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.

Bhaya Cruises to set sail to ITB Berlin 2015

Bhaya Cruises plans to set sail to ITB Berlin 2015, the world’s leading travel trade show, to promote Vietnamese culture, tourism and excellent cruise service in Halong Bay to travelers around the world.

ITB Berlin Trade Show 2015 Bhaya CruisesSetting date from 4th – 8th March 2015, ITB Berlin trade show provides the opportunity for decision-makers, experts, buyers and young professionals from every area of the touristic value-added chain to meet and get information about the world’s latest trend and expand their business. Every year, more than 50,000 travelers around the world also participate in the event to get the taste of culture diversity in just a few hours.

Participating in ITB Berlin 2015, Bhaya Cruises presents one of the most famous tourist attractions in Vietnam – the UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Halong Bay, which is known for its 1,600 limestone karsts and islets rising out of the waters of the bay and the numerous caves and grottos spread throughout the area. This event will also allow us to share our knowledge and expertise in the hospitality business with individuals and professionals worldwide, aiming to improve Bhaya Cruises´ and others’ quality standards.

The Au Co Cruises in Halong BayBhaya Cruises, the leading cruise operator in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site – Halong Bay, Vietnam, has established new standards for luxury cruising in the country when its first vessel came into service in summer 2007. The vessels of its fleet have achieved tremendous success by adding luxury and charm to the mystery of Halong Bay for up-scale travelers worldwide. In March 2012, Bhaya Cruises launched The Au Co, two unique, brand new vessels dedicated to the ‘Mother of Vietnamese Civilization’, which significantly become legends themselves. The Au Co is the first luxury cruise operator to offer 3-day 2-night cruises through Halong Bay and into the Gulf of Tonkin. Now with a fleet of 17 vessels, including 3 brands: Bhaya Classic, Legend Halong and The Au Co, Bhaya Cruises has successfully deliver a unique travel experience to explore not only the nature beauty but also the diverse culture of Vietnam.

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.

Bhaya’s Newsletter August 2011

Bhaya's Newsletter for August 2011NEW SAFETY POLICY FOR CRUISE OPERATORS IN HALONG BAY

Since June 2011, the Halong Authority has tightened control over all its operating tourist junks and vessels. New, stricter regulations regarding Safety Equipment have been issued. All boats are now required to have Global and Fire-fighting Systems, GPS and are expected to have sophisticated accident prevention measures in place.

Bhaya Cruises is proud to be among first operators that’s met these exacting standards. Being the largest operator in the bay for the luxury segment, all Bhaya vessels operate under strict professional and daily technical and maintenance-schedules. Each schedule includes regular monthly and bi-annual routine maintenance and annual dry-docking to ensure that the standards of seaworthiness and accommodation are met. All vessels are equipped with safety facilities in strict compliance with governmental regulations.

The vessels are managed by experienced captains and professional crew team. The staff has acquired training certificates accredited by the relevant Vietnamese Government Authority. All our efforts have secured us approval and we’ve been granted a permanent registration certificate to operate in Halong Bay.

For further information about our Safety Policies on board, please click here.

TUAN CHAU ISLAND BEACH, NEW VENUE FOR LARGE MICE AND INCENTIVE GROUPS

As the largest MICE operator in Halong Bay, Bhaya Cruises is a pioneer in creating, handling and promoting MICE in Halong Bay. Most frequent venues for MICE group in Halong Bay are Ho Dong Tien grotto, Hang Trong grotto & Titov beach. Bhaya Cruises is among few operators which can organize exclusive events in Hang Thay grotto, Sung Sot grotto & floating platform.

The Tramplin Club chose Bhaya Cruises to organize the recreational retreat for their top executives. We welcomed 250 distinguished guests and treated them to an exotic, open-air BBQ party with Tuan Chau Island beach as a backdrop. Top DJs and bands provided the musical entertainment. The guests savored both Western and Vietnamese cuisine. We are happy to report that the Tramplin executives treasured every moment.

To view pictures and set up of the event, please click here.

ANNUAL MAINTENANCE FOR THE BHAYA CLASSIC III

Bhaya Classic III will dock for intensive renovation and maintenance from now until 30 September 2011 in the Vinashin Halong Shipyard. This is part of our commitment to the safety of our passengers. The entire vessel will be under inspection and no expense will be spared to ensure your safety. Our technicians will upgrade equipment where necessary. This is in compliance with the standard safety and environmental regulations. Furthermore, all our facilities have been upgraded to guarantee your comfort.

BHAYA CRUISES GOES FIVE STAR

In March 2012, Bhaya Cruises will be launching two unique new vessels, The Au Co, the first and only luxury operator to offer an exclusive 3 day 2 night cruise in the Gulf of Tonkin, visiting Cat Ba Island and the bays of Halong, Lan Ha and Bai Tu Long. The Au Co sets new standards in terms of luxury guaranteeing its guests an experience of a lifetime.”

