Halong Bay is the most popular tourist attraction in Vietnam and that means one thing – it can get crowded! Escape the crowds on this one-of-a-kind exclusive boat trip to Lan Ha Bay – the best-kept secret in North Vietnam! Step aboard a charming cruise ship and explore the hidden gems that most tourists will miss… Spend the night in an eco-village in the heart of Cat Ba! This trip offers all of the best bits of Halong Bay, without any of the hassle!
Please note: The price is $269 per person for groups of 2 sharing one Double/Twin Room(Cabin).
Itinerary – Real Lan Ha Bay Experience – 3 Days, 2 Nights
- START – DAY 1: Hanoi 7:30 am.
- FINISH – DAY 3: Hanoi 4:15 pm or 6:45 pm.
DAY 1 # HANOI – CAI BAO CRUISE PORT – CRUISE SHIP
07h30 – 7h45: You will be collected from Hanoi Old Quarter to take the highway to the Port (Haiphong) where we arrive at around 11h30.
12h15: We welcome our guests onboard the cruise and then check in, enjoy Welcome Drink, receive cruise brief and safety instruction by crew member and Cruise Manager.
12h30: We have lunch before continuing our journey via the islets. These amazing limestone karst formations rise up out of the sea in an impressive manner. This area is untouched, as not many cruise ships use the route via the Cat Ba Island – Coc Ngoi islet – through Cua Dong to Ba Trai Dao area.
14h30: The Cruise sails through Lan Ha Bay. The area is surrounding of extraordinary limestone karsts landscapes. You can start your journey to visit Dark & Bright Cave and islets by kayaking which is a wild and mysterious beauty in the middle of the World Heritage, enjoy swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Bay.
15h30: Just enjoy a swim. This is a great experience, immersed in the crystal-clear waters of the bay.
16:45 Returning your Venezia Cruises boat you can watch the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin. Onboard you may join a traditional cooking class. Our chef will instruct you in the making of some Vietnam spring-roll. In the early evening the boat has it’s Happy Hour deal.
19h00: Dinner is served. Enjoy delicious local food prepared and served for you by our wonderful onboard catering staff. This is a delightful meal in an intimate romantic setting.
21h00: Enjoy the landscape of the bay at night up on the top deck. Relax
DAY 2 # CAT BA ISLAND – VIET HAI VILLAGE
06h00: Begin your new day with taking photos, or enjoy the sunrise from your cabin window or from the sun-deck.
07h00 Enjoy a breakfast in the delighted and peaceful beauty of the bay.
08h30 : Transfer to a tender to visit Viet Hai Village on Cat Ba Island and hop on a bicycle ride (electric car also available) through a rainforest tunnel that leads to a village nestled in a valley deep in a national park. Meet, visit a traditional house, and greet local inhabitants doing their daily work, see their homes and the village school. Return to Venezia Cruises boat for check-out procedures.
Around 10:00 Get dropped off at our Homestay and check into your room. Feel free to explore the area: The village plays host to traditional houses; in the surrounding areas you will find local farmers and their water buffaloes plowing the green fields; and the indigenous forest is a sight to behold. Be sure to take your camera along as you discover this serene island and her inhabitants.
12:00 Enjoy lunch at the homestay and take a moment to rest & relax.
13:30 – 17:00 Our host will show you the map of Viet Hai, leading you into the forest for a hike and exploration of a mysterious cave.
18:00 Enjoy a traditional dinner at the homestay
20:00 – 21:30 Join a kayaking tour, paddling to small coves under starlight and maybe even witnessing glowing plankton transform this already idyllic landscape into a dreamscape!
DAY 3 # CAT BA – HANOI/NINH BINH
08:00 Breakfast is served at the homestay, after which you have free time to visit the village to see the daily life of the local people (making rice wine, farming…)
10:45 Farewell brunch served at the homestay before taking a boat to Beo Pier.
11.20 Leave Viet Hai Village by speed boat.
11.40 Arrived in Beo Pier, Cat Ba Town. Our host will get a taxi for you to go to the drop off point in Cat Ba Town where you can take the connection bus to Hanoi or Ninh Binh
Solo Travellers, Families & Dietary Requirements
- Families with children – This trip is suitable for families with young children.
- Dietary requirements – Are you vegetarian, vegan or have an allergy? Please let us know when booking if you have any special dietary requirements and we will try our best to accommodate.
Price – The price is $269 USD per person for groups of 2 sharing one Double/Twin Room(Cabin).