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.

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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.

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.

Sweet surprise for Valentine’s Day in Vietnam

It’s around this time of the year again, Valentine’s Day, when lovers are planning to spend a romantic time together. For travel lovers, if you happen to be in Vietnam in February, there will be plenty of choices to enjoy your special day together in this beautiful tropical country.

1.  Romantic date in the sunset of Halong Bay

A luxury cruise has never been a bad idea for a sweet treat on Valentine’s Day. Imagining a dinner in the sunset of the sea, with your table set up on the cruise’s sundeck, that would be a perfect picture one could ever think of when it comes to romance.

Romantic dinner for couple for 2 in Bhaya CruisesHalong Bay is world-famous for its unique and ethereal beauty of more than 1600 limestone and karsts, peaceful sea water and various activities across the bay. Originally the most attractive destination in Vietnam, Halong Bay has recently gained more attention for its friendly and sustainable image. When coming to this World Heritage Site, cruising in one of those luxury cruises overnight has been a favorite, if not a must for travelers around the world. In fact, there’s no better way to discover the destination than a cruise.

Flower-for-couples-bhaya-cruises-deluxe-roomLuckily, Valentine’s Day falls in Vietnam’s spring with the loveliest weather of the year, when the verdurous greenery and warm temperature is a splendid gift of nature. Halong Bay has been the most romantic choice for couples. To add more sweet to the experience, Bhaya Classic Cruises is offering some romantic treatment if you book and travel from now to February 28th: relaxing with the cruise’s 1 hour of body massage for free, then enjoying 1 complimentary bottle of wine while dining in a special candle light dinner in your Royal Suite cabin. Book now!

2.  Bathing the spring sunrise on a beach date

Beach date in Nha TrangEnjoying a romantic date in the daylight would be an exciting experience on your Valentine’s Day. Gifted with the coast line of 3200km, Vietnam owns some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, which is full of warm sunlight all-year-round. To name a few: Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and Mui Ne are definitely in the top list when you think of a beach date on Valentine’s Day.

The infamous world of white sand and emerald water has named Nha Trang in the top 10 beaches in the world. The first thing one should do when arriving in Nha Trang is heading straight to the beach. This beautiful beach can accompany you all day long by its different charms during the day. Sunbathing or just enjoying a walk together, feel your feet dipping the soft white sand and the breath of love through ocean wind. Water-based activities are also a different appeal of Nha Trang that you have to try to really experience the destination fully.

If you wish to spend you special day in the North, Halong Bay can still be an incredible choice. With some reticent hidden beaches surrounded by limestone off the shore, a date beach in Halong Bay gives you a peaceful and quiet time together.

3.  Dating in the city of love

Located in the Central Highlands of Lam Dong City, Da Lat has always been famous for its charming, romantic landscapes and bizarre architecture, which deserves the title “The city of Love”. Therefore, this small city is always first choice for couples on Valentine’s Day.

Da Lat flower park valentineWhat makes Da Lat a naturally romantic city itself? The fact that Da Lat is the biggest flower meadow in Vietnam makes it a flower heaven in every corners of the city. Ladies love flowers, no matter how they always grumble about how much you paid for them. Just take them to the flower world and your lady would consider you as the most romantic guy in the world.

This tiny city is full of places with interesting names, enough to prove its romantic title. Love Valley, Dreamlike Hill, Lake of Signs are favorite attractions by young couples on their dates.

Squid fishing on Halong Bay

Squid fishing is one of the most interesting outdoor activities for travelers once they decide to go cruising to enjoy the magnificent seascape and dreamlike coves of Halong Bay. The feeling of dropping net like local fishermen in Halong Bay triggers many travelers’ curiosity and becomes one of many highlights which draw attention of people worldwide.Squid Fishing on Halong Bay Bhaya CruiseThe beginning of the squid season is around April and tends to finish around January. Early on, the squid are often smaller but as the season goes on, the more the squids feed themselves, the bigger they get. The highest peak of the squid fishing season usually starts from August to December and if you have desire to catch squid with the biggest size throughout the year, you’d better wait until October and November.

