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3 Days Luxury Cruise in Halong Bay and The Gulf of Tonkin

Duration: 3 Days 2 Nights
Departure: Daily
Boat: The Au Co
The Only 3-Day Continuous Cruise
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Overview

Grab your chance to explore Halong Bay – Natural Wonder, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of cultural and historical significance – on a unique 3 days 2 nights cruise with The Au Co. With a wide range of activities onboard and extra, The Au Co promises you a most memorable experience while discovering the Gulf of Tonkin and enjoying your time.

Whether you choose to explore hidden caves by kayak or bamboo boats, swimming in the emerald waters, cycling to explore a local village, or simply indulging in the magnificent view on the sundeck, there is always something to meet everyone’s expectation. Open-air bar, spa & massage area, and Jacuzzi are awaiting your time to pamper yourself. The diversity of activities onboard and so forth keeps your cruise always interesting and worth remembering for a lifetime!

The Au Co Full Moon Cruise

EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE IN SEPTEMBER - THE FULL MOON CRUISE 

Have you ever thought of celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival in a World Heritage site? Away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, The Au Co cruise can make this dream come true by letting our passengers enjoy the stunning scenery of Halong Bay while immersing in the cool breeze of the mesmerizing season. Guests will be able to participate in creative activities and immerse in the unsurpassable journey with The Au Co.

*The festive package is available from 3 Sep 2019 – 25 Sep 2019.

Wine Tasting on The Au Co Cruise

EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE IN OCTOBER - WINE BY THE SEA VOL.2 

Join The Au Co cruise on the Oct 5th departure, passengers will be able to taste the noblest branded wines with our very own wine connoisseur.

Cruise Highlight

  • Exceptional 3-day cruise to explore Halong Bay - a World Heritage Site recognized twice by UNESCO.
  • Join making your own moon cake in MasterChef session*
  • Moon-watch on the sundeck in the open space of Halong Bay*
  • Take part in cultural activities resonating the traditional Full Moon Festival*
  • Discover Trinh Nu Cave, where the Love Story of Halong Bay began
  • Kayak in the most pristine water and enjoy the fresh air on Trinh Nu Beach 
  • Savor our new menu: A unique fusion of fresh Vietnamese ingredients prepared with classic French techniques
  • Discover untouched spectacular scenery by bike and go trekking in a local village

*only for The Full Moon Cruise from 3-25 Sep 2019

Itinerary Details

2-night-itinerary

DAY 1: HANOI – BAI TU LONG BAY (L/D)

DEPARTS: 12:30 PM

One of the most beautiful floating villages in the world - Cua Van Fisherman Village

Cua Van Fisherman Village, situated in a calm bay ringed by mountains some 20 km for Halong City, is a tranquil retreat for those seeking an authentic experience of the local lifestyle. As the largest floating village in the area, Cua Van has a population of over 700 people living in its network of floating houses. The village has been recognized as one of the most beautiful floating villages in the world.

Things to do

Kayak in Cua Van Fisherman Village

One of the most exciting activities that you do not want to miss out while in Cua Van is kayaking. This is when you can soak in the stunning views of the floating village while paddling along the incredible tranquil emerald-colored sea and try out a traditional rowing boat. It is the chance to experience moments in the life of the local fishermen who were born on the emerald-colored sea.

Happy Hour – Buy 01 Get 01 Free

Passengers have the chance to taste our most exquisite drinks varied vastly on selection, while enjoying the scenic panorama view of Halong Bay. Our open bar onboard is to serve the freshest cocktails made by awarded bartenders.

MasterChef “Halong Bay Edition” Competition

Vietnamese cuisine is renowned for its incredibly savory flavors and includes lots of health benefits. By being a part of this mini competition, all passengers can try out creating authentic Vietnamese dishes, with the winner of the competition awarded surprising gifts, and observe fruit carving demonstration by our chef.

The Master-Chef competition also happens during the sunset, so don’t forget checking out the admiring scene over the enchanting Halong Bay while The Au Co anchoring for the night.

*Making "bánh dẻo" - white sticky rice moon cake for The Full Moon Cruise from 3-25 Sep 2019

Moonlight Open Cinema & Board Games

An evening under the mineral sky of Halong Bay to enjoy a classic movie while sipping delicious cocktails is the fantasy-come-true for any romantic heart. Time seems to stop and your mind can relax and blend in with Nature’s breeze.

If you’d like to seek more stimulating activity, playing board games at the reception area is a great way to bond with friends or an ice-breaker to meet new ones.

