Halong Bay on Treasure Junk & the Ninh Binh extension

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Combine a unique cruise to explore Halong's gorgeous Natural World Heritage Site with an expedition to the beautiful rural setting and remarkable character of Green Ninh Binh, also known as Halong-on-land.

Our one-night cruise on board the TREASURE Junk (less travelled cruising routes, with an itinerary far from the masses, a spacious sundeck and some complimentary kayaking to the quietest parts of the bay) will be followed by a memorable stay in Ninh Binh, where nature, culture and spirituality are blended as in no other destination in Vietnam. 


  • Halong - Bai Tu Long Bays cruise on board the Treasure Junk, sailing along a very special route far from the masses, as alluring or more than the most crowded parts of this UNESCO site. 
  • A dedicated crew and modern facilities on our traditional junk.
  • Being treated with delicious specialties prepared by our chef during the cruise.
  • The possibility to do as much or as little as you wish (tai chi, kayaking, cycling, sampan rides...)
  • Green Ninh Binh, its stunning landscape and matchless rural and spiritual atmosphere.

What to bring

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

Day 1 Hanoi - Halong & Bai Tu Long Bays

Meals: lunch, dinner | Accommodation: Superior cabin, 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.

Halong - Tam Coc, Green Ninh Binh

Day 2 Halong - Tam Coc, Green Ninh Binh

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner | Accommodation: Chez Loan (or similar), Tam Coc

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 Ninh Binh. The drive will take us around 5 hours, reaching Tam Coc (known as one of the most scenic spots of the region) in the late afternoon.

Tam Coc, Ninh Binh - Hanoi

Day 3 Tam Coc, Ninh Binh - Hanoi

Meals: breakfast, lunch | Accommodation: not included

This morning, we will hop on our bicycles for an easy-paced ride to a local pier where we will board a rowing sampan for about one hour, sailing though the less travelled canals of the region, whose beauty has nothing to envy the busiest ones. We will be sailing through caves and along the border with the spectacular natural site of Trang An.

Afterwards, we will continue our cycling route through the scenic rural landscapes in Tam Coc, having a chance to get a closer look to the villages’ rural life and if we wish, we can also make a stop en-route to help a local farmer in his daily work. A home-made lunch will be served at one of the village’s houses.

Before heading back to Hanoi, we will collect our luggage from the lodge and visit the temples of the ancient imperial capital in Hoa Lu. We will arrive in the Vietnamese capital around 5:00 pm. 

Good deal

When booking online this trip, our travellers will count on a free transfer from Hanoi to the airport OR from the airport to Hanoi. 
*Please note that it will be only the transfer with driver and vehicle, no guide.
You can find all our current promotions at Our Last good deals.

PRICE PER PERSON based on group tour


Price per person

based on group of 2

Single supplement
1 Jan - 31 Dec 2019 USD 386
[vnd 8960 000]
USD 136
[vnd 3157 000]


* 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. 


  • Accommodation based on twin-shared room/cabin as mentioned on the program.
  • Transportation in an appropriate air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced driver.
  • Meals as specified.
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides.
  • All entrance fees, visits and activities mentioned (kayaking, cycling rides, traditional sampan...).
  • 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.
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