in Halong Bay, most ideally while cruising over the calm waters of the bay

    10. Squid Fishing

    The cruise activity that everyone looks forward to, squid fishing is the only thing you can do once night time is up on the cruise. It brings people together and creates lots of laughter at the same time.”

    October to December

    The most popular period of the year for western tourists and visitors, October to December for some people can be the best time to go to Halong Bay as the weather is not sweaty, the waters are still calm as during summers, and the sky can still be blue and clear, depending on which month you go with.
    The only cons during this period is the incredible number of tourists from all over the globe flocking Halong Bay usually all at the same time, especially during Christmas to New Year’s seasons.
    Another disappointing factor during the high season for Halong Bay is that the weather can be mostly dull, grey, and quite chilly, as winter in the northern part of Vietnam starts around the end of November and can last until early April.
    Again, the best way to avoid disappointment is to double check all necessary information with AFS Travel before booking anything. It’s always best to be prepared before flying to your final destination rather than find out the worst is yet to come.

    Gallery HaLong Bay Tour

    There’s no better way to see the beauty of Halong Bay than from the water, zigzagging among the tiny islands and towering limestone cliffs that populate the bay. But what type of cruise experience you want makes a world of difference, and the options go from quick half-day tours around the day to overnight trips leaving from the capital Hanoi.


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