Fly-cruises take off in Ha Long Bay

HOT on the heels of launching Hanoi-Ha Long Bay seaplane flights in September, Hai Au Aviation is now jointly promoting a fly-cruise option with Emeraude Classic Cruises.

Offered through December 31, the two-part itinerary combines a 10.00 flight from Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport and touch down on water at Tuan Chau Marina with a noon departure onto Ha Long Bay on the luxury cruise Emeraude.

At 11,697,000 dong (US$551) per person, the package includes a one-way flight from Noi Bai to Ha Long, a private cabin for two, all meals, the cruise, shore excursions, and overland transportation back to Hanoi in a private vehicle. Travellers who prefer to fly can take a 16.30 flight for an additional charge.

“The Hai Au alternative opens up a whole new market segment for Halong Bay,” said Kurt Walter, the Emeraude’s general manager. “For many, the prospect of a three- to four-hour overland drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay is an insurmountable hurdle.”

Hai Au launched its first flights between Hanoi and Ha Long Bay on September 9 on a 12-seater Cessna Caravan C208 EX.

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