Ha Long Bay and the lagoons of the Gulf of Tonkin are the most beautiful places on the east coast of Vietnam. Only in Ha Long Bay, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are about 3 thousand islands. A huge number of routes have made this place a popular tourist destination. In the process of traveling, you can explore coastal caves, rocks, get acquainted with the life of fishing villages, ride a bicycle along mountain trails. In the late 18th century, the bays became a haven for the pirates of the South China Sea. Therefore, researchers still come here in the hope of finding hidden treasures. But the main wealth of the bay is its unsurpassed beauty.
To accept everyone who wants to go on a trip to the islands and bays invite cruise hotels in Vietnam. Almost all of them provide a transfer from Hanoi Airport and comfortable living conditions. The best of the floating hotel complexes are presented in this review.
- 1 Indochine Cruise
- 2 Indochina Sails Cruise
- 3 Madeline Cruises
- 4 Emperor Cruises Ha Long
- 5 Sena Cruises – Wonder On Lan Ha Bay
- 6 Orchid Classic Cruise
- 7 Dora Cruise
- 8 Lan Ha Legend Cruise
- 9 Doris Cruise
- 10 Rosy Cruises
- 11 Pelican Classic Cruise
- 12 Scarlet Pearl Cruises
- 13 Le Theatre Cruises – Wonder on Lan Ha Bay
- 14 Stellar of the Seas Cruise
- 15 Alisa Luxury Cruise
- 16 Selection of hotels Vietnam on map
Indochine Cruise is a five-star floating hotel service that has no analogues throughout Vietnam. It is based in Ha Long Bay. The tour operator Huong Hai, which owns the vessels, organizes water trips to the bays of Khlong and Lan Ha. The company works under the motto: “Comfort – Quality service – Impressions – Reasonable prices”. All cabins are equipped with modern amenities and have a separate seating area. At the guests’ disposal: a restaurant, a fitness center, a shared lounge, the best beaches of the coast. The hotel has massage and SPA salons. Vacationers are provided with conditions for Tai Chi Quan (oriental breathing exercises), cycling and kayaking. The company-owner of cruise liners is the leader among Vietnamese travel agencies, so it constantly conducts promotions, introduces bonus programs and discounts.
“I rated this cruise 10 stars on my personal rating! The conditions exceeded all my expectations. Chefs are ready to fulfill individual orders even during breakfast. I asked for vegetarian food and got it. I like it when everyone around me cares about me, because I pay money for it” Karthik, India
Indochina Sails Cruise
The five-star liner hotel is ideally designed in a classic oriental style and is equipped with modern amenities. It belongs to the leading tour operator of Vietnam “Huong Hai” and is considered the most luxurious holiday destination in Ha Long Bay. Qualified, experienced and highly motivated staff look forward to making the stay of holidaymakers on board impeccable. They are proud that many tourists in Vietnam and abroad choose this vessel first for a trip to Ha Long Bay, which is a World Natural Heritage Site. It offers a restaurant, a spacious deck for sunbathing, gymnastics, evening mozion. All cabins are decorated with Vietnamese-style wood, and the bathrooms have hydromassage showers. Free trips to Hanoi can be arranged. Tourists are attracted by high-quality service and authentic atmosphere.
You can pamper yourself with exquisite luxury in the Madeline Cruise 5 * cruise hotel. For accommodation, magnificent rooms are provided, decorated in an Art Nouveau style, with dark wood furniture, elegant plumbing in the bathrooms. On the upper deck there is a seating area with sun loungers and umbrellas set around the oval-shaped swimming pool. The liner cruises through the picturesque Halong Bay, making stops so that guests can go fishing, hiking or cycling and even barbecue on the shore. Catering is provided by the restaurant, which features European, Asian, vegetarian, halal, kosher and American dishes. The service and furnishings of the hotel are highly appreciated by the guests.
Emperor Cruises Ha Long
Cruise hotels try to provide tourists with unique living conditions. The five-star Emperor Cruises Ha Long has only 8 cabins. This means that there will not be many guests initially. The owners relied on classic luxury and an individual approach to guest service. The spacious cabins feature panoramic windows and Victorian décor. Each room has a butler attached to it. Inspired by the luxurious lifestyle of Vietnam’s last emperor, Bao Dai, this masterpiece is designed to reflect the style of the 1930s and become a holiday destination for the most sophisticated travelers. They should be able to fully enjoy Vietnamese culture, history and fine dining. The cruise is a place where royal glamour and folk traditions come together to create the epitome of elegance and aristocracy. Each guest will be treated like an emperor and will receive the best of the best in privacy and with every detail in mind.
