Ha Long Bay by Boat (2 nights)

HCM 312-102
Highlights
  • Explore Ha Long Bay & Caves – one of the World’s 7 New Wonders
  • Participate in a service project at a local school
  • Experience the hightlights of Ha Noi, Việt Nam’s capital
Program Overview
Country: Việt Nam
Depart: 11/14/2017 1300
Return: 11/16/2017 2130
Duration: Overnight
Difficulty: Moderate
Capacity: Min 25/ Max 40
Category: ILLUMINATE: Nature / Conservation
Program Fee
$1030 (early booking: $971)

Field Class Conflicts
  • JTC 412 International Mass Communication
  • E 311 C Intermediate Creating Writing: Nonfiction

Ha Long Bay’s tranquil beauty encompasses 1,500-square miles (2,414km) dotted with more than 1,000 limestone islands and islets.  Bizarre rock sculptures jut dramatically from the sea, and numerous grottoes have created a picturesque setting. Explore this natural seascape surrounded by over 3,000 islands and rocky outcrops aboard a charming Ha Long Bay cruise. Start off boarding a traditional Junk Boat, and sail toward Viet Hai Village to participate in a service project at a local school. Activities may include: painting the school’s gate or wall, creating a cheerful wall mural, or planting flowers. Reboard and watch a cooking demonstration of traditional Việt Namese dishes. You’ll never forget the serene sunset over the Bay! Enjoy time on your own in the evening to watch a movie in the restaurant, squid fish, or just relax before sleeping overnight on your vessel away from vessel. The next morning, enjoy a morning Tai Chi demonstration and explore the beautiful Tien Ong cave before docking and traveling back to Ha Noi.

A city of lakes, parks, and colonial mansions, Ha Noi retains much of its historical charm. With an eclectic mix of Asian tempo and French refinement, Việt Nam’s capital is a city to be savored. Here view the Ho Chi Minh complex from the outside, including Ba Dinh Square, where silent sentries guard the marble mausoleum, the final resting place of Việt Minh’s former leader. Be prepared to see a crowd here as Việt Namese young and old come to pay their respects. Continue on to visit the modest, stilted, wooden bungalow where Uncle Ho lived and worked. French architecture features prominently in Hanoi and the nearby Governor’s Residence provides a fine example.

The labyrinthine streets of Ha Noi’s Old Quarter are the ideal place in which to wander and observe daily life. Here enjoy a walking tour of this area known as ’36 streets’, where street traders jostle for space on the sidewalks and crumbling houses are crammed into narrow alleyways that are still named after the goods that were traded there – Silk Street, Gold Street, and even Fried Fish Street! Today there is no better way to see this fascinating part of the city than on foot accompanied by a local Ha Noian guide. Ha Noi is a delightful city of contrasts and the ideal city in which to soak up the ebb and flow of urban life in Việt Nam.

“Halong Bay was the most magical place I have ever been. The river cruise was beyond amazing, with a bunch of on board activities that ranged from a cooking demonstration to squid fishing. I hope that I will be able to get back there one day!” – Kelsi S. Spring 2017 Student Voyager

“Ha Long Bay is mystical!  The landscape is like nothing I have ever seen.” – Anonymous, Spring 2017 Life Long Learner

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Fly to Hanoi
  • Dinner
  • Overnight at hotel

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Travel to Tuan Chau island (~3.5hr drive) and board traditional junk boat
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Arrive Viet Hai Village on Cat Ba Island
  • Service project at local school
  • Cooking demonstration and dinner on board
  • Overnight on board

Day 3

  • Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck
  • Breakfast
  • Tien Ong Cave
  • Buffet brunch
  • Disembark at Tuan Chau harbor
  • Travel back to Hanoi (~3.5hr drive)
  • Ho Chi Minh complex
  • Walking tour through Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Dinner on your own
  • Fly to Saigon

*Please note that times, activities and accommodations are approximate and subject to change.*

Meals Included

Day 1: dinner
Day 2: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3: brunch

Special Note

A hat, sunscreen, and swim suit is recommended

Gifts for children at the local village are welcome