Bai Tu Long bay
Launched in 2010
07.30 – 08.00: We begin the journey by picking you up at your hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and driving you east towards Hai Duong.
10.30 – 12.00: On the way to Bai Tu Long Bay, we stop at Yen Duc, an ancient village known for its preserved agricultural traditions. We continue onto Bai Tu Long Bay after lunch.
13.15 – 14.00: Enjoy your welcome drink as you first step foot onto the Dragon Pearl Junk, your luxurious vessel through the mystical Bai Tu Long Bay.
14.00 – 16.45: Relax into your new lavish surroundings as we cruise past a plethora of limestone towers stretching high into the sky.
17.00 – 18.00: We reach the areas of Cap La and Tra San, two wonderful opportunities for swimming and kayaking in purely natural surroundings.
18.00 – 20.00: Freshen up for dinner as sunset descends behind the limestone peaks of Bai Tu Long Bay.
20.00 – 21.00: We drop anchor in the peaceful Cong Do Area tonight. The gentle swaying of the sea will lull you to sleep, but before this, we have board games, movies and squid fishing available for evening entertainment.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
07.30: Relish a light breakfast as the new day’s sun sets the jade water sparkling.
07.30 – 10.00: We head to the many schools, fish farms and houses of Vung Vieng Fishing Village, a floating community of houses tethered to each other by bamboo rafts and walkways. We will have the opportunity to kayak around here, or opt for a bamboo boat steered by a local.
10.15 – 11.00: We check out of our cabins back aboard the Dragon Pearl Junk, savouring an early lunch on the cruise back to the harbour. Step off the Dragon Pearl Junk and sit back for your return ride to Hanoi. End of your Halong Bay 2 day 1 night with Dragon Pearl Junk.
We would like to extend our sincere thanks for choosing the Dragon Pearl Junk as your carrier across the wonderful waterways of Bai Tu Long Bay.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
07.30 – 08.00: Our luxury van will pick you up in your hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and begin the journey.
10.30 – 12.00: We will arrive in the charming village of Yen Duc, a bastion of Vietnamese agricultural tradition. We will have lunch here and then continue to Halong Bay.
13. 15 – 14.00: The crew will greet you at Hon Gai Harbour on the Dragon Pearl Junk. Check-in and enjoy your welcome drink.
14.00 – 16.45: A traditional junk boat is the best way to see Halong Bay and you will experience that for yourself on the cruise to the Cap La Area.
17.00 – 18.00: You can swim and kayak around the stunning Cap La and Tra San areas.
18.00 – 20.00: Return to your Halong Bay junk to freshen up for dinner and watch the sunset.
20.00 – 21.00: Have a delicious dinner in the restaurant and we will drop anchor in the Cong Do Area for the night.
07.30 – 08.00: Have an open-air breakfast if the Halong Bay weather is on our side.
08.30 – 11.30: We will begin cruising to Cong Dam, a remote geological area with hidden lagoons and caves. We will kayak here for a few hours.
11.00 – 12.00: Relax back on the Dragon Pearl Junk as we cruise to Hon Co Island, where you can continue your relaxation or go swimming in the quiet waters.
12.00 – 13.30: Depending on the weather, we will be having a barbecue lunch either on the beach or onboard the Dragon Pearl Junk.
13.45 – 15.45: We will have a look at the cavernous Thien Canh Son Cave.
16.00 – 17.30: We will have time for one more kayaking excursion in the Cong Do area and Thay Cave.
19.00 – 21.00: Return to the Dragon Pearl Junk for dinner and to engage in the onboard evening activities before retiring to your room.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
07.30 Eat breakfast in the new morning light of Halong Bay.
07.30 – 10.00 We will head to Vung Vieng Fishing Village and row around on a bamboo boat, noting the floating school and many fish farms in the area.
10.15 – 11.00 Head back to the Dragon Pearl Junk for the last time and check out. Enjoy your final lunch and then disembark onto the bus that will take you from Halong Bay to Hanoi. Thank you for choosing us as your carrier with Halong Bay 3 day 2 night cruise, we hope to see you again!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Shuttle bus pick-up point: Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter or in front of Hanoi Opera House
Shuttle bus drop-off point: Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter or in front of Hanoi Opera House
Bus pick-up time: 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Check-in: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM; Check-out: 10h:30 AM
Return Hanoi by bus: 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
• 50 % of the total cost is required to secure the booking.
• The remaining balance is to be paid 15 days prior to the departure date.
• In some special cases, you will be required to pay the full cost or a number greater or smaller than the standard 50% to secure your booking.
• In some special cases, the deadline for payment will be required sooner or later than the standard 15 days prior to booking.
