A 3.5-hour drive to and a drawn-out wait at Tuan Chau marina on a hot humid day did not dampen our mood as we waited to get on a boat to bring us to our Image Halong Glory junk cruise where we are going to stay for 2D1N at Halong Bay. It was a bright happy day after all.
Thank God for good weather because the bright clear day also meant we got to enjoy the blue and green views Halong Bay provides. After settling in, we didn’t waste a single second in getting out of the room and soak in the view.
Soon, it was time to get off the comfy cruise for some activities. We visited Hang Sung Sot which is a cave with stalactites and stalagmites, and Ti Top Island where we climbed the steps to the top to enjoy a panoramic view of Halong Bay before resting and enjoying the sunset at Ti Top Beach. The night ended with a dinner on the cruise that included a Vietnamese spring roll making demo and some spring roll DIY.
After the slew of activities, seeing Halong Bay wake up silently to the rays of sunrise from the top of the cruise the next morning was rejuvenating to the soul. After breakfast, kayaking was in order before going back to the mainland.
We could have done just a day trip to tour Halong Bay, but without staying overnight on the junk cruise, we would not have been able to do so much while immersing in all that Halong Bay could offer. It was one great unique experience that we did not regret. Highly recommend that you join a Halong Bay overnight boat tour!
When you visit Halong Bay, how can you not also explore Hanoi? Read on for the memorable things we did in Hanoi.
Here is our 4-day Hanoi-Halong Bay travel itinerary if you would like to see our trip’s details.
By: Chocolate and Marshmallow