Junks in Halong Bay
Halong Bay is a must-have item on anyone’s bucket list, for its magnificent beauty and slightly off-the-beaten-track charm! If you’re heading to Halong Bay and want to make the most of your trip, you simply cannot miss out on a minimum one-night trip aboard the famous, or infamous, Halong Bay ‘junks’!
For an in-depth look at Halong Bay, read our article: Vietnam’s Majestic Halong Bay!
What is a Halong Bay ‘Junk’?
A Halong Bay ‘junk’ is the local slang name for the cruise boats that ply the Halong Bay waters and sail off into the magical experience of floating villages, mythic caves, rock foundations and aquamarine waters.
Avoid getting ripped off in Halong Bay
To avoid getting ripped off, plan your cruise along Halong Bay by first checking out some of the junks, getting solid information based on their reviews (we recommend this, enter your dates and look for cruises), and then picking your favorite!
Depending on your budget, you can opt for a one night, two-night or three-night stay aboard a junk. In fact, you can even opt to stay longer, depending on where you want to go and what you want to see! There are plenty of folks who may try to rip you off, by showing glamorous photographs of the boats that match the reality in no way!
Let’s check out a few of the ships here, so you can get a better feel of what to expect on your junk boat in Halong Bay.
Emeraude is owned by Eric Merlin and is a replica of the old Emeraude, with a quaint colonial charm that takes you back into time. The Emeraude is bigger than most junks in Halong Bay, with 3 decks, 38 cabins, a swimming platform and other entertainment. This steamer boat is ideal for those who do not wish to do a lot of activity: you can simply afford to relax with a foot massage and sip a cool drink as the boat sails past the magnificent rock formations that line the Halong Bay shoreline.
Here’s the good thing about this boat: good service, smiling and helpful staff, clean boat although it’s not too new, and stunning views. Overall, the Emeraude Cruise is a definite do in Halong Bay! Check out the Emeraude for your stay in Halong Bay here!
Halong Royal Heritage Cruiser
The Halong Royal Heritage Cruiser seems to be one of the more popular choices with travelers heading to Halong Bay! According to those who’ve been on it, the Halong Royal Heritage cruiser is not only a lovely boat in itself, it’s also one with awesome staff offering terrific services, great entertainment in the form of sporty activities such as kayaking and cave exploring, great rooms and good food.
The cons: drinks are not on the house, and tend to be expensive. Book your junk stay on Halong Royal Heritage here!
Paradise Luxury Cruise
Formerly known as Paradise cruise, the Paradise Luxury cruiser is ‘worth the money’! When it comes to the service, the food, the staff, the cleanliness levels, the cabins AND the activities, this junk is one of the more comfortable and prime junks dotting the Halong Bay shoreline.
The Paradise Luxury Cruise offers tantalizing views of aquamarine waters as it slices through aquamarine waters and takes you on the journey where floating fishing villages and hidden caves are the norm! Cons: It’s best to inform them before-hand of the type of room you want, so as to avoid disappointment. Book your room on the Paradise Luxury Cruise here!
Halong Phoenix Cruiser
The Halong Phoenix Cruiser is an average Halong Bay junk, with small and cozy rooms, elegant décor, good service, and a bar on the deck where one can sit back and enjoy a drink as you meander past floating fishing villages into the misty realms of the Vietnamese waters!
The Phoenix is a good choice if you’re looking to save funds and avoid getting ripped off. Oh yes: and the food is excellent, too: fresh and yummy delights from the sea!
Dragon Pearl Junk
The Dragon Pearl Junk is another of the famous Halong Bay junks that make you feel like you’re floating to the end of the world! Distinctly memorable, the Dragon Pearl Junk is a great choice, with lots of incredibly fresh and flavourful seafood choices, two lower decks encompassing eighteen cabins and a great sundeck where you can lie back and get some sun!
Your short sojourn to a fishing village and kayaking experience here will give you fond memories of Halong Bay. Don’t forget to bring your camera along. Book Dragon Pearl Junk here!
Halong Glory Cruiser
The Halong Glory cruisers are some of the best quality Halong Bay junks plying the floating villages and rock caves route through Halong Bay.
The staff is fantastic, the food is delicious, the quality of the boat: good. If you’re looking for a perfect Halong Bay adventure including Kayaking, cave visiting and checking out the quaint fishing and pearl villages, then the Glory junk it is! Words from people who’ve been on it: ‘Great way to experience Halong Bay! Nice staff, good meals, fun activities.’ If you’re looking to head to Halong Bay, book this junk here!
Indochina Sails Junk
Indochina Sails is one of the best companies offering cruises along Halong Bay. The Indochina junks have a reputation for being the most picturesque and having the highest quality and the best food selection among all the junks in Halong Bay. Welcoming staff, quaintly elegant rooms and a great sunbath lounge: it’s everything you need to enjoy a quiet sail on the water!
How To Book Your Junk
If you don’t want to get ripped off, it’s best to book your cruise in advance with a reputed site, where you can obtain all the required information regarding the type of junk you’re opting for. Since Vietnam is a new tourist destination, the repercussions of bad press have yet to hit the Halong Bay cruiser owners, which is why a few try to rip you off by charging extravagantly without delivering the required services.
Nonetheless, if you want a hassle-free trip and wish to avoid the feeling of having been ‘had’, you might want to book your cruise liner here!
Apart from the cruises mentioned above, other interesting and positively reviewed Halong Bay junks you might want to try out are:
- Aquarena Cruise Halong – This fantastic cruise can be booked here!
- Halong Galaxy Cruise
- Syrena Cruise Halong
- White Dolphin Cruise
- Halong Emotion Cruise