Two Days Halong Bay Cruise on a Budget
Two days Ha Long Bay or Halong Bay tour on Cozy Bay Cruise was one of the best experiences during my solo trip to Vietnam. I always wanted to visit Halong Bay in Vietnam and finally got the chance to do so. I had a fantastic two days Halong Bay cruise on a budget for the first time. It was nice to enjoy a standard budget-friendly cruise trip with Cozy Bay. It was not necessary to spend a lot on this tour, but fun was unlimited. The entire Halong Bay cruise cost was within $130 (price varies) included all meals and transport.
My solo cruise trip to Halong Bay was not lonely at all. It was safe and exciting with Cozy Bay Cruise. I joined a group of 18 travelers and loved to meet each of them from different countries. We all shared fun and enjoyed several outdoor activities together. We had a good time during this 2 Days 1 Night cruise in our way.
The overall arrangements and decorations of the traditional Vietnamese wooden junk boat of Cozy Bay Cruise were outstanding. Our tour guide Minh was helpful and cooperative with all. In the beginning, he gave us a brief introduction about Halong Bay, Cozy Bay Cruise itinerary, and safety guidelines.
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How To Get To Halong Bay
Halong Bay is a must-see naturally beautiful destination when you visit Vietnam in Southeast Asia. It is now becoming a symbol of Vietnam tourism. You can travel Hanoi to Halong Bay either by road or air. Hanoi Noi Bai is the nearest International Airport and easy to catch the flight everyday from Hanoi to Halong Bay.
We traveled by bus, and our journey started at 8 AM. The tour guide picks up everyone from various Hanoi Old Quarter accommodations. We all had reached Halong Bay by shuttle bus within 3.5 hours.
Halong Bay cruise terminal
During the journey, we took 20 minutes short break in Hai Duong province and then arrived at Tuan Chau Harbour by noon. From the Halong Bay cruise terminal, we took a boat to reach our Cozy Bay Cruise.
Halong Bay Cruise tour in a group
The wooden junk boat of Cozy Bay Cruise
Best Time To Visit Halong Bay
It was interesting to discover the different beauty of Halong Bay in a different hour. Undoubtedly, it is the most beautiful bays in the world. March to April or September to October is the best time to visit Halong Bay. I traveled in March and found good weather. Neither too hot nor cold, the temperature was average, it was foggy and drizzling sometimes but not raining. Overall, the climate was perfect during this time. October to December is the peak season, so more tourists. June to August is the low season but summertime, and you have to face rain and stormy weather.
Spectacular viewpoint of Halong Bay from the Titop Island
Early morning magical Halong Bay from the kayak point
Naturally beautiful and picturesque Halong Bay
Halong Bay Cruise Tour Tips
- How to choose the best Halong Bay cruise? You have two options, either you can select wooden junk boat or iron boat. The iron boat is bigger and more luxurious than a wooden ship. For Halong Bay budget cruise it is best to choose wooden junk boat.
- You can book a cruise either online or directly from the local agent. Direct booking will help you to save a few extra amounts.
- Don’t forget to carry your passport to board the Halong Bay cruise.
- Are you in a group Halong Bay tour? You can take free pick up and drop off service if you stay in any hotel nearby Hanoi Old Quarter.
- Though Halong Bay overnight boat cruise is the popular one, you can also enjoy Halong Bay day cruise from Halong city. You’ll be able to back to Hanoi within the same day.
- You can also enjoy a cruise tour at Cat Ba Island, which is less touristic and not much far away from Halong Bay cruise. This beautiful island is just 25 km away from Cozy Bay Cruise.
Halong Bay Cruise Review – Cozy Bay Cruise
Budget-friendly Cozy Bay Cruise got different air conditioning cabins with sea view and private bathroom for every traveler. They have deluxe double cabins, twin cabins, triple cabins, and family cabins.
Budget-friendly Cozy Bay Cruise
Cozy Bay Cruise sun deck with lounge chairs
Early morning the serene beauty of Halong Bay from the sun deck
Cozy Bay Cruise terrace with the sea view
There is a shared restaurant & bar, sun deck with comfortable lounge chairs. The sea view and even sunrise/sunset moment are best to enjoy from the sun deck. WiFi provides on the bus and boat. You can also have diet or vegetarian food, including all yummy Vietnamese cuisine.
