Since Halong Bay has gained huge reputation for its majestic beauty, this northern Vietnam tourist attraction has welcomed numerous flocks of travelers coming to witnessing the miracle creation of nature, entailing in the rise in the tours offered as well as the difficulty level of hunting the best Halong Bay cruise deal. The following article will show you two different ways to book Halong Bay cruises: online booking and upon arrival and their pros and cons.

1. Online booking

The first to be mentioned is online booking. Given that the industry 4.0 where everyone get involved in the digital world has coming to town, Halong Bay online booking is undoubtedly the most convenient option to get a seat on Halong ships. But notice, there are two ways of booking online: via online booking site, and via cruise operator’s official website.

  • Via online booking site

There are various online booking sites where Halong Bay cruise are available to book, namely,, and On these websites there is all necessary information about a tour, from accommodations, itineraries, and of course, prices. You can go shopping and make a Halong Bay cruise comparison among different tours and packages to see which one would suit you the most.

A minus point for this way is that the price might be little higher than booking directly with the tour operators because the total money need to be extracted for the booking site – the 3rd party in your transaction.

  • Via cruise operator’s official website

Almost all of Halong Bay shipping lines have their own websites where the information about the ships, the itineraries, and the prices are kept updated on a daily basis. You can search for the tour’s information, check the necessary things like transferring, additional fees, etc. in advance to get the best option. Or just leave a request and the agency will contact you soon for better consultation.

An interesting thing of booking online is that you can hunt better deal. Travelers can get a discount (up to 20%) if you are an early bird, book flash sales, or get a special promotion (like Halong Bay cruise groupon) just by sitting in front of the computer at home and clicking the mouse.

2. Upon arrival

This conventional way to book Halong Bay Cruises is still applied by many tourists. If you stay near the agency’s office, you can go there to get advice and consultant from the staff and get answers for your questions and requests immediately.

Direct buying is also usually seen when tourists have reached Vietnam already. Some may stop by a random travel agency in Hanoi Old Quarter and book a tour that would depart right on the following days, while some would come to Halong first and buy tickets of a shipping line there. Sometimes when you are Halong Bay cruise last minute bookers, you can get a bargain but for most of the time, travelers will be overcharged or even cheated, especially in a scenario that there are lots of copycat agencies in both Hanoi and Halong. You might be asked to pay extra amount of money for services that are already included in the package.

In short, online booking win this game without any doubt. It’s faster, safer, and more time-saving. Booking Halong tours with Hermes Cruise, you can rest assured that you will get the best cruising experiences on the most beautiful Bay in the world.