Vietnam’s world heritage Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh ranks sixth among the world’s top ten destinations for sailing cruises by the US’s National Geographic book Journeys of a Lifetime.
The book wrote “Ha Long Bay, or the Bay of the Descending Dragon, in northeastern Vietnam, is scattered with some 3,000 precipitous, strangely sculpted limestone islands and outcrops, and dotted with small floating villages and deserted sandy beaches. In spring and early summer the water is particularly calm and clear. This UNESCO World Heritage site is best explored by a cruise on a junk.”
The other nine destinations are Nova Scotia and Labrador Tall Ships of Canada; San Juan Islands, Washington; Pirate Cruise, Grand Cayman Island of the UK; Star Clipper to French Polynesia of France; Junk Cruise, Andaman Sea of Thailand; Seychelles Islands of Seychelles; Dhow Cruise, Straits of Hormuz of Oman; Lamu Island of Kenya; and Evia Island Cruise of Greece.
Earlier, Ha Long Bay was also listed among the world’s top ten best and romantic destinations for 2011 by the UK’s Lonely Planet magazine.
Source: VOV News
From 10th March 2009, Bhaya Cruises implemented a new route to the Vung Vieng floating fishing village in order to treat guests to several more magnificent views of Halong Bay. The cruise vessels now sail into Vung Vieng floating fishing village on the first day of their cruises while visiting Sung Sot cave, the largest and most astounding cave in Halong Bay, on the second day.
The new route offers guests increased opportunities not only to take in the magnificence of Halong Bay’s natural splendor but also to spend more time exploring the unique Vung Vieng floating village and enjoy more direct contact with the villagers. The traditional fishing village contains about 50 floating houses, a school and even a hospital. The villagers gather together to fish communally and are staunch protectors of the unique environment in which they live. The time spent in the village is often cited by guests as being as interesting as Halong Bay itself.
Hanoi, Vietnam – The annual ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) for 2009 was successfully held in the Vietnamese capital from 8th to 14th January 2009. 60 representatives from tour operators and travel agents around the globe took advantage of the opportunity to join a FAM trip to Halong Bay hosted by Bhaya Cruises.
Participants enjoyed a two day cruise, aboard vessels from the luxurious Bhaya fleet, to witness the natural wonder of Halong bay. Aside from the natural beauty of Halong Bay itself, onboard activities included team-building exercises on Titov Island, cooking classes at Van Giang village, a traditional Quan Ho folk song performance and invigorating early morning Tai Chi on the vessels. Not only did the representatives enjoy the scenic natural beauty of Halong Bay, they were equally impressed with the cruise services and activities delivered by their hosts at Bhaya Cruises. “This is the best cruise I’ve ever had. The FAM trip allowed us travel agents to experience a world-class cruise with a local Vietnamese touch.” – said Ms. Nancy I. Scranton from Imaginique Tours & Cruises.
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.
Hanoi, 15 Oct 2008 – Bhaya Cruises opens Bhaya Café in Halong City. Located next to Halong Plaza Hotel, the Bhaya Café offers scenic views over the Halong Bay and the Hon Gai Bridge. The new Café provides an elegant, convenient and comfortable place for passengers to relax and refresh themselves for embarking and disembarking their cruises. The Café can cater up to 80 passengers and serves a variety of wines and beverages. It is also planned to provide high quality dinning services for independent travelers and group travels venturing to Halong.