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Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Jamie on the junk boat at Halong Bay

my deluxe junk boat

Halong Bay with other junk boats

my junk boat

view from Surprise Cave Halong Bay

inside Surprise Cave

inside Surprise Cave

on top Titop island

on top Titop island

Titop island

Titop Island

Halong Bay

Jamie on the junk boat, Halong Bay

the top, back deck of my junk boat

Halong Bay

on the boat Halong Bay

Halong Bay

on the boat Halong Bay

Jamie hanging out on the boat while cruising Halong Bay(Brr!)

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

a piece of a fishing village we stopped at

fishing village

girl trying to sell us shells at fishing village

my deluxe junk

fishing village

floating village

little girl at floating village

school building at floating village

floating village

floating village

inside the classroom at the floating village

where'd the sun go?!

Halong Bay

Jamie kayaking Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

kayaking in a private cove, Halong Bay

Halong Bay

kayaking through a cave, Halong Bay

kayaking Halong Bay

kayaking Halong Bay

kayaking through a cave halong Bay

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

on the junk boat

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

a junk boat with its sails up

me on the junk boat cruising through Halong Bay

junk boat with Titop island in the background

kayaking into private cove on last day of cruise

this private secluded cove felt like a scene in Jurassic park.

the water was beautiful


kayaking in a cove Halong Bay

kayaking Halong Bay

kayaking Halong Bay

these monkeys were loud and aggressive!

the deluxe junk boat I spent 3 days on

me and Jamie at Surprise Cave, Halong Bay

yuyp this was the weather we got. Who needs a sun tan...



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lovely day cruising in Halong Bay

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kayaking Halong Bay

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kayaking Halong Bay's remote caves and coves

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last day kayaking Halong Bay

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!


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


• Transportations

• 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...

• Drinks

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