Vietnam, Hanoi and The North
Info : Halong Ginger
The Halong Ginger is one of Halong Bay's finest cruising vessels. A modern junk barge built in a traditional style, the Halong Jasmine has just ten well appointed rooms and fantastic amenities. Launched in 2006, Halong Ginger combines classic beauty with modern comfort.
There are three decks housing an excellent main restaurant, two bars, a library and a total of ten luxurious sleeping cabins. The layout is spacious throughout in contrast to some of the other boats in the bay. The cabins are split into two categories. The 8 Ginger Rooms have twin beds and two panoramic sea views. The 2 Ginger Deluxe Rooms are slightly larger, have queen size beds and panoramic sea views. All rooms are air-conditioned with en-suite bathrooms with glass walled hot water showers.
All meals on board the Halong Ginger are included and are generally Vietnamese and cooked to a very high standard. Activities whilst on board include kayaking, snorkeling, rowing, caving, trekking and cookery classes, though bear in mind you will need to take up the 2 night option to give you time to participate in most of these activities. The top deck is kitted out with sun loungers to enjoy the amazing views as you cruise at leisure around the bay.
The fabled limestone cliffs of Ha Long provide a spectacular backdrop for the Halong Ginger cruise. It's possible to stay either one or two nights on the boat, or combine a one night cruise with a stop at Cat Ba Island.
Luxury - Luxury hotels would have a superb level of service, very comfortable and usually spacious bedrooms, excellent food, great design and character. For us, when we visited, these places all had the 'wow factor'. A luxury hotel should satisfy the criteria of the most discerning clients.
We feel that we've seen Vietnam and Cambodia in some depth. The real parts, not just the tourist areas. The holiday has provided us with great insight into both countries. David was right when he said it would be better to have our own Guide and driver. It really did make a big difference to the holiday overall!
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