Azerai La Residence, Hue debuts private cruise boat

Azerai La Residence, Hue has launched a 17m-long cruise boat, offering small groups an exclusive way to experience the Perfume River in central Vietnam.

The new vessel, locally built and christened “Nam Xuan,” accommodates up to 16 passengers. Private cruises require a minimum of four guests, and is available to anyone in Hue, even non-guests of the hotel. Additional guests will be charged accordingly.

There are three different types of excursions: an afternoon tea cruise, a sunset cocktail cruise and a dinner cruise. The covered middle section of the boat serves as a dining room by night and a sightseeing deck by day.

The afternoon tea cruise takes guests on a scenic 90-minute journey on the Perfume River, with a delicious assortment of sweet and savoury treats, along with a range of teas, coffees and more. The boat departs the resort every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 15.30 and returns around 17.00. Prices start at VND 320,000 (US$14) per person, up to a maximum of 16.

The sunset cocktail cruise sets sail at 17.30, and guests are served a selection of handcrafted cocktails, mocktails and delicious canapes. The 90-minute sunset cruise is priced at VND 340,000 per person, up to a maximum of 16.

Lastly, the dinner cruise begins with a La Residence cocktail at sunset as the boat pulls away from the resort’s pier and makes its way upriver towards Thien Mu Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Hue and the city’s foremost landmark. On the return journey, the boat passes underneath the Truong Tien and Phu Xuan bridges. While on board, guests are served their choice of Western or Vietnamese fine cuisine.

The dinner cruise concludes with the release of candle-lit lanterns on the river. The two-hour dinner cruise, priced at VND 580,000 per person, is available for up to a maxmium of 10 people.

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