Sena Cruises – Wonder On Lan Ha Bay
Basically, all cruise hotels are marked with a category of 5 stars. The owners genuinely care about their ultra-comfortable vacation on board the ship. An excellent example of excellent service is Sena Cruises – Wonder On Lan Ha Bay. Rooms, a stateroom, a restaurant, a library and other areas are decorated in a classic style. Massive wooden furniture, spacious beds and leather armchairs give them a solid look. On the promenade deck there is a seating area with wooden sun loungers, wicker rattan furniture with soft pillows. If desired, you can take a kayak and explore the coastal natural attractions. It offers vacationers: a restaurant, a bar with an excellent wine list, a shared lounge, a spa. Entertainment is provided in the evenings. In addition to excellent service, tourists are attracted by the opportunity to travel. The hotel has a tour desk offering group and individual itineraries.
Orchid Classic Cruise
Orchid Classic Cruise 5* offers a unique itinerary on a modern vessel. It will pass through two bays at once – Ha Long and Lan Ha. It offers spacious rooms decorated in neoclassical style, an outdoor jacuzzi pool, a sun terrace, a cabin with fitness equipment, a spa with massage services. Tourists note the special goodwill on the part of the staff. Young children will be watched here, while parents will explore the coast on kayaks, cook rice broth and other healthy and tasty dishes for kids. In the morning, breakfast is served for everyone, followed by an à la carte restaurant.
“It’s very nice when cruise hotels pay attention to families with children. I’m not at all disappointed with the courteous treatment of my 4-year-old sons. While I was on a boat trip, they were looked after and fed” Sheila, USA
Dora Cruise is a 5-star itinerary cruise from Ha Long, a World Natural Heritage Site in Vietnam, and Lan Ha Bay, the largest and most charming bay in Cat Ba. The spacious cabin rooms, decorated in the style of the 1920-30s, will be pleasant to travel and appreciate the excellent service. It offers 22 cabins with luxurious amenities, all with windows and patios offering magnificent views of the charming green bay. In the afternoon, you can take a kayak and explore the thousand-year-old caves in the area of the fishing village of Viet Hai, get acquainted with the traditions of rural life. In the evening, a special nightlife begins on the ship with exotic cocktails, music and numerous surprises. Dora Cruise Hotel has a fitness centre with modern cardio and weight training equipment. In the morning, the instructor conducts classes in Tai Chi Chuan. During the day, guests can relax at the spa and enjoy massage treatments with natural oils. For sunbathing, the upper deck has a terrace.
Lan Ha Legend Cruise
Operated by Vietnam Tonkin Travel, Lan Ha Legend Cruise 5* is one of the best middle-class cruise options in Ha Long Bay. This is a traditional Indochinese boat with 9 cabins, capable of accommodating and accommodating no more than 20 guests. The journey passes through Ha Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay and the border line with Bai Tu Long Bay. The staff focuses on customer service and the unique route. They create for guests a stunning vacation with barbecue dinner, kayaking, swimming, fishing, hiking, cycling, secluded rest on beautiful, not crowded with tourists, lagoons, beaches and other places on the shore. For budget travelers looking to visit Ha Long Bay, this is the best option.
Doris Cruise is a luxurious five-star yacht, the perfect combination of the sophistication of the classic European form and the rustic essence of the Vietnamese style. Helpful staff will make the trip unforgettable. It starts with a transfer from the airport in a magnificent limousine. Upon arrival, guests will be introduced to the equipment of the ship, placed in spacious cabins, and in the morning will be served a delicious breakfast. For relaxation, there is a rectangular jacuzzi pool at the stern, a shared lounge on the upper deck. In the morning, Tai Chi Chuan classes are held. The restaurant offers to participate in culinary master classes to learn the intricacies of Asian cuisine. You can go on a free tour of local attractions. In the evenings, concerts are organized with the participation of artists of different directions.
Rosy Cruise is one of the most luxurious 5-star cruises available to visit Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay, symbols of Vietnam’s nature and beauty. The tour operator offers a unique journey along carefully selected routes inaccessible to large vessels. Rosie Cruise believes that excellent service to the highest safety standards should underpin what is offered on board. All employees are high-class professionals who have undergone special training to work with people. In the morning, guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Then you can use the services of free bike rental, a shared lounge, a private beach, a swim in the outdoor pool. Staff can help arrange a barbecue area on the shore, as well as deliver food and drinks to your room upon request. Travelers highly appreciated the cleanliness and work of the staff, as well as the routes chosen for the cruise.
