VIETNAM - HALONG BAY
Number 18 on the list.
Designated a World Heritage Site, Hạlong Bay, in northeast Vietnam, is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests.
With over 2,000 limestone islands and peaks set adrift in calm, emerald waters, Halong Bay is one of Vietnam’s most picturesque panoramas. Weaving your way through it on a traditional wooden junk boat is the only way to truly enjoy it – relax on the sundeck and take in the views and daily life for the people who make their living off the waters.
Cast away on a traditional-style boat and set sail through hundreds of limestone karsts that rise dramatically from the emerald waters of the bay.
Halong Bay Junk Cruise
2 Days / 1 Night
• Experience the natural wonder of thousands of limestone karsts that rise from the bay on a cruise through this World Heritage site
• Sail back in time with an overnight stay on a traditional-style wooden boat, and awake to the unique misty morning sights of this strange paradise of green waters and rocky islands
• Feast on a sumptuous meal as the boat anchors in the heart of the bay, then take to the deck to see the stars and moon illuminate the water and peaks
• Overnight boat
• 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
• Transport - Shuttle bus and boat
DAY 1 HANOI - HALONG BAY
Xin Chao! Welcome to Vietnam. A welcome pack containing a welcome letter, your trip itinerary, relevant tickets, a feedback card and general information on the country will be waiting for you at your hotel. Please ask your hotel's receptionist for the Intrepid welcome pack upon arrival. You may be able to leave your main luggage in Hanoi (please check with your hotel), so we recommend you only take a small bag with a change of clothes and essential travel items.
Your Short Break Adventure starts at 7:00 – 7:30 am, or from your alternate hotel located in Hanoi's Old Quarter (advised prior to departure), between 7:30am - 8:00 am. You will also be joined by other travellers taking the boat cruise. Travel by minibus for 3.5 hours to Halong Bay. Journey through the early morning streets of Hanoi on the way to Halong Bay, seeing steam rising from roadside eateries as breakfast is prepared and motorbikes weaving their way through the steadily increasing traffic. Leaving the city behind, drive through fascinating countryside to the dock where this Halong Bay adventure truly starts. Climb aboard a traditional junk-style boat – with its beautiful woodwork and beaming crew – and venture out into the emerald waters of the bay. Open water soon disappears as the boat glides through often misty waters and past limestone peaks jutting dramatically out of the water. Sit down to a mouth-watering lunch and take in the scenery of what is often referred to as the Eight Wonder of the World. The area of about 1,500 square kilometres is dotted with innumerable beaches and grottos, created over thousands of years by waves and wind. Even in the rain the bay takes on a mystic quality. After lunch, you will have the chance to explore some of the limestone caves dotted around the bay, and stretch your legs for an included cave walk.
The captain will find a calm spot, so soak up the sun on the top deck or go kayaking to see the karsts up close. Everyone will be issued with water buoyancy vests.
Another delicious meal awaits after the sun goes down. Then sit under the beautiful starry skies before drifting off to sleep to the sounds of gentle waves lapping at the hull.
Special information: There is an option for swimming from Ti Top Island beach during the warmer months. Swimming in the bay from the boats is not permitted and kayaking is not permitted within designated areas in the bay.
Overnight accommodation: Boat
Meals included: Lunch; Dinner
DAY 2 HALONG BAY - HANOI
Rise this morning to the tranquil beauty of the bay. Perhaps even wake early for a Tai Chi class on the top deck. Spend the morning exploring secluded areas of the bay. Around noon the junk returns to the dock and the journey towards Hanoi begins. You will be transferred by boat to the mainland where your vehicle will be waiting.
The journey back to Hanoi takes around 3.5 hours. Your Halong Bay Junk Cruise adventures ends on arrival in Hanoi (approximately 5:30pm) where you will be dropped off at your Hanoi Old Quarter hotel or as nominated.
Meals included: Breakfast
Daily until 9 December
From $360* per person
*Terms and conditions apply. Price is based on per person, land only and subject to availability at time of booking. Valid for sale until sold until and for departures to 9 December 2020. Seasonal surcharges, black out dates may apply. Offer is only available for new bookings and price is subject to change without notice due to change in fees, taxes, surcharges or currency fluctuations. Prices correct as at October 2018. Further conditions apply, call your Bucket List Buddy team.
Halong Bay In Focus
3 Days / 2 Nights
Relax and explore Halong Bay over two-nights on board your Au Co Cruises vessel.
• 2 nights accommodation on board a deluxe cruise ship (join-in-basis)
• Meals as listed
• Return private transfers with driver only
• Local English-speaking guide
• Touring as specified
• Entrance fees
DAY 1 HANOI TO HALONG BAY
This morning you will be met at your Hanoi hotel and transferred to Halong Bay. Upon arrival you will board your Au Co Cruise ship for a two-night stay. Cruise around the islets that rise out of the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. (L,D)
DAY 2 HALONG BAY
Start the day with a Tai Chi class on the sundeck or marvel at the breathtaking views of the bay. Enjoy a guided kayak tour or a swim in the Vung Ha area, before cruising to Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island. Visit the Au Co organic farm. (B,L,D)
DAY 3 HALONG BAY - HANOI
Rise early this morning and visit Vung Vieng floating fishing village by traditional bamboo boat. After a farewell brunch, disembark in Tuan Chau where you will be met and transferred back to your Hanoi hotel where your arrangements end. (B)
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From $935* per person
*Terms and conditions apply. Price is based on per person, land only and subject to availability at time of booking. Valid for sale until sold until and for departures to December 2019. Seasonal surcharges, black out dates may apply. Offer is only available for new bookings and price is subject to change without notice due to change in fees, taxes, surcharges or currency fluctuations. Prices correct as at May 2018. Further conditions apply, call your Bucket List Buddy team.