The Oriental Sails 2 Days Cruise Tour takes guests on a journey through the stunning Halong Bay, Vietnam. It is a modern vessel equipped with all the amenities necessary for a comfortable and enjoyable journey.
The ship’s cabins are elegantly furnished and feature large windows that offer breathtaking views of the bay. Guests can relax on the ship’s spacious sundeck, visit a cave, take a dip in the crystal water, or enjoy a delicious meal at the ship’s restaurant, which serves up a range of Vietnamese and international cuisine.
Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay (L,D).
8:00 – 8:30 am: The tour begins with a pick-up from your accommodation in Hanoi and depart for Halong bay (extra service).
After arriving at the Ha Long International Cruise Port in Bai Chay town, Ha Long city, guests will embark on the Oriental Sails cruise ship and enjoy a welcome drink while receiving a brief introduction about the cruise and safety guidelines.
After checking in to their cabins, guests will enjoy a delicious lunch while cruising through the stunning Ha Long Bay, taking in the fascinating nature before anchoring at Titop Island area.
Guests will then join a guided visit to Sung Sot Cave, one of the biggest and most beautiful caves in Ha Long Bay, from 3 pm to 4 pm. Following that, guests will climb to the peak of Titop Island for a panoramic view of the bay. They can then relax on the beach, swim in the crystal-clear water, and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The guests will return to the Oriental Sails by 5.20 pm and relax while enjoying the sunset and happy hour discounts from 5.20 pm to dinner time.
In the evening, guests can participate in a cooking demonstration and food décor with the Chef, while enjoying various discounted drinks during happy hour.
Dinner will be served from 7 pm to 9 pm, with private dinner available on request. After dinner, guests can choose to join the crew for squid fishing, sing karaoke, or simply relax in their cabins.
Day 2: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B,L).
Early wake-up at 6.30 am to witness the amazing dawn on the Gulf of Tonkin. Guests can refresh their body and soul by participating in a Tai-chi lesson on the sundeck while taking in the beautiful scenery. Guests can also enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while admiring the stunning seascapes and charming Karst labyrinth during breakfast from 7.00 am to 8.00 am.
At 8:00 am, guests can join a guided tour to explore hidden parts of the bay, including Luon cave. Guests can share a sampan with other tourists and a local rower or take a kayak on their own to discover the natural beauty of the bay. After the tour, guests can return to the Oriental Sails cruise ship for a refreshing shower at 9.00 am and check-out of their cabins. The Oriental Sails will weigh anchor and continue to roam the picturesque route toward Bai Chay bridge for photos.
At 10.50 am, guests will have lunch on board the Oriental Sails. The cruise will then come to an end at 11.30 am to 11.45 am, and guests will disembark. Transfer back to Ha Noi City (extra service), and guests can expect to arrive at their hotel around 4.30 pm.
- Round trip transfer by shuttle bus Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi.
- Welcome drink.
- Meals on-board as mentioned in the itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner).
- Sunrise Tai-chi demonstration.
- Entrance fees, taxes, and service charges.
- One cooking class per trip.
- Bamboo rowing boat or kayak.
- Air-conditioned cabin.
- Happy hour: buy two, get one free.
- Complimentary mineral water from water dispensers located in every corridor.
- Squid fishing or karaoke until 22:00.
- Internet access on the boat.
What’s NOT included
- Room upgrade.
- Supplement for Single cabin.
- Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
- Private dinners with service charge (in-cabin, on the sundeck, in the wine cellar, etc.)
- Food for babies under 6 years old (based on the year of birth).
- Personal travel insurance.
Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions. Swimming or kayaking excursions may be cancelled due to poor weather.
Meals on board are fusion. Vietnamese, seafood and international. Guest should advise of any special food reference, allergies or dietary requirement at least 1 week prior to the cruise date.
For environmental protection purposes, the use and carrying of plastic bags, single-use plastic bottles, and any other disposable plastics is prohibited in Ha Long Bay.
Halong bay cruises
Lotussia Travel is a locally-owned tour operator that provides a variety of cruise options for visitors to Halong Bay in Vietnam. These include a one-day Halong Bay tour, a two-day and one-night itinerary, and a three-day and two-night cruise tour on either a traditional-style boat or a modern luxury ship with comfortable amenities. The Oriental Sails 2 Days Cruise Itinerary is just an example that can be further customized to better suit your preferences. You can choose to follow the itinerary as is or contact us to design a plan that’s tailored to your specific needs.
Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!
Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Depending on the proposed option (semi-guide tour or all-inclusive package tour), the price may include the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
- Car transfers.
- Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
- Entrance fees.
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
- Flight/Train tickets.
- Tour leader.
- Local porter(s).
- International travel insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
Our drivers don’t speak English. It’s possible that a few of them might know some basic words, such as telling time, stop, and lunch. If you’re looking for effective communication throughout the journey, we highly recommend booking a tour guide.
Principally, Lotussia Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, Lotussia Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.
Lotussia Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or home-stays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.
Lotussia Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, Lotussia Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.
As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, Lotussia Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. Lotussia Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, Lotussia Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).
In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.
We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.
Halong bay cruises
Inclement weather, tide levels and operating conditions at sea may force changes in cruise itinerary and schedule at any time. Kayaking and swimming excursion, in particularly, may be canceled due to rough weather.
The cruise offer fusion cuisine: international, seafood and Vietnamese. Please advise our reservation team at least one (01) week ahead of departure about any specific food preference, dietary or food allergies.
Port authority insists on advance registration including full name, gender, date of birth, nationality and passport number. At check-in, a valid passport is required. Port authority may deny boarding if these conditions are not met.
Free Wifi available on terrace deck, but note that the internet signal at sea suffers frequent interruption.