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Halong Bay, Vietnam - April 2014
When you go on a #luxury cruise you usually go with many expectations, but this #cruise exceeded mine - it was truly impressive! We had a breathtaking view, a fantastic cabin, an excursion and a hike to the top and even a #winetasting and a cooking class in the sunset's light. What else? Ah, yes! A lot of #fun!
Cruising Halong Bay, Vietnam
This was my second visit to Halong Bay in Northern Vietnam. I enjoyed it just fine the first time around on a basic, rickety junk boat that rocked and creaked and made me nervous. So this time I thought there had to be a better way and decided to do it in comfort and style. We booked a balcony cabin with Paradise Luxury Cruises on their 2 day/1 night Halong itinerary. I was impressed on arrival at the private Paradise Island pier, where our luggage was taken care of and we were invited into the lounge for morning tea while waiting to board our cruise boat.
My good feeling was completely confirmed when we stepped onboard our intimate 5 star traditional Vietnamese junk boat, it was beautiful.
My good feeling was completely confirmed when we stepped onboard our intimate 5 star traditional Vietnamese junk boat
The crew were attentive, very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble.
The food was impressive with a beautiful lunch buffet in the dining room which was so enjoyable with a glass of wine as we pulled out of port and started to cruise past the impressive limestone islands.
The wow factor was definitely the cabin. Dark timber floors, fresh white linen with rose petals and a balcony with chairs and table to sit outside and enjoy the stunning surroundings. I definitely understood at that moment that we had made the best decision on how to experience Halong Bay.
Green Halong - Paradise Luxury Trip in Halong Bay
Nong Khiaw 100 Waterfalls Adventure Trail Trek
Hanoi Street Food Tour
We had an afternoon excursion to Ti-Top Island where we hiked up to the top and took the photo I’ve included in this entry. Even though it was foggy on the day we were there, the view was still breathtaking. After our hot and sticky walk, our little motor boat zipped us back across to the cruise boat and we were back on board for warm showers, a fresh change of clothes and up on deck for wine tasting and a cooking class at sunset. Because there were just 22 people onboard, it was lovely to have space to sit and enjoy some wine and get to know new friends. Then we were treated to an indulgent five course dinner by the onboard chef.
Even though it was foggy on the day we were there, the view was still breathtaking
After dinner there was squid fishing off the back of the boat which was great fun for the few of us that gave it a go. We were able to take a bottle of wine back to our balcony where we sat for a couple of hours chatting and enjoying the scenery. It was lovely to switch off from technology, as there was no reception and just enjoy the serenity.
I’d completely recommend this cruise for anyone to enjoy Halong Bay - my only regret was not doing the 3 day/2 night itinerary and having another evening to enjoy the balcony, the views, and the activities and reading a book.