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Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay: 3-Day Tour on 5-Star Cruise

1. Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay: 3-Day Tour on 5-Star Cruise

This dreamy cruise will leave you with lifelong memories. You will be picked up from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and head to Halong Bay. On arrival you will enjoy a welcome drink on board and a delicious lunch. Cruise past hundreds of fascinating limestone pinnacles towering from the water. It is then time for some kayaking fun, exploring the beauty of nature in the hidden lagoon as you paddle through caves, gazing up at stalactites. There is a stop for you to go swimming in the emerald waters. Back aboard, it’s time to relax with the Happy Hour deals, where you can join in a traditional cooking class. Once anchored for your tranquil overnight stay, the evening begins with the fantastic flavors of the deluxe dinner set menu. The next morning, you can start the day with a tai chi lesson on the sundeck, followed by a light breakfast. Board the day boat to visit Viet Hai fishing village where you can enjoy cycling along the village (Optional electric car service is available.) Take in the stunning landscape of Cat Ba rain forest and dark tunnels, witness the scenery of rice fields, visit the ancient house, and get closer to local life. Over lunch, you are free to discover the local life and food of Cat Ba township. Visit Bao Trai Dao (Three peach Islets), a peaceful body of water that makes it the perfect place for scenic kayaking or relaxing on a sandy beach. Get back onboard the cruise and have some Tapas prepared by the chef. Next, it's time to contemplate the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin while having a few drinks during Happy Hour at the bar on the top deck. The Deluxe Dinner is served, and you experience a delightful meal in an intimate romantic setting. Take the time to enjoy delicious local food prepared and served to you by lovely caterers. It's time to admire the beauty of the night on the bay, sit at the bar on the sundeck, or in the restaurant to welcome you. Try your luck with squid fishing, watch a movie in the restaurant, or play some cards or chess before settling in for the night. On the final morning, it is a perfect time to refresh and indulge yourself in the peaceful beauty of the bay with a tai chi session on the sundeck. If you want to hunt for dawn, get up from 5:30 to 6:00 depending on the season. Have breakfast at the restaurant while continuing the cruise. Participate in Kayaking activities at Ao Ech area and discover the hidden charm of Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay. Afterward, enjoy a delightful brunch at the restaurant while cruising back.

Hanoi: 2-day Cat Ba Island Resort Stay with Nature Tours

2. Hanoi: 2-day Cat Ba Island Resort Stay with Nature Tours

After being picked up at your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter, drive with your guide to Hai Phong city. From there, board a speedboat and arrive at the scenic Cat Ba Island. The largest of the 367 islands that make up the Cat Ba Archipelago, Cat Ba Island is covered in lush forests, gorgeous lagoons, and dramatic limestone hills. As you drive down the Cat Ba national road to Cat Ba Town, admire these emerald views.  After your journey, relax over a restaurant lunch. In the afternoon, embark on a nature tour with your guide. Enter the Hospital Cave, an enormous cave that once housed a secret hospital. Trek through the thick foliage of Cat Ba National Park. This park, which covers most of the island, boasts a unique terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem that was declared a UNESCO's Man and Biosphere Reserve Area. Explore Kim Giao Forest and climb Ngu Lam Peak, the island’s highest limestone mountain. After a full afternoon of exploring, relax in your Monkey Island bungalow. Begin the second day of your tour with a delicious breakfast at your resort. Meet your tour guide and travel by boat to Lan Ha Bay. Along the way, visit a floating fishing village where you can see local fishermen hard at work all year round. As you cruise around the archipelago admire the many natural limestone formations. Pause at Cam lagoon and go for a swim. After an onboard lunch, cruise to Lan Ha Bay and kayak through the Dark Cave, the Bat Cave, and the Bright Cave. Then relax at Three Peaches Beach (Ba Troi Da), an ideal locale for swimming and sunbathing. Finally, your tour guide will drive you back to your hotel in the Old Hanoi Quarter.

Hanoi: Transportation to/from Cat Ba

3. Hanoi: Transportation to/from Cat Ba

Enjoy an economical and time-saving transfer between Hanoi Old Quarter and the island of Cat Ba, famed for its sandy bays and expansive jungle Natural Park. Get picked up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter and dropped off at your accommodation in Cat Ba or vice versa. Your ticket includes a bus to the ferry terminal, a speedboat ticket and transfer by car to your hotel once on the island. During the journey, help yourself to complimentary bottled water and snacks and make use of the onboard wifi. Choose from three daily departure times, 7:30 AM, 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM. You will travel on board a 35-seater air-conditioned coach.

