Things to do in Halong Bay

Spend a night onboard

Waking up to the sound of the ocean right outside your bedroom window!

This is what everyone is expecting in this place. By this way, they could admire the bay much closer up in a more special manner. If you stay a night on the cruise ship, you can observe Halong Bay at night. When all boats are docked, you see only lights, this is a striking view. In the morning, when you wake up, first thing you will do is sneaking behind your curtain and watch the sunrise. There are various types of boats available in Halong Bay. If you're unsure which to chose, check out with travel companies such as Best Price Travel to find inspiration and seek advice that will help you find the most suited one for you. However, regardless of your choice, try it at least one night. You will never regret about this experience!


Kayaking Is A Great Way To Get Up Close.

Kayak is a small, relatively narrow boat primarily designed for 2 people. Kayaking in Halong Bay is the best way to explore the stunning beauty of the Bay. Paddle through islets to discover hidden caves, lakes, unspoiled beaches and floating fishing villages… When kayaking, you must follow your tour guide; it is risky to do by yourself without warning or instruction. Tour guide will help you use paddle and guide you to the safe area.


Sung Sot (Surprising) Cave.
When in Halong Bay, visiting caves is an indispensable activity. There are plenty of hidden caves and grottos, lakes and lagoons inside the islands. The most famous caves are: Dau Go Cave, Thien Cung Cave, Sung Sot Cave, Trinh Nu Cave... Each cave has a lot of mysteries and interesting things waiting for you to discover. Because they are all located on the sea, you have to take a cruise to travel around the Bay to visit the islands and caves.


Fishing is one of the daily life activities of local fisherman in Halong Bay. Fishing is an interesting activity at which tourists can experience the feeling of being a truly fisherman. There are some ideal places for fishing such as Titov Island, Cong Do Lake or fishing villages.

Fun night squid fishing

Squid fishing is a quiet way to spend your time on the cruise after dinner. The bay is known to have several squid squads visit during various times of the year so you could try your hand at it. This activity is mostly done at night with lights hanging on the side of boats to attract the squids. Tourists will have the instruction from local fishermen about how to fish a squid in the sea. And the caught squids will be used to make dishes for you.


More time in the water means more time for refreshing moments with your friends and family!

Halong Bay is blessed with clear and calm sea water. Thus, it is a perfect place for swimming. There are many charming and beautiful beaches like Titov, Soi Sim, Ba Trai Dao, Ngoc Vung… Most of them have pure water, idyllic sands so you can totally relax on the sandbank while enjoying the stunning scenery. You can not swim in later autumn and winter because it's quite cold.

In Halong Bay, tourists don’t have to worry about shark when swimming. However, you may get a little trouble with local jelly fish because it can cause itching and irritating. This symptom can be treated by covering a slice of lemon or vinegar on the skin.

Sunrise Tai Chi

Morning Tai-chi exercise

If you’re looking to further enhance the sense of calm then attending the Tai-chi morning class is the best way to start the day. Tai-chi is the ancient martial art which has been performed for thousands of years in China characterized by controlled and soft movements. Practicing tai-chi is a good way to keep fit and improve the health of mind by preventing ills of aging and the stresses and strains of modern life. Tai chi is very safe and no fancy equipment is needed so it’s suitable for everyone. As you join Tai-chi morning class, Tai-chi master will guide you how to control your mind, your body and your breath while enjoying the fresh air. Hence, is it a great idea of practicing Tai Chi when being surrounded by the sublime natural beauty of Halong Bay?

Visit floating villages

The Simple Life In Halong Bay Floating Villages

Floating village is an interesting feature of the daily life of Halong Bay locals. They are home to many Vietnamese who live and work in the bay. These families earn their living from the diversified supply of the marine life. It might be hard to imagining living everyday life surrounded by water and limestone outcrops. A lot of cruise ships will anchor near a floating village so that you can take the opportunity to visit. You could understand more about the real life of those fishermen on floating boats by chatting with them. Pay a visit to one of those charming villages, meet playful kids, and meet some grinning fishermen. This way, you are experiencing of the most interesting things to do in Halong Bay. There are 4 fishing villages serving major tourist attractions which is Cong Dam, Cua Van, Vung Vieng, Ba Hang.

Dining in a cave

Dining in a cave -  a life time experience

If you are looking for the most romantic set up during your Vietnam vacations, this activity is just perfect for you and your partner. Cruising across Halong Bay and get a complimentary candlelit dinner in a stunning cave. A thousand candles and rose petals will light up a quality time for you and your loved one. Mystical scenery with sparkling candlelight inside the cave create a romantic space, which makes your dinner with your family or lover unforgettable sweet moment. Dinners in cave are mainly held by the luxury cruises with 3 days and 2 nights itinerary or chartered boat. The additional price is high as it includes: hiring of the cave, set-up fee, food and personnel. But this activity is quite special and still worth paying extra money for.

Rock climbing

Climb one of the thousands of limestone karsts that rise from the bay

The last but not less interesting one in this list of things to do in Halong Bay is climbing mountain. This area has a few sport climbing routes and has much potential for additional development. It is your decision what level of difficulty you wish to take on as a challenge.  The level of difficulty, however, has no affect on the level of safety.

So there you have it, a list of all the popular things to do in Halong Bay! Love it? Let’s book a Halong Bay cruise and enjoy your holiday!