The limestone karst-studded seascape in the north reaches of the Gulf of Tonkin have long been known for their life-affirming qualities.
Now visitors heading out onto the water have been provided with further uplift to mind, body and soul on Heritage Line Ylang, a new 10-suite vessel that counts a sumptuous floating spa and onboard meditation and tai chi among its holistic calling cards.
Featuring a splendid blend of Asian-Vietnamese design with French colonial accents, the ship plies the pristine waters of Lan Ha Bay, a relatively uncharted marine wonderland just south of the more established tourist destination of Halong Bay.
Although it retains all the majesty of its immediate neighbour, Lan Ha Bay sees a fraction of the traffic. The two seascapes are virtually interchangeable, but the lack of tourist boats imbue Lan Ha Bay with a more isolated appeal.