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2D1N Private Cat Ba Cruise from Hanoi **Floating homestay, warm local hosts

By Trill Tours

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You want a private trip and to explore Lan Ha Bay in the most authentic way possible. The highlight of trip would be staying the night in a floating homestay!


2 days 1 night
Private trip
Experience a truly authentic trip guided by a local fishing enthusiast. You will 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. Spend the night in a floating homestay owned by a Vietnamese family.

Trip Highlights

Floating Village
Bright & Dark Cave
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What's included

US$ 140 3,253,728 VND per person
  • Transport from Hanoi
  • All entrance Fees
  • Boat & Kayak rental
  • Fishing gear & bait
  • English speaking & highly experienced tour guide
  • Drinks
  • Insurance
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Your accommodation in Hanoi
Your accommodation in Hanoi
Other Notes

Itinerary, route and activities are subject to change/cancellation, depending on the weather and tides condition.

Scheduled Trip Dates

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Feb 28
Feb 29
Mar 01
Mar 02
Mar 03
Mar 04
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Please note that this is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Day 1: Hanoi - Cat Ba - Lan Ha Bay
Hanoi - Cat Ba - Lan Ha Bay

Today you will see the limestone karsts up close by kayaking through some hidden caves and lagoons

Accommodation: Trill Tour Floating Homestay -

  • 7.45 am: Bus picks you up from your hotel in Hanoi.
  • 12.30 pm: after arriving in Cat Ba town, have lunch at a local restaurant before going on a small tender boat for the day.
  • After lunch set out to explore Lan Ha bay and the natural beaches exposed by the tides. Take the chance to cool off and swim in the emerald waters or just relax on the beach. See the limestone karsts up close by kayaking through some water caves and sit quietly in a peaceful lagoon. Catch the perfect photo opportunity as you watch the truly breathtaking sunset over the bay.
  • 6.00 pm: Arrive and check-in to the floating homestay inside the floating village. The family will welcome you to join them for dinner and enjoy some local delicacies.
  • Spend your evening enjoying the peace and quiet surroundings or take a late-night swim.
Day 2: Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba - Hanoi
Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba - Hanoi

Today you will kayak to see up close the clam farms and floating villages, have lunch on a secluded beach

  • 7 am: Breakfast before heading for 2 hours kayaking, this time see up close the clam farms and floating villages of the people living here. You will also visit a shipwreck and lagoon nearby.
  • Lunch will be a picnic on the beach or on the boat (depending on the weather).
  • Return to Cat Ba to catch the 12.30 pm bus back to Hanoi, arriving there around 5 pm.

Meet your guide

Trill Tours

Zoom and Susan have been running this unique and very local boat trips in Lan Ha Bay. With his many years of experience guiding all over Vietnam and mostly around Halong Bay, Zoom shares his undying passion for fishing and bridges the gap between travellers and the local people.
3 years experience
Fluent English

What others are saying

5.0 out of 19 helpful reviews
Mike Evans
05 Dec 2019 on Facebook
We were recommended Trill Tours by a friend who had a great experience with Susan and Zoom. After deliberating over Lan Ha Bay, Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long bay we decided to go on the recommendation of our friend and reached out to Susan and Zoom. I have to say it really was one of the highlights of our trip. We had a wonderful couple of days exploring the bay, learning more about the locals and keeping a good balance between activities and chill. Also, had one of the funnest nights of our trip thanks to Zoom and his excellent poker face that led into the biggest hangover of my trip. Zoom and Susan are extremely knowledgable about the region, keen to share what they know and easy to chat to. We never made it to Ha Long Bay so can't say with complete certainty you should skip it and go to Lan Ha Bay. However, the trash in the water the closer we got to Ha Long tells me it wouldn't have been for us. What I can say is that you should 100% check out Trill Tours. Text time we're in Vietnam we will for sure be stopping by to say hello (and i'm coming with my Poker Face Zoom, so watch out!).
Laurence Boelens
09 Nov 2019 on Facebook
We took a 2 day boot tour with Doűng from Trill Tours. It was the best tour of our trip through Vietnam: private boat, beautifull quiet islands, swimming, fishing, sleeping on a floating island. Doùng really listens to what you want to do en does everything to show you the most quiet place in Lan Ha, the best sunset. He had a good sense of humor and is very patient. Thanks to Doùng I caught my own fish and we prepared it for diner. So thank you Doùng. this was really a lifetime experience
Kimba Griffith
28 Oct 2019 on Facebook
We had such an awesome experience with Zoom out on Lan Ha bay; the booking process was super easy as Susan is a native English speaker. Zoom picked us up from our homestay on Cat Ba, and straight away we loved his easygoing style and great command of English. The boat was simple but comfortable, and because we love fishing, Zoom arranged many spots for us to stop and supplied fishing rods and hand reels. We also visited a fish farm, went kayaking and stopped at a sweet beach where we fished and foraged for a huge bag of pippies to take home. Lunch was tasty and plentiful, zoom put up with our crazy kids and family dynamics, and we had a small, authentic, peaceful and memorable day on the bay. Can’t recommend this tour highly enough!
Jacopo Treviso
28 Aug 2019 on Facebook
We did a 3 days tour with Trill. Although we never go with organized tours we gave these guys a chance and it was a real blast! They set up a quite unique experience, making us feel part of Cat Ba daily life. Visit local fishermen's houses, kayak through fish farms, fish in the remotest parts of the bay, visit tropican-like beaches. You can do whatever you prefere.. Dung will make you feel confortable and arrange the tour to fit your needs. Great time with you guys
24 Aug 2019 on TripAdvisor
In 1 word: fabulous. We did the tour with 4 guys and it was really amazing. It was like you are the head person in your own national geographic documentary. The guide Zoom speaks really good english. In my opinion the best we had in Vietnam. The magical part is that Zoom brings you really close to the locals because he knows everyone in the village. This tour is a combination of everything. Instead of the mainstream cruises you can book in Cat Ba or Ha Long Bay you get the real experience with trill tours. They are a beginning tour operator so personal attention is also a very important thing at trill tours. We also ate our own caught fish wish was truly amazing. In the night we stayed at a local farmstay. So if you want the real unique experience better book the tour with these guys. Zoom also brings jou where ever jou want. Thank you Zoom and Susan for the hospitality and take care!

Trill Tours Policies

Strict Cancellation Policy
As Trill Tours 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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