7 amazing cruise trips
From wandering through the magnificent caves of Halong bay, exploringthe daily life of its local people and enjoying romantic nights, to exploring the Mekong’s Tien and Hau rivers, taking a trip on a luxuriously appointed vessel is sure to enchant. Buffalotrip would like to invite you onboard a selection of high quality cruises at both ends of the country.
Cruise trips on the Mekong river
1. VisitingCai Be floating market and orchards; learning to be a farmer
Perfectly suited for a two-day getaway, this destination is enhanced by enjoying a night on a Le Cochinchine cruise along the Tien river. In addition to discovering the natural beauty of this watery landscape, the sampan will take you along aninterlaced channel system lined with fruit trees. When wandering throughthe paddy fieldson the islet and trying your hand at gardening, the abundant smiles of the local people will makeyou feel at peace in this friendly landscape.
Le Cochinchine Cruise
658/1 CMT8street, Ward 11, Dist. 3, HCMC
Tel: 08. 3993 4552
2. Exploring the legendary Mekong river
With three stops at Cai Be, Can Tho and Chau Doc in the three-day two-night journey on Bassac III cruise, you will have a chance to discover many of the wonders hidden along the Mekong river.
Departing from NinhKieu wharf near Can Tho bridge, the longest bridge in Southeast Asia, Bassac Cruise will take you to Tra On floating market and visit orchards and traditional villages, such as crispy glutinous rice cake making village or pottery village. Then, you will travel to Long Xuyen to visit Bang Lang stork garden and Ong Ho islet. There you well sing with artists of traditional music and pay a visit to pagodas built in Chinese and Kh’mer styles. In addition, the cruise will stop at the junction of Chau Doc river. Here, fish farms, Cham villages and anti-flood houses are sure to impress you.
144 Hai Ba Trung, NinhKieu, Can Tho
Tel: 0710. 3829 540
3. From Hauriver to Tien river
Although it is small, Song Xanh cruise is a good choice for families and couples, who would like to enjoy a more private experience to explore and discover the striking landscape or ride a bike along the lush green banks of the river.
When crossing through lush green gardens and paddy fields, guests will meet friendly local people and learn to make rice pancakes folded in half, sail a sampan and grill fish wrapped in clay. An enriching tour for those seeking to enhance their background knowledge by experiencing the unique customs here, you can also chose to immerse yourselfin the noisy ambiance of Tra On or Cai Rang floating markets.
49 - Section 5, Phu An, Cai Lay town, CaiBe, Tien Giang
Tel: 073. 3 924 658
4. A cruise trip through two countries
Uniquely remarkableand evoking a feeling of travelling on an early 20th century steam boat, Pandaw cruise is luxuriously designed in bronze and wood. In a journey linking Vietnam and Cambodia, guests can visit Tra On floating market or An Binh islet to learn how to peel longans and make crispy fried sticky rice. The cruise will take you to view brick-kilns in Vinh Long or Lap Vo, a bonsai village and the Huynh Thuy Le ancient house in Sa Dec. The cruise then continues to Long Xuyen and Chau Doc wharf to visit Cham villages, Chinese, Vietnamese and Khmer pagodas and fish farms. After that, you will travel to Cambodia to tour around Phnom Penh city on Tonle Sap river to experience the Khmer culture, and on to Siem Reap to visit the famed temples of Angkor.
Contact Pandaw Cruise at 08. 3832 0033 or visit the website: www.pandawcruise.com.
Cruise Trips on Halong Bay
5. Viewing Halong and staying overnight at the bay
Unlike other cruises on Halong Bay, a day trip onboard Paradise Peak Cruise and overnight stay at the luxurious Paradise Boutique hotel will offer you an extraordinary and unique experience.
On the first day, you can enjoy the well-appointed amenities of the hotel as well as discover exciting activities on the bay, before spending a night at Paradise Boutique hotel by the beautiful bay.
On the second day, after viewing an exotic sunrise, you will start your journey to discover the beauty of this world heritage site, aboardthe classy Paradise Peak cruise. The sundeck of the cruise includes an open bar, where guests can taste hundreds of high-end wines, sunbathe, read books and listen to music amidst Halong Bay with a 360-degree view. Wherever you stay on board and whichever program you join, you will always have a chance to beholdthe legendary beauty of Halong bay. Paradise Peak Cruise is appointed with spacious cabins with private balconies and high-class bathrooms. In particular, the cruise also has a private space for spa and massage, where guests can enjoy the magnificence of nature while relaxing in hot stone massage or Jacuzzi with the aroma of roses and lavender.
Box: For summer 2014, Paradise Peak cruise is offering a special promotional program. Accordingly, for443USD (about 9,303,000VND/2 people for a two-day one-night trip, you can enjoy allon-board services, including food, tea, coffee, beer and wine, except for some classy wines.
Tuan Chau, Halong, Quang Ninh
Tel: 033.3842 368.
6. Going onboard Bhaya Cruises
If you are searching for a fantastic summer vacation for your family and friends, then a trip on board Bhaya Legend Cruise is a perfect choice. Bhaya Legend is a private cruise thatbrings you comfort and privacy when viewing the breathtaking beauty of Halong bay. It has expanded its fleet to a total of 08 vessels, including 01 junk of one cabin, 02 junks of two cabins, 04 junks of three cabins, and 01 junk of four cabins. They are perfect for individuals, couples, families and friends wishing for an exclusive, private, customized charter cruise on Halong Bay.
In summer 2014, Bhaya cruises offer a cruise charter package for two-day one-night trips on Halong bay at 2,640,000VND/person. With this program, the cruise will take you on a tour around the bay, particularly Bai Tu Long bay, where you will enjoy a private space to enjoy your vacation, accompanied by a free dinner in the cave.
7. Exploring Halong Bay and the Gulf of Tonkin on board Au Co Cruise
A trip in three days two nights on the five-star Au Co cruise will take you to famous sites along the Gulf of Tonkin: Halong bay, Lan Ha bay and Bai Tu Long bay. You can discover the pristine beaches of Halong bay, immerse yourself in the turquoise water, go kayaking around sheer cliffs, see white storks flying peacefully or unwind yourself on white sandy banks.
During your trip, you can also enjoy the high qualityservices of the cruise. Taste delicious foods and relax with taichi every morning or indulge in the the onboard spa service and Jacuzzi. Mr. Eric Baumgartner – Operations Director of Bhaya Cruises shared: “Instead of staying one night on the cruise, the three-day two-night program is even more interesting because guests can discover three bays and one island to create an unforgettable experience”.
Box: In June 2014, go on board Au Co cruise forthree days two nights atonly 567USD (about 11,907,000VND/two people). With this trip, you can witness the marvelous beauty of Halong Bay and stay on board the luxury Au Co cruise with spacious rooms featuring private balconies, classy food and beverages as well as impeccableservice.
Sales office in Hanoi:
Tel: 04. 3933 4545