Bring legends to life in Vietnam

It all began as a legend. Back in time, in a land where the mountains meet the sea, a beautiful, young fairy, Au Co, falls in love with Long Quan, the Dragon Lord of the Sea. Their children, better known as the Hung Kings, became the early leaders of ancient Vietnam.

In March 2012, Halong Bay’s premier cruise provider, Bhaya Cruises, will be launching two unique, new vessels dedicated to the “Mother of Vietnamese Civilization,” which will soon become legends themselves. The Au Co is the first and only luxury operator to offer a 3-day, 2-night cruise in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Edgar Cayanan, Cruise Operation Manager, said: “The Au Co plans to set new standards in terms of luxury. It will present a journey guaranteeing its guests an experience of a lifetime. The Au Co’s daily trip will not only lead through the natural wonders of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site,Halong Bay, it will also discover the Bays of Lan Ha and Bai Tu Long. Cat Ba Island and its renowned National Park will also be revealed.”

The vessels combine state-of-the-art safety standards and innovative Oriental design, providing luxury and dedication in every detail. Each ship has 32 spacious cabins of minimum 20 square meters each. It also boasts private balconies and well-equipped bathrooms.

The numerous activities en route, the culinary experiences, and the atmosphere will please both the active traveler and those just seeking pure relaxation. Whether you enjoy the stunning scenery, a wellness treatment, or a glass of wine from the Chef’s exclusive selection, the trip promises to be an unforgettable one.

Tran Thanh Nam, CEO of the group, said: “The Au Co strives to provide minimum impact on the local environment 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.”

The Au Co’s launching ceremony in Hanoi will take place on August 18 in Hanoi and on August 23, 2011 in Hochiminh City. Travel agents, tour operators, and the press are welcome to meet the Au Co team at IFTM Top Resa in France (September 20-23, 2011) at booth number N11 pavillon 7.2; ITB Asia in Singapore (October 19-21, 2011) at booth number D10, Hall 601; and WTM in UK (November 7-10, 2011) at booth number AS786.