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Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Day 1: Hanoi – Bai Tu Long Bay (L, D) In the morning, your Halong Bay experience begins with pickup at hotels in Hanoi for the 3.5-hour drive to Hong Gai Tourist Wharf, where you'll check in at the OS Lounge, the private waiting area to board your boat, the Oriental Sails. Just after midday, embark and listen to a cruise briefing before enjoying lunch on board while you cruise through the limestone islands of Bai Tu Long Bay.
In the afternoon, you are free to choose one of the following activity options.
Option 1: Fishing village visit If you're interested in a glimpse of daily life here, take a bamboo boat trip (about 45 minutes) around Vung Vieng, one of the largest fishing villages in Halong Bay. See local fishermen at work, and admire the setting in a closed lagoon, surrounded by mountains.
Option 2: Beach and kayaking If you prefer water and sand, board the tender for the ride to Ban Chan beach, where you can relax on the beach, go swimming, play some volleyball, or try kayaking.
In the early evening, return to Oriental Sails to freshen up, watch the sunset, and purchase a drink at the bar during happy hour, if you wish. A cooking class with the onboard chef is offered before dinner is served. Then go night squid fishing, if you're interested, or participate in singing and dancing activities before bedtime.
Overnight: On board the boat, in the Cong Do Area
Day 2: Bai Tu Long – Hanoi (B, L) In the early morning, begin the day with Tai Chi on the sundeck, and enjoy the views with a cup of tea or coffee. You'll eat breakfast while cruising to Thien Canh Son Cave, a medium-sized, less-visited cave in Bai Tu Long Bay.
Then check out of your room, leaving your luggage at reception while you eat lunch on board. When you return to the harbor at midday, disembark the boat for the transfer back to Hanoi, where your tour ends with hotel drop-off in the late afternoon.
Overnight accommodation on board (twin/double basis)
Activities mentioned in description
Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned vehicle with bottle of water (if your hotel in Old Quarter area)
Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Personal expenses and gratuities
Single supplement at 40USD/single is not included if guests travel alone or group in odd number. The Compulsory single supplement will be paid upon arrival on board
Surcharge for non-optional gala dinner on December 24 and December 31 (US$30 per person)
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Vegetarian option is available; please advise at time of booking if required
A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
Hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter or the tour operator's office at 8th floor, No2, Yen The street, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
8am on Day 1
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.