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This 5-day tour is designed as a luxurious extension to our Mekong Gay River Cruise but also makes a great escape on its own. Spend 3 days and 2 nights in majestic Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its otherworldly limestone islands. Then visit Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi, home of revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh.
Note: This tour has special booking conditions. Please click here for more details.
Chào bạn – welcome to Vietnam! Things kick off with a morning flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Cat Bi, followed by a 1.5-hour drive to Ha Long Bay where our ship – the Au Co – awaits. Sip something tropical during our safety briefing, then lunch is served. Our first stop is Trinh Nu Cave, a majestic grotto carved by nature. Here we can relax on the secluded beach, or take in the stunning views while kayaking in the jade-colored water. Back on the main vessel we can soak up the sun, settle into a massage, or enjoy happy hour at the bar. Later, join in on the excitement of Masterchef “Halong Bay Edition” and try your hand at creating authentic Vietnamese dishes. We’ll moor by Lom Bo Island overnight.
Please note: Today’s flight is not included in the cost of the tour. Please see Important Information for a special note on purchasing domestic airfare.
Wake up to a Tai Chi lesson or sleep in until breakfast when we’ll sail to Cua Van, a floating village set amidst towering islands. We’ll board kayaks and bamboo boats to journey amongst the fishing families and their homes. Later, we can walk, bike, or take a trolley to Viet Hai village, known for its stunning surroundings, before savouring a traditional village-style lunch prepared by locals. We’ll even have an opportunity to take a dip in an emerald lagoon with crystal-clear waters. At 5pm happy hour begins anew with traditional cooking and fruit-carving demos on the sun deck and a delicious seafood BBQ.
Start your day with more Tai Chi before we visit the wondrous and massive Sung Sot Cave. We’ll then enjoy brunch, check out, and disembark the ship for our transfer to Hanoi. On arrival we’ll check in to our luxurious French Quarter hotel, with a but of time to unwind before we’re treated to a unique Hanoian folk music performance by artist Hat Xam. Later, we’ll savour an included dinner at an upscale restaurant.
After breakfast, we’ll begin our city tour at the Museum of Ethnology where the highlight is a beautiful outdoor area featuring genuine houses and compounds built and used by many different ethnic groups. Continuing on, we’ll visit the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university, before enjoying lunch at a restaurant owned by an NGO that trains disadvantaged youth in the hospitality industry. Then it’s on to Ba Dinh Square, a.k.a the Ho Chi Minh complex, where the revolutionary leader declared Vietnam’s independence in 1945. We’ll visit the Stilt House – where he lived – along with the Presidential Palace which he shunned given its colonial credentials. We’ll also visit the nearby One Pillar Pagoda before wandering through the chaotic old quarter for a quintessential Hanoian experience. This evening, we’ll gather for dinner at a Michelin-rated restaurant featuring contemporary Vietnamese food.
There are no activities planned today. You’ll be transferred to the airport in time for your flight home. Safe travels!
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While these trips typically attract gay men, all genders are welcome, and we encourage friends and family to join the fun as well.Learn More
All accommodations on Out Adventures tours include breakfast and are located in areas central to our activities. All amenities are examples only, and may differ from hotel to hotel.
5-Star Hotel: Truly luxurious, beautifully decorated and spacious rooms complete with extras such a bathrobe and slippers, and often including an evening turndown service. Expect premium amenities such as a fitness centre, multiple pools and restaurants, a sauna and/or spa. Customer service is exceptional, always includes a concierge service, and may include butler service.
Luxury River Cruise: The Au Co features a sundeck and terrace, restaurant, wellness spa, jacuzzi and library. Out Adventures customers are automatically booked in Deluxe Cabins featuring private French balconies. Out Adventures will be our own group within a larger non-LGBTQ+/mixed crowd on the ship which can accommodate up to 64 guests.
Scroll down to ‘Examples Of Accommodations’ for specific information and photos about the accommodations used on this tour.Learn More
This trip is fully booked but cancellations occur. If you’d like to be contacted if space opens up, please click “Book Now”, select the appropriate departure and you will be prompted to provide limited information.
If you are a solo traveller willing to share a room with another solo traveller, please select Shared/Twin Room when booking this tour.
If you are a solo traveller interested in booking a private room, please select single supplement when booking this tour (based on availability). If you are willing to share a room with another solo traveller, please select Solo Shared.
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