In November 2009 it was first heard: Welcome aboard the Ha Long Violet Junk, your five-star luxury cruiser! The setting, of course, is the spectacular Vietnamese Ha Long Bay, declared a world natural heritage site by the UNESCO. Explore towering sandstone islands, mystic dripstone caves, hidden grottos and quaint fishing villages on a two or three day luxury cruise.
It is a magical experience: The azure blue water merrily splashes against the Violet Junk’s elegant hull, bow pointed towards
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the thousands of sandstone peaks rising out of the ocean like a dragon’s pointed teeth.
The composition is perfect. Traditional elegance is coupled with contemporary creature comforts and then generously doused with stylish decorations and select pieces of art. The elegant dining room commands a marvellous ocean view. Moreover, a large spa staffed with experienced and dedicated professionals is at your disposition.
However, most important of all, the Violet Junk has only six sweeping luxury rooms complete with marble bathrooms. The Violet is exclusive. The Violet is committed to providing a unique experience with you at the focus!
The cuisine is delectable to the point that words fail to describe it. Freshest seafood is certainly at the heart of the chef’s magic. Indulge in Vietnamese cuisine at its best and settle down on the deck with a refreshing drink afterwards!
Set sails with the Violet Junk and experience the “Dragon Passage” on a sensational two-day cruise:
On the first day, the crew warmly welcomes you aboard and introduces you to the ship’s ample facilities. Gently, the Violet Junk slips away from the quay and sets course for Mat Quy Island, passing through a maze of soaring sandstone pinnacles en route. Having reached your destination, you continue underground into the depths of the Ong Cave system sporting age-old stalactites and stalagmites.
Cast off again and set sails for Cua Van, Ha Long’s oldest fishing village. Small boats shuttle you across to the village composed of floating house boats designed in the traditional style. A charming setting! Back aboard, the captain orders you to the pots: Unravel the secrets of the Vietnamese cuisine in an entertaining and lip-smacking cooking class!
As the sun slowly dips towards the horizon, it is time to make yourself comfortable. Sip a cocktail mixed to perfection and admire the scenery bathed in the dramatic light of the setting sun. Just before dinner, you may enjoy a presentation of Ha Long Bay that combines detailed information with inspiring visual impression.
Start the second day aboard the Violet Junk with an energy boost: A Tai Chi lesson is just the thing to get your full force flaring and to raise your appetite for breakfast! Afterwards, shuttle across to an immaculately white sand beach and take a refreshing dip in the bay. Pure bliss for body, mind and soul! Those with energies to spare may also climb a hill that boasts a magnificent view out over Ha Long Bay.
Later, the Violet Junk slowly turns back to port in Ha Long. Rest your eyes one last time on the magnificent scenery of Ha Long Bay before saying your goodbyes to the friendly crew.
Two days are not enough? Step it up to the wonderful three-day cruise “Jewels of Ha Long Bay” featuring the following itinerary:
The three-day cruise starts with the “Dragon Passage” programme and introduces you to all of the fascinating region’s splendour as detailed above. However, the extra day ensures a more complete experience of Ha Long Bay.
In the morning, you board a day boat that takes you deep into Lan Ha Bay. Back on firm ground, you may decide to cycle along the coast from Cat Ba to Viet Hay village. Take a breather in the beautiful village full of traditional houses and observe the locals going about their daily business. Back on the water, you set the course past awe-inspiring rock formations towards Ho Ba Ham.
Should the weather be unfavourably, an alternative programme ensures an equally enjoyable day. Explore the island wonderland in a kayak or just kick back and take a dip in the welcoming water of the bay. The setting is spectacular, no matter the weather. In the early afternoon, you will be arriving at the “Surprise Cave” open to visitors. Alternatively, take a kayak to the Luon cave tunnels.
Those that prefer a slow day and stay aboard will surely appreciate the spa’s superb range of treatments and massages. Then again, you may decide to spend a few hours in the kitchen studying the Vietnamese cuisine. Pick up a few new recipes to culinarily revive your Vietnam holiday back home.
After another relaxing night aboard the Violet Junk, start the day with Tai Chi lessons and a hearty breakfast. A tender boat shuttles you across to the wonderful beach with crystal-clear water. Those itching with energy may decide to take the climb to a lookout point commanding a striking view of Ha Long Bay.
Time to start saying goodbye. The Violet Junk pulls up its anchor and slowly turns back towards its home port in Ha Long. On a fine day, why don’t you make yourself comfortable on the deck to marvel at the wonderful scenery one last time!
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