3 Days Lan Ha Bay Cruise
3 Days Lan Ha Bay Cruise
Explore a scenic seascape filled with 1,600 islands and islets
in the Gulf of Tonkin, including Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Offering more than the typical Halong Bay cruise experience, this two-night voyage explores lesser-seen areas of the Gulf of Tonkin, including Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island. The scenic seascape of Halong Bay, which encompasses some 1,600 islands and islets, has been protected as a UNESCO World Heritage since 1994. This listing was extended in 2023 to include the national park and biosphere reserve of the Cat Ba Archipelago.
Please note: There are several cruises that explore different parts of Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay. The route, level of service and facilities on board vary depending on the cruise line. The itinerary below offers an overview of a typical journey and the types of activities offered. Specific details will be advised on confirmation of the cruise. Some cruises depart from Tuan Chau Marina in Halong Bay while others depart from Got Pier in Hai Phong.
Hanoi – Hai Phong – Lan Ha Bay [L,D]
This morning, you are picked up from your hotel in Hanoi and transferred to the pier (about a two-hour drive). After boarding, the crew deliver a safety briefing. Lunch is served as the ship begins to cruise, passing Da Chong Islet which is home to a French-built lighthouse. Along the way, you see the limestone karst formations of Con Vit and Gia Luan rise dramatically out of the sea. This area remains relatively untouched as few cruise lines use this route.
In the afternoon, step off the boat to explore a local fishing village. Take a ride in a traditional coracle boat which is used by local fishermen and get an insight into local fishing methods. In the summer months, guests can swim and kayak in the bay’s pristine waters. In winter, guests can take a guided cycling excursion to a local village, stopping to visit home made from straw, mud and bamboo. In the evening, options include happy hour drinks at the bar or a cooking class. Dinner and overnight are on board.
Lan Ha Bay Cruise [B,L,D]
Wake up to the serene sights and sounds of this amazing seascape in the heart of the bay. Start with an optional tai chi session on the sundeck followed by breakfast as the cruise continues. Today, you have the option to enjoy kayaking or swimming (depending on the weather) or a cycling excursion to Viet Hai Village. Surrounded by sea, high mountains and the dense jungles of the Cat Ba National Park, this rustic village exists as part of its natural surroundings, a charming respite from the modern world. Lunch and dinner are served on board.
Lan Ha Bay – Hanoi [B]
The day starts with another energetic tai chi class on the sundeck followed by brunch as the boat makes its way back to the pier in Hai Phong. Disembark at the pier and transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi.