Indochina Sails Itinerary 3 days

Our bHalong Indochina Sails oats, or Junks, are built in Vietnam, utilizing local materials and the handiwork of skilled shipbuilders, craftsmen and artists. As in the days of old they are built entirely of wood. The wood featured in the interiors is called “go huong”, which translates as aromatic wood, it is a highly durable and beautifully grained wood which adds to the rich and warm character of the boats.

Each of our boats features spacious, well-appointed cabins and suites with large ensuite marble bathrooms, a large sundeck with comfortable lounging furniture and an elegant dining room and bar. We have designed and fitted our boats to international standards while maintaining traditional Chinese Junk styling, creating the perfect balance of modern comforts and nostalgic ambiance.

The Indo 1 and Indo 2 are identical boats and were both launched in 2007. Each comprises 15 cabins (Superior and Deluxe Cabins). The deluxe cabins are a bit larger and feature rainfall showers and are all situated on the second decks of the boats.

Our newest boat, the Indo 3, launched in late 2008, also features ceramic artworks handcrafted in Bat Trang, well known as the home of the country’s most talented ceramic craftsmen. All of our boats are decorated with silk from Van Phuc, the “Silk Village”.

Life on board
Measuring 40 meters long and 8,5 meters wide, our custom-built wooden junk features three decks, all outfitted with elegant Asian inspired decor. The lower deck is devoted to Passenger Cabins, with sleeping space for 30 people. The Reception, Restaurant, the Bar, Gift Shop and Library are all located on the main deck. On the top deck passengers will find the Sunset Bar and a spacious lounge area, which is perfect for our morning Tai Chi classes, weekend BBQs and sunset cocktails.

Guests are welcome to make use of our binoculars, snorkeling equipment, and top-of-the-line Canadian made Seaward kayaks.

Accommodation
While the view is undoubtedly the best feature of each of our 15 guest cabins, guests will also appreciate the rooms’ tasteful décor and furnishings. To complement the bay’s natural beauty we have outfitted the cabins in natural materials: wood floors covered with sedge mats; walls covered with woven bamboo panels; and ceilings decorated with bamboo panels hand-painted with a ginger motif. The standing shower, meanwhile, features mosaic tiles in Orchid flower patterns.

Restaurant
A pleasant ambiance, attentive staff and great views make our restaurant the perfect place to sample the exotic delights of Vietnamese cuisine. Guests can look forward to lavish international breakfast buffets, casual, sit-down lunches of Vietnamese dishes, and formal dinners with delectable fusion cuisine. All dishes are prepared to please both the eye and the palate. Special BBQ dinners are served on the Sundeck on weekends, or upon a group’s request.

Day 01: HA LONG ARRIVAL  (L,D) 
•  08:00 Scenic three hour and a half drive from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay.
•  11:30  Arrive at Bai Chay/Halong pier.
•  12:15 Transfer by tender to the Indochina Sails boat – enjoy Welcome Drink. Receive cruise briefing and check in to cabins and begin cruise.
•  13:00  Lunch – deluxe Vietnamese and International Set Menu.
•  Massage service is available beginning after lunch and throughout the cruise.
•  14.30  Arrive at Titop Island. Enjoy swimming, relaxing on the beach and climbing the steps to the top of the mountain on the island for fantastic views and photo opportunities. Water and towels supplied. We will spend about 45 minutes on the island.
•  15.15 Transfer back to the boat and sail for approximately 45 minutes to our second destination – the Bat Cave area.
•  16.15 Arrive at the Bat Cave area. There are two programs to choose from at this time. One option is a 40 minute kayaking program to the nearby Bat Cave and lagoon and surrounding waters. Kayaking is $10. per person unless already booked as part of your package. Water is supplied.
•  The second option is to visit the largest floating fishing village in Halong Bay. We will travel to the village on the tender and tour the village for approximately 20 minutes.
•  18:30  Arrive at Luon Bo area – anchor for overnight.
•  19:00  Dinner – deluxe Vietnamese & Western Buffet or Set Menu Dinner.
•  20:30  Evening activities include: film entertainment in the dining room at approximately 9:15, board games and playing cards are available, massage services are available.
•  21:00 – 23:00  Happy Hour! Buy one drink – get one free (wine excluded).
•  Overnight on board.

