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The best luxury cruises in Halong Bay - Part 2

The best way to see it is from a traditional junk ship, on a cruise of the bay, that normally last for one or two nights. This week I am going to be writing

 The Auco Cruise

  The Auco Cruise

The Auco Cruise

The Au Co launched in Apr 2012 - The biggest cruise on the bay is a remarkable 55.29m in length and 10.43m in width. Each of our 32 spacious cabins has its own private balcony or terrace – allowing unparalleled private views of the surrounding seascape. On the upper decks, our elegant restaurant and open-air bars are designed along principles of "Feng Shui" to heighten our passengers’ sense of connection with the wonderful environment of the surrounding Gulf of Tonkin, as well as giving them a taste of the Orient and Vietnamese culture. Through our innovative use of space, design features, and luxurious attention to detail, we aim to give our passengers a truly unique cruise experience.

Need to Know 

Style: Classic Luxury

Rating: 5 star 

Price :  USD 386

Room : 32

Cabin 

Auco cabin
Auco cabin

 The first thing that strikes you about each of our 32 luxury Cabins and Suites is the sense of space, the abundance of light and the level of refinement in the elegant interiors.Large floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors in the cabins and cabin bathrooms allow natural light to flood in and offer panoramic views of the Gulf of Tonkin. Most cabins and suites provide additional space and comfort in the form of your own private balcony - the ultimate place to relax and enjoy the fresh air, day or night.Each of the cabins and suites is tastefully appointed with timber floors, handcrafted wooden mosaic furniture and elegant interiors. Each cabin features individual climate-control thermostats, telephone, in-cabin refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, safe box, and hair dryer. Meanwhile the luxurious bathrooms are extremely well appointed with deluxe bathroom amenities.

DINING

Dining aboard The Au Co is an experience not to be missed. You will dine while passing poetic landscapes and enjoying fabulous dishes prepared by our professional team of chefs. They have designed a menu which is both healthy and delicious using local ingredients, including locally caught seafood and vegetables grown in Viet Hai village on Cat Ba Island (you will have a chance to visit The Au Co Green Farm on the second day of your cruise) and also designed to awaken all five senses. The Au Co menu is rich and diverse, from a lunch buffet featuring fresh seafood, through a full range of aperitifs, cocktails, drinks, and snacks to a luxury dinner set menu with specialities from all three regions of Vietnam, as well as international dishes.

WELLNESS

Cruising aboard The Au Co you are likely to experience a sense of calm and well-being. But to make sure we have also added spa and jacuzzi facilities, for those simply seeking relaxation, or those wishing to unwind after a day packed with adventurous activities. 

SPA

For complete stress relief, why not pamper yourself with a therapeutic massage either in the tranquility of the Spa room or in the open-air Spa area – drifting off into bliss as the cruise drifts along. 

JACUZZI 

After an exciting day of adventurous activities and cultural excursions what better way to relax and unwind than in The Au Co’s open-air Jacuzzi. Feel any aches and pains drift away as you sip a cocktail while taking in the fantastic views of the seascape as you voyage at sunset.

ACTIVITIES:

The Gulf of Tonkin is the perfect place to experience a wide range of activities, from biking to kayaking, from swimming to squid fishing. Whichever you choose you will do so surrounded by some of the most dramatic and exciting scenery, heightening your sense of adventure.

Kayaking

This is not only a healthy sporting activity but also one of the best and easiest ways to explore the magnificent caves, lagoons and World Heritage sights of Halong Bay; as well as the more unspoilt, neighbouring bays of Lan Ha and Bai Tu Long. Famous for its thousands of islands and islets spread throughout the wide bays, our small kayaks for 1-2 (and even 3) people are not only easy to control and great exercise but also offer a fresh and interesting perspective on the delightful scenery surrounding you. Biking on Cat Ba IslandTaking a leisurely bike ride through the scenic landscape of Cat Ba National Park is one of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of this wonderful island. Cat Ba is the largest island in the Gulf of Tonkin. Indeed, the Lonely Planet described Cat Ba as being ‘rugged, craggy and jungle-clad, it is straight out of Jurassic Park’. 

Swimming and snorkelling

Really nice and refreshing’ is how passengers often describe wallowing in the placid waters of Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. Indeed, this is an experience not to be missed. Whether you choose to swim or snorkel, The Au Co staff are always on hand to ensure your safety and make sure you have an enjoyable time in the cool, dark waters of the Gulf of Tonkin.Squid fishingSleepless in Halong? We have the cure! As night falls, The Au Co’s staff will hand out fishing rods and guide you in this interesting pastime, which could easily occupy an entire evening. Be patient, focus, and soon, with a flick of the wrist, you can celebrate your very first catch! And of course, your ‘reward’ is to see the fruits of your labour turned into one of many inspired dishes by The Au Co’s team of chefs.

