Your luxurious floating home sets sail around noontime. We greet you with a refreshing welcome drink upon boarding while we acquaint you with the facilities and procedures of our Heritage Line ship - Ylang.
As our unique journey begins, lunch is served in the light-flooded dining room on the terrace deck offering panoramic views of the passing scenery. We pass an ancient lighthouse built by the French more than a century ago. Heading deeper and further south into the maze of Lan Ha Bay, there is time to enjoy our activities offered onboard - take a plunge in the pool, enjoy from our selection of signature beverages at the bar, or settle into relaxing bliss and let us pamper you with one fine treatments and massages available in our expansive Ylang Spa.
Our first anchorage spot is a local pier at Southern Cat Ba Island which is the entry point for a visit of a charming local village named “Viet Hai”. We hop on bicycles (or electric cars) for a scenic exploration along small paved pathways, which meander through the lush tropical forest towards the local village nestled in the valley. Meet and interact with the local inhabitants doing their daily work around their homes or gardens and get to know the life of this remote area where time seems to stand still.
Back on board, we set sail to at a tranquil place for our overnight mooring. Our chef will serve a multi-course dinner and afterwards you may join fellow passengers for a movie night in the dining room or help our crew at night fishing for squid.
Perhaps one of the best options is to take a seat under the stars on the terrace deck or your private balcony to embrace the serenity of this surreal landscape. And for those who like to fully immerse themselves in relaxation, our spa is open till late.
For those who awake with the sun, coffee, tea, and pastries are offered. To get the full wellness experience from Ylang, a Tai Chi session is held on the sun deck to ease mind and muscles with the first rays of the sun. Or sign up for a guided yoga class in our dedicated yoga room.
Once energized, breakfast is served at the dining room or to your suite before we set off to visit one of the few remaining local floating fishing villages. Get a close view of how the families live and work on the water in their unique community. We continue to the shore and travel a short distance along scenic island roads to the Cat Ba National Park. A leisurely hiking tour brings you close to the elements of this lush national park with its jungle-like nature. Learn more about the endemic fauna and flora as well about the island itself as Northern Vietnam’s largest island in the Golf of Tonkin.
During lunch, Ylang continues to sail through the bay to a secluded spot in the bay. The afternoon is at your own pace and choice: you may like to swim and sun bath on a natural beach, or join in on a kayak tour – or a bit of both, or just kick-back on board and treat yourself from our wide selection of wellness offerings.
After dinner you may like to engage in our presentation and quiz with interesting facts and insights about both Lan Ha and Halong Bay or simply kick-back on your private balcony enjoying the serenity of Lan Ha Bay.
Start early again with a nice and tasty traditional Vietnamese coffee, of which we hope will become part of your future morning routine to remember this special place on earth. Join for another open air session of Tai Chi or take part in some Yoga indoor.
Ylang moors this morning to offer to our guests some more kayaking or refreshing early morning swim - conveniently from the ship’s platform. Take these final moments to fully emerge with the sense the Bay has to offer before Ylang gently glides back to its harbor.
Whilst we pass back through Lan Hay Bay towards the pier, we serve a hearty breakfast, and leaving you some relaxed time on the deck day-dreaming before we have to say our final goodbyes.