The Bay of Dragons

A sublime natural wonder, Halong Bay is Vietnam’s shining sea-treasure. Exquisite limestone karsts loom from crystal-clear jade waters, forming awe-inspiring formations that will captivate and inspire you.

Our luxurious Halong Bay cruises will immerse you in the magic of this World Heritage-listed natural wonder. Spend three glorious days exploring the spectacular views of the 1,600 limestone monolithic islands coated with dense jungle vegetation, rising magnificently from the sea.

Halong Bay translates to “where the dragon descends into the sea” and the sight of the imposing geological structures easily conjure the legend behind this mystical, serene seascape.

The myth tells of a mountain dragon defending the land, its vast thumping tail carving out chasms and valleys before diving into the sea, filling the spaces with water, leaving only the pinnacles peaking skywards.

On board the elegant Au Co, our Halong Bay cruises will enchant you as you discover the many secret untouched beaches, vast caves and hidden gems of the descending dragon. Many of the islets are uninhabitable, but two of the largest islands Tuan Chau and Cat Ba have permanent residents and sophisticated tourist facilities.

Our Halong Bay cruises also take you to the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, the ‘Paris of the East’ Hanoi, the graceful old world port town of Hoi An and up into the spectacular mountains and villages. Our exclusive Mekong River cruising itineraries include Cambodia and Laos with 8 to 27 day cruising itineraries to choose from.

Cruise through Halong Bay

Enjoy the spectacular views of Halong Bay on a luxury cruise.

When you travel to the World Heritage-listed Halong Bay, we partner with the fantastic Au Co, so that you can make the most of your three days in this beautiful region.

As you soon as you step on board the Au Co luxury cruise ship, you can relax into your journey assured that every detail of your Halong Bay cruise experience has been thoughtfully planned for you.

The luxurious Au Co suites have a 360-degree view of the bay with a private terrace for you to enjoy the spectacular scenery.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Halong Bay with the opportunity to kayak, snorkel and swim in hidden lagoons.

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Your plush cabins include an en-suite bathroom, hair dryer, refrigerator, a safety deposit box, coffee and tea making facilities, air conditioning, complimentary drinking water, deluxe bathroom amenities and bathrobes.

The ship's first-class facilities include complimentary wifi, an on board restaurant and bar, library, spa centre, sun deck and jacuzzi.

The wonders of Halong Bay

Begin the day with a gentle but energising tai chi lesson on board the Sun Deck as the sun gloriously rises over the spectacular descending dragon of Halong Bay.

After a day’s inspiring explorations of Halong Bay, enjoy an exclusive, enchanting dinner in the magical surrounds of the aptly-named Fairy Cave, a splendid candlelit cave that brings a dreamy, romantic quality to the exotic surrounds. The next day visit Cat Ba island and venture deeper into the lush National Park.

On your journey throughout South East Asia there are many opportunities to visit to World-Heritage listed sites, revelatory insights into traditional cultures, art, music, architectural delights and local-knowledge passages on offer ensuring an unforgettable, wonder experience no matter which option you choose.

We know one of the best ways to experience a new culture is through new and exciting taste sensations and dining experiences. The cuisine of South East Asia is delicate, fragrant and delicious and our Halong Bay cruises deliver you a wide array of culinary experiences for you to try through our Freechoice Dining options.

In Ho Chi Minh city you might take a dinner cruise along the Saigon River or settle in for a French-style meal in an old French colonial house. In Cambodia you might sample some traditional Khmer cuisine or the East-West Fusion offerings in Angkor.

Our Journey Designers have also prepared exclusive Enrich encounters for each itinerary. Enrich experiences are multi-sensory cultural activities that are completely inaccessible to the ordinary traveller, and they are all-included in your South East Asia River Cruise as a special extra just for you – these are the stuff of treasured memories.