The Bay of Descending Dragons
Named after the legend of a dragon who descended upon Earth to help Vietnam defeat it’s enemies, scattering emeralds in its path and creating the incredible formations you see today, Ha Long bay is recognized as a Natural World Heritage site by UNESCO and one of New 7 Natural Wonders of the World.
Spend three days among its magnificent limestone peaks and azure waters for the trip of a lifetime. On this tour you will have the luxury of waking up on the boat on your second day and leaving onlt to explore the bay further, before falling asleep the ambient sound of the calm waters.
DAY 01: HANOI – HA LONG BAY (L/D)
Meet your guide early at your hotel for the 3.5 hour bus trip to the harbour, Board your traditional Ha Long junkboat, check into your cabin and enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch while you cruise through the majestic limestone karsts of Halong Bay.
In the afternoon explore the beautiful Surprise cave, one of thousands in the bay, and then back to the boat to cruise through other small islets in the bay: Head man’s face islet, Saddle horse islet, Fairy lake, Drum cave and Virgin cave.
Enjoy a family style dinner of traditional Vietnamese dishes and get to know your fellow shipmates. Once the stars come out, why not try your hand at squid fishing!
DAY 02: HALONG BAY – LAN HA BAY (B/L/D)
Wake up to the tranquil sounds of the ocean and start your day with breakfast on board the boat.
Transfer to a day boat for a cruise to the Three Peach Beach or Soi Sim island in beautiful Lan Ha Bay (depending on theweather). Spend some time swimming and relaxing on the beach, below the magnificent rocky cliffs.
Cruise on to the Bright and Dark cave area, where you will have lunch and then take to the water to explore by kayak.
In the afternoon visit a floating pearl farm to see how the local fisherman cultivate these beautiful natural gems and take the opportunity to buy a unique souvenir.
Cruise back to Halong Bay for your second night aboard the boat that now feels a little like home.
DAY 03: HALONG – HANOI (B/L)
Start your day with Tai Chi on the deck before enjoying breakfast as your cruise to Bai Tu Long Bay. The route is very tranquil, and often empty, letting the natural environment shine.
Take a small local bamboo boat to Vong Vieng floating fishing village and learn about how this local community live and work.
Enjoy a cooking demonstration and mini class back on the boat as you cruise back to the harbous. Have a final group lunch and then wave goodbye to beautiful Halong Bay.
Arrive back in Hanoi by bus in the early evening.
Necessary things to bring:
Passport (valid passport is required upon check-in), sunglasses, hat, insect repellent, swimsuits, cash for drinks.
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We met Lilly in Hanoi when we went to pay the balance and she was so lovely and welcoming…. We booked Halong Bay cruise with her, which was perfect.reno2012