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Cat Ba Island & Halong Bay - 3 days / 2 nights




Tour: Halong Cruise
Duration: 3 Days

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Cat Ba is known for its rugged limestone mountains, hot & cold springs, moist tropical forests and coral reefs, as well as its deserted beaches and casual island lifestyle, which promise a great Vietnam tour and memorable time.

Cat Ba island is situated a mere 50 km east of Hai Phong city in the north of Vietnam. Cat Ba Island is part of a chain of 366 islands that lie within the larger area of Halong Bay. At over 200km2, Cat Ba  is the largest island in Halong Bay. The island is easily accessible and matches neighbouring Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay for stunning natural beauty. It also offers visitors the added options of relaxation, adventure and cultural exchange.

In April 2005, Cat Ba was officially recognized as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

Cat Ba is known for its rugged limestone mountains, hot & cold springs, moist tropical forests and coral reefs, as well as its deserted beaches and casual island lifestyle. Cat Ba is now much sought after by both domestic and international visitors as a ready alternative to the city madness and bus tour boredom.

Day 1
Hanoi – Hai Phong – hydrofoil (speed boat) to Cat Ba Island (L, D) (G)
Day 2
Viet Hai Village – Lan Ha Bay (B, L, D) (G)
Day 3
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
-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 Ba Trai Dao beaches (3 peaches). Free for swimming or kayaking 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: Viet Hai Village – Lan Ha Bay (B, L, D) (G)
In the morning:
- Wake up to see the dawn on the bay and then have breakfast.
- The boat takes you to Viet Hai port.
- Start walking or cycling to Viet Hai village inside Cat Ba National Park. The tour will help you to understand how the locals can make the livings while the whole village is surrounded by mountains.
- Climb up to see one natural cave.
- Walk or cycle back to the boat.
- Fresh yourself by swimming and then have lunch.

In the afternoon:
- Visit one floating farm to see how the locals make their livings.
- Kayak through tunnel cave called Hang Luon then to scheduled beach.
- Enjoy swimming more before dinner and spend another lovely night on the bay.

Day 3: Cat Ba Island – Hanoi (B, L) (G)
- Have breakfast on boat
- Cruise to one small beach for relaxing on the beach and swimming.
- 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 (optional).
- Have lunch in a local restaurant.
- Take hydrofoil from Cat Ba to Hai Phong and drive back to Hanoi (be in Hanoi around 17.30 - 18.00) or drive to Ninh Binh for Tam Coc trip or you can get to Sapa by night train from Hanoi in the same evening (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)

-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; far way from the place where hundreds of boats anchor at the same place.
- 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 per person 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