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Emeraude Cruise & Rock Climbing - 3 Days in Halong bay

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Duration: 3 days Transportation: Bus/Car, Boat

Route: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

Languages: English Tiếng Việt (View map)

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On the Emeraude, buoyed by one of the world's most beautiful bays, little things matter. Colonial style brass fans. Hardwood floors. Beadboard walls. And the most comfortable beds on the bay. In every cabin, the rich decor evokes another age, when craftsmanship mattered more than the bottom line. But make no mistake: The Emeraude makes concessions to the modern era, with air conditioning, electricity and other amenities typical of an upscale hotel room. No need to bring your own hair dryer. We've got that. Umbrellas, slippers, bathrobes. We've imagined all the contingencies so you'll be fully prepared to enjoy your cruise. 


- Visit hundreds of islands and islets on Halong Bay
- Enjoy kayaking trip on the water and swimming on quiet beaches.
- Learn more about Halong Bay’s history and local people.
- Enjoy delicious seafood lunch onboard.
- Sunbath on the sundeck with the panoramic view
- Rock climbing

 canbins with sized in 12sqm.
Superior & Deluxe: each cabin is equipped with all the necessary amenities, from air conditioning to hot showers. Ultimately, the greatest attraction remains outside your cabin door. Each room opens directly onto the deck. Superior rooms are located on lower deck with deluxe rooms on the upper deck.
Suite: canbins are equipped with all the necessary amenities, from air conditioning to hot showers with sized in 25sqm.

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After cruising through a maze of karst towers you will arrive at the less traveled, secluded, and astoundingly beautiful Lan Ha Bay. Spend the morning exploring the bay’s less traveled areas, archways, and wonderful beaches by kayak. After your kayak exploration, enjoy a freshly prepared traditional  Vietnamese lunch on the Asia Outdoors junk boat.
After lunch, you’ll stop at the serene Moody Beach, with seawater caressing two shorelines beneath a massive limestone cliff. Your experienced rock climbing guides will outfit you with UIAA certified, safe rock climbing gear. After a brief instruction to the “abc” of rock climbing, your guides will set up  top-rope systems on a variety of routes, so that you may ascend the rock face safely and worry-free. With the coaching of your guide, climb as high as you’d like over the emerald waters of Lan Ha Bay and enjoy a spectacular view unlike any other.


Day 1: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Emeraude Cruises (Lunch, Dinner) 
12:00 - 12:15 Register/Check-in at Emeraude Café
12:15 - 12:20 Embarkation
12:20 - 12:25 Captain Raises Anchor
12:25 - 14:30 Cruising Halong Bay
12:45 - 14:00 Vietnamese & International Buffet Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Free & Easy
15:00 - 16:30 Guided Shore Excursion to Sung Sot Grotto and Floating Village
16:30 - 17:00 Crepe Station on Sundeck
17:00 - 18:00 Kayaking or Swimming
18:00 - 18:30 Vietnamese Fresh Spring Roll Cooking Class (Sundeck)
18:30 - 19:30 Complimentary Canapes on Sundeck
19:30 - 21:00 Vietnamese & European dinner buffet served (Dress Code: Smart)
21:00 - 22:00 Bills Settlement (Optional)
20:00 - 22:00 Squid Fishing (Seasonal)
20:30 - 23:00 Silver Screen "Indochine"

Day 2: Cruise in Ha Long bay (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

06:00 - 07:00 Complimentary cafe gourmand served on the sundeck
06:30 - 07:00 Learn ancient art of Tai Chi on sundeck
07:00 - 08:30 Energizing breakfast served
08:30 Transferring from the Emeraude onto our cruising boat you will cruise down through majestic Ha Long Bay into the more intimate and labyrinthine Lan Ha Bay. Wend your way through the karsts to Ben Beo harbour on the southern tip of Cat Ba Island where you will find your guide and transport waiting for you. Your Island experience begins with a twenty minute ride first along the coast line of Cat Ba Island and then into the lush green hills of secluded Lien Minh Village. Soon you’ll find yourself in the remote and breath taking Butterfly Valley, Lien Minh village. Upon arrival you will be served a delicious home-cooked Vietnamese meal made with some fresh locally grown produce. Under a hand-made bamboo enclosure enjoy a wide spread of foods and feel free to interact with the genuinely friendly and kind indigenous peoples of Lien Minh.

