If you ever want an experience that is totally unique and will blow you away, I would have to recommend the Indochina Sails Cruise being offered by Vietnamese tour specialists, Halong Luxury Cruises. The very idea of sailing around on board an Ancient Junk had me sold on the idea for starters. When you put that junk in Halong Bay it becomes and even better proposition. When the boat is equipped to the level of a 4 star hotel, it becomes an unmissable experience. This is cruising of the highest order and anyone who finds themselves in Northern Vietnam, should never miss the opportunity to indulge. I say indulge, but at the prices offered by this company it is harder extravagant.
The boat is magnificent, with its two huge yellow sails atop the beautifully crafted dark wooden hull. This triple tiered craft offers a fabulous standard of hospitality to all its passengers, who are housed in 32 exceptional cabins. The decor is of the 1930s, but with everything you would hope for in a 21st century luxury cruise vessel. The cabins are more like state rooms with superb facilities and large windows offering panoramic views of the beautiful bay.
The Bay of course is one of the most beautiful on earth. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has won so many rewards from travel companies and beyond. It was voted by a global poll to be one of the Seven Wonders of Nature. CNN TV voted it into its top ten destinations on the planet. It is a magnificent example of karst limestone islands that jut imperiously out of the water and provide sensational views throughout the whole of its 600 square miles area.
Passengers can choose from plenty of activities whilst in the bay, these presents the option of either a wholly relaxing time here or more of an adventure holiday. Kayaking, canoeing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, rock climbing, trekking and cycling are all options in which passengers can take part. Many tours will stop off at small islands and set up a barbecue on a beach. Passengers can relax and swim whilst fish that they have eaten earlier are cooked. These tours are especially popular among the younger travelers.
The standard of food and drink on board is also of an exceptionally high standard. Each vessel has an on board chef and Vietnamese food is offered either in buffet style lunches or superb a la carte dinners. A western alternative is always offered. Cocktails, beers, wines and spirits are served from two bars on board the Indochina Sails. The elegant restaurant is the venue for dining, while drinks are taken in the two bars or up on deck, which is obviously the first choice for many.
This really is the perfect way to see the fabulous Halong Bay in style. The magic of a bygone age perfectly captured in one of the most beautiful settings on earth.