Vietnam Cruises: Halong Bay and Mekong Rivers

Introduction into Vietnam Cruises

Vietnam, an elongated nation, features a 1,400-mile (3,260-kilometer) coastline along the Gulf of Tonkin and the Eastern Sea to the east, enchanting travelers with its picturesque beaches, islands, archipelagoes, and islets.

The country boasts an extensive network of freshwater rivers and lakes, with the Mekong River in the south and the Red River in the north as its longest waterways. These lush riverbanks showcase emerald rice fields, diverse ecosystems, and serene local life, drawing international tourists seeking the authentic charm of Vietnam.

Halong Bay and the Mekong River are popular cruising destinations. Recognized as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 1994 and 2000 respectively, Ha Long Bay boasts surreal landscapes with imposing limestone formations, magnificent grottoes, and mist-shrouded bays, surrounded by a myriad of islands and islets teeming with biodiversity.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Cruising the Mekong River offers a glimpse of idyllic scenery and an opportunity to immerse in local life in the thriving Mekong Delta. Here, you can indulge in exotic experiences like shopping at floating markets, fruit-picking in orchards, cycling through bucolic villages, navigating capujut forests by boat, and delving into Khmer culture at ancient pagodas.

Why Vietnam Cruises?

Embarking on Vietnam cruises is a good way to get away from the bustle and hustle of big cities and indulge in the surreal beauty of Vietnamese natural landscapes. This experience is suitable for both individuals and big groups, especially if you travel on a family vacation with your kids and/or elders.

Many Options Available

It is easy to tailor your Vietnam cruise tour to match your schedule and budget. Options abound, with vessels falling into budget, standard, deluxe, and luxury categories. However, it’s wise to consider that quality often corresponds with price, so avoiding the cheapest choice is advisable.

Moreover, cruise durations span from just a few hours to several days, ensuring flexibility to suit your preferences. Keep in mind that cruise operators differ in their routes, onboard facilities, and offered activities, so researching your options thoroughly is key to finding the ideal cruise experience for you.

Relax on State-of-the-art Vessels

Think of a cruise as a mobile hotel, designed to provide you with all the comforts of a memorable trip. These floating accommodations often come fully equipped with amenities such as TV, DVD players, mini-bars, en-suite bathrooms, bathtubs, Jacuzzis, Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning. While you can relish scenic views from a private balcony or terrace, keep in mind that this might come at an additional cost. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to indulge in other onboard services like spa treatments, massages, and bar offerings to make your cruise experience truly unforgettable.

Mon Cheri Cruise on Ha Long Bay

Mon Cheri Cruise on Ha Long Bay

Interesting Cruise Itineraries

Our Vietnam cruises promise an engaging array of experiences that cater to all types of travelers, from renowned attractions to hidden gems, ensuring that our programs are always intriguing. While sightseeing is undoubtedly a highlight of booking a cruise, our offerings go beyond, encompassing a diverse range of activities. Dive into sports like swimming, kayaking, and cycling, embrace leisure and entertainment through activities such as tai chi and spa sessions, and embark on journeys to uncover craft villages and vibrant floating markets. Our cruises are designed to offer you an enriching and multifaceted adventure beyond mere sightseeing.

Trung Trang Cave on Cat Ba Island

Trung Trang Cave on Cat Ba Island

Many Special Offers and Easy Cancellation

At IDC Travel, an array of Ha Long Bay cruises and Mekong cruises is at your fingertips. Our user-friendly platform allows you to effortlessly browse and compare various cruise packages, including itineraries, prices, and featured activities.

We have established partnerships with numerous esteemed cruise operators in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, enabling us to offer competitive prices lower than those on their official websites. Additionally, we provide exclusive promotions during off-peak seasons, featuring price reductions, complimentary transfers, and free beverages. Should you need to cancel your plans, simply inform us, and we will promptly process your refund. Your satisfaction and convenience are our top priorities.

How to Book

How to Book a Vietnam Cruise?


Choose your cruising destinations and cruise class. And, decide on the duration.

Choosing Ha Long Bay cruises, you will not only go on common routes to Sung Sot Cave and Ti Top Beach but also visit Cat Ba Island in Hai Phong, or go off-the-beaten-track to Bai Tu Long Bay.
For Mekong cruises, you will have an opportunity to visit other countries where Mekong River flows through, including Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar.

Check rate

Remember that the price in high season (from 1 October to 30 April) will be higher than that in the low one.

Fill in booking form

Fill in all necessary information (Name, Email, Number of Passengers, and Arrival date) in to the booking form. Don't forget to tell us your specific requirements if any.

