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With its numerous national parks, white sand beaches, colourful villages, pagodas and ancient monuments, forests and islands, Vietnam is a land of often surprising beauty, offering cultural depth and history, increasingly combined with tourism-friendly areas offering all the facilities a modern traveller could wish for.

Vietnam’s people are its greatest asset: gregarious, friendly and eager to meet visitors. In the bustling cities, the often chaotic streets contrast ox carts with limousines, ancient rituals with sophisticated technology, and are ruled by the ubiquitous moped.

Our strength is in translating these opportunities into detailed, practical itineraries. We do luxury travel and event planning, as well as a wide range of beach, family, honeymoon, adventure, golf, veteran and cultural tours.

There is no better way to experience a destination than through the perspective of the local people. At Water Puppet Tours, this key element of local insight drives every step of our process of tour design and delivery. We provide tailor-made tours individually crafted for each client, achieving this by emphasizing the direct working relationship between the client and the tour designer and operator.


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Phoenix Luxury Cruise Halong Bay

A newly built wooden junk, Halong Phoenix Luxury is well designed and balances traditional and luxurious styles to provide a comfortable cruise on the tranquil waters of Halong Bay. Launched in May of 2013, Halong Phoenix Luxury, sister of Halong Phoenix Cruiser 1 and 2,  provides a pioneering new generation of vessel with uncompressing quality and luxurious standards. The vessel brings travelers 4 star, reasonably priced, cruise services to comfortably experience Halong Bay.

Option 1: 2 Days 1 night in Halong Bay on Phoenix Luxury Cruise

Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will pick you up to cross the Red River delta, the second biggest in Vietnam and through the scenic country side to reach Halong Bay.

You will arrive at Tuan Chau International Marina on the harbor of Halong’s biggest island. From here a tender boat will take you to our Halong Phoenix Luxury Cruiser. A refreshing welcome drink is served and you can check into your cabin.

In the afternoon, your boat sets sail to the centre of this World Heritage site.  Lunch is served in the restaurant while you enjoy the amazing scenery and delicious lunch of fresh local seafood or your requested vegetarian meal. Cruise amongst the hundreds of islands and gorgeous natural settings, limestone bedrocks and sheer cliffs of tiny islets. You will pass by Duck and Thumb islets, and then Coconut Island - the only soil island in the World Heritage Site.

At Luom Bo area (the provincial border between Quang Ninh province and Cat Ba National Park of Hai Phong), the boat stops and you will kayak in the turquoise waters here. Swimming at the secluded sandy beach is an option for people who are not interested in kayaking.

As the sun sets over the bay, you will head back to our cruise and relax. Coffee, tea and fruits will be available on the sundeck or you can order your favorite drink from the bar. The boat will continue to cruise to the Fairy Lake (Ho Dong Tien) area and anchor for the night.

Dinner is served with local seafood and then you may choose to enjoy a drink from the bar or experience squid fishing, before retiring.

Day 2: Halong Bay – Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

Your breakfast is served from 7.30am until 8.30am. After that, you will visit an impressive grotto of Halong Bay – Surprising (Sung Sot) Cave, with your guide. A truly awesome and amazing cave to experience.

You will return to the Halong Phoenix Luxury cruiser to begin your return journey to the harbor and experience viewing other areas and islands of Halong Bay such as Fighting Cocks (symbol of Halong Bay), Incense Burner and Stone Dogs islands.

You will then enjoy a cooking demonstration onboard shows you how to make authentic Vietnamese spring rolls. You will learn about the recipes and the techniques that create this popular dish of the Vietnamese people.

After that, you’ll return to the junk for lunch while cruising back to the main dock and around noon you’ll leave for Hanoi. You will arrive at your hotel in Hanoi in late afternoon, and the remainder of the day will be your own time.

Option 2: 3 Days 2 night in Halong Bay on Phoenix Luxury Cruise

Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will pick you up to cross the Red River delta, the second biggest in Vietnam and through the scenic country side to reach Halong Bay.