Lan Ha Bay to Halong Bay: 2-Day 5-Star Cruise from Hanoi

4. Lan Ha Bay to Halong Bay: 2-Day 5-Star Cruise from Hanoi

Explore Vietnam's stunning Lan Ha and Halong Bays from the comfort of a cruise. Sit back and relax on the ship's comfortable deck, take part in a morning tai chi class, learn to cook local specialities with the onboard chef, kayak along the bay's calm waters - the choice is yours. Day one: Hanoi - Halong - Lan Ha   • Lunch and dinner included Begin with pickup from your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter by limousine. Set off toward Halong Bay on a 2.5-hour ride, arriving in Hai Duong province for a 20-minute break. Get to the Tuan Chau Harbor at around 11:30 AM and then transfer by speedboat to the cruise ship. Enjoy a welcome drink upon embarkation and meet the captain and crew for a brief introduction about the cruise and safety guidelines. Check in to your cabin. Settle in for Vietnamese seafood and a vegetarian set menu lunch while cruising in the magnificent Halong Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations along the way. Continue cruising through Con Vit Islet (Duck Islet), Thumb Islet, and Gia Luan Harbor, part of the Cat Ba area. Discover the natural lagoon area within Lan Ha Bay. Drop anchor for swimming or just simply sunbathe on on the deck. Head back toward the sleeping area for a rest before venturing out for kayaking and swimming at Ba Trai Dao Islet. In the evening, participate in the ship’s sunset party with fruit, cake, and wine. Take photos and relax. Join a cooking class guided directly by the cruise’s chef. Take the chance to practice making traditional Vietnamese dishes such as spring rolls. At around 7:00 PM, it’ll be time for a buffet dinner consisting of special seafood and Vietnamese dishes. Enjoy entertainment in the evening. Play cards, chess, listen to music, fish for squid, relax with a massage, and then settle in for the night onboard the ship. Day two: Lan Ha - Ha Long - Hanoi • Breakfast and lunch included Early risers can enjoy sunrise Tai Chi on the sundeck at 6:30 AM. Everyone else can have their coffee and breakfast between 7:00-7:45 AM while looking out over the wonderful bay landscape. Set sail past the dramatic landscapes of islets and through the calm emerald waters toward the Dark and Bright Cave (Hang Sang and Toi).  Explore the cave yourself by kayak or on a bamboo boat rowed by locals. Return to the ship and check out from your private cabin. Take in the views from the deck on a fantastic cruise around the bay. Have a last buffet lunch onboard and then arrive to Tuan Chau Harbor where you’ll say your goodbyes. Head back toward Hanoi by limousine at around noon, stopping in Hai Duong Province to relax on the way.

Ha Long Bay 3 Days 2 Nights 5 Star Cruise

5. Ha Long Bay 3 Days 2 Nights 5 Star Cruise

Enjoy a trip of a lifetime with a 2-night stay on board a cruise in Halong Bay to discover this natural World Heritage site. Enjoy a welcoming drink and cruise briefing before embarking onwards to Ha Long Wharf, tucking into a delicious lunch, while cruising to Ha Long Bay. Admire the fascinating rock formations in the bay, then transfer by tender to Sung Sot Cave, with many interesting stalactites and stalagmites in different amazing shapes. Discover the Ha Long Bay landscape, the most mesmerizing moment in Ha Long Bay must be sunset over the layered rock formations. Join the Chef for a cooking class, before enjoying a Vietnamese-style set dinner. Relax at the bar, or enjoy a spot of night fishing. Waking up on the second day of the Halong Bay cruise 3d2n itinerary, you should have some coffee and tea before a Tai Chi session, a kind of Chinese traditional material arts. Refresh your day with this 30-minute physical and mental workout to improve health balance and relieve stress. Then, have something for breakfast at the buffet served in the dining hall. The first spot on this classic itinerary of Halong Bay 2 night cruise is Luon Cave, an open-air cave only accessible by boat. To enter the grotto, you have to take a rowing boat or kayak through a 100-meter-long and 3-meter-wide arch with heights of 2.5 – 4 meters. Once passing under the arch, you can feast your eye on sheer limestone cliffs rising up from the emerald water. Here, you can let your hair down and explore the diverse ecology system. Especially, you may spot brazen monkeys climbing the cliffs and fragrant orchids thriving in rocky outcrops. Explore Cua Van Floating Village by Bamboo Boat. Immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere at the ancient Floating Village in a small bamboo boat, surrounded by the rocky mountains. The afternoon excursion heads for Pearl Farm, which is located near fishing village. This must be a favorite destination for those interested in pearls and how they are acquired. Pearl Farm is 74 acres and consists of roughly 3,000 cages. Here, you will find how long it takes for pearls to grow, harvest, and extract. It is a distinctive experience to figure out that pearl farming is an extremely slow process. Transfer back to the main boat for second night and have a dinner, after dinner enjoy with fishing and relaxing. 3 Days after the Tai Chi lessons and breakfast, you will be transferred to Titop Island, a photogenic spot that attracts a lot of tourists to check in. After one hour of discovering the island, you can climb to the peak for a marvelous 360-degree view of the bay or relax on the beach. Returning the boat, you will have half an hour to freshen up and finish packing. Afterward, During that time, the cruise will approach the pier, so you can sit back and relax for the rest of the time onboard. Around 11:30 am, the transportation will transfer you from Halong to Hanoi. End of the 3-day tour.

