The 3-day action-packed adventure to Cat Ba Island and Halong Bay

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Duration : 3 Days
Availability : Everyday
Type : Private
Max People : 10

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 caves system and kayaking. This tour takes you away from the crowded tourist areas so you really enjoy the beauty of this stunning bay.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Cat Ba National Park

Cat Ba National Park:  extends across 263 square kilometres of hilly forested terrain. The area is dense with vegetation which provides a fantastic habitat for the plethora of species inhabiting the island. Amongst those animals are 32 species of mammals, 78 species of birds and 20 species of lizards and reptiles. White-headed langurs are one of the mammal species found on the island and are one of the rarest primate species in the world. Trekking through the park is a popular activity, and it is easy to see why. The clean air, rich forest and stunning views are bound to fill you with vitality. Independent hiking is possible, but it is a good idea to have a guide, not just for safety, but also for their expert knowledge of the fauna and flora. The national park caters to all abilities from a gentle afternoon walk to the more vigorous trek up to the summit of Cat Ba’s highest peak.

Cat Ba National Park - Cat Ba Island

Lan Ha Bay - Halong Bay

Lan Ha Bay: Due to it being a fair way from Halong City, not so many tourist boats venture here, meaning Lan Ha Bay has a more isolated appeal. Sailing and kayak trips here are best organised in Cat Ba Town. Geologically, Lan Ha is an extension of Halong Bay but sits in a different province of Vietnam. It has hundreds of species of fish, molluscs and arthropod, and numerous hard and soft coral live in the waters here. You may also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some of the larger animals in the bay such as seals and dolphins.

Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba National Park

Cannon Fort

Cannon Fort: is another site which offers a peek into Cat Ba’s past. Built by the Japanese in World War Two but also used throughout the Indochina and Vietnam Wars, this defence system is located 177 meters above sea level. This strategic position made it easy to spot advancing enemies and stop them in their tracks using the canons. Today, however, this means that it affords visitors some of the most incredible views. Sunset is particularly beautiful; each night, views of the thick jungle, silhouetted boats and karst peaks glow in the rich light of the sun before it dips down below the horizon.

Cannon Fort - Cat Ba Island

Viet Hai fishing village

Viet Hai fishing village: is a small village in the midst of jungles, covered by high mountains range of the Cat Ba National Park. Few years ago, Viet Hai was absolutely separated with the outside world. The local residents lived their self supply life as the primitive human of thousand years ago. Because of this cultural practice, foreign visitors to this village increase gradually. In recent years, together with the recognition of Cat Ba Archipelago as the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, thousands tourists have trekked through the mountains, jungles, springs to visit this unique attraction.

Viet Hai fishing village - Cat Ba Island

ITINERARY

Day 1: Hanoi - Cat Ba National Park - Viet Hai Village (L, D)

You will be collected from your hotel in Hanoi’s old quarter at 08:00 to begin the drive to Dinh Vu Harbour. You will then take a 45-minute high-speed boat to Cat Ba Island. After that, you will go to Cat Ba town for lunch. In the afternoon, you will trek to Viet Hai Village through Cat Ba National Park enjoying bird watching, and sightseeing in the pristine forest and at Frog Lake. Along the way, you will have the chance to see native cats, squirrels, spotted deer, snakes, thousands of butterflies, and if you’re lucky, a Cat Ba Langur. You will have dinner and stay overnight in a bungalow in Viet Hai Village.

Day 2: Viet Hai Village - Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba Town (B, L, D)

Breakfast will be served at 07:30 followed by a walk to the top of Marine Hill which offers panoramic views of Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay. On returning to Viet Hai Village, you can try a fish massage or take some time to relax before cycling to Viet Hai Harbour. From here you will board the boat to explore the beauty of Lan Ha Bay. Lunch on board followed by kayaking around Hang Luon Cave, and if it is hot, the boat will take you to some beautiful wild beaches where you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling. Back to Cat Ba town for dinner and overnight in a bungalow.

Day 3: Cat Ba Town - Hanoi (B, L)

After breakfast, you will visit Cat Ba market, the market is a great local affair with twitching crabs, jumbo shrimp and pyramids of fresh fruit. You will then visit the Old Cannon Fort which offers astounding panoramic views of Cat Ba Island’s jungle-clad hills. Having lunch before hopping on the car getting back to Hanoi. You will arrive at your hotel in Hanoi at around 17:00

PRICE & INCLUSIONS

PRIVATE TOUR PRICE & INCLUSIONS

350$ US per traveler for a private group of 2. This price covers almost everything only except your personal expenses & beverage. There is absolutely no extra charge after confirmation.

Discount for larger group is available .

If you want to have it tailor-made to suit your expectation, simply let us know in the inquiry form on the right. The price will be calculated depend on your group size

+ All transfer & transportation
+ Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
+ Experienced English speaking guide
+ Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
+ All sightseeing tickets & entrances fees

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Janet Stein

Family Traveller

We had a personalized 4-day, 3-night trip to Cat Ba Island, Lan Ha Bay, Van Long Natural Area and Cuc Phuong National Park. We are a party of 4, all in our early 60s, looking to explore the natural environment of this part of the world. Our trip was fun and memorable. Two of the three nights we stayed in guest houses in national parks, which we loved. Although the weather was unseasonably chilly, we still went all of the places we wanted to go, and saw fantastic natural beauty. The TTG arranged for a great park ranger for our visit to Cuc Phuong, who knew all of the birds and quadrupled the bird list we’d been keeping in Vietnam. We highly recommend TTGT.

January 8, 2018

Juliann Petkov

Family Traveller

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 7, 2017
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