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A LUXURY CRUISE IN HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM

May 23, 2017
A LUXURY CRUISE IN HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM

Enchanted Ha Long Bay stretches from the northern coastline of Vietnam into the Gulf of Tonkin. “Enchanted” really is the right adjective to describe this wonderful place. It is no wonder in 1994 Ha Long Bay was designated a World Heritage Site. Whether you admire the bay gorgeous landscape from a panoramic spot on the mainland or from the deck of a cruise ship, I can assure you that it’ll be an unforgettable experience.

A LUXURY CRUISE IN HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM

To visit the bay one can choose either to take a one-day cruise or stay overnight on one of the many cruise ships that offer different tours of the area. After some online research my boyfriend and I decided to book a two-night cruise with the best rated agency on Tripadvisor, Indochina Junk. Yes, we definitely overshot the budget for our 5-month trip in Southeast Asia but after having mulled over the purchase of this luxury cruise for a while, we decided that it would be worth the expense… and we were so right!

A LUXURY CRUISE IN HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM

When we arrived in Hanoi we looked for the Indochina Junk office and booked a double cabin on the Dragon Legend. This ship sails in Bai Tu Long Bay, which occupies three quarters of the Ha Long Bay World Heritage Site. Since Ha Long and Bai Tu Long bay are part of the same limestone plateau, both of them are characterized by the famous isles that made this place so popular.

A LUXURY CRUISE IN HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM

What’s great about Bai Tu Long is that this part of the bay is still not too touristy. This means you’ll find only a few other ships sailing there. You’ll be surrounded by the sea and limestone pinnacles only and have the chance to enjoy the quiet of this amazing place much better than in Ha Long Bay.

A LUXURY CRUISE IN HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM

LET’S GET THIS LUXURY CRUISE STARTED!

On the morning scheduled for our departure a luxury van collected us at our hostel in Hanoi. I can’t deny that when we first saw it our feeling was discomfort. After a couple of months travelling by local buses in Souteast Asia we were used to experience the local life of the places we visited. That’s why watching the outside world from behind the windows of a luxury van felt a bit strange to us. This made me realize how different a package holiday is from the kind of travel we were taking. Inside that elegant van we felt like we were in a bubble, which was too detached from the real world outside, but hey, we booked a luxury cruise and it didn’t take long before we got used to comfort again!

A LUXURY CRUISE IN HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM

THE “DRAGON LEGEND”

Once we arrived at the Ha Long harbour we got ready to step on board of our fancy wooden cruise ship. The Dragon Legend is truly spectacular! It features an elegant dining room, a huge deck with rows of sun loungers, an outdoor jacuzzi and even a Spa.

A LUXURY CRUISE IN HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM
Our large cabin was very romantic. The wooden floors and ceilings, the dreamy bed and a window with a panoramic view on Bai Tu Long Bay helped make the atmosphere even more charming. Not to mention our fantastic bathroom and the romantic bathtub with a view. We really enjoyed everything that the Dragon Legend offered, including the delicious food that was specially cooked for us with vegan variations.

A LUXURY CRUISE IN HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM

DRAGON LEGEND ACTIVITIES

If you take this luxury cruise you won’t have much time to lay under the sun (unless you want to, of course) because the Dragon Legend and Indochina Junk give you the opportunity to join diverse activities. All these are led by a professional guide, who will give you tons information about the bay and the people living there. Here are some of the activities and visits, which made our experience in Bai Tu Long Bay even more exciting!

A LUXURY CRUISE IN HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM

KAYAKING

Paddling through the limestone isles was incredible. They literally look like they’re out of a fantasy movie.
Getting close to those other-worldly pinnacles with a kayak is the best way to perceive the mystical vibe of this incredible place.

A LUXURY CRUISE IN HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM

LEARNING HOW TO MAKE SPRING ROLLS… THEN EATING THEM

The Dragon Legend Chef and our guide taught us how to prepare Vietnamese spring rolls.
We had the chance to make some, which were later deep fried by the kitchen staff, so that we could eat our own delicious hand-made spring rolls as appetizers before dinner. So good!

A LUXURY CRUISE IN HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM

VISIT TO A LIMESTONE CAVE FOLLOWED BY A BARBECUE ON A BEACH

On our second cruise day we also had the chance to step onto one of the beautiful islands we passed by and visit a limestone cave. To reach the entrance of the cave we had to walk up a steep path, which led us to a nice panoramic spot. After admiring all the incredible stalactites and stalagmites, the Dragon Legend crew prepared a great barbecue on the beach for all the guests (of course for us the chef prepared a delicious vegan barbecue).

A LUXURY CRUISE IN HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM

FLOATING VILLAGE

One of the most interesting things to do in Bai Tu Long Bay is visiting a floating village and learning how people live in floating houses located so far away from the mainland and all the basic facilities of the modern world. There’s no supermarket nor hospital there, just cute wooden shacks that peacefully float on the water.

A LUXURY CRUISE IN HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM
The sustenance of the locals depends exclusively on fishing and oyster farming and when somebody gets sick, they must be brought to Ha Long City by boat. Nowadays, by order of authorities, the residents have to move to the mainland to ensure children’s education and better life conditions. It’s such a different world from the one we are used to. That’s why these picturesque floating villages with their colored houses are a must-see attraction both in Ha Long and Bai Tu Long Bay.

A LUXURY CRUISE IN HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM

The cruise definitely met our expectations, and it’s a great way to visit one of the most fascinating places of Vietnam. Our comfortable and wonderful ship helped make this experience even more memorable. In the morning, opening the curtains at the window of our elegant cabin to enjoy the insane view on the bay was priceless!

A LUXURY CRUISE IN HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM

Have you visited Vietnam or taken a luxury cruise? Please share your experience in the comments below! Read Next > 10 Budget-Friendly Things To Do In Hanoi

By We Are Travel Girls Contributor Roberta de Beni
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A LUXURY CRUISE IN HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM

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9 Comments

  • Reply Allison May 23, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    What a scenic cruise! Great photos. I think I would have been the most excited for the learning to make spring rolls part. Mostly because they are my favorite!

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls May 25, 2017 at 2:20 am

      Thanks for reading Allison, pleased to hear that you enjoyed this post! XO, Becky

    • Reply Roberta May 26, 2017 at 5:25 am

      Thank you Allison!!! I’m glad you liked my article! Yeah, spring rolls are so yummy!! It’s been great learning how to prepare them, now we can make spring rolls at home anytime we want! ?

  • Reply Kay May 23, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Oh wow! I’m definitely inspired to take this trip now!

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls May 25, 2017 at 2:19 am

      Thanks for reading and commenting Kay, thats great to hear! Halong Bay is absolutely beautiful – hope you make it there soon. XO, Becky

    • Reply Roberta May 26, 2017 at 5:27 am

      Hi Kay!! I’m happy that my article inspired you to take this trip! Vietnam and Ha Long Bay are so worth a visit!!

  • Reply Samantha February 22, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Love this blog – Halong Bay looks absolutely beautiful!
    Which ‘Room Type’ did you book on this cruise? x

    • Reply Roberta February 26, 2018 at 7:48 am

      Hi Samantha! Thanks for reading my article! On the Dragon Legend there’s one kind of cabin only. If you book the cruise you get a cabin like the one I booked. 🙂

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls February 27, 2018 at 2:45 am

      Thanks for reading Samantha! Great to hear that you love the blog! Becky, We Are Travel Girls Co-Founder

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