Dragon Pearl Cruise

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$ 200 $ 165 /person
Days
2
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Overview

Belonging to the Indochina Junk company, the Dragon Pearl Junk is modelled after the red-sailed Chinese boats that sailed through Halong Bay many years ago. There are 11 teak and oak cabins onboard, each one traditional in its decoration but very modern in the comforts available within. View the bay from our huge windows, or from up on either of our two sundecks with a drink from the bar.
We focus on the off-the-beaten-track route to ensure that you can see the hidden Bai Tu Long Bay (a part of Halong Bay) without the throngs of tourists. Our crew will display the utmost hospitality when showing you the hidden gems of their country.
The Dragon Pearl Junk is perfect for up to 20 people and serves customers best in a large group.
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 Languages spoken

 English
 Vietnamese

 Things to do, ways to relax

 Boating
 Solarium
 Canoeing

 Services and conveniences

 Individual controller air-conditioning

 Available in all rooms

 Air Conditioning
 Toiletries
 Shower
 Bathrobes
 Desk
 Hair Dryer
 Free bottled water
 Wake-up service
 Towels
 Wardrobe
 Beauty mirror

Cabin & Rates

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Deluxe

  •  Ocean view
  •  Double/twin
  •  12 m²
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Itinerary

Dragon Pearl Cruise 2 days 1 night

Dragon Pearl Cruise

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

Dragon Pearl Cruise

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

Dragon Pearl Cruise 3 days 2 nights

Dragon Pearl Cruise

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.

Dragon Pearl Cruise

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

Dragon Pearl Cruise

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

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Reviews (11)

10

Kim M

NewZealand

"Exceptional Holiday thanks to the crew of the Dragon Pearl Cruise"

Dragon Pearl Cruise

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!

10

Briggsy28

Australia

"The Absolute Highlight to a Great Trip – Thank you Dragon Pearl!"

Dragon Pearl Cruise

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.

10

kingschmo

"Best Destination with the Best Company – Dragon Pearl Cruise"

Dragon Pearl Cruise

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!

10

Nolsie1

"Heaven in Halong on the Dragon Pearl Cruise"

Dragon Pearl Cruise

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!

10

wanderlustplus1

United Kingdom

"Dragon Pearl Cruise - Once in a Lifetime Cruise"

Dragon Pearl Cruise

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!

Inclusions

  •   Welcome drink
  •   Kayaking
  •   Tea & Coffee for breakfast
  •   Entrance and sightseeing fees
  •   Vietnamese Lunch and Dinner, European Breakfast
  •   Fishing Equipment, Swimming Equipment
  •   On board Insurance

Exclusions

  •   Shuttle bus or private car: Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi (book in the next step)
  •   Beverages, tips and other personal expenses
  •   All other services NOT clearly mentioned above
Price from
$ 200 $ 165 /person
Days
2
  • Best price guaranteed
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