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.

Bhaya Cruises, Halong Bay Announces “Free for Children” Special Summer Promotion

From June to September 2014, Bhaya Cruises is excited to run a very special summer promotion which extends families the opportunity to travel in style with its’ new “Children Travel for Free”.

Bhaya Classic Halong Bay Cruise

This opportunity can be applied on all products within the Bhaya Cruises group–The Legend, The Au Co, and The Classic. For each cabin booked by parents, one cabin is then given for their children. Condition do apply; for inbound market only and a maximum of 2 children under the age of 12 travelling with 2 adults.

In 2007, the Bhaya Classic was known as a revolution for her time, with an innovative design and unique concept never before seen in Halong Bay (www.bhayacruises.com). Anticipating new needs for travellers, the group decided to launch 2 new products, first in 2009 and again in 2012; the Legend (www.legendhalong.com), a fleet of 8 small private charters, and the latter, The Au Co (www.aucocruises.com), the first and only ship to cruise continuously for 2 nights in the whole Gulf of Tonkin.

Bhaya Cruises group is the largest luxury cruise operator in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, with 14 ships,more than 300 staff, and a total of 180 cabins for overnight guests. We are known as the largest cruise operator in Ha Long Bay as we operate 180 cabins and accommodate up to 5,000 passengers each month. We have also received multiple Certificates of Excellence – Trip Advisor from 2010 to 2014” Armand Cheveux, Business Development Manager of Bhaya Cruises.

For more information and reservations, please contact:

Armand CHEVEUX (Mr.)
Business Development Manager
Add: 47 Phan Chu Trinh Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: +84-4-39446777 | Fax: +84-4-39446776
Email: ito@bhayacruises.com

Top Beaches in Vietnam

With its booming travel and tourism industry plus the good weather conditions, Vietnam is becoming the top destination for a lot of travelers from all over the world. Being blessed with beautiful landscapes and wonderful beaches, make sure that your trip to this amazing country will involve a lot of beach activities. We’ve listed below the top beach destinations in the land of motorbikes.

Nha Trang

Nha Trang Viet Nam

Nha Trang Viet Nam

Situated near the Southern Central Coast of Vietnam, Nha Trang is probably the most popular & most visited beach in the country. Everyone that has been to Vietnam has surely been to this heavenly place as well. From big five star resorts to high end beach bars, shopping malls and fast food restaurants, you will never run out of options when you get to visit here.

Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc Viet Nam

Phu Quoc Viet Nam

Same size as Singapore, Phu Quoc Island is located in the southern oceans of Vietnam and Cambodia. Aside from being a famous beach destination, Phu Quoc is also known for its dark history during the French Intervention of the country.

Cu Lao Cham

Cu Lao Cham in Hoi An

Cu Lao Cham in Hoi An

Cu Lao Cham is a group of islets located just east of Cua Dai Beach in Hoi An mainland. For the past few years, these islets have created a big noise in Vietnam’s tourism mainly because of its perfect location and diving spots. Many expats and tourists alike come here and spend the night with the locals of both Bai Huong and Bai Lang Villages.

Minh Chau

Minh Chau in Halong Bay

Minh Chau in Halong Bay

Your travel to Ha Long Bay is not complete if you don’t go to one of the area’s best beaches. Just 15km from Quan Lan Beach, the famous Minh Chau Beach is a perfect place for you and your friends/family to get away from the heaps of crowds in the main areas of Ha Long Bay. Some Ha Long Bay cruises and Ha Long Bay tours are available to help you get here by local boats or private transfers.

Mui Ne

Mui Ne in Phan Thiet

Mui Ne in Phan Thiet

One of the biggest players in Vietnam’s beach destination industry, Mui Ne has surely made its name and reputation with all kinds of tourists from around the globe. Aside from having good waves for some Kite surfing, Mui Ne is also famous for having both of the Red Sand Dunes & White Sand Dunes.

A trip to The Floating Villages of Halong Bay

Ha Long Bay is one of Vietnam’s most prized destinations in the country. Since 1994, it has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and has been voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature just last November 11, 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland.

This popular tourist destination is also home of the ancient Vietnamese people living above the water on floating houses. These people have been here for hundreds of years and have been surviving mainly from fishing and aquaculture.

