Day 9 Hanoi – Ha Long Bay – two-night cruise
Leave the noise of the city behind as you board a seaplane and take in the impressive aerial views over Hanoi, flying 45 minutes to Halong Bay, before taking a 15-minute scenic flight over Halong. Called “Bay of Descending Dragons” in Vietnamese, the archipelago of Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site composed of almost 2,000 islands and jungle-clad limestone pillars.
From up high you will have amazing views over this magnificent landscape of limestone pillars pushing up out of the green waters. See the islands of Cong Do, Ba Ham with their pretty lagoons and fly out to Dau Be on the edge of the Gulf of Tonkin.
Leave the chaos of Hanoi behind as you transfer to Halong Bay, arriving at Tuan Chau Island for check in at the exclusive Paradise Suites Hotel lounge. Board your ship and home for the next few nights, the luxurious Paradise Prestige, a beautiful wooden junk with all the fineries and exclusive services, sail into the bay enjoying a welcome drink and brief orientation. Have lunch, and house drinks, which are inclusive as you head into the remote Bai Tu Long Bay.
Sail into the northern end of Halong, a more peaceful and less known part of the bay, allowing for more tranquillity on your journey. Stop at Thien Canh Son Cave, a geological marvel with majestic formations. Then, sip cocktails on the sundeck, before docking at Cong Do Island for the night.
Enjoy an authentic Vietnamese cooking demonstration, before tucking into your elegant a la carte dinner at the Prestige restaurant. Afterwards, we’ll have a special screening of Indochine in the restaurant and you can go squid finishing or just take in the stars above before bed.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Paradise Prestige Cruises
Note: Ha Long Bay itinerary subject to change or cancellation due to weather conditions