Oasis Bay Cruise on Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Oasis Bay CruiseImagine being on an ancient Chinese Junk boat floating between thousands of limestone islands in emerald green water. This is Ha Long Bay and its beauty does not disappoint.

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In my experience, booking a junk boat tour was overwhelming with the different boats and amounts of tours available online. I booked with Oasis Bay and the tour exceeded far beyond my expectations. Not only are the boats newer, they had larger rooms with private balconies, a hot tub on deck and floor to ceiling windows. Trust me, when you open your eyes the first morning in Ha Long Bay you will understand why the floor to ceiling windows are important. Oasis Bay picked me up from my hotel in Hanoi with an English speaking guide and my journey began!

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The best decision I could have made was to do a two night three day cruise vs a one night two day cruise. I was not rushed, was able to see more of Ha Long Bay, and recharge my energy after 32 hours of flying from Los Angeles to Hanoi.

On the first day, everyone checked into their cabins, had a welcome drink and we were served an amazing lunch. The food for every meal was outstanding, we were given options and our meals were made from local ingredients found in the region. The first day is mellow and the cruise offers numerous activities such as kayaking, cooking classes, fishing, and morning yoga that you can participate in or spend time to yourself on board.

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I was in a suite cabin on the second floor with my own king size bed and private balcony. I was given a mini basket of fruit which came in handy when I was up all hours of the night suffering from jet lag. I hate to mention this because travel should be a time to disconnect but the reality is we live in a digital age. There is WiFi on board in a certain section of the boat. The closer you are to that part of the boat, the better your WiFi but only for a short period of time. It was hard to connect to internet but I was shocked how I was able to send text messages and receive voice calls.

The second day you’re served breakfast which consists of a buffet style meal. They offer a typical “American” style breakfast with eggs, meats, local fruits, phenomenal croissants and local traditional pho. The two night group gets separated from the one night group and put on a different boat with a small group of other travelers. Of the forty travelers on our boat only five of us stayed for two nights. We were taken to a floating village that has a pearl farm and we were given an opportunity to swim in the Gulf of Tonkin. The best part of the day was when our boat of strangers became friends cheering each other on to jump from different levels of the boat into the water. Following was great food and conversations learning more about the travelers who came from other parts of the world to all experience the beauty of Ha Long Bay. After being brought back to your boat you’re given time to relax before dinner. At dinner you’re with a new group of people who are spending their first night on the boat with you.

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Fishing Village, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.
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Pearl Farm, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

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The last day after breakfast, you’re taken to Hung Sot Cave or the “Surprise Cave” for a tour. You have a guide who walks you through the history of how the cave was found and then you have some time to explore on your own before getting back to the boat.

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On the boat you settle your remaining balance owed before cruising through the bay one last time. A bus will take you back to Hanoi to carry onto your next adventure.

Overall, it was an excellent tour that I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in seeing Ha Long Bay. The tour was well planned, on time and exceeded my expectations on hospitality, food, and accommodations.

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