Glide across the emerald waters of Vietnam's Halong Bay on a junk boat

Prepare to be whisked away from the cosmopolitan streets of Hanoi to the serene landscape of the World Heritage-listed Halong Bay. Cast away on a traditional junk boat and set sail through hundreds of limestone karsts that rise dramatically from the emerald waters of the bay. Sit back, relax and soak up this epic landscape while enjoying scrumptious meals cooked on board. Relax on deck with friends, chat to the friendly crew, meet the locals as they row between boats or explore the myriad of hidden caves by kayak. This short trip is the perfect way to add a few days of well-deserved relaxation onto any Vietnam adventure.


Start
Hanoi, Vietnam
Finish
Hanoi, Vietnam
Country
Vietnam
Style
Original
Theme
Short Breaks
Code
TVAQ
Physical rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 36

Why we love this trip

  • Experience the natural wonder of thousands of limestone karsts that rise from the Bay on a cruise through this World Heritage site

  • Sail back in time with an overnight stay on a traditional-style wooden boat, and awake to the unique misty morning sights of this strange paradise of green waters and rocky islands

  • Feast on a sumptuous meal as the boat anchors in the heart of the bay, then take to the deck to see the stars and moon illuminate the water and peaks

  • Halong Bay is one of Vietnam’s most iconic sights, and this must-see must be seen on a classic Junk Cruise

Is this trip right for you?

  • On a two full day, efficient but comprehensive extension, you can experience staying overnight on Halong Bay.

  • As this trip stays overnight on the boat there is somewhat less time for local interaction, but take the time to relax and enjoy the spectacular views.

  • This trip operates on a join-in basis. You will join in with other travellers, who have potentially booked on a different trip, or through other companies.

  • Included activities for the Original and Comfort style short break are the same, but you can choose the style of boat accommodation that suits your preferences. This gives trip gives you the convenience and security of booking this highlight destination before you arrive.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2013 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Xin Chao! Welcome to Vietnam. A welcome pack containing a welcome letter, your trip itinerary, relevant tickets, a feedback card and general information on the country will be waiting for you at your hotel. Please ask your hotel's receptionist for the Intrepid welcome pack upon arrival. You may be able to leave your main luggage in Hanoi (please check with your hotel), so we recommend you only take a small bag with a change of clothes and essential travel items. Your Short Break Adventure starts at 7.30 – 8.00 am, or from your alternate hotel located in Hanoi's Old Quarter (advised prior to departure), between 7.30am - 8.30 am. You will also be joined by other travellers taking the boat cruise. Travel by minibus for 3.5 hours to Halong Bay. Journey through the early morning streets of Hanoi on the way to Halong Bay, seeing steam rising from roadside eateries as breakfast is prepared and motorbikes weaving their way through the steadily increasing traffic. Leaving the city behind, drive through fascinating countryside to the dock where this Halong Bay adventure truly starts. Climb aboard a traditional junk boat – with its beautiful woodwork and beaming crew – and venture out into emerald waters of the bay. Open water soon disappears as the boat glides through often misty waters and past limestone peaks jutting dramatically out of the water. Sit down to a mouth-watering lunch and take in the scenery of what is often referred to as the Eight Wonder of the World. The area of about 1,500 square kilometres is dotted with innumerable beaches and grottos, created over thousands of years by waves and wind. Even in the rain the bay takes on a mystic quality. After lunch, you will have the chance to explore some of the limestone caves dotted around the bay, and stretch your legs for an included cave walk. The captain will find a secluded spot, so soak up the sun on the top deck or try your hand at some kayaking. The kayaks are lightweight and easy to use, and everyone will be issued with water buoyancy vests. No previous kayaking experience is necessary. Another delicious meal awaits after the sun goes down. Then sit under the beautiful starry skies or perhaps do some night fishing, before drifting off to sleep to the sounds of gentle waves lapping at the hull.

Notes: There is an option for swimming from Ti Tip Island beach during the warmer months. Swimming in the bay from the boats is not permitted.
Accommodation
  • Overnight boat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kayaking
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Rise this morning to the tranquil beauty of the bay. Spend the morning exploring secluded areas of the bay, perhaps swimming in the cool, green waters or seeing the sights by kayak. Around noon the junk returns to the dock and the journey towards Hanoi begins. You will be transferred by boat to the mainland where your vehicle will be waiting. The journey back to Hanoi takes around 3.5 hours. Your Halong Bay Junk Cruise adventures ends on arrival in Hanoi (approximately 5.30pm) where you will be dropped off at your Hanoi Old Quarter hotel listed below, or as nominated.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

Boat, Minibus

Included Activities

  • Kayaking

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Important notes

1. Please note that this trip is available in Original and Comfort styles.
2. This Short Break Adventure starts at 7.30am – 8.30am on Day 1, and finishes at approximately 5.30pm on Day 2.
3. You will be picked up on Day 1 from the Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary. Pick-up will take place between 7.30 - 8.00am in the hotel foyer.
4. If you require pick up from another hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter, please inform your booking agent at least 14 days prior to departure.
5. This trip is operated by one of our local partners in Vietnam and your group may therefore be a mixture of Intrepid booked passengers and other travellers.

Essential Trip Information

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