Home to several iconic bodies of water, from Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay to the Mekong Delta, cruising in Vietnam is often one of the best ways to discover this tantalising country. Sail past towering limestone cliffs, islets and karsts on a Vietnam cruise holiday in Halong Bay. Situated in northeastern Vietnam, and meaning “Descending Dragon,” Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an incredible view to behold.
Alternatively, board a luxuriously fitted traditional junk or an opulent Indian-colonial vessel with Secret Retreats for the best luxury cruises Vietnam has to offer. Explore caves and grottos filled with magnificent stalagmites and stalactites. Kayak, swim, snorkel, dive or try squid fishing. Visit a local fishing village or go hiking at Cát Bà National Park. Take a cooking class or pamper yourself in the onboard spa. Savour flavourful Vietnamese cuisine and enjoy a candlelight dinner in a cave. Secret Retreats’ Vietnam boat cruises will also take you south of Saigon, in the extreme southern part of the Mekong River, where the Mekong Delta offers travellers the opportunity to experience authentic Vietnamese rural life. Take a small boat down the mighty Mekong, and its maze of small canals and streams to witness small traditional villages set along its banks and lush paddy fields. Experience Can Tho or My Tho’s famous floating markets, and soak in the rich cultural heritage. Shop for traditional handicrafts, and then unwind with some delicious Vietnamese cuisine.
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Experience a Halong Bay Luxury Cruise and Lan Ha Bay Cruise from a Traditional Junk Boat

Sail through Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay on a converted junk that’s among the best of Halong Bay luxury cruises. The vessel’s beautiful interiors and furnishings offer a refined blend of Indochinese-Vietnamese heritage and contemporary comfort. Stay in a suite that opens onto a private balcony and where the en-suite bathtubs have a perfect view overlooking the bays. The best Halong Bay luxury cruises offer a variety of onboard luxuries such as a spa where you can treat yourself to massage treatments, steam baths, manicures and pedicures.

And a must for your luxury Halong Bay cruise experience, an on-deck swimming pool. Despite what’s on board, you are sure to be drawn away by the stunning views as you sail through Halong Bay. The area’s rainforest, coral reefs and rocky coastline are home to an abundance of wildlife while the mangrove forests, in particular, serve as important nurseries and shelter for marine animals, as well as protect the coastline from eroding tides and storms.

Made up of up to 1,600 islands, most of which are uninhabited, Halong Bay is also a perfect place for caving and kayaking. Wildlife in the region includes antelopes, iguanas, weasels, rhesus monkeys, 30 different kinds of reptile, and of course plenty of fish, coral and other marine life. While enjoying the tranquillity of your Halong Bay boat cruise, don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled!

Explore the Mekong Delta on a Traditional Wooden Barge or a British-Indian Colonial Vessel During Your Vietnam Cruise Holiday

Enjoy seeing the lush Mekong Delta in simple comfort or luxurious style on a Vietnam cruise holiday with Secret Retreats’ selection of the best Vietnam cruises. Nicknamed ‘Vietnam’s Rice Basket’, the agriculturally rich Mekong Delta is teaming with fruit orchards, rice paddies, sugar cane plantations, bird sanctuaries, colourful floating markets and quaint villages.

Take an overnight cruise, on a traditional wooden vessel, to the greener regions of the Mekong Delta to discover life along the river. Stay in a cosy cabin made entirely out of wood and feature air-conditioning and en-suite bathroom with a shower. Although simply designed, every cabin has a view of the river and provides all the necessary comforts during your Vietnam boat cruise adventure.

Alternatively, sail back in time on a British-Indian colonial vessel with cabins that each open out onto a private balcony for a more luxurious Vietnam cruise. Sail down the Mekong River while enjoying the sundeck, the large Turkish style pool, jacuzzi, spa, gym or outdoor bar, for a choice of three to seven nights. You’ll find luxurious cabins adorned in sumptuous furniture blending old and new, and taking inspiration from Indian tradition as well as colonial influence. And with the onboard spa offering a variety of fine treatments, Secret Retreats’ offers the best collection of luxury Vietnam boat cruises for a one-of-a-kind getaway.

Secret Retreats’ Hosts Add to the Charm and Adventure that Awaits on a Luxury Vietnam Boat Cruise

Secret Retreats’ Vietnam cruise owners are passionate about creating unforgettable voyages for their guests, without having to throw any aspect of comfort and refinement overboard. Painstaking attention to detail is apparent throughout the design and hospitality of Secret Retreats’ Vietnam cruise holidays and vessels.

Vietnam cruise hosts are always enthusiastic to show you parts of Vietnam few may see, and to introduce you to the local cuisine, traditions and attractions. Getting off the boats and among the local markets and fishermen and craftspeople is all part of the itinerary. Rediscover the romance of travel in the best luxury cruises Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta have to offer with Secret Retreats.

Stop at Other Destinations Before or After Your Vietnam Cruise





Vietnam is full of places to explore before or after boarding your relaxing Vietnam cruise. A common stop before a Halong Bay cruise, for instance is Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam brimming with historical landmarks, quaint cafes and markets galore. Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, serves as the largest city drawing travellers in with both its historic and modern attractions, shopping, dining and vibrant nightlife. Hoi An glows with historical charm and culinary delights while Nha Trang boasts a popular seaside resort city. There is plenty to experience in Vietnam, from a nature-filled Halong Bay cruise or Lan Ha Bay cruise and a Vietnam boat cruise in the Mekong Delta to exploring its big cities!