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. 

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

2-Day Halong Bay Luxury Junk Boat Cruise Including Cooking Class and Morning Tai Chi

2-Day Halong Bay Luxury Junk Boat Cruise Including Cooking Class and Morning Tai Chi

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. 

Itinerary

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.

Customer Reviews

Sindee-Rose W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

A relaxing couple of days with a interesting activities such as walking through a grotto, swimming off the back of the boat, sea kayaking through caves, squid fishing, making fresh spring rolls, watching a movie at night, visiting a floating fishing village, and early morning tai chi.

Mandeep B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Wonderful boat and food!
If only the sun had come out!

margaret s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A stunning trip - definately the highlight of our vietnam holiday. The boat and crew were wonderful as was the food and our guide.

Stephanie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I highly recommend this tour. Not only was the boat luxurious, clean and well-kept, but the staff were extremely accommodating and could not do enough to help us. The excursions were great fun and the scenery was out of this world. Do not leave Vietnam without taking a tour of Halong Bay particularly on this boat - from what I could see, it was the only one with a balcony for each room!!

Allan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The staff were amazing, couldn't do enough to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. The weather was perfect, very picturesque area. Highly recommended.

Isabell G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Extremely beautiful bay. The room was good and food was too.

Sheila S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Fantastic experience! The accommodation on the boat was great and the staff were all friendly and fun. Beautiful part of the world.

Denise F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Wonderful. Staff ensured that my sister had food not containing mushrooms and even made her special meals. Boat was lovely with good food and amazing surroundings.

Stefan Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Very nice experience. Crew was great. Lots of activities and sites. A must do for travellers to Hanoi.

pete

4 star rating: Recommended April 2016

Poor weather so not the best but still worth dowing

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