Vietnam: Off the Beaten Track in Halong Bay

Experience Halong Bay away from the crowds on a traditional junk. With its own docking area you’ll cruise through the quieter areas of the Bay to Bai Tu Long, passing floating villages, limestone peaks and hidden caves. Meet locals in the floating villages and explore the area by kayak. This junk has a maximum capacity of eight people, ensuring a small and friendly atmosphere. The emphasis is on service, cuisine and remoteness, making your stay unforgettable.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Hanoi – Ha Long Bay

After breakfast, you’ll leave for Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape. There you’ll board a private wooden junk to take you through Bai Tu Long Bay area. You’ll then continue your cruise toward Cong Do area for where you'll explore one of the less visited caves. From there, you’ll have a chance to wander the area by kayak. The route is designed to avoid the busy areas and includes a very quiet location for your overnight stay.

Overnight:Prince Junk (All Meals Included)

Day 2 - Ha Long Bay

After breakfast, you’ll cruise to a private sandy beach for some swimming (weather permitting) and a refreshing cool drink. After a BBQ lunch on boat or on a sandy
beach, your time will be your own to relax or continue exploring the bay by kayak. You’ll stay overnight in a very quiet location of the Bay.

Overnight:Prince Junk (All Meals Included)

Day 3 - Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

You’ll wake in the fresh air of the bay with a swim or you can relax on the sundeck. After breakfast, you’ll continue your cruise and visit a fishing village where you’ll have an opportunity to explore the village and the hidden lagoon in a rustic rowing boat. The route will ends at a Pearl Farm where you can see the whole process of making high quality pearl.

You’ll then cruise back to dock around noon whereupon you’ll be picked up to return to Hanoi. After arriving at your hotel in the mid-afternoon, the remainder of the day will be your own.

(Breakfast and Lunch Included)

Accommodation Information

Prince Junk

For your three-day Ha Long excursion, you'll board the Prince Junk, one of the best wooden boats on the Bay. It’s based on the model of the old Chinese court vessels with three barge sails and a wide transom with a rectangular superstructure. The boat has four cabins, accommodating up to eight people.

The cabins are air-conditioned and have windows overlooking the bay. The floor area of the cabin is about 10 m2, furnished with two twin beds or a double queen size bed. The interior panelling, floor and furniture are made from hard wood. The cabin has a wardrobe, pillows, white cotton sheets, and an en-suite toilet and shower with a good selection of high-quality toiletries. All meals, usually based on fresh seafood, will be provided on board. Kayaking is available and included in the price.

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