Cruise among the limestone karst islands and islets of Halong Bay on board a luxury junk-style pleasure boat. Marvel at the rock formations, swim and kayak around caves, climb the summit of Ti Top Island, join a squid fishing expedition and more.
What to Expect
Experience the majestic beauty of Halong Bay on a luxury 2-day cruise, with round-trip transfers from Hanoi. Sail among the fascinating limestone islets of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see hidden caves and curious stalactite and stalagmite formations.
Enjoy a host of optional activities both on and off the boat, including cookery demonstrations, squid fishing, reflexology treatments, film entertainment and drinks offers in the bar. Relax at anchor near Trong Cave, and enjoy all the indulgences of your 5-star cabin.
Day 1: Hanoi - Halong Bay (L, D)
Depart Halong at 08:00 and transfer through the Red River Delta to Halong Bay, enjoying a rest stop en route. Upon arrival at the harbor at 11:45, board your luxury vessel and enjoy a welcome drink and cruise briefing. The boat will set sail as you settle down to lunch, cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay and its fascinating rock formations. Visit the floating fishing village of Vung Vieng after lunch, and learn more about everyday life on the water. You will be ferried by a traditional woven boat rowed by local boatmen. Pass the floating houses and school of the small community, before transfering back to your junk.
Next, sail to Ti Top Island, enjoying a foot reflexology session or massage treatment on board the boat if you wish. Upon arrival at Ti Top Island, you have the choice of 2 activities: enjoy a 45-minute kayak to Luon Cave (USD 10 per person, unless already booked as part of your package), or a swim from the beaches of Ti Top Island. Climb the steps to the summit for stunning views. Water and towels will be supplied, and you will have about 45 minutes on the island.
Back on the junk, take part in a pre-dinner wine tasting and cooking demonstration on the sundeck in the early evening. A dinner of Vietnamese fusion food will be served at 19:15. Then, you can relax with a choice of evening activities, including films in the dining room. Join your fellow cruisers for board games or a game of cards. The more adventurous can take part in a night squid fishing expedition with the crew, while foot reflexology sessions and massage treatments are available for those that want to get more horizontal.
Hit the bar at 21:00 for a buy-one-get-one-free happy hour (excluding wine). Your junk will anchor near Trong Cave so that you can get a restful night’s sleep.
Day 2: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B, L)
Rise early to enjoy coffee, tea and pastries in the dining room. Join an early morning Tai Chi exercise session on deck, and watch the sun rise over the bay. At 07:45, a tender will transfer you to Surprise Cave, where 100 steps await to the cave entrance. Return to the boat to freshen up and check out of your cabin. Leave your luggage outside your cabin for the staff to collect and take to the pier as you enjoy a buffet or set menu breakfast.
Then, settle your bill and relax on the sundeck for some more beautiful views as the junk cruises back to harbor. Upon docking at 11:00 say your farewells to the crew, and transfer back to Hanoi for an estimated arrival at approximately 16:00.
- Shuttle bus transfers from Hanoi to Halong Bay and back
- English-speaking guide
- Entrance and sightseeing fees
- Luxury cruise of Halong Bay
- 2 mineral waters per room
- All meals on board the boat (1 breakfast, 1 brunch, 1 lunch and 1 dinner)
- Vietnamese tea and coffee
- Welcome drink and cold handkerchief
- Tax and service charges
- On board insurance
What's Not Included
- Tips and personal expenses
- Banking fee (4% for credit cards)
- Vietnam visa
- Airport transfers
- Any other service not mentioned in "what's included"