Halong bay is one of the most beautiful and impressive sights in Vietnam. In order to truly explore the beauty and peacefulness of halong bay and not get trapped with the other hundreds of tourists that go there every day, treat yourself to a cruise on Indochina Sails, preferably Valentine (Indochina Sails' smallest boat with only 5 cabins).
Indochina Sails picked us up in Hanoi and drove us in a minivan to Halong Bay. There we boarded Valentine - our oasis for the next 24 hours. The rooms are beautifully and stylishly decorated, a mix between east and west. We had roses on the bed and in the bathroom (with Jacuzzi and rainforest shower!). The cruise started off with a 6 course lunch while cruising through the beautiful limestones. In the afternoon they took us to climb one of the limestones and then to a beautiful little bay far away from all the other tourist boats to go kayaking. Dinner again was a 6 or 7 course meal, beautifully arranged and absolutely delicious. After dinner the crew organized some squid fishing. Next day, we had a Tai Chi lesson on board, again while cruising through the beautiful morning scenery. After a little excursion, we were served a superb breakfast and then were driven back to Halong Bay.
Exploring halong bay with the valentine is the only way to do it, in our eyes. Valentine (Indochina sails) allows you to explore the bay almost on your own and experience the peacefulness and mysticism of it far away from the crowd.