DIY star lanterns in the green version (for The Full Moon Cruise from 3-25 Sep 2019 only)

Star lantern is a symbol of the Mid-Autumn Festival in Vietnam and is often made by parents for kids to play with during the festival night. It is very easy to make and will be a fun session for everyone to try out crafting.

 

DAY 2: HALONG BAY – LAN HA BAY (B/L/D)

STARTS: 6:15 AM

The serene Viet Hai Village, Cat Ba Island

Guests can get a first look at Viet Hai Village, a small village nestle in the heart of Cat Ba National Park with Bhaya Cruises’ in-house tour guides while touring a Vietnamese ancient house and learn about “Viet Hai Community Farm” & “Save the Langurs”, two of Bhaya Cruises’ corporate social responsibilities projects. While in Viet Hai, you can emerge in the local life.

Trinh Nu Cave, where the Love Story of Halong Bay began

Your journey starts as The Au Co cruising towards southeast of Halong Bay, passing Trong Mai Islet, Ngon Tay Islet, Con Coc Islet, Cua Van Floating Culture Center. The first destination to visit is Trinh Nu Cave, one of the finest sunlight-filled cave in Halong Bay, covering an area of 2,000m2 with a stunning assortment of stalactites and stalagmites.

*Trinh Nu Cave is an exclusive destination for Bhaya Cruises’ passengers during selected periods of the day.

Things to do

Bike in the serene Viet Hai Village

Viet Hai is perhaps the most significant destination that guests are able to visit. It takes about 4 km from the port to the village gate and there are many ways to reach Viet Hai: walking, biking, or paying for a round-trip seat on a trolley. The most suggested transportation is biking because it allows you to watch the path to the village according to your own speed and does not cause too much sweat. The surrounding is absolutely serene with clear air.

Swim in the “Love Story” area of Halong Bay

Passengers can take a swim in the jade-colored water or sunbathe on a private beach nestled behind the cave. This is when you can munch in the stunning views while indulging in the pristine water, especially enjoying the most idyllic Trinh Nu scene. 

BBQ Party on Sundeck

On the last night on board The Au Co, you will be treated with a sumptuous BBQ Buffet Party. The freshest seafood and tons of other great surprises will remain as memories of a lifetime.

*Special setup for the Full Moon Cruise in September

Be excited to see the fruit-carving demonstration

Not only cooking delicious dishes in different cuisines, but our chefs can also be phenomenal artists at carving fruits into lively shapes of mythical animals like a dragon or aesthetic patterns. To learn more about this handicraft, joining a demonstration onboard will be a new experience for you.

 

DAY 3: HALONG BAY – HANOI (B)

STARTS: 6:15 AM                  CHECK OUT: 10:30 AM

Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave

Halong Bay's largest and most famous cave, Sung Sot Cave, which consists of two major chambers. The first, comparable to a theatre hall, features numerous stalactites hanging from the ceiling. From here a narrow passageway leads to the massive second chamber, where a flow of natural light brightens the surfaces of a space roomy enough to hold thousands of people.

Sung Sot Cave's 10,000 square meters of space hold thousands of stalactites and stalagmites and are threaded by a 500-meter paved passageway.

Things to do

Tai Chi on Sundeck

Rejuvenating the body and spirit with a refreshing Tai Chi lesson as the sun rises over the acclaimed UNESCO Heritage Site is one of the relaxing experiences that passengers have. Practicing this beautiful art regularly can help treat a number of human ailments.

Be surprised of Sung Sot Cave’s beauty

Paying a visit to the largest and most renowned cave will definitely awe you with many good surprises. Behold for the impeccable creation by Nature and use your imagination to connect with the ancient folklore.

Practice Vietnamese Tea Ceremony in royal manner

The tradition of Vietnamese tea ceremony has existed for centuries. In ancient time, the ritual was only for the royal. How one holding the teacup was considered to show his/her living philosophy. Before tasting the tea, a person takes his/her time to breathe in the tea aroma. This step also allows the person to enjoy the natural tea flavors more mindfully.

Guests can find themselves back in history and live in a noble atmosphere when enjoying the elegant tea.

