I tested for you ... a festive cruise on Halong Bay!


A cruise on the famous Halong Bay is the prerequisite of any stay in Vietnam. And because the landscapes of limestone to whether particular forms falling in a turquoise water, are heavenly, not to mention countless myths that forged his legend. But the cruise in which I sat had a rather special atmosphere.

After a few days in a decent but slightly eccentric hotel in the city of Hanoi, I decided to migrate to the Hanoi Backpacker Hostel, a youth hostel well known locally for being a drop point young travelers. From the Vietnamese capital, also very nice, I had of course the idea of ​​performing the famous cruise on Halong Bay that many consider one of the new wonders of the world.

And the possibilities are many, sometimes zany, and it is not easy to distinguish between serious cruises and tourist traps. Having heard those organized by the hotel, I decided to book the shipment through them for a slightly higher price than those elsewhere. The rate of serenity.

So I found the team of adventurers to reach 7.30 to a bus that takes us four hours to Cai Lan port, the starting point of all cruises. Around 14 pm, we are embarked on a skiff that has proven itself. On deck, dozens of young, mostly British, are addicted to alcohol games, without paying more attention to the paradise that surrounds us. A few hours later, the ship stopped to allow us to dive & hellip; in the middle of a school of jellyfish. The intention was good though.

We arrive on a private island in the bay, Castaway Island, welcomed by a motivated team bizuteurs. The evening will be even more lively until midnight swim, at which bursts a violent storm which has the merit, however, offer us an almost supernatural view of black and white bay. The night ends in huts installed on the beach.

For those who subscribe to the Formula 3 days, 2 nights, the second day will be more sporty with the program: climbing, kayaking, motor boating and swimming in the bay. This is not my case, and we return to the coast under the raindrops not without a certain sense of waste.

If you decide to embark on this cruise, keep in mind that this is all a party (which is not necessarily bad). But if you want to enjoy the scenery and serenity of the place, go for a classic cruise
Pros:. < / strong>

  • quality facilities (boat, huts, meals & hellip;)
  • The activities (climbing, kayaking, diving & hellip;) and supervised by professionals
  • young and festive atmosphere

    - Cons:

    • The rate higher than elsewhere
    • young and festive atmosphere

      Advice and tips:
      Bring warm clothes at night
      Ask yourself the question if you favor the party at
      scenery practical information:
      from Paris, 11am flight to Hanoi
      Then 4 hours by bus to the port of Cai Lan
      Hanoi Backpacker Hostel, 9 M & atilde; Mây Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
      Formula 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights
      Between 150 and 200 dollars depending on the formula chosen. Drinks are not included
      To see in the area.
      The old town of Hanoi, Sapa rice fields in northern Vietnam

      Nathanael Dahan