The transfer to Halong Bay is approximately 3.5 hours (113 miles) with a stop along the way. Getting on/off a Vietnamese Junk boat. We will anchor and spend the night aboard the boat. Land excursions require getting in/out of rowboats; the rowboats comfortably sit 4 people, plus the rower; we will not be rowing the boats ourselves, the rowers are the locals wearing a traditional costume. Walking about 1 mile total throughout the day.
At the hotel, the extensive breakfast buffet offers a variety of Asian and Western choices such as hot foods, eggs, hot and cold cereals, fruit, breads and pastries, yogurt, milk, coffee, tea, water.
After checking out of the hotel, we board our motorcoach and transfer to Halong Bay. En route, enjoy a journey through rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Then, board a Vietnamese Junk. Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is part of the Gulf of Tonkin in northeast Vietnam, renowned for its extraordinary natural beauty. The action of waves and tides over millions of years have shaped more than 1,600 limestone islands and islets into dramatic shapes, most uninhabited and unaffected by human presence, that form a spectacular seascape of gigantic pillars. It is also a place of exceptional biodiversity. Research has shown that the area was inhabited tens of thousands of years ago. In 2012, Ha Long Bay was named one of the New 7 Natural Wonders of the World.
Aboard the boat, we will have a buffet meal, plus choice of coffee or tea, with water; other beverages available for purchase.
Ha Long Bay includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars, most uninhabited and unaffected by human presence. During our study cruise, we will visit a local fishing village. With our Group Leader we will transfer form the Vietnamese Junk boat to the rowboats. The rowers will be locals wearing a traditional costume.
Amid the light atmosphere and cool breeze aboard ship, enjoy more Vietnamese flavor with appetizer, choice of entrée, and dessert.