Confirm availability and deposit

Once receiving your booking requests, our Sales department will contact you directly and send the payment link for deposit via email (normally 50% of the price).
The remaining balance can be fulfilled later – before your date of arrival.
NOTE: You will have to pay 100% of the price in case of urgent booking or special promotion.

Complete payment

Please ensure the remaining balance is settled prior to your arrival date. The specific payment deadline will be verified by our dedicated sales executives.
You have the option to make payment in cash (VND, USD, EUR) or by credit card. If you plan to stay in Hanoi, we can arrange a meeting for the collection of the remaining balance.

Cruise Destinations

Embarking on Vietnam cruises offers an enthralling way to uncover Vietnam’s captivating waterways. Beyond the chance to marvel at the natural splendors of emerald waters, clear skies, and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, you’ll also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local life along the riverbanks. Get ready to escape the stresses of everyday life and relish one of the most unforgettable experiences Vietnam has to offer!

Halong Bay

Ha long bay

Ha Long Bay

Halong Bay has solidified its status as a must-visit destination in Vietnam, just 170 kilometers or a 3.5-hour drive from Hanoi. It boasts awe-inspiring seascapes that leave every traveler spellbound during their Vietnam discovery tour.

Distinguished as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site in both 1994 and 2000, Halong Bay presents a surreal tableau of towering limestone formations, magnificent grottoes seemingly floating on emerald waters, and mist-shrouded bays adorned with charming fishing villages.

In Vietnamese, Ha Long translates to “descending dragon.” Legend has it that, in a bid to aid the Vietnamese people in repelling foreign invaders, the heavens dispatched a family of dragons to this land. Upon their arrival, these benevolent dragons released thousands of pearls that transformed into myriad islands and islets that now dot the bay’s landscape.

    Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay - Cat Ba Island
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    55 cabins - Steel - Launched in 2022
    Halong Bay > Lan Ha Bay > Cat Ba Island
    From US$ 388
    18 cabins - Metal Boat - Launched in 2017
    Halong Bay > Ti Top Island > Surprise Cave
    From US$ 421
    15 cabins - Wooden Boat - Launched in 2009
    Hai Phong > Lan Ha Bay > Ba Trai Dao Islet > Dark Cave & Light Cave
    From US$ 403
    18 cabins - Metal boat - Launched in 2017
    Lan Ha Bay > Cat Ba Island > Viet Hai Village
    From US$ 64
    27 cabins - Metal Boat - Launched in 2018
    Halong Bay > Bai Tu Long Bay > Vung Vieng Village > Thien Canh Son > Hon Co Island
    From US$ 933
    8 cabins - Steel core, wooden cover - Launched in 2017

Mekong River

Venturing southward in Vietnam, the Mekong River promises travelers an entirely distinct and tranquil experience. Along the riverbanks, you can immerse yourself in serene vistas: farmers tending to lush rice fields, children riding water buffaloes, vibrant vendors peddling an array of colorful fruits at floating markets, and Buddhist monks strolling the streets.

The Mekong River serves as the lifeblood of five Southeast Asian countries: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar. Thanks to the nutrient-rich sediments deposited by the river, the Mekong River Delta, affectionately known as Vietnam’s ‘Rice Bowl,’ stands as the country’s most prosperous region. This fertile land yields an abundance of agricultural and fishery products, including rice, fruits, coconuts, shrimp, fish, and more.

    Ho Chi Minh City - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
    From US$ 984
    27 cabins - Metal Ship - Launched in 2009
    Mekong Delta Vietnam
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    1 cabins - Sampan - Launched in 2010
    Mekong Delta- Cai Be- Chau Doc- Phnom Penh- Siem Riep
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    31 cabins - Metal - Launched in 2016
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    56 cabins - Metal Ship - Launched in 2011
    Mekong Delta
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    76 cabins - Metal Ship - Launched in 2015
    Mekong Delta- Cai Be- Chau Doc- Phnom Penh- Siem Riep
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    29 cabins - Metal boat - Launched in 2016

Cruise Tour Programs

Cruising offers a wonderful opportunity to bond with your family and friends while immersing yourself in the breathtaking natural wonders and rich history and culture of Vietnam. These cruise programs are crafted to provide you with a glimpse of the region you’re visiting while allowing you to gain insight into local life.

Halong Bay Cruises

When it comes to Halong Bay, you have a variety of cruise packages to choose from, including 4 or 6-hour trips, day excursions, overnight cruises, and 2-night voyages. We highly recommend opting for the 2 days/1 night or 3 days/2 nights packages as Halong’s beauty is so profound that a day trip might not do it justice.