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Celebrity Chef’s Explore Vietnam’s Culinary Treasures

The world renowned celebrity Chefs Martin Yan, Khai Duong and Lawrence Chu took their exploration of Vietnam’s culinary treasures aboard a Bhaya Cruises vessel to discover the local Ha Long Bay cuisine.

Embarked on an overnight cruise aboard the vessel Bhaya Classic, the three illustrious Chefs prepared some special dishes against the backdrop of Ha Long Bay’s breathtaking scenery, and much to the delight of their fellow guests.

The talented trio enjoyed the scenic Ha Long Bay seascapes and outstanding onboard services while also making an excursion by bamboo raft to a floating fishing village in search of the treasures of local Vietnamese recipes. Even master chefs must listen and learn, and indulge in a little hands-on instruction from the locals, if they wish to unlock the secrets local cuisines. The master chef’s visit proved a valuable opportunity for all participants to share and experience the diversity of their cultural and culinary traditions. “I had a terrific time and was very impressed with my Bhaya Cruise. Your knowledge of the culture, the places you introduced us to, with so many interesting activities. And people, all willing to share their passion, whether it was the tour on the Bay, or the caves, or on board, the food, the services, and you have a talented young Chef on board”, declared Chef Martin Yan.

A first Bhaya cruise for Chef Martin Yan and the second for Chef Lawrence Chu, this was also Chef Khai Duong’s second tour of Ha Long Bay with Bhaya Cruises. Part of his Culinary Exploration Tours, the presence of these world famous Chefs on the Bhaya Cruises tour is sure to showcase the charm of Vietnamese nature, people and cuisine to the world.

Chef Martin Yan is the celebrated host of the internationally acclaimed, multi-award wining television series “Yan Can Cook” and a highly respected food consultant. In 2009, his show was voted the 4th greatest cooking show of all time by slashfood.com.

Chef Khai Duong, a Vietnamese American, is a graduate in Classical French Cuisine and Patisserie from both Le Cordon Bleu Academie Culinaire De Paris and the Ecole Lenotre Francaise Gastronomique. He is the owner of San Francesco’s famed Ana Mandara Restaurant.

Chef Lawrence Chu is known worldwide for his innovative, tempting cuisine and as the charismatic owner of his own “Chef Chu’s” restaurant in Los Altos, California.

Bhaya Cruises to launch Bhaya Classic 4 on 01 May 2011

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our newest vessel, Bhaya Classic 4, on 01 May 2011.

Bhaya Classic 4 combines classic oriental style with contemporary luxury. The vessel provides guests with cruises of distinction. Bhaya Classic 4 has 16 luxurious cabins accommodating over 30 guests and features a restaurant for gourmet dining, open-air massage and spa area and a spacious, partly-covered sundeck bar for relaxing and socializing.

With the fourth Bhaya Classic vessel entering service with our fleet, Bhaya Cruises will have a total of 80 Cabins and Suites, proudly making us the largest premium cruise operator in Ha Long Bay. The increased number of cabins guarantees greater availability for your features, your series, your allotment and MICE charters.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you onboard the newest vessel in our fleet.

Team Retreat Cruise

A cruise on Halong Bay provides for an extraordinary teambuilding experience. In collaboration with Goodwill, a leading teambuilding solution provider in Vietnam, Bhaya Cruises now offers corporate team retreat cruises on Halong Bay. Participants undertake a number of teambuilding activities to promote bonding, team spirit and cooperation while enjoying the Halong Bay cruise experience aboard a Bhaya Classic vessel.

Activities are facilitated by the Goodwill team using tactExchange teambuilding solutions, developed by Maximize in Singapore, which have been taken up by leading corporations in over 20 countries worldwide.

American Airlines Managers Meet Aboard Bhaya Classic

Halong Bay, Vietnam – American Airlines recently held a successful two day annual meeting of Asia region managers aboard Bhaya Classic.

15 American Airlines regional managers from across the Asia Pacific gathered on board Bhaya Classic for their annual business discussions. “It was truly a wonderful experience having our first ASP meeting in Vietnam” said Ms. Elizabeth Junginger, American Airlines’ Regional Director Asia/South Pacific. “The Bhaya boat was such a refreshing venue. To be able to assemble our team in such a quiet, private setting (away from the conference rooms in Hong Kong!) was a terrific idea. Having the backdrop to our business plans and issues be those magical limestone wonders helped take the bite out of the meetings”.

The managers also took part in a number of team building activities such as Octopus, the Great Ly Dynasty Escape and Trust Your Buddy. The Bhaya Cruises organized and facilitated these outdoor activities aimed at improving creative thinking and cooperation between participants and maximizing team strengths.