The economic crisis may have put a crimp in your travel budget, but remember that the travel industry is hurting, too. You can find the low-cost tours to Halong bay with the local tour operators.

Usually you can easily get budget package tour from Hanoi to Halong Bay. Any mini hotels can book the cheap tours. The 2 most popular options are:

- 2 day tour: Pick up from your hotel in the centre of the Old Quarter, driving to Halong bay, you may stopover on the way. The stopover is an overpriced stopover , so be careful when stopping at a place for purchases Getting to the city of Halong at noon.Before going into the cruise terminal is a good time to purchase drinks from street vendors , as onboard the boat the prices will be triple . On board at noon  and having lunch. Free & overnight in STANDARD boats like Imperial junk, Bien Ngoc junk, Anh Duong, Hoa Binh junk. Also, you can go to Cat Ba for overnight at the hotels there. On the second day, you will get back Halong city by boat and driving back Hanoi. The budget tour is from $ 30 to $ 45 per person.

- 3 day tour: staying one night on the traditional junk boat, one night in Cat Ba Island, rating from $ 50 to $ 90. Note that you will travel by tender boat (locally named the day trip boat) on the 2nd day. Other budget option is available at travel desks in the Old Quarter of Hanoi: 1 night on the junk boat, 1 night on Money Island Bugallow, $ 98/person.

 

Some advises:

- No need to book the  Halong Bay budget tours in advance. However, it is advisable to have the tours book some days before the high season days like 24 Dec, 30, 31 Dec, 1 May, 2 Sep

- Ask the travel consultant in your hotel for the hotels, boats you will stay. The prices change upon the accommodation standards