Bhaya Cruises and Halong Bay on London Evening Standard

Geordie Greig, the editor of the London Evening Standard, Europe’s largest circulation evening newspaper, visited Vietnam and Cambodia in November 2011. There, he found “luxury, rich history and vibrant cultule”. He was also impressed by the natural beauty of Halong Bay, UNESCO heritage site as well as the charm and luxury of Bhaya Cruises. Below is what he wrote about Bhaya Cruises:

“The Bhaya, an elegant junk with 20 cabins, is sailing in Halong Bay, 100 miles east of Hanoi. It begs for Agatha Christie to set Monsieur Poirot a mystery on board. It is light, airy and comfortable but full of potential for a whodunit: a very respectable couple from Shropshire sit next to a young gay couple from Germany, while a boisterous Australian family order drinks. Some try squid-fishing from the lower deck after a fresh crab dinner served on crisp white tablecloths.

Canoes are available in the afternoon for the more adventurous, and a spa is discreetly set up by white-uniformed staff for those who want to do nothing. This is a quirky sea venture: Bing Crosby songs alternate with Russian-Scottish music at the bar; cocktails are only a couple of dollars or so a shot. Vietnam at every stage is delightful and inexpensive.”

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Bhaya Cruises is the Silver Sponsor for YouPlanet Hanoi Launch Event is a social media online-network enterprise designed for travelers and businesses in tourism-related industry. Their online functions serve to members and partners all over the world and now they are ready to take a part in Vietnam’s booming social network. The launch event of YouPlanet in Hanoi is going to take place at The Match Box Restaurant & Café on 31 Aug 2011.

Youplanet Vietnam and Co-organisers have decided to support an NGO organisation-Vietnam Relief Services (VRS) with projects on local scale to build & improve communities in Vietnam. Their aim is to raise funds and awareness during the Youplanet Launch.

The Launch Program will have 3 main parts: Business Lunch Network, Travelers’ Network and Chambers’ Network. Then, on the second day of 1 Sep 2011, there will be an After-Party DJ Show.

On this ocassion, Bhaya Cruises is proud to be the Silver Sponsor for the YouPlanet Hanoi Launch Ceremony. We hope to build the cooperation between both sides in the future to develop the social media online network in Vietnam tourism industry. You will find Bhaya Cruises on the official website of


A Legend Awakes… The Au Co Sets New Standards

It all began as a Legend. Back in time, in a land where the mountains meet the sea, a beautiful, young fairy Au Co, falls in love with Long Quan, the Dragon Lord of the Sea. Their children, better known as the Hung Kings, became the early leaders of ancient Vietnam.

The Au Co boat

In March 2012, Ha Long Bay’s premier cruise provider ‘Bhaya Cruises’ will be launching two unique, new vessels dedicated to the ‘Mother of Vietnamese Civilization’, which will soon become legends themselves. The Au Co is the first and only luxury operator to offer 3days 2nights cruise in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Edgar Cayanan, Cruise Operation Manager: “The Au Co plans to set new standards in terms of luxury. It will present a journey guaranteeing its guests an experience of a lifetime. The Au Co’s daily trip will not only lead through the natural wonders of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Halong Bay, it will also discover the Bays of Lan Ha and Bai Tu Long. Cat Ba Island and its renowned National Park will also be revealed.”

The vessels combine state of the art safety standards and innovative Oriental Design, providing luxury and dedication in every detail. Each ship has 32 spacious cabins of minimum 20 square meters each. It also boasts private balconies and well-equipped bathrooms. The numerous activities en route, the culinary experiences and the atmosphere will please both the active traveler and those just seeking pure relaxation. Whether you enjoy the stunning scenery, a wellness treatment or a glass of wine from the Chef’s exclusive selection, the trip promises to be an unforgettable one.

Tran Thanh Nam, CEO of the group: “The Au Co strives to provide minimum impact on the local environment and will operate under the concept of sustainable tourism. It’s the owners’ major goal and commitment to support local communities and conserve the beauty of the Gulf of Tonkin for future generations.”

The Au Co’s Launching Ceremony in Hanoi will take place on the 18th of August in Hanoi & the 23rd of August 2011 in Hochiminh City. Travel Agents, Tour Operators and the Press are welcome to meet the Au Co team at IFTM Top Resa in France (20-23 Sep, 2011), ITB Asia in Singapore (19 – 21 Oct, 2011) and WTM in UK (07-10 Nov, 2011).