Things to Do in Halong Bay: Beyond the Cruise

Halong Bay, a destination that needs no introduction, has spectacular scenery and an abundance of activities. While cruising through the bay is a must-do, there’s a wealth of experiences beyond the cruise that await you in this mesmerizing corner of Vietnam. Join us as we explore some exciting things to do in Halong Bay beyong the cruise tour.

Best Things to Do in Halong Bay

Discover Marvelous Caves

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When you reach Ha Long, you can visit the bay by boat or cruise and immerse yourself in the unique geological wonders of Halong Bay’s caves. These can be Surprise Cave, Thien Cung Cave, or Luon Cave. Apart from the caves in Ha Long Bay, you can explore caves in neighbouring area like Lan Ha Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay for a diverse cave experience.

Visit Ancient Fishing Villages

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If you prefer non touristic area, take a tender or speedy boat ride to Viet Hai fishing village. or you can delve into the daily lives of fishermen in Cua Van floating village, the largest and oldest floating village in Halong Bay. If time allows, try experience activities like cycling, trekking, boat paddling, and swimming in the charming Viet Hai fishing village.

Take a Seaplane Tour

This is not a popular option for some, but it’s highly recommended for adventure lovers. Imagine yourself soaring above Halong Bay with Hai Au Aviation for a breathtaking seaplane experience. The tour is usually around 25-minute, offering stunning views of the bay’s beauty from low altitudes.

Go Kayaking

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This option usually included if you book a cruise tours, but you can book kayaking alone without booking a cruise tour. There’s are a number of kayaking spots like Luon Cave, Vung Vieng Fishing Village, and Tung Sau Pearl Farm. Alternatively, you can opt for a bamboo boat rowed by locals for a leisurely experience. Best enjoyed from March to June and October to December.

Try Adventure Sports

For a more adventurous experience, try activities like rock climbing, kite surfing, water motor riding, and trekking through dense jungles.

Explore Sun World Halong Park

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Not far from Ha Long city center, there’s Sun World Halong Park. For a panoramic view of the city, take a ride on the famous Sun wheel. And don’t forget to dive into the world-class amusement complex with attractions like Queen Cable Car & Mystic Mountain, Dragon Park, and Typhoon Water Park.

Tuan Chau Island

If you enjoy thrilling games, dolphin and seal performances, and water activities, you can play at King Kong Amusement Park on Tuan Chau Island. Witness a mesmerizing 40-minute water music show with impressive performances shaped by water and fire.

Wander Around Halong Night Market

  • Soak up the local atmosphere with a leisurely walk around the night market, featuring over 300 stalls offering everything from souvenirs to local dishes.
  • Indulge in Halong’s fresh seafood, including specialties like “cha muc,” horseshoe crab, oyster, “ngan,” and exotic dishes like nodding cake and “sa sung.”

Visit Quang Ninh Museum

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  • Explore the unique black exterior of Quang Ninh Museum, showcasing exhibitions of the sea, nature, artefacts, and the history of the coal mining industry.
  • Experience the vivid exhibitions of Parody, Aquarium, Adventure, and animals at the 3D Funny Art Halong Museum inside Marine Plaza.

Check-in Bai Chay Bridge

If you are a sunset or sunrise lover, there’s a must-see spot for you. If you stay in Ha Long city center, take a walk to Bai Chay Bridge for a mesmerizing experience. You can capture stunning photos of Bai Chay Bridge, especially in the early morning or late afternoon.

Swim on Primitive Beaches

If you book a cruise tour, you can enjoy pristine beaches like Ba Trai Dao, Titop, Cat Co. If not, you can still enjoy Tuan Chau beach just near Ha Long city center.

Take a Snorkeling or Scuba Diving Tour

If you enjoy snorkeking or scuba diving, you will have to travel abit further from Ha Long. You can dive and discover coral reefs and sea creatures in locations like Cat Ba Island, Lan Ha Bay, Cong Do area, Vung Ha Island, and Co To Island.


Beyond the cruise, Halong Bay unfolds as a treasure trove of experiences, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty and thrilling adventures. Plan your itinerary wisely to make the most of your visit to this mesmerizing destination. Whether you’re exploring caves, indulging in local cuisine, or enjoying chilling on the beach, Halong Bay promises memories that will last a lifetime.Ready to embark on your Halong Bay adventure? Explore beyond the cruise with YESD Travel and make each moment count!
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