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Why we like it
- The youngest of Heritage Line's "Three Sisters"
- Traditional Asian style
- Just six luxurious cabins with their own balcony
- Intimate Halong Bay experience away from the crowds
Travel in style from Hanoi to Lao Cai Province, recalling times of a romantic era, with the Victoria Express Train offering luxury carriages and fine dining.
Thank you for organising a fantastic holiday (Annie Jensen) The guides and drivers were helpful considerate and polite. All the guides were informative in their own way which we found interesting. As we passed the children they were delighted to see us and practice their English 'Hello'. We spoke to local people and children, everybody was very pleasant. The cycling distances were just right, we had time to stop an
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One of the newest luxury junks to set sail on Halong Bay - the 6-cabin Halong Violet has generously sized cabins themed in classic Indochinese style. The 6 individually themed cabins are each fitted with a marble bathroom, Jacuzzi and a private balcony, the boat also features a boutique style dining room, library, lounge, spa and gym. The Violet's cruise program sails from the crowds to untouched areas of Halong Bay.
Best time to be there
Regional climate differences mean that there is no best time; try September to December to avoid the humidity in the north, December to April to miss the rains in the south and December to March is perfect for trips to the Central highlands. Catch the Trung Thu Moon festival in September or October for traditional lion and dragon dances.
Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi (via Bangkok, Hong Kong or Singapore)
Approximately 13 hours
GMT + 7 hours
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