Ha Long Bay (Vietnamese: Vịnh Hạ Long, literally: "descending dragon bay") is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a popular travel destination, located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam.
The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Ha Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bái Tử Long bay to the northeast, and Cat Ba islands to the southwest. These larger zones share similar geological, geographical, geomorphological, climate, and cultural characters.
Cat Ba is the largest of the 366 islands spanning 260km2 that comprise the Cat Ba Archipelago, which makes up the southeastern edge of Ha Long Bay in Northern Vietnam. Cat Ba island has a surface area of 285 km2 and maintains the dramatic and rugged features of Ha Long Bay. It is commonly used as an overnight hotel stop on tours to Ha Long Bay run by travel agents from Hanoi. This island belongs to Haiphong city - the most famous city of industry in Vietnam.
Day 1: Hanoi – Halong (-/L/D)
In the morning:
7:30- 8:30 a.m: Pick you up at the hotel and leave for Halong Bay. Short break en route in Hai Duong Province (20mins). Arrive in Halong Bay around 12:00. Get on a traditional wooden junk boat, check-in procedures.
In the afternoon:
1.00 p.m: Lunch with fresh seafood is served (vegetarian and kids menus available). We are slowly getting off the classic cruising routes, keep admiring the amazing karsts with different formations on the way. Limestone rock formations will parade around us for about 2 hours before our first stop.
3.00 p.m: You will arrive at TiTop areas and enjoy kayaking. Snorkeling, kayaks, paddles, dry bags for cameras are available on boat. Amongst the many ways to explore this legendary stone world, kayaking has been emerging as a new, exciting and adventurous way that can lead tourists to the most primary parts of the bay. Let’s discover Halong Bay from top of the island.
After one/one and a half hour kayaking, we get back on boat, and then the afternoon is perfect for some diving, swimming, fishing, sunbathing or snorkeling....Relax on the sundeck, enjoy free fruits and drinks served by the crew.
6. oo p.m: You can join a cooking demonstration class to learn how to prepare Spring-roll Vietnamese dishes before sitting down for dinner.
In the evening:
7.00 p.m: A romantic dinner embraced by one of the most spectacular sunsets in the world will warm up every sense and passion of yours, and the evening will be full of surprise with party on boat and night squid fishing, relaxing, enjoy music or English movies (equipment provided).
Staying overnight in a cozy air-conditioned cabin with en-suite bathroom facilities is also a favorite of many visitors.
Day 2: Halong Bay – Cat Ba Island¬–Lan Ha Bay (B/L/D)
In the morning:
7.00 a.m: Coffee, tea and fruit will be served from 6.30am. Wake up smoothly while witnessing the silence of beautiful misty bay, energize your body and soul or just allow yourself some idle time on a sunbath with a cup of coffee.
8.00 a.m: After breakfast on boat, you will visit the Halong Bay’s largest cave named Sung Sot (Amazing Cave), walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance and tour the cave for approximately 45 minutes. Walk down about 100 steps and return to the boat.
9.00 a.m: Please remove all of your belongings from the cabins, you may leave heavy luggage outside of the cabins.
Around 9:30 a.m, change to day boat then cruise toward to Viet Hai Wharf belonging to Cat Ba National Park. Taking a 5km ride to Viet Hai village to explore the lifestyle of local residents. In the heart of the island, Cat Ba National Park possesses the largest area of tropical virgin forests in Vietnam. It is home to more than 20 species of mammals, 69 species of birds, 745 species of plants and 20 species of reptiles and amphibians.
In the afternoon:
12.00: Back to the boat relax on the sundeck for a while and multi-course lunch with Vietnamese specialties will be served mid-day
1.30 p.m: More kayaking, more swimming, more sandy beaches, more floating houses, definitely a "cruise++”…
3.00 p.m: Cruising to Beo Wharf. Disembark and check in your hotel in Cat Ba Island. Free to explore Cat Ba town on your own activities.
For sea lovers who seek relaxation and peacefulness in the embrace of emerald seas, the island opens its arms with Cat Vang beach and Cat Co Beach, where mountains look like a throne holding a marvelous sandy beach.
Pack lightly; swimwear and a set of dry clothes, and as there are different activities during the day bring both shoes (such as trainers) and flip-flops or sandals.
Suggestions: taking a motor biking trip around the town or swimming in the beach. (Exclude in tour price).
7.00 p.m: Dinner and overnight at hotel in Cat Ba Island.
The small and ancient town can satisfy the desire of gaining authentically local cultural experiences, with clusters of fishing boats and inspiring sunsets across the harbor. Visitors can check out the catch of the day in the early morning, see cuttlefish dried over hot charcoals, or stroll around the old town.
Day 3: Cat Ba Island – Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/L/-)
In the morning:
You can greet the early morning sunrise from windows of the hotel, watching sun light shining on every island, waking up every floating houses and gradually covering the whole area.
7.30 a.m: After breakfast, transfer to Beo Wharf. Get on the day trip boat and cruise along Lan Ha Bay then back to our awaiting cruise on the bay.
9.30 a.m: . Cruise around Halong Bay, and take photos before cruising back to the harbor. On the way, witness the beauty of Dinh Huong Island (incense burner), Cho Da Island (stone dog), and Ga Choi Island (fighting cocks).
In the afternoon:
Have lunch then disembark and take a bus from Halong City return to Hanoi with short break on the way. Arrive in Hanoi around 5:00 pm and say goodbye at your hotel.
- Tides and weather conditions may alter the times of meals and other activities.
- In line with our responsible vision of tourism, please note that we do not include the most popular caves of the bay in our program. We consider that they are an insult to heritage preservation.
- For your convenience, and if you can arrange smaller backpacks, please leave your big suitcase at ODC's secure storage.
- On the way to Halong and back to Hanoi, we will stop at a place with food, beverages and souvenirs for sale. This is not to trick you and that will be the only times of the whole trip you may feel in the tourism mass. But that is the only place on the way, where you, your driver and your guide can use clean toilets without being forced to buy anything. Thanks for your understanding.