Cancellation by Customer
• More than 30 days prior to check-in (departure date): Free of charge
• From 30 to 16 days prior to check-in (departure date): 10% of total rates
• From 15 to 10 days prior to check-in (departure date): 20% of total rates
• From 9 to 5 days prior to check-in (departure date): 50% of total rates
• Less than 5 days prior to check-in (departure date): 100% of total rates.
• No-Show: 100% of total rates
*** Cancellation notice from customer must be sent to us via email. Refund will be processed between 10 -15 working days.
Cancellation by Halong Bay Management Board due to bad weather
If the cancellation is made by the Halong Bay Management Board, following policies will be applied depending on the time of cancellation.
• When a cancellation is made before departure date- check-in date (if no services have been used): 100% refund.
• When a cancellation is made during the trip (some services have been used such as transfer, food, some amenities, etc.): used services will be charged, the rest will be refunded.
• When a cancellation is made before or during the departure date and the trip must be shortened from 2 nights to 1 night, 2 days 1 night trip, plus other used services will be charged, the rest will be refunded.
• The final cost will be confirmed by your consultant via email. In all cases, please contact us directly for any urgent help. We are here to support you!
Note: In case of a cancellation decision made by the Management Board of Halong Bay, an alternative travel arrangement will be made on request, or you will be refunded in accordance. In all cases, please contact our travel consultant via email or phone for support. We are always willing to provide you with any assistance you may need on or off board.
• PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.
• In case of adverse weather conditions in Halong Bay, the cancellation will ONLY be made by the Halong Bay Management Board. Usually the announcement will be declared very close to or on the departure date and our refund policy will come into effect.
It was a very small tour with just 17 people, but it was such a joy to be a part of. We had such an awesome group of fellow guests. I don’t think you get a chance to meet some many on the bigger cruises, but it seemed like the Dragon Pearl Cruise was especially designed for this. Everyone participated in activities over the 3 days we were out there, and it was really nice to be a part of.As far as the boat goes, the cabin is fairly basic but perfectly comfortable and does the job well. Thank mercy that the air-con worked as well!Along with the other passengers, the tour guides really kicked this tour up a notch. Our tour guide was called Kim and he knew a lot about the bay and its history. He was also very friendly, along with the other fantastic members of staff in the restaurant, bar, kitchen, housekeeping and the crew behind the wheel. It’s a very well-oiled machine aboard the Dragon Pearl Cruise – well done to everyone!We were collected by our luxury van and had a brief stop off in Yen Duc Village for a water puppet show and lunch, then we continued onwards to Halong.Day 1: We set sail as soon as we all boarded. We jumped into kayaks and had a great tour with Kim around some of the islands, finding nice little alcoves to go and enjoy the ambience. It was a bit tricky getting in and out of the kayak with my injured leg, but several members of crew doted over me until I was safely in or out.We went to a cave for dinner and enjoyed it immensely. Remember you can tell the crew if you don’t like something or are allergic to it and they will change it for you in a second.We got back on the boat just as a lightning storm rolled in, which was spectacular to watch and we felt very secure in our bedroom with the lashing rain outside as the boat didn’t sway at all.Day 2: More kayaking and cave visits, with plenty of time to visit a beach and go swimming as well. The lunch consisted of many delicious courses and we were suitably stuffed afterwards. The afternoon is more kayaking or you can stay on the boat instead if you prefer. It’s a very relaxed itinerary and we enjoyed it immensely. Dinner again was sublime.Day 3: Very nice visit to a local fishing village where we learned about how the locals live. We returned for lunch and then headed back to the harbour.. Overall: WOW! Truly incredible and a cruise I will never forget. I highly, HIGHLY recommend going with a smaller cruise like the Dragon Pearl as it has very unique itinerary and you get to meet so many great people on board. Thanks to the passengers and a BIG thanks to the crew – you’re a wonderful bunch!
We had some very high expectations from what we had read about the Dragon Pearl, but this amazing cruise managed to top even those! I went with my husband at the end of September for 3 days and it really couldn’t have gone any better.It’s a small boat but is surprisingly roomy, but still with only about 18 passengers overall. There were some black clouds forming on the ride over, but they had cleared once we got there and we had excellent weather the whole time – apparently this is fairly standard in September/October time. Take sun cream! We got mildly burned on the kayaking expeditions as there is no hiding from the sun here.There was excellent food served the entire time and with such massive variety. Even the two vegetarians on board were stuffed at the end of their meal! Seems like there’s no shortage of food regardless of your diet. We had a wonderful dinner in the cave – which truly did feel like a once in a lifetime opportunity.It’s a long ride there but it’s so comfortable in the luxury mini van. It has air con, lavish seats and wifi on board.Ha has our lovely tour guide and Tony was fantastic behind the bar. All of the crew were very friendly and always greeted us with a smile. We’ll always remember this time on the Dragon Pearl – it was incredible.
