Solo Traveller? Bhaya Classic has a special offer for you!

Are you a solo traveller who dreams of exploring Halong Bay? If so, you are in luck. The Bhaya Classic fleet provides special deals for solo travellers!

Traveling is always exciting, but meeting other travellers to share incredible experiences with can make the journey that much more memorable. The 2D1N cruise on the newly renovated Bhaya Classic puts an emphasis on interactive activities, so you can share unforgettable memories and potentially make long lasting friendships! These activities include kayaking, swimming, squid fishing, happy hours (buy one get one free), and open seating meals and buffets! Getting to know other travellers and having stimulating conversations is always enjoyed best over drinks and delicious food.

This new itinerary includes a chance to visit Dark and Bright Lagoon, where you may be lucky enough to spot a Cat Ba Langur, which is one of the rarest of its kind left. You will also take a visit to Surprise Cave, which is one of the biggest caves in Halong Bay.
The sundeck is a favourite spot for our passengers, being in the open air with marvellous scenery all around you is hard to beat. On the sundeck before dinner, we offer an authentic Vietnamese cooking demonstration by a local chef. You can learn how to make a dish to surprise your friends with at home! At sunrise, a Tai Chi lesson will take place on the sundeck for those who wish to get up early.

bhaya-classic-cruises-facilities-sundeck-5-780x580Of course, there will also be time to just relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and people you will be surrounded by. Unwind on the sundeck and take in all of the stunning rock formations. Chill out at the bar after dinner with a refreshing drink and get to know people from all over the world. There will also be the option to watch a movie in the restaurant after dinner. Who knows, you may meet someone who could be in your life forever afterwards=)
Out with the Old, in with the New
As mentioned earlier, the four Bhaya Classic ships have undergone major renovations! From May to September of this year the ships have acquired a whole new look. The interior design of the cabins has been completely redone, with new wooden floors, new decorations, and brand new sets of bedding and furniture. bhaya-classic-cruises-facilities-bedroom-1-780x580The restaurant has also been given an entire fresh makeover, and amenities such as the bar and sundeck have been amply upgraded. Our intention was to keep the authentic style of Halong Bay on the Bhaya Classic, while adding a more elegant and classy touch in each detail… and that’s exactly what we did!
So here is your chance, if you are a solo traveller, don’t miss the opportunity to see the remarkable Halong Bay. Get a discount on our newly renovated cabins and have the experience of a lifetime, making new friends along the way.

Bhaya Classic unveals a stunning brand new look

Bhaya Classic, the largest luxury cruise fleet in Halong Bay,the largest luxury cruise fleet in Halong Bay, has recently refurbished four of its boats with a remarkable upgrade, resulting in an impressive brand new look for September 2015.

Bhaya Classic brand new look in 2015

The year 2015 has marked another notable change for the Bhaya Classic fleet. Between May and September 2015, the four Bhaya Classic boats (I, II, III and IV) have undergone a major refurbishment in order to bring a more elegant feel and fresher appearance to Halong Bay’s largest cruise operator. During the past five months, the interior design of all the cabins in each boat have been completely refreshed with new wooden floors, wooden panels, a whole new set of beddings and room decorations.

Now, we are proud to introduce you to the BRAND NEW LOOK of the Bhaya Classic!

The brand new look was officially revealed in September 2015 in Halong Bay. The exquisite beauty of nature inspired the new classical and traditional decoration. The green and brown colours of the accommodation create a comfortable and harmonic atmosphere, coupled with new high quality beddings, in which passengers can look forward to a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Bhaya Classic new look 2015

Bhaya Classic brand new look 2015

Bhaya Classic brand new look 2015

Bhaya Classic is also very proud of its high safety standards, which are regularly checked and serviced. Meticulous care is always taken to ensure the continued maximum safety for all guests and staff.

With this major upgrade in 2015, Bhaya Classic continues to strengthen its role as the leading cruise operator in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay.

