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3 Days Culinary Cruise in Vietnam

  • Hanoi - Halong Bay

Vietnamese Cooking Cruise in Halong Bay

Viola Cruise is proud to welcome you on board one of its luxury boats, Viola cruise, in Halong Bay! The entire length of our country is next to the sea which feeds us, and on which many of us live and work. Much of our delicious, traditional cuisine is derived from the riches of the sea and our love of family and friends; and gathering around a good meal shines through in the many tastes of Vietnamese cooking. The unique limestone islands found in Halong Bay, along with the mysterious and beautiful caves scattered throughout, mirror the beauty, grace, and mystery of our homeland.

Highlights

  • Visit to Soi Sim Beach
  • Hands-on cooking class
  • Visit to a local pearl farm
  • Enjoy an 8-course imperial feast
  • Visit to Cua Van floating village
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Visit to Fairy Lake Cave
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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Viola Cruise Halong Bay is a four star cruise ship, featuring 16 bedrooms which are divided into 4 main types: suite, luxury, deluxe and family. The cruise is made from high quality wood and steel to bring every traveler absolutely safe stay on Halong Bay. All 16 rooms on board is designed elegantly incorporating substantial wooden fixtures to provide customers with a warm ambiance.

Deluxe cabins

These are modern and cozy. Deluxe cabin has large windows with nice view of Halong bay. The spacious family room is suitable for a small family. With its spacious room it provides a comfortable place to share the days experiences and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the bay. We offer free welcome drink on arrival, daily bottles of water and daily hot buffet breakfast.

Honeymoon suites

Dont forget the honeymoon suites for that special occasion. The suite has a private balcony and the best view of Halong Bay with its oversize windows, offering honeymooners a romantic and memorable trip to Halong Bay. We offer free welcome drink on arrival, a bottle of red wine, daily fresh fruit, tea and coffee, bottles of water and daily hot buffet breakfast.

Luxury cabins

For couples or friends traveling together, this room pairing is cozy. The wooden furniture and private balcony provide guests a comfortable and cozy environment to hangout, to share a cocktail or just to enjoy the view of Halong Bay. Our large luxury family cabins offer ample room to spread out and are the most popular choice for families. Guest will appreciate the ability to put their kids to bed, hang out at the private balcony and then go to sleep in the comfort of their own bed. We offer free welcome drink on arrival, daily fresh fruit, tea and coffee, bottles of water and daily hot buffet breakfast.

Day 1: Hanoi - Halong bay - Cua Van floating village Soi Sim beach

  • 07:30 - 08:15 Your guides greet you and we will board our air-conditioned bus for the 3-hour journey to Halong bay where we will board Viola cruise.
  • 12:00 Upon boarding, settle into your elegantly appointed bay view cabins as the vessel begins to cruise and thus, begin your journey into one of mother natures greatest creations. Buffet lunch is served as we cruise slowly to the bay.
  • 14:30 Our first stop is Cua Van floating village. Join us in a kayaking or rowed bamboo boat expedition to get a closer look at the thousands of islands that make up this wondrous bay.
  • 16:00 Upon return to Viola cruise, ascend to the sundeck for an early evening sunset party to sample some local fruits and sip on some cocktails to quench your thirst.
  • 16:30 Upon arrival at Soi Sim island, guests can continue party on the sundeck or you can bring the party to Soi Sim beach. For those who cant resist plunging into the emerald waters of Halong Bay, they can safely do so from the white sandy crescent-shaped beach stretch of the island.
  • 18:30 Return to Viola cruise for some rest and relax and prepare for your Vietnamese culinary experience.
  • 19:30 In the evening, our chef transports guests back to ancient Hue dynasty with an 8-course imperial feast. Guests will sample dishes that were once only available to royalty.
  • 21:00 After dinner retreat to your room for some rest and relax or ascend to the sundeck which is designed both for social interaction and private reflection. Whether it is to laze around after a wonderful and fulfilling dinner or have a drink or two with your newfound friends, this will be a great area to come to. Guests can also try their hand at squid fishing or unwind with some karaoke.