After lunch you will meet your local trekking guide(s), who will take you for a walk into the jungle and environs of this remote and untraveled section of the island. Re-energized with a full stomach, you can take a Nature Walk through the farmlands of Butterfly Valley passing friendly water buffalo and cattle as you wonder at the Valley’s rich flora and fauna. There are more than 600 different kinds of plants on Cat Ba island and Butterfly Valley is an accessible example sited just outside the conserved areas of the national park. If the Nature Walk does not appeal to you are free to explore the local area in your own way, taking time to greet the friendly locals who often delight in sharing an incomprehensible joke with visitors. After allowing the beauty and calm of the valley to sooth you we will transfer you back to the harbour where you may reflect on the days experiences while we once more cruise you through the stunning bays at through dusk and sunset. Arrive back to the luxury of the Emeraude the richer for the experience of Vietnamese village life.

18:30 - 19:00 Cocktails on the Sundeck
19:00 - 21:00 Gourmet VN seafood & European dinner buffet served


06:00 - 07:00 Complimentary cafe gourmand served on the sundeck
06:30 - 07:00 Learn ancient art of Tai Chi on sundeck
07:00 - 08:30 Energizing breakfast served
08:30 Transferring from the Emeraude onto our cruising boat you will cruise down through majestic Ha Long Bay into the more intimate and labyrinthine Lan Ha Bay. Spend the morning exploring the astonishing beauty of Lan Ha Bay’s less traveled beaches, archways, and wonderful lagoons. We provide a hearty lunch during which everyone can chat about their own experiences and feelings from the morning’s adventures.

After lunch, you’ll de-board at the amazing Moody’s Island beach. With sea water caressing two shorelines beneath massive limestone cliffs, you’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the beauty of Lan Ha Bay as you're certified climbing guides outfit you with safe and comfortable UIAA standard climbing harnesses and rock climbing gear. Your guides will set up top-rope systems on a number of different climbs (or ‘routes’) and after a short safety and instructional talk you may ascend the rock face safely and worry free. With the coaching of our experienced guides, climb as high as you’d like overlooking the emerald waters of Lan Ha Bay and enjoy a spectacular view unlike any other. Or swimming and lounging may suit some, you are free to take it easy in this spectacular spot if you prefer. Take it as it comes and our guides will be there to help make it happen! Enjoy the setting sun as you cruise back to The Emeraude for a well deserved evening Dinner under the stars of Ha Long Bay and an astounding day to remember!


Day 3: Ha Long - Hanoi (Breakfast)
06:00 - 07:00 Complimentary cafe gourmand served on the sundeck
06:30 - 07:00 Learn ancient art of Tai Chi on sundeck
07:00 - 08:00 Leave luggage/bags outside cabins
07:00 - 08:30 Energizing breakfast served
08:30 - 09:00 Check-out
09:30 - 10:00 Disembarkation
10:00 - 10:15 Drop off point: Emeraude Café
10:30 - 14:00 Return to Hanoi where your trip ends

What's Included:
- Welcome drink on board
- 02 bottles of mineral water per cabin.
- Wooden cabin with A/C, private bathroom with hot water and shower
- Meals as specified in the itinerary (01 Breakfast, 01 Lunch, 01 Dinner)
- Morning tea and coffee
- Fishing equipment, movie, exciting games
- English-speaking guide
- Sightseeing as specified including entrance fees
- Insurance on board
- 10% V.A.T tax and 5% service charge 


What's Not Included:
- Transportation by A/C bus Ha Noi - Ha Long - Ha Noi
- Kayaking on Ha Long bay
- Beverages, Travel insurance in tour
- Tips for tour guide, driver
- Expenditure of a personal nature, tips, such as souvenirs, laundry, emergency transfers & etc
- Others which are not mentioned above


Good to Know:
- Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions. 
- Special requests on food (diet or vegetarian) please inform us before departure.
- Peak season surcharge of US$ 20/person will be applied for cruises on 24/12, New Year’s Eve 31/12
- Optional Private Boat can be provided upon your request.
- A valid passport is required upon check-in on board. Children whose traveling documents are attached to parent’s passport must travel with the parent.
- If one person prefers to stay in a private cabin, the single supplement must be paid. 