Experiencing bamboo boat to discover local floating village

Experiencing bamboo boat to discover local floating village

There are four major floating villages in the area: Cua Van, Ba Hang, Cong Tau, and Vong Vieng in Hung Thang Commune, Ha Long City. Cua Van is the largest among the four villages, with about 185 households in total. On the other hand, Vong Vieng is the less crowded and less touristy one.

Both villages can be visited by tourists by joining any major Ha Long Bay Cruises in the area. Each cruise will give its guests some opportunities to visit these villages either by rowing boats or by kayaking. Tourists who are visiting the villages will have a bigger picture of how the people live and survive in such small and secluded communities. Some may even have a chance to participate in village events and celebrations depending on the season.

Paying a visit to the floating fishing villages is definitely one of the Ha Long Bay Tours that everybody should do once they get the opportunity. It will help not only the villagers who live in the area, but also the preservation and protection of Ha Long Bay and its surroundings.

See more information about Halong Cruises at: www.bhayacruises.com

Top 4 Halong Bay activities

Activity is an important part of any trip and with the Halong cruises how to do activities in the most unforgettable way. Here are outstanding activities in Halong Bay:

  1. Kayaking
Kayaking in Halong Bay

Kayaking in Halong Bay

This is one of the easiest ways to explore the magnificent caves, hidden lagoon, through the giant limestone rocks. You will have great chance to get away from the crowds, admire the fresh and interesting perspective on the delightful scenery surrounding and hone your kayaking skills in a unique location.

  1. Swimming
Halong Bay swimming

Halong Bay swimming

Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay that have many clean, pristine and white sandy beaches are wonderful places for swimming and sunbathing. It would be even much more enjoyable if you have a chance to swim far away from the beach, maybe diving from a cruise, because water is much more transparent.

  1. Biking on Cat Ba Island
Biking on Cat Ba island

Biking on Cat Ba island

Experience a different way to see Halong bay with biking tour, you can enjoy the fabulous scenery of Halong Bay and explore the beauty of Cat Ba National Park. You also have a chance to meet local fisherman in Viet Hai village to learn more about their daily life.

  1.  Squid fishing
Halong Bay Squid Fishing

Halong Bay Squid Fishing

Beside daytime activities, squid fishing at night is great chance for visitors want to experience the feeling being a fisherman and learn more about their life. The local will guide you how to fish a squid accordingly and your achievements will be used to make dishes for you. You also have opportunity to admire Halong Bay at night.

 

7 Days in Hanoi

Traveling around Vietnam is probably one of the most awesome things a person could do in his or her lifetime. As the tourism industry in this country has improved so much in the last couple of decades, cities like Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City usually are the main destination stops for travelers. These cities serve as the main portals for them to be able to explore the surrounding areas and see the wonders that this country has to offer.

Hanoi in general is a big and busy city with millions of motorbikes raging from one road to another day in and day out. With so many options of what to do and where to go, it is actually hard to decide which ones are the best to choose as a first time visitor. So for our reader’s benefits, below are some of the many things you could do for a week in Vietnam’s charming capital.

Day 1: Get lost in the Old Quater

Hanoi Old Quater

Hanoi Old Quater

Ha Noi is very well known for preserving not only the old streets of the main area, but also the culture and traditions of being a true Hanoian. Walking around the 36 streets of the old quarter while getting lost in the traffic and in translation will definitely enhance your social skills as a first timer in the city. This is a great way to get to know the real Ha Noi and to get familiarized with its rich history.

Day 2: Devour in unlimited Street food

Hanoi Street food

Hanoi Street food

Another amazing way to experience Ha Noi is to immerse yourself fully with the local culture by eating and socializing like the locals do. Street food in Ha Noi is generally safe but again do not try it if you’re in doubt. Top picks like “Pho Bo”, “Bun Cha”, and “Mien Luon” are just some of the best dishes that you will have to try out while you’re here.

Day 3: Explore the Outskirts

Nhat Tan flower village

Nhat Tan flower village

Since Ha Noi is an enormous city in terms of size and population, you will definitely not run out of things to do during the day. You may visit the Bat Trang pottery village located just a few kilometers across the Red River and make a stopover at the Long Bien Bridge before or after your visit. Continue and end your journey back to the main area and relax in café or restaurantoverlooking Tay Ho, the largest lake in Ha Noi.

