Halong Bay, Vietnam
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Approximately 8 hours
Ha Long Bay
"Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The site's outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest."
Halong Bay is one of the world's natural wonders, with more than 1,900 islands rising out of the sparkling green waters. Your outing includes a scenic cruise on board a private junk, with kayaking the Luon Cave area and a seafood lunch. Board the private junk for a scenic cruise through spectacular scenery. Sailing on Halong Bay, you’ll see hundreds of steep limestone outcroppings that have been the source of legends for centuries. At the core of the islands, there are impressive caves and grottoes. You will stop at Hang Co Cave and wander through the cavern to marvel at its stalagmite and stalactite formations. Later, your junk drops anchor and it is time to board a two-person kayak for a guided paddle in the Luon Cave area. After working up an appetite, re-board the junk to enjoy a delicious seafood and vegetable lunch, You will also enjoy a stop at a fishing village (Vung Vieng village) before returning to the ship.
You will not only be immersed in the quiet and peaceful location viewing the charming landscape, and discovering the cultural life of the fishermen but also will be instructed in the fine arts of sailing and casting fish nets. You will be enchanted by the beauty of the boats, the nets slung over posts in front of the house, the simple but hospitable fishermen, and the small children smiling as they go to school. This idyllic scene shows the traditional character of a floating fishing village.
Please note: Maximum age is 75 years. Maximum weight is 250 lbs. Drinks and western restroom facilities are available on board. There are about 90 steep steps to reach the Hang Co Cave, which is an optional visit. The Ha Long Bay authorities have banned the use of plastic on the Bay. Taking plastic bottles of water to the junks is not allowed. You will be provided with a glass bottle of water. Bring a hat, sunscreen and a towel.