Hanoi – CatBa – Ha Long – Ninh Binh 4 days/3 nights
- Enjoy the privacy & peace on the private boat – Do not share the boat with the others
- Venture the most scenic & less touristic parts of both Lan Ha Bay and Ha Long Bay
- Do kayaking through natural caves & hidden lagoons
- Explore Tam Coc (Ha Long Bay on land) at the less touristic time
- Visit Hoa Lu Citadel – The Ancient Royal Capital of Vietnam
6. 30 AM: Get picked up at your hotel by private car, then drive to Hai Phong – the sea port city ( the best time to avoid crazy traffic jam in Hanoi)
9.00 AM: Get on speedboat (hydrofoil) from Hai Phong to Cat Ba
10.00 AM: Arrive at Cat Ba. Get picked up by local guide by your name-sign. Have a coffee break or walk to visit Cat Ba town a bit.
11.00 AM: Get on boat & start cruising. The boat will take you around Cai Beo – one of the most ancient & largest floating villages in Vietnam where you can see the daily life activities of the local-fisherman.
Say goodbye to the fishermen, keep cruising on the hidden route to the most scenic areas of Lan Ha Bay with hundreds of beautiful limestone islands such as: Turtle island, Thumb rock, Budda rock, Pen Islet, ect…
12.00 AM: Anchor the boat near one of the most secluded beaches at Van Boi beach that be away from the other group to do swimming. Take part in swimming compitition by jumping from the sundeck of the boat into water, then swim to the beach. The winner will get 2 free beers for lunch
12.30 AM: Have lunch on boat ( Vegerarian &vegan food are catered upon request). After lunch, you will have a bit time for a short rest on sundeck or go swimming.
14.00 PM: Cross the border between Lan Ha & Ha Long, then
Continue cruising to the unique part of Ha Long Bay where you can admire the amazing landscapes or stunning shapes like: Candle rock, Seal Islet, Cock fighting Island, King Kong Island, Frog-rock, etc….
15.00 PM: Stop at Hang Ca area for kayaking. Here you will paddle the kayak through 3 different stalactite caves: Dark cave, Bat cave & Bright cave to explore the hidden & peaceful lagoon where you can occasionally catch monkey-jumping or Catba Langur – the white headed dangered monkey.
18.00 PM: Anchor at calm & quite place where is far away from the other big cruises for diner & overnight.
8.00 AM: Wake up to see the dawn on the bay & enjoy breakfast with Vietnamese tea or coffee.
8.45 AM: Today, our boat will cruise further to explore one of the most deserted & less touristic part of Ha Long Bay called Cong Tau lagoon. Enjoy the natural beauty of hundreds of limestone islands. You hardly see other tourists at this area.
10.30 AM: Anchor at Dau Be Island, & do kayak through Ho Ba Ham ( Three hidden lagoons).
11.30: Keep cruising to one of the most secluded beaches at Ba Trai Dao area ( Three Peaches) that be away from the other group to do swimming & snorkling ( if the tide permit). Have lunch on boat. Take a short rest on sundeck or on the sandy beach.
15.00: Visit one of the biggest fish-farm to see how local people make their livings. You can also try fishing there.
16.00: Enjoy Sunset party with wine & local fresh-fruit (already include in the tour price) and relax yourself on sundeck while the boat continue cruise you to see another part of Lan Ha Bay.
18.00: Anchor at the quiet place for dinner & overnight
8.00 AM: Have breakfast with Vietnamese tea/coffee.
8.45 AM: Move to another part of Lan ha Bay for more sightseeings.
10.00 AM: Visit Monkey Island where you can go swimming, relaxe on the sandy beach or go hiking for a spectacular overview of the bay
12.00: Have lunch on boat
13.00: Get on boat & return to Cat Ba town.
14.00 : Get on hydrofoil to Hai Phong.
15.00: Get picked up by our driver by your name-sign, then drive to Ninh Binh
18.00: Arrive in Tam Coc. Dinner & overnight at the hotel/homestay.
8.00 AM: After your breakfast, our local guide will take you to explore Tam Coc that refered to as “Ha Long Bay on land”. It is the best time to visit Tam Coc in the early morning as you will be staying away from the crowd.
Take a bamboo boat rowed by local people on Hoang Long river to discover Tam Coc ( Three caves). It takes around 2 hours rowing up and down the river to pass through three caves. Along the river, you will have chance to see local fisherfolk, rural daily life and the natural landscapes formed by limestone karrst moutains.
10.30 AM: Drive to visit Bich Dong (Jade Cave) with 3 pagodas Lower Pagoda, Middle Pagoda and Upper Pagoda located on the mountain. Check out the hotel/homestay. Have lunch at the local restaurant.
13.30 PM: Start cycling from Tam Coc to Hoa Lu citadel ( 10 km) . The biking trip takes you to visit local villages, rice fields and many beautiful limestone mountains on the way
15.00 PM: Visit Hoa Lu – the Ancient Royal capital of Viet Nam. We will visit Dinh king temple and Le king temple. The local guide will help you to learn more about the heroic histories of these two Kings in Chinese Wars.
15.30 PM: Get on car to drive back to Hanoi.
17.30 PM: Get dropped off at your hotel in Hanoi. Tour ends.