Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Island are among the most popular attractions in the north of Vietnam. Enjoy a cruise on a traditional junk that takes you to see both of these iconic sights. Spend 1 night on the boat and 1 night at a hotel on Cat Ba Island.
What to Expect
This 3-day itinerary takes you to Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Island from Hanoi and is the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay. Enjoy a cruise on a traditional junk, relax on the tanning deck, swim in the clear blue waters and savor the fine cuisine on board.
There’s also an option of exploring some of the bay's most secluded lagoons using modern easy-to-maneuver kayaks to take in some unforgettable scenery that’s only accessible by kayak.
Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long
Meet your tour guide at your accommodation in Hanoi and head to Ha Long Bay. Once you arrive you’ll board a boat at Bai Chay harbor to embark on a traditional Ha Long cruise. Enjoy a welcome drink as you receive a cruise briefing.
Savor lunch on board and visit Sung Sot cave, where you’ll see an amazing array of stalactites and stalagmites. Stop at Soi Sim Island or Titop Island for an hour of swimming. Enjoy some time kayaking, the best way to discover true beauty of Ha Long Bay.
The boat will drop anchor in a calm area, and you can relax on the sundeck at sunset and enjoy the tastes of some local wines and fruits. Join a cooking session on board before dinner. Later you can enjoy a karaoke session or try your luck fishing for squid.
Overnight on the traditional junk.
Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Lan Ha Bay – Cat Ba Island
Start your day with tea or coffee and enjoy breakfast on board. Visit a pearl farm, see pearl products and learn about the process of pearl making in Ha Long. Transfer to a day boat that will take you to Lan Ha Bay.
Visit Monkey Island, home to endangered wild monkeys. Stop at Viet Hai harbor. Enjoy a 5-kilometer bike ride through the jungle to Viet Hai village. Make a short trek to Cat Ba National Park and then ride your bike back to the harbor again.
Enjoy lunch on the boat in Lan Ha Bay. When you arrive at Beo harbor a bus will take you to Cat Ba town. Have dinner at the hotel restaurant and then free time to explore Cat Ba town afterwards.
Overnight at a 3-star hotel (Hung Long Harbor/Sea Pearl Hotel).
Day 3: Cat Ba Island – Ha Long Bay – Hanoi
Enjoy spectacular morning views of Cat Ba town during breakfast. After checking out of the hotel the bus will take you to the harbor, where you’ll board a boat for the transfer back to Ha Long Bay. Board the Dragon Gold cruise and relax as you take in the spectacular scenery of Ha Long on the way back.
Enjoy lunch on the junk as you head back to the harbor. The bus will be waiting to drive you back to Hanoi, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.
- Pick-up and drop off at your hotel by air-conditioned bus
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Cooking lesson
- Tai chi session
- Kayaking in Ha Long
- Biking in Viet Hai, Cat Ba island
- Entrance fees
- Meals as indicated
- Accommodation (Cruise cabin on the first night; hotel room on the second night)
What's Not Included
- Personal expenses
Know Before You Go
• Children under 5 years of age join for free when sharing a room with their parents
• Children from 5 to 9 years of age are charged at 50 percent when sharing a cabin with parents; 2 children sharing 1 cabin are charged at 75 percent
• Children from 10 years and up are charged the adult price