Pelican Classic Cruise
Pelican Classic Cruise 5 * provides the most comfortable and safe journey through the islands of picturesque bays. Spacious cabins with panoramic windows, a bath and an excellent shower are prepared for guests. Each has a safe with a digital lock. One of the recreation areas is located in the stateroom. It is decorated in a traditional Asian style with elements of European classics of the Victorian era. Another lounge is located outdoors. This is a terrace with soft sun loungers for sunbathing and shade awnings. The restaurant is open throughout the day and serves Asian, European and American dishes. The bar serves a sun terrace and guests wishing to have a drink in the dining room. This relatively inexpensive hotel is chosen by transit travelers who want to explore the bay. Free parking spaces are provided.
Scarlet Pearl Cruises
Scarlet Pearl Cruises is a modern luxury yacht. Her cabins are a model of luxury and comfort. It offers 5-star service in the SPA, gym, restaurant, bar, tour desk. Only Premium class cars are used to organize the transfer. Scarlet Pearl’s main restaurant is located on deck 3. It creates an unforgettable dining experience for guests in a luxurious setting. Using the freshest local ingredients, talented chefs create a fantastic menu based on both classic Vietnamese and international dishes. Guests enjoy a spacious living area surrounded by full-size view windows, live entertainment and wonderful multicultural cuisine. The unique Akoya Spa offers a series of treatments using special pearl powder. Cosmetics and oils contribute to the rejuvenation of the body. Free foot massage – as a gift. A special touch of the journey is the Pearl Museum located on board. This is not only a pearl shop, but also an exhibition of pearls, which gives pleasure to both collectors and shopaholics.
Le Theatre Cruises – Wonder on Lan Ha Bay
Five-star cruise Le Theatre Cruises will give a unique atmosphere of relaxation to each of its guests. On board, everything from cabins to common seating areas has its own name and interior. The Opera Restaurant serves author’s dishes prepared with fresh ingredients. In the evenings, a pianist comes out to the piano installed in the center of the hall and piano music sounds here. The sun terrace of Le Theatre is located on the 4th outdoor deck. In the center there is a shallow pool, along the perimeter there are plush sofas, deep armchairs, soft sun loungers. It is the perfect place to relax, sunbathe and enjoy a drink. Those who get up early can refresh themselves and focus on their morning Tai Chi Chuan classes. From 09:00 to 11:00 the specialists of the SPA salon accept those who wish. Guests highly appreciate the living conditions, service and beauty of the ship.
Stellar of the Seas Cruise
You can go on a cruise through the bays and lagoons on the ultra-modern yacht Stellar of the Seas Cruise 5 *. The owners offer not only a luxury cruise to the highest safety standards, but also a completely unique experience with an elaborate itinerary, attentive service, authentic décor, delicious food. Here everything is provided for a comfortable stay, even a 50-meter outdoor pool located on the second deck. The sun terrace located on the upper deck is the perfect place to relax, sunbathe, enjoy a drink or practice Tai Chi Chuan in the early morning. As an active recreation are offered: kayak races, kayaking with a visit to the fishing village, swimming and relaxing on a private beach, squid fishing at night, cooking workshops. The work of the staff is highly appreciated by the guests of the project, and they also like to travel in a small company of new friends.
Alisa Luxury Cruise
Alisa Luxury Cruise is one of the recognized 5-star cruises on Ha Long Bay. Guests note the high professionalism of the staff, comfortable conditions for relaxation, pleasant interiors of cabins and shared lounges. The Alisa Luxury Cruise is a traditional Vietnamese junk of the new generation with uncompromising quality and safety standards. Guests are offered: perfectly designed cabins for accommodation, an exceptional itinerary, unique service, friendly and accommodating staff. To save tourists from the hassle of budgeting cruise costs, the cost of accommodation includes taxes, insurance, meals, entertainment, entrance tickets to attractions and much more that the traveler will ask for. The staff is well trained, full of enthusiasm, high qualification, friendly. The restaurant is located on the 3rd deck and is open throughout the day. The bar is located on the 4th deck, which has a sun terrace. There are armchairs, sun loungers and umbrellas, in the morning classes in oriental breathing exercises are held, and in the evening they are treated to cocktails and pleasant music. You can perform karaoke. The cruise hotel is suitable for traveling with families or groups of friends. The main part of the rooms is designed for three or more people.
All cruise hotels are distinguished by a high level of services. The undisputed leader is Indochine Cruise, but each traveler has his own, deeply personal preferences. Someone may not like the abundance of other tourists on board. In this case, it is better to pay attention to Madeline Cruise 5 * and modern yachts. For adventures in the company of friends, you can book Alisa Luxury Cruise or other cruises on modern junks. Almost everywhere there are services for the study of Asian cooking, taijiquan classes with an instructor, excursion tours and other activities. The main thing is to decide what to expect from the trip and how secluded it should be.