Monday, January 20, 2014

Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba Island - 3 days / 2 nights

This is one of the most beautiful Vietnam tours to explore Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba island with sea – fun activities like swimming, kayaking, trekking, biking and especially the two nights on the romantic junk. (Read about Lan Ha Bay)
Day 1: Hanoi – Cat Ba Island – Lan Ha Bay –  Halong Bay (L, D) (G)
- 6.30 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 some more 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.
Meals: lunch, dinner
Day 2: Lan Ha Bay  Viet Hai Village  Cat Ba National Park (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.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3: Lan Ha Bay  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, enought time for the flight to your next Vietnam tour destinations or train to Sapa)