A Cruise in Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the northern part of Vietnam and it is absolutely breathtaking!

This was my second time visiting Ha Long Bay, the first time we visited happened over ten years ago and it was a really short day trip. I remember that day because I forgot to bring my glasses and I couldn’t see anything 😭. I was pretty bummed out back then, but little did I know that I’d be able to visit again!

We decided to add Ha Long Bay to itinerary because it had been so long since we last went and this time, we decided to go with a cruise because I had heard from so many people that the cruises here are amazing.

We were a bit unlucky with the weather since it was cloudy and chilly the entire time we were there, but we’re all glad it didn’t rain.

For this trip, we booked three rooms for the six of us through Azalea Cruise. My sister and I did a lot of research for all the different cruise companies in Ha Long Bay, and in the end, we decided that this was the best one based on value and our tight schedule.

We were only able to do the two days, one night package, but I highly recommend looking into the three days, two nights package because this trip was too short.

For six people in total, we paid $1500. This included the $200 fee for the luxury van between Hanoi and Ha Long Bay (which is about a three hour drive each way), and a 3% credit card service charge (since we were not in Vietnam to pay in cash when booking). I think they’ve raised the prices of their cabins since our trip, but with the quality of service, food, activities, and relaxation time that you get, it’s definitely worth it if you have wiggle room in your budget.

Me contemplating what to get next from the lunch buffet

This is an example of one of the rooms we booked! You can choose between a full-sized bed or two twin beds.

Each room comes with it’s own private bathroom that is equipped with both a shower and a gorgeous, giant bathtub. We, unfortunately, did not have time to use this bathtub since there were so many things so do, but my mom used the one in her room and she loved it.

The windows of the rooms were large and it brought in a lot of light. Just be aware that the windows are not tinted, so neighboring ships can see inside your room if your curtains aren’t down.

One of the activities that was included was a tour of a cave on one of the islands. I don’t seem to have any photos of the cave, but here’s a family photo after the tour.

Other activities included swimming and kayaking as pictured above! It was my parents first time kayaking and they had so much fun. There was also a cooking class, squid fishing at night, and tai chi in the morning. It was never a dull moment on this ship, and even with all of the activities, we never felt rushed. We were so relaxed and at ease thanks to this cruise.

Overall, would I do this again? Most definitely yes, and for the longer package next time too! Chatting with everyone else in the group, everyone was extremely happy from the cruise.

This was not sponsored, we all paid for the trip with our own money.

Azalea Cruise
http://www.azaleacruises.com
# 28, Anh Dao St, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province

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  1. Liz wrote:

    What a fascinating place, the rooms look smile, but very convenient!

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    Posted 3.14.19 Reply
  2. Corina wrote:

    This place looks so cool and I want to visit this as soon as possible. Rooms look so beautiful.
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    Posted 3.15.19 Reply
  3. Demi wrote:

    Omg Ha Long Bay looks beautiful. I want to go visit Vietnam so bad! The last time I was there, I was 3 so I don’t have any memories of it.

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    Posted 3.15.19 Reply
  4. Anna wrote:

    This view…wow

    Posted 3.15.19 Reply
  5. Nina wrote:

    SO lovely place!! I hope you has a great time!
    Have a nice day dear! xx

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    Posted 3.15.19 Reply
  6. Jennifer wrote:

    It looks beautiful there!!

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    Posted 3.15.19 Reply
  7. Wow! What a dream place! Looks so pretty! I would love to spend time here. Thanks for sharing.

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    Posted 3.15.19 Reply
  8. Wow, the place looks so nice! I’ve never been on a cruise before so I was always curious about them. I’m glad you had fun with your family!

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    Posted 3.15.19 Reply
  9. Breathtaking indeed! And how lucky are you that you got to visit it not once but twice. Even though it was cloudy, the views still look absolutely majestic.

    Posted 3.15.19 Reply
  10. Amanda wrote:

    Stunning shots! Making me miss traveling sooo much xx

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    Posted 3.15.19 Reply
  11. Wow that is not a bad price for 6 people. The rooms as is the area itself is gorgeous I can see why you would want to stay longer. And I love your photos really bring you trip to life.

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    Posted 3.15.19 Reply
  12. Radi wrote:

    I haven’t been on a cruise yet. This sounds and looks like so much fun even though the weather wasn’t ideal.

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    Posted 3.16.19 Reply
  13. Olga wrote:

    This place looks awesome!Amazing pictures:-)

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    Posted 3.16.19 Reply
  14. Beautiful place. It is a pity that the weather was cloudy. But I am certain you had a great time.

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    Posted 3.16.19 Reply
  15. What a beautiful post – I love the photos as well!

    Sheena
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    Posted 3.16.19 Reply
  16. Emily wrote:

    Wow this looks incredible! Thanks for sharing!

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    Posted 3.16.19 Reply
  17. Nicole wrote:

    This looks like it was a really fun adventure.

    Have a lovely week ahead. Xx

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    Posted 3.17.19 Reply
  18. Yana wrote:

    What a beautiful place. Love your photos. 🙂

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    Posted 3.17.19 Reply
  19. yuka wrote:

    Sounds like theres so many great activities to do there! It’s on my bucket list to visit there one day!

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    Posted 3.18.19 Reply
  20. Quinn wrote:

    These photos on the water are breathtaking! You’re such an adventurer xx

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    Posted 3.18.19 Reply
  21. Vanessa wrote:

    These pics are breathtaking! Such pretty views!
    Happy Monday, babe!
    xoxo, Vanessa
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    Posted 3.18.19 Reply
  22. Nina wrote:

    Amazing pictures. What a great experience it could be.

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    Posted 3.18.19 Reply
  23. your photography is absolutely stunning ! thank you for sharing so many lovely shots of such a stunning place. it’s just been added to my list of must-see’s !

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    Posted 3.18.19 Reply
  24. Mercy wrote:

    Looks so much fun! I would definitely do this if I set foot in Vietnam. Nice to see your blog.

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    Posted 3.19.19 Reply
  25. Laila wrote:

    These photos are gorgeous! loved seeing photos from Vietnam
    Laila
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    Posted 3.19.19 Reply
  26. Ashley wrote:

    Wow, what an amazing room- that tub is awesome! Glad you had fun!

    -Ashley
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    Posted 3.19.19 Reply
  27. Jessica wrote:

    Oh my, what a beautiful trip! I love adventures like this.

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    Posted 3.19.19 Reply
  28. Aw I’m glad you got the chance to revisit, and it sounds like you’ll need another visit after this one too! ;D I could totally get used to these views… <3 I love partly cloudy days because they're easier for shooting, but I bet it's pretty chilly when you're by the water haha. Looks like you had such a great time! Thanks for sharing! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Posted 3.19.19 Reply
  29. Mariya wrote:
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  30. Aww seems like you had a fun experience for your cruise in ha long bay. I’ve never actually had the experience of being on a cruise before, but I really want to try it out this year. 🙂 The interior of the boat looks clean and luxe as well!

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    Posted 3.20.19 Reply
  31. Mary Maria wrote:

    Cool! Have a great day, sweetie!

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    Posted 3.21.19 Reply
  32. jane wrote:

    Wow i would love to visit this someday;
    Great photos.
    Much Love,
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    Posted 3.22.19 Reply
  33. Such a beautiful photos, room and place! Thank you for sharing!

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  34. This is such a beautiful place. I’m sure it will give a magnificent feel and a unique experience.

    Posted 4.11.19 Reply

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