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!

What should be on your visit-list in Halong Bay Vietnam?

Halong Bay, one of New Seven Natural Wonders of the world, possesses very diverse natural landscape, varying from long sandy beach to thousand-year-old lime mountains. With nearly 1900 islets of different size, some very large such as Thien Cung Cave or Surprise Cave, others as small as a few meters wide, Halong Bay, Vietnam is an ideal natural destination for your holidays of all kinds. Hereunder is to name just a few must-to-visit attractions in this area.

  1. Surprise Cave

Located inside Bo Hon Island, in the middle Halong Bay, Surprise Cave is considered the most magnificent cave in this charming bay. It is enjoyable to know that the title of this cave originates from the very first feeling of tourists when they entered the cave with full of “wow”, “amazing”, and “unbelievable”.

Sung Sot Cave Bhaya Halong Cruises

If at first, after few steps into the cave they tourists might think that the cave seems like a narrow and minuscule one, just few more steps into the cave, a bigger and bigger space will be opened gradually, bringing about images of a giant, airy, and spectacular cave.

It would not be overstating to describe the inner space of the cave as a large theater, a theater that was made by Mother Nature. While its ceiling is decorated with grandiose stalactites like colorful chandeliers, the floor is adorned with of rocks in diverse shapes of elephant, chimpanzee to flowers, trees. The further tourists go into the cave, the more interesting and amazing they find the rocks appear.

  1. Ti Top island

Located in the heart of Halong Bay, Ti Top Island is regarded as one of the most attractive site for tourists to Halong.

Titop island Bhaya Halong Luxury Cruises

Ti Top Island does not only own breath-taking romantic landscapes, but also has a heavenly magnificent beach called also Ti Top with fresh atmosphere, clean water, and smooth white sand that create a great ambiance for tourists to relax. Ti Top beach is famous for any beach activities.

  1. Cat Ba Island

Only 25km from downtown Halong, Cat Ba is not only a group of about 367 islands, but also a national park, recognized by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve Park.

Cat Ba Island Halong Cruise Tours

There is a rich range of activities for tourists to choose on this Island, from relaxing and enjoying some fresh air in luxurious resorts, riding to explore the local daily life and visiting The Au Co Green Farm, to joining adventurous trips of Cat Ba National Park.

Until now, The Au Co is the first exclusive cruise operator in Halong Bay offering continuous three-day cruise in a single trip through the Gulf of Tonkin in which Cat Ba Island and its renowned National Park will also be part of the experience.

  1. Lan Ha Bay

Lan Ha Bay from Bhaya Cruises Halong Bay

Located adjacent to Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay is a peaceful bay in Cat Ba Islands system. With a large portion made up by limestone and small islets, Lan Ha Bay possesses many calm water area suitable for swimming and kayaking around Sen Islet, Cu islet, Monkey islet as well as up to 139 beautiful and clean beaches with white sand. Underneath the tranquil blue water is colorful coral reefs area such as Van Boi, Van Ha, which is worthwhile a diving adventure.

Author: Bhaya Halong Cruises

Top Attractions to Visit in Halong Bay

Halong Bay, one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the world, possesses very diverse natural landscapes, varying from long sandy beaches to thousand-year-old limestonemountains. With nearly 1900 islets of different sizes, some very large such as Thien Cung Cave or Surprise Cave which can accommodate up to a thousand people, others as small as a few meters wide, Halong Bay, Vietnam is an ideal natural destination for your holidays of all kinds. Hereunder is to name just a few must-visit attractions in this area.

  1. Surprise Cave

Located inside Bo Hon Island, in the middle Halong Bay, Surprise Cave is considered the most magnificent cave in this charming bay. It is enjoyable to know that the title of this cave originates from the very first feeling of tourists when they enter the cave with full of “wow” and “amazing” reactions.

Sung Sot Cave Halong Bay

Sung Sot Cave Halong

  1. Ti Top island

Located in the heart of Halong Bay and just next to Surprise Cave when tourist can do the combination visit, Ti Top Island is regarded as one of the most attractive site for tourists in Halong.

Ti Top Island does not only own breath-taking romantic landscapes when you climb to the top of its main mountain, but also has a heavenly magnificent beach with fresh atmosphere, clean water, and smooth white sand that create a great ambiance for tourists to relax. Ti Top beach is famous for any beach activities.

Titov Island - Halong Bay Travel

Titov Island – Halong Bay

  1. Cat Ba Island

Sought of Halong Bay,, Cat Ba is the largest island in the area which hosts a national park, recognized by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve Park.

There is a rich range of activities for tourists to choose on this Island, from relaxing and enjoying some fresh air in luxurious resorts, riding to explore the local daily life and visiting The Au Co Green Farm, to joining adventurous trips at the Cat Ba National Park.

Until now, The Au Co is the first and only cruise operator in Halong Bay offering continuous three-day cruise in a single trip through the Gulf of Tonkin in which Cat Ba Island and its renowned National Park will also be part of the experience.

Cat Ba Island - Halong bay Cruises

Cat Ba National Park

  1. Lan Ha Bay

Located adjacent to Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay is a peaceful bay in Cat Ba Island system. With a large portion made up by limestone and small islets,Lan Ha Bay possesses many calm water area suitable for swimming and kayaking around Sen Islet, Cu islet, Monkey islet as well as up to 139 beautiful and clean beaches with white sand.

Lan Ha Bay - Halong Bay Cruise Tour

Lan Ha Bay

 

Author: Bhaya Cruises – Halong

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

 

Last Minute Deal – Big Promotion Ever – Only $135/pax !!!

Last Minute Deal – Halong Bay 2 day 1 night cruise on Bhaya Classic. 30% off or only $135 per person/night from now to 15 Oct. 2011! Visit our website at www.bhayacruises.com or Contact us now at: sales@bhayacruises.com

 Up to 30% OFF or $135 only per person/night from today to 15 Oct. 2011. This limited-time, special introductory promotion offers an unbeatable chance to discover one of the world’s most adored travel destinations: Halong Bay, while enjoying the ultimate comfort and luxury onboard a Bhaya Classic cruise vessel.

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Bhaya Cruises to Launch 4 New Vessels in Mar 2012

Bhaya Cruises, Halong Bay’s premier cruise provider, is launching 4 new vessels in the Bhaya Legend Fleet. Built in similar style to the larger Bhaya Classic vessels, the 4 new  Bhaya Legend vessels feature two decks with a semi-covered dining area offering panoramic views. They have between one and four Bhaya Suites offering luxury fit for royalty. Attentive, personalized service and a maximum of four passengers will guarantee intimate privacy.

The launch of the new fleet gives more options to tour operators and travel agents catering to the increasing demand for luxury cruise tours in Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island. Bhaya Cruises will offer special deals to promote the 4 new vessels.

For more information, travel agents, tour operators and press are welcome to contact the Bhaya Team at IFTM Top Resa in France during the 20th-23rd of this month.

Or you can visit Bhaya website: bhayacruises.com

 

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).