Halong Bay shore excursion - Private tours for cruise passengers in Halong and Hanoi

Halong Off the beaten track day cruise – Explore different route of Halong bay where others don’t go

Duration: 9 hours
Start: Hanoi
Prices starting from:
US $196

Quick Details

Quick Details

  • Tour location: Halong Bay
  • Departure: 9:20 am
  • Tour Duration: 9.5 hours
  • Tour Runs: Minimum 2 persons. Maximum on request (Solo travellers are welcome)

Spend your day on an awesome private day cruise to take you to Halong off the beaten track to see the highlights and hidden gem of Halong Bay day cruise, this route is a less-visited route offered by Hanoi Eco Tour for those who don’t like to see too many tourists on their Halong Bay tour.

It will be a relaxing, less busy Halong Bay trip that you expect. We will cruise among magnificent towering limestone cliffs in Halong Bay, explore magical limestone cave of Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Cave), knowns the the most beautiful limestone  caves in Halong. We also include  fun activities such as kayaking to see caves

Who should take this private Halong bay off the beaten track day trip

For those who want to have your own privacy and travel at your own pace. 

  • Family with young kids
  • Group of friends or coworkers
  • Couples or honeymoon trip


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Halong Off the beaten track day cruise – Explore different route of Halong bay where others don’t go

Price: US $196

Overview of Halong off the beaten track day cruise from Hanoi 

Duration: 9hours (9.20am to 6.50pm) 
Pick up and drop off : At your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter or anywhere within the city of Hanoi

Style of Tour: 100% our tour are PRIVATE which means that you got your own personal experience
Tour price: $179 USD per person (minimum 2 persons) solo travellers are welcome, please contact us for the best rate


Highlights of this Less touristy Halong Bay day cruise

  • Cruise in less touristy routes with a few boats around you
  • Private boat with your own privacy
  • There is plenty of space for taking cool photos because of not many tourists around you. 
  • See Halong hidden gems
  • Discover one the the most beautiful caves in Halong
  • Kayaking to see caves
  • A vegetarian option is available 

9.15am : Our guide and driver welcomes you at hotel in Hanoi and embark on two and a half hours journey to explore the New Seven Wonder of Nature as well as the World Heritage Site – A must-see travel destination in Northern Vietnam

We will drive along the best freeway in Vietnam Hanoi – Hai Phong before heading to the historic Bach Dang bridge where the famous battle against Sourther Han invader in 928 to put an end for 1000 years Chinese nomination

If you need a bathroom break, we will stop at stopover for tourists where you can get some teas or coffee. 

We arrive at Tuan Chau port station where we grab tickets, check-in and get onboard a wooden junk boat to cruise magical Halong Bay 

Enjoy seafood lunch onboard while cruising to the direction of the Cat Ba island area. We choose the less touristy routes where there is a few boats taking to make your cruising experience special,passing by numerous limestone islands and islets along the way.

We keep cruising toward Hoa Cuong areas where you can see the most well-known rock formation: Stone dog islet, Incense burner islet and Flighting cock islets (two of the Halong Bay symbols) 

2.15 Pm Arrive at Hoa Cuong area, Halong Bay hidden gem.We make a stop at a floating house also a local seafood farms where you can see a variety of local seafood. 

One the way, we pass a “Thumb up” islet, which is special symbol on the route, our cruise head to Ba Hang area
2.50pm, Unfortunately, the locals has moved to the mainland. Discover the beauty of Ba Hang area with two choices either by kayaking or bamboo boat ..

3.25 pm Back to our boat, take a short cruise to Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace cave) – one of the most beautiful limestone caves in Halong

Arrive at Thien Cung cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Ha Long Bay with colorful rock formations in various shapes; they look like Dragons, Princesses, coral reefs, etc….
After the cave, we cruise back to Tuan Chau port. 

5.10pm to 5.20pm : Arrive at the port. And head back to Hanoi, arrive at your hotel around 6.45pm to 7pm. Your Halong off the beaten track day trip ends.

Note : Instead of hosting 44 people onboard, you are the only guest so the price is higher

We also offer a less touristy Halong Bay day cruise for those who stay in Halong; please email us at info@hanoiecotour.com for further information and support.


  • Private transfer by car/minivan based on your group size
  • Experienced English-speaking guide
  • Private wooden junk boat in Halong 
  • Lunch with seafood (vegetarian option is available) 
  • 2 water bottled per person
  • Entrance fee of Halong Bay
  • Kayaking or Bamboo boat


  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping for tour guides, drivers and boat crews
  • Bank charges if you pay via credit card (3.5%)
  • Accommodation 
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