Explore Halong Bay on an overnight cruise aboard a traditional-stye junk boat. A variety of activities allows you to experience the best of this UNESCO World Heritage site, including cave visits, swimming, kayaking, practicing Tai Chi, and a cooking class. However, you are also free to just relax on board and enjoy the scenery.
Day 1: Hanoi – Bai Tu Long Bay (L, D)In the morning, your Halong Bay experience begins with pickup at hotels in Hanoi for the 3.5-hour drive to Hong Gai Tourist Wharf, where you'll check in at the OS Lounge, the private waiting area to board your boat, the Oriental Sails. Just after midday, embark and listen to a cruise briefing before enjoying lunch on board while you cruise through the limestone islands of Bai Tu Long Bay. In the afternoon, you are free to choose one of the following activity options. Option 1: Fishing village visitIf you're interested in a glimpse of daily life here, take a bamboo boat trip (about 45 minutes) around Vung Vieng, one of the largest fishing villages in Halong Bay. See local fishermen at work, and admire the setting in a closed lagoon, surrounded by mountains.Option 2: Beach and kayakingIf you prefer water and sand, board the tender for the ride to Ban Chan beach, where you can relax on the beach, go swimming, play some volleyball, or try kayaking.In the early evening, return to Oriental Sails to freshen up, watch the sunset, and purchase a drink at the bar during happy hour, if you wish. A cooking class with the onboard chef is offered before dinner is served. Then go night squid fishing, if you're interested, or participate in singing and dancing activities before bedtime. Overnight: On board the boat, in the Cong Do Area Day 2: Bai Tu Long – Hanoi (B, L)In the early morning, begin the day with Tai Chi on the sundeck, and enjoy the views with a cup of tea or coffee. You'll eat breakfast while cruising to Thien Canh Son Cave, a medium-sized, less-visited cave in Bai Tu Long Bay. Then check out of your room, leaving your luggage at reception while you eat lunch on board. When you return to the harbor at midday, disembark the boat for the transfer back to Hanoi, where your tour ends with hotel drop-off in the late afternoon.