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2D1N Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay Cruise **Kayak w/ Glow-in-the-Dark Plankton

By Cat Ba Vision

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You are looking for a less-touristed way to see Halong Bay & La Ha Bay. You also get to kayak at night in search of bioluminescent plankton - pretty surreal!


2 days 1 night
Group trip (12 travellers per group)
You will cruise between Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay on a standard junk. The guide will show you the remote areas of Northern Halong Bay, you get to explore a labyrinth of limestone cliffs that rise out of the sea in Lan Ha Bay and paddle through mystical caves to discover deserted lagoons and beautiful sandy beaches. At night, paddle out in your kayak to seek out the natural phenomenon of bioluminescent plankton in the sea (depends on which time of the month).

Trip Highlights

Floating Village
Bright & Dark Cave
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What's included

From US$ 138 3,207,602 VND per person
  • All meals
  • 1 night stay on board
  • Entrance fees
  • Kayak
  • Dry bags
  • Snorkel gears
  • Drinking water
  • Local English speaking guide
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Your accommodation in Cat Ba Town.
Your accommodation in Cat Ba Town.


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Please note that this is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Day 1: Cat Ba - Lan Ha Bay - Halong Bay (Northern Region)
Cat Ba - Lan Ha Bay - Halong Bay (Northern Region)

Today you will kayak through different caves and take in the beauty of Northern Halong Bay

Accommodation: Cat Ba Vision Overnight Junk - Standard Room

  • 8 am: Estimated pick up time from your hotel.
  • 9 am: Get on the bus to go to BEO DOCK
  • 10.15 am: Arrive at the kayaking area and take part in kayaking activity (One and a half hours paddling through Bat cave, Dark cave, Bright cave and Monkey cave.)
  • 1 pm: Anchor at a very calm lagoon nearby Ha Long city to have lunch. After lunch, grab a drink, free time and swim if you want to.
  • 4 pm: Visit the biggest fish farm on the bay.
  • 5 pm: Start moving into a small lagoon to drop the anchor to stay overnight.
  • 7 pm: Vietnamese food and seafood dinner will be served on the boat.
  • 8 pm: Kayak to hidden areas to look for planktons.
  • Overnight on the junk.
Day 2: Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba
Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba

Visits two lagoons and dip in at the more secluded region of Lan Ha Bay.

  • 7.30 am: Sunrise breakfast
  • 8 am: Cruise to DAU BE ISLAND, kayak through the THREE HIDDEN LAGOON.
  • 10.30 am: Swim and snorkel and then have Vietnamese food and seafood lunch on the boat.
  • 1 pm: Start moving to TUNG CAI LAGOON where the new King Kong movie was filmed at. Kayak and explore around the lagoon.
  • 3 pm: Return to Cat Ba Island.
  • 3.45 pm: Estimated drop off time.

Meet your guide

Cat Ba Vision

Phuc and his team started the company in 2016, aiming to share local experiences at an affordable price with the travellers. Phuc's customers rave about his friendly staffs and this unique itinerary.
4 years experience
Fluent English

What others are saying

4.9 out of 40 helpful reviews
Amanda A
16 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
We decided to stay on Cat Ba instead of spending 100s$$$ on a Halong Bay cruise. We are really glad we decided to see the national park in this way. Cat Ba is really relaxed with a lot of cheap and comfortable accommodation options. The day tour with Ca Ba Vision was a highlight. The full day was very relaxing, we saw less touristy places, most of the time we were the only boat in the region, and the kayaking through caves was great. Our guide Sun was very enthusiastic, funny and informative, making you feel very welcome. The lunch was also really good. For $50 for 2 people, we don't only feel like we have saved money compared to other tourist options in this area, we were also privlaged to have a unique experience. Thank you for a great day :)
Violette_Bugrova, Russia
14 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
I can absolutely recommend Catba Vision because of their attitude and 5-star service! We spent a wonderful day on a good boat with sincere-smiling&laughing guide Sun (sorry if the spelling is incorrect). The food was varied, towels and water were provided, activities are great (thank you for the kayaking experience). We really liked Catba Vision's 1-day-tour to Halong Bay!
sarahc-45032, Malaysia
11 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
Kun was our tour guide, he was really friendly and made sure everyone was comfortable with the tour, he also explained many things about Ha Long bay and Lan Ha Bay. The weather was perfect during our visit so we were able to sunbath on the top deck of the cruise. The route they took was definitely less crowded so it was really relaxing and quiet. They also provided a generous amount of food for us during lunch. After lunch, we all went kayaking for an hour plus then went to visit a small fishing village before heading back to Cat Ba.
31 Oct 2019 on TripAdvisor
Full day Ha Long/ Lan Ha bay tour including kayaking, snorkelling and lunch. Picked up from our hotel. Great lunch provided (lots of food, really tasty, includes vegetarian). Our guide was fab - really knowledgeable on the area and Vietnamese history and culture, really engaging and sociable. Mostly felt like we were the only tour boat which was lovely in such a tourist hotspot. Sunchairs on the top deck and plenty of space for everyone. Beers/ soda to buy on board. Well worth the money. We thought it may feel too busy with around 25 people but actually it was managed really well. Cat Ba has been a highlight of a month in Vietnam. Snorkelling was not very fruitful but we replaced it with jumping off the boat into the sea so no worries from us :)
WanderessShannon, UK
21 Oct 2019 on TripAdvisor
We booked onto the 2 day 1 night Lan Ha/ Ha Long Bay tour. This was my favourite thing we did in Vietnam, and it was also the cheapest tour like this that we found! We had local tour guides on the boat and at the floating homestay who provided us with lots of knowledge about Vietnamese culture, which really made our trip special, particularly Ming (though all guides and the lady who helped us book the tour were amazing with us and so friendly). The food was also incredible - my friend and I are vegan and veggie, they accommodated us very well. The activities we did were fun and the floating homestay was in such a beautiful setting. There were only around 10 of us on our boat so we felt we had enough space and weren’t crammed in - the tour took us on a less touristic path around the bays as well, so we were often the only boat in sight. I would happily do this tour again and can not recommend it highly enough, it was such a special experience.

Cat Ba Vision Policies

Strict Cancellation Policy
As Cat Ba Vision pays for your trip’s logistics in advance, you can only cancel for free within 24 hours of your booking, provided that this is at least 2 weeks before your trip starts.
Change of Date
You may also change your trip date once up to 3 days before your trip starts. Any date change are subject to availability.

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