Bhaya Group Unveils Two Stunning New Look Luxury Cruise Ships In Vietnam

Now offering an authentic Vietnamese experience, guests onboard the refurbished luxury level vessels, collectively known as The Au Co, will be immersed in Vietnamese culture and traditional cuisine.

Following an intensive two-month renovation programme, leading Halong Bay cruise operator Bhaya Group has revealed an impressive new upscale design for its two luxury level vessels. The complete redesign of the ships’ combined 64 cabins is complemented by a host of revamped onboard facilities, including an inviting new reception area, indulgent spa, stylish restaurant, cocktail bar, a classic library and a private onboard cinema for guests.

The elegant boats are now also fully equipped to host guests on continuous two-night cruises encompassing activities such as mountain biking on Cat Ba Island and luxury dinners in Virgin Cave. Previously, The Au Co was only able to visit the more remote parts of Halong Bay for one-day excursions.

“After four years in operation, we were looking to offer our passengers something different. Following the renovation programme, we can now offer an onboard experience that captures both traditional Vietnamese and modern luxury styles.” said Bhaya Group Managing Director, Ms. Ly Thuy Huynh Nhu.

Along with a scheduled annual maintenance for all onboard safety equipment to ensure the highest safety standards, the latest upgrades focus on exclusive relaxation and entertainment for passengers. Special touches include the addition of a second bar on the sun deck and the remodeling of the Jacuzzi areas.

Prior to the refurbishments, French balconies and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors were signature features of the vessels, and these extravagant colonial touches remain; the luxurious aspect of the passenger cabins is accentuated further with the addition of plush new curtains and fine, multiple-thread count bed linen.

Beyond aesthetics, complete passenger comfort is a major priority to the redesign of the boats, with key adjustments made such as relocating the exhaust pipe from the top to the rear of the vessel to minimise engine noise. Along with all the physical enhancements, guests will also be immersed in Vietnamese culture whilst on board The Au Co, with morning Tai Chi sessions, traditional dance performances in the evening and an emphasis on traditional Vietnamese cuisine.

“This year, for the first time, we have put the focus of the renovation on completely re-inventing the cruise experience for our guests,” added Ms. Ly Thuy Huynh Nhu. “The new look boats will further strengthen Bhaya Cruises as the leading luxury provider on the waters of Halong Bay.”


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About Bhaya Group:

Bhaya Group is the leading and most reputable cruise operator in Vietnam’s Halong Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Established in 2007, the pioneering group operates three brands of cruises, Bhaya Classic, Legend Halong and The Au Co. Bhaya Group runs 17 overnight cruises in the Gulf of Tonkin with the majority of passengers coming from Australia, USA, UK, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, Canada, France, and Spain, carrying almost 75,000 passengers in 2015. The company is committed to preserving the beauty of the Gulf of Tonkin for future generations by minimising its impact on the local environment, operating under the concept of sustainable tourism, and supporting local communities /


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