Bai Tu Long Tours

Nontouristic Bai Tu Long bay private day tour from Hanoi/ Halong

Duration: 11 hours
Start: on request
Prices starting from:
US $179.5

Quick Details

  • Tour location: Bai Tu Long bay in Van Don area
  • Departure: 8:00 am
  • Tour Duration: 11 hours
  • Tour Runs: Minimum 2 persons. Maximum on request

Spend your day on an awesome day to go off the beaten track to see hidden gem of Bai Tu Long day cruise, another bay belongs to Van Don bay area with Hanoi Eco Tour . You will experience the rustic beauty and less-visited bay with the magnificent beauty of limestone island, amazing caves of Phat Co cave, Soi Nhu cave or Dong Trong grotto. Enjoy a day with fun activities such as checking out the less-visited island, cave exploration, hiking the island for the amazing panoramic view from the top, lunch on board with fresh seafood and travel off the tourist trail in Bai Tu Long bay

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Nontouristic Bai Tu Long bay private day tour from Hanoi/ Halong

Price: US $179.5

Overview of Bai Tu Long bay 1 day tour from Hanoi 

Duration: 11 hours (7.30am to 18.30pm) 
Pick up and drop off : At your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter or any other places 5 kilometers from Hanoi Old Town

Style of Tour: 100% our tour are PRIVATE which means that you got your own personal experience
Tour price: $134.5 USD per person (minimum 4 persons) to operate the tour, if you have less than 4 people, please contact us for the best rate

A private Halong Bay cruise with lots of tourists costs around $145 USD per person, what would you pick touristy or non-touristy option with almost the same price and scenery?

Highlights of this Bai Tu Long bay day cruise

  • Truly off the tourist trail route, we hardly see tourists on the way. You might be the only one in the bay
  • Untouched natural beauty as known as not a famous tourist attraction
  • There is plenty of space for taking cool photos because of not many tourists around you. 
  • See the secret viewpoint to see a panoramic view of the bay
  • Explore undiscovered caves with ancient people used to live there
  • Swimming in a private beach with crystal clear water or jumping off the boat (You can’t do it in on a Halong Bay tour)
  • Visit oyster farm only known by locals
  • Kayaking amongst oyster farm surrounded by amazing limestone mountains is really unique (Summertime only from May to August) 
  • Vegetarian option is available 
  • No tourist trap 

Who shouldn’t go on this Bai Tu Long one day cruise from Van Don

If you are traveling on a budget then you aren’t suitable for this cruise option. Why are this tour is a bit pricy than other tours in Halong Bay because of followings reasons

  • Travelling on freeways but comfortable with high toll fee
  • The distance is 60 kilometers further than Halong Bay so the minivan rate is higher
  • Hiring a boat in Van Don area with limited choice, we often pay 35% extra for boat services!
  • For those who just want to see the highlights, taking some nice check-in photos. Because this tour is for those who like an authentic and unique adventure with fun activities, experience local living and enjoy local food
  • For those who like to see Trip Advisor review and follow what others did because we are taking you to infamous tourist attractions. 

Itinerary of Bai Tu Long day cruise

8.00am : Our guide will meet and greet you up at your hotel lobby in the Old quarter area depart for Bai Tu Long bay day cruise. After 3 hours drive in new freeway, arrive in Cai Rong port,

11.30 am : Board on a traditional junk to explore magnificent Bai Tu Long, our first stop is local fish farm, cruise amongst amazing rock formation dated back 500 million years ago. Enjoy lunch with local seafood onboard

12:45 Enjoy kayaking to get a closer look at the amazing rock formation,  floating houses and oyster farms.

Jump off the boat and swim in crystal clear seawater

Admire the stunning beauty of Bai Tu long on the sundeck whilst cruising further.

14:45 Hiking to see amazing Dong Trong cave, which is known as the biggest cave in Bai Tu Long Bay area . Continue hiking up to reach its top of the island to see a panoramic view of Bai Tu Long bay and Cai Rong port. A great chance for shooting cool pictures

16:00 Disembark Cai Rong port.Get on our car and drive back to Hanoi

Stop for refreshments on the way 

19:30 Arrive in Hanoi and farewell.

