People told us not to expect a sunny weather in Halong Bay, that it ‘d be cloudy at best. We made the right decision ignoring them. The second great decision we made was to choose the Dragon Legend for our cruise. Cruising in Halong Bay is not just about the panorama, it’s also about the boat and the quality of service.
Why it’s really worth to spend a night on a junk
We got picked up directly in Hanoi, and after a two and a half hour ride, we finally got to Halong Bay. The Dragon Legend was really about the right size for us, we didn’t want to cruise on a huge boat, but at the same time we couldn’t afford to hire a private junk. There was about twenty guests on the Dragon Legend, which is not too much. The boat itself is an interesting mix of authenticity and luxury.
There was quite a lot of activities that were offered on the boat: an excursion on a sand beach, a visit in a fisher’s village and even a canoe trip in Halong Bay.
Luxury cabins with a panoramic view
What about the cabins? The panoramic window panes make you want to stay all day long inside your room. Taking a bath in front of Halong Bay was an incredible experience. The rooms were about the right size, not too big but well decorated. I loved the association of wood panels with more modern materials.
What about the food?
To be honest, being on a boat, we expected the food to be average at most. We rarely tasted such sophisticated and fresh dishes during our trip in Vietnam. Everything was executed with the same care you could expect to find in a restaurant: fresh spring rolls, grilled shrimps, fried tofu and even catfish with a delicious soy sauce.
In a nutshell: we won’t regret our stay on the Dragon Legend, it’s not only about being lucky with the weather. The type of cruise your choose matters a lot.
Budget: about $270 per night & per person.