From US $4490, based on double occupancy
Hotel Single Supplement: US$180
Mothership Single Supplement: subject to availability, please enquire.
Easy to moderate kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, swimming, cultural encounters
2 nights boutique hotel, Hanoi
6 nights luxury mothership, Halong Bay
We pioneered Sea Kayaking in Vietnam twenty years ago and it quickly became clear we had discovered the world’s most exotic, dramatic paddling destination: Halong Bay. Back then we thought that within a few years the bay would be flooded with tourists, and indeed some areas have become packed with tour boats and day trippers in kayaks. But luckily, our favourite places remain untouched, far off the beaten path on the outer fringes of the bay.
Kayaking in Halong Bay is like gliding through another world: thousands of vertical islands cloaked in bonsai forests create a maze of calm waterways. The limestone cliffs are riddled with sea caves and we paddle through them to explore hidden lagoons. On the outer islets beautiful sand beaches call to us to take a break. We swim in warm waters and now, as a new addition to this classic trip, we can try out stand up paddle boarding – this is the perfect place to practice! Often there is a haze that bathes everything in a soft light and adds to the mysterious atmosphere. Local people believe that the bay is sacred and that dragon gods still lurk in its waters.
Our ‘Kayak Vietnam’ Adventure takes us to the floating villages of fisherfolk, stopping to chat to children on their way to school in bamboo coracles and women selling groceries from rowing boats. In a beachside temple we witness animistic ceremonies to honor the deities of Halong Bay. Our home in this wondrous water-world is a lovely, traditionally built junk, featuring en suite staterooms, deck areas for relaxing and an experiencing crew, including a fabulous chef who will happily give cookery lessons on request!
Our Vietnam paddling adventure begins in Hanoi, where we staying in a charming hotel, right in the heart of the historic Old Quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next stop is Halong Bay where we board our luxurious mothership and sail into kayaking nirvana. Get ready to be astounded at the shape shifting vistas that unfold before as explore rock gardens, caves and hidden lagoons – and listen out for the dragons!
Why explore in Halong Bay with us?
Nestled amid lush mountains at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers, with French colonial architecture and hundreds of glittering, gold roofed temples, Luang Prabang is the most evocative, well preserved and peaceful old city of SE Asia. On our four night/five day extension, we immerse you in the enchanting atmosphere, culture and history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Witness hundreds of monks padding through the streets at dawn to collect alms, wander through an astonishing ethnic market and take part in a traditional bacci ceremony. Cruise on the Mekong, and in its beautiful surrounding countryside go trekking with elephants, swimming in waterfalls, and trying your hand at rice cultivation. You will fall in love with Laos!
No journey to SE Asia is complete without a visit to the mystical Angkor temples around Siem Reap, Cambodia. Watch the sun rise over the stunning towers of Angkor Wat; sit in the roots of a giant tree to gaze at the peaceful four–side faces of Bayon temple; marvel at the intricate carvings in Banteay Srei and hike through cool forest to the astounding riverbed carvings in Kbal Spean. As our knowledgeable guide brings history alive, you will be spellbound and moved by this incomparable UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Suggested length: 3 to 5 days
Please let us know your preferences and we will put together an amazing excursion for you.
Adventure Travel has been our specialty since 1991 when we started to explore the world's most spectacular places as photographers and writers. Several years (and several books) later we began sharing our experiences with others by developing and leading adventure tours. We founded Hidden Places Travel in 2000 and quickly became renowned for our unique, off-the-beaten-track itineraries. Our support of local communities and conservation projects gives our trips unprecedented access and our loyal following of repeat guests is a testament to our professionalism and nurturing approach.
We invite you to join us on one of our life-changing adventures.
Dag Goering and Maria Coffey