Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is famed for its crystal-clear emerald waters and its fascinating collection of thousands of limestone islands and islets towering out of the bay’s waters. These karsts come in all manner of shapes and sizes and there are nearly 2,000 of them altogether. All of them are forested and are home to incredibly di-verse wildlife. Most of them have never been inhabited.

The bay covers an area of approximately 1,500 square kilometers. It lies just over 100 miles east of Ha-noi, Vietnam’s capital and second largest city in terms of population. Closer by is the eponymous city of Ha Long, which fringes the northern coast of the bay. The bay area has a tropical coastal climate, with two main seasons. From April to September, it tends to be quite warm, though most of the area’s annual rain falls dur-ing this time of year; from October to March, temperatures are usually cooler and while there’s a bit more wind, there’s significantly less rain.

What makes Ha Long Bay particularly appealing is the fact that there are so many islands to explore. Cat Ba is by far the largest of them all and is known for its incredible biodiversity, not to mention its variety of rugged landscapes and natural ecosystems. It is home to the endangered Cat Ba langur and roughly half of it is protected as part of a national park. Dau Be is popular with divers and swimmers thanks to its beautifully preserved grottoes, while many visit Bo Hon to venture through the Virgin Cave and catch a glimpse of its famous shrine. The best way to explore the Bay is on a cruise on a traditional style junk; these enable visitors to experience first-hand the many caves, limestone formations, grottoes and other natural wonders that have made the bay one of the the highlights of Vietnam.


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Classic 16 day guided cultural journey through Vietnam including sailing in Ha Long, cycling in Hanoi, rural villages, and iconic beaches.

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Families from $2,193 pp plus flights

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Flights are typically an additional $749 per person economy class from London

16 day family holiday exploring Vietnam’s vibrant cities, rural landscapes, and idyllic beaches including cycling, sailing, and a tropical island.

Tailor-made Classic 16 days

Families from $1,836 pp plus flights

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Flights are typically an additional $749 per person economy class from London

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Accommodation

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8/10

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Price rating 4

- 11 Cabins
- 2 Sundecks
- Kayaks
- Traditional interiors

Dragon Legend

Halong Bay

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Luxury Junk
- 24 spacious cabins
- Kayaking
- Seawater pool

Red Dragon

Halong Bay

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8/10

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Price rating 4

- 5 Cabins
- Authentic Junk
- 1 & 2 Night Cruises

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  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

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