Oriental Bridge Cruises in Halong Bay
Cruises on our own Authentic Private Junk
ORIENTAL SUN


WHY A PRIVATE JUNK ?

Of all the ways to visit Halong Bay, a private junk is by far the best for many reasons:

- You are the only passengers on board;

- Smaller than collective junks, a private junk sails on channels not accessible to larger ones and stop you on isolated beaches which the larger ones cannot approach;

- Private junks are allowed to spend the night in a small quiet bay selected by the Captain, when collective ones must all stay in the same large bay;

- Better service and food.

Oriental Bridge Travel is the happy owner of its two-cabin private junk, Oriental Sun. The fact that we own her presents enormous advantages: The fact that we own her presents another enormous advantage compared with junks sublet from their owners by agencies: as sole owners, we are in complete control of the quality of the onboard services and of the maintenance (in addition to the regular checkings, Oriental Sun is taken to a shipyard and completely inspected once a year).

We propose to you cruises from 2 to 4 days, as well as a sensational programme: A 2 to 3-day cruise on Oriental Sun, combined with a one or 2-day stay in the magic "Halong Bay on Land" of Ninh Binh (Tam Coc).


THE JUNK ORIENTAL SUN

An ancient 22-meter fishing junk, she has a very rare particularity: she has two real sails, which allows her cruising without engine, weather permitting, whereas most other junks have decorating sails. Even more environmentally friendly, she has a system of treatment of used waters before they are rejected in the sea.




Oriental Sun has been entirely redecorated in June 2011. She counts two 15-m² cabins, one double and one twin, each with its own bathroom, an open lounge-dining room on the stern deck, and a bow sun deck large enough to sleep « under the stars » if you wish. Meals are feasts of sea food bought in the fishing villages we visit, a guarantee of its perfect freshness, and prepared by a true Cordon Bleu sailor.




Our junk Oriental Sun has obtained in 2013 the certificate of respect of the environment issued by the Office of the Cat Ba Archipelago Biosphere Reserve.


Important remark: Oriental Sun has 2 cabins, but, if you are only 2, we do not take other passengers on board and the junk is for you alone.


THE TRANSFERS FROM HA NOI TO CAT BA ISLAND (HALONG BAY)

Oriental Sun starts from the island of Cat Ba. To reach the island from Ha Noi, you have the choice between 2 solutions: private car or local bus.

Private car Hanoi-Haiphong and speed boat Haiphong-Cat Ba Island

Departure from your Ha Noi hotel around 6 AM and transfer to Hai Phong, then boat from Hai Phong to Cat Ba. Return by boat from Cat Ba to Haiphong and car from Hai Phong to your Ha Noi hotel. This solution allows more time to visit Cat Ba Island.

Local bus Ha Noi- Haiphong and regular boat Haiphong-Cat Ba Island

Car from your Ha Noi hotel to the local bus Ha Noi-Haiphong, then boat Haiphong-Cat Ba. Return by the same means.


OUR CRUISES ON ORIENTAL SUN

2-day cruise (one night on board) : Halong and Lan Ha Bay

Day 1: HA NOI – CAT BA – LAN HA BAY - HALONG BAY

    The driver and English-speaking guide meet you at your hotel around 6:30 for the transfer by car or bus from Hanoi to Haiphong and by boat from Haiphong to Cat Ba Island.

Arrival in Cat Ba around 12:00, boarding on Oriental Sun. Seafood lunch while the junk starts sailing through Lan Ha Bay, a protected site part of Cat Ba National Park. We then enter Halong Bay, sailing towards isolated islands, cruising through passages inaccessible to larger boats.
 

We stop on a isolated small beach for swimming and/or kayaking weather permitting. Visit of the Hang Ca Lagoon, accessible by a small craft through a tunnel. Delicious seafood diner and night on board in Lan Ha Bay.


Day 2: LAN HA BAY - HA NOI
  Breakfast on board; we sail through Lan Ha Bay, approaching islets and peaks as close as possible. Visit of a floating fishing farm village.

Lunch on board (or on land if we have to embark new passengers), disembarkment between 11:30 and noon and return to Hanoi, where you arrive at your hotel around 18:00.
   