Cruise vessels are typically constructed from sturdy steel or elegant wood, with the number of cabins varying from 1 to 30 for overnight cruises. Day cruises, on the other hand, do not feature cabins. Cruise routes are confined to the bay’s boundaries.

Paradise Elegance Cruise sundeck

Paradise Elegance Cruise sundeck – Ha Long Bay cruise

Think of a cruise as a mobile hotel, complete with premium amenities and services. Some luxurious cruises even offer private Jacuzzis, spas, sophisticated bars, and fine-dining restaurants. Travelers can partake in a host of engaging outdoor activities, including kayaking, swimming, squid fishing, tai chi sessions, and sunbathing.

Mekong River Cruises

The Mekong Delta, with its intricate network of waterways and roads, presents challenges for transportation between its various areas. Consequently, there’s no better way to savor the beauty of the natural and rustic landscapes along the route than by embarking on a cruise.

Mekong Delta Cruise

Mekong Delta Cruise

Local boat operators offer short 4 to 8-hour cruises around renowned locales like My Tho, Vinh Long, Sa Dec, and Ca Mau, all boarding from Ho Chi Minh City’s harbors. Larger cruise operators provide multi-day journeys that offer a comprehensive experience of the region. Explore My Tho and Vinh Long with their vibrant floating markets, revel in Sa Dec’s stunning river panoramas and lush flower plantations, or venture to Ca Mau to immerse yourself in the verdant mangroves and swamplands. For a truly enchanting experience, consider visiting the renowned Tonle Sap with its captivating floating villages and breathtaking sunset vistas on a multi-day Mekong River cruise.

Tips to Plan your Trip

Before booking your trip on Vietnam cruises, there are several crucial factors to consider:

Weather Research

It’s essential to check the weather conditions for your chosen travel period. The prime time to explore Halong Bay and Northern Vietnam is from November to April when the weather is pleasant. Be cautious of booking from July to September, as this region can be hit by heavy typhoons and tropical storms, leading to cruise cancellations. In Southern Vietnam, the dry season spans from November to April, while the rainy season falls between May and October.

In contrast, each season offers a distinct charm along the Mekong River. And, you can visit at any time of the year.

>>> Read our articles on Vietnam Weather and then decide for yourself the most suitable traveling time.

Cruise Itinerary and Amenities

Cruise operators offer various itineraries, allowing you to select touristy or off-the-beaten-path routes. On Mekong cruises, you might even have the opportunity to visit neighboring countries like Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Thailand. Review the vessel’s material (steel or wood) and cleanliness on the operator’s official website. Read traveler reviews on reputable platforms like Tripadvisor or Cabins usually include basic amenities such as TV, showers, and air conditioning.

The Restaurant on Mon Cheri Cruise, Ha Long Bay

The Restaurant on Mon Cheri Cruise, Ha Long Bay

Inclusions and Exclusions

Cruise programs often cover sightseeing tickets, meals, and activities like kayaking, tai chi, and cooking classes. However, be aware that transfers, drinks, and spa services may incur additional charges. Review the Inclusion and Exclusion section carefully, especially if you’re traveling during Christmas or New Year’s Eve, when surcharges may apply. Avoid opting for the cheapest vessel, as hidden costs and compromised quality can detract from your experience.

Special Requirements

If you have dietary restrictions or allergies, it’s vital to inform the cruise operator in advance. Specify your dietary preferences clearly, such as seafood allergies or vegetarian preferences. Some luxury cruises offer international menus, vegetarian options, and gluten-free choices. If you’re traveling from India, look for a cruise with a Halal menu. For travelers with disabilities, check whether wheelchairs are allowed on the vessel, and inquire about accessibility. High-quality cruises typically provide tour guides to assist those with limited visibility. Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance before your trip to Vietnam.

Book with a Trusted Travel Agency

Consider your booking channel carefully. While there are various resellers available online and offline, you may find that booking directly through your hotel or the cruise operator can be more expensive. IDC Travel offers competitive prices without compromising quality, with options ranging from budget to luxury and various itineraries. Contact us for a hassle-free booking process with free cancellation, ensuring you get the most suitable rates for your Vietnam cruises.

