Private tours in Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is in one word: magical! Located in the north of Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is one of the most famous touristic attractions in Vietnam. This comes as no surprise, as the beautiful scenery of beaches, caves and limestone pillars are even included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Tours in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

  • The best time to visit Ha Long Bay is from March till June, and there are several great things to do during your stay.
  • Boat tour or cruise
    You can decide to hop on a boat and sail along the waters of the Gulf of Tolkin, admiring the nature surrounding you.
  • Visit the islands
    There are several islands to visit that are gorgeous and unspoiled by tourism. Visit for instance Ban Sen or Van Don. You can also decide to have a look at one of the more touristic islands such as Cat Ba, which houses a beautiful national park.
  • Caves
    The most famous caves include the Virgin Cave and Hung Sung Sot located on Bo Hon Island. The legend behind the ‘Virgin Cave’ is that a beautiful young woman committed suicide in this cave, as she did not want to marry and old Mandarin man.

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

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Nicola Julie

Best Ever Hanoi Culture Tour

We had a great time exploring the city with Julie! She brought us to places we'd never had found on our own. 1000 thanks again! :)

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Dominique Manh

Farm tour & Cooking in Hanoi with local family

My family and I spent almost 3 weeks traveling through Vietnam and our time with Manh was by far one of our favorite moments. Manh toured us through her market and then through her city and through the streets toward her home. Along the way we had the opportunity to talk with the market vendors, and Manh even took the time to explain the market operations to us. Then we ventured through the farmland and listened to the experiences of the people on the farms and learn about the fruits and vegetables that were planted. The amount of time that Manh spent just talking with us and letting us into that part of the culture was really something truly special. And of course, then cooking her delicious recipes was just the cherry on top of the whole experience. My family and I really enjoy Vietnamese cuisine so to be able to see the tricks of the chef was very fun. Manh's hospitality was unforgettable and nothing short of amazing. We are so thankful to have had such an experience!! It is very admirable that Manh opens her home for people like us to get a glimpse into the wonderful world she lives in. Absolutely unforgettable!!!!

Manh- Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!

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Jason Jessica

Scary but Tasty! - Hanoi's weird food tour

Our strange but tasty tour with Jessica was excellent... Even though the weather didn't co-operate , Jessica was super accommodating and flexible and took us to some amazing spots for some great food. If you get the chance this is a great tour to experience some foods you probably haven't before

How to get to Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

  • The best way to reach Ha Long Bay is by departing from Hanoi.
  • Minibus 
    The drive from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay takes around 4 hours and tickets are 90.000 VND. Beware that most busses don’t have A/C, so in the summer months it can get very hot!
  • Train 
    You can decide to take the train from Hanoi to Halong. The ride costs around 422.000 VND, and drops you off at the Halong Train Station, around 4 kilometres from the Bai Chay harbor.
  • Shuttle bus
    Takes around 4 hours to get to Ha Long Bay, Bai Chay harbor. The bus leaves daily around 8.00 A.M. and costs approximately 253.000 VND.
  • Plane 
    You can also decide to take a plane and arrive on the Cat Bi International Airport in Haiphong. From there, you can take a taxi for around 850.000 VND. The journey from Haiphong to Ha Long Bay takes approximately 2.5 hours.

Food in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

  • Food specialties 
    If you want to try special Vietnamese dishes from this area, make sure to order Tu Hai and Gat Gu. Tu Hai is made out of shellfish and has a unique and delicious taste. You can even decide to eat steamed Tu Hai, combined with ingredients such as fish sauce, herbs and soup. Also make sure to try Gat Gu, which is a tasty cake made out of rice flower.

Top experiences in Ha Long Bay & Hanoi

One day as a local in Hanoi


€40.00 p.p.

Best Ever Hanoi Culture Tour


€21.00 p.p.

Drive and Cruise in Halong Bay!


€130.00 p.p.