3 days Bai Tu Long Bay
Hanoi, Bai Tu Long Bay, Quan Lan Island, Cai Rong Island, Hanoi.
This adventure is centred on the islands of Bai Tu Long Bay. We enjoy a range of activities including boating amongst the limestone peaks, cycling across Quan Lan Island, relaxing on the beach, exploring the shoreline, and meeting wonderful local people.
Day 1 Hanoi / Bai Tu Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay of the submerged dragon, which boasts 3000 craggy and towering islets, is amongst the most picturesque places in Vietnam.
The fantastic beauty of the bay has given rise to many legends, some of them dating back to the ancient past. It is said that a dragon descended into the deep water spitting out gems as he did so.
And thus the rocky islands were formed. Departing Hanoi we journey to Ha Long City and then on to Cai Rong Island. Soon after arriving in Cai Rong, we embark on a boat trip among spectacular limestone peaks.
Kayaking is one of the best ways to have a close glimpse of picturesque limestone outcrops and observe a delightful floating fishing village, an example of the way of life where some families spend their life living on the sea.
Arriving at Quan Lan Island we head to our lodge. Our lodge is tastefully designed with textile and bamboo accents on the bedding, adorned with traditional furnishing, the room is peaceful and exotic.
At our warm and friendly lodge we have the opportunity to learn to make traditional Vietnamese Spring Rolls and succulent fish dipping sauce and Squid dish.
Tonight we stay overnight in our comfortable lodge. (Lunch and dinner are included).
Day 2 Quan Lan Island / Bai Tu Long Bay / Cai Rong Island
Quan Lan Island is located in Bai Tu Long Bay. The island is blessed with stunning beaches, scenic hills, sand dunes and surroundings sprinkled with tiny villages.
After a quiet morning strolling around the picturesque village of Quan Lan, an enjoyable bicycle ride across the island and watching the day unfold on the island, we board our boat to discover further northern reaches of Bai Tu Long Bay.
We find a beautiful spot for paddling our kayaks among beautiful rock formations - time to appreciate the sublime beauty of the bay. Finally, we complete our day on Cai Rong Island. Here, we stay overnight in a comfortable hotel. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 3 Cai Rong Island / Hanoi
Cai Rong's breathtaking limestone scenery and fishing village life is visible during our morning's time on the island.
We enjoy our last day on Cai Rong Island, we retire to a beautiful cave and take a hike up to a towering rock formations to have the perfect panoramas of the dramatic rock formations.
Time is also spent strolling around the local fishing market of Cai Rong, before we drive due to east of the island. From here we take a hike to a local Dao village, home to Dao ethnic minority people.
Early afternoon we board our vehicle for our journey back to Hanoi, arriving there at about 5pm. (Breakfast and lunch are included).
Easy cycling and kayaking with:
- a 1-2 hour kayaking ride on Day 1.
- a 10-12 km bicycle ride and a 2-3 hour kayaking ride on Day 2.
- a 4-6 km hike on Day 3.
All of our experienced and friendly Tour Guides speak fluent English.
They are knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.
- 2 breakfasts.
- 3 lunches.
- 2 dinners.
We choose local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area, at local restaurants, markets or homes.
We also cater for Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking.
- home stay (1 night).
- hotel (1 night).
A clean and comfortable home stay with mosquito nets provided.
- $169USD per person for a group of 2 to 9 people.
- $148USD per person for a group of 10 to 14 people.
The cost of the trip includes:
- Tour Guides.
- meals listed on the itinerary.
- admission fees.
- permits where applicable.
The cost of the trip does not include:
- travel insurance.
- drinks (soft drinks, alcohol, bottled water).
- personal expenses.
What to take:
Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable hiking shoes.
Take a small day pack for cycling and walking.
We also recommend packing: swimsuit, personal articles, insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat...
Have a great journey!!!