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Ha Long Bay in Vietnam is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is made up from approximately 2,000 limestone karsts. Ha Long Bay has evolved over 500 million years and now has created its own biosystem that is home to 14 endemic species of flowers as well as 60 endemic faunal species.
Exploring Ha Long Bay is a must do activity if you are visiting Vietnam, this GivYo of an overnight Ha Long Bay cruise on a junk boat is an awesome way of discovering Halong Bay. A junk boat is not quite as it sounds, it's in fact a traditional Oriental sailing ship that was a product of the Song Dynasty, way back in the second century. Junk boats are still used in East Asia today and offer an authentic way of transport, they complement the surroundings of Halong Bay quite nicely. The Junk Boat used on this Ha Long Bay Cruise is a modern recreation of the traditional Junk Boat and offers a luxurious way of exploring Halong Bay.
Your Ha Long Bay cruise on a Junk Boat begins with your transfer from your Hanoi hotel on an air conditioned coach, on the way to Halong Bay, you will get the opportunity to absorb the breathtaking sights of the Vietnamese landscapes. You will arrive at Tuan Chau Marina Pier, where you will board your luxury Junk Boat in Halong Bay. On boarding the Junk Boat in Ha long Bay you will be welcomed with a local welcome drink and check into your luxury suite. As the Junk Boar sets off to sail, you will head to the restaurant for a delicious seafood lunch.
Day 1 of your Ha Long Bay Cruise
The first destination of your Halong Bay cruise takes you to the Vung Vieng fishing village, here you will be able to debark the junk boat and explore the village in more detail aboard a smaller bamboo rowing boat, your guide will do all the work. Alternatively, if you fancy doing a bit of rowing yourself then you can set off in your own sea kayak. Vung Vieng fishing village is a small settlement with around 60 families residing there, you will explore the local architecture that is made up of a floating school and floating information centre.
You will head back to the Junk Boat to continue your junk boat cruise of Halong Bay, the boat will sail towards Drum Cave. When you arrive a Drum Cave, you will be able to take a dip, it's a fantastic place to enjoy a quick swim or if you don't fancy heading into the water you can use this time to do a spot of sunbathing on deck. This Halong Bay Cruise on a Junk Boat is packed full of things to do, and if you wish, you can join in with the onboard cooking class. A spring roll cooking class will be held on the sun deck and here you will also be able to learn how to cook authentic Vietnamese spring rolls! The views from the sun deck at Drum Cave are beholding, so take the time to really take in these views as they are like no other, it's worth taking a few pictures too.
As the day starts it's conclusion, before the sun beings to set, GivYo recommends you walk up to the sun deck because you should be able to catch the most beautiful sunset you have ever seen, the sky starts off an ablaze before transforming into what looks like a wine pouring across the water, then into a deep blue nights sky filled in sparkling stars. You will dine on deck underneath the night's sky, indulging in delightful Vietnamese delicacy’s is, such as grilled fish and vegetables. After dinner, the party starts, with squid fishing card games, music and karaoke.
Day 2 of your Halong Bay Cruise
If you thought you had seen the most amazing sunset on day 1, GivYo recommends rising early to see one of the most amazing sunrises on Earth. Begin the day Vietnamese style as your guide carries out a Tai Chi session, this will prepare your mind and body for another amazing day on your Ha Long Cruise. You will enjoy a light breakfast on the sun deck, whilst the Junk Boat sails to your first stop of the day, Sung Sot Cave. This tranquil cave was discovered in 1901 by the French and is one of the most impressive geological objects of Ha Long Bay. Your cruise on Ha Long Bay on a Junk Boat continues, you will be able to relax and take in the inspiring landscape of ha Long Bay. Head up to the sun deck once again to enjoy a buffet brunch, whilst the Junk Boat cruises back to Tuan Chau Marina Pier. You will arrive back at Tuan Chau Marina Pier in plenty of time to get back to Hanoi to be able to enjoy your evening as you please.
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