CAT BA ISLAND - LAN HA & HALONG BAY
CRUISE THE LESS-TOURIST PATHS
03 DAYS - 02 NIGHTS
Sailing through the thousands of limestone islands and off-beaten track in Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay
Staying overnight on a private junk in stunning places
Enjoying kayaking & swimming in the less-touristy area
Visiting a local fish-farm and a floating village
DAY 01: HA NOI CITY - CAT BA ISLAND - LAN HA BAY
08:00 - Getting picked up at your hotel in Hanoi. Take the morning drive to Cat Ba Island via Haiphong city. The drive includes a local ferry ride before reaching the island. The drive takes about 4 hours in total.
12:00 - Get on your private junk, enjoy a welcome drink, move around to learn about the boat and check into your cabin before cruising.
12:15 - Pull up the anchor and start your cruise. The junk firstly winds its way by a fishing village toward Lan Ha Bay. Not much different from Halong Bay featured with hundreds of limestone islands and islets. Lan Ha is smaller but the karst formations are close to each other, this makes Lan Ha Bay become the best place for kayaking and swimming activities.
13:15 - Anchor is dropped in the middle of the bay for lunchtime. If the weather is nice, your lunch will be served on the top where you are able to enjoy the scenery the best.
14:15 - After lunch, the junk will take you to visit a fish-farm where you will have many chances to witness some typical types of fish grown in the bay. The following stop is at Ba Trai Dao beaches. Getting off your boat and paddle your kayaks around the area for a while before swimming and sunbathing on the tiny beach.
16:30 - Start cruising toward Halong Bay from the beaches. You're really exploring a remote part of Halong Bay as you won't be on the same route with many boats from this "back door". This is also the time that you can have fun with your chef on the top-deck. At his cooking demonstration, he will show you how to make Vietnamese popular fried rolls. After some samples, of course, you will have a go and enjoy your work right after.
18:30 - Get the anchor dropped when you reach the night place in a remote corner of the World Heritage. Take more swim off the boat if you wish (This is more doable in the summertime as it's early and warm enough), otherwise, just relax until dinner time.
19:00 - Dinner is served with a set menu. Overnight on board.
Included meals: Lunch, Dinner
DAY 02: HALONG BAY - LAN HA BAY
For early risers: The summer sunrise is about 6:00 AM; Winter sunrise is about 6:30 AM (Ask your captain for better information on the day). Otherwise, you can remain in your cabin until breakfast time.
07:30 - The engine is started and gets ready for the second day.
08:00 - Breakfast is served while you are cruising further to other parts of the bay include the Coconut beach area.
08: 45 - Arrive at Vung Kiem Lam area, you are escorted to discover a hidden lake that can be accessed by only one tunnel-like cave (Hang Sang). Paddling around the lake to enjoy the quietness at this beautiful spot. After that, the junk will wind its way back to Lan Ha Bay.
12:00 - Lunch is served aboard.
13:30 - Heading to Viet Hai dock where you will embark on a scenic cycling ride into a part of Cat Ba National Park, visit Viet Hai village, the only one community allowed to stay in the parking area. For active explorers, your guide will take you further to the national park for a hike up to the summit of Hai Quan Mountain for a wonderful view over the park and a part of Halong Bay. (It's not recommended on a wet day as the trail is rather slippery.) Ride back to the boat to end the active afternoon.
17:30 - Anchoring at a scenic place in Lan Ha for the second night on the boat.
19:00 - Enjoy set-menu dinner. In the evening, you may try your luck with squid fishing before retiring in your cozy cabin.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3: HALONG BAY - LAN HA BAY - CAT BA ISLAND - HANOI
08:00 - Breakfast is served
08:30 - Start your day with a gentle cruise, meandering in between the sheer cliffs of Lan Ha Bay toward Monkey Island whose beach is sandy and ideal for the last swim (If the weather permits). From the breach, you are able to do a short hike up to a viewpoint on the mountain with your tour guide. The bird-view from the high is very beautiful.
10:30 - Check out of your cabin. Start cruising back toward the wharf. The lunch is served early today on board.
11:45 - Bid farewell to the crews and disembark. Drive back to Hanoi.
15:30 - Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi. End of service.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Depend on the weather condition and other objective reasons, the timing and activities of the cruise might subject to changes without prior notice (The essential changes normally based on the safety standard & local authority regulations)
For safety reasons, these below visitors are not recommended to cruise overnight in Halong Bay:
People with disability: physical or sensory
People who have symptoms of hallucinations, sleepwalking, fear of being enclosed, epilepsy…
Insurance on boat
Private A/c transfer with entrance fees
English/ French speaking guide
All sightseeing tickets & permit
Cycling to Viet Hai Village
2 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Kayaking or sampan boat ride
Two mineral water per day per person
Hotel in Hanoi (On request)
Drinks and other meals
Tips & gratuities
Banking fee (For credit card payments)
Others are not mentioned clearly in the Inclusions
WHAT TO BRING
SunGlasses & Sun Block
Wide Brim Hat
Warm Clothes ( in winter )