Day 2: Viola cruise - Day and Night grotto - Ho Dong Tien cave

  • 07:00 Morning view of bays landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. Have breakfast.
  • 08:00 Transfer to the day activity boat and visit a local pearl farm which was established with the help from Japanese pearl farming specialist.
  • 09:00 Begin the cruise to some of Halong bays most secluded and untouched area.
  • 09:30 Explore Day and Night cave, a little paradise which is nestled in its own little cove and accessible only by kayaking through some cave tunnels.
  • 12:00 Back to the day cruise and have lunch. In the afternoon, continue to explore the secluded Lan Ha Bay.
  • 14:00 Proceed to Ho Dong Tien (Fairy Lake cave), guided by a local guide who will show you stalactites, stalagmites and other types of amazing formations. Towards the end of the cave trekking, the cave will open up to a lake which locals believe is a place where fairies descend to swim. For the even adventurous guests who don't mind a little crawling and squeezing, the Ho Dong Tien orchestra halls awaits. Please note that guests will be required to do some crawling and squeezing through tight places. This activity is not recommended for guests who are claustrophobic and children below the age of 9.
  • 15:30 Day cruise takes you back the Viola cruise.
  • 16:30 Arrive at Viola for some rest and maybe order a well-earned massage after a tiring day in the comfort of your cabin. Massage fee is not included in the package.
  • 17:30 Meet and mingle with the new group of guests and share your day experience with them.
  • 19:30 Enjoy your dinner on cruise.
  • 21:00 Evening entertainments. Play game on the cruise: cards game, chess, karaoke, squid fishing, and or call it an early night.

Day 3: Viola cruise - Sung Sot Cave - Halong Bay - Hanoi

  • 07:00 Enjoy the morning view of bays landscape over breakfast.
  • 08:00 After breakfast we continue our exploration of this area by visiting Sung Sot Cave (surprising cave).
  • 09:00 Check out of the cabins.
  • 10:00 Laze around the sundeck or join our chef in a cooking class in making traditional Vietnamese spring roll.
  • 11:00 To complete your Vietnamese culinary experience, guests will be presented with a traditional Vietnamese family meal. This traditional Vietnamese meal is significant to Vietnamese people who do appreciate the period of family union.
  • 12:00 Upon arrival back to Hon Gai wharf, disembark and proceed to our wharf office while waiting for transport back to Hanoi. Complimentary coffee and tea is available for our guests.
  • 12:30 We continue onward on an air-conditioned bus through the Vietnamese countryside and into the bustling metropolis of Hanoi.
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Arrive in Hanoi. End of the trip.
  • Visit to Cua Van floating village
  • Visit to Day and Night cave
  • Visit to Ho Dong Tien
  • Visit to Soi Sim beach
  • Visit to Sung Sot cave

Visiti Halong Bay and you can experience very diverse natural landscape, varying from long sandy beach to thousand-year-old-lime karst. Halong Bay covers nearly 1900 islets of different size, some very large such as Thien Cung cave or Surprise cave, others as small as a few meters wide. Discover what you will see as you make your way to this natural wonder.

Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Fishing
  • Kayak
  • Massage
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Swimming
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Caf
  • Dining area
  • Mini bar
  • Restaurant
  • Sundeck
Services
  • Free bottled water

Delight in Vietnamese dishes during the holiday. You will get to experience an 8-course imperial feast and the traditional Vietnamese family meal.

On the top deck of Halong Viola cruise, Viola massage and spa will introduce you to a different side of Vietnam and we assure you that you will not be disappointed. As a professional spa in Halong, we have a wide range of massages and spa body treatments each as enjoyable as the next. Indulge in an aromatherapy massage, a foot massage or other thorough treatments done by our highly trained Vietnamese therapists. You will be given a warm welcome by our smiling and helpful staff. For your own well-being, we only use delightfully scented natural products.

  • Cooking demonstration
  • English speaking guide
  • Fishing equipments
  • Fully furnished deluxe en-suite cabin with air conditioner and hot water (twin sharing basis)
  • Kayaking
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Pick-up and transfer by air-conditioned modern bus Hanoi - Halong - Hanoi
  • Sightseeing and entrance fee as mentioned in itinerary
  • Tax and service charge
  • Drinks and beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Travel insurance
  • Other things not mentioned in the program
For information about the booking conditions, please send Viola Cruise Halong an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by A traveler from Toronto, Canada

    "This was a wonderful experience. The scenery is spectacular and the Viola extremely comfortable. Sleeping rooms were the equal to those of good hotels. However, most enjoyable was the organisation and activities which are the result of an efficient and affable tour guide, Lucky Hoi, who, with the rest of the crew made every effort to make the cruise perfect. Lastly, food is the best w.e have experienced in Vietnam."

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  • Review by Travelers
    9 out of 10

    "Our cruise was well organised we were picked up from our hotel and enjoyed a bus ride to the coast allowing for a good look at the surrounding countryside. We loved our cabin and the boat was extremely comfortable. A range of activities kept everyone occupied. The highlight of the cruise was our wonderful tour guide Lucky, he was very informative and had a great sense of humour."

