Halong Bay Shore Excursions: See Vietnam’s Enchanting Places

On an Asian cruise port of call at Halong Bay, shore excursions will introduce you to the legends and lore, people and places of northern Vietnam. You’re guaranteed to fall in love with this mystical, magical place while on your cruise to Hanoi.

Discover more than 1,500 separate islands and islets that make up the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long on Halong Bay shore excursions. Board a traditional wooden sampan, sit back, and enjoy the breathtaking view as you skim through the Bay of Tonkin into Ha Long along waters that range in color from clear emerald to sparkling turquoise. As your boat plies the waters, you’ll see fantastically shaped limestone formations and uninhabited islands, some topped by rainforests, and secluded coves. There are even hidden caves that you can explore, including Thien Cung Cave (Heavenly Cave), on Dau Go Island.

Halong Bay shore excursions that take you on an exploratory tour of the Red River Delta are popular and fascinating. Begin with a motor coach trip to the Thuy Nguyen district, a rural area where you’ll catch a glimpse of the cultural traditions of local farmers as they tend their livestock. Walk through the town’s narrow lanes and pick betel nuts right from the trees before continuing on to Hai Phong. Visit the Du Hang Pagoda, constructed in the 7th century. See the city’s French colonial-era architecture, including the Opera House and Queen of the Rosary Cathedral. 

Spend a day discovering the rich heritage of Vietnam’s capital city by booking Hanoi shore excursions. Travel through the scenic countryside, passing rural villages and rice paddies to reach the city of Hanoi. In the city, you’ll find a stunning combination of French, Chinese, and Southeast Asian influences on historical sites and modern innovations. See the One-Pillar Pagoda, built in 1049, Ba Dinh Square, where the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh sits overhead, and the Temple of Literature, dedicated to Confucius. Stroll down streets named for the tradesmen who worked there: Grilled Fish Street, Silk Street, Tin Street, and more.

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