Boathouse | 34 bedrooms | sleeps 50
Sailing through the beautiful Ha Long Bay among otherworldly karst formations and opens up views of one stupendous seascape on a classic paddle steamer, Emeraude Classic Cruises offers English-guided tours through Sung Sot Grotto and Floating Villages. You can take part in daily Tai Chi lessons or learn how to make Vietnamese spring rolls. Other activities include swimming or kayaking* for a nearby islet. After dark, gather topside for a viewing of "Indochine," projected on deck with surround sound and surround scenery. An unparalleled movie experience.
Full board Vietnamese and International buffet meals are served in the boat's dining room. The bars offer fully set of French, Australian, Chilean wine, spirit, beers, cocktails and other drinks at reasonable costs. Relaxing body massage* can be enjoyed at the spa.
CABINS & SUITES
The Superior and Deluxe air-conditioned cabins come with polished wooden floors and
brass fixtures and fittings the Emeraude's rooms offer timeless
. The non-smoking cabins at Emeraude come with electronic door lock, umbrella and free bottled water. En suite bathrooms with private hot-water showers, toiletries, towel. Average size of the Superior and Deluxe are 12 square metres.
Paul Roque Suite cabin has an amazing private balcony.
Captain's Suite is spacious and comfortable and lined with colonial-era bamboo matting.
Emeraude Suite is luxurious roomy enough for a queen-sized bed, as well as a large sofa and space to entertain, which makes it a favourite with families.
Average size of the Suites exceed to 25 square metres.
- Number of cabins: 37
- Address: c/o Royal Park, Halong Road, Halong city
- Location: near the beach, Bai Chay neighborhood
- Style: replica colonial paddle steamed
|Size||Sleeps up to 50, 34 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Titop Beach, Soi Sim Beach, Three Peaches Beach, C|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Noi Bai International Airport 175 km, Nearest railway: Hanoi Railways Station, Hanoi Capital, Vietnam 180 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Boat available, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||34 bedrooms, 25 bathrooms of which 25 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (34), Double beds (17), Cots (10), Dining seats for 50, Lounge seats for 30|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set, Private fishing lake or river|
The North Vietnam region
Northern Vietnam? it's full of culture. Historically, and to this day, it has been significantly poorer than the southern part of the country. Cultural and political differences remain strong - the language is pronounced differently in some ways, and there's definitely a more authoritarian feel in the cities.
The largest city in northern Vietnam is the capital of Hanoi, and it's the only attractive one. But there are numerous other sites, such as Ha Long Bay, the mountain resort of Sapa, and the historical battlefield of Dien Bien Phu.
Bac Ha - hilltribe markets near the Chinese border
Co To Island
Cuc Phuong National Park
Dien Bien Phu - site of the French defeat in 1954
Dong Dang - on the border with China
Ha Long Bay - a world-famous natural wonder
Sapa - popular site for visiting indigenous tribes
Tam Coc - Ha Long Bay-like karst scenery along the river
Bac Giang - Pristine natural forest with ecotourism stays and visits
"Ha Long" means "Bay of Descending Dragons" (Chinese: ???; Xiàlóngw?n), though prior to the 19th century this name was not recorded in any document or archive. When mentioning the present-day Quang Ninh Sea or Ha Long Bay, old historical books often referred to them by the names of An Bang, Luc Thuy or Van Don. Not until the late 19th century did the name of Ha Long Bay appear on a French Marine Map. The Hai Phong News, a French newspaper of the time, had an article, Dragon appears on Ha Long Bay, reporting the following story: In 1898 a sub-lieutenant named Lagredin, captaining the Avalanse reported seeing a huge sea snake on Ha Long Bay. This was also witnessed by many of the crews. Thus emerged the European image of the Asian dragon. Whether this appearance of a strange animal looking like a dragon resulted the name of Ha Long Bay is not known.
The Ha Long Bay archipelago is made up of 1969 islands, both settled and uninhabited. These can be accessed from various ports, though in the special case of Cat Ba you can also arrive either by car, motorbike or bus (via Haiphong) or combined bus/boat (from Hanoi via Halong City).
This unique UNESCO World Heritage Site is a popular place for tourists and it is good to know that large parts of Ha Long Bay are officially protected from development. The islands vary greatly in size and shape as well as structure.
Visitors might want to allow a few days to explore this magical bay as its attractions are extremely numerous.
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