A new luxurious cruise option is now available to discover Halong Bay. Orchid Cruises offers a deluxe ship with the option to sail out of Hai Phuong – just a 1.5 to 1.45 hour transfer from Hanoi to the check-in lounge at Dinh Vu Port. The ship calls at Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay, a lesser traveled route that presents new sights to those used to the traditional cruises in the bay. Lan Ha Bay is one of the most visually stunning bays in Vietnam with a selection of amazingly pristine beaches and void of tourist crowds. The wonderful jade green water provides great photo opportunities in peaceful surroundings. The vessel has 14 luxurious and well-furnished cabins, all with bathtubs and a private balcony from which passengers can admire the beauty of Halong Bay. The itinerary includes kayaking in Lan Ha Bay and swimming from Ba Trai Dao’s beach (small beach), a cooking class and tai chi.