Ha Long Bay: 2-Day Cruise with Private Balcony

6. Ha Long Bay: 2-Day Cruise with Private Balcony

Experience the best of Ha Long Bay on an overnight cruise which includes meals, commentary from a knowledgeable tour guide, onboard entertainment, and exciting water excursions. Day 1: Get picked up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter by your tour guide. Board a speedboat at Tuan Chau Harbor after stopping off for a short break in Hai Duong Province. Enjoy a welcome drink with the captain once aboard the cruise boat, and listen to a safety briefing before checking into your cabin. Relax over a fixed menu lunch of Vietnamese seafood and vegetarian dishes. Sail past Con Vit islet, Thumb islet, and Gia Luan Harbor, and admire the fascinating rock formations. Drop anchor to swim or sunbathe by a nearby lagoon. Go kayaking or swimming at Ba Trai Dao islet. Return to the cruise boat for a sunset party with fruit, cake, and wine. Make traditional Vietnamese spring rolls and other famous dishes during an onboard cooking class. After dinner, play card games or chess, listen to music, and go squid fishing. Day 2: Wake up early for a tai chi lesson on the sundeck. Sit down to breakfast while taking in morning views of the bay. Explore Dark and Bright Cave on a local bamboo boat. Return to the cruise boat for check out, and savor a buffet lunch before making your way back to Tuan Chau Harbor and then to your hotel in Hanoi.

Hanoi: 5-Star 3-Day Halong Bay Cruising Experience

7. Hanoi: 5-Star 3-Day Halong Bay Cruising Experience

Day 1: Hanoi and Lan Ha Bay Begin with pickup from your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter. From there, travel for 2.5 hours on a shuttle limousine bus to your cruise destination. Once there, enjoy a welcome drink while your Cruise Manager provides you with a brief introduction, including safety guidelines. After receiving your room key, you'll check-in to your room. A typical lunch in the luxury dining room will be served as the boat slowly makes its way through the bay. You can then head downstairs to the reception to take part in outdoor activities on the smaller tender. Whilst out on the boat, drop anchor for swimming or simply sunbathe on the deck. Kayaking is also available under the guidance of a local instructor. Following your afternoon activities, return to the cruise at 4:30PM and head to the sundeck to watch the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin. That evening, take part in a cooking demonstration before sitting down to dinner. Following dinner, choose from a large selection of cocktails at the panoramic bar, or head to the entrance for squid fishing. Day 2: Lan Ha Bay  and Viet Hai Village in Cat Ba Island Wake up early for sunrise, at which point you can enjoy a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Breakfast will then be served accompanied by panorama views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site outside. Following breakfast, head out for the day on a smaller boat on which you will cruise along Lan Ha Bay. Later, transfer to Cat Ba Island where you can go cycling through Viet Hai Village to discover the local way of life. Head back to the boat for lunch, before kayaking around a small fishing village and swimming in the waters of Lan Ha Bay. Between 4:30PM-5:00PM, say goodbye to your day-crew as you return to your cruise. That evening, take part once more in the sunset party and cooking demonstration, before sitting down for dinner and relaxing for the evening. Day 3: Lan Ha Bay, Halong Bay, and Hanoi On your final day, choose to wake up early once more for Tai Chi before breakfast. You'll then visit the Dark and Bright Cave by tender and visit the small floating house before taking the opportunity to explore the cave on a local bamboo boat rowed by locals. Upon returning to the cruise, pack your luggage before checking out of your room and returning your room key. Brunch is then served, after which you leave the cruise to return to the harbor. Return to Hanoi around midday, at which point you will be dropped off to your hotel in the Old Quarter.

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What people are saying about Cat Ba National Park

Overall rating

3.2 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Transport between Hanoi and CatBa, as well as lunch went well. But the rest was a bit vague in terms of coordination. A taxi picked us up at the restaurant to take us to the cave. The visit to the cave was accompanied by a guide, and was very good. The taxi then took us to the National Park, which was also guided, but the guide was going far too fast for our liking, we could not take advantage of the environment. The driver then took us to the port of CatBa and we had to wait there, without knowing who or when someone was picking us up. A quarter of an hour later, a hotel employee arrived and we boarded with him. The hotel was great, we almost wished we had stayed longer. The next morning, a boat picked us up to return to CatBa, we waited in the same place as the watch and boarded another boat with a new guide.