Let’s have a brief tour of our freshly upgraded boats:

Bhaya Classic new look 2015

Bhaya Classic new look 2015

Bhaya Classic new look 2015

Fun for kids on an overnight cruise in Halong Bay

Traveling on a cruise boat for family trip seems more reveled to adults than their kids since cruising often means relaxing and enjoying a slow life. However, with the diversified biogeography, Halong Bay provides more interesting activities that may also attract children.

Family trip on Bhaya Classic Cruises Halong BayIn a Halong Bay cruise, you don’t have to worry about not having enough fun things to enjoy for a family trip. While adults prefer a peaceful vacation with lots of resting and being lazy, kids often look for more active things to do.

With their active nature, kids often couldn’t stay still in a limited space of a cabin, or even a cruise ship. A variety of activities that is well organized will help fill their schedule and keep them fun. What can keep your kids attracted in their free time? Check out some suggestion from Bhaya Classic team:

Have fun with our Head Chef

Bhaya Classic’s talented Head Chef is not only someone who takes superb care of all your meals (and sometimes weight) during the trip, but you will also meet him countless times in some on board activities.

Cooking demonstration - Spring roll in Bhaya Classic CruisesOn the first day, the Chef himself will teach you a really simple but authentic Vietnamese cooking demonstration. The dish, spring roll, is popular and delicious, yet super easy to make. Kids love playing with food, and even love it more if there’s something to actually eat after playing. Therefore, give them a chance to do what they are normally not allowed to do at home. This is one of the most favorite sessions of our tiny guests, especially the part when they get to eat what they have made. From now on, you can brag about being able to cook the authentic Vietnamese cuisine to your friends back home.

Water fun cannot be missed on a cruise trip

Sport activities in water are forever loved by kids. Cruising in one of the most beautiful bay in the world, you obviously shouldn’t miss any water activities offered by the operator. This is also an opportunity to enjoy the family’s participation and exchange some exciting memories with your children.

Fun-for-kid-in-Halong-Bay-Cruises-2Famous with the calm and peaceful water, kayaking and swimming in Halong Bay is especially safer for children. Share a kayak boat with one of your kids and let him/her take the lead in the front seat. For that you can always keep an eye on their safety, while still give them the feeling of completing the challenge themselves.

If you’re lucky enough to arrange a 3D2N trip, there will definitely some times to stop in one of Halong Bay’s white sand beaches. Surrounded by the legendary green limestone and karsts, the beach might not be huge but indeed lovely. Swimming nearby with the kids or just sunbathing lazily under the sun, or ask our staffs for some simple sport like tug or soccer.

The friendly staffs are always there for your kid

Relaxing will be so much easier when you can let your kids off doing whatever they want around the boat. Our staffs love children, and therefore, will always be around and keep an eye on the small guests. Sometimes they became best friends. And our friends often gave us so many surprises by innocent love or unexpected gifts sometimes.

Kids on Bhaya Classic Cruises in Halong Bay

One lovely gift from our tiny guests

Tips on booking cruise cabins for a family trip

Halong Bay is famous for being a popular destination for family trip as each generation may find their own activities and fun. Worrying about not being able to stay together in a room is no more a problem as the new trendy small boats have something special to offer and solve the question.Family trip in Halong BayQuiet and more privacy

New small cruises concept has become the latest trend in Halong Bay for travelers who want to spend a timid and quiet vacation in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Operating on a small 5-7 cabin boat means only a maximum group of only 12 – 16 passengers will share the journey. No need to worry about the noisy crowd that may annoy your kids or elders! If lucky enough, you may get to share the boats with only 2-3 other families, who actually has the same vision of a cozy trip. Your vacation will be as peaceful as the jade-colored sea and breath-taking limestone around.Family trip in Halong BayConnecting cabin for the whole family

Deciding a suitable cabin type for your needs in a cruise trip is not simple in any circumstance, but choosing a perfect room for a family trip of 5-6 members with kids (and even elders) is even a tougher job. With limited space of a boat, can more than 2 people fit in 1 cabin? Is letting your 2 children sleep separatedly in another cabin safe or not? If not, should each of you accompany 1 kid and cannot spend time together?