There is a tendency that you will find most of your squids around rocks and seaweeds. Gangways are often very good for squid, and you will often be able to tell if squid have been caught recently, as you may well see squid-ink stains on the decking. Remember, night time tends to be more productive.

Squid Fishing on Bhaya Cruise Halong BayTravelers are always provided with gear, fishing rods and racquets so that they can actively use them to catch squids. Normally, during the squid season, it would be common to see large squids hovering around the cruises and each person may catch an average of 20 squids for each squid fishing night. The squids caught will be used to make dishes for cruisers.

Moreover, squid fishing is also a very interesting night time activity because it is time for you to gaze the sparkling Halong Bay sea water surface. At the end of the day, eating boiled squid fish, feeling ink line breaking in the mouth, drinking wine and singing karaoke are the best way to mark an unforgettable night in the UNESCO World Heritage – Halong Bay, Vietnam.

Fly from Hanoi to Halong & enjoy Halong Bay from above

From September, tourists no longer need to spend 4 hours on a bumpy bus ride to see the magnificent and well-known Halong Bay. With the seaplane flight route Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi launched, tourists can enjoy 30 minutes of relaxation and amazing aerial view of the islands and islets dotted the emerald water of Halong Bay Vietnam.

Being one of Vietnam’s most recognizable landscapes, tourists will surely enjoy the overview of this whole bay from a Cessna Grand Caravan seaplane. The below footage shows a birds-eye-view of the hundreds of islands that dot the bay, a Unesco World Heritage site, and was shot by Telegraph Travel on the first flight yesterday.

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“From the air we could see parts of the bay not visible from the cruise boats,” said Claire Boobbyer, who made the film. “Sculpted valleys, hidden lakes and deep craters, all carpeted in an iridescent green which looked beautiful in the late afternoon sun.”

Bhaya Classic Cruises are delighted to announce the launching of our brand-new package for Halong Bay cruise and premium seaplane transport from Hanoi. This exciting Halong cruise package combining Bhaya Classic Cruise (2 day 1 night itinerary) with transportation by premium seaplane (Hai Au Aviation) will show you the best of the world heritage Halong Bay.

Travelling By Helicopter – A Fastest Journey From Hanoi To Halong Bay

If you have at least once travelled from Hanoi to QuangNinh province where places the famous Halong Bay, then you may know how long the trip is (about 4 hours travelling by shuttle bus) and it is not abnormal if someonelost their patience for the time being waste on the way. But now, good news comes to all of us, there is a new luxury transportation way between Hanoi and Halong Bay – by helicopter transfer.1

Upon booking this helicopter service from Cruises Company, you will be picked up by a private luxury car at your hotel in Hanoi, and then escorted to Gia Lam Heliport in the heart of the city. Only 45 minutes needed for a flight from the Capital to Halong Bay, along which you have chance to seize breathtaking vistas of the natural beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The return part is carried out with the same timings and routings from heliport in Halong to Gia Lam heliport, and then to your hotel. Don’t worry if you travel lonely, in couple or in group, because depending on your budget, helicopter could be large enough to accommodate from 1 to 12 persons. The more persons on a flight, the cheaper a flight ticket is. The normal cost for charter a helicopter is around US$16,000 per round trip.2

Though the cost of helicopter is quite high, the benefit and experience when travelling by such a luxury means of transport are undoubtedly fantastic. Even if you can’t afford a helicopter travel, you can still see here beautiful pictures of the view above. Not only is this new service an exceptional chance for the discerning traveler to enjoy imposing natural landscape of Halong Bay in a perfect way, but it will also help you to avoid a long hourspending on road. Thanks to that, you could savor every second of your vacation and not worry about losing time in transportation.

Author: Bhaya Cruises – Halong Bay