Over 2,000 limestone islets and plinths rise out from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin to make up the exquisite Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A simply spectacular scene, no trip to Vietnam is complete without a visit here. We suggest you spend one night drifting through the islands on one of our selected luxury junk boats to experience this incredible natural phenomenon and its mesmerising beauty from these authentic wooden decks and comfortable cabins.

Over time, wind and waves have eroded the islands creating caves, grottos and the occasional sandy cove which can be seen from the deck of your junk. You can also enjoy swimming, kayaking and excursions to floating villages that call this slice of heaven home.

What to do

  • Choose one of luxury junk boats to justify such scenery with style and local character
  • Visit the wildlife rich Cat Ba Island
  • Experience the fascinating rock formations at the Cave of Wonders

When to go

April to October are the best months for warmer weather allowing you to swim and sit out on deck in the evening.


Vietnam has it all: a fascinating history, vibrant culture, spectacular landscapes and incredible food. For me, the highlight was sailing through Halong Bay – dotted with thousands of karst limestone plinths, the scenery is truly stunning and well deserving of its UNESCO protected status.

Rachel O'Leary
Travel Designer