12 suites, all with private balconies
Traditional Vietnamese junk-styled boat with contemporary accents for one night cruises on Lan Ha Bay, a less touristy alternative to Ha Long Bay
During your stay on board activities include kayaking, swimming, squid fishing, cooking classes & demonstrations, tai chi and pool on the sun deck
Elegant restaurant with an open live kitchen and bar on board serving delicious local cuisine and fresh fish
Children are welcome and interconnecting cabins are available
Island excursion by bicycle (e-cart available too)
The best time of year to visit Halong Bay is during the spring or autumn. Because the bay is situated in the northern part of the country, it can get colder in the winter. The rainy season here is at its peak in July to September. July is the hottest month, January the coolest. The dry season runs from November to April.
Ginger is a spectacular luxury ship which cruises the Lan Ha Bay area of the Halong Bay archipelago in Northern Vietnam. This ship is the first of its kind to cruise in this much quieter and far less touristy area.
The spacious suites each have a comfortable seating area, private balcony and unique handmade decoration and furnishings. The Junior Suites are hand inked with images of local scenery and silver leaf details on the ceiling. The Signature suites are perfect for honeymooners with the mosaicked bathroom and delicate floral embroidery on the silk wall hangings creating a romantic and dreamy atmosphere. And from the Regent Suite you can enjoy unparalleled vistas over Lan Ha Bay from the comfort of your jacuzzi.
Children are welcome on board but there are no specific facilities for them, however inter-connecting cabins are available for families. The service on board is very personalised and the crew will do their utmost to make sure your stay as a family is as enjoyable as possible. Children will love the excitement of sleeping on board and having the ocean and all its adventures right on the doorstep.
Facilities on Ginger include a light and airy restaurant and bar with live cooking in the central open kitchen. Guests are invited to socialise at the stylish adjacent bar, or to simply relax in the library lounge on one of the comfortable sofas. A small boutique in the reception lounge is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir, otherwise guests might choose to indulge in a treatment from the Lady Ginger Spa on the upper deck with relaxing views out to sea. Finally the terrace deck is a popular location for guests to congregate, taking advantage of the cool blue-tiled pool or inviting cabanas.
Imperious Halong Bay – a Unesco World Heritage site that resembles the set of a James Bond movie – has 1,500 forested limestone karsts rising sharply from the azure waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. You zip up from Hanoi early in the morning, then decant onto one of these wonderful junks for a rather good lunch while sailing through magical landscape, stopping off to check out beaches, snorkelling in crystal clear waters, cruising past floating villages, then anchoring up amid magnificent scenery before tucking into a 5-course dinner. After a nightcap on the top deck, drop down to your cabin for a good night’s sleep and find comfy beds, shiny wood, huge views and fancy showers. Sleep with your curtains open and wake to magical views. In the morning there’s tai chi on the deck (your teacher’s performance is quite sublime) and a trip to mountain caves for the best views in the islands. Then you jump back on board for a leisurely brunch before heading onwards.
After boarding, spend the day floating through the beauty of Lan Ha Bay before spending time exploring Cat Ba Island and enjoying an afternoon cooking class.
Rise early to enjoy Tai Chi on the sun deck before exploring Frog Lake, perfect for swimming and kayaking.
from NZD $2900 pp
170 kilometres from Hanoi, in northeastern Vietnam, Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage site and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on earth. Lan Ha Bay is a less heavily trafficked area to the south of Halong Bay, near Cat Ba Island.
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Northern Vietnam
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