Halong Jamine Cruise

Jasmine Cruise Halong
Jasmine Cruise Halong

 Officially open o­n 18 December 2007, One of the newest four star junks set the standard for services and amenities o­n the bay. Fitted out in the 1930's Indochine style, the Halong Jasmine will feature 22 spacious cabin, restaurant, lounge and two special jasmine Suites with their own jacuzzi & balcony for uninterrupted views of the bay.Enjoy the intimacy of a small party within the space of Halong Bay’s largest cruise junk. A lengthy 55 meters from bow to stern and measuring an impressive 11 meters wide, Halong Jasmine can accommodate 80 passengers at any o­ne time across four luxurious decks, with an overnight capacity of 48. The attention to detail and quality of design is apparent in every inch of this newly-built junk, artfully marrying space, rich 1930s Indochina-style wooden décor and exquisite ornamentation throughout its air-conditioned bedrooms, restaurant, bars and communal spaces.Whether you want to throw a party o­n the sundeck, enjoy an intimate candle-lit dinner in the Jasmine restaurant, or just find a quiet nook or cranny to relax and unwind, Cruise Halong ’s Jasmine junk is the perfect way to enjoy the bay.

Need to Know

Style: Classic Luxury

Rating: 5 star 

Price :  USD 220

Room : 32

Facilities

 Restaurants and Bar- Kayaking Service (Optional)- A/C cabins with en-suite bathrooms- First Aid Kits- Doctor o­n-call- Luggage 1- Emergency Tender boat- Major credit cards accepted- Dial-up Internet Access at The Reception- Conference and Meeting Equipment- Safety box at the reception- IDD at the reception- Boutique- Library (Rental and Exchange o­nly)- 24/7 Security.

Cabin

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Jasmine-Junior-Suite04-1536x1024

 Fitted out in the 1930s Indochine style, the four-star Halong Jasmineis the epitome of luxury and sets the standard for services andamenities in the bay. There are three different room options available,and each of the Jasmine suites and Jasmine Deluxe are fitted with aprivate balcony to accentuate your personal enjoyment of magnificentviews across the bay.02 Jasmine Suites- 24 sqm- King-size bed 180 cm x 205 cm- Upper deck with balcony and jacuzzi09 Jasmine Deluxe cabins- 18 sqm- Queen-size bed 165 cm x 205 cm- Upper deck with balcony13 Jasmine Premium cabins- 17 sqm- 2 single-size beds 95 cm x 205 cm each- Main deckAmenities• Individually controlled air-conditioning- Electric shaver outlet- Fully-stocked mini-bar & snacks- Shower- In-house phone- Hot water- Slippers- Hair dryer- Safety box- Bathroom amenities- Wardrobe- Make-up shelf- Umbrella/raincoat at reception- Toilet- Separate glass standing shower cabin- Life vests- Bath robe- Fire extinguisher / Smoke detector

Food & Dinning

The elegant surrounds of Jasmine’s restaurant is the setting for delectable continental-style breakfasts, informal leisurely lunches, and lavish dinners served with highest attention to detail, presentation and service.The Jasmine menu features a range of international dishes and Vietnamese cuisine from all over the country, teamed with an irresistible array of fine wines.

Indochina Junk

Indochina Junk
Indochina Junk

 Indochina Junks Cruise is currently operating 4 brands of junk boats, which aims to serve different customers segments. However, it can be seen that with only a limited number of cabins, Indochina Junks Line concentrates on small and medium groups of travelers or families.

Dragon’s Pearl Cruises are the largest ships under this cruise operator, with 11 cabins (7 double and 4 twins) and capacity up to 20 travelers onboard. There are 3 ships with Dragon’s Pearl name, which was all launched in 2010. In smaller size, Prince Cruise and Red Dragon Cruise are available to serve travelers. While Red Dragon only has one cruise with 5 cabins, there are 3 junks under Prince name with number of cabins from 2 – 4, which are able to provide accommodation for about 4 – 8 guests.

Indochina Junks Cruise is the line of unique services, and one of those is 4 tiny ships of Princess name, which have only 1 private cabin on each boat. These boats are perfect for couple, especially new husband and wives who plan to have an unforgettable honeymoon trip. Of course the price is higher, but to purchase privacy and experience that you would remember for the rest of your life, pay a little extra money is definitely worth it.

Need to Know

Style: Classic Luxury

Rating: 5 star 

Price :  USD 220

Room : 100

Cruise Itineraries

The most unique feature of itineraries that this cruise line provides is related to duration of the tour. Indochina Junk Cruise is one of the rare, or can be said that the only one, cruise operators at Halong Bay who offers a 4 days and 3 nights trip to travelers. This means passengers have longer time enjoying their trip with joyful activities the junks organized and scrumptious seafood, but also the magnificent natural sceneries of the allured Halong Bay.

The destinations on itineraries of cruises on Indochina Junks line are identical to other cruise, but the experiences these ships bring to travelers are totally unique. Visiting the floating villages, porting at Titov Island for swimming, dining on cave or kayaking through limestone cave, exactly the same to to other cruises, but Indochina Junks knows how to make these activities more special, more attractive and more remember. And how these are more special, only guests who have experienced these moments can feel and describe

These are cruise facilities for Junk:

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Princess-Junk-Cabin-2_560x375

 General

  • 24-hour Security
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Reception
  • Rowing boat
  • Safety box at reception
  • Tender for sightseeing
  • Theme Cruise

Services

  • Baby cot
  • Bar
  • Fresh flower
  • IDD at the reception
  • Library
  • Turndown service and daily presents

Activities on Board

  • BBQ Dinner
  • Dinner in Cave
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming

Address Cruis

Indochina Junk

58 Au Trieu Str, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi

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