Note: We are the very first company in Vietnam that offers this Bai Tu Long cruise day tour from Van Don for travellers in Northern Vietnam. Our Bai Tu Long tours is non-touristic and no tourist traps. 

If you stay in Halong, we will offer a customized Bai Tu Long day cruise that departs from Halong. Please contact us via email at or Whatsapp at +84.974.313.104 for further information. 

Price :565 USD for 2 people, 598 USD For 3 people, 669 USD for 4 people


  • Experienced English speaking tour guide
  • Transfer by shuttle bus
  • Lunch with fresh seafood onboard
  • Private cruise in Bai Tu Long bay 
  • Kayaking around stunning lagoon
  • A water bottle per person per day


  • Private car ( $150 extra) SUV, $199 extra for the minivan 16 seaters
  • Tipping for tour guide and driver
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Why to book Bai Tu Long Bay one day tour from Hanoi with Hanoi Eco Tour

Experienced and dedicated team

Our founder has been working in the tourism industry over 10 years includes 4 years working as in-house English speaking tour guide for a Halong Bay cruise so he knows the bay at its best. On the other hand, we have done well-researched on this new route

Down to earth information : 

We ourselves used to serve ton of customers over the pass 10 years, we know what you want : looking for a trust-worthy company and the rate is published on our website to make sure that you are our target clients or not before contacting us. On the other hand, all articles on this website from our real life experience and you can’t find the same thing from scammers. 

A series of articles about providing detailed information of Bai Tu Long bay, Van Don, Quan Lan island, please check on our blog which proves that we are the reliable persons who spends lots of time and effort in providing a great trip for our beloved clients. 

We don’t show off reviews on Trip Advisors, Because there is a lot of them are FAKE but ours are authentic from visitors who have done the tours with us 

Complete by selling value not price 

Unlike other companies offering lots of services at the same time. We, Hanoi Eco Tour, focus on offering tours to Bai Tu Long Bay in a unique route that you can’t either do it yourselves or with other agents

Frequently asked questions for Bai Tu Long Bay tour

Is this worth it to spend just a day in Bai Tu Long Bay?

Yes, of course. Thanks to new expressway, it just only takes 3.5 hours each way to get to Van Don. This cruise route is unique, off the beaten track and non-touristy; which you never find in any other seat in coach or private tour to the famous Halong Bay

Is the scenery of Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long bay is the same?

Yes, it is pretty much the same with also limestone karts mountains but less than Halong Bay

Which Bai Tu Long bay day cruise is the best?

There are only several companies offering the trip to Bai Tu Long Bay. If you are looking for a common tour then Swan cruise is a good choice, but for nontouristy Bai Tu Long Bay, Hanoi Eco Tour is only company organize this type of tour

Is Halong Bay too touristy?

SUPER touristy because it is the common option for travellers. I believe, if they know the unique route which we offer, they may consider this tour option

Can you swim in Halong Bay?

You can only go swimming with 6 hours cruise option on Titov island among lots of other tourists around but there is no swimming opportunity for 4 hours cruise option which most of companies offer

Is Bai Tu Long Bay worth visiting?

Yes, it is. The bay got high recommendation on Trip Advisor

Can you do this day trip as an independent traveller?

Unfortunately not.

How to book 

Hanoi Eco Tour’s team only provide services which we think we can do it at our best

You need to book a unique Bai Tu Long bay day cruise and don’t concern much about price instead of reliable tour agent which you can trust, please don’t contact

You can book in the form below or contact us for further information via email at or Whatsap at +84974313104

Hope to serve your beloved clients

David Nguyen

Hanoi Eco Tour team

Feb 11, 2023

Bai Tu Long bay day cruise

Happy guests kayaking in the Bai Tu Long day cruise trip

Bai Tu Long day tour

Swimming in a private beach in Bai Tu Long bay

Bai Tu Long oyster farm

Oyster farm in Bia Tu Long bay

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