Days 4-6: Discover Halong Bay Vietnam

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

A trip to Northern Vietnam will never be complete if you don’t get to see one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. What better way to spend your next three days and two nights doing Ha Long Bay cruises and Ha Long tours. Just three hours outside of Ha Noi, Ha Long Bay Vietnamexudes a different side of the country that is breathtaking and spectacular. It’s the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.

See more details at: www.bhayacruises.com

Day 7: Shop all you can

The perfect ending for your one week trip in Ha Noi; ranging from locally made products such as ceramics and silk cloths to branded electronics and clothesline, you will never run out of things to buy in Ha Noi. There are plenty of shopping places to go to like the Night Market in the Old Quarter and huge shopping malls located just around the city centre.

15 THINGS YOU SHOULD BRING ON A TOUR TO HALONG BAY

One of the best things about a Halong Bay cruise is that everything is included. In theory, there’s no need to bring anything. However, here are some things you may want to bring along with your luggage (and yes, you can take your luggage on a trip to Halong Bay).

Candy bars and water

The drive from Hanoi takes 4 hours, if you’re travelling with children, this is a must!

Cash Money

When visiting a floating fishing village, cash will be helpful to tip your driver. You might also want to buy some souvenirs.

Warm & Cold Clothes

Weather is unpredictable in Vietnam, andHalong Bay tours do not escape this paradigm.

Sunscreen, hat & swimming suit

But there’s a good chance you will actually need those 😉

Journal & notebook

If you have never tried to write and/or draw, Halong Bay junks usually provide a lot of inspiration, so it might be just the place to start.

Plug adaptor and convertor

You definitely don’t want to see NO BATTERY on your laptop/phone… and especially on your camera.

Camera and extra memory cards

There are so many wonderful and unusual things to shoot during Halong Bay cruises that you are most likely to shoot everything!

Small first aid kit

This should be in your luggage whenever youtravel, not just in Halong Bay.

Sport and formal outfit 

Sport outfit for the outdoor activities (trekking, biking, kayaking…) and a formal one for the evening.

Business cards

Because you never know who you are going to meet J

Toothbrush & toothpaste

You can help Bhaya Cruisesto reduce waste consumption in the bay by bringing your personal daily cleaning stuffs (but don’t worry, if you forget it, we have some for you).

Waterproof backpack

For very cautious/experienced travelers only.

Duct tape

Useful to mark your luggage, repair things, and very efficient as a lint remover!

Motion sickness tablets&/or mosquito’s bracelet (lotion)

These things are actually mandatory if you are likely to suffer from one these ailments.

Your sense of adventure

You won’t get to experience Halong tours many times in your life, so make the most of it!

To find out more about an incredible trip on a Halong Bay, visit www.bhayacruises.com

TRAVELING HALONG BAY WITH KIDS

Travel Halong Bay with kids

Travel Halong Bay with kids

Sharing a Halong Bay cruise with your family is a wonderful experience, even if it may not be easy all the time! Here are some tips that will help you to plan your family trip to Halong Bay:

Small babies’ stuffs

Food will be provided for your children, usually the same as yours. Some companies, such as BhayaCruises, have a special ‘kids menu’. For the tiniest ones, you should take some milk and everything you usually need (summer & winter clothes, snacks and medicine).

Safety onboard

Most accidents during Halong tours have occurred during tender transfer. For this reason you should select to depart from Tuan Chau port, where passengers embark directly onto the boat, as opposed to BaiChay port, where tender boats are used.

Also, you may want to forgo a cabin with a private balcony, but be sure to ask (in advance) for a boat with a big sundeck so your kids have some space to play outside, where you can keep an eye on them!

Outdoor Activities

Halong Bay cruises are full of fun activities: swimming, kayaking, biking, visiting floating fishing villages & caves and last but not least, exploring the islands! This is always an incredible experience for kids. If yours are quite active, choose Cat Ba Island as there are lots of opportunities to walk and cycle around.

You will probably want to select a Halong Bay cruise that actually anchors in BaiTu Long Bay, it is less crowded.

BHAYA CRUISES SPECIAL SUMMER OFFER – KIDS SAIL FOR FREE*

From May to September 2014 (excluding June), Bhaya Cruises offer a free cabin to children for every cabin booked by their parents, onboard all of BhayaCruises fleet.

For more information on the offer, visit http://www.bhayacruises.com/Special-Offers/Bhaya_1403_Ead_Travel_With_Kids.htm