Premium Balcony Cabin for family trip in Halong BayHalong Bay cannot carry on giant luxury ships with huge cabins like other destinations due to the special geographic formation. But nowadays, cruise boats have been onboard with more family-friendly facilities and services. One of which is the connecting cabins with at least 1 pair per boat. Bhaya Classic’s new premium line has provided more spacious cabins that allow maximum 3 guests, therefore, 1 pair of connecting cabin can fit maximum 6 guests – a perfect number for family or a group of friend. With a connecting door that can be opened from both sides, you can choose to leave your members a little privacy or join them for a smooth time together.

Tips for family trip in Halong Bay

Family trip in Halong Bay

  • Book early! Normally only 1 pair of connecting cabins available in each boat, make sure you get your hand on it soon enough.
  • Choose the itinerary carefully. Each cruise operators might offer a different program with different activities. Make sure the itinerary has something that your kids can participate like swimming, beach activities or other fun.
  • Inform the crew in advance about any special food request for kids or elders. All the family members should dine comfortably and tasty.

Bhaya Classic Won TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence

The latest and famous TripAdvisor award has been announced. For the 5th consecutive year, Bhaya Classic has won the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, which is approved by thousands of travelers around the world.

Bhaya Classic TripAdvisor Certificate of ExcellenceBeing the largest cruises fleet in Halong Bay for the past 8 years, Bhaya Classic never stops striving for excellence in facilities and service. The top-quality service has been recognized by travelers all around the world through TripAdvisor over the past 3 years The lovely reviews, which can be found here if you want, is the most meaningful gift and biggest motivation for our passionate team.

Bhaya Classic Crew MembersThe achievement has been built by the continuous effort from our cruise team over the past 8 years. These young people, who work with their hearts, are the soul and spirit of Bhaya Classic. Cruising in the Bay every day, they’re not only the expert of Halong Bay, but also assistants and best friends to the guests.


We stayed on the Bhaya III and could not have asked for a better crew, The warm welcome and service was 1st class. We would highly recommend this company.
It was our 25th wedding anniversary holiday and the crew made it a very memorable one, thank you!

Herne Bay, United Kingdom

 Wow what an amazing experience! A beautiful boat crewed by the most delightful individuals.Site seeing aside, attention to detail and the best possible customer service made this an absolute pleasure.

Sue & Andy, United Kingdom

 From the moment we were walking towards the boat and saw the crew standing there waving and calling out “welcome”, we knew this cruise would be wonderful and we were right. Nothing was too much trouble, the food was worthy of a fine dining restaurant and the crew were some of the friendliest people we have ever met.”

Rita, Australia

The year has been a great one for Bhaya Classic. We had welcomed special events including a breath-taking fashion show on board, cruise with famous chef, personal anniversary and company’s retreats. 2015 is still half way to go. Bhaya Classic team is still making effort every day to bring a meaningful lifetime cruising experience to travelers from all over the world.

In Bhaya, Safety and Service Are What Matter

Bhaya Classc in dry dockOnce a year, Bhaya Classic rests herself in an annual dry dock.

Being put into service as the largest cruises fleet in Halong Bay since 2007 doesn’t make Bhaya Classic team an old and behind folk. Serving about 50,000 passengers each year and cruising every day in the tough tropical weather of Halong Bay, the ships cannot stay away from aging forever. However, there is a reason why Bhaya Classic can still maintain her leading and top-notch position among younger teams in the Bay over the past 8 years. The annual 1-2 month scrupulous dry dock of Bhaya Classic allows the ships to be refreshed and renovated to secure safety and perfect facility throughout.

Why bother resting for the whole one or even 2 months of the year while the demand doesn’t even decrease? In Bhaya Classic, it’s not just about making profit by having the ship cruising all year long. Cruising in the World Heritage of Halong Bay is about providing a meaningful and unique journey, leaving people with memories and satisfaction. That’s what traveling means to us, to all those travelers out there seeking for experience and enjoyment in their trips.

What happens to Bhaya Classic fleet in the dock and off the bay?

Bhaya Cruises in Dry DockBhaya Classic Deluxe lines will respectively undergo dry dock from 2nd May to 21st September. During 1 month resting, what happens to each of our boats?

