Ha Long Bay is the most visited area by tourists in Vietnam and for good reason. What is the best way to get out and visit the bay’s beautiful limestone karsts? A variety of tours exist, including boat rides, kayaking and climbing.
1-3 day boat tour
Boat tours will whisk you through the limestone cliffs of Ha Long Bay and its neighboring Lan Ha bay. Most boats stop to explore caves, go snorkeling and kayak. Multi-day tours will include a night on a house boat or on Catba Island.
If you want to explore the area through paddle power, it is possible to do guided kayak tours. Alternatively , you can get dropped off in Ha Long or Lon Ha bay and discover them on your own.
Some tour companies organize deep water soloing in Ha Long or Lan Ha bay. A boat brings passengers up to the cliffs and backs away. You are free to climb as high as you dare before jumping to the water below.
If you want to do a longer tour or a specific combination of activities, this can easily be arranged. The larger the group of people you have, the cheaper it will be.
All tours can be organized from several agencies in Hanoi, Catba town or Ha Long city. Tours organized from Hanoi usually include transport to Ha Long Bay and back.
Scams are common. Make sure you get an itemized receipt of all the activities you want to do. Book from an agency with a physical address that you can return too.