Children Policy: 
Free of charge for children under 6 years old is applicable for 1 (one) child sharing a cabin with 2 (two) adults. Baby cot is provided subjected to availability.


Cancellation Policy: 
- 08 days before departure date: No cancellation charge.
- From 4 to 7 days: 60% of total tour price
- Less than 4 days – No Show: Full charge.

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The guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Emeraude Cruise & Rock Climbing - 3 Days in Halong bay


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Mr. Toshio Atsumi Japan Stayed 07/08/12 12:00

Good: "We stayed on the Emeraude 5 years ago and have just stayed again. Wow! It was even better than we remember!

AMAZING beauty of Halong Bay coupled with the comfortable luxury of a replica 1920s boat.
Delicious food for every meal, faultless service by discreetly attentive staff and cosy cabins.
Worth the extra cost for such refined and lovely surroundings.

Bad: " No"


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Ms. mary alagar United Kingdom Stayed 20/05/12 11:59

Good: "“Emeraude - beautiful boat but disappointing service”
We had a lovely cruise over to small island and visit to a cave. No real guiding but we were happy to do our own thing. Coming back to crepes on the deck was a lovely touch. A few of us enjoyed a swim off the back of the boat, which was great fun. Appreciated the towel but curious as to whether there was any system of accounting for who went in.

Dinner was nice and after some debate about the cost of corkage for our own bottle of wine (and very rude responses from the young French staffer (even after we spoke with our tour company) we enjoyed our wine with an average dinner. Nowhere near the quality I would have expected and with few Vietnamese choices.

The film Indochine being played on the deck was too loud, especially as most people seemed happier to sit in groups and chat.
The boat itself is beautiful and the amazing weather provided lots of opportunities to enjoy the sun decks. The staff at the sun deck bar were lovely.
The cabins where nicely fitted out - but 2 small bottles of water in the hot weather per cabin is not enough. The biscuit (cookie) was a nice touch.

Overall, good friends, a lovely boat, an amazing day trip and beautiful scenery made for a great weekend. However, the Emeraude does not deserve it's 5 star reputation (apart from perhaps boat maintenance and safety) and I will be looking at other safe and reliable options that perhaps offer a little more. Tourists might be willing to over-charged for drinks but your domestic and expat customers will not.

Bad: " As an expat who has lived in Hanoi for nearly 18 months, I had the impression that the Emeraude was the gold star in Halong Bay cruising. With 2 toddlers, a family trip wasn't really an option, so I was very excited about a girls weekend on the boat.

Arriving just in time to depart at lunchtime, we enjoyed a lovely buffet meal - although as other reviewers have noted, there was not even water included and drink prices are completely unreasonable. 80,000 for a can of tonic water or soda or the same for a 500ml bottle of water - when a bottle 3 times the size is sold on smaller boats for 25000! When tap water is undrinkable, water at least should be served at lunch and dinner.

I was also surprised by the early return to the pier - 9.30am on a Sunday morning. Would seem Emeraude is more interested in pushing through a flock of passengers than extending the experience (even for an hour, perhaps with some morning tea and cruising) for those on board.

The cafe was also fairly disappointing with only 1 male and 1 female toilet that functioned poorly.


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Mr. Tatiana Korea, South Stayed 27/03/12 11:56

Good: "The cruise on the Emeraude was wonderful we stayed overnight on it and enjoyed every minute.
Our cabin was cosy the beds were comfortable there was a toilet and shower all worked well and very clean
The meals we found excellent and also enjoyed the cooking demonstration in the evening the staff were pleasant and nothing to much trouble
It was a long drive from Hanoi about 3 hours there and back again
Would I go again most definetly

Bad: " No"