Geological riches, legendary street food, historic cities and endless tropical coast await in Vietnam.
While locals prefer to travel by motorbike, the best – and most scenic – way to see all Vietnam has to offer is by sea. Some of the country’s most visited destinations, like Halong Bay and Hoi An, as well as hidden gems, like the caves in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, are right on the coast. By opting for a cruise, you can spend your days exploring a former imperial city or the fascinating sand dunes of Mui Ne, then head back to the boat to sunbath or snorkel. No trip to Vietnam is complete without a taste of the legendary street food, so be sure to fuel your adventures with ample amounts of Vietnamese staples like pho and banh mi.
Our cruises in Vietnam
Highlights of Vietnam
Cruise Halong Bay’s emerald waters and pillars
Halong Bay’s iconic seascape – a wonderland of caves, coves and arches carved into jagged, tree-covered limestone pillars – is best explored by boat. Active types will want to get a closer look by kayak, which provides access to even more stunning scenery, such as caves and lagoons, accessible only through small tunnels.
Uncover the caves of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
Perhaps Vietnam’s best kept secret is the remarkable Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Spanning 885 square kilometres (550 square miles), this vast park was crowned a UNESCO World Heritage site for its 400 million-year-old limestone karst landscape, tropical forests, underground rivers and spectacular caves.
Soak up sun and history in Hoi An
A former Cham port town, Hoi An’s rich heritage is evident in its well-preserved architecture. Stroll past Chinese assembly halls, Japanese merchant houses and French colonial buildings scattered along narrow, atmospheric streets. Not nearly as chaotic as Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An is easy to walk around. Some of Vietnam’s best beaches and dive sites are also nearby.
Excursions and experiences
- Your leader will guide you through a Hanoi ritual – join the locals and participate in laughing yoga, tai chi and other lakeside activities at the edge of the Old Quarter in the early morning.
- Visit Vietnam’s incredible natural treasure, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, to explore the extensive Thien Duong Cave (Paradise Cave) and some of Asia’s oldest limestone.
- Get a close-up snapshot of day-to-day life as a monk in Hue’s historic Thien Mu Pagoda, tucking into a tasty vegetarian lunch.
- Gain eye-opening insight into the American-Vietnam War by visiting two important sights: the Khe Sanh Combat Base, where the bloodiest battle took place, and the Vinh Moc tunnels, which sheltered local communities during the war.
- Learn about an age-old tradition with a pottery demonstration in Bau Truc, the oldest pottery village in South East Asia.
Meet our fleet
Cruise in style aboard this state-of-the-art Motor Sailer. Cabins are equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay including air conditioning, en suite bathroom, mini-fridge and safe box. Enjoy meals in the cosy restaurant area on the lower desk or al fresco on the upper deck. A swimming platform lets you swim right off the boat.
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