Combine a unique cruise to explore Halong's gorgeous sites and local life with an expedition to the Halong-on-land’s backyard. This trip starts with a dive into the rural side of the Red River delta. Explore the backyard of Ninh Binh region, its waterways, its small lanes winding across rice fields with towering limestone karsts around. We then journey across the delta to the coast for a one-night cruise in Halong and Bai Tu Long bays on the TREASURE Junk (less travelled cruising routes, a spacious sundeck and some complimentary kayaking to the remotest parts of the bay).
• The natural grandeur of the World Heritage Halong archipelago
• Ninh Binh’s backyard, waterways, towering karst formations, temples, pagoda and rustic life
• An overnight on the Treasure Junk, with her friendly staff and great chef
• A unique Halong itinerary with a quiet overnight anchorage
• The exploration of the Halong on land region, on its less travelled routes
• Loads of fun activities: kayaking, cycling, sampan riding
Meals: lunch and dinner | Accommodation: Treasure junk
8:00 - Depart from Hanoi for a 3.5 hours drive to Halong City through the Red River Delta. Upon arrival, get on board of the Treasure Junk. Start cruising from Hon Gai pier to the boundaries of Halong bay while lunch with fresh seafood is served (vegetarian and kids menus available).
After lunch, just make yourself at ease and relax. We are slowly getting off the classic cruising routes, far from the usual clichés of this busy tourism spot. Limestone rock formations will parade all around us for about 2 hours before our first stop.
We reach the perfect spot, where the waters of Halong and Bai Tu Long hit and wave together. Let's get ready for serious things. Swimming suits, ok. Kayaks and tender boat, ok. Paddles and gears, ok. Let's get closer to the water and explore the bay in depth.
After one/one and a half hour kayaking, we get back on board to refresh and start the aperitif on the sundeck. The boat cruises to its anchorage area. Dinner is served either inside or outside depending on weather conditions. Overnight on board in a cozy air-conditioned cabin with en-suite bathroom facilities.
Meals: brunch, dinner | Accommodation: Bungalow
6:30 - Coffee, tea and cakes will be served. Wake up smoothly while witnessing the silence of beautiful misty bay. A 30-minute Tai Chi session will be organized, energize your body and soul or just allow yourself some farniente time on a sunbath with a cup of coffee.
About 7.45am, we hop on bamboo boats to go visiting a secluded floating village surrounded by the mountains. We trace our way between numerous floating houses and small rowing boats that serve the everyday life as vehicle, itinerant shops, fishing utility, sometimes overnight shelter.
Back on treasure before 9am, we start cruising back to the pier. From 9.30am, a brunch will be served. Take a last glance at the rocks, standing still as the eternal guardians of a kingdom, we are about to reach the pier.
11:30 – Transfer from Halong to Ninh Binh. The driving takes around 5 hours, you’ll reach Tam Coc (known as one of the most scenic spot of the region) in the late afternoon.
Meals: breakfast, lunch | Accommodation: not included
After breakfast, we then embark on traditional rowing sampan for about one hour on a less travelled canal of the region. It goes through caves and along the border with the natural site of Trang An.
Afterwards, you’ll hop on bicycles for an easy-paced ride through scenic rural landscapes in Tam Coc. There’s time for a visit to Bich Dong pagoda en-route. The site offers a nice climb up to the top building for a breathtaking view of Tam Coc area. The cycling route ends at a local house and enjoy a home-cooked lunch.
Make your way back to the lodge for collecting your luggage. We start then our drive back to Hanoi, with a stop en route to visit the temples of the ancient imperial capital in Hoa Lu. Arrival in Hanoi is expected at about 17:00.
PRICE PER PERSON based on group size
|Validity||Price per person
based on group of 2
|1 Jan - 31 Mar 17||US$ 348
[vnd 7830 000]
|1 Apr - 31 Dec 17||US$ 355
[vnd 7988 000]
* Single supplement: applies for those who travelling with others but requires an single room for him/herself
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