The Au Co is designed to allow our passengers to get a true sense of Vietnam and experience a taste of the Orient. While aboard, there is a range of activities for you to discover and experience Vietnamese culture for yourself, everything from Tai Chi to cultural talks, cooking lessons to fine dining. Off-deck, there are plenty more opportunities to learn more about the local culture and history and also to engage with some of the local communities who inhabit this world-renowned landscape.
Cooking class on a cruise in Vietnam
Cooking demonstration class
a Halong Bay cruise
If you are interested in learning more about Vietnamese cuisine, our Vietnamese cooking class and tour may well interest you. Our cooking teachers, always a team of two – a chef experienced in Vietnamese cuisine and a team leader, many of whom have practiced abroad and who speak excellent English, will bring their vast experience to bear, sharing their excellent skills in this fun but informative class. Not only will you have many opportunities to taste Vietnamese dishes but you can also widen your knowledge of Vietnamese culture.
Tai Chi on our boats
Tai Chi lesson in sunrise while on a Halong Bay cruise
Practising Tai Chi first thing in the morning with our professional trainer is a great way to start your day on a boat in Vietnam; clearing your mind and giving you energy for the rest of the day to discover both the beautiful Gulf of Tonkin as well as all the activities available on board The Au Co. This ancient Chinese martial art is celebrated both for its defence training and also for its health benefits.
Tea Ceremony on a tour of Halong
High tea ceremony on one of our Halong Bay cruises
At the end of a busy day cruising and exploring the many sights of Halong Bay and the Gulf of Tonkin, you may well be curious to learn more about this fascinating area, the country and its people.
At sundown on the first day, a tea ceremony will be held, inviting you to taste and experience the range of Vietnamese teas on offer and giving you a broader understanding of their significance in Vietnamese culture.
Experiencing bamboo boat in Halong Bay to discover local floating village
As The Au Co has a more leisurely schedule, you will have more time to connect with some of the Gulf of Tonkin locals, adding to your lifetime experience. As part of our unique itinerary, we will pass local villages where you will be able to observe, and even take part in, some of the locals’ daily activities. We believe this is one of the greatest Halong tours Vietnam has to offer.
On Cat Ba Island, you can visit Viet Hai village and see people working on the rice paddies and picking fruit.
We will also travel to the more remote Bai Tu Long Bay to visit Vung Vieng Floating Village. Touring this fascinating village on bamboo boats, you can see how local families survive on the water, fishing.