Unique Experiences:

•  Experience the Northeast – one of the least visited, but most beautiful areas in Vietnam
•  Get close to nature when sailing through Puong Cave, taking in Vietnam’s largest waterfall, Ban Gioc and waking up to the view of Ba Be Lake
•  Sail, swim and kayak the enchanting, UNESCO protected Ha Long Bay and trail Cat Ba National Park
•  Get all the best in one tour – a great combination between the untouched Northeast and the famous Ha Long Bay in only 7 days.


Small Group Exploration spiced with Shared Group Experiences
Normally no more than 2-5 people on the tour, yet part of the itinerary/day tours are Shared Group Experiences: Halong Bay: Max. 20 travellers on the boat.

Note that you can book 1 person on this program, but we cannot guarantee more participants
on the overall tour.

Trip Length: 7 Day(s) 6 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Everyday
Travel Season:

All Year.
July and August are high season in Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Island. There will be a lot of travellers and Vietnamese tourists on Cat Ba Island, especially at the weekends.
From May to October some rain may be expected

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.

Type of Transportation:

Car/Minibus, Boat

Type of Accommodation:

Hotel and boat with private bathroom and Homestay with shared bathroom.

Physical Rate: 2/5
Child Policy:

Infant: 0 - 2 years of age is free of charge
Child: 3 – 9 years of age
This tour is not recommended for: children below 3 years of age.

Included in Price:

Meals: 5 x Breakfast, 7 x Lunch, 5 x Dinner
Accommodation: 2 x nights in homestay with shared bathroom, 3 x nights in budget hotels with private bathroom, 1 x night on boat with private bathroom
Entrance fees: All entrances fees and permit fees are included in the trip
Transport: Van/mini bus and boat according to itinerary
English speaking guide: Included on part of the tour, please refer to itinerary.

Excluded from Price:

•  Personal Travel Insurance (compulsory)
•  Visa to Vietnam
•  Meals not mentioned as included
•  Drinks
•  Tips to guide and drivers
•  Personal expenditures
All other expenses not stated as included in the above


Locations Visited:
Ba Be, Cao Bang, Lang Son, Halong Bay, Cat Ba island
Start City:
End City:


Day 1: Hanoi - Ba Be National Park (215 km - 7 hours)

Depart your hotel around 08:00 by private van/mini bus and drive to Ba Be National Park. On the way, stop in Thai Nguyen city to visit the Museum of the Culture - the second largest museum in Vietnam for ethnic minorities. After your visit, continue the drive to Ba Be National Park.
Spend the night with a local family in a Tay village overlooking Ba Be Lake, and get close to local life in the countryside.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at homestay.

Day 2: Ba Be Lake

After your breakfast do a 4-hour boat trip on Ba Be Lake. On the way, stop at Dau Dang waterfall and the impressive giant Poong grotto with hundreds of bats.
Lunch is at Ba Be Lake in a Tay village. Visit the National Park with a spectacular waterfall, rivers, deep valleys, natural caves and small lakes surrounded by steep mountains up to 1.745m high.

In the afternoon, you will have the option to do a short, guided trek to one of the small Tay villages, which are scattered around the lake.
Dinner and overnight stay in your homestay at Ba Be Lake.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at homestay.

Day 3: Ba Be Lake - Ban Gioc waterfall - Cao Bang (300 km - 8 hours)

At around 07:00 drive to the largest waterfall in Vietnam, Ban Gioc. Separated into three falls by rocks and trees, it falls thirty meters and as the water hit the cliffs, you will hear it hundreds of meters away. At the foot of the waterfall lies a large river as a calm contrast to the flushing falls. Around you will see many precious flowers and the scenery will surely captivate you. During the visit, you will also have time to see the beautiful Nguom Ngao cave or “Tiger’s Cave”. This houses stalactites of various shapes and sizes and the grotto is famous for its uniqueness, size and wild beauty. Later in the afternoon you drive to your hotel in Cao Bang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Cao Bang.

Day 4: Cao Bang - Lang Son - Hanoi (330 km - 9 hours)

At around 8:00 AM you drive through the remote countryside to the border town Lang Son, where your lunch will be served. In the afternoon you'll visit the beautiful caves where one holds a pagoda inside. You will have time to visit the town market with local produce and Chinese woodwork You then drive to Hanoi and stay there for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 5: Hanoi to Halong Bay. Board your ship, kayak and feel the raw nature

You will be picked up from your hotel around Hanoi Old Quarter between 08:00 - 08:40 AM and slowly leave Hanoi to Halong Bay. Enjoy the peaceful scenery through the countryside with paddy fields of rice and we will make a short break along the way.

Once arriving at Tuan Chau Hobor, you will be transferred by boat to Fantasea Cruise. Enjoy your welcome drink, check-in to your accommodation, relax for a bit, have your lunch that will be served at the restaurant and begin cruising to Halong Bay.

We will first cruise to Ga Choi mountain and stop at Surprise Cave to admire its beauty or head to Trong cave area for kayaking. 

After having fun and relax with water activities, you will return to the boat and join a cooking class.

Your dinner will be served at the restaurant in the evening, then the rest of the night is left free for you to do squid fishing, playing board games, watching movies, drinking on the sundeck while gazing at the sky full of stars or even go for karaoke night!
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight on Fantasea Cruise at the most possible quiet area permitted by the Government authority.

Day 6: Halong Bay to Cat Ba Island

We begin our morning around 7:00 AM with coffee, tea, and breakfast which will be served while cruising towards the nicest beach, where we'll climb to the top of the mountain to experience the view of Halong Bay from above. We'll climb back down and transfer to a smaller boat and sail to the Dark & Light Caves for kayaking. Then we’ll be heading to Ba Trai Dao to have a swim and have fun doing high jump from the boat.

After having lunch on the boat, we’ll take you to Monkey Island for a little hiking and more swimming. We’ll get off the boat around 15:00 PM to get a bus transfer, which will to take you to Cat Ba Town where you’ll be checking in to your hotel.

Your day ends with having dinner that will be served at the restaurant of your hotel.

The evening is left free for you to enjoy the night life of Cat Ba Island.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Cat Ba Hotel, or similar.

Day 7: Cat Ba Island to Halong Bay and to Hanoi

Check-out from your hotel in Cat Ba Town and be ready to depart for your early pick-up by 6:30 AM, the bus will take you to Ben Beo Harbor to board you on the boat and sail towards Halong Bay. And by late morning, you'll be transferred to Fantasea Boat and cruise back to Halong Harbor, your lunch will be served on the boat.

Once arriving Halong Harbor, you’ll continue with a bus ride to Hanoi and end the trip at your hotel or drop-off points around Hanoi Old Quarter.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Note: The itinerary will be changed subject to the weather, tide level and operating conditions without prior notice.

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