Inclusion - Exclusion

Inclusion
  • Welcome drink
  • Air-conditioned en-suite cabin
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Visit fishing village by rowing boat
  • Bicycle to discover Viet Hai Village
  • Kayaks
  • 02 Breakfasts, 02 Lunches, 02 Dinners
  • Onboard insurance, tax and service charges
Exclusion
  • Airfares, transfers to and from Halong Bay.
  • Beverages, spa, and personal expenses.
  • All other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusion list

Notes for Transfer from Hanoi

Cabin Choices

Deluxe Cabin
Deluxe Cabin
Located on the main deck, Deluxe cabin features natural wooden amenities and traditional Vietnamese style. Deluxe cabin will be perfect for your trip with friends and family with choice of connecting cabin. Every cabin has alluring view to the bay and option of double or twin bed. 
Air Conditioner
Wifi
Double/ Twin
Private Balcony
20 sqm.
Shower
Grand Deluxe Cabin
Grand Deluxe Cabin
Grand Deluxe cabin measures 20 square meters coming with all of the features that you receive in the Deluxe Cabin but with wide glass windows from the upper deck, that provide great views from the comfort of your own bed. Each cabin includes an en-suite bathroom for your convenience while staying on the ship.
Air Conditioner
Wifi
Shower
Double/ Twin
20 sqm.
Executive Cabin
Executive Cabin
Executive Cabins are beautifully appointed along two sides of the ship, based on the upper deck with the best view of nature. All amenities have been well arranged to optimize the space available. Each cabin is featured with private balcony, handcrafted furniture and an en-suite bathroom equipped with a walk-in bathtub.
Air Conditioner
Private Balcony
Shower
Double/ Twin
20 sqm.
Wifi
Long Quan Suite
Long Quan Suite
Long Quan Suite is the most spacious cabin aboard, measuring a palatial 40 square meters. Occupying the entire aft of the boat, the Long Quan Suite has its own private terrace so that you can enjoy generous indoor and outdoor space for relaxation, offers our distinguished guests the utmost in luxury and privacy. 
Bathtub
Wifi
Private Balcony
Air Conditioner
40 sqm.
King-size Bed
Au Co Suite
Au Co Suite
Au Co suite is the most luxurious cabin onboard with a total area of 36 square meters and occupies the best position on the ship. Located on the ships bow, guests will reap the benefits of a 360-degree panoramic view. The Au Co Suite provides a greater living space with double king-sized bed, a long and comfortable couch and a relaxing deck lounge.
Bathtub
Wifi
Private Balcony
King-size Bed
40 sqm.
Air Conditioner

Guest Reviews

lattegirrl
30 Mar 2019

Beautiful Way to Experience Ha Long Bay & Lan Ha Bay

The Au Co Luxury Cruise is a truly beautiful product from top to bottom. First of all, Bhaya Cruises, is the only tour operator that is able to cruise through both Ha Long Bay and Lan Hay Bay because of the amazing work they do in local communities on Cat Ba Island. The ship is designed beautifully. The exterior is very elegant while the interiors are pretty and luxurious. The cabins are super comfortable with hot water in the showers and all the toiletries and amenities that you would need. Every meal and breakfast buffet were delicious and the five course menus were creative and interesting. The staff is unbelievably kind and so genuinely friendly. Kevin, the ship manager, took amazing care of us and we had great interactions with all of the housekeeping and F&B staff. I would wholeheartedly recommend the Au Co Cruise to anyone who wishes to see Ha Long and/or Lan Ha Bay. Nothing about the experience was tacky or touristy, including the excursions. I was heartbroken on the day we had to leave the ship and would go on the Au Co Cruise again in a heartbeat!
Tourist53606650166
31 Mar 2019

A Very Fine Cruise

My wife and I enjoyed our Halong Bay cruise with Au Co Cruises as a deeply peaceful, engaging, relaxing, lovely experience. We have no memory of any awkward, boring, or stressful moment. We felt constantly engaged without ever feeling stressed or pressured. We loved the pace of life on board, the very very good food, the activities available, the small off-boat trips and activities, and the relaxed and helpful attitude that was a constant with the thoughtful staff.
Lyn M
16 Mar 2019

Great service, lovely food, a great experience

We enjoyed a 2 night cruise on Halong Bay. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was very well presented and yummy. Good sized cabin and we enjoyed the places we visited

Important Notes

  • Inclement weather, tide levels and operating conditions at sea may force changes in cruise itinerary and schedule at any time. Kayaking and swimming excursions, in particular, may be canceled due to rough weather.
  • Cruise offers fusion cuisine: international, seafood and Vietnamese. Please advise Bhaya Cruise at least one (01) week ahead of departure about any specific food preferences, dietary restrictions or food allergies.
  • Port authorities insist on advance registration including full name, gender, date of birth, nationality, and passport number. At check-in, a valid passport is required. Port authority may deny boarding if these conditions are not met.
  • Free Wi-Fi available on terrace deck, but note that the internet signal at sea suffers frequent interruption.
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