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The Au Co is the first and only luxury cruise operator offering full cruise program & itinerary in a single trip through world-renowned Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay & Cat Ba Island. The Au Co ship features the very latest safety standards and represents Vietnamese and Oriental culture at its best. Each of her 32 spaciously-designed private cabins boasts luxurious bathrooms and panoramic balconies.
The Au Co strives to provide minimum impact on the local invironment and will operate under the concept of sustainable tourism. It's the owners' major goal and commitment to support local communities and conserve the beauty of the Gulf of Tonkin for future generations.
Uniquely located on the spacious third deck of The Au Co, and designed along Feng Shui principles, our restaurant and two bars offer the perfect spaces for guests to connect with their surroundings while savouring an incredible array of fresh dishes or simply relaxing with a drink.
While designed in very different styles, both the restaurant and the bar have been created to ensure the ultimate in comfort, luxury and style.
The elegant and luxurious The Au Co Restaurant has been carefully arranged according to the generating principle of Wu Xing, with the dining room featuring both wood and metal elements. On arrival, guests will notice that the interior elements of the wooden furniture and polished wooden floor help air flow, harmonizing the natural light and wind with the surrounding landscape and mountains, giving guests the feeling of being immersed in nature, satisfying the senses of sight and taste.
Meanwhile, metal elements in the dining room, representing fire, are minimized by reducing kitchen and other electrical appliances in the room, which would just distract from the meal. According to the principle that water nourishes wood, the sight of the Gulf’s water and the sound of soft music are simply used to create a calm, gentle atmosphere, which should stimulate guests’ appetites.
The terrace deck of the Au Co Cruise features not one, but two wide, open-air bars; again designed with the Feng Shui principle of Yang - Movement - Flexibility, as a counterpoint to the Yin - neutral - Earth element. The spacious bars, with their light rattan furniture are the perfect place to relax and while away your day accompanied by a range of food, beverages, and snacks. Alternatively, they are the place to meet after a busy day of activities for a pre-dinner cocktail as the sun sets over the Gulf of Tonkin.
The Au Co Bar stocks a full complement of aperitifs, wines, cocktails, drinks and snacks, and serves visitors until late at night.
If guests are seeking more privacy and comfort each cabin has its own in-cabin refrigerator, which we can stock with your choice of beverages.
For complete stress relief, why not pamper yourself with a therapeutic massage either in the tranquility of the Spa room or in the open-air Spa area – drifting off into bliss as the cruise drifts along.
After an exciting day of adventurous activities and excursions what better way to relax and unwind than in The Au Co’s open-air Jacuzzi. Feel any aches or pains simply drift away as you sip a cocktail while taking in the fantastic views of the seascape as you voyage at sunset. Reserve the open-air Jacuzzi together with our on-board spa services.
Safety on board
The boat itself was designed by the Industrial Ship Designing Institute and is inspected by the local Maritime Registration Authority annually and certified accordingly. It is the only steel boat in Halong Bay built to meet seafaring standards (though it is registered as a river going craft). It is designed to be balanced even with a 23-degree list. The Vietnamese Marine Authorities certify all materials and equipment used in the construction of the boat construction from the steel, electrical cables and generators. Every vessel is fitted with professional marine safety equipment: VHF Radio, GPS Plotting, Two-way radios, Water Ingress Alarm System, Anti-sinking Pump System, Fire Alarm system System and Fire Extinguishers. The Au Co boats have double the safety coefficient required by the authorities.
All The Au Co vessels operate under professional daily technical supervision and ongoing maintenance schedules. Each vessel maintenance schedule includes regular monthly and bi-annual routine maintenance and an annual dry-docking to ensure all aspects of seaworthiness and accommodation are in good condition.
All The Au Co vessels are covered with maximum vessel insurance based on the vessel certification, including total Crew and Passenger capacity.
- The Au Co places the highest priority on the safety and security of our vessels and all Passengers, Crew and Staff onboard.
- All The Au Co vessels are commanded by a Captain, and manned by a professional Deck Crew and Cruise Staff. All Crew and Staff have training certificates or recognized expertise accredited by the relevant Vietnamese Government Authorities.
- Our Cruise Managers conduct a safety briefing prior to departure, which includes onboard procedures and clear instructions in case of emergency.
- All The Au Co Crew are trained for SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and dealing with emergencies. Refresher training and live drills are conducted every 6 months.
Notes: Two days cruise is not available!
Day 1: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Cat Ba Island (L/D)
12.30 Embarkation and check-in. Boat departs toward Gia Luan, Cat Ba Island
13.00 Lunch on board
15.00 Excursions in Cat Ba Island, visiting National Park, Chinese Hospital Cave and French Cannon Hills
17.00 Back to the boat. Cruising toward Lom Bo Islet for overnight. Swimming, kayaking at anchorage
19.30 Enjoy welcome performance by local fishermen before an a la carter dinner is served on board
Overnight near Lom Bo area
Day 2: Cat Ba Island - Lan Ha Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
06.30 Tai Chi lesson on board
07.00 Breakfast on board. Cruise toward Lan Ha Bay
08.30 Excursions & Biking in National Park in Viet Hai Village
11.00 Return to the boat and cruise to Ba Trai Dao Beach
Swimming and kayaking by the beach
12.30 Lunch on board. The boat cruises toward Bai Tu Long passing Cua Van Fishing Village
14.30 Visit Vung Vieng Fishing Village by rowing boat then swim, kayak and snorkel at nearby beach
17.00 Depart to Ho Dong Tien. Cooking demonstration and sunset cocktails on board
19.30 BBQ dinner on board. Overnight near Ho Dong Tien area
Day 3 : Halong Bay - Hanoi (B)
06.30 Tai Chi lesson on board & cruising
07.30 Breakfast on board
08.30 Visit Sung Sot Grotto
09.30 Brunch and check-out
Price in US Dollars:
Note: Child from 4 – 12 years old :Charge 75% of adults price
Welcome cocktail, Entrance fees and sightseeing fees.
Accommodation in luxury air-conditioned en-suite cabin.
02 Lunches, 02 Dinners & 02 Breakfasts
Cycling on Cat Ba Island
Iced-water & regular tea during the cruise
Kayak and snorkeling equipment
01 hour private Jacuzzi with a flute of champagne each
01 bottle of house wine / cabin / stay
01 bottle of champagne / suite / stay
Flower & basket / suite / stay
Onboard insurance, Taxes and service charges
Airfares, transfers to and from Ha Long Bay
Beauty spa services
Beverages, tips and personal expenses
All other services not clearly mentioned
What to bring:
- Sun block
- Camera + Film
- Insect repellent
- Original Passport
- A wide brimmed hat
- Swimming costume
- Sun glasses