UNESCO protected Ha Long Bay is made up of 1969 islands of various sizes. There are two kinds of islands: limestone and schist and over 3000 of them are limestone islands. While some islands are no more than a large rock, others aremuch more substantial and contain huge cathedral – like caves of stalactites. Lan Ha Bay offers numerous beaches and islands to explore, which includes subtropical green forests on the hills, freshwater swamp forests at the base of the hills and small freshwaterlakes and coral reefs.
Included: Meals: 2 x breakfast, 3 x lunch, 2 x dinner
Accommodation: 1 night on deluxe boat and 1 night in 2-star standard hotel on Cat Ba Island with private bathroom
Entrance fees: All entrances fees, Ha Long Bay tourist registration included in the trip
Transport: Mini bus and boat according to itinerary
English speaking tour guide: Included for the entire tour according to itinerary Not included: · Personal travel insurance (compulsory)
· Tips to guide and driver
· Drinks and personal expenses
All other expenses not stated as included in the above
- Board a beautiful wooden boat and explore UNESCO certified Ha Long Bay with thousands of limestone islets of different formations
- Kayak and swim the emerald green waters and spend the evening stargazing on the upper deck of the boat
- Hike or bike Cat Ba National Park and be rewarded with beautiful views and serene nature
Day 1: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay
Pick-up from your hotel at around 08:00 - 08:30 (if you haven't booked your hotel through us, please give us the name and address at least 72 hours in advance) by a minibus and driving to Ha Long harbour (about 4 hours drive). Boarding the boat and having a welcome drink. Lunch will be served on the boat while cruising and enjoying the breathtaking view around the bay. Guided visit of Sung Sot cave or Luon cave area and if the weather permits it, hiking on the Titop mountain, kayaking or swimming in the bay's emerald waters. A Vietnamese dinner will be served on the boat in the evening. After dinner enjoying the rest of the evening with karaoke, board games, movies or stargazing on the upper deck. Sleeping in clean air-conditioned rooms with private washrooms.
Day 2: Ha Long Bay - Cat Ba Island
Rising early for another chance to go swimming before breakfast is served. After breakfast the boat will stop at Gia Luan pier on Cat Ba island. From there a bus drive to Cat Ba national park for some hiking or cycling. After the excursion in the national park, heading back towards Cat Ba town to check–in at the hotel, where lunch will be served. In the afternoon, time to relax at the hotel, shop along the sea-side strip, visit to Cat Co beaches or a trip to Monkey Island with the tour guide.
Overnight at a clean air-conditioned rooms with private washroom at Cat Ba Palace Hotel. (**)
(B, L, D)
Day 3: Cat Ba Island - Ha Long Bay - Hanoi
Rising early to enjoy the sunrise or sleeping a little longer (check out at 08:45). Heading back to Gia Luan pier by bus and boarding the boat to make the way back to Ha Long harbor. Lunch is served on the boat, while sailing back to Ha Long harbor. Drive from the harbor back to Hanoi, and dropping off at the hotel.
Key: B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner
(Group size maximum 26 persons on the bus and 20 persons on the boat)
Ha Long Bay boat trip, caves visit, kayaking, Cat Ba national park
Child age: 3 – 6 years old. Infant below 3 years old
Child price: See under “rates”. Infants are free of charge
This tour is recommended for: all ages
Deluxe boat and 2-star standard hotel with private bathrooms
Minibus and boat
2 breakfast, 3 lunch, 2 dinner
March to May: Some days have light rain; Clear with blue sky
June to August: Hot months! Some days have heavy rain that is mostly quickly over. High season in Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Island. There will be a lot of travellers on Cat Ba Island, especially at the weekends.
September to November: The best time to enjoy Ha Long Bay with cool temperature
December to January: Cold with strong wind; sometimes it is misty and rainy
This product may be affected by Vietnamese TET (New Year) – normally in Jan/Feb. Specific dates are blocked in the booking calendar if and when not bookable.
What can you expect during TET? The lunar New Year is very important to the Vietnamese. The days are spent together with family and relatives in private homes to celebrate. Expect the streets to be fairly empty and life at street level to be very limited.
Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba Island, Cat Ba National Park, Sung Sot cave
Original passport, Swim wear and Sun lotion in summer time