Bai Tu Long Bay Explore and Kayak Discovery

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Overview

Discover the most peaceful and authentic corners of the archipielago through an unique itinerary, as alluring or more than the most massively crowded routes. For the ones who want to explore Halong further and would like to have also the chance to enjoy a taste of active travel.

Let’s discover some of the quietest parts of the bay through an harmonious combination of a comfortable cruising on board and some outdoors activities. This tour features the unique cruise on board our Treasure Junk with an extra day to paddle the fjords of the archipelago and explore their floating houses and deserted sandy beaches. There is not better way to experience the great majesty and mystic atmosphere of Halong World Heritage Natural Site.

Hightlights

  • A unique itinerary far from the crowds with a quiet overnight anchorage.
  • Cruising through the emblematic karstic formations that emerge from the endless immensity of the waters of Tonkin Gulf.   
  • Traditional junk with modern facilities.
  • A dedicated and professional crew on board.
  • A gastronomy treat provided by our Chef.
  • A memorable ride on a traditional sampan (rowboat).
  • Kayaking among the dramatic karst formations (only if you wish! otherwise you can always stay on board!).

What to bring

  • Sun & rain gear
  • Swimsuit (April to late October)
  • Warm clothes in winter (mid Nov to early Mar)
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sandals.
  • Original passport.
Hanoi – Halong & Bai Tu Long Bays

Day 1 Hanoi – Halong & Bai Tu Long Bays

Meals: lunch, dinner | Accommodation: On board the Treasure Junk

This morning at 7:45 we will proceed to check-in at Handspan's head office (Ma May 78) and will be leaving on our shuttle bus for a 3.5-hour drive to Halong City. Upon arrival, we will board the Treasure Junk and start to cruise towards the boundaries of Halong bay while a delicious lunch with fresh seafood is served (vegetarian and kid’s menus available).

Make yourself at ease and just relax after lunch. Hundreds of emerging limestone rock formations will parade all around us for about 2 hours before our first stop. We will reach then the perfect spot, where the waters of Halong and Bai Tu Long hit and wave together. Let's get ready for a closer look to the water and explore the bay in depth paddling on our own kayak.

We’ll get back on the Treasure before sunset, when we will be able to enjoy a cocktail on board while we will sail till the anchorage area where we will spend the night offshore. The dinner will be served either inside or outside on the deck, depending on weather conditions. Overnight on board in our cosy air-conditioned cabin with en-suite bathroom. 

Note: On our way to Halong, we will stop at a place with food, beverages and souvenirs for sale. Please bear in mind that we are not trying to incite you to buy any product. This is just the only place on the way with proper facilities that our travellers, guide and driver can use without being forced to buy anything. Thanks for your understanding.

Immersing ourselves in the atmosphere of the Bay

Day 2 Immersing ourselves in the atmosphere of the Bay

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner | Accommodation: On board the Treasure Junk

The breakfast will be served from 7:15 am. However, if you wish, we invite you to share a cup of tea or coffee and take part at 6:30 am in a Tai Chi session before breakfast.

Around 8:30 am, we will board a smaller boat that will bring us even farther from the touristy area, till the hidden nooks of the archipelago. It will be a day of fun and relaxation. More chances to kayak, to swim, to enjoy a sandy beach, more floating houses, more tasty cuisine, definitely a cruise "with capital letters". 

The program will depend on the tide and weather conditions, but we can guarantee that this full day surrounded by the endless immensity of the waters of Halong archipelago will be worth it.

We will enjoy our lunch on a traditional boat, being back on the Treasure Junk before the sun sets. Time to make ourselves comfortable before our tasty dinner and second night 

You’ll back to the Treasure Junk before the sun goes down. Time to refresh and to make yourself cozy on the sundeck. Dinner will be served again either in the dining room or on the deck and have the second night on board.

Halong – Hanoi

Day 3 Halong – Hanoi

Meals: Brunch | Accommodation: Not included

Wake up smoothly while witnessing the silence of the beautifully misty bay. From 6:30 am, coffee, tea and cakes will be served. We will be free to join a 30-minute Tai Chi session at the first light of dawn, organized by our Tai Chi master on board, so we will have the chance to energize our body, mind and soul, although if we prefer, we can simply enjoy a sunbath with a cup of coffee.  

We will hop later on a bamboo boat to visit a secluded floating village surrounded by mountains. We will trace our way among numerous floating houses and small rowing boats that are used in everyday life as vehicle, itinerant shops, fishing utility and even sometimes as an overnight shelter.

We will be back on the Treasure before 9:00 am to start cruising back to the pier. From 9.30, a brunch will be served. Take a last glance at the emerging rocks, standing still as the eternal guardians of a kingdom, we are about to reach the pier.

Once in Terra Firma, we will be transferred from Halong to Hanoi, where our arrival is expected around 4:00 - 4:30 pm.

Note:

  • For further details of Treasure Junk cruiser, please visit www.treasure-junk.com
  • Tides and weather conditions may alter the times of meals and other activities.
  • In line with our responsible vision of tourism, please note that the most popular caves of the bay are not included in our program, since we do care about our heritage preservation and the way in which these visits take currently place is unfortunately not viable in the long term.
  • For your convenience, we recommend you to arrange smaller backpacks for the trip and leave your big luggage at Handspan's safety storage.
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Good Deal

When booking online “Halong Bay on our Treasure Junk” (both for 1-night and 2-night cruise):  Our travellers will count on one free ticket per person for the Traditional Water Puppetry Show in Hanoi (daily show, either at 17:00, 18:30 or 20:00 – please inform about your preferred timing in advance).
You can find all our current promotions at Our Last good deals.

PRICE PER PERSON based on joined-group tour

Validity   Cabin Category

Price per person

(based on twin-shared room)

Single supplement

1 Jan - 30 Apr & 

1 Oct - 31 Dec

2019

Superior US$ 329
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US$ 107
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Suite US$ 365 
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US$ 128
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* Fixed prices in USD. Prices in VND are subject to currency fluctuations upon making the trip reservation.

* Single supplement: to be applied for those who travel with others but require a single room for her/himself.

* Prices valid till 31 December 2019 for the ready-to-book adventure outlined on this detailed program which has been handcrafted by our production team and that includes the best of the destination (highlights and some lesser known assets as well!). Our travel consultants will also be glad to customize this journey to suit your specific interests and travel-style. 

* Would you like to adapt the itinerary, accommodation, length of the trip or any activity as per your needs and preferences? Then just forward us your comments at info@handspan.com.

* Special prices for groups of more than 2 people, children and the possibility to connect the tour with other stages of your trip around Indochina by contacting us. 

Summer Promotion

Validity Cabin Category 

Price per person

(based on twin-shared room)

Single supplement
1 may - 30 Sept 2019 Superior US$ 309
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US$ 95
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Suite US$ 345
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US$ 116
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* Fixed prices in USD. Prices in VND are subject to currency fluctuations upon making the trip reservation.

* Single supplement: to be applied for those who travel with others but require a single room for her/himself.

Included

  • Accommodation on Treasure Junk.
  • Meals as specified on the program.
  • Kayaks and safety gear.
  • Dedicated crew and support boat for the second day.
  • Travel in an appropriate air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced driver.
  • The services of an experienced English-speaking guide.
  • All entrance fees, visits and activities mentioned on the program.
  • VAT and other taxes.

Not included

  • Accommodation in Hanoi.
  • Flight tickets or visas.
  • Beverages, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Supplements on peak season.

For the ones who want to explore Halong further and with a pronounced taste for active travel. Let's discover some of the quietest parts of the archipelago with a harmonious combination of comfortable cruising and fun activities. 

 

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