Halong Hideaway Cruise, Halong Bay | 2 or 3 Days | from HANOI, VIETNAM

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  • Make new travel buddies on the famous Halong Hideaway Cruise!
  • On this 2 or 3-day cruise, explore the immense limestone karst peaks of Halong Bay and the local life in the floating villages. Lose yourself in a world of lush tropical landscapes, amazing mountain views and emerald green waters.
  • Enjoy kayaking, cycling, trekking, boat jumping, swimming and partying the night away!

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Imagine yourself in an unreal landscape of limestone karsts and emerald waters… On the Halong Hideaway Tour, you’ll visit the best and untouched parts of Halong and Lan Ha Bay, make new travel buddies and have an unforgettable experience!


*Note: In August 2022 the itinerary for Halong Hideaway changed. Reviews from before then describe the previous itinerary. The tour is still run by the same amazing team, visiting the same incredible scenery and each day ending with the same legendary parties.

Halong Hideaway – 3-Day Itinerary*

*Note: South East Asia Backpacker highly recommends the 3-day option if you have the time as you will get to see the best bits of Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay and enjoy jungle trekking, exploring caves and more. Two days is simply not enough!

DAY 1 – Travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay

  • Meet your tour guide at 7:45 am in Hanoi at the Central Backpackers’ Hostel / Hanoi Buffalo Hostel for departure. You will be travelling by bus and boat to Halong Bay. Along the way, you’ll witness the beauty of Cat Ba Island.
  • A jam-packed day of activities will begin by taking a boat and cruising around Halong bay enjoying the beautiful scenery and passing by an authentic floating village.
  • Enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch from the boat, complete with epic views of the bay as you sail by new landscapes.
  • After lunch, we will continue cruising to a quiet area of the bay where you can challenge yourself to a four-metre boat jump and swim in the bay!
  • After spending a fun afternoon cruising and enjoying getting to know your crewmates, the boat will stop on the other side of the bay where you can settle down with a cocktail of your choice to watch a spectacular sunset.
  • At the end of a wonderful day, a BBQ dinner (vegetarian and vegan food available) will be served and after dark – the party will really begin! 

DAY 2 – All Day Adventure!

Hiking shoes will be highly recommended for this day.

  • The second day will start in a very quiet area of Halong Bay and a delicious breakfast will be served from 7-9 am.
  • We will start the adventure in dayboats heading through a beautiful region where the movie “King Kong” was shot. Here you will have another opportunity to do boat jumping!
  • After lunch, we will stop at a remote village in the heart of Halong Bay where the local people enjoy a unique way of life.
  • Cycle through stunning landscapes, see traditional houses, and explore tunnels and the mysterious “Bat Cave”
  • Enjoy an amazing jungle trek where you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular views over the whole bay.
  • In the late afternoon, we will return to the Halong Hideaway cruise ready for a BBQ dinner (vegetarian and vegan food available) and a sunset party in the middle of nowhere!

Note: If you have chosen the 2-day, 1-night trip. After lunch, you will need to say goodbye and return back to the busy life of Hanoi. You will arrive at the Central Backpackers’ Hostel approximately at 5 pm.

DAY 3 – Halong Bay to Hanoi

  • On the last day of the tour, you can enjoy a slow morning without any rush, taking in the spectacular scenery, sunbathing on the deck or swimming in the sea.
  • Take a kayak tour around one of the quietest areas of Halong Bay for a magical experience – this is one of the highlights of the trip!
  • After lunch, we will make our way back by boat to the harbour and then onwards to Hanoi.
  • You will arrive at the Central Backpackers’ Hostel approximately at 5 pm.

Halong Hideaway – 2-Day Itinerary

DAY 1 – Travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay

  • Meet your tour guide at 7:45 am in Hanoi at the Central Backpackers’ Hostel / Hanoi Buffalo Hostel for departure. You will be travelling by bus and boat to Halong Bay. Along the way, you’ll witness the beauty of Cat Ba Island.
  • A jam-packed day of activities will begin by taking a boat and cruising around Halong bay enjoying the beautiful scenery and passing by an authentic floating village.
  • Enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch from the boat, complete with epic views of the bay as you sail by new landscapes.
  • After lunch, we will continue cruising to a quiet area of the bay where you can challenge yourself to a four-metre boat jump and swim in the bay! 
  • After spending a fun afternoon cruising and enjoying getting to know your crewmates, the boat will stop on the other side of the bay where you can settle down with a cocktail of your choice to watch a spectacular sunset.
  • At the end of a wonderful day, a BBQ dinner (vegetarian and vegan food available) will be served and after dark – the party will really begin!

DAY 3 – Halong Bay to Hanoi

  • On the last day of the tour, you can enjoy a slow morning without any rush, taking in the spectacular scenery, sunbathing on the deck or swimming in the sea.
  • Take a kayak tour around one of the quietest areas of Halong Bay for a magical experience – this is one of the highlights of the trip!
  • After lunch, we will make our way back by boat to the harbour and then onwards to Hanoi.
  • You will arrive at the Central Backpackers’ Hostel approximately at 5 pm.

What’s included? 

  • All accommodation on the Halong Hideaway Cruise Ship
  • All meals – 3 x day
  • Boat cruise
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Transport to and from Hanoi
  • All activities; trekking, kayaking, cycling, caving etc.
  • Any entrance fees

What’s not included?

