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.

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.

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.

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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.


Traveling to Vietnam with a short time and you wonder where you shouldn’t miss. Here are 5 best places in Vietnam you may concern.

  1. Mekong Delta
Mekong River

Mekong River

An ideal destination for all tourists who prefer finding a peaceful atmosphere and experiencing simple life in the countryside, Mekong Delta is a watery landscape of green fields and sleepy villages. There are many places to visit including floating markets, An Binh Island, crocodile farms, handicraft villages…

  1. Nha Trang
Nha Trang beach

Nha Trang beach

Traveling to Nha Trang, tourists not only enjoy a wonderful time on white sand beach, but also have more chance to explore the beautiful island and local culture and people’s life. The area hosts wide range of hotels accommodation from top notch fancy world class resort to popular hostels for backpackers. Take a boat trip in the Nha Trang Bay to visit its seclude island and beaches. Other cultural sites you should visit in Nha Trang: Long Son Pagoda, Po Nagar Cham Towers, Fishing Village, Vinpearl Land, Monkey Island.

  1. Hoi An
Hoi An Old Quater

Hoi An Old Quater

As a major tourist attraction in center Vietnam, Hoi An is an ancient town located in the lower section of Thu Bon River, Quang Nam Province, about 30 kilometers south of Danang City. The town is famous for well preserving it architectural heritage and old time atmosphere of a Vietnamese village in the past. Walking in the town to visit Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, the local fish market…or cruise along Thu Bon River to see Hoi An from a different angle.

  1. Hanoi
Hanoi street vendor

Hanoi street vendor

Travelling to Hanoi and you can learn more about the culture of Vietnam, enjoy fantastic street food at peaceful corner. Its feature street vendors, flower markets, historical sites such as Ho Chi Minh Complex, Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, Hoan Kiem Lake…

  1. Halong Bay
Halong Bay Floating Village

Halong Bay Floating Village

Take a Halong cruise to enjoy the Legendary Halong bay with many beautiful places: limestone, Surprise Cave, floating village… and you will have a lifetime experience.

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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!

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A trip to Halong Bay can be done in one day. However, many Halong Bay cruises are available, offering several different kinds of activities (exploring islands, visiting floating fishing villages, discovering grottoes, kayaking…), and it definitely requires more than one day to get the whole experience.

To go on Halong tours, the drive takes about 4 hours from Hanoi (depending on your driver!). Most travel agencies will offer 1-day Halong Bay tours, but it is highlyrecommended that you stay longer to truly enjoy the experience.

Many hotels can get pretty good deals to go on Halong cruise tours, so don’t hesitate to ask them directly!

Here is a list of the 5 best Hotels in Halong Bay, according to trip advisors’ reviews.

1 – Novotel Halong Bay

80% of the reviewers found the Hotel Very Good or Excellent. Location is said to be good as the beach is very near with beautiful views from the windows.

Novotel Halong Hotel

Novotel Halong Hotel

2 – Royal Lotus Hotel Halong

74% ranked the hotel as Very Good or Excellent. A great rooftop bar and spa are available!

Royal Lotus Halong hotel

Royal Lotus Halong hotel

3 – Halong Paradise Suites Hotel

100% of Excellent reviews (only 5). This hotel is located on the beautiful Tuan Chau Island…

Halong Paradises Suites Hotel

Halong Paradises Suites Hotel

4 – Halong Plaza Hotel

66%. Breakfast and dinner are“must-taste” according to some reviews.

Halong Plaza Hotel

Halong Plaza Hotel

5 – Royal International Hotel & Villas

57%. Reviewers noted the spacious and clean rooms.

Royal Halong Hotel

Royal Halong Hotel

For people affected by seasickness, you should travel to Halong bay anyway, and try to go onboard the Halong Bay junks if possible.

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 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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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).

2011 May 31 | Tramplin Retreat in Tuan Chau (Halong Bay)

Sunset in Tuan ChauSunrise in Tuan ChauMusic rehearsal before partyGuitarist singerRed cap drummerCooker check for dinner
Walkie-talkies for eventDinner preparationWelcoming appetizerRussian lady enjoying appetizerLet's cheer upBartender in traditional Vietnamese dress
Bhaya ladies in traditional conical hatsMusic mixerParty stage overviewBhaya chefGuests having buffer dinnerVietnamese traditional cookers
Many tropical fruits to chooseBeautiful ladiesBeautiful smileSinger before performance timeDJ workingGame on the beach

2011 May 31 – Tramplin, a Russian company which will host the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi 2014, picked up Halong Bay as a venue of meeting and recreation for its top executives in late May 2011.

Bhaya Cruises, with its reputation of five star services, proudly organized the event epically and successfully.

On spectacular and stunning Tuan Chau beach, Halong, 250 distinguished guests from Tramplin fully enjoyed a super exotic open-air party. Best DJs and super band from Moscow indulged all the guests with their live disco-funk music.

Dipping in the fantastic music, savoring delicious Western and Vietnamese traditional food, Tramplin top executives experienced unforgettable and treasured moments.