Bhaya Cruises, Halong Bay
52 Hang Trong, Hanoi
Tel: 04 3944 6777 (Sales Office)
194 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Q3
Tel: 3933 0077 (Sales Office)
Bhaya combines oriental style with contemporary luxury, offering tours of beautiful Halong Bay aboard reproduction wooden junks. Two or three–night trips are available and customers have a wide range of cabin styles to choose from: standard, deluxe or royal.
Cuc Phuong National Park
Cuc Phuong, Nho Quan, Ninh Binh
Tel: 030 384 8006
Vietnam’s first national park and home to the well-known national primate centre, the accommodation here is in modern rooms, stilt houses or detached bungalows. Includes basic amenities and comforts in proportion to prices, which range from US$5 to US$25 per night. Rooms are available at park headquarters, the park centre and on the road linking the two.
Emeraude Classic Cruises, Halong Bay
Tel: 04 3934 0888
This comfortable yet accurate reproduction of a 19th–century paddle steamer trawls around Halong Bay in colonial style, with onboard overnight accommodation in small but impeccably maintained cabins. They also offer transfers from Hanoi itself. A great, classic experience.
La Ferme du Colvert
Cu Yen, Luong Son, Hoa Binh
Tel: 018 382 5662
This eco–village in Hoa Binh caters to visitors in search of nature. 30 rooms of varying design in 10 houses are surrounded by rice fields, lakes and hills. Has its own spa and restaurant.
La Vie Vu Linh
Ngoi Tu Village, Vu Linh, Yen Bai
Tel: 04 3926 2743 (Freewheelin’ Tours)
Located 170km northwest of Hanoi and on the banks of Thac Ba Lake, this bamboo-constructed eco lodge close to Yen Bai is situated in one of the most tranquil and visually stimulating areas in Vietnam. Set in a Dao Quan Trang ethnic minority village, accommodation is either in the main stilt-house area or in the rammed earth rooms and starts at US$12 per night. Offers a whole host of activities including lake cruises, mountain biking, motorbike tours and walking trips into the surrounding mountains.
Mai Chau Lodge
Mai Chau Town, Hoa Binh
Tel: 0218 386 8959
Located in a lush valley home to indigenous Vietnamese minority groups, the Buffalo Tours-owned lodge is a luxurious alternative to the stilt house homestay accommodation offered close by. Has all the usual western amenities in a beautiful setting and every room has a view of either the mountain, lake, pool or valley.
Novotel Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Road, Bai Chay Ward, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh
Tel: 03 3384 8108
Located three hours from Hanoi, the beachfront Novotel Ha Long Bay is in close proximity to major attractions such as bay cruises and local markets. Featuring 214 rooms, one restaurant, two bars and one professional spa with seven treatment rooms, Novotel Ha Long Bay enjoys impressive panoramic vistas, including the pool with swim-up bar overlooking the limestone bay. Ideal for business travel or family holidays.