Hạ Long Bay is renowned for its emerald waters and 1,600 towering limestone islands topped by pristine rainforests. Located in northeast Vietnam, this natural wonder is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s therefore not surprising that more than 6 million people flock to the area each year. The highlight of every visit is a cruise along the majestic landscape and there are dozens of cruise line companies operating in this highly sought after destination. So, how do you choose the right one? By far, Orchid Cruises is ranked as one of the finest and the most reliable.
With Orchid Cruises Halong Bay, you will take in all the sights and sounds of this one-of-a-kind destination in 5-star luxury, enjoying sumptuous food and opulent cabins that rival those in any world-class hotel. You are guaranteed upgraded level of premium cruising services and you’ll have a menagerie of activities on board. You can go for a swim or simply sit back and relax on the sun deck while sipping cocktails and gazing in awe at the picturesque sceneries.
A Surreal Trip To Lan Ha – Halong’s ‘Exclusive’ Spot
Another compelling reason why tourists opt for an Orchid Cruise is that it is one of a handful that will take you to Lan Ha which is geologically an extension of Halong Bay but located in a different province of Vietnam. Because of it being a fair way from Halong City, not a lot of tourist boats venture to the area, meaning Lan Ha has a more isolated appeal. It is one of the more serene portions of Halong and offers unrivaled scenic beauty, including numerous white-sand beaches.
The trip is worthwhile because it takes only 2 hours from Hanoi centre instead of 4 hours to Halong Bay. The cruise starts from Got Ferry Port (Hai Phong) unlike others that sail from either Tuan Chau Marina or Hon Gai Port. Orchid’s bespoke 8-seater minivan will fetch you from your hotel and whisk you safely off to the bay. The vans were originally designed to transport 16 passengers but have been reconfigured to carry just 8 people in utmost comfort and style. Talk about top notch service!
Indulge in Unrivaled Decor and Design
Perhaps the greatest surprise that tourists experience with Orchid Cruises Halong Bay is the level of luxury aboard the vessel. The Orchid is essentially a 5-star floating hotel. The cabins are beautifully decorated with rich wood paneling, ornate furniture and panoramic windows offering excellent views of the bay. The bathrooms are equally plush with deluxe fixtures and fittings.
The boat simply oozes opulence and class. From the moment you step on board to be greeted by the welcoming staff, you will be swathed in a chic and stylish setting. The sundeck is a prime example with its dark wooden decking, comfy chairs and sun loungers. The deck top dining area and bar are also utterly beautiful, and with a large Jacuzzi on the foredeck, you’ll surely enjoy your stay.
Cabins and Suites: Penthouse Life in a Ship
Try to Google Orchid Cruise Halong Bay review and you’ll notice that one of the things that standout is the peerless accommodation as well as the multitude of excellent amenities and services With just 14 cabins on a boat as large as the Orchid, attention has been given to comfort, style and opulence. You will never feel as though you don’t have ample space. Many boats cram in more cabins to fit more passengers, but with Orchid Cruise Halong, it’s always quality over quantity.
You can expect the same level of quality that you would get in a 5-star hotel in any major city. The cabins range in size from 36 to 72 square metres, all boasting stunning decor of exotic wood and marble, modern furniture private, glass walls and blackout curtains balcony. Your room will have LED TV, a mini bar, air-conditioning, double or twin beds, en suite bathrooms with Jacuzzi, a private balcony, among other facilities. For safety and security all cabins come with safes, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, life jackets and emergency hammers.
Orchid Cruise Halong Bay Itineraries
Orchid Cruises offers two distinctly different itineraries to make sure that you experience all the best that Halong Bay has to offer . If you are on a tight schedule, go for the 2-day, 1-night stay, otherwise opt for 3-days, 2-nights as this will give you the freedom to leisurely explore the stunning sights. Make no mistake about it though, both itineraries will let you immerse yourself in the beauty and splendor that is unique to Halong. Just make sure you take your camera with you so you can take snapshots of your stop at the Cat Ba National Park, Trung Trang Cave, Lan Ha Bay, Frog Lake, Da Chong Islet, Ba Trai Dao Beach, Viet Hai Village, and the Gulf of Tonkin,
Enjoy a Lap of Luxury On Board the Orchid Cruise
Orchid Cruise Halong provides impeccable services and offers activities throughout your stay. Check out what’s on offer:
Cooking Class. Practice your culinary skills Vietnamese style. Try a class with a renowned chef who will teach you how to make classic dishes in a fun filled programme lasting between one and two hours.
Tai Chi. Bring out the calmness from your Yin and vigor from your Yang to maximize your Halong Bay Boat Cruise experience. Enjoy a relaxing and invigorating class at dawn on the top deck under the supervision of an expert practitioner.
Movies and Entertainment. Watch classic movies about Vietnam, such as the Indochine. It’s a great way to learn a little about the local culture and the remarkable geological history that led to the formation of Ha Long Bay. You can also show your musical skills by picking up a guitar and playing to an exclusive audience onboard.
Kayaking. The towering limestone Karst rocks are even more impressive when viewed from sea level, close up in a kayak. This is actually one of the most popular activities in Halong – one that should be on top of your bucket list!
Take a Dip in the Emerald Water. Swimming in Halong Bay is a once in a lifetime experience that you shouldn’t miss. The area is known for its crystal clear waters because the locals take extra care of the surroundings since they take pride in Halong Bay’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Squid Fishing. This is a great way to round off your day. All equipment is provided and the only skill required is patience. The best time of the year for squid fishing is in spring from February to March, when there is very little moonlight. The chef will cook your catch the following day.
The packages offer suitable Orchid Cruise Halong Bay tours for those looking to create their memories in their own style. We offer romantic ‘honeymoon’ packages for those star-crossed lovers, multi-purposed activities itineraries for active families and one of our bespoke twin-location packages offers our distinctive tour along with a night’s stay at the Apricot Hotel on the edge of Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi. Experience a city break plus a Halong Bay boat cruise in style!
How to Book Orchid Cruise Halong Bay?
All in all, a visit to Halong Bay is an absolute must on any Vietnamese vacation. It would be a shame to miss out on an area that is revered all over the World. No description can quite prepare you for this incredible landscape. If you are going to visit, then do it in style. Orchid Cruises offer unparalleled amenities and service. This will be the highlight of your Vietnam holiday. An awesome experience in an amazing country.
To book any of the tours or packages contact Halong Hub, our cruise experts work closely with Orchid Cruises to ensure that you are matched with the ideal package to fully accommodate your needs. Click here to book with us.