Cruising Halong Bay With A Toddler

Ever thought of cruising in Vietnam? No neither had we until we read this post by the lovely Holly from Four Around the World.

The experiences and sights look just incredible and perfect for those out these that love cruising with a bit of added adventure.

A Cruise on Halong Bay

Halong Bay is known for the breathtaking scenery of limestone rocks and islands, rainforests, and emerald green waters. Located in north-eastern Vietnam, Halong Bay is a cruise experience on most travellers bucket list and a must see when travelling to Vietnam. However, few would consider it a possibility when travelling with a baby or toddler. We decided to give it a go. Since we were hardly going to miss the opportunity to do a Halong Bay cruise during our Vietnam holiday.

Halong Bay is a popular cruise destination. With numerous cruise companies operating in the area. Many of these are run on traditional style junk boats, to give that authentic Halong Bay cruise experience. These are both overnight and day trip cruises, with the amenities on the junk cruises being somewhat basic due to the size and age of the boats.

Initially the idea of a junk cruise sounded like fun, but on second thoughts.  Cruising with a toddler changed my mind. Sure there are horror stories of these boats sinking quickly and unexpectedly due to being made of wood, but there are horror stories for most travel experiences if you ask Google. For us it was more about having the space and amenities to suit our family travel. So instead we chose a more luxurious cruise company. It just so happened we found an awesome deal online for a heavily discounted rate – bonus.

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A cruise along Halong Bay with a Toddler




  1. September 25, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    What a brilliant idea! I didn’t even know there were big cruise boats doing Halong Bay. We visited pre-kids over 10 years ago and camped on Cat Ba Island – I agree what a beautiful spot. Sorry to hear that your little one was ill, always a big worry when it happens away from home. Though sounds like it barely dampened your fun! #MondayEscapes

  2. September 25, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    I had no idea cruises went there!! What an interesting idea, worth contemplating!

  3. September 25, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    This sounds amazing, and a good way to see Vietnam with kids. My Mum has just done a river boat cruise in Burma which I loved the sound of too! (: #mondayescapes

  4. September 25, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    I’d never thought of Vietnam as being a place for cruises either, but it makes sense. Somewhere like Halong Bay sounds perfect.

  5. September 25, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    I just love this idea and would absolutely love to do this. It’s sounds like such an incredibly special place. Thanks for linking up to #MondayEscapes

  6. September 27, 2017 / 5:46 am

    What a fun idea! I’d never have thought of it, but it sounds great!

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