See the unearthly sights of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Halong Bay on a luxurious 2-day cruise aboard a traditional junk boat. Plunge into the emerald green waters of the bay; explore the rugged limestone sculptures and the caverns they harbor by kayak; and catch a rare glimpse of local life during visits to rural island villages. Experience a cooking class; try your hand at tai chi; and feast upon several sumptuous seafood meals aboard your opulent vessel. Luxurious accommodation in ensuite cabins and round-trip transportation from Hanoi is included on this tour.
- 2-day Halong Bay luxury junk boat cruise
- Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed bay with an attentive crew
- Paddle a sea kayak to the Cave of Surprises and dive into the waters around Drum Cave
- Master the art of Vietnamese cuisine with an onboard cooking class
- Relax on the sundeck, enjoy a cocktail and take in the sights of limestone islets dotting the picturesque bay
- Enjoy all meals on board, including a seafood lunch and dinner
- Sleep soundly in your air-conditioned, ensuite single or twin deluxe cabin and arise with morning tai chi
What You Can Expect
Immerse yourself in the natural majesty of one of Vietnam’s most impressive UNESCO-listed sites on a 2-day cruise of Halong Bay. Gaze at more than 1,000 limestone peaks from the lavish luxury of a junk boat as you sail around the unearthly bay. Enjoy a range of optional activities to enhance your experience; swim amid the stalactites of sea caverns; fish at night and enjoy the silent stillness of the ocean; and gain insight into local traditions during visits to island villages.
Included on the tour is; accommodation in deluxe ensuite cabins whose showers have hot and cold running water; access to a dining room, licensed bar, sun deck and recreation area; a fully staffed and courteous crew; and delicious meals indicated by the itinerary. Luxury transport from Hanoi, admission fees and all equipment is also included.
Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay (L, D)
After your guide picks you up from your hotel in Hanoi by comfortable coach, depart for the Tuan Chau wharf at Halong Bay — an approximate 4-hour drive away.
Upon arrival, join your fellow cruise passengers aboard the luxury boat, built to resemble a traditional Chinese junk. After a safety briefing and cruise orientation by your expert crew, enjoy a complimentary welcome drink and fruit as you relax, checking in to your deluxe single or shared ensuite cabin at your leisure.
Enjoy a delicious seafood feast for lunch, served on board while your 36-passenger boat coasts along beautiful Halong Bay. Listen to your crew describe fascinating seascapes and point out rocky limestone promontories the bay is renowned for. After lunch, you can enjoy sunbathing on the sundeck as you sip specialty cocktails made by the bartenders (additional expense).
Stop in the fishing village of Vung Vieng. Here, you can take a short, guided sea kayak adventure, using a lightweight kayak that’s easy to maneuver. Paddle past floating homes and wave at the locals. If you want to explore on your own, you can do an upgrade on a kayak rental to explore the area on your own.
After about an hour, kayak back to your cruise boat and drop anchor at a secluded area near Drum Cave (Trong Cave) to enjoy the rest of your afternoon swimming in the emerald waters.
After taking part in a cooking class, enjoy a sumptuous seafood dinner served on board. In the evening, relax in your cabin or join the optional onboard activities such as night fishing for squid.
Overnight: Ensuite deluxe cabin aboard a traditional junk boat in Halong Bay
Day 2: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
Relax with a morning tai chi class on the sundeck, following the fluid movements of your instructor as you practice this ancient martial art.
Then unwind and soak up more sun on the top deck, a perfect spot for photographing the natural wonders of the bay as your light breakfast (think pastries, coffee, and fruit) is served on the boat. From there, visit the Cave of Surprises (Sung Sot Cave), located on Bo Hon Island, which is actually an array of linked limestone islets. Upon arrival, climb the hundred stone steps to the mouth of the cave and explore the lit paths inside on a guided walking tour. The cave is the widest grotto in Halong Bay and features multiple stalactites hanging from its high ceiling!
See more stunning sights on your return to the Halong wharf as you enjoy a buffet brunch on the junk. When you arrive back at the Tuan Chau Marina, you'll be met by a vehicle for the four-hour journey back to Hanoi. End your tour with hotel drop-off upon arrival in the capital.
Daily Price (8 hours/day):
USD 60 / 8 hours
USD 0 / hour
Full refund 1 day prior to arrival
Hotel pickup and drop-off (within Hanoi Old Quarter only)
All admission fees
1-night accommodation in air-conditioned deluxe cabin Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner) Bottled wa