DAY 1: HANOI - HA LONG BAY (L,D)
7:45 – 8:30
Meet your tour guide at suggested places around Old Quarter for Ha Long Bay.
Embark at Tuan Chau habor, Ha Long city. Transferred by tender to the Viet Beauty Cruise.
Greeted by crew members followed by welcome drinks, get cruise briefing and check in cabin.
Savor lunch on board while cruise heads to center of Halong Bay.
Explore Sung Sot Cave, the biggest cave in Halong Bay which famous for its wonderful stalactites and stalagmites.
Visit Titop Island for swimming or take a short walk to the top for some overview photos of Halong Bay
Enjoy sunset while local wine and fruit is served
Attending cooking lesson to make some spring rolls by yourself.
Having dinner on board, then free relax with other choices: Squid fishing, singing karaoke, relax on sundeck….
Stay overnight on Vietbeauty Cruise in the middle of Halong Bay
DAY 2: HA LONG BAY – HANOI (B,BRUNCH)
Start your morning with the Tai Chi class up in sundeck
Enjoy a new day with complimentary tea and coffee served for light breakfast on board
Visit Me Cung Cave (Maze Cave) with layers of fossillized shells which present the history formation of Halong Bay.
Stop by Pearl Farm to study the culture pearl making process.
Check out your cabin. Time for brunch while Vietbeauty cruise heads back to habor.
Disembark habor. Say goodbye to Halong Bay, back to Hanoi
Tour guide drops you back at your hotel. Tour ends
Ha Long Bay is hailed as one of the great natural wonders of the world. It’s high up there on many peoples bucket lists and this Vietnamese national treasure is unlike any other place in the world. So when we were planning our trip through Vietnam, there was no way we were going to miss it.
When we were researching our visit to Ha Long Bay, there were lots of mixed reviews on how to go about it. Should we do a day trip or an overnight trip? Wing it with a travel agent in Hanoi or pre-book it? We decided in the end that staying overnight on a boat and sailing leisurely around the bay was the best way to see this expansive and ethereal UNESCO World Heritage Site, and we went with the The Vietbeauty Cruise Days 2 Nights , package tour in Halong Bay , Halong bay tour 2 days ( with APT Travel )
The boats The Viet Beauty Cruise use in Ha Long Bay are really well appointed. With a sun-deck up top and a lots of space at the front of the boat, there’s lots of vantage points to take in the majestic beauty of the bay and to get some amazing shots of the epic karst limestone rock formations throughout.
Arriving in Ha Long City, we joined many other travellers either eager to begin their sailing trip or just returning, filled with stories and seeing off the new friends they’d just shared the experience with. After port formalities, we all clambered onto the small tenders above to be transferred to our grand traditional junk which was anchored in the harbour.
Upon boarding, we were greeted by the boat’s crew of beaming, friendly staff who helped us with our bags and seated us in the dining room where we were briefed on everything from safety, our itinerary and what we’d see over the two days to our cabins, when the hot water would work for showers (takes a while to reheat apparently!) and when our meals would be. We knew this wasn’t going to be a rough boat trip. It was going to be a fun, comfortable, amazing two days with The Vietbeauty Cruise Days 2 Nights , package tour in Halong Bay ,Halong bay tour of APT Travel in Hanoi .
The boats VietBeauty Cruise in Ha Long Bay are really well appointed. With a sun-deck up top and a lots of space at the front of the boat, there’s lots of vantage points to take in the majestic beauty of the bay and to get some amazing shots of the epic karst limestone rock formations throughout.
Now onto the important bit, what was the accommodation like? Well I was surprised. Our double cabins were decorated with artistic Oriental detailing and featured a massive queen size bed and plush linen. Each room and its own air conditioner and heater and large windows overlooking the bay. So close you could almost reach out and touch Ha Long Bay from your bed.
Cabin on The Vietbeauty Cruise
Our bathroom was the most surprising part of our cabin. We had come prepared to have to share a communal bathroom with our fellow shipmates, but were instead greeted by a very big shower and everything else you could need for an overnight stay. This is definitely the way to do sailing in Ha Long Bay, folks.
The restaurant in The Viet Beauty Cruise
The Restaurant on The VietbeautyCruise
Next up, we left the secluded cove and sailed to what’s called “Surprise Cave”. Named so because of how much of a “surprise” it is once you get inside. Okay then. Nevertheless, once we did climb up the stairs and descended into the depths of the cave, we were suitably impressed with how expansive and well kept it was. Our guide pointed out the remarkable rock formations along the way.
We floated away from Surprise Cave and made our way to a collection of pontoons dotted with small huts near one of the limestone islands. Our guide promptly announced that it was time to do some kayaking. Now I’m not the best on the water, so I was a bit dubious at first. But one by one, everyone else in our group accepted the offer and I thought “bugger it” and we jumped precariously into a canoe.
We then spent the next 30 minutes or so paddling our way around the small inlet, observing local families in their floating homes. One was even pumping out Gangnam Style. It just goes to show, you can’t get away from that song, even in Ha Long Bay!
There are entire floating villages out here who survive solely on fishing and tourism. The villages have everything they need including schools and markets, and villagers only ventured to the mainland once a month or so .Then time to get back and over night on The Vietbeauty Cruise Days 2 Nights , package tour in Halong Bay ,Halong bay tour with our crew.
Sundeck on The Vietbeauty Cruise
Approaching Ha Long City again, the towering limestone cliffs started to fade into the mist and became but a memory. Before we knew it, we were back on the docks and preparing for the journey back to Hanoi..Seeing Ha Long Bay for myself and taking the time to appreciate it was absolutely a highlight of my trip to Vietnam. It’s something you’d be crazy not to check out in this part of the world, and you owe it to yourself to do it the right way I think.
Disclosure: We were provided with our trip complimentary by APT Travel, but I always tell it like it is and all opinions are my own as usual
· Pick up/drop off by air-conditioned bus.
· Some local wine, fresh fruit on board in the afternoon.
· English speaking guide.
· Kayaking, entrance fees, activities on board.
· Meals as indicated.
· Tai Chi season
· Water on the bus
· Travel insurance.
· Tips and others not clearly mentioned above.