This is one of the best combination tour of Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay, exploring the hidden white sandy beaches, fishing villages, caves, lagoons with kayak and spend a romantic night on board.
Day 01: Hanoi – Hai Phong – Cat Ba island (Breakfast, Lunch)
6.40 AM: pick up from your hotel and drive to Hai Phong – the sea port city (the best time to be away from the crazy traffic in Hanoi). After 2 hours driving from Hanoi to Hai Phong, you take hydrofoil (speed boat) from Hai Phong to Cat Ba Island (45 minutes). Have coffee break.
11 AM: welcome to get on board. The junk will cruise to take you to pass by the floating village. Enjoy fresh seafood lunch on Lan Ha bay.
Keep cruising to the most scenic areas of the bay with hundreds of beautiful islands. Continue cruising further to see the unique Halong bay. Kayak some more through the narrow lagoons and tunnel caves called Hang Ca (the Bat Cave).
Cruise to Bai Trai Dao beaches. Free for swimming and relax to enjoy the sunset on the bay. Anchor at a calm water area for dinner and experience the peaceful night on the junk among beautiful mountains.
Day 02: Cat Ba island – Hai Phong – Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch)
Wake up to see the dawn on the bay and then have breakfast. The boat takes you to see some other parts of the bay. Visit the floating fish farm. You will learn how the local people there make their livings.
Continue cruising further to see the unique Halong Bay. Enjoy the last swimming on the bay. 11 AM get off the boat to Cat Ba.
Free to take motorbike tour (with or without driver) to go around and visit Cat Ba island; or you walk yourself to see Cat Ba town, beaches and local market (optional). Have lunch in a local restaurant. Take hydrofoil from Cat Ba to Hai Phong and drive back to Hanoi.