A newly built wooden junk, Halong Phoenix Luxury is well designed and balances traditional and luxurious styles to provide a comfortable cruise on the tranquil waters of Halong Bay. Launched in May of 2013, Halong Phoenix Luxury, sister of Halong Phoenix Cruiser 1 and 2, provides a pioneering new generation of vessel with uncomprising quality and luxurious standards. The vessel brings travelers 4 stars, reasonably priced, cruise services to comfortably experience Halong Bay.
Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay (L, D)
AM: We pick you up from your hotel between 8:00 am. and 8:30 am. for a 3.5 hour drive North East of Hanoi taking you across the Red River delta, the second biggest in Vietnam and through the scenic country side to reach Halong Bay.
You will arrive at Tuan Chau International Marina on the harbor of Halong’s biggest island. From here a tender boat will take you to our Halong Phoenix Cruiser. A refreshing welcome drink is served and you can check into your cabin.
PM: As you settle into your cabin, our boat sets sail to the centre of this World Heritage site. Lunch is served in the restaurant while you enjoy the amazing scenery and delicious lunch of fresh local seafood or your requested vegetarian meal. Cruise amongst the hundreds of islands and gorgeous natural settings, limestone bedrocks and sheer cliffs of tiny islets. You will pass by Duck and Thumb islets, and then Coconut Island – the only soil island in the World Heritage Site.At Luom Bo area (the provincial border between Quang Ninh province and Cat Ba National Park of Hai Phong), the boat stops and you will kayak in the turquoise waters here. Swimming at the secluded sandy beach is an option for people who are not interested in kayaking.As the sun sets over the bay, we head back to our cruise and relax. Coffee, tea and fruits will be available on the sundeck or you can order your favorite drink from the bar. The boat will continue to cruise to the Fairy Lake (Ho Dong Tien) area and anchor for the night.
Dinner is served with local seafood and then you may choose to enjoy a drink from the bar or experience squid fishing, before retiring.
Day 2: Ho Dong Tien – Ba Trai Dao – Ho Ba Ham – Ho Dong Tien (B, L, D)
AM: Awake early to the stunning sunrise and vista of the serene bay to enjoy the oasis of calm in Halong Bay, no distractions or worldly concerns. Today, you will kayak in the areas of Ba Trai Dao and Ho Ba Ham (Lan Ha Bay). Leave the Phoenix Luxury on a small junk (the kayak support-boat) to cruise to the Southern part of Halong Bay. This route will take you by the famous Frog and Chop Stick Islands. Your guided, round trip kayaking experience begins at 10 am. to explore the different corners of Lan Ha Bay, passing several secluded beaches and lagoons. After paddling for about 2 hours, relax, swim and explore a private beach before lunch.
PM: After lunch, prepare to explore further. Cruise on the small junk boat to another kayaking area – Ho Ba Ham, where you will be able to kayak for 2 hours. The quiet atmosphere and the beautifully calm waters of this area is truly rewarding for both kayak and nature lovers.
In the late afternoon, pass Cua Van floating village on the return to the Phoenix Luxury, where you will spend the evening. Arrive at Phoenix Luxury around 17h30. Coffee, tea and fruits will be available on the sundeck or you can order your favorite drink from the bar.
Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
AM: Awake to enjoy this morning on Ho Dong Tien again. This morning, after your buffet breakfast you will have a guided visit to the most imposing grotto of the bay – Surprising (Sung Sot) Cave. A truly awesome and amazing cave to experience.Return to the Halong Phoenix Luxury cruiser to begin your return journey to the harbor and experience viewing other areas and islands of Halong Bay such as Fighting Cocks (symbol of Halong Bay), Incense Burner and Stone Dogs islands.
10AM: A cooking demonstration onboard shows you how to make authentic Vietnamese spring rolls. You will learn about the recipes and the techniques that create this popular dish of the Vietnamese people.
Lunch is served on the boat as you near the harbor.
12:00AM. Depart the Halong Phoenix Luxury cruiser and travel by tender boat back to the marina where you then board the bus for your return journey to Hanoi arriving at your hotel at approximately 17.00.
- All entrance fees
- Guiding services provided by professional English speaking guide
- Brand new international standard sit-on-top kayak
- Kayak instructions by our kayak expert guide
- Overnight on en-suite Halong Phoenix Luxury cabin
- Seafood and local Vietnamese meals as specified (01 Breakfast, 02 Lunches and 01 Dinner)
- Taxi fare to morning meeting point (if needed)
- Transfer to/from Halong City :
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US$ 15/ person
- Drinks, personal expenses and anything not clearly mentioned in the above list.