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Cat Ba National Park & Lan Ha Bay Adventure

This 3- day adventure will take you through the karst-studded waters of Lan Ha Bay to the stunning Cat Ba Island. As well as taking in some of the most incredible areas in the north of Vietnam, this action-packed trip is full of unforgettable experiences including cruising on a traditional wooden sailboat, hiking through a beautiful national park, staying with local families, discovering cave systems and kayaking. This tour takes you away from the crowded tourist areas so you get to truly enjoy the beauty of this stunning bay.


Code: STHL-04

Type: Private Tour

Duration: 3 Days 

Style: Off-the-beaten-track, Nature, Trekking

Route: Hanoi – Cat Ba National Park – Lan Ha Bay – Hanoi

Detailed Itinerary

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The tour begins early in the morning. You will be picked at your hotel in Hanoi, driven to Dinh Vu Harbour to board a boat and enjoy a fast-paced boat ride of about 45 mins to Cat Ba National Park. You will enjoy lunch in Cat Ba Town, after which you will embark on a fairly cumbersome trek to Viet Hai Villagẹ from the Cat Ba National Park. You can take in the beautiful scenery of the National Park, encountering some of the many species of plants and animals native to the Park, among which is the critically endangered White Headed Langur. Viet Hai Village is where you will have dinner and rest for the night (in a bungalow),basking in the immaculate natural landscape of the small village, canopied by the high mountains of the Cat Ba National Park.


The tour continues after an early breakfast with another slightly cumbersome trek to the top of Marine Hill. From here, you enjoy an extensive view of Ha Long Bay. If you are with your camera, you may take a few snapshots for your personal collection and later recollection. You will return to Viet Hai afterwards to relax and if you’re feeling adventurous, you may try a fish massage (involves a fish pedicure where you dip your feet in a tub containing small fishes sometimes referred to as doctor fish, it leaves your skin looking and feeling newer and fresher). After relaxing for a bit, you will take a biking trail to Viet Hai Harbour to board a boat to the pleasant Lan Ha Bay, having lunch on board. You will explore the Hang Luon caves, kayaking around its structures. Afterwards, you may explore some of the beautiful, untamed beaches of the Bay, swimming and taking in the marvel of its emarald waters. You will be transported back to Cat Ba Town, where you will be lodged in a bungalow, enjoy dinner and stay overnight.


After breakfast, you will visit Cat Ba market and the Old Fortress which offers a paranomic view toward Cat Ba town and Lan Ha Bay. Having lunch before hopping on the car getting back to Hanoi

Accommodation List

Please note that the hotels mentioned in this list are for reference only. Depending on availability and your preference, they can be changed. If we are unable to book any hotel, it will be replaced by another hotel at least of equivalent standard and value.
Viet Hai VillageA Nature Whisper Bungalow31
Cat Ba TownLe Point Cat Ba31


This trip is organized for private group only. The tariff depends on the number of participants and the tourist season of the year. Please send us an enquiry to get the price of your group and your travel date.


Note: Please note that due to cost efficiency, we only organize tour for at least two people.


For your peace of mind, our tours are designed to include as much as possible in the price, but also to give you the freedom to find a special place to eat or to seek out an independent adventure that especially appeals to you.
    • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
    • Mineral water 2 bottles/person/day.
    • Travel on private, modern & comfortable air-conditioned vehicles with a caring driver for all transfers and ground transportation (except the break time or tour clearly mentioned “WITHOUT DRIVER”).
    • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Entry fee for all mentioned sites for visit.
    • Qualified local tour guides during the whole trip (except the break time or tour clearly mentioned “WITHOUT GUIDE”).


    • Domestic & International flight tickets.
    • Transportation vehicles not listed in the itinerary.
    • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Drink, telephone, laundry and all that is not clearly mentioned in the “INCLUSIONS”.
    • Tips and personal expenses.
    • Insurances.

Every booking with us will add 1$ US to our humanitarian project to help increase development capacity for ethnic groups in northern Vietnam. At the meantime, we are focusing on helping children in remote mountainous villages in Vietnam, major destinations of our tours.

As travelers, you can join us too. Donations of unwanted clothes, books and toys are welcome and warmly appreciated. You can also take part in our regular mission trips to these hill tribal communities.


These reviews are objective opinions of our customers and we only publish those agreed by the customers. Please note that not all ready-made tours on our site are reviewed, as 95% of our customers requested a tailor made tour. For more information, please read our Testimonials Page.

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Julian Petkov

I cannot recommend The Terrible Tour Guide more highly. Of all the decisions I’ve made towards this trip, deciding to work with this company, was like a gift from the universe. Everywhere we went, whether it was on a small boat with a fisherman, who cooked us food he’d just caught, and played the guitar as we rocked on Cat Ba bay, or if it was staying in the most picturesque bungalow hotel nestled into the mountains, or if it was doing a hardcore, truly badas* jungle trek–I knew we were traveling with the best of the best. Joey was constantly checking in to provide extra tips on where to find the best food, or best sunsets. Even after our trip was over, we stayed in touch, always knowing that any question we had while in Vietnam, Joey would be ready to help us out with the best kept secrets. Vietnam was a treasure, and it was largely because of our experience with The Terrible Tour Guide. If you’re looking for an experience that is far from gimmicky, a trip that will put you in touch with the heartbeat of a country, this is the tour group to pick. Thank you so much!

September 23, 2017