Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Ha Long Bay is considered the most outstanding attraction in Vietnam.
Its breathtaking scenery includes caves, huge rock arches, peaceful coves and some 3,000 limestone islets that rise out of the Gulf of Tonkin. Ha Long means "descending dragon". According to legend, it was an enormous beast that cut the fantastic bay from the rocks as it thrashed its way out to the sea. Vietnamese poets traditionally have extolled the beauty of this romantic area, where awesome rock formations are one of the most exotic, natural wonders in the world. Join us for a cruise on rustic local junks, compliments of Silversea.
As the ship will remain at anchor in the middle of Ha Long Bay, there is no possibility of going ashore. Cruises of Halong Bay will be offered complimentary in traditional local junks.
Souvenir items will be available on the junks. Some enterprising locals may also paddle their canoes out to the ship and offer shells and other items for sale. Note that the shells are usually fresh and may have an odor; you may not be allowed to bring them into your home country.
There is no opportunity to try any local cuisine; however the same fare is available in Haiphong.
Places of interest
Today is a day to marvel at the fantastic landscape surrounding the ship. You may learn about the interesting legends from the local guides during your cruise aboard the junks.