  • Hull’s going under checking to assure the integrity of the steel and boat’s safety
  • Engines and technical categories are under maintenance
  • Safety equipment are carefully examined and renewed
  • The interior and furniture in cabins, restaurant, bar and sundeck are repainted and polished, resulting in a renovation in appearance
  • New facilities and equipment are installed

Bhaya Classic in Dry DockOnce out of dry dock, Bhaya Classic will slip back to the Bay with remarkable refurbishment of safety equipment, facilities and appearance, hence expected to provide even higher quality service to advance our guests’ cruising experience.

In the end, putting the ship in a dry dock is not just our annual job, but more about our passion and promise to deliver superlative safety, well-equipped facilities and perfect service to customers.

The most amusing part of the story is: WE STILL CRUISE! With the team of 4, Bhaya Classic fleet is always in service during May and September. Enjoy the cruise, while waiting for our brand new image!

Life Of A Hanoi Expat: Weekend Getaway From The City

Living as a Hanoi expat, many feel lucky that they have found a home in this small tranquil city. However, no city can stand out of the lively working circle. No matter how much you love Hanoi, sometimes the urge to escape its daily busy routine hunts you down, when you eventually found yourself planning for a real “escape”. Well, not because you hate the city, but because the packed schedule tires you out during weekdays.

We, the team of some Hanoian and expats, have some evil suggestions for a weekend getaway from your favorite city – Hanoi.

1. Halong Bay 2-day-1-night cruise trip

Where would you hide after escaping from those noisy and annoying streets? Sea – emerald water below, sunlight above, snugging in a comfortable adirondack chair – you will want to immerse yourself in the peaceful sea. The North of Vietnam might not have some best beaches like the South but the region has a precious gift: the UNESCO World Heritage of Halong Bay that has been world famous for its natural beauty.

Bhaya-Classic-VII-2015-Overview (8)Although 3-day-2-night trip on a giant luxury cruise has been trendy recently, 2-day-1-night escape would be the best option for a weekend getaway. Choose a small boutique boat of 5-7 cabins if you love a cozy and private trip. After all, you’ve already got too much buzz, isn’t it the best to go for the small-cruise concept for more quietness? The new Premium Balcony Cabin has totally nailed it with a private balcony in every room, which gives you your own little space to just chill under the clear sky and sunlight, or read in the sweet sound of your cruise surfing on the water.

Bhaya-Classic-VII-2015-Deluxe-Twin-Cabin (1)However, if you’re more of an outgoing and sociable type, try some bigger cruise with a good crowd to network and be accompanied all the time. A cruise of 20 cabins with around 40 passengers creates and amazing community to blend in. Have some drinks in the bar, sit down for a chit chat with people from all over the world while enjoying the sea breeze on sundeck. Call it a day!

Bhaya-Classic-Relax-on-sundeck2. Road trip to Moc Chau

Have you ever dreamed of a heaven where lies a giant carpet of flowers and greenery? Well, that’s not a dream but the true heaven literally exist in Moc Chau. About 185km from Hanoi, the beautiful town is within the reach of a motorbike, which might take about 5-6 hours. In fact, there’s no better way to relish the scenery than doing a road trip to this famous highland. Feel free to make a short stop wherever you want since every single spot on the way is photography-worthy.

dong-cai-trang-moc-chauMoc Chau has different charm in different time of year, but all related to a certain seasonal flower. From January to March, during the loveliest season of spring, the town is lightened up with the pink blush of peach and plum blossom. Meanwhile, October is the peak season when every hills and fields are ethereally covered by blooming cauliflowers carpet. The fairy land attracts local photographers and backpackers as well as traveler-addicted expats from Hanoi. This scenery, I swear, is something you should revel in at least once in your entire life.