Day 02: HA LONG  (B, L, D) 
•  06:45  Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room.
•  07:00  Arrive at the Surprise Cave area, there is a small fishing village here. Relax onboard. You may join Tai Chi instruction on the sundeck at 7:00, duraion about 30 minutes.
•  07:45  Enjoy Breakfast Set Menu or Buffet served in the dining room.
•  08:30  Transfer by tender to the “Day Boat” and begin to cruise to some of Halong Bay’s more secluded and untouched locales. Exact locations depend on tide conditions. Enjoy a leisurely day of kayaking and swimming. A multi-course lunch will be served mid-day.
•  16:00  Return by tender to the Indochina Sails boat.
•  18:30  Arrive at Luon Bo area – anchor for overnight.
•  19:00  Dinner – deluxe Vietnamese and Western Buffet or Set Menu Dinner.
•  20:30  Evening activities include: film entertainment in the dining room at approximately 9:15, board games and playing cards are available, massage services are available.
•  21:00 – 23:00  Happy Hour!
•  Buy one drink – get one free (wine excluded).
•  Overnight on board.

Day 03: HA LONG DEPARTURE (B) 
•  06:45  Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room.
•  07:00  Arrive at the Surprise Cave area, there is a small fishing village here. Relax onboard. You may join Tai Chi instruction on the sundeck at 7:00, duraion about 30 minutes.
•  08:00  Transfer by tender to the Surprise Cave. Walk up the 100 steps to the entrance of the cave and tour on foot for approximately 45 minutes.
•  09:00  Upon return to the boat take time to freshen up and please check-out of cabins. Please leave heavy luggage outside of the cabins (staff will transfer to the pier). Depart for Bai Chay/Halong pier.
•  09:30   Enjoy Breakfast Set Menu or Buffet served in the dining room. Settle bills in the dining room after breakfast.
•  10:00  Relax on the sundeck or in the dining room and enjoy the bay scenery as we approach the pier.
•  10:45  Arrive at Bai Chay/Halong pier.
•  11:00  Transfer by tender to the pier, relax inside the pier building while waiting for return transportation to Hanoi.
•  15:00 Arrive in Hanoi. End of program.

Roundtrip transfers from Hanoi to Halong and vice verse
•  Private transfer: will pick up and drop off guests at your hotel
•  Shuttle bus transfer (sharing bus): will pick up and drop off guests at hotel which locates inside Hanoi Old Quarter olny.

Other Notes:
•  Times of activities may vary slightly. Itinerary and Program subject to change when necessary.
•  Advanced reservation is required with full passenger details, including Full Name, Date of Birth, Nationality, Passport Number, Visa Expiry Date etc.
•  A valid passport is required upon check-in onboard.
•  25% surcharges applies for cruises on Christmas, New Year and Tet Holidays
•  Free of Charge for children < 5 years old, sharing fully-paid cabin, limited to one child per cabin
•  Major credit cards are accepted onboard.

Inclusions:

•  Welcome Drink
•  Cruise Itinerary and Program
•  Entrance and Sightseeing Fees
•  Kayaking
•  In-house English-speaking Tour Guide
•  Iuxurious Cabins with A/C and en-suite Bathrooms
•  Deluxe Vietnamese and International Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
•  Insurance
•  Taxes and Service Charges

Exclusion:
•  Car transfers to and from Ha Long city
•  Airfares
•  Hotels
•  Visa Arrangements
•  Massage Services
•  Beverages
•  Tips
•  Personal Expenses
•  All other services not clearly mentioned as included

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