Halong City, formerly the two towns of Bai Chay and Hon Gai, is the traditional starting point for cruises of Halong Bay. With Thousands of islets formed over millions of years, Halong Bay is one of Southeast Asia’s iconic landscapes, and was a designated a World Heritage Site in 1994. Cruising the calm waters, you will see a number of fishing villages, formed of floating houses and schools, set against the dramatic backdrop of towering limestone karsts.
Due to its aesthetic appeal, Halong Bay is on the most visited areas in Vietnam, and sadly, the effects of tourism are clearly evident. Over a hundred boats ply the waters of the bay, and in May 2012, the Department of Transport brought into effect a rule requiring all Halong Bay vessels to be painted white in an attempt to smarten up the appearance of the bay. Much character has been lost and a number of the boats now look very tired as the white paint has not weathered well.
Jasmine Cruise – Afternoon Cruise
This afternoon cruise will be served a welcome drink and a feast of seafood for lunch, whilst we set sail through the bay. The rest of the day is spent cruising the magical bay where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. We will visit extensive limestone cave networks and a spectacular viewpoint before swimming, then heading back to a small cover for our evening’s mooring. Here we enjoy cocktails while watching the sunset and later unwind at Jasmine Restaurant.
Day 2 Jasmine Cruise
We rise early this morning to watch the sun rise over the bay, and if conditions permit us, we will be able to explore the narrow tunnels on a tender, to a lagoon in the heart of one of the islands, where we go kayaking in one of the secluded coves, before we gentle cruise back to Bai Chay.
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Staying onboard a Junk Boat (Pictured above)
One of the most luxurious of the junks available on Halong Bay, the Halong, Jasmine is designed in classic 1930s Indochine style and offers 22 spacious and well-equipped cabins plus two suites. The stylish restaurant serves a range of traditional Vietnamese cuisine and specialises in freshly caught seafood. There is also a lounge, a bar and an upper terrace area affording excellent sunset views of this magnificent World Heritage-status bay.