Escape to Lan Ha Bay
Breathe in the fresh sea air on this 3-day escape to the limestone karst formations and emerald-colored waters of Lan Ha Bay, an up and coming tourist’s destination delight. Cruise the bay in your stylish floating accommodation, exploring the wonders of Cat Ba National Park through kayaking, swimming, and hiking.
- Caving, swimming, and cycling through Cat Ba National Park
- Kayaking through a secluded floating fishing village
- Learning how to prepare traditional Vietnamese dishes
This Tour is Perfect for
- A weekend getaway or extension of a longer Vietnam travel itinerary
- Leisure travel in a relaxed style
- Families with children of all ages
Topas Travel creates tailor-made tours for our guests according to their specific requests. This itinerary has been designed to show you just one of many options
Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Day 2: Hanoi – Hai Phong – Lan Ha Bay
Day 3: Cat Ba Island – Lan Ha Bay
Day 4: Lan Ha Bay – Hai Phong – Hanoi
Xin Chao and welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival to Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport, a Topas representative will welcome you to the land of the ascending dragon before heading straight to your hotel in the heart of the city. The day is at leisure to discover Hanoi on your own, wandering the crooked alleys of the iconic Old Quarter and the promenade around Hoan Kiem Lake.
Included meals: N/A
Transfer distance and activities: 45’ drive
The sea calls this morning with a 9am departure from Hanoi to Hai Phong, about a 2-hour ride away. Upon arrival, board your new “home” for the next 2 days and check-in to your spacious cabin with large windows perfect for gazing out at the beauty around you. Enjoy lunch in the dining room while the ship cruises to Cat Ba Island, the largest island of some 367 islands in Lan Ha Bay.
Spend the afternoon deep within Cat Ba National Park, hiking through Trung Trang Valley to Trung Trang cave, a 2000-year-old cavern filled with stalactites and stalagmites. Then, have some downtime to swim and kayak in the isolated Tra Bau area.
Return to the ship for some downtime, enjoying a traditional Vietnamese cooking class and a delicious dinner onboard before retiring for the night in your comfy cabin.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Transfer distance and activities: 2h drive – Sightseeing walk
As the sun rises over the bay, join the ancient practice of Tai Chi on the sundeck, a martial art known for its health benefits and meditational use. After working up an appetite, sit down for a delectable breakfast as the boat docks at Viet Hai pier, the only way to reach Viet Hai Village as there are no roads connecting it to the rest of Cat Ba Island.
Cycle along well-made paths for 3.5 km (there’s an electric buggy available if you would rather survey the jungle landscape at a comfortable pace) to reach the village. Spend time getting to know the history and traditions of the Vietnamese people who live there, enjoying a lunch before setting off for Van Boi, a secluded beach area where you have time to swim, sunbathe, and kayak.
After dinner in the ship’s restaurant, retire to your cabin or stay for a showing of Top Gear: Vietnam Edition, to see a familiar site at the episode’s finale.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Distance and activities: 3.5 km cycling – Full-day swimming and kayaking
Explore a local floating fishing village this morning by kayak, peering in on the people and animals that float in the protected coves of Lan Ha Bay. Return to the ship for a light breakfast as the cruise makes its way to the Dark and Bright Cave, a popular attraction in Halong Bay experienced from a local bamboo boat.
As the cruise makes its way back to Hai Phong, sit down for an early lunch to fill-up before your 2-hour return drive to Hanoi.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance and activities: 1h kayaking – 2h transfer
- 1-way private A/C airport transfer with welcome guide
- Join-in 3 day/2 night cruise (Led by English-speaking Cruise Manager on board)
- All accommodation indicated as twin-shared cabin
- All meals as indicated in the program
- All entrance tickets to Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay
- Free refillable water in vans
- 1 x English speaking local tour guide on airport transfer Day 1
- Government Value Added Tax
- Drinks and alcohol
- Vietnam visa (On request with additional charge)
- Travel insurance (Compulsory with Topas Travel programs)
- Upgrades to higher standard rooms or single supplements
- Personal travel items (Please visit our Vietnam weather page for more information)
This program utilizes comfortable accommodation in the form of carefully curated hotels, lodges, and homestays. Hotels and lodges have been selected with the active traveler in mind, offering standard services and located as close to nature and local engagement as possible. Homestays are simple and equipped with western toilets and amenities such as fans and mattresses. If you have a specific property in mind you wish to stay at, please let your travel designer know so they can work it into your program.