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  • Review by A traveler
    9 out of 10

    "Was a spectacular trip , tour guide Victor was very friendly , one of the best tour operators I have experienced , very organized, and thoroughly enjoyed it"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "We decided to do the 2-day, 1-night cruise which for us was the right choice - not sure what you would get from spending another day on the boat. The boat is beautiful and well presented, very clean and finished to a high standard; get a room with a balcony - it's worth the extra money. Food was of a really high standard and the staff were great - you have to pay for alcohol and beers were around 2 USD. The weather wasn't great when we went, but the landscape was still incredibly beautiful. The trip to the fishing village and pearl farm feels a bit touristy but kayaking around the bay was a highlight. Would highly recommend - only downside is the 4-hour minibus journey there and back from Hanoi, but this is the same for all trips!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Essex, UK

    "Go for the three day and two nights tour! I won't explain the full itinerary as I see many other reviewers have but this was the most amazing place to visit; I've never seen anything like it. Our guide Victor was hilarious, the boat was very pleasant, we met some great people on board. There was so much delicious food and so much to do, at first I was disappointed that we couldn't get a balcony room as we booked a bit last minute but ultimately we hardly spent any time in our room anyway so it didn't matter. Speaking to people who had done the two days and one night cruise we definitely saw more impressive sights on the last day that they didn't get to see. Our bar bill was atrocious but we drink a lot compared to everyone else apparently! Beware there is a 4 to five hours coach trip from your hotel in Hanoi to Halong Bay but it is absolutely worth it."

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  • Review by a traveler from New York

    "Fun family trip in Halong bay. My family did a two days and one night cruise. The boat was nice and the food was exceptional. The staff was great, especially Huy Tran (Victor). He was excellent. He knows a lot regarding the places we went to as well as history, etc. He is polite and kind and he made sure that we are all comfortable and enjoying ourselves. He went out of his way to his way to help me with my airline ticket problem. He treated us like his own family."

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  • Review by a traveler from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    "To start with, our guide was amazing his name is Cuong, he is a very nice, and the better guide I had in Vietnam. The crew of the ship also all very nice and attentive. The chef is amazing. The rooms are all clean the ship very clean and the itinerary also good, everybody enjoyed it. It's a very nice cruise"

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  • Review by a traveler from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    "It was an amazing experience! It was great in every aspect; from accommodation to quality of foods. I will definitely recommend to anyone who is expecting an amazing and unforgettable experience in Halong Bay."

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  • Review by Megan R. from Massachusetts, USA

    "It was the best part of our trip in Vietnam! Our tour guide, Phong, was incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable about Halong Bay and the surrounding area. He made our trip incredibly pleasant, along with the rest of the cruise staff. The food was also amazing and there was a lot of it. The rooms were gorgeous and there was a perfect balance of activities, such as kayaking around the floating city and exploring the Surprising Cave, and time to explore or relax on your own or with the group. I would definitely recommend Viola Cruise to anyone looking to explore Halong Bay!"

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  • Review by Victoria B. from Cannock, UK

    "We had 2 days and 1 night stay and were very impressed! We were so pleased that spending 'that little more' on the Halong Bay tour with Viola cruises paid off and allowed us to have such a great trip. The trip itself is from day 1 midday to day 2 midday with 3-hour journey, depending on the traffic, that starts at 08.00 am to the bay from Hanoi. The coach was clean and safe with a energetic tour guide called Hao who gave us all lots of background on the bay, the caves, and general history of Vietnam which I enjoyed hearing. The boat was above expectation. It was very clean and the rooms were wonderful. I had a fantastic night sleep in a very comfortable bed. The meals we had were really amazing for being produced on the boat. It was some exquisite presentation and brought everyone together over dinner.Small basic fishing is available after dinner to catch squid off the boat which brought a laugh. Drinks are reasonable onboard and there is a small fridge in the cabin rooms. The tour includes all that is promoted, the cave being my highlight. We had a rain the whole time but spirits were kept high by the quality of the boat and the sites you are surrounded by. The check out of your room is after kayaking or boating around the floating houses of the isles around 9.30 am to turn to cabins around for the next tour. We found the waiting time from this to our cooking class at around 10.45 am was a little long which wasn't communicated clearly. However, making spring rolls before a hearty lunch made up for it :) Overall, it was a good solid company to go with and for guaranteed good food and night sleep. This is the tour for you!"

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  • Review by a travler from Mui Ne, Vietnam

    "I have been to Halong Bay once before and this time was better. The boat was really new inside and the staff was great, especially Le, our guide. He was very friendly and informative about Vietnam history and culture. I just wish I did 3 days not 2 ;( This cruise is highly recommended."

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