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Cat Ba Island & Halong Bay - 2 days / 1 night




Tour: Halong Cruise
Duration: 2 Days

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A beautiful Vietnam tour from Hanoi, Cat Ba is the largest of the 366 islands spanning 260km2 that comprise the Cat Ba Archipelago, which makes up the southeastern edge of Ha Long Bay in Northern Vietnam.

Cat Ba is the largest of the 366 islands spanning 260km2 that comprise the Cat Ba Archipelago, which makes up the southeastern edge of Ha Long Bay in Northern Vietnam. Cat Ba island has a surface area of 285 km2 and maintains the dramatic and rugged features of Ha Long Bay. It is commonly used as an overnight hotel stop on tours to Ha Long Bay run by travel agents from Hanoi. This island belongs to Haiphong city - the most famous city of industry in Vietnam.

Cat Ba is the largest island in the Bay and approximately half of its area is covered by a National Park, which is home to the highly endangered Cat Ba Langur. The island has a wide variety of natural ecosystems, both marine and terrestrial, leading to incredibly high rates of biodiversity. Types of natural habitats found on Cat Ba Archipelago include limestone karsts, tropical limestone forests, coral reefs, mangrove and sea grass beds, lagoons, beaches, caves, and willow swamp forests. Cat Ba Island is one of the only populated islands in Ha Long Bay, with roughly 13,000 inhabitants living in six different communes, and 4,000 more inhabitants living on floating fishing villages off the coast. The large majority of the population can be found in Cat Ba town, which is located at the southern tip of the Island (15 km south of the national park) and is the commercial center on the Island. Since 1997, Cat Ba town has grown rapidly and has become a tourist hub for both the Island and greater Ha Long Bay. Especially, almost all surface of this island is deployed free wifi access points as well as 3.75 generation mobile networks, which can make visitors can easily work when traveling.

Day 1
Hanoi – Hai Phong – hydrofoil (speed boat) to Cat Ba Island (L, D) (G)
Day 2
Cat Ba Island – Hanoi (B, L) (G)


Day 1: Hanoi Hai Phong hydrofoil (speed boat) to Cat Ba Island (L, D) (G)
- 6.25 AM pick up from your hotel and drive to Hai Phong – the sea port city (the best time to be away from the crazy traffic in Hanoi)
-After 2 hours driving from Hanoi to Hai Phong, you take hydrofoil (speed boat) from Hai Phong to Cat Ba Island (45 minutes).
- Have coffee break
- 11 AM welcome to get on board. The junk will cruise to take you to pass by the floating village.
- Enjoy fresh seafood lunch on Lan Ha bay.
- Keep cruising to the most scenic areas of the bay with hundreds of beautiful islands.
- Continue cruising further to see the unique Halong bay.
- Kayak through the narrow lagoons and tunnel caves called Hang Ca (the Bat Cave).
- Cruise to Bai Trai Dao beaches. Free for swimming and relax to enjoy the sunset on the bay.
- Anchor at a calm water area for dinner and experience the peaceful night on the junk among beautiful mountains.

Day 2: Cat Ba Island Hanoi (B, L) (G)
- Wake up to see the dawn on the bay and then have breakfast.
- The boat takes you to see some other parts of the bay.
- Visit the floating fish farm. You will learn how the local people there make their livings.
- Continue cruising further to see the unique Halong bay.
- Enjoy the last swimming on the bay.
- 11 AM get off the boat to Cat Ba.
- Free to take motorbike tour (with or without driver) to go around and visit Cat Ba island; or you walk yourself to see Cat Ba town, beaches and local market (This part is optional).
- Have lunch in a local restaurant. (If our boat is not busy to pick new group, we can offer you longer time on boat. So you will have lunch and stay on boat until 13.30  before taking the hydrofoil. We only can confirm this when you are on the tour. If yes, we can take you to a beach for swimming and relaxing)

- Take hydrofoil from Cat Ba to Hai Phong and drive back to Hanoi (be in Hanoi around 17.30 - 17.45)  or drive to Ninh Binh for Tam Coc trip or you can get to Sapa by night train from Hanoi in the same evening.

-The highlight of the trip is taking people to less touristy areas and cruise more to see the best parts of Ha Long.
- The place where we anchor is also very peaceful; not at the common place where hundreds of boats gather there.
- The trips can be flexibly changed due to customer’s demands, physical conditions and the tide levels (weather as well). Please do not hesitate to email us to customize your holiday.

The prices: depending on your group size because we only organize private tours, no open tours. For example, if you are two people, the whole boat will be just for two of you, no other tourists. More people are with you, the price will be cheaper. Please tell us your group size then we will send you the cost.


•    All transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
•    Accommodation as indicated
•    Private boat cruise in Cat Ba island
•    English speaking guide (Other luaguages on request)
•    Entrance fees to indicated sights and activities as indicated
•    Meals as indicated in the itinerary
•    Bottled mineral water during touring days

•    Drinks
•    Other meals
•    Insurance
•    Personal expenses
•    Expenses for any optional tours or activities during free time