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Travel tips: Cruises in Halong Bay

It is said that the perfect way to discover and enjoy the world natural wonder is to jump onto a traditional junk sailing to the far-most corners where there are hidden lagoons, unexploited beaches and exotic grottoes that can be found nowhere else in the world. Reality is a bit different.

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Over 300 tourist boats serve the tourists flocking to the Bai Chay Tourist Wharf. The majority of Ha Long Bay‘s boats serve the mercy of tour agencies in Hanoi, although walk-in tourists can also negotiate a ride from one of the touts hanging out dockside.

These boats are modern, diesel-fed contraptions made up to look like traditional Chinese junks. At the very minimum, Ha Long boats have a bathroom, a galley that cooks up meals for guests, and access to a top deck that provides 360-degree views of Ha Long Bay.

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There are two popular kinds of cruise itineraries in Halong Bay, day cruise and overnight cruise.

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Day cruises are created for travelers who just have enough time to soak up the atmosphere and take short glimpse over the must-sees of Halong Bay. Though they are quite short, they include visits to tourist attractions and well-cooked seafood dinner, swimming in the emerald water, kayaking to lagoons of the bay.

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Overnight cruises which are referred to both one night cruises and two night cruise are designed for travelers who have more time. A general One night Halong Bay Cruise includes activities such as visits to cave, Islands, Kayaking, funny team building games on beaches, sunset watching with a cocktail party, and night actitvities on board while a two night cruise consists of all the activities of one night cruise and an extra day of further visits the far, untouched corner of the bay on smaller boat with a beach barbecue. Both one night cruise and two night cruise include everything but drinks.

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