Hanoi & Halong Bay Holidays: An Overview

Despite an eventful history marked by wars and natural calamities, much of Hanoi's architectural heritage survives intact, including the Old Quarter and over 600 pagodas and temples. Halong, or the 'Bay of the Descending Dragon', is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the mountains meet the sea at this majestic bay containing almost 2,000 spectacular limestone islands and outcrops of various sizes.

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  • While doing a Halong Bay tour you'll wake up to the stunning dramatic limestone cliffs and have breakfast on board your traditional Junk boat - it's an experience that's hard to beat

Luxury Travel to Hanoi & Halong Bay: The Detail

We recommend taking a private guided tour of Hanoi's main sights, including temples, museums of the country's recent and ancient history, traditional old quarters and more recent tree-lined boulevards with their French colonial architecture. Famous sites include the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature and Hanoi Citadel. A walking tour of the Ancient Quarter or the '36 Streets' District is a particular must. This densely populated corner of the city was once a centre of commerce where goods were sold under the street name of a particular guild. Still a thriving community of sellers today, you will see street names such as Sugar Street, Tin Street and Paper Street. Ancient homes and temples are interspersed with fascinating shops.

Once you've had your fill of history and culture, enjoy a stroll around some of the 18 lakes which, with their surrounding gardens and trees, are the lungs of the city. As evening approaches, the lakeshores become the venues for traditional water-puppet shows.

Combine a Hanoi holiday with a tour of Halong Bay, on the Gulf of Tonkin. Cliffs, arches and coves compete for space in an area that is without doubt the most outstandingly beautiful in the country - an incomparable coastal scene.

Viewed from above, Halong Bay resembles a geographic work of art, but the best way to experience this unique natural wonder is by meandering among the islands and inlets on a boat.


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After a night on an immaculate floating hotel, head off by sea kayak to explore the caves in the enormous limestone cliffs of Halong Bay.

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A note on price

Direct flights cost from £700 per person, but once there, Vietnam is pretty good value – a good 10-day itinerary (staying in four star accommodation) costs around £2,000 per person including guides and domestic transport. Those with a bigger budget should expect to easily spend around £5,000 per person. Learn more about our pricing

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Flight from London

11:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +7 hrs

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Halong Bay

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Combine Hanoi with a trip to Halong Bay, on the Gulf of Tonkin.

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City Tour of Hanoi

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Sofitel Metropole

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M/V Emeraude

M/V Emeraude

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The Emeraude cruises amid the scenic beauty of Halong Bay at a stately 10 knots.

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Halong Jasmine

Halong Jasmine

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Launched in late 2007, the Halong Jasmine is all about attention to detail and quality of design.

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Halong Ginger

Halong Ginger

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Launched in mid 2006, this wooden junk combines old school elegance with modern comfort for the ideal exploration of Halong Bay.

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