Hạ Long Bay in Northern Vietnam is one of the most popular destination for tourists and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The exists of 3 Bay areas, Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay and features thousands of limestone karsts and islets in various shapes and sizes.

To offer you the best and less visited places of Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay we designed this unique cruise, especially for backpackers who like the company of fellow travelers who like to have a good time.

Because we offer pristine areas, beaches and lush green sceneries of the bay it is by far the best Halong Backpacker Cruise that provides an amazing and unforgettable experience!

Day 1:

Noi Bai Airport – Hanoi – Old Quarter Street Food Tour 

Your driver will be ready at the airports arrival hall to bring you in a relaxed way to your accommodation in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

Early evening your tour guide will meet you at your hotel to start your Food Tasting Tour through the most interesting streets of the 36 streets of the Old Quarter of Hanoi. He will give you a brief introduction about the route of the tour and about the places you will be visiting before we set off to explore Hanoi’s buzzling Old Quarter in the early evening.

The main purpose of our Hanoi, Old Quarter Street Food Tour, is of course to let you taste a big variety of typical, traditional and local Old Quarter dishes and to give you as much as first hand, local information about these dishes and life in general in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

Day 2:

Hanoi City & Red River Delta Cycling Tour 

Join us on this eco-friendly, exciting and fun journey through unknown parts of Hanoi and the Red River Delta. Experience Real Local Life while we cycle along beautiful tree-lined streets, passing some of the major city’s highlights and through narrow alleys and hidden backyards in areas that you cannot find in any Vietnamese Travel Guide.

You’ll be surprised how peaceful and quiet it is when we take you to the Red River Delta. It is a totally different world here with an abundance of vegetable gardens and banana plantations.

There is no better way to experience Hanoi!

Day 3:

Hanoi – Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay 

A warm welcome at the meeting point for the most popular Backpacker Halong Bay Cruise. We travel by bus and boat towards the cruise departure point while sightseeing around Cat Ba Island.

We board the cruise and start a long day of activities while cruising through picturesque Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay. Enjoy breathtaking sceneries while passing a floating village where we provide you a great opportunity to experience real local life of the fishermen who spend their whole life on the water (good chance to take pictures) while the lunch is served.

We continue cruising further into the bay to take you to a quiet area where you can challenge yourself for boat jumping and swimming. Not only is that a bucket load of fun but great for exercise.

We cruise off to another side of the bay for our anchor place in the middle of nowhere to start our sunset party with BBQ dinner and the party is on!!!

We overnight on the cruise.

Day 4:

Lan Ha Bay – Halong Bay – Hanoi

You don’t need to leave the cruise until after lunch so lots of time to enjoy a slow morning, a morning swim or maybe a lazy lie in…

We will provide you a unique experience by doing kayaking around one of the most-quietest and nicest part of the bay. After your brunch we begin the trip back to hectic and busy Hanoi by boat and bus, you will arrive back at the meeting point at approximately 5pm.

Of course, we can offer transfers to other places if that is more convenient for your Vietnam trip, just let us know.

  • Overnight on a luxury 5* cruise
  • All meals on board:
    2 lunches, 1 dinner and 1 breakfast
  • Complementary 2 bottles of mineral water, fresh fruit in your cabin.
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Kayaking
  • English speaking guide
  • Transfer by bus and boat
  • Taxes and Service Charges
  • All (alcoholic) beverages other than complimentary
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • All not indicated in our itinerary
  • Booking voucher from us 
  • Valid Passport with valid visa 
  • Cash for personal expense 

Specific food requests

Please let us know if you have specific eating restrictions, allergic for certain things or if you are vegetarian, we can take that into account during the trips.

Useful information

Especially for the north and central Vietnam;

In the period between November and April, the weather is variable, from sunny to cold and rainy. It is advisable during this period to bring some rain gear with some warmer clothes. In the period from April to November, it is good to pack a hat with a wide brim, sunscreen (at least SPF15) and a reliable insect repellent. A thin rain poncho is useful all year round.

The south of Vietnam is generally a lot warmer all year round, so warm clothing is not really necessary.

Get Up And Go Vietnam does everything to make your trip an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately, we have no control over weather conditions. Our apologies for that!

What do I need to know? 

During the period March to November it will good to pack your swimming gear, a towel, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen (at least SPF15), a reliable insect repellent, toiletries, a camera and lots of batteries. Warm clothing for the cooler months of November to March is advised. How much luggage can I take? Your vehicle has limited space so please keep your luggage to a maximum of 15kgs in a backpack or soft over-night bag and include a small day pack to hand carry for easy access to camera, sunscreen, water etc. Inhibitions can be left in the luggage storage rooms at your hotel with your other unwanted baggage. 

Get Up and Go Vietnam is doing all possible to make your journey and travel experience an unforgettable one. Weather conditions, we unfortunately cannot control. Our apologies for that!