3-day cruise (2 nights on board): Lan Ha, Halong and Bai Tu Long Bay

Day 1: HA NOI – CAT BA - LAN HA AND HALONG BAY

    The driver and English-speaking guide meet you at your hotel around 6:30 for the transfer by car or bus from Hanoi to Haiphong and by boat from Haiphong to Cat Ba Island. Arrival in Cat Ba around 12:00, boarding on Oriental Sun. Seafood lunch while the junk starts sailing through Lan Ha Bay, a protected site part of Cat Ba National Park. We then enter Halong Bay, sailing towards isolated islands, cruising through passages inaccessible to larger boats.

We stop on a isolated small beach for swimming and/or kayaking weather permitting. Visit of the Hang Ca Lagoon, accessible by a small craft through a tunnel. Delicious seafood diner and night on board in Lan Ha Bay.
 


Day 2: HALONG AND BAI TU LONG BAY
  Breakfast on board and we continue the navigation through Lan Ha and Halong Bays, towards Bai Tu Long Bay, which the legend claims to be the one where the dragon which made the bays arrived.

We spend the day navigating, swimming, kayaking, having lunch on board, and just relaxing.

We then sail back to Lan Ha Bay for another delicious diner and a second night on Oriental Sun.
   

Day 3: LAN HA BAY – HAI PHONG - HA NOI

Breakfast on board while sailing through Lan Ha Bay, approaching islets and peaks as close as possible. Visit of a floating fishing farm village. Lunch on board (or on land if we have to embark new passengers), disembarkment between 11:30 and noon and return to Hanoi, where you arrive at your hotel around 18:00.


Rates per person in dollars

RT transfer by local bus + regular boat

  1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5 pers.
2-day cruise $479 $295 $234 $208 $191
3-day cruise $703 $424 $327 $280 $252

RT transfer by private car + speed boat

  1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5 pers.
2-day cruise $596 $347 $262 $230 $205
3-day cruise $833 $483 $369 $315 $280


Children rates when sharing a cabin with the parents :

Less than 2 years : Free
2 to 4 years : 20$ per day – 1 child only
5 to 7 years : 75% of adult rates – 1 child only
Rates for several children less than 7 years on request

Included : Roundtrip transfers Hanoi-Cat Ba by local bus or private car ; English-speaking guide ; all the meals on the junk, permits and entrance fees ; activities (kayaking, fishing etc. ) ; taxes and service

Not included : Personal insurance, drinks, tips (optional)


We can also organize for you a customize cruise with the itinerary and for the number of days you wish. Please do not hesitate to ask us.




BEACH AND CRUISE: NGOC VUNG ISLAND (BAI TU LONG BAY) AND ORIENTAL SUN (4 days)


This tour takes you to a charming fishermen island, Ngoc Vung, located in Bai Tu Long Bay. It combines 2 nights and a very pleasant beach day in the island, and a cruise on our private junk Oriental Sun which sails through the bays of Bai Tu Long, Halong and Lan Ha all the way down to Cat Ba Island.

   
Day1 : HANOI – NGOC VUNG ISLAND

Your driver picks you up at your hotel, direction Cam Pha Harbour. Local lunch, followed by the transfer on a public boat from Cam Pha to the island.

Upon arrival at the island pier, a tuk tuk takes you to your beach hotel. Relaxation, diner and night on Ngoc Vung.
 

Please note that the island counting one hotel and 2 nearby restaurants only, a guide is not necessary.


Day 2 : NGOC VUNG ISLAND

Free day in Ngoc Vung. In the morning, you may want to go to a small isolated beach on the left of the hotel when you face the sea; the path to go there is accessible only in the morning until noon; bring shoes because of sharp pebbles on the path. Lunch and relax on the main beach or stroll in the island. Diner and 2nd night in Ngoc Vung.

 
Dayr 3 : CRUISE ON ORIENTAL SUN (HALONG BAY AND LAN HA BAY)

Around 8:00, transfer by tuk-tuk to the pier, where our private junk Oriental Sun and a guide wait for you.

Cruise in Halong and Lan Ha Bay.

Kayaking off the 3 Prunes Beach. Lunch and diner on board and night on the junk in Lan Ha Bay.
   