Had an incredible honeymoon cruise with my wife around Halong Bay on the 3 day cruise with Dragon Pearl! Yes, it may look a little expensive at first glance, but when you consider that is 3 days of zero expenses (except drinks) for two people in Vietnam’s number 1 destination on a very professional cruise – it actually appears more as a bargain. It was a four hour journey from Hanoi but we didn’t mind. The journey was very pleasant as you are really well looked after the whole time. Very comfortable seats with wifi and charging ports – what more could we have needed?There was a mild amount of disorder at the waiting lounge, but after about 40 minutes we were taken on a small boat to the Dragon Pearl, which looked outstanding. Very clean, surprisingly roomy and with fantastic cabins (ours was, anyway) – with private bathroom, hot water and excellent shower. The view out of the bathroom window was sublime but if you want a better view, you can head to the sundeck at the top and sit on one of the many sun loungers.We had a very good time with Hung, our tour guide. He had good English and spent time to tell us about the history and geography of the bay. We had read about lots of pollution and traffic in the bay but didn’t find this to be the case. We later found out that the Dragon Pearl has a special license for cruising to the quieter parts of the bay, so it meant we had uninterrupted views and a wonderful silence for most of the time.Of the daily activities that we did, we really enjoyed the kayaking and the fishing village trip, which were both fun and very interesting. The cave visit and the beach lunch were also very special, as was the time we spent in the sea swimming. The pearl farm was also very interesting and it seems like I accidentally spent quite a lot of money here (I know I said zero expenses earlier, but that’s only if you’re not trying to impress your new wife like I was!)I’m a picky eater and don’t really like seafood. This wasn’t a problem for the chef, who offered plenty of alternatives even though the usual fare is 90% seafood. Lots of other meat available, and I mean LOTS.We got a room right at the back which was super quiet as it meant that no one was walking past. We were very lucky to have nice fellow passengers and a fantastic crew who looked after us. We had blue skies for much of the time but then the heavens opened on the last day and we got thoroughly soaked. It was actually tremendous fun and we deliberately stood outside to get soaked! Wonderful time overall, I would LOVE to go back!
We had a perfect time for 3 days and 2 nights on the Dragon Pearl and haven’t been able to stop telling our friends about it! We’re weary about going back as we think it can’t possibly be the same super high quality that it was last time!It’s a really beautiful vessel and it’s so nice just to have a few cabins on board so that the number of guests is low. There were only 20 overall so we had a great time getting to know each other, and it was the other guests who really made our trip special.The Dragon Pearl gets access to some of the quieter spots in Halong Bay and out of the 600 boats that cruise the bay, we saw a maximum of about 6 at one time, but spent much of it seemingly on our own. The kayaking, beach lunch, fishing village and cave visit were all completely without other tourists, which really helped to retain the magic of the bay.We were really lucky with the weather and it made everything a lot more beautiful! All of the staff, but especially Chung the tour guide, were fantastic, and we can’t have imagined such a good time without them. Perfect planning with seamless execution. Just a thoroughly professional job all-round by the Dragon Pearl – I guarantee you won’t regret booking with them!
Out of all the criteria for our cruise while we were doing research, the quietness of Bai Tu Long Bay was the top priority. After we found the Dragon Pearl, we decided to book with them.We did the long 3-day tour and found it to be fantastic. If there was any way to stay longer than 3 days, we would have taken it for sure.Everything on board the cruise was spectacular, but even off the cruise, the luxury van and the water puppet show were also great. Seamless boarding once we saw the boat. It’s a small vessel and it feels a lot more intimate that some of the mega-yachts we saw cruising around the bay.Exquisite food by the chef, which was served out on the balcony with great views of the mountains. The presentation was immaculate and they always adhered to mine (and presumably everyone else’s) food allergies perfectly. It was a very professional service by the staff, but also one with a lot of heart, as we chatted to them for a while. We had a nice time kayaking, visiting the cave and seeing the fishing village, but the most special moment for us was the BBQ lunch on the beach on the second day. Very peaceful!After speaking to other travellers and comparing our experiences, I am sure that the Dragon Pearl is a standout cruise. It was amazing for us and we will surely be back one day to join the private cruise, preferably for longer this time!
We took a very relaxed 3 day cruise with Dragon Pearl and found it a great way to see the beautiful area of Bai Tu Long Bay. We avoided the busy Halong Bay and found a lot more peace in the bay right next to it.Very friendly staff and lovely from the first moment we met. Fantastic tour guide and wonderful other staff who served us food and made sure we were always comfortable. All meals were really delicious and came in many different course, which was great for trying lots of new things and I now have Vietnamese dishes that I will look out for during the rest of my Vietnamese vacation!The kayaking and the cave exploring were excellent, but the best part was the barbecue on the beach on the second day, with basically no one else around.We certainly got what we paid for and quite a lot more! Excellent cruise – highly recommended!
