Halong Bay has been pursuing unsustainable development and wholesale commercial tourism, and it is now over-used by both day and overnight boats – weaving everyday through the same well-worn mass cruising route starting from old harbor. However, there is still an alternative – Tuan Chau Marina, from which boats will cruise on less crowded route to approach the centre area. The cruising route take you through lots of well-know islands that tourist cruising on other routes can only imagine, Halong Phoenix Cruiser is now proud to bring this alternative to you!
Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay (L, D)
Am: We pick you up from your hotel at around 8:15 (we may do several picks up) for 3.5 hour driving North East; the bus ride will take you over the Red River and through the country side of our second biggest delta to reach Halong Bay. You would be first dropped off at Tuan Chau International Marina – harbor of Halong’s biggest island. From which you will be tendered to our Halong Phoenix Cruiser, welcome drinks would be immediately served for your refreshment while we hand over your cabin’s key.
Pm: When you are putting all of your stuffs into your cabin, our boat starts gliding out to the centre of the World Heritage Site. Your lunch, at the boat’s restaurant, is would be served with fresh local seafood, but vegetable menu is always available at your request.
From the marina area, our cruiser passes by Dog Head and Swan Islands, Ba Hang Floating villages (with floating houses), Incense Burner then Thumb Islands before reaching to Luom Bo area for kayaking. Around 3pm, we have time to gear up for one hour kayaking around Luom Bo area (provincial border between Quang Ninh province and Cat Ba National Park of Hai Phong).
Our guide will show you some basic safety guidelines and techniques to paddle before helping you to sit on our brand new sit-on-top kayaks. Kayaking area is so quite that you will feel like the bay is remaining untouched, you will see neither other boat nor other kayakers beyond your group and our Phoenix Cruiser. As the sun sets over the bay, we head back to our cruise and relax. Coffee, tea and fruits will be available on the sundeck or you can order your favorite drink from our bar. Halong Phoenix Cruiser keeps cruising to sleeping area, which is away from the crowded centre. Dinner would be served with typically local seafood, you are then free to either drink or experience squid fishing before heading to your bed.
Day 2: Halong – Hanoi (B, L)
Am: Breakfast will be served from 7.30am until 8.30am. After that you will visit the most imposing grottos of the bay – Surprising (Sung Sot) Cave. On the cruising way back, we cruise on a different way so that you can see new areas and viewing islands from a different side. At around 10h00, we arrange a cooking demonstration on boat to show you how to make real Vietnamese spring rolls, just before lunch time: you will learn recipes and techniques that go into the most popular dish of the Vietnamese food. Lunch would be served on boat when you are close to the harbor. You say goodbye to Halong Phoenix Cruiser at around 12h00, we tender you back to the harbor.
Pm: Our bus is already waiting for you at the marina to take you back to Hanoi, we leave Halong Bay and Tuan Chau Island around 12h30. Trip ends at your hotel around 16:30.
Tip: For your own convenience during 2 day trip, please kindly leave your big suitcases at your hotel. Your receptionist would be delighted to keep your stuffs in their storage until you come back next day.
What to bring:
Short and T-shirt or warm clothes in winter (travel light)
Camera, sunglasses and sun screams
Cash for drinks (beer, wine) on boat
PRICE PER PERSON:
|Cabin Type||Double Cabin||Single Cabin|
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 22,700 VND
Inclusion: English speaking guide, All entrance fees, Kayak and gears, Cooking on sundeck, 02 bottles of water in cabin, Meals as specified (01 Breakfast, 02 Lunches and 01 Dinner).
Transfer to/from your hotel : US$ 15 or 315,000 VND / person, Drinks, personal expenses and other things not clearly mentioned in the included list, VAT and Service charges
– Children under 4 years old will be free of charge (maximum of one)
– Children between 4 and 9 years old:
– Sharing bed with parents will be charged 50% adult price
– Sharing cabin with adult will be charged 70% adult price
Children over 9 years old pay adult price
Two children under 9 years old sharing a cabin will be charged 75% full cabin rate
Surcharge US$ 25 (525,000 VND) per person for compulsory dinner on following periods:
December 24th, 2014
December 31st, 2014
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