The perfect way to see the UNESCO World Heritage area of Halong Bay is to spend overnight aboard a boat. The mystical scenery of Halong Bay where thousands of limestone islands jut out of the emerald sea, sculpted into bizarre shapes and surrounded by colorful floating villages is a truly a breathtaking destination. The Au Co makes a very appealing choice as due to its overnight cruising facilities, it offers greater space compared to day boats, allowing guests more flexibility and relaxation options while cruising. For those who like to relax and take their time, having this extra night to experience Halong Bay’s splendors and the luxuries of Au Co adds exceptional value to the cruise.
Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay
Following breakfast depart for the 3.5-hour drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay. Journey there through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta, observe everyday life of Vietnamese villagers as they work the rice fields, take pigs to the market on motorbikes and plough the fields with their water buffaloes. On arrival at the pier, check-in procedures and transfer to your boat for the overnight journey into the Bay. Lunch is served on board as you cruise into Halong Bay. Cruise by Thien Cung and Me Cung caves, plus Soi Sim and Titov islands. Also located in the Gulf of Tonkin, to the south of Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay and the Ho Ba Ham islets offer tranquility and nature at its best, and a guided kayaking tour or refreshing swim in the Bay’s emerald waters are two of the best ways to enjoy them. Towards the end of the day set anchor for the night as the sun sets followed by dinner. (L, D)
Overnight on Au Co Cruise
Day 2: Cat Ba Island and Bai Tu Long Bay
After breakfast cruise towards Cat Ba Island which is famous for its national park, with more than half the island designated. This island, far and away the largest in the Gulf of Tonkin, is covered by a dense rainforest home to numerous indigenous species of flora and fauna. The secluded village of Viet Hai, situated in the middle of this pristine environment, is easily accessible thanks to a short walk or cycling trip and is where we are developing an organic farm which you can visit.
Bai Tu Long Bay, located a little further east of Halong Bay, is the most remote area of your voyage. The exceptional scale and variety of the geological rock formations in this area are sure to make this a future destination for cruising in the Gulf of Tonkin. A relaxing rowing boat tour through the floating village of Cong Dam and its geological area will definitely be a delightful moment for you to remember.
(B, L, D)
Overnight on Au Co Cruise
Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi
On your return towards Halong City enjoy a wholesome brunch as your boat weaves through the magnificent rock formations. Upon disembarkation your driver will meet you for the transfer back to Hanoi.
Note: This tour may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.
On the return from Halong Bay to Hanoi visit Phu Lang Pottery Village. The village of Phu Lang is one of the last remaining pottery villages in Northern Vietnam which have been producing ceramics since the 13th century using traditional techniques. Located close to the Hanoi – Halong Highway, spend time at the village wandering through the workshops and seeing artisans at work. After visiting Phu Lang continue to Hanoi where you will arrive mid afternoon. (B)
This tour runs on a private basis. Please contact us or your local travel agent for more details.