3. Day tour to Duong Lam Village

Duong-Lam-Ancient-VillageDuring your 2 precious days of weekend, you want not only an escape out of Hanoi, but somehow also wish to spend some time to rest at home. Prepare yourself for a day tour to some famous neighbor around Hanoi. One of the most favorite by local and expats is the ancient Duong Lam Village. Located just 40km outside of the downtown, Duong Lam Village is the hidden gem outskirt of Hanoi. A trip to Duong Lam Village is a special journey back to Vietnam traditional culture and architect. The typical ancient agriculture village of the Northern Red River is well preserved through the history. Hundred-year-old houses that were made of red brick are still standing strong, enough to cover a multi-generation family under its roof. The 8-hour-escape might be a splendid experience for you to go deeper into the rich culture of Vietnam

Bhaya Classic Introduces new Premium Balcony Cabin option

Bhaya Classic is proud to introduce the exclusive Premium Balcony Cabin in 3 newly launched boats in April 2015. This exciting new option gives travellers a comfortable and private cruising experience in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay.

Bhaya Classic Premium OverviewWith a total of 20 square meters, the Premium Balcony Cabin boasts a wide, open space with room for 3 guests improving on the previous standard of 2 guests. All cabins also feature a private balcony overlooking the breathtaking scenery of Halong Bay. The spacious cabins, elegantly designed with luxury interiors, also offer connecting rooms for families.

Bhaya Classic Deluxe Twin cabin with BalconyGoing against the trend of building bigger boats, our new line of luxury cruises are made with intimacy in mind. Our new line creates a cozy atmosphere with a maximum of 15 passengers split between 5-7 cabins per vessel. Besides being cozier and quieter, the smaller size creates a personalized touch when exploring the emerald waters of Halong Bay. The exclusive Premium Balcony Cabins are available for booking from 1st April 2015.

Already well known for the most extensive cruise fleet in Halong Bay, Bhaya Classic Cruises strives to create unique experiences to travellers from all over the world. The new additions to the fleet bring a new level of luxury and intimacy when taking in the awe-inspiring scenery of Halong Bay.

Premium Balcony Cabins from Bhaya Classic Premium Lines are ready for booking a Halong Bay trip from 1st April 2015.

Bhaya Classic Premium sundeck


The different charm of Halong Bay in winter and summer

While Halong Bay is often known by its sunny and sparkling image of a summer destination, the scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage Site in winter contains a totally different charm that stole the heart of many tourists around the world. This is the reason why Halong Bay attracts tourists year-round, no matter what season and weather it is.

Halong Bay in summerWhen researching to plan a Halong Bay trip, it is common that you are advised to travel in warm season to relish the scenery to the fullest. Halong Bay sparkles in the summer, with an intimate view of lush greenery and an ethereal yet unique charm created by nature. The destination will bring you such a typical summer vacation: sunshine, sea, sandy beach, cocktail on sundeck, tanning under the sun. But Halong Bay wouldn’t allow you to be that lazy. It’s summer time, it’s time for sport! Go out of the cruise for a kayak tour on water, or prepare yourself to be an explorer for a biking in Cat Ba Island. While enjoying the scene, sunbathing on a cruise’s sundeck and swimming in the water is something you will not want to miss. The World Heritage presents its most stunning view to you, which provides such a sweet escape from the winter on the other side of the Earth at the same time.

Sometimes it rains in the summer, but don’t worry because it usually doesn’t last long. After 15 minutes, weather will give you back the sun and the fun.

Bhaya Classic Cruises in Halong BayMeanwhile, other travelers who are seeking a more unique experience in Vietnam might find it interesting to visit the Bay in winter. Most of the time, the extreme heat and humidity of Vietnam North in the summer tire out Western tourists on their visit to Halong Bay as they are often exposed to the sun and do a lot of physical activities. Winter may provide a totally different experience as the chilling weather keep you away from sweat and sticky clothes. Most Western tourists find it more comfortable traveling in winter.

Worry about the gloomy sea may let you down? You will have to change your mind when floating on a lightly foggy sea among enormous limestone and karsts, which gives off a fairytale-like feeling. Halong Bay turns into a mystical princess once the winter comes. “It feels like being lost in the enormousness of nature, which put you in another world separated from your daily life. Such a breath-taking experience!” – said one tourist, who just finished his cocktail on the cruise’s sundeck.

Even in winter, never leave Halong without immersing yourself on a luxury cruises. The legendary sunset and sunrise of the bay is covered in a mystery background that proves why it ranks among the top destination in Asia. Usually, the Bay is less crowded in this season. You will have the nature for yourself (well, other tourists on your cruise as well), revel in it, and live it to the fullest.