You will arrive at Tuan Chau International Marina on the harbor of Halong’s biggest island. From here a tender boat will take you to our Halong Phoenix Luxury Cruiser. A refreshing welcome drink is served and you can check into your cabin.

In the afternoon, your boat sets sail to the centre of this World Heritage site.  Lunch is served in the restaurant while you enjoy the amazing scenery and delicious lunch of fresh local seafood or your requested vegetarian meal. Cruise amongst the hundreds of islands and gorgeous natural settings, limestone bedrocks and sheer cliffs of tiny islets. You will pass by Duck and Thumb islets, and then Coconut Island - the only soil island in the World Heritage Site.

At Luom Bo area (the provincial border between Quang Ninh province and Cat Ba National Park of Hai Phong), the boat stops and you will kayak in the turquoise waters here. Swimming at the secluded sandy beach is an option for people who are not interested in kayaking.

As the sun sets over the bay, you will head back to our cruise and relax. Coffee, tea and fruits will be available on the sundeck or you can order your favorite drink from the bar. The boat will continue to cruise to the Fairy Lake (Ho Dong Tien) area and anchor for the night.

Dinner is served with local seafood and then you may choose to enjoy a drink from the bar or experience squid fishing, before retiring.

 Day 2: Ho Dong Tien – Ba Trai Dao – Ho Ba Ham – Ho Dong Tien (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Awake early to the stunning sunrise and vista of the serene bay to enjoy the oasis of calm in Halong Bay, no distractions or worldly concerns. Today, you will kayak in the areas of Ba Trai Dao and Ho Ba Ham in Lan Ha Bay area.

Leave the Phoenix Luxury on a small junk (the kayak support-boat) to cruise to the Southern part of Halong Bay. This route will take you by the famous Frog and Chop Stick Islands. Your guided, round trip kayaking experience begins at 10 am. to explore the different corners of Lan Ha Bay, passing several secluded beaches and lagoons. After paddling for about 2 hours, relax, swim and explore a private beach before lunch.

After lunch, prepare to explore further. Cruise on the small junk boat to another kayaking area – Ho Ba Ham, where you will be able to kayak for 2 hours. The quiet atmosphere and the beautifully calm waters of this area is truly rewarding for both kayak and nature lovers.

In the late afternoon, you will pass Cua Van floating village on the return to the Phoenix Luxury, where you will spend the evening.  Arrive at Phoenix Luxury around 17h30. Coffee, tea and fruits will be available on the sundeck or you can order your favorite drink from the bar.

Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

Your breakfast is served from 7.30am until 8.30am. After that, you will visit an impressive grotto of Halong Bay – Surprising (Sung Sot) Cave, with your guide. A truly awesome and amazing cave to experience.

You will return to the Halong Phoenix Luxury cruiser to begin your return journey to the harbor and experience viewing other areas and islands of Halong Bay such as Fighting Cocks (symbol of Halong Bay), Incense Burner and Stone Dogs islands.

You will then enjoy a cooking demonstration onboard shows you how to make authentic Vietnamese spring rolls. You will learn about the recipes and the techniques that create this popular dish of the Vietnamese people.

After that, you’ll return to the junk for lunch while cruising back to the main dock and around noon you’ll leave for Hanoi. You will arrive at your hotel in Hanoi in late afternoon, and the remainder of the day will be your own time.

Inclusive

  • Free Vietnam Visa invitation letter.
  • Welcome Cocktail
  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
  • In-house English-speaking Tour Guide as indicated in the itinerary
  • Tai Chi Session
  • Cooking Class
  • Kayaking
  • Boat cruises as specified in the programme. All Ha Long Bay boats will be fully licensed and comply with current safety regulations.
  • Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants and full board on the boat in Ha Long Bay.
  • All sightseeing tickets.
  • VAT and other taxes
  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed

Exclusive

  • Round trip transfers
  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Lunches and dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance
  • Surcharges for Peak seasons (if any)
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee
  • Beauty Spa Services and Massage
  • Other services not mentioned above.

 

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