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Unique Experiences:
  • Stay aboard a beautiful wooden boat to explore the UNESCO certified Halong Bay and its thousands of limestone islets.
  • Enjoy an on-board cooking class to learn more about the local culture.
  • Relax by swimming, kayaking, and sunbathing on beautiful sandy beaches.
  • Discover Lan Ha Bay, the less-visited twin of Halong Bay.
Participants:

Small Group Adventure - Typically no more than 8 fellow travellers. A small group brings you closer to local life and gives you the flexibility to venture off the beaten path and go beyond the ordinary.
 
This group departs with a minimum of 2 travellers. 

Trip Length: 3 Day(s) 2 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Daily
Travel Season:

From March to May and from September to February every year

March to May: Some days with light rain and clear blue sky
June to August (this tour is not operated): Hot months! Some days with heavy rain, which mostly quickly over. High season in Cat Ba Island, there’ll be a lot of travellers and many Vietnamese tourists, especially on the weekends.
September to November: Best time to enjoy Halong Bay with cool temperature
December to January: Cold with strong wind, can be misty and rainy sometimes.

Note: This product may be affected by Vietnamese TET (New Year) – normally in Jan/Feb. Specific dates are blocked on 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 Accommodation: On Boat
Physical Rate: 2/5
Child Policy:

This tour is not recommended for: Children below 7 years of age. 
Children from 7 years of age and above will be treated and pay as adults.

Included in Price:

Meals: 2 x Breakfast, 3 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner
Accommodation: 1 x Night on Deluxe Boat with Private Bathroom, 1 x Night at a 2-Star Standard Hotel on Cat Ba Island
Entrance Fees: All Entrance Fees, Tourist Registration According to The Itinerary
Transport: Shuttle Bus (No Tour Guide) and Boat According to Itinerary
Others/Activities: English-Speaking Guide According to itinerary. 

Excluded from Price:
  • Personal travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tips to guide and driver
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • All other expenses not stated as included in the above.

Map

Locations Visited:
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay
Start City:
Hanoi
End City:
Hanoi

Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi to Halong Bay

We’ll pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter between 8:30 – 9:10 AM and we'll drive you to Halong Bay. You’ll enjoy the peaceful scenery as we drive through the countryside and admire the endless rows of rice paddies. 
 
By noon we’ll arrive at Tuan Chau harbour, transfer to our boat, and begin our cruise on Halong Bay. Relax and enjoy the on-board lunch as we cruise to Ga Choi Mountain. We'll make a stop to explore the Surprise Cave, then we’ll head over to the Trong or Luon cave and explore the area by kayaking or swimming. We’ll then return to the boat and enjoy an insightful cooking class.  
 
As evening falls, we’ll enjoy dinner on the boat and relax or party with the on-board karaoke, squid fishing or just knock back a few drinks on the sundeck. 
 
Meals: Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Overnight on The Boat.


Day 2: Halong Bay to Ti Top Island to Cat Ba National Park to Trung Trang Cave
 
We begin our morning with coffee, tea, and breakfast which will be served while cruising towards Ti Top, where we'll climb to the top of the mountain to experience the beauty of Halong Bay from above. We'll climb back down to our boat to go discover another side of Halong Bay, while we cruise to Gia Luan pier.
 
At Gia Luan pier, we'll board the bus to Cat Ba National Park and do some light hiking before continuing to Cat Ba Town. Once arriving Cat Ba Town, you'll be checking in to your hotel and have lunch at the hotel's restaurant.
 
Early afternoon, you'll get picked up from the hotel to head over to discover Trung Trang Cave and the surrounding valley, which is famous for the thousands of naturally-shaped stones known to locals as the "Silver and Gold Treasury".
 
We'll finish our day with some free time for shopping or swimming on the beautiful local beaches.
 
In the evening, you'll enjoy a BBQ dinner, which will be served at the outdoor hotel's restaurant.
 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Cat Ba Palace Hotel, or similar.


Day 3: Cat Ba to Lan Ha Bay to Hanoi
 
Be ready by 6:30 AM for an early pick-up from your hotel in Cat Ba Town, because we'll be heading to Beo pier to board the boat. You can enjoy your coffee or tea, while we’re heading over to the Caves of Light and Dark.
 
As the sun rises, we'll serve you breakfast, while you can also enjoy the most beautiful, peaceful sea that belongs to both Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay. Once you've filled your stomach and recharged your battery, we'll go explore the area by kayaking to immerse ourselves in this amazing location.
 
This late morning, we'll continue with the boat to Ba Trai Dao and have fun with the boat's high dive, swim, or just laze around on the sandy beaches.
 
At noon, we'll return to the boat for lunch, then head over to Monkey Island for a quick trip. 
 
Later this afternoon, we’ll head back to Hanoi by local shuttle bus, which will drop you off at your hotel or other points around Hanoi’s Old Quarter between 19:00 - 19:30 pm
 
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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