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Refund Policy

  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit online via South East Asia Backpacker.
  • This deposit is fully refundable if you wish to cancel up until 48 hours before the start of the activity. PLEASE NOTE: This policy refers to the payment made to South East Asia Backpacker at the time of booking. All subsequent payments to the operator of your chosen activity fall under their own refund policy
  • For cancellations made fewer than 48 hours before the start of the activity there is no refund available.
  • You can request a change of date at any time, free of additional charges.
  • Date changes are entirely down to the availability of the operator and nothing to do with South East Asia Backpacker. 
  • If your date change is not agreed upon, as long as it is within 48 hours of the start date you originally made your booking for, your deposit can be refunded in full if you wish to cancel.
  • The remaining payment for the experience is payable directly to the operator.
  • The operator can request the remaining payment via an online payment link or upon arrival at the destination.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the operator, is based on the terms and conditions of the operator, over which South East Asia Backpacker have no control.
  • Please see our customer terms and conditions for more information.

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Halong Hideaway Tour

Hạ Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular travel destination in the North of Vietnam. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and islets in various shapes and sizes. If you go to Vietnam, you HAVE to go to Ha Long Bay! On the Halong Hideaway tour, we pay a visit to the best and untouched parts of the bay. Based on the pristine area of the bay, “Hideaway Island” provides you with such amazing and unforgettable experiences that you would not get elsewhere. No words can describe the beautiful scenery. When your feet touch on the island, you will be getting lost in a different world that you could never imagine. A world of pristine beaches, lush green scenery and mountaintop views of the whole bay. We not only provide you with the “fun tour” but also various knowledge of the local life. Our all-day cruise is the best way to explore the immense bluff of the karst peaks of the bay and the local life. From the boat, you will be taken on kayak, cycling and trekking tours… Once you are on the trip with Halong Hideaway … You won’t regret it!

9 reviews for Halong Hideaway Cruise, Halong Bay | 2 or 3 Days | from HANOI, VIETNAM

  1. Ian

    This was my first overseas holiday and first tour after Covid. I was really concerned that there would not be numbers but I was definitely wrong.

    We had 30ish people on the tour meet at the backpackers. What followed was a party cruise, swimming, boat jumping and partying into the evening. The second day consisted of a kayak around the area before departing.

    Food was great (locally cooked food – very seafood heavy although a few vegetarians didn’t seem to have the most options). Accommodation is your usual hostel style buildings.

    Only thing I would of changed is have 5mins of culture/history explaining The significance of Ha Long Bay before diving is into the drinking and partying

  2. filippo

    top tour ! good people..
    the two guide boy and girl were amazing !! perfect place to stay and sleep and wake ou in the middle of the nature ! with the monkey boss of the Isla keef !
    for sure place to visit and tour to do !

  3. Désirée

    I booked the 3d/2n tour and didn’t regret it. It included all the activities that I wanted to do and Alex, Lucy and the rest of the team did a great job. Thank you very much 🙂

  4. Javaneh

    Just got back from the 3 days tour, loved every moment of it. It was sooo beautiful and loved all the adventures they planned for us. Met a lot of cool people there and Bobby the tour leader was the best

  5. Shawn springer

    Just got back from the 3d2n tour. It was great. The guides were helpful, made tons of new friends and the food was plentiful and tasty with enough variety to satisfy everyone. The bike ride and hike on the second day provide a nice view into the lives of the local people and scenery. The boat ride to the island was great with a nice time to go swimming and jump off the boat. Great tour and worth every penny!

  6. Harriet

    I don’t leave reviews, I can’t be bothered usually haha. But this trip was just incredible. I usually choose to do things the cheap way, so rather than going on a tour I wanted to do a simple boat trip.
    My goodness I’m glad I chose to spend the extra money to do the tour.
    From start to finish you felt involved and included in everything. The Western & local Vietnamese tour guides were all wonderful and couldn’t have been more helpful or accommodating.
    I would really warn anybody that isn’t physically fit to consider doing a bit of exercise before the hike because my goodness we sweated more than we ever have in our lives before and we’re not unfit.
    But whether you hike or not, definitely go for the 3 days over 1 because you get much more time to relax and enjoy the friends you’ll make!
    The party side of the trip was great, a little bit of forced fun from a certain tour guide (who knows I rolled my eyes at him far too many times) haha. But other than that it really was awesome, you can either join in or go off and do your own thing in a group.
    Alcohol is a little expensive, 60 VND for a drink & mixer but theres 2 happy hours where its 3 for 2 and the guides usually bring loads of free shots around so it really is fine in the end.
    Lots of laughs, lots of smiles, lots of sweat!! Best time ever.

    Also, do a midnight skinny dip, it’s hilarious and you’ll love seeing the luminescent plankton in the water!

    I would go back in a heartbeat.

  7. Maddy cliff

    Such an unforgettable experience. If I had more time in Vietnam I would’ve extended my stay on the island. Everything was sorted for you from start to end. Don’t even get me started on the tour guides, grace and Stephen were one of the best things about the trip. Whether you want to relax and soak in all the beautiful scenery or socialise, dance AND soak in the scenery..these guys have you covered ? thanks hideaway!

  8. Hannah Hale

    Me and my friend had SO much fun on this tour! We weren’t sure whether to book this tour or the castaways one, which was the main rival. It was cheaper to go with this option but we loved that it included more activities on this one! The drink deals on the trip were really great value, and the evenings spent on the island were awesome! I’d definitely recommend doing the two night option otherwise it’s a bit too much of a rush with the activities and travelling!

  9. Joe Nicholson

    I took the 3D2N tour organised directly through the hostel during my stay and couldn’t recommend it enough. The three days are a perfect mix of daytime activities and crazy evenings, all hosted by the local reps who do a great job of keeping the party going. If you’re lucky enough to have decent weather then you’ll also get to see some of the most iconic views in Vietnam, whether it’s from the boat or the private island’s beach.

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