Cruising around Halong Bay in a Junk Boat is definitely a must while in Vietnam. We opted for this itinerary because it took you to more secluded areas and you got to sleep on the boat for 2 nights instead of one. Unfortunately the weather wasn't too great and was raining everyday a bit, so no perfect postcard pictures. Kayaking into the private coves were incredible. On the 2nd day when we ventured in a pitch black cave, one kayak ended up flipping over with a dad and his 11 year old daughter and turned out to be a pretty hairy mess. Since it was pitch back we couldn't see what was going on, but the girl was screaming and being lifted onto another kayak while I almost had to jump into the water so the mother would stay in her kayak from being so hysterical and crying. The guide ended up rowing the girl back to the boat while Jamie and I were able to turn the mom and her daughter's kayak around and we towed their kayak with the dad hanging on the their kayak in the water. His hands got pretty cut up from the rocks and shells and everyone was pretty flustered. Luckily Jamie and I kept our cool and helped diffuse the situation. I have much more to write, but I am way behind, so here is the itinerary of the cruise I went on. If you want any more info on it shoot me an email!
HALONG BAY FOR 3 DAYS/ 2 NIGHTS WITH KAYAKING ON BAI TU LONG DELUXE JUNK
Day 1: Hanoi –Halong (L, D)
8h00: Pick up at your hotel
8h30: Depart for Halong city
12h00: Arrive in Halong tourist wharf, gets on junk and enjoy welcome drink then check-in registration.
12h45: Start cruise
13h00: Lunch with fresh seafood is served while the junk heading out the bay
13h30: A fantastic cruise in Halong bay, visit Dinh Huong Island, fishing villages, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Sail Island, and explore the mystery of Sung Sot cave.
16h30: Enjoying swimming, sun bathing at TiTop Island or climbing up the peak for a breath-taking panorama view of Bai Tu Long bay.
19h00: Have dinner
20h30: It’s optional to have night squid fishing or taking part in interesting games. Relaxing and spending a romantic night on Bai Tu Long deluxe junk
Day 2: Halong bay kayaking (B, L, D)
8h00: Have breakfast.
9h00: Cruise to visit Tortoise Island, Man’s head island, Dong Tien Lake.
9h45: Cruise to fishing village (Cua Van village).
12h30: Have lunch and relaxes time.
14h30: Kayaking to Bat grotto.
16h30: Free leisure for swimming.
19h00: Have dinner.
20h30: Have night squid fishing.
Day 3: Halong – Hanoi (B, L)
7h30: Tea, coffee and pastries.
8h00: Visit Luon cave by small bamboo boat.
8h45: Cruise to Bai Tu Long bay, Con Coc Island, Con Rong island, Teapot Island, Chopsticks island, Halong fishing village, Bai Tho Mountain and Hon Gai surroundings – Halong city.
9h30: Arrange luggage and check – out.
10h30: Have lunch.
12h00: Back to Halong city, the van picks up to come back to Hanoi
13h30: Stop in Dong Trieu town for visiting Ceramic village
16h00: Arrival in Hanoi
End the trip
• Welcome drink
• 2 night in twin sharing cabin on board
• Insurance during cruise time
• Meals during cruise time.
• Coffee and tea (for breakfast), fruits during cruising
• Entrance fees
• English-Speaking guide
• Personal expenses, tips...