Website: http://www.indochina-junk.com/ (Ranked #2 in Trip Advisor)
Our 2D1N itinerary provided by Indochina-Junk:
Day 1: Hon Gai Harbour – Bai Tu Long Bay – Thien Canh Son Cave
07.45 Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi by shuttle bus.
12.00 Embark at Hon Gai International harbour.
13.00 Check-in, enjoy a welcoming drink and cruise briefing.
13.30 Have lunch while cruising in the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations in the bay.
15.00 Enjoy swimming in the crystal clear water.
15.40 Explore the secluded Thien Canh Son Cave.
16.45 Short cruise to Hon Co Island where you can relax on a white sandy beach, swim or kayak.
18.00 Back to the junk for relaxation.
19.00 Have dinner and stay overnight on board.
Day 2: Vung Vieng Fishing Village – Hon Gai Harbour
07.30 Enjoy the bay’s morning landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. Have breakfast in the open air.
08.30 Visit Vung Vieng fishing village in a rustic rowing-boat, meet the local people and pass through the floating school and fish farms.
09.30 Back to the boat for relaxing and prepare for check out.
10.00 Cruise back to the harbour while an a la carte lunch is served
11.45 – 12.00 Disembark. Drive to Yen Duc village in Dong Trieu province.
14.00 – 14.30 Enjoy water puppet show performed by local artist.
17.00 – 17.30 Arrive in Hanoi. Trip ends.
I booked with Indochina-Junk 1.5 month before the trip. The quote for the cruise was USD 160 per pax. However, you have to pay an approx. 30% deposit by credit card (USD 50 in my case) and the transaction will charge you an additional 3.5%. Thus the total price for the 2D1N cruise was USD 161.75 (about SGD 204). The remaining amount of USD 110 per person has to be paid in cash (or credit card which will incur a 3% charge) either at their Hanoi Old Quarter office or their office in Halong.
Hanoi Day 2
15 Nov 2013
|Breakfast Buffet Spread by Rising Dragon Grand Hotel|
|Indochina Junk Shuttle Bus|
|Stopover Souvenir Shop|
|Indochina Junk Office at Halong|
|Credits to Gibson - A picture he took at the holding area while I was making payment at the 2nd Floor|
|Our Tour Guide Alex helping our tourists to take photo|
|The 6 of us and the boat driver|
|Our cruise Dragon's Pearl I - The crews on board were waving to all of us enthusiastically|
|Excited to board to cruise!|
|Toiletries are all provided|
|Twin Bedroom - Credits to Gibson|
|Captain of our cruise - Credits to Gibson|
|Set sail! Credits to Gibson|
|Relaxing deck! Credits to Gibson|
|First course for our lunch - Soup; Credits to Gibson|
|Second course for our lunch - Salad; Credits to Gibson|
|Third Course - Prawn|
|Fourth Course: Clams|
|Fifth Course: Rice|
|Sixth Course: Ermmm I forgot what this was|
|Seventh Course: Fish|
|Eighth Course: Vegetables|
|Ninth Course: Fruits Platter with Watermelon and Dragonfruit|
|This is the correct orientation of the cave. My uncle asked me why I didn't rotate this picture. Lol|
|Happy House aka Toilet|
|Finding Hermit Crab|
|Beverage that will charge to your room and you only have to pay on the last day after you check-out|
|HP and I relaxing on the deck|
|Prawn Cracker (Keropok) given by our tour guide for free|
|Gibson enjoying his 'Love Storm'|
|Effect of my unstable hand! Looks like heaven right?!|
|Dinner's getting ready!|
|Credits to Gibson|
|LF YH JH|
|Gibson Me HP|
|YH captured me using Gibson's camera to take picture of myself. Hahaha|
|First Dish - Salad|
|Yummy Spring Roll|
|Spring Roll's interior|
|Carved by the chef on board|
|My personal beef - I couldn't eat prawn so the chef specially dished up this for me! Thank you!|
|Another carving done by the chef! *clap clap*|
|Crayfish - tasted like crab|
|Delicious chicken!! Specially prepared for me by the chef once again as I don't eat crayfish as well. Lol|
|The last carving by the chef! Awesome.|
|Very nice vege|
|Our new friend - friendly crew member helping me to prepare my Chinese medicine|
|Picture was taken by me using Gibson's camera cos I left my cam in the room. Brightened up digitally to show the stars|