The Ha Long Jasmine Junk first set its sails in 2007. Since then, it has charmed its passengers with its gracious flair and abundant, charming details. Every centimetre has been carefully adorned and furbished with precious timber.
Twenty four luxuriously equipped cabins provide the backdrop for supreme relaxation and comfortable cruising around the UNESCO world heritage Ha Long Bay. Explore mystic dripstone caves, romantic fishing villages and magnificent sand beaches.
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there is Ha Long Bay’s chief attraction: thousands of vast limestone pillars that rise out of the azure blue ocean like pointed dragon teeth. The Jasmine Junk has been designed to offer you panoramic views from just about every point of the ship.
Settle down to a sizzling barbecue on deck or a romantic candle-light dinner at the elegant Jasmine Restaurant. No matter your choice, the Jasmine’s dedicated team of chefs works its intriguing magic for the benefit of your taste buds.
Incidentally, the Jasmine Junk is the largest ship to cruise Ha Long Bay, measuring 55 metres from bow to stern and eleven metres from port to starboard.
Set sails with the Jasmine 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 Jasmine 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 Jasmine Junk with an energy boost: A Tai Chi lesson before breakfast is just the thing to get your full force flaring and to raise your appetite! Afterwards, shuttle across to an immaculate, 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 Jasmine Junk slowly turns back to port in Ha Long. Rest your eyes on the magnificent scenery of Ha Long Bay one last time 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 aboard, 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 Jasmine Junk, start the day with a 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 Jasmine 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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