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Lagoon Explorer



Included meals:  Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Overnight on boat

  • 08:00 - Get picked up at your hotel and take the morning drive to Cat Ba Island via Hai Phong City. The drive includes a 30-minute ferry ride before reaching Cat Ba Island. The drive takes almost 4 hours.

  • 12:00 - On arrival at Cai Beo wharf of Cat Ba Island. Get on your private junk, enjoy a welcome drink, move around to learn about the boat and check into your cabin before cruising.

  • 12:15 - Pull up the anchor and start your cruise. The junk firstly winds its way by a fishing village toward Lan Ha Bay. Not much different from Halong Bay featured with hundreds of limestone islands and islets. Lan Ha is smaller but the karst sheer islands stay close together, this makes Lan Ha Bay become the best place for kayaking and swimming activities. The beaches are tiny but there are plenty of them compare with Halong Bay.

  • 13:30 - Anchor is dropped in the middle of the bay for lunchtime. If the weather is nice enough, your lunch will be served on the top deck where you are able to enjoy the scenery during your lunch the best.

  • 14:30 - After lunch, the boat will take you to visit a fish-farm. Learn about the typical sorts of fish grown on the bay. After that, get back to the junk and continue on the cruise to Ba Trai Dao beach for you to paddle around on kayaks to explore this beautiful part of the bay. Take a swim on the beach if the weather permits.

  • 16:00 - Anchor is pulled up for the cruise toward Halong Bay. After a turn where you can view the open sea, you will reach Halong Bay. It gets a bit wider but you could not see a lot of tourist boats as you are still in a remote part of the bay. The junk is gently moving toward the night place.

  • 17:30 - Get back on the top deck for an interesting cooking demonstration during the sunset. The chef will show you how he makes the Vietnamese popular fried rolls. Of course, after the samples, you will have a go, then enjoy your work right after.

  • 19:00 - Enjoy set-menu dinner and stay overnight on the junk.


Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi (Optional)

  • 07:15 - The engine is started for the day.

  • 07:45 - Breakfast is served while the junk is taking you to Vung Kiem Lam area where you will have more time to paddle your kayaks to explore a hidden lake that is only accessed by a tunnel-like cave with many beautiful stalactites hanging down from the ceiling.

  • 09:30 - Get back to the junk and meandering between the rocks back to Lan Ha Bay (Mostly on a different route)

  • 10:30 - Check out of the cabin. and get ready for the early lunch (served on the boat).

  • 11:45 - Bid farewell to the crews and disembark. Drive back to Hanoi.

  • 15:30 - Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi. End of service.

What's Included


  • Private A/c transportation with all entrance per itinerary

  • English speaking tour guide

  • Vietnamese meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners.

  • All accommodation in shared twin/ double during the tour

  • Sightseeing tickets & permit

  • Sampan boat-ride in Ninh Binh

  • Simple bicycles in Ninh Binh & Mai Chau (if you're not interested in trekking)

  • Kayaks in Halong Bay

  • Bottled water on the vehicle

  • Cruise package in Halong Bay (Options for join-group & private cruises)


  • Travel insurance

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Drinks and other meals

  • Hotel in Hanoi (Optional)

  • Others are not mentioned clearly in the itinerary and in the INCLUSION list

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