Day 4 : LAN HA BAY – HANOI

Continuation of the cruise in Lan Ha Bay. Lunch and disembarkment around noon, followed by the 14:00 speed boat Cat Ba- Hai Phong and the return by private car to Hanoi, where you arrive around 18:00.


Rates per person in US dollars

1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5 pers.
$1186 $676 $551 $454 $427


French Guide du Routard 2013, page 200 (translation):

Based in Hanoi, a small dynamic agency founded by 2 young Vietnamese. Their cruises in Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay offer excellent services in a private or collective junk (2 and 3-day cruises). Several levels of comfort and rates, extreme seriousness in the organization, traditional products (seafood) on the cooking side, and an excellent knowledge of the bays… Our preferred boat: their ancient private junk, Oriental Sun, with real sails (she also has an engine!).


Our private junk Oriental Sun has obtained in 2013 the certificate of respect of the environment issued by the Office of the Cat Ba Archipelago Biosphere Reserve.




COMBINATION HALONG BAY / "HALONG BAY ON LAND" OF TAM COC (NINH BINH)
At the end of your 2 or 3-day cruise

A chauffeur-driven car picks you up at the disembarkation quay of the boat Cat Ba-Haiphong. We then drive through the Red River Delta from north to south and arrive around 19:00 in Tam Coc, 6 km from the capital Ninh Binh in the middle of the magic Halong Bay on Land. Registration at the hotel Chez Loan, among the lime peaks and rice fields, rest, and a delicious diner (Vietnamese fondue).


1-day Tam Coc Programme : TAM COC – HOA LU - HANOI

  In the morning, we go boating on the 3-tunnel river through lime cliff canyons, one of the "Must Do" of Vietnam, followed by the visit –by car on bicycle at your choice- of the Bich Dong Pagoda, built on 3 stages on a cliff, and Thai Vi Temple. Lunch chez Loan. We then take a small road to an astonishing site, Hang Mua Pagoda, perched on a high mountain, and from which you enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the entire region…at a price: climbing 450 steps, totally worthwhile.

We then drive on 15 superb kilometers of small roads through the lime peak maze, one of our little "secrets", and arrive in Hoa Lu, the first capital of Vietnam. Visit of the two temples of Hoa Lu: Dinh Thien Hoang and Le Dai Hanh, and drive back to your Hanoi hotel.
   

2-day Tam Coc Programme : TAM COC – HOA LU – PHAT DIEM - HANOI

1st Day : TAM COC – HOA LU

In the morning, we go boating on the 3-tunnel river through lime cliff canyons, one of the "Must Do" of Vietnam, followed by the visit –by car on bicycle at your choice- of the Bich Dong Pagoda, built on 3 stages on a cliff, and Thai Vi Temple. Lunch chez Loan.

We then drive on 15 superb kilometers of small roads through the lime peak maze, one of our little "secrets", and arrive in Hoa Lu, the first capital of Vietnam. Visit of the two temples of Hoa Lu: Dinh Thien Hoang and Le Dai Hanh. We then return to Chez Loan for a free à la carte diner and the night.


2nd Day : TAM COC – PHAT DIEM - HANOI

    In the morning, we take a small road to an astonishing site, Hang Mua Pagoda, perched on a high mountain, and from which you enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the entire region…at a price: climbing 450 steps, totally worthwhile. Then, short ride through the rice fields and canals of the Delta, the center of North Vietnam Catholicism.

Arrival for lunch at the stupendous –and, again, rarely visited- Phat Diem Cathedral (1891), a Sino-European architectural masterpiece of enormous proportions.

 

Lunch near the cathedral and visit of the complex (bell tower, main building, and the 4 elegant chapels).
Return to Hanoi, where the driver leaves you at your hotel around 6 PM.


Rates per person in dollars

The rates here under are to be added to the rate of the Halong Cruise you have selected, and include:
-A chauffeur-driven car for the trip Haiphong-Tam Coc and Tam Coc-Hanoi
-The guide
-The room Chez Loan in Tam Coc
-The meals as indicated The entrance fees to monuments
-Taxes and service
-They do not include the diner à la carte Chez Loan (evening of Day 1 of the 2-Day stay); the drinks,
and your personal purchases.

  1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5 pers.
1 jour Tam Coc $317 $172 $140 $116 $104
2 jour Tam Coc $466 $248 $200 $272 $155