Itinerary : Kayak Vietnam!

We think of our itineraries as melodies: they have a beginning and an end, a certain arc, dramatic highlights and a few surprises. We like to improvise, to adapt to the mood of our guests or to circumstances that arise — an invitation to a traditional wedding, say, or a local ethnic festival…

Crafting beautiful, harmonious trips with delightful twists is our trade mark and passion.


Halong Bay is the world’s most spectacular sea kayaking destination. Thousands of limestone islets rise vertically from the warm, jade ocean to form a maze of protected waterways with countless sea arches, sea caves and hidden lagoons. Twenty years ago we pioneered sea kayaking in Halong Bay, and since then we have been exploring every nook and cranny of this awe-inspiring archipelago, finding secret places that we share with our guests. Join us for an adventure in style: our mothership, a traditional-styled sailing junk features double cabins with en-suite bathrooms, large deck areas for relaxing and a dining room where you delight in gourmet cuisine, including incredible local seafood fresh from the bay.

Day 1 — Hanoi
From our charming hotel, plunge into the Old Quarter’s fascinating warren of streets. In the evening meet your travel companions at our favourite restaurant and celebrate the beginning of our 20th Anniversary Adventure.
Day 2 — Halong Bay
Embark our mothership and head up to the top deck to get a 360 degree view as we cruise through the labyrinth of limestone islands towering above us in fantastical shapes. Pick up some paddling instruction from your kayak guru and go out for a shake-down excursion.
Day 3 — Halong Bay
The next few days takes you to the hidden gems where hardly anyone ventures. Find secret passages to hidden lagoons and into magical sea caves on the rarely visited fringe of the bay.
Day 4 — Halong Bay
Paddle through a ‘wall’ of rock towers that seems to open up to let you through, and close behind you – an Alice Through the Looking Glass experience!
Day 5 — Halong Bay
Following your trusty guide, navigate intricate mazes of islands to reach a floating village where we pay visits to homes and local shops - by kayak!
Day 6 — Halong Bay
Explore wild watery tunnels and caves, then paddle up to a temple on a white sand beach, witnessing animistic ceremonies to worship the spirits and deities of the bay.
Day 7 — Halong Bay
Our final day of paddling - more caves, sea arches, swimming. Chill on the deck of your mothership before indulging in a final multi-course seafood feast.
Day 8 — Halong Bay to Hanoi
Back in Hanoi, celebrate our adventure with a fabulous farewell dinner in a beautifully restored French colonial mansion.
Day 9 — Leave Hanoi
After breakfast, say goodbye to your fellow Halong Bay explorers and transfer to the airport. End Of Services.

Please note: this itinerary serves as an example of trip highlights and is subject to change.

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