Lan Ha Bay Day Cruise & Cat Ba National Park (start and end in Hanoi)


South of Halong Bay and next to Cat Ba National Park is Lan Ha Bay with over 300-or-so karst islands and limestone mountains. Lan Ha Bay is just as beautiful as those of its neighbor, but feel more isolated and untouched. The big bonus of Lan Ha is also the numerous white-sand beaches, which you won’t find at Halong Bay. Geologically, Lan Ha Bay is an extension of Halong Bay but sits in a different province. The waters here carry lots prawns and crabs which makes it great fishing grounds for local people.

7:00 – 7:30 Get picked up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter, departure to Cat Ba Island

10:15 – 10:30 Reach Cat Ba Island, drive on a scenic coastal from Cai Vieng Port to Beo Harbour.

11:00 Warmly welcome to the cruise while enjoying welcome drink, our tour guide will provide key information about the cruise, itineraries, and other notes. Our captain steers the cruise slowly, and the poetic scenery of Cai Beo ancient fishing village constantly appears with floating houses lying along the mountainside. You will be surprised at the peaceful beauty of this 7,000-year-old village. The cruise moves further into the core of bay where you can’t help but be amazed by the gift of Mother Nature: a large bay area, the phenomenal emerald water embracing hundreds of rocky islands of various sizes and shapes.

11:30 Savor a delicious lunch

13:00 After lunch, the cruise sails to Viet Hai Port. Disembark and head to the pier, where you will take electric car/bicycle to the ancient Viet Hai Village. Experience a unique fish-foot massage, stroll through well-preserved traditional houses, or engage in conversations with local residents for a truly memorable experience.

14:30 Kayaking – Swimming

Our Captain and Tour Guide will choose the best stop for the group to experience interesting activities: Swimming in the middle of the sea, boat- jumping, sliding down from the top deck to cool water, kayaking…

(We highly recommend that you wear a life jacket when swimming/ kayaking/playing with water slide…for a safe journey)

15:40 The boat begins its journey back to Beo Pier. It is perfect time to relax yourself on the top deck with a cup of ordered drink.

16:15 Small sunset party is served with fresh fruit, biscuits & tea.

16:45 Return to Beo Dock and take the bus back to Ha Noi.

20:30 Arrive at Hanoi Old Quarter and drop off at your hotel where the trip ends.

  • Return transfer from your stay in Old Quarter Hanoi
  • All entrance tickets to sites indicated in itinerary  
  • Kayaking and swimming 
  • Welcome drink and 1bottle of water per person  
  • Lunch on the boat 
  • English speaking guide during the trip  
  • Beverages 
  • Tips and personal expenses 
  • Travel insurance 
  • All not indicated in our itinerary 
  • Booking voucher from us 
  • Valid Passport with valid visa 
  • Cash for personal expense  

Specific diet or food requirements

Please let us know if you have specific eating restrictions, allergic for certain things or if you are vegetarian, we can take that into account during the trips.

Useful information

Especially for the north and central Vietnam;

In the period between November and April, the weather is variable, from sunny to cold and rainy. It is advisable during this period to bring some rain gear with some warmer clothes. In the period from April to November, it is good to pack a hat with a wide brim, sunscreen (at least SPF15) and a reliable insect repellent. A thin rain poncho is useful all year round.

The south of Vietnam is generally a lot warmer all year round, so warm clothing is not really necessary.

Get Up And Go Vietnam does everything to make your trip an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately, we have no control over weather conditions. Our apologies for that!

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 are advised. No problem to bring your luggage.

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!