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  • 2 days adventure touring
  • 1 night boat
  • 1 Dinner
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Breakfast

2 Days$310USD

Trip Code: LBX

Trip highlights

  • Cruising amongst the limestone karsts and islets
  • Sleeping aboard our 5 star deluxe boat
  • Guided kayak journey (optional)

Ha Long Bay, situated in the Gulf of Tonkin, is arguably Vietnam's most spectacular region. This UNESCO listed area includes hundreds of islands with towering limestone pillars all surrounded by warm and inviting turquoise waters. Swimming, shore excursions, and the delicious cuisine from our superb 5 star traditional junk make this an extra special trip.

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We depart from the capital of Hanoi between 8.00am and 9.00am and drive to Halong Bay (approx 3 hours). Our transport will be a shuttle bus, with other travellers who are joining the boat. The driver will speak some English however you will not be accompanied by an English speaking guide. Upon arrival at Ha Long, board your luxury boat for an overnight cruise amongst the more than 3,000 limestone islands rising majestically out of the turquoise bay. You'll pass grand rock formations and quaint fishing towns, and enjoy a delicious lunch of freshly caught fish and seafood. In the afternoon, you can choose from several interesting activities: a cooking demonstration with your chef on board, an optional traditional massage, or a refreshing swim. End the day with a spectacular set-menu gastronomic dinner. Overnight on board.

Meals:  L,D

Start the day with a calming Tai Chi session, often accompanied by an amazing sunrise amid the quiet, breathtaking beauty of the bay’s landscape. The cruise passes beautiful spots such as the Trong, Trinh Nu and Me Cung Caves, and you will have a chance to explore Surprise Cave before having a buffet brunch on board. Back at the dock, you will be met and transferred back to Hanoi. Meals: Brunch Notes: Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions. Swimming or kayaking excursions may be cancelled due to poor weather. Meals on board are fusion: Vietnamese, seafood & international. Guests should advise of any special food preferences, allergies or dietary requirements at least one week prior to the cruise date. Advance registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, gender, passport number and visa expiry date for all passengers. A valid passport is required upon check-in. Otherwise, boarding may be denied by port authority. Wifi is available onboard for free of charge in the terrace deck. However, interruption is expected due to nature of internet signal at sea. Note: This itinerary is subject to change in accordance with any change in government and community regulations and circumstances beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods); flight/train/boat delays, rescheduling or cancellations; traffic jams, vehicle breakdown; accidents; medical evacuations; riots; strikes; etc.

Meals:  B

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We depart from the capital of Hanoi between 8.00am and 9.00am and drive to Halong Bay (approx 3 hours). Our transport will be a shuttle bus, with other travellers who are joining the boat. The driver will speak some English however you will not be accompanied by an English speaking guide. Upon arrival at Halong Bay we will be transferred to our luxury Bhaya cruise, which awaits us in open water where you will be greeted with a welcome drink followed by a cruise briefing. Once we have settled in to our cabins we savor a delicious Vietnamese buffet lunch as we head to Bai Tu Long Bay, passing the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha. Halong Bay is located in the north east of Vietnam on the shores of the Gulf of Tonkin. The bay is dominated by more than 1600 limestone karsts and islets which rise out of the waters of the bay up to heights of 100metres, and the numerous caves and grottos spread throughout the bay. Many of these uninhabited islets and outcrops have been given imaginative names by the locals, due to their perceived shapes, including Wading Ox, Fighting Cock and Wallowing Buffalo. We cruise by Oan Lagoon and Mat Quy (Monster Head) and Am Tich (Teapot) Islets before stopping near Vung Vieng fishing village. Here you have the opportunity to visit the fishing village by local row boat, before returning to the vessel for free time at your leisure. You can swim in the clear emerald waters, soak up the sun over a cool beer or try your hand at some kayaking or enjoy a traditional massage on board (at an additional cost). In the late afternoon after we have finished exploring, we retire to the sundeck where you can enjoy a Vietnamese cooking demonstration before a sumptuous seafood dinner. NB - guides are not allowed to join the cruises but there will be a Cruise Manager on board who speaks English and will assit with on board arrangements.

Meals:  L,D

Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck. Following breakfast we transfer to a smaller vessel for an excursion to Lan Ha Bay. This morning you have the opportunity to cycle on Cat Ba Island, or enjoy a guided kayaking trip or swim at Three Peach Beach. We then enjoy a fresh seafood lunch as we cruise to Ho Ba Ham Islet, the most remote point in Lan Ha Bay and bordering the Gulf of Tonkin. Visit its quaint fishing village and lagoon, or kayaking through an amazing tunnel under a karst mountain (time and tides permitting). Late afternoon we transfer back to our main vessel and cruise to our overnight anchorage near Ho Dong Tien while enjoying happy hour and a Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the sundeck.

Meals:  B,L,D

Start you day with Tai Chi on the sundeck while tea and coffee are served. This morning we continue to sail around the bay passing beautiful spots like Trong (Drum), Trinh Nu (Virgin) Islets and Me Cung Caves. We have an opportunity to explore Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave before returning to the vessel to enjoy brunch while leisurely cruising back to the main harbour where our cruise ends. We transfer to our vehicle for the three hour drive back to Hanoi, where the trip concludes.

Meals:  B


  • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner (2 day/1 night cruise)
  • 2 breakfast, 2 lunch and 2 dinner (3 day/2 night cruise)
  • Comfortable twinshare cabins on luxury boat with ensuite bathroom and air conditioning
  • Sightseeing as listed in itinerary
  • Medical kit
  • Entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • Transfers in air conditioned vehicles

  • International airfares
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, alcohol etc
  • Tips and gratuities

Departure dates

Departs daily, October through June

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  • Ha Long Bay Cruise (2D1N) Single SupplementUSD$120
  • Ha Long Bay Cruise Upgrade to 3D2NUSD$180
  • Ha Long Bay Cruise (3D2N) Single SupplementUSD$250
*Prices listed are per person

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