Looking for 3 day/2 night boat cruise in Halong Bay? Monkey Island Resort has an amazing package that’s perfect for backpackers.

The trip, which can be organised from Hanoi, encompasses Halong Bay, Cat Ba Island and the idyllic Monkey Island.

Prices vary from $150-190 USD and include 2 nights’ accommodation, all meals, entrance fees to Thien Cung, kayaks and hostel transfers from Hanoi.

Although this might be at the higher end of your budget, a 3-day tour allows you to go further than the other boats and it’s worth it!

Halong Bay's karst mountains- photo- Fabulous Travel Guide

The first day saw us sail around Halong Bay’s beautiful karst mountains, kayak through caves and and enjoy evening drinks on top deck.

While we took in the views, the crew cooked up a storm: Vietnamese spring rolls, freshly caught squid, delicious salads and plenty of rice and meat options to keep everyone happy.

Sunset drinks on Monkey Island Cruise Boat - PICTURE- Fabulous Travel Guide

The boat is well-maintained with clean bathrooms, lovely bedrooms and a sun deck with loungers – perfect for catching some rays!

Deluxe double room on Monkey Island Cruise, Halong Bay - PHOTO- Fabulius Travel Guide

The best part of the tour (in our opinion!) is the second day/night at Monkey Island Resort, a beautiful place 2km from Cat Ba Island.

We were lucky enough to stay in the Deluxe Sea View room, which    was absolutely beautiful. This was the view from our balcony:

Sunset from Deluxe Bungalow at Monkey Island Resort, Halong Bay, Vietnam

The sunset was the best we’ve seen in Vietnam so far and it almost lured us to stay an extra night…. Definitely worth paying extra for this option!

We also hiked up to the top of the mountains to enjoy panoramic views of Lan Ha Bay and beyond.

Deluxe double room on Monkey Island Cruise, Halong Bay - PICTURE - Fabulous Travel Guide

After a night of a karaoke, shisha and an all-you-can-eat dinner (amazing!) we headed to bed.

The final day saw us return to Halong Bay via Cat Ba Island before jumping on the bus back to Hanoi.

We highly recommend doing the 3 day/2-night tour if you can afford it. You go further than the other boats and get to see the beautiful Monkey Island, which is incredible.

How to book

Visit: www.monkeyislandresort.com

Tel: (+84-4)6 2939 100

Mobile: +84 913 096 281