Cozy Bay Cruise restaurant
Delicious cruise meal for dinner
During breakfast time at Cozy Bay Cruise restaurant
I was in a deluxe double cabin. The cabin size was 13 square meters. This cabin is best for two persons with one double bed, en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries. I loved the sea view from the cabin window and the terrace. Only there was a problem with the router and couldn’t provide WiFi to all of us during our stay.
Deluxe double cabin bed
Private bathroom of the cruise deluxe double cabin
Cozy Bay Cruise also provide airport shuttle service. Halong city is only 15 km away from the cruise. Cat Bi International Airport is not much far away (30 km) from Cozy Bay Cruise.
Cozy Bay Cruise Itinerary
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Lunch, Sung Sot Cave/Surprising Cave, Titop Island, Sunset Party, Cooking Class, Dinner, Fishing or Sing Karaoke
The first day we all welcomed with a drink and enjoyed special lunch with traditional Vietnamese dishes while cruising and admiring the magnificent beauty of the Halong Bay, which has inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
A cruise to Halong Bay with Cozy Bay Cruise
In the afternoon we all visited Surprising Cave which is locally known as Sung Sot Cave. After passing long stone staircases, you’ll be surprised to see 10,000-kilometer square expansion area of Sung Sot Cave. This unique cave is full of the dramatic formation of stalactites and stalagmites. Many strange shapes will amaze you inside the cave.
Surprising Cave or Sung Sot Cave
Picturesque spot of Sung Sot Cave
Then we enjoyed hiking to enjoy the splendid highest viewpoint of Halong Bay from the top of Titop Island. The most spectacular landscape of Halong Bay you’ll get to see from the beautiful Titop Island. You can also have a relaxing time at sandy Titop Beach, and swimming also allowed.
Ha Long Bay Ti Top Island
After that we had a relaxing time on the sun deck, watching the sunset. It’s just a perfect time to admire the most magical moment on Cozy Bay Cruise.
Magical sunset moment from the cruise ship
Cozy Bay Cruise sun deck in a sunset party
Beautiful water reflection from the Halong Bay cruise ship
In the evening had fun in a sunset party with Vietnamese wine. There is also a cooking class for all. Minh taught us the natural process to make delicious Vietnamese spring rolls, which is locally known as Nem.
Cozy Bay Cruise cooking class
We all enjoyed dinner together in the romantic Halong Bay. Then you can have some of your own time, and you can enjoy fishing, karaoke or dancing. The choice is yours.
Halong Bay, Breakfast, Pearl Farm, Pearl House, Kayak, Lunch, Back To Hanoi
The second day early morning got up to watch the sunrise from the deck, but it was too foggy and gloomy. Surprisingly this moody climate gave us the chance to enjoy one mysterious beauty of Halong Bay. During that moment, I realized Halong Bay is indeed the natural wonder. Moreover, it deserved to be the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World in 2012.
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After a healthy and delicious breakfast, we went to visit one Pearl Farm and saw the process of making natural pearl from the oyster. Many works to harvest pearl from Halong Bay. You can also buy a valuable and original pearl jewelry from the Pearl House.
Halong Bay Pearl Farm
Halong Bay Pearl House
After that, kayaking is a must-do activity in Halong Bay; this is the best way to be able to see very close the extreme beauty of the Halong Bay. The blue water, mountains, and caves all together became a beautiful scenery to enjoy while kayaking. Though it was drizzling the view was breathtaking.
Halong Bay Kayak Point
Kayaking with the breathtaking landscape of Ha Long Bay
We all came back to the boat and started to get ready to leave soon after lunch. We all had complimentary one breakfast, two lunch, and one dinner during our two days Halong Bay tour on Cozy Bay Cruise. The food was really tasty; I loved each seafood dish but tried meatless meal only.
The entire tour was fascinating for the sea view and the spectacular rock formations of the bay. You can keep looking and admiring this extraordinary beauty of Halong Bay. You’re right to think there is no chance to be bored, it’s fascinating, it’s charming, it’s quiet and peaceful when you’re in Halong Bay cruise.
We all came back to Hanoi on the same shuttle bus and brought with us the most memorable experiences of Halong Bay to recall always. It was indeed a comfortable cruise trip with budget-friendly Cozy Bay Cruise.
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Disclaimer: Halong Bay Cozy Bay Cruise review based on my one night stay here. Every opinion is entirely my own.
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Nafisa Habib loves nature and often got fascinated by old beautiful architecture. Here she is with My Own Way To Travel to share her adventures on the road. To her nothing is so interesting than exploring new destinations around. And knowing a new culture and meeting new peoples on the road? Oh, yeah she just loves that too.