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.

Bhaya Classic Won TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence

The latest and famous TripAdvisor award has been announced. For the 5th consecutive year, Bhaya Classic has won the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, which is approved by thousands of travelers around the world.

Bhaya Classic TripAdvisor Certificate of ExcellenceBeing the largest cruises fleet in Halong Bay for the past 8 years, Bhaya Classic never stops striving for excellence in facilities and service. The top-quality service has been recognized by travelers all around the world through TripAdvisor over the past 3 years The lovely reviews, which can be found here if you want, is the most meaningful gift and biggest motivation for our passionate team.

Bhaya Classic Crew MembersThe achievement has been built by the continuous effort from our cruise team over the past 8 years. These young people, who work with their hearts, are the soul and spirit of Bhaya Classic. Cruising in the Bay every day, they’re not only the expert of Halong Bay, but also assistants and best friends to the guests.

 

We stayed on the Bhaya III and could not have asked for a better crew, The warm welcome and service was 1st class. We would highly recommend this company.
It was our 25th wedding anniversary holiday and the crew made it a very memorable one, thank you!

Herne Bay, United Kingdom

 Wow what an amazing experience! A beautiful boat crewed by the most delightful individuals.Site seeing aside, attention to detail and the best possible customer service made this an absolute pleasure.

Sue & Andy, United Kingdom

 From the moment we were walking towards the boat and saw the crew standing there waving and calling out “welcome”, we knew this cruise would be wonderful and we were right. Nothing was too much trouble, the food was worthy of a fine dining restaurant and the crew were some of the friendliest people we have ever met.”

Rita, Australia

The year has been a great one for Bhaya Classic. We had welcomed special events including a breath-taking fashion show on board, cruise with famous chef, personal anniversary and company’s retreats. 2015 is still half way to go. Bhaya Classic team is still making effort every day to bring a meaningful lifetime cruising experience to travelers from all over the world.

In Bhaya, Safety and Service Are What Matter

Bhaya Classc in dry dockOnce a year, Bhaya Classic rests herself in an annual dry dock.

Being put into service as the largest cruises fleet in Halong Bay since 2007 doesn’t make Bhaya Classic team an old and behind folk. Serving about 50,000 passengers each year and cruising every day in the tough tropical weather of Halong Bay, the ships cannot stay away from aging forever. However, there is a reason why Bhaya Classic can still maintain her leading and top-notch position among younger teams in the Bay over the past 8 years. The annual 1-2 month scrupulous dry dock of Bhaya Classic allows the ships to be refreshed and renovated to secure safety and perfect facility throughout.

Why bother resting for the whole one or even 2 months of the year while the demand doesn’t even decrease? In Bhaya Classic, it’s not just about making profit by having the ship cruising all year long. Cruising in the World Heritage of Halong Bay is about providing a meaningful and unique journey, leaving people with memories and satisfaction. That’s what traveling means to us, to all those travelers out there seeking for experience and enjoyment in their trips.

What happens to Bhaya Classic fleet in the dock and off the bay?

Bhaya Cruises in Dry DockBhaya Classic Deluxe lines will respectively undergo dry dock from 2nd May to 21st September. During 1 month resting, what happens to each of our boats?

  • Hull’s going under checking to assure the integrity of the steel and boat’s safety
  • Engines and technical categories are under maintenance
  • Safety equipment are carefully examined and renewed
  • The interior and furniture in cabins, restaurant, bar and sundeck are repainted and polished, resulting in a renovation in appearance
  • New facilities and equipment are installed

Bhaya Classic in Dry DockOnce out of dry dock, Bhaya Classic will slip back to the Bay with remarkable refurbishment of safety equipment, facilities and appearance, hence expected to provide even higher quality service to advance our guests’ cruising experience.

In the end, putting the ship in a dry dock is not just our annual job, but more about our passion and promise to deliver superlative safety, well-equipped facilities and perfect service to customers.

The most amusing part of the story is: WE STILL CRUISE! With the team of 4, Bhaya Classic fleet is always in service during May and September. Enjoy the cruise, while waiting for our brand new image!

Life Of A Hanoi Expat: Weekend Getaway From The City

Living as a Hanoi expat, many feel lucky that they have found a home in this small tranquil city. However, no city can stand out of the lively working circle. No matter how much you love Hanoi, sometimes the urge to escape its daily busy routine hunts you down, when you eventually found yourself planning for a real “escape”. Well, not because you hate the city, but because the packed schedule tires you out during weekdays.

We, the team of some Hanoian and expats, have some evil suggestions for a weekend getaway from your favorite city – Hanoi.