Responsible Travel

It’s essential to be mindful that customs and behaviors accepted in your home country may differ in another, so respecting local norms and the environment is crucial when embarking on a cruise tour in Vietnam.

responsible travel limit plastic usage

Responsible travel: limit plastic usage

Here are some guidelines to keep in mind during your cruise:

  • Familiarize Yourself with Vietnamese Culture and Customs: Prior to your trip, take the time to learn about Vietnam’s culture and customs to ensure a respectful and culturally sensitive experience.
  • Reduce Plastic Usage: Minimize the use of plastic products such as single-use bottles, plastic straws, and plastic bags. Opt for eco-friendly alternatives whenever possible.
  • Leave No Trace: Adhere to the principle of “Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints.” Ensure you collect and dispose of all your waste properly before disembarking, and refrain from littering when visiting local villages.
  • Appropriate Attire for Religious Sites: When visiting religious sites like pagodas, temples, and monasteries, dress modestly. Sleeveless shirts and shorts are not considered appropriate attire in these places, so be sure to cover up respectfully.
  • Support Local Artisans: Choose to shop for locally-made products to support and appreciate the craftsmanship of local artisans. This helps contribute to the local economy.
  • Seek Permission for Photos: Be respectful of the privacy and consent of the local people, especially children, when taking photographs. Always ask for permission before capturing their images.

By adhering to these guidelines, you can ensure a culturally respectful and environmentally responsible experience during your cruise in Vietnam.


• Spring (March - May) and autumn (September - November) are the best times for Ha Long Bay cruises as the weather is warm with little to no rainfall. Summers, which last from May to early September, are often hot and humid with a heavy rainfall.
• Basically, you can visit the Mekong Delta any time of the year. However, the best time for Mekong cruises is from September to November. It is the floating season in the area and you can admire the greenery landscape. The duration from December to April of the next year is also a good time for your travel. The weather is pleasant with low rainfall. Rainy seasons often last from May to August; however, the rains are short and your trip will not be interrupted.
There are many ways for you to make your payment: online payment, credit card, or bank transfers. You can choose any method which is the most convenient for you.
All prices on our website are up-to-date. Taxes & service charges are included on the price.
In the event that customers decide to cancel their cruise reservation, the cancellation will be considered effective on the date when our Company receives written notification. The charges associated with customer cancellations are highlighted below:
• More than 30 days prior to check-in: free of charge
• From 30 to 7 days prior to check-in: 10% of total deposit
• From 6 to 3 days prior to check in: 50% of total deposit
• Less than 3 days prior to check-in: 100% of total deposit
We will refund via online payment system or bank transfer, after 5 to 7 working days.
• The Free of Charge (FOC) rate for children under 5 years old is applicable for only one (1) child sharing a cabin with two (2) adults.
• Children from 5-11 will pay 75% of adult rate.
• Children from 12 and above pay full price as adult.
It is essential that you bring your passport when embarking Vietnam cruises so that the cruise’s receptionist can check your information.
We also recommend you to wear comfortable walking shoes, swimming suites (in summers) or warm clothes (in winters). Also, don't forget sunscreen, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses if you go in summer. And, of course your camera with charger.
You are not allowed to bring things listed below on board:
• Any kind of animals
• Weapons
• Alcohols and other beverages
• Illegal drugs (cannabis is included)
• Explosive substances
• Anti-government documents, pornography
All of our Vietnam cruises include full-board meals on the package. You will have to pay extra for drinks and personal expense.
No, drinks are not included. However, the cruise will provide you with free bottled-water. You will have to pay for soft drink, beer, and alcohols.
It is so lucky that all cruises have a vegetarian menu, and the cook will prepare the most suitable food for you. Just specify what you can and cannot eat on the inquiry form so that we can arrange you the best service.
If you require Halal food, please contact us in advance so that we can arrange a cruise with Halal menu for you.
Cruise itineraries are mostly fixed. However, in case of terrible weather, like heavy rain, typhoon, or thunderstorm, they are expected to changed to guarantee your safety.
Smoking is not allowed on the cruise, especially inside cabins. However, there are smoking areas on the sundeck. Please check with the cruise receptionist.
Unfortunately, E-visa is not applicable for border crossing via waterways on Mekong cruises. The cruise providers will help you to obtain a visa on board. In this case, you need to prepare:
• Passport: at least 6 months valid from the date of entry
• 2 most recent passport-sized photos
• Money, US$30-60, depending on your nationality and the cruise company you are working with.
During the summer months, Halong Bay can be susceptible to tropical storms and typhoons. In the event of adverse weather conditions, the Halong Management Board may postpone or even cancel all cruises to prioritize the safety of tourists. Additionally, there are instances where cruises might be canceled due to the monsoon season, which typically occurs from October through late March.
• If the cancellation is announced before your arrival to Halong Bay: 100% refund
• If the cancellation is announced during the trip (you have used some services such as transfer): Only the fee of service used will be charged and we will refund the remaining amount.
Depending on your tour program, we can arrange you a day trip to Duong Lam Ancient Village, Bat Trang Pottery Village, or you can have a day-tour to Ninh Binh province.