We charter only the small, handful of boats on Halong that offer the absolute highest quality for private Halong Bay cruises or semi-private cruises (sharing a boat). These wooden cruisers (often misleadingly called "junks") are not the old junks that plied Halong Bay and Hong Kong Harbor in decades past, nor are they sleek chrome and fiberglass yachts with amenities you would expect in the Caribbean, Turkish coast, or in the nearby Gulf of Thailand, as the government does not allow foreign operators to cruise on Halong Bay.
The Halong Bay boats we charter are well maintained, comfortable, with an attentive crew. In addition to the crew, you are accompanied by an experienced guide from our Hanoi office to ensure your cruise is perfect and to provide escort by kayak.
Newer boats are launched each season, often replacing some of the charter boats below. We do not recommend the larger cruise boats, such as the 36-cabin Emeraude or Halong Ginger, being also constructed of wood can be crowded and noisy not to mention cruising a rote itinerary through the bay. All charters include an option for kayaking with our experienced guide in tandem or single kayaks. On board dining is wonderful, with an array of Vietnamese, seafood and Western dishes, and any dietary requirements can be arranged, as well as special occasions celebrations, such as birthdays or anniversaries.
Launched in 2009, the Violet offers the perfect mix in traditional elegance and modern comfort. Elegant decoration and interior design. The boat features a boutique dinning room, removable bar, spacious sundesk, library, lounge, spa and gym. There are six individual cabins offering elegant Indochina 1930’s decor. The Violet Suite is 43 sqm and deluxe rooms are 36 sqm.
Ideal for: This boat is a perfect choice for families with kids, who look for the best charter to share with other travellers on bay.
Paradise Privilege offers a sumptuous cruise, with unique design employing the finest natural materials—precious dark wood, creamy silks, crispy white linens, sea-blue taffeta, fine textured marble, delicate china, and silver accessories. On the top-deck of the 30-meter Paradise Privilege, you can laze in the sun, surrounded by the stunning setting of the bay as well as enjoy a barbecue prepared before you on your sublime "mother ship".
Designed to accommodate 6-8 people in two deluxe cabins (16 sqm) and one master suite (28 sqm), the Paradise Privilege also features a fully-equipped modern kitchen, with a lavish dining-room.
Our Paradise favorite: onboard services include a private butler.
Ideal for: Luxury rooms and amenities, formal service. Ideal for small family with older children or a couples seeking a luxury experience on a shared boat.
The Valentines are a pair of 27-meter cruisers, of two and five cabins, launched in 2007 and 2010, respectively. They are currently the finest boats on the bay. There cabins are spacious, full size rooms of 19 sqm for deluxe cabins and 30 square meters for the suite, and all the cabins feature en-suite bathrooms, which not only contain a large shower with rainfall and handheld massage showers, but a full bath with Jacuzzi as well.
Dining room offers a comfortable and romantic setting, with large panoramic windows from which to take in the beauty of spectacular surrounding scenery while enjoying the best meals ever with flavor of Vietnamese food combined with various kinds of wine. The Valentine is perfect for those seeking a more exclusive and intimate experience voyage.
Ideal for: Families with active kid & friends or honeymooners who prefer personal services on the bay.
With eight vessels sailing beneath the Bhaya Legend flag, you have freedom of choice for your dream chartered cruise in Halong bay. A luxury outfit made to treat its guests like royalty, each Bhaya Legend vessel varies from one to four cabins each accomodating 2 passengers, an exclusivity amounting to the true meaning of luxury cruising. Bhaya Legend cruises follow a unique route through the bay, and with personalized services assures your ultimate privacy. Your overnight cruise includes free-flow soft drinks, coffee and tea, as well as sumptuous morning, midday and evening meals. Bhaya Legend vessels are ideal for those looking for a perfectly exclusive experience of the World Heritage Listed 'Bay of Descending Dragons'.
Ideal for: Couple with children of all ages, luxury cabins, formal services.
Whether you are travelling alone or with your partners, these three boats of Indochina Junk’s "Royal family" of boats are suitable for any group size at a budget cost. While Princess- the first one cabin boat on bay is perfect for romantic getaway, honeymooners; Prince & Red Dragon with two to five cabins are fitting for for couples, families and friends.
Through your journey with Indochina Junk you will be surrounded by traditional handmade artisan woodwork. Whether you are relaxing in the comfort of your own cabin, lounging on the spacious sun deck, or dinning in the cosy restaurant, service is always attentive.
Ideal for: Couples with no children or single family of four to five with top-notch service (the Prince is rated the top boat on Halong Bay on TripAdvisor).