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No trip to Vietnam is complete without visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Halong Bay, and sailing amongst the thousands of limestone islands that rise majestically from the turquoise waters. All trips to Halong Bay start and end with a 3.5 hour drive from Hanoi and we recommend that customers stay overnight on a junk boat in preference to the day trip option. If you have the time and budget we strongly believe it’s worth staying for two nights aboard the Jasmine or Ginger luxury junks.
Our “Simply” itineraries are perfect add-ons to your holiday. This tour starts and ends in Hanoi, however transfers from other locations can be arranged as required. Discuss options with our Asia Travel Experts.
Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay and board your deluxe junk for your overnight cruise. Marvel at the dramatic vista and relax onboard, as you sail amongst the thousands of limestone islands that rise from the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Rock sculptures jut dramatically from the sea and the numerous caves and grottoes have created an enchanting, timeless world.
Set sail through Bai Tu Long Bay whilst a seafood lunch is served, then sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you cruise past various islands en route to Cua Van fishing village. Explore the floating village by bamboo rowing boat. Visit Tien Ong Cave before returning to the junk for sunset cocktails and canapés, followed by dinner served on the deck or in the restaurant.
Why not begin the day with a Tai Chi class on the top deck? Or just admire the beautiful scenery as the sun rises over the azure waters. Choose between an excursion to a secluded island with a sandy beach for a morning swim, or join the chef for a cooking demonstration to learn more about Vietnamese cuisine. Enjoy a buffet brunch as your junk cruises Halong Bay, passing islets and caves as you make your way back to the dock.
You have the option to visit a pottery workshop on the trip back to Hanoi.
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Ideas to extend your itinerary:
Note that the schedule above refers to the Image Legend Cruise, Victory Cruise & Paradise Luxury Cruise. All our GetAboutAsia cruise itineraries adhere to the highest standards of safety whilst providing our guests with an outstanding level of comfort and quality.
Image Legend Cruise, Victory Cruise & Paradise Cruise Photos
All Get About Asia trips have been designed to make sure you have an unforgettable travel experience. We have developed several trip styles to cater for our diverse range of travellers. Read what your ideal Get About Asia experience might look like here.
|Standard:||from AU $352|
|Superior:||from AU $435|
|Deluxe:||from AU $479|
All GetAboutAsia prices are based on twin share and depend on availability and season. All our itineraries can be customised including international flights and extra nights. For questions or further information, Enquire Now!
One night on your Halong Bay junk. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.
Visa for Vietnam
When obtaining your visa you should allow 2-3 weeks for processing, the cost is approximately US$60 to US$100. Check with your embassy or consulate for further details. The Vietnamese Embassy in Edgecliff, Sydney has been known to issue a visa in 4 working days if all the correct documents are submitted at the time of application.
Availability of accommodation and season.
" We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and thank you for helping us when Hue was flooding. The first evening in Ho Chi Minh was a baptism of fire on managing the Vietnam traffic but we managed and it put us in good stead for the rest of the trip. Liz managed the Tunnels. The delta was an overcast day but good to see it again for me …… We both loved Hoi An.Hanoi centre was nice, slightly different to Ho Chi Minh centre and we met up with a friend of Liz’s who had been up to Sapa. Then of course we headed to Ha Long Bay, an amazing landscape!Overall a busy trip but a good look at the country and if we go back we would tend to go inland ……Thank you Getaboutasia for arranging! " — Alister and Liz, Sydney, November 2017
"Everything went well. The guides and drivers were always on time in both Hanoi, Halong Bay & Siem Reap. The cruise on Halong Bay was excellent & enjoyed by the whole group. It was the highlight of our trip." — Mr Hickey and Family, Kirribilli , March 2016
"The cruise on Halong Bay would have to have been the highlight of the trip. We swam out the back of the boat and went on a guided trip to Surprise cave. The cabin, food and the company was very good. We could not fault the organisation of the trip, the standard of accommodation and the friendliness of the Vietnamese people." — Mr and Mrs Healey, Loch Victoria , July 2015
"...We returned from our trip yesterday and had a fabulous time. Everything went like clockwork (pick-ups, transfers, hotel bookings etc) and the guides and drivers in each locale were excellent. Special mention to the team in Saigon - they were both very attentive and the guide had tremendous local knowledge as well as being a very nice fellow.
...The Violet Halong Bay Cruise probably topped the list. I'm very glad we opted for the overnight stay as you recommended - the bumpy four hour drive from Hanoi would have been quite a challenge to do twice in one day! ...We would certainly look to GetAboutAsia for our next holiday..." — Cindy & William Dowling, Sydney, NSW, January 2014