The Au Co ship is setting new standards of safety and luxury in the Gulf of Tonkin and setting herself apart from other Halong Bay Cruises. Her impressive external steel structure belies the innovative and luxurious Oriental design to be found within. In the Gulf of Tonkin, we’ve found the ‘location, location, location’. But aboard The Au Co itself, we’ve created ‘space, space, and more space’ .
The ship is a remarkable 55.29m in length and 10.43m in width. Each of our 32 spacious cabins has its own private balcony or terrace – allowing unparalleled private views of the surrounding seascape. On the upper decks, our elegant restaurant and open-air bars are designed along principles of Feng Shui (or in Vietnamese ‘Phong Thuy’) to heighten our passengers’ sense of connection with the wonderful environment of the surrounding Gulf of Tonkin, as well as giving them a taste of the Orient and Vietnamese culture.
Cabins & Facilities:
The first thing that strikes you about each of our 32 luxury Cabins and Suites is the sense of space, the abundance of light and the level of refinement in the elegant interiors.
+ Deluxe Cabins
+ Grand Deluxe Cabins
+ Executive Cabins
+ Long Quan Suites
+ Au Co Suites
- Well-appointed en-suite bathroom
- In-house telephone
- Natural hardwood floors, handcrafted mosaic furniture
- Hair dryer / Bathrobes
- In-cabin refrigerator
- Coffee / tea maker
- Individually controlled air-conditioning / heater
Restaurant & Bar:
The Au Co Restaurant: has been carefully arranged according to the generating principle of Wu Xing, with the dining room featuring both wood and metal elements. On arrival, guests will notice that the interior elements of the wooden furniture and polished wooden floor help air flow, harmonizing the natural light and wind with the surrounding landscape and mountains, giving guests the feeling of being immersed in nature, satisfying the senses of sight and taste.
Lan Ha Bar: with its light rattan furniture are the perfect place to relax and while away your day accompanied by a range of food, beverages, and snacks. Alternatively, Lan Ha Bar is the place to meet after a busy day of activities for a pre-dinner cocktail as the sun sets over the Gulf of Tonkin.
Facilities & Services:
- Safe box in cabin
- Boutique Library
- Doctor on call and first-aid kits
- Baby sitter / Gift Shop
- Conference & meeting facilities
- Tender for sightseeing
- Car rental service with driver
- Theme party on request
- Kayaking, swimming, snorkeling and fishing equipment
- Sound proof system, noise reduction measures
- Jacuzzi and Spa room
- Portable DVD / DVD and CD selections
Day 1: Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay
08.30: Transfer to Halong Bay from your hotel in Hanoi 12.30: Arrive in Halong Bay. Check-in at the cruise center.
12.45: Depart from Tuan Chau Island, meet the onboard team and receive the safety briefing.
13.30: Acquaint yourself with the five elements cuisine with lunch on board, while The Au Co cruises leisurely towards the Vung Ha area.
15.30: Visit the Vung Ha Beach for swimming and water activities.
17.30: Take part in the cooking demonstration.
18.00: Enjoy Happy Hour (buy 1 get 1 free).
19.15: Savour our five elements signature dinner of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water while the boat is anchored for our overnight stop.
20.30: Relax with a drink at Lan Ha bar or join our crew and try squid fishing on the deck.
Day 2: Bai Tu Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island
07.00: Start the day with a Tai Chi class on the sundeck or enjoy the breathtaking views of the bay while the ship begins slowly cruising.
07.30: Have breakfast onboard while The Au Co cruises in Bai Tu Long Bay.
09.00: Visit Vung Vieng floating fishing village by traditional bamboo boat.
11.15: Take a tour at the Captain’s Bridge and the Engine Room
12.00: Enjoy lunch in Ha Long restaurant while The Au Co cruises towards Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island.
13.45: Join a guided biking or hiking excursion through the national park of Cat Ba Island and visit The Au Co organic farm in Viet Hai Village.
16.30: Kayak & swim in the Viet Hai Lagoon.
17.00: Make the most of an extended Happy Hour (buy 1 get 1 free).
19.15: Try the barbeque buffet in the restaurant while the boat is at anchor.
20.30: End the day with a drink at Lan Ha bar or join our crew and try squid fishing on the deck.
21.00: Join our kitchen staff for the fruit carving sessions.
Day 3: Halong Bay
06.30: Start the day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck or enjoy the breath-taking views of the bay while The Au Co cruises leisurely in Halong Bay.
07.00: Take your time over breakfast.
07.45: Visit the famous Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave.
09.00: Prepare for check out: passenger’s bags must be put in the corridor.
09.45: Join a Vietnamese traditional tea ceremony then check-out.
10.45: Disembark in Tuan Chau and leave for Hanoi.
15.00: Return to Hanoi. End of service.
Shuttle bus: 30USD/PERSON/RETURN
- Welcome cocktail, entrance fee and sightseeing fee.
- Accommodation in luxury air-conditioned en-suite cabin.
- 2 lunches, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts
- Bike ride on Cat Ba Island.
- Visit to Vung Vieng fishing village by rowing boat.
- Visit to Sung Sot Cave.
- Regular tea, coffee and drinking water during the cruise.
- Kayaking equipment.
- Onboard insurance, taxes and service charges.
- Airfares, transfers to and from Halong Bay.
- Visa arrangements.
- Beauty spa services.
- Other beverages, tips and personal expenses.
- All other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusion list.
Notes: Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, tide levels andoperating conditions.