CAT BA - LAN HA BAY CRUISE - 2D1N (overnight floating village)

This is a unique Lan Ha Bay experience: - Cruising from Cat Ba through less touristy Lan Ha Bay - First day kayaking at Dark, Bright and Monkey Cave - Swimming at Ba Trai Dao - Visit one of the largest floating villages in the Bay - Experience plankton ka... View more
Destinations: Lan Ha Bay (budget)
Duration: 2 Days & 1 Night

Day 1 : Hanoi - Cat Ba (N/A)

Picture of Hanoi - Cat Ba

Itinerary Details Day 1: Hanoi – Cat Ba

Specially designed for the budget and adventurous traveller and the only one that combines a beautiful trekking on Cat Ba Island with a full day cruising and kayaking in Lan Ha Bay, a more remote, beautiful and less touristy area of Halong Bay.

Some of the highlights of this Cat Ba Combo package:

  • 2-way comfortable transportation from Hanoi to Cat Ba and visa versa.
  • Full day cruising through Lan Ha Bay, a remote, beautiful and less touristy part of Halong Bay.
  • Non-touristic kayaking to explore hidden overhanging cave and lagoons, home to many birds and monkeys.

For the transfer from Hanoi to Cat Ba Town you have the option for 3 departure times:

  • Pick up in between 700-730 and arrive in Cat Ba town at around 1130
  • Pick up in between 1030-1100 and arrive in Cat Ba town at around 1500
  • Pick up in between 1330-1400 and arrive in Cat Ba town at around 1800

On arrival in Cat Ba Town you’ll have free time to explore the city or the island and Cat Ba National Park.


Transportation: A/C transportation from Hanoi to Cat Ba Town

Meals: N/A

Guide: English-speaking guide

Accommodation: N/A

Day 2 : Lan Ha Bay (Lunch and dinner)

Picture of Lan Ha Bay

Itinerary details day 2 (lunch and dinner)

7.45: Meet up at the meeting point. 

8.00: A short ride of 5 minutes will take us to Beo Harbor.

8.15: Welcome aboard and start cruising through Beo floating fishing village, passing Monkey island (we don’t stop at Monkey island to avoid the crowds of Vietnamese tourists) and keep cruising around Lan Ha Bay to enjoy hundreds of amazing landscapes of limestone islands. 

9.30: We’ll make a stop to visit the biggest fishing farm where we spend around 20 minutes to walk around the farm, a great place to shoot some nice pictures and see how Vietnamese fishermen make their living.

10.00: We continue cruising by passing by the Buddha island before crossing the border to get out of Lan Ha Bay and into Ha Long Bay. We keep cruising into less touristy areas of the bay, close to Bai Tu Long Bay. The boat will bring you up to the Northern part of the bay and drop anchor at a very calm lagoon to have lunch. 

11.50: Vietnamese food, seafood and vegetarian food lunch on the boat. After having lunch, participants have time to relax or take part in some boat jumping, swimming or just playing photographer with the landscape’s surrounds.

13.00: We pull the anchor to cruise to Hang Ca area to do some kayaking. We spend around 1.5-hour kayaking through Dark Cave, Monkey cave and Bright Cave to show you the beauty of the nature in these hidden lagoons. You might even see some monkeys jumping around. After kayaking, we continue moving to a beautiful spot for swimming, called Ba Trai Dao or 3 peaches.

15.15: We arrive at Ba Trai Dao where we anchor nearby a secluded sandy beach that separated from the crowds where you can enjoy a refreshing swim.

16.15: Back to the boat to move to the floating homestay to have overnight floating homestay, which is run by the Vietnamese Navy. It’s located in a calm lagoon that is separated from other fishing families. You can enjoy sunset and sunrise from this location).

16.45: Check in and relax at the floating homestay. 

18.45: Vietnamese food and seafood dinner in the floating homestay.

20.00: Paddle into small areas to enjoy nature while watching the plankton.

21.00: Time to sleep.

Day 3 : Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi or Tam Coc (Breakfast and lunch)

Picture of Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi or Tam Coc

Itinerary details day 3 (breakfast and lunch)

7.30: Sunrise breakfast with some free hot drinks.

8.30: Start to do some more kayaking to explore Tung Gau lagoon, this is the lagoon where the new King Kong was filmed. This is one of the quietest areas where you’ll hardly see other tourists.

10.20: We return to the floating homestay to have shower.

11.15: From here we head back to the harbor by a high-speed boat. 

11.30: Lunch at the most famous local restaurant.

12.30: We finish the trip.

What’s included?

  • Transfers from Hanoi to Cat Ba and Cat Ba to Hanoi or Tam Coc
  • All meals:
    2 lunches, 1 dinner and 1 breakfast
  • Water
  • Entrance, activities and sightseeing fees
  • Kayaking
  • Dry bags
  • English speaking guide
  • Taxes and Service Charges

What’s excluded?

  • All other (alcoholic) beverages
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • All not indicated in our itinerary 

What do I need to bring?

  • Booking voucher from us
  • Valid Passport with valid visa
  • Cash for personal expense

What do I need to know?

During the period March to November it will good to pack your swimming gear, a towel, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen (at least SPF15), a reliable insect repellent, toiletries, a camera and lots of batteries. Warm clothing for the cooler months of November to March is advised. How much luggage can I take? Your vehicle has limited space so please keep your luggage to a maximum of 15kgs in a backpack or soft over-night bag and include a small day pack to hand carry for easy access to camera, sunscreen, water etc. Inhibitions can be left in the luggage storage rooms at your hotel with your other unwanted baggage.

Get Up and Go Vietnam is doing all possible to make your journey and travel experience an unforgettable one. Weather conditions, we unfortunately cannot control. Our apologies for that!

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