4 days Bai Tu Long Bay, Halong Bay and
Cat Ba Island
Day 1: Hanoi / Bai Tu Long Bay
Departing Hanoi between 7.30am to 7.45am we journey to Ha Long City. We follow its fertile road passing through rural countryside and towns to Bai Tu Long Bay.
At the port, we board our traditional junk-style boat and set sail through the emerald green waters of Bai Tu Long Bay, passing by stunning limestone karsts jutting out of the jade waters, seeing floating fishing villages and pearl farms.
After a delicious lunch on the boat we head off of the boat and paddle our kayaks among the spectacular limestone peaks – time to relax and appreciate the sublime beauty of the bay.
Finally, we arrive on Quan Lan island, an island which features white sand beaches, tiny villages and verdant hills. We end the day with a freshly prepared dinner before settling in with our lodge for the night. (Lunch and dinner are included).
Day 2: Bai Tu Long Bay / Halong Bay
Waking up early we head to a local fishing market to get a taste of local life, before cycling across Quan Lan island and exploring the northern part of the island, the best way to see all the sights, watching local people go about their daily activities, doing fishing or growing seasonal crops.
We soak up the village atmosphere and lush farmland, verdant hill surroundings and breathtaking sea views. Weather permitting, there is time to relax and unwind on the pristine beaches.
Later in the morning, we board our boat to discover the extent of the region's riches. The return journey follows a different route, allowing us a few hours to appreciate the tranquil beauty only found in Bai Tu Long Bay. Following that we make our way to Halong Bay.
On arrival we embark on a boat trip among some of the spectacular limestone peaks – time to relax and appreciate the sublime beauty of the bay.
Those are feeling energetic and wish to get a close view of the scenic rock formations can take a delightful kayaking ride around the village.
In the evening we indulge in the uniquely fascinating nature as we stay overnight on our boat. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 3: Halong Bay / Cat Ba National Park
We wake up to the sound of the water gently lapping against the boat. After breakfast on the boat we enjoy a morning boat trip bringing us to some of the bay’s truly awesome scenery – vertical and unusual rocks and islets emerge from the sea. Perhaps we head out for an optional kayak across the mysty waters of Halong Bay.
This is followed by our journey to Cat Ba National Park. Cat Ba Island is dotted with tiny beaches and verdant jungle, situated in karst-studded Lan Ha Bay.
It boasts the rich diversity in ecosystem and the high bio-diversity with hidden charm of the nature, harboring many rare and precious plant and animal species as well as distinctive landscapes.
There's no time to waste, so begin exploring Cat Ba National Park, we see a forest which is home to the rare, endangered and ancient Kim Giao trees. The trail continues onto Ngu Lam peak. The karst mountains are beautiful and the view from the lookout is fantastic.
We check in to our peaceful lodge in the park's headquarters surrounded by spectacular mountains and lush rainforest. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 4: Cat Ba National Park / Lan Ha Bay / Hanoi
Today we board a boat and spend the morning boating the breathtaking Lan Ha Bay. Located in the greater Halong Bay area, Lan Ha Bay is one of Vietnam’s most scenic places, where limestone islands and caves rise from the emerald waters.
There is an opportunity to take a bamboo boat ride to see the Cat Ba floating village, a fishing village of about 200 houses living mainly by fishing and seafood farming. We witness the life of local people doing fishing or growing aquaculture.
After lunch we make our way back to Hanoi via ferry and minibus, the trip ends on arrival in Hanoi at about 5pm. (Breakfast and lunch are included).
Kayaking, cycling and hiking with:
- a 1-2 hour kayaking ride on Day 1.
- a 1-hour bicycle ride on Day 2.
- a 1-2 hour kayak ride and a 6-8 km hike on Day 3.
- private air-conditioned minibus.
All of our experienced, friendly and professional tour guides speak fluent English.
They are knowledgeable about local culture, history and the environment.
- 1 night in a lodge.
- 1 night on a boat.
- 1 night in a hotel.
- 3 breakfasts.
- 4 lunches.
- 3 dinners.
We choose local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area, at local homes, restaurants or markets. (We cater for Vegetarians).
- $395USD per person for a group of 2 to 16 people.
- $350USD per person for a group of 17 to 20 people.
The cost of the trip includes:
- local ferry ticket.
- tour guides.
- all meals as mentioned in program.
- two bottles of mineral water.
- entrance fees and permits where applicable.
The cost of the trip does not include:
- travel insurance.
- drinks (soft drinks, alcohol).
- personal expenses.
What to take:
Pack essentials for 4 days away from Hanoi, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable hiking shoes.
Take a small day pack for cycling and hiking.
It is essential to bring your passport on this trip.
We also recommend packing: swimming suit, first-aid kit, personal articles, camera, insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat...
Have a great trip!!!