Our expert’s advice on the best Halong Bay Cruises
If you have ever dreamed of a holiday with breath-taking scenery, Halong Bay in Vietnam could be the most awe-inspiring place there is. Cruise the bay on Chinese sailing boats, known as Junks, while absorbing the unusual landscape and unique culture that surrounds you. Halong Bay has around 300 boats in the water at one time, making it difficult to search through the masses and find the best fit for you. So, to make your planning less stressful, our travel expert Amanda shares what she believes are the best Halong Bay Cruises.
Mid-Range Cruise: Glory Legend
When looking for a Halong Bay cruise that will take you to different locations, provide access to adventurous activities, and give you a great sense of the culture that surrounds you, Glory Legend is the perfect choice. The rooms are elegant, with huge windows so you can see the bay from your bed, and the on-board restaurant and beach BBQ offer quality, tasteful food.
From learning to make traditional Vietnamese dishes, like spring rolls, and watching Vietnamese cultural films, to visiting caves and climbing to the top of Ti Top beach for a panorama view of Halong Bay, Glory Legend makes sure that whatever activity you are looking forward to most on your trip, they offer it. Whether you decide to stay on-board for two days or three, your trip will be unforgettable.
Backpackers Cruise: Oasis Bay Party Cruise
With Oasis Bay Party Cruise, you will get the full Halong Bay experience – without breaking the bank. This 18-35 year-old age limit cruise makes it easy to mingle and meet new people, so, solo travellers, this one is also for you! Stay two, three or four days on The Oasis Bay Party Cruise and enjoy an array of activities like kayaking, rock climbing, boat jumping, snorkeling, football, volleyball and on-board deck parties that go until late.
Unlike some party cruises you may come across, Oasis Party Cruise gives you the experience of staying up late and meeting new friends, all while keeping an air of sophistication throughout the entire duration of the trip. This is certainly one of the best Halong Bay Cruises.
Luxury Cruise: Orchid Cruise
On the other hand, if you are looking for a luxury Halong Bay holiday, the two to three day Orchid Cruise is the boat for you. The rooms are simply gorgeous, each with expansive sea view windows and their own private balcony to catch the sunsets at night and the sea life during the day.
When you finally venture outside the captivating rooms, you can spend the day kayaking around the limestone cliffs, while a beach BBQ waits for your return. In the evening, partake in a cooking lesson, and the next morning, get in touch with your mind and body at a Tai Chi class, all included in your stay. Perfect for family getaways, holidays with friends, or romantic honeymoons, Orchid cruises make sure you get the full experience of Halong Bay while having all the perks of a luxury holiday.
Day Cruise: Indochina Junk – Best Halong Bay Cruises
Tight for time but still want to visit Halong Bay on your Vietnam holiday? Take the Indochina Junk – a one day cruise! This spectacular cruise puts everything there is to offer at Halong Bay in a one day tour that runs either in the morning, afternoon, or all day.
During the morning and afternoon cruises, you will be able to cruise around the limestone seascape, have lunch on board, and then choose from either kayaking around the Cong Do area and relaxing on the beach, or visiting the captivating Thien Canh Son caves.
However, if you choose the full day tour, you can kayak, head out to the caves, and take a trip on a bamboo raft! Float over to the fishing village of Vong Vieng to pick up some fresh seafood from the locals and absorb the culture of the island.
Are you considering a Halong Bay Cruise during your Vietnam holiday? Contact one of our travel experts today to discuss your options.