1. Halong Bay 2-day-1-night cruise trip

Where would you hide after escaping from those noisy and annoying streets? Sea – emerald water below, sunlight above, snugging in a comfortable adirondack chair – you will want to immerse yourself in the peaceful sea. The North of Vietnam might not have some best beaches like the South but the region has a precious gift: the UNESCO World Heritage of Halong Bay that has been world famous for its natural beauty.

Bhaya-Classic-VII-2015-Overview (8)Although 3-day-2-night trip on a giant luxury cruise has been trendy recently, 2-day-1-night escape would be the best option for a weekend getaway. Choose a small boutique boat of 5-7 cabins if you love a cozy and private trip. After all, you’ve already got too much buzz, isn’t it the best to go for the small-cruise concept for more quietness? The new Premium Balcony Cabin has totally nailed it with a private balcony in every room, which gives you your own little space to just chill under the clear sky and sunlight, or read in the sweet sound of your cruise surfing on the water.

Bhaya-Classic-VII-2015-Deluxe-Twin-Cabin (1)However, if you’re more of an outgoing and sociable type, try some bigger cruise with a good crowd to network and be accompanied all the time. A cruise of 20 cabins with around 40 passengers creates and amazing community to blend in. Have some drinks in the bar, sit down for a chit chat with people from all over the world while enjoying the sea breeze on sundeck. Call it a day!

Bhaya-Classic-Relax-on-sundeck2. Road trip to Moc Chau

Have you ever dreamed of a heaven where lies a giant carpet of flowers and greenery? Well, that’s not a dream but the true heaven literally exist in Moc Chau. About 185km from Hanoi, the beautiful town is within the reach of a motorbike, which might take about 5-6 hours. In fact, there’s no better way to relish the scenery than doing a road trip to this famous highland. Feel free to make a short stop wherever you want since every single spot on the way is photography-worthy.

dong-cai-trang-moc-chauMoc Chau has different charm in different time of year, but all related to a certain seasonal flower. From January to March, during the loveliest season of spring, the town is lightened up with the pink blush of peach and plum blossom. Meanwhile, October is the peak season when every hills and fields are ethereally covered by blooming cauliflowers carpet. The fairy land attracts local photographers and backpackers as well as traveler-addicted expats from Hanoi. This scenery, I swear, is something you should revel in at least once in your entire life.

3. Day tour to Duong Lam Village

Duong-Lam-Ancient-VillageDuring your 2 precious days of weekend, you want not only an escape out of Hanoi, but somehow also wish to spend some time to rest at home. Prepare yourself for a day tour to some famous neighbor around Hanoi. One of the most favorite by local and expats is the ancient Duong Lam Village. Located just 40km outside of the downtown, Duong Lam Village is the hidden gem outskirt of Hanoi. A trip to Duong Lam Village is a special journey back to Vietnam traditional culture and architect. The typical ancient agriculture village of the Northern Red River is well preserved through the history. Hundred-year-old houses that were made of red brick are still standing strong, enough to cover a multi-generation family under its roof. The 8-hour-escape might be a splendid experience for you to go deeper into the rich culture of Vietnam

Bhaya Classic Introduces new Premium Balcony Cabin option

Bhaya Classic is proud to introduce the exclusive Premium Balcony Cabin in 3 newly launched boats in April 2015. This exciting new option gives travellers a comfortable and private cruising experience in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay.

Bhaya Classic Premium OverviewWith a total of 20 square meters, the Premium Balcony Cabin boasts a wide, open space with room for 3 guests improving on the previous standard of 2 guests. All cabins also feature a private balcony overlooking the breathtaking scenery of Halong Bay. The spacious cabins, elegantly designed with luxury interiors, also offer connecting rooms for families.

Bhaya Classic Deluxe Twin cabin with BalconyGoing against the trend of building bigger boats, our new line of luxury cruises are made with intimacy in mind. Our new line creates a cozy atmosphere with a maximum of 15 passengers split between 5-7 cabins per vessel. Besides being cozier and quieter, the smaller size creates a personalized touch when exploring the emerald waters of Halong Bay. The exclusive Premium Balcony Cabins are available for booking from 1st April 2015.

Already well known for the most extensive cruise fleet in Halong Bay, Bhaya Classic Cruises strives to create unique experiences to travellers from all over the world. The new additions to the fleet bring a new level of luxury and intimacy when taking in the awe-inspiring scenery of Halong Bay.

Premium Balcony Cabins from Bhaya Classic Premium Lines are ready for booking a Halong Bay trip from 1st April 2015.

Bhaya Classic Premium sundeck

 

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!

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.