Cruise amongst the beautiful limestone karst formations of Halong Bay on board a junk boat for a 3-day adventure. Try your hand at squid fishing, kayak to caves filled with stalactites, or simply relax on board and soak up the views.
What to Expect
Enjoy a 3-day cruise along Halong Bay on board a beautiful junk. Get spectacular views of the limestone karst mountains and islets, and enjoy sumptuous Vietnamese food on board your boat.
The junk is based on a design developed during the Han Dynasty of China between 206 BC and 220AD. Now an iconic symbol of Southeast Asian watercraft, it is staffed by a professional captain and crew, and equipped with luxury cabins, and a sundeck where you can join a sunrise Tai Chi class.
Day 1: Ha Noi - Ha Long (L, D)
07:45 - Pick-up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long Bay.
10:00 - Stop for a short break en route.
12:00 - Arrive at Bai Chay Halong Tourism Harbor.
12.15 - Transfer by tender to the Golden Lotus Junk. Enjoy a welcome drink once on board.
12.30 - Check into your cabin and begin your cruise of Halong Bay, sailing to famous islets such as Cock Fighting and Dinh Huong, while enjoying a fresh seafood lunch.
15:30 - Transfer by tender to explore some of the surprising caves, filled with curious stalactites and stalagmites.
16:30 - Kayak and swim off Ti Top Beach, or relax on board the Golden Lotus Junk.
19:00 - Enjoy a dinner of Vietnamese food.
21:00 - Exercise your lungs at a karaoke session, or join a squid fishing expedition with the crew.
Day 2: Lan Ha Bay Full-Day Kayak (B, L, D)
07:15 - Cruise to Lan Ha Bay after breakfast to swim and kayak at 3 Peaches and Ba Ham Lake. Your guide will take you to the most beautiful and least touristy parts of the bay, traveling through a maze of islets amidst dramatic natural scenery. Explore the stalactite caves of Dark Cave and Bright Cave. Return to the Golden Lotus for lunch. In the afternoon, continue paddling by kayak to Dong Tien (Fairy Cave).
19.30 - Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay on board the junk.
Day 3: Bai Tu Long Bay (B, L)
06:30 - Wake early for coffee and tea as the sun rises.
07:00 - Join a Tai Chi class on the sundeck.
08:15 - Continue your tour of Bai Tu Long Bay, paddling by bamboo boat to Vung Vieng fishing village.
09:45 - Following brunch, cruise back through Ha Long Bay to Halong pier, passing the strange-shaped landmarks of Teapot Island, Chopsticks Island, and Poem Mountain.
11:15 - Arrive at Bai Chay Halong Tourism Harbor.
11:30 - Transfer by tender. Say your farewells at the end of your cruise.
12:15 - Drive back to Hanoi.
16:30 - Arrive at your Hanoi hotel.
- Transfers by air-conditioned 16-seat Ford Transit or 29-seat County
- Driver and English-speaking guide
- Welcome drink
- Entrance fees
- All meals as mentioned
- 2 nights accommodation on board the Golden Lotus Junk (air conditioned, hot water, private bathroom and shower)
Pick-up from hotels in Hanoi