STARLIGHT CRUISE 2 DAYS 1 NIGHT
Starlight Cruise is the newest member in The Luxury Collection of the Oriental Sails Co., Ltd. This five-star cruise features 32 spacious cabins with at least 22m2/each and becomes the most enjoyable way for those who wish to explore Halong Bay in grand style. With Starlight, cruising on the World Heritage Site is more than just a touring experience that we offer – it’s a passion that we are delighted to share with you.
DAY 1: HANOI – BAI TU LONG BAY – HA LONG BAY (L/D)
08h00 Leave Hanoi for Halong City. Check-in Wharf, check in Oriental Sails JSC’s private waiting hall – The OS Lounge in Hong Gai Tourist Wharf.
12h00 – 12h30 Embark Starlight Cruise. Enjoy welcome drink and get a brief introduction about cruise and safety guidelines. Check-in your cabin.
13h15 Have lunch while cruising in the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations such as: Teapot Islet, Monster Face Islet, Torch Islet, Dragon Islet, Porcupines Islet, Pineapple Entrance. Pass by Drum Cave, Virgin Girl Cave, Van Gia Floating Village’s Entrance, Pearl Farm, … then anchor at Titov Island area.
16h00 Join a guided visit to Sung Sot Cave (also called Amazing Cave), one of the biggest and the most beautiful caves in Ha Long Bay.
17h20 Return to Starlight Cruise, enjoy the sunset while relaxing with happy hours from now to dinner time at the bar.
18h00 Enjoy happy hours with free finger foods and various drinks on discount. Try mini-golf on the top deck or take part in a cooking demonstration and food décor with our Chef.
19h00 – 21h00 Dinner is served. Private dinner is available on request.
21h00 – 22h00 Time of second happy hours to the late night or join squid fishing with the crew, sing karaoke or just laze around or relax in your cabin.
DAY 2: HA LONG BAY – HANOI (B/L)
06h30 Welcome a new day with amazing dawn on the Legendary Gulf of Tonkin. Refresh your body & soul by a Tai-chi lesson on sundeck.
07h00 – 08h00 Catch morning view of seascapes with a cup of tea or coffee, have breakfast.
08h00 – 09h00 You are free to choose one of the below options:
Option 1: Get your hands on some kayaking to explore hidden parts of the bay. For those who do not fancy kayaking can share a sampan rowed by local people.
Option 2: Climb to the peak of Titop Island for the panoramic views of the bay. Relax on the beach, swim in the emerald water.
09h00 Return to Starlight Cruise for freshening up.
09h30 Check out your cabin. Starlight Cruise weighs the anchor to continue roaming around the picturesque route toward Bai Tho Mountain near the harbor.
10h30 Have early lunch.
12h00 Disembark. Cruise ends.
WHAT TO TAKE
We suggest a small, lightweight daypack for cameras, extra film, bottled water, swimming gear, insect repellents, original passports, credit card and cash.
– Entrance fees, taxes and service charge
– Kayaking or Bamboo Rowing Boat trip in Luon Cave
– English speaking guide
– Luxury accommodation with A/C, bathtub & shower, mini bar
– Exclusive cruise through Halong Bay
– Welcome drink
– Cooking class 1time/trip
– Snacks in happy hour
– Meals on-board
– Sunrise Tai-chi demonstration
– Insurance on-board
– Transportation Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi by shuttle bus
– Personal expenses
– Private dinner (in cabin, on sundeck, in wine cellar, etc.) with service charge of 10$/pax
– Children from 01 to 05 years old are FOC, sharing room with parent(s).
– Children from 6 to 11 years old are charged 75%, sharing room with parent(s).
– Ages of children are counted based on year of birth.
– Passenger’s passport is required to bring along the trip for overnight registration.
– Passenger’s personal information is required to send to reservation before departure.
– The above cruise itinerary is subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions without prior notice.
– Promotion might be applied, inclusions and exclusions might be changed – you will be informed of changes upon booking.
– For safety reasons, these below passengers are not highly recommended to do overnight cruise in Halong Bay
– Person with disability: physical or sensory
– Person who has symptoms of hallucinations, sleepwalking, fear of being enclosed, epilepsy…
– Person who is older than 80
– Person who is overweight (>120kg)
Area: 271.5 sq. km
Population: 215,915 habitants (year 2009)
-Wards: Ha Khanh, Ha Lam, Ha Trung, Ha Phong, Ha Tu, Hong Hai, Cao Thang, Cao Xanh, Yet Kieu, Tran Hung Dao, Bach Dang, Hon Gai, Bai Chay, Hong Ha, Ha Khau, Gieng Day, Hung Thang, Tuan Chau, Viet Hung, Dai Yen.
Ethnic groups: Mainly the Viet (or Kinh)
Halong Bay Travel Guide
Ha Long City, formerly the Hon Gai Town, is the cultural, economic and political centre of Quang Ninh Province. It borders Cam Pha City to the east, the Quang Yen Town to the west, the Hoanh Bo District to the north and Ha Long Bay to the south with the coastline of 20km.
The city is divided into two parts: East Ha Long and West Ha Long. The eastern part is an industrial zone where most of the province's official buildings are also concentrated. The western part, also called Bai Chay, is the animated tourism zone.
Ha Long Bay is situated off the coast of Halong City (170km far from Hanoi) and owns more than 3,000 islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. In 1994, it was designated Vietnam's second World Heritage Site and attracts a steady stream of visitors year round for the magnificent views of the bay and the relaxing boat trips.
Ha Long's population are most having emigrated from other places to settle here. Ha Long Bay is famous internationally, and is recognized as a World Heritage by UNESCO for its thousands of natural islands. Also in the city, there are temples, pagodas and historical relics.In addition to the most active branch of tourism, there are other economic activities such as: trade, seaport, coal, marine products and the production of construction materials
What to do?
Besides the breathtaking vistas, visitors come to Halong Bay for the perfect time spent on the boat to visit floating villages and explore the caves. There also have interesting relaxing activities such as swimming, fishing and kayaking. Also, this trip can be combined with a trip to the largest island of Cat Ba, which offers beaches, hiking in the national park.
Nearby Ha Long City, Tuan Chau Island is a promising spot for relaxation. This island is being developed into a recreation complex with aquarium, circus, golf and resorts, and is becoming increasingly popular for Vietnamese tourists.
When to go?
It is possible for visits to Ha Long Bay year-round. And winter months (from October to April) are said to be the best time although in months of December, January and February, the weather is often cool, drizzly and overcast with low visibility. During summer months (May to September), tropical storms are frequent and tourist boats may have to alter the itineraries depending on weather condition.
There is different scale of prices for overnight tours to Ha Long Bay but beware that we just get what you pay for. Price differences are based on the quality of the boat, food, accommodation, transportation, crew as well as other invisible elements. Frequent questions to ask before making a booking are the group size on boat and on car, cabin type (with or without A/C), included and excluded services in the package so that you know what to expect in advance.Read more