Halong Bay Overnight Junk Boat Cruise
Imagine waking up surrounded by the tranquil beauty of Halong Bay, one of Vietnam’s most spectacular natural wonders. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed bay, dotted with impressive limestone islands, on a two-day cruise aboard a traditional junk boat. You’ll enjoy a guided tour of the limestone Cave of Surprises as well as free time to sunbathe, swim and kayak in secluded lagoons. Receive personalized service from your crew on this small-group tour, limited to 24 people.
Halong Bay, listed as one of Vietnam’s five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, covers 933 square miles (1,500 square km) with more than a thousand limestone peaks rising up from the emerald waters. Your two-day itinerary gives you a chance to relax on the tanning deck, swim or kayak, try night fishing, see the sights and enjoy delicious Vietnamese cuisine – all while being looked after by your attentive crew.
The traditional junk boat includes: hot and cold running water and shower in each ensuite tiled bathroom; a dining room and licensed cash bar with extensive wine list; sun-tanning area with adjustable sun lounges; and fully staffed crew including a customer services manager.
Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay (L, D)
After early morning pickup from your hotel, depart from the capital for Halong Bay – an approximate four-hour drive by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. Upon arrival at Halong Bay around midday, you’ll be greeted by a tour representative and transferred to the traditional junk boat.
Settle in with a complimentary welcome drink as you begin your cruise around majestic Halong Bay. Meet the expert crew and get acquainted with your small group while you dine on a delicious seafood lunch, including tea and coffee. After lunch, unwind and soak up the sun on the top deck – a great spot for photographing the natural wonders of the bay – as your captain finds a secluded area, perfect for swimming in the clear waters.
You’ll have the chance to try your hand at kayaking and explore some of the ancient limestone caves dotting the bay. As you glide along the most secluded lagoons, admire the surrounding limestone karsts amid unforgettable scenery only accessible by kayak! The modern kayaks are lightweight and easy to maneuver, and all participants will be issued water buoyancy vests. The junk boat will be nearby at all times, serving as a back-up vessel for those who need it.
After exploring, retire to the boat for more relaxation on the deck and enjoy a refreshing drink from the bar if you’d like. In the evening, your cook will prepare a splendid meal comprised of fresh seafood dishes as well as traditional Vietnamese fare as your crew weighs anchor in the heart of the bay. Afterward, you’ll have the opportunity to try some night fishing from the boat.
Overnight: Ensuite twin cabin aboard traditional junk boat in Halong Bay
Day 2: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
Rising to the tranquil beauty of the bay, there’s time for an early morning dip followed by breakfast. Then, head to the Cave of Surprises – the biggest cave in Halong Bay – where you’ll discover magnificent stalagmites and stalactites as you walk along the lit paths on a guided tour.
After another delectable lunch around midday, start your cruise back to the main harbor before transferring to your awaiting vehicle for the four-hour journey back to Hanoi. End your tour with hotel drop-off upon arrival in the capital.