Excellent from beginning to end with the Dragon Pearl. It was a really plush mini-van that picked us up. It’s a pretty long ride to the bay so we were glad to have the comfort.There were only 16 passengers on board so we got to know everyone quite well. We had people from all over the U.S, Canada and Europe on the trip and everyone was very friendly and willing to socialise. Usually me and my wife aren’t all that social, but it was very natural here and we had a great time eating with different groups and hearing about their cultures and backgrounds.We chose the Dragon Pearl because of its alternative route and were very glad that we did so. We just saw a couple of fishing boats while we were doing the kayaking. I’m not sure if Dragon Pearl get some kind of special permission to go early to the attractions, but we managed to enjoy the beach and the caves before anyone else. When we were leaving the cave, we saw all the other boats racing towards us.Great cuisine on the boat and you get so much of it! It was an exceptional service by the crew and the guide, who were friendly and worked very hard. One poor girl was ill before she got onto the boat and had to spend the whole of her time in her cabin, trying to rest up. It wasn’t the boat’s fault at all, but when we got back to the harbour, they gave her a bunch of flowers and a partial refund – that’s amazing customer service – they didn’t have to do that at all!There is maybe just two things I’d mention. The cabins are fairly small and the drinks are pretty expensive. Still comfortable bedding and I only mean expensive by Vietnam’s standards, so not huge deals.Fantastic trip overall, I would head back out with the Dragon Pearl Junk in a heartbeat.
We were impressed immediately with the Dragon Pearl Cruise when the limousine van showed up with air-conditioning, leather seats and personal ports for us to charge our phones.We waited at the arrival lounge and had a short but very sweaty wait in there (the air-con was broken) until we boarded the cruise. We met Kim, our fantastic tour guide, who gave us the specifics of the itinerary and the route that we would be taking.We had a very nice room at the back of the boat with a layout that allowed for lots of space and a window that allowed for wonderful views, but also privacy. Comfortable bed with good working air-con and excellent little touches like the slippers and kimonos.Lots of tasty food offered on board, but the drinks were a little pricey. It was my partner’s birthday so the crew brought out a cake and a present and sang for her, which was very nice! That was followed by a really nice traditional music performance, with the chef who played the bamboo flute.The cave was fairly average, but the view from the entrance was really nice. If there was an option to skip that in favour of more of the wonderful kayaking, then we would have been happy. We enjoyed the trip around the fishing village and learning about pearls at the pearl farm.We got back to the waiting lounge (the air-con had been repaired) and then headed back to Hanoi, stopping on the way for an entertaining and traditional water puppet show.I only have one recommendation and it’s for the enforcement of a rule they already have. There is a designated smoking area but people were smoking everywhere and the crew seemed a little hesitant to point them towards the area. The crew were friendly but perhaps a little too friendly! Excellent cruise overall though.
Ben GUnited Kingdom
Unbelievable cruise with great staff who made it happen. We had two very clean and spacious cabins for our family. We did a slightly different route to the usual Halong Bay cruises so had the pleasure of more space in the bay!We did the 3 day cruise so we had lots of chances for kayaking, some other small trips and a really great BBQ lunch on the beach.I guide’s name was Chung and he was just wonderful, along with the rest of the friendly staff. It’s a very social boat and there were only 15 guests overall, so my 8 year-old daughter managed to make friends and we did too.Incredible food and a very useful cooking session by one of the chefs. One of our highlights in Vietnam for sure!
Had a wonderful time on the Dragon Pearl cruise – mostly impressed by the great rooms with good air con and a good size for the bathroom.There is so much food on board! We had 6 excellent meals over the three days. Drinks aren’t included (same with most ships I think) but the prices are pretty reasonable and you can stick it on a tab.Great kayaking and interesting history we learned at the cave and in the fishing village.It might be an idea for the crew to play their Vietnamese rave music a little quieter than they did. We heard it a few times and it doesn’t do much for the peaceful atmosphere.We met a great bunch of people while on the cruise and I skimmed through a whole 2 books during my time there, with no wifi to distract me!
Just came back from 3 days and 2 nights in Halong Bay. We had a wonderful tour guide in Coco, who was always enthusiastic and happy to help, with great English and organisational skills. Great air conditioned cabins with a fantastic view of the bay. The presentation and quality of the food was out of this world (drinks weren’t included in the price but the variety and price were decent).I’ve never kayaked more scenic surroundings for sure! The temperature was sweltering so we couldn’t kayak for long, but I really enjoyed it when we did. It’s not the most modern ship out there but it is pretty small, with only 18 guests, so there’s a nice social atmosphere which the crew try to promote. The crew themselves were great and worked really hard for us to have a good time. Lovely Cruise!
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