Bhaya Classic Cruises sundeck in Halong BayIf you’re visiting Halong in winter, don’t ever miss some trademark activity of the area like kayaking and biking in Cat Ba Island. Remember to bring some extra warm clothes as the weather outside will get chill and moisture cream to fight against the dryness. Kayaking in Halong Bay is safe in general, but you should still take double cautious in foggy weather and ensure to have all the safety equipment with you.

Another pleasure you may only find in winter is to enjoy a cup of hot coffee or tea on the cruise’s sundeck. Let the flow warm you up inside in a relaxing afternoon after a long day of exciting activities on water.

If you are planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Halong Bay in winter after reading this entry, I’m glad you have made the right decision. There are 2 months left until the summer heat visits the water of Halong Bay. Don’t waste your time!

3 dressing tips for a Halong Bay trip in winter

As a year-round tourist attraction, Halong Bay is favorited by international tourists in almost every time period of the year. Some prefer to travel in chilling season as the Bay is less crowded and present a unique beauty different from summer.

Although being a tropical country, Northern Vietnam surprisingly has 4 seasons a year, in which winter may get extremely cold. Mountainous city like Sapa might saw snow and freeze in a couple of weeks. If you plan to travel to Halong Bay from December to March, be prepared to dip in the cold weather and pack your clothes smartly to have a comfortable and warm trip in the bay.

Packing light for a Halong Bay trip in winter1. Must-bring to Halong Bay

For footwear, you will need at least 1 pair of sneakers and 1 pair of flip flops. Sneakers are the best accompany when it comes to sport activities like kayaking in Vung Vieng area, biking in Cat Ba Island, or visiting caves. Meanwhile, the flip flops keep you comfortable in daily routine on the cruise. You wouldn’t want to put on sneakers every time when you’re relaxing on the cruise sundeck or a beach, or just go around for meals and drink in the corridor.

Although the weather can be a little chill, it is common that a tropical winter can’t be compared with those in temperate countries. Many Western tourists still find it possible to dip into the emerald water of Halong Bay in cold weather. Bring your swimsuit! That’s a must! You will regret not swimming in one of the most beautiful bay in the world.

2. Packing light for the winter

A trip to Halong Bay usually lasts only for 2 or 3 days, therefore, even when you have to dress warmer for the winter, don’t over pack! Bring some basic items that can be used for various purposes is the secret for packing light in winter.

You will need a lightweight jacket that is often easy to match with other clothes. The jacket does not only keep you warm, but also keep you dry when it rains and humid, which is a common in Vietnam winter. A nice sweater will also be needed, especially at night when the atmosphere gets chiller, especially outdoor. Don’t skip evening activities because you’re not dressed warm enough. When will you get the opportunity to go squid fishing or relaxing on cruise sundeck again? On top of that, a scarf would be strongly recommend since it’s multi-functional, it either keeps you away from cold or be a cute accessory to your outfit.

Vietnamese winter is humid when it rains, but most of the time the weather is dry. Bring a mini pack of moisture cream and body lotion to prevent dry skin. And don’t forget to drink water often to keep yourself away from being dehydrated.

Sun set on Bhaya Cruise in Halong Bay3. Don’t forget your long-term trip

Most of the time, travelers stop off in Halong Bay for only 2-3 days during their long trip in Vietnam or even around South East Asia. Be aware that most areas in this region are still in sunny weather. Don’t focus too much on packing for winter as you may regret bringing a lot of unnecessary stuffs while dragging your suitcase along through the countries. Pack some summer clothes too, and bring just enough to have a fashionable and light trip regardless of weather.

I would recommend a couple of basic T-shirts that go well with almost everything, some shorts, sweat pants for comfortable travelling would be a smart choice for a long trip through different regions. Yet don’t forget to style yourself with some fancy accessories such as sunglasses, bracelets, colorful scarf,… just to have a brand new look every day. Take just enough bulk of clothes because you wouldn’t want to drag an oversized suitcase along every time.