HALONG BAY, Vietnam —The newest option to open in famed Ha Long Bay is a day cruise through the rarely explored Western Isles aboard the UNESCO Heritage Site’s only international-standard fleet of private junks.
Life Heritage Resort Ha Long Bay has begun ferrying small groups on customisable four- and six-hour cruises through lesser-known portions of the bay’s stunning seascape. Day cruises come with a set lunch of Vietnamese or Fusion cuisine, afternoon tea, entrance fees to the optional stopovers along the route, all non-alcoholic beverages and coffee and tea. Passengers have full run of the boat’s snorkelling equipment, kayaks and fishing gear.
Each four-star junk holds one 35-square-metre cabin with an en-suite bathroom, a living room and covered outdoor lounge, as well as a sun and swim deck, and is operated by a four-man crew trained to international maritime standards. Cruises depart from the Tuan Chau Marina at 10 and 11:30 daily.
Two-person cruises are priced at VND 4.9 million for a six-hour cruise, and VND 3.55 million for a four-hour cruise, with an extra charge for additional adults or children. For more information, visit www.life-resorts.com.