Cruise off beaten tracks aboard traditional sailing junk INDOCHINE in Lan Ha bay

(Updated: 6/1/2016 7:54:45 PM)

Sails of Indochina, based in Hanoi, specializes and is distinguished in the proximity tourism, off the tourist path in the whole Vietnamese territory, especially in the North of Vietnam. Meetings, sharing and respect of the environment are the main characteristics that define the circuits of tours and the spirit of Sails of Indochina.

Ha Long bay  and Halong Bay by traditional sailing junk like no Other
Miracle of the nature, Ha Long is one of the major limestone karst areas of the world which has been invaded by the sea. Ha Long Bay has an outstanding landscape, thousands of islands of boundless shapes rising out of the quiet blue water of the Bay and hundreds of beautiful caves.

Our Junk’s flat hull will allow you to discover places where few boats may venture, and will spirit you to mythical scenes. With its small skiff, you will be able to visit remote lagoons, to take a quiet walk along deserted beaches or explore unknown caves.

A cruise between myth and reality!
Within these 2 or 3 days of the cruise, our crew will serve you up local tasty dishes, which are cooked with fresh food bought in floating villages of the Bay. This is one way for you to learn about the life of the people who grow up and live on the water.

While cruising, you may simply bask in the sun on the deck, help the crew hoist the sails or even try your hand at the helm. From tranquil afternoon fishing and cuisine fresh from the sea to the magic of discovering unknown locales, a journey aboard our Junk will truly offer you a window into the history and beauty of the Bay.

Nights will be spent on board in berths in one of the many peaceful inlets, with the moon as only witness to the grandeur of Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay. During the 3-day cruise on the Bay, you can visit the bay Bai Tu Long and Van Don. And you will get off at Quan Lan Island where you can explore it by motorbike or tuktuk. You have also the opportunity to swim and enjoy magnificent and desert beaches with white sand and clear emerald water. Our junk is always private and has the capacity for 2 to 5 people. For more than 6 people, we may provide 2 junks at your disposal

Each person has their own knowledge of tourism, so we have proposed to offer you “tailor made” tours. On our website, you will find some ideas for circuits of regions which we are especially aware of, and particularly   in the North of Vietnam where we have been across many times since 2001

Trekking in Pu Luong Nature Reserve
A half day traveling from Hanoi, Pu Luong nature reserve brings you a little concentrated view of Vietnam.   In these karstic relief, minor ethnic groups Thai and Muong always welcome   warmly you in their beautiful stilt houses roofed by palm trees. Fields, rivers and forests constitute splendid landscape of this nature reserve.                  

A  trekking of 3 to 6 days allows you to appreciate hosts’ hospitality and discover this small corner of heaven. You will sleep at home stay, in their stilt house. Basic accommodation will be made up for warm greetings: Thai’s mattress, blanket, mosquito netting. Outside toilet block.

The mountain chain of Pu Luong spreads between Mai Chau and Cuc Phuong National Park with the altitude from 60m to 1667 m.    Well-experienced hikers or beginners, each of them, will find a circuit suitable to their level.

The Reserve offers an ideal biodiversity for the Languor at their release of freedom, issued from an endangered primate protection program by Cuc Phuong National park.

Accompanied by a guide and a local porter (optional), you can enjoy your trekking at any time of the year.
From June to September, heat and humidity (in rainy season) will make trekking difficult.
In 2 periods of rice cultivation, one from March to May and the other from July to October, you can have the opportunity to discover the nature reserve in its whole splendidour. This circuit is open for individuals, for 2 persons or more, you can plan your departure by your choice.

At Vietnam’s confines
At the border gate of China, in Ha Giang province, the trip will help you to discover the unusual landscape of Vietnam: mountains and circuses limestone, roads perched on terraced fields, rivers and waterfalls combined in a wild nature.

You will also discover the great ethnic diversity in the North of Vietnam when joining in local markets of the villages in the region: every week Hmong, Dao, Nung, Tay, Pu Peo (also called Lo Lo) people always come to trade or exchange goods in a colorful rainbow.

You will visit typical villages, the Hmong King Palace, the Dong Van Old Quarter from the French colonial epoch.

You will make stops at home stays, our guides have forged relationships over time with its hosts. And if you have more free time, you can continue the trip to Cao Bang or Ba Be Lake for a nature stop before returning to Hanoi.
We have organized the tour appropriately to have many stops during the trip, even on the short treks of 1 or 2 hours each day.
When is departure?

You can enjoy the travel at any time you want; but we advise that the best time for the tour is around September and October, just before the harvest. Different maturity of paddy field offers you a varied color panel from soft green to yellow.
Harvest: from May to Mid-September.
In the winter (from the middle of December to February), the temperature of the highlands can reduce to 60 degrees and fields are not cultivated.
The hospitality industry of this region is still basic, the tourism is not developed much and local hotels are not equipped with heater. During some steps, you can choose to overnight at a home stay. This circuit is for individuals; and you can choose your suitabledeparture day (at least 2 persons).

Les Bains de Hieu - Ecolodge lost in jungle
In the heart of Pu Luong Nature Reserve, nestling in a green setting, between two beautiful waterfalls, our Ecolodge “Les Bains de Hieu” will convince you to live in harmony with the nature. Mr. Sy and his wife Thuan, the owners of this place, will to do their best to ensure you an unforgettable stay combining comfort with authenticity.

An overnight in traditional bungalows re-designed by our architects will be a great experience!

You will be invited to enjoy meals in the pleasant atmosphere of the “nha san”, the typical family house of “White Thai”. We have also made a great selection of wines and aperitifs, so you can sample some of the typical local dishes with fine wines. Many activities are possible: swimming in the waterfalls, hiking, trekking, cycling or riding horses. All these activities will allow you to discover the daily life of White Thai, the people who live in this Nature Reserve. You will be amazed by the beauty of this little paradise on Earth like no Other!

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