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1-Day Small-Group Cruise to Lan Ha Bay & Halong Bay

By Cat Ba Smile Tours

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You have a short time and want to see the best of both Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay! Bonus: This boat provides a more personal experience by limiting its group size!


1 day
Group trip (12 travellers per group)
This trip departs daily for Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay. The trip takes place on a medium-sized boat with a maximum of 12 guests (a very small group to ensure the most personal experience!). It will start at 7.30 AM and end at 5.00 PM so you have about 9 hours to explore, kayak around the quaint lagoons, limestone karsts and dark caves. You will also hike up to Monkey Island for a panoramic view of the surroundings. As an added bonus: travellers have raved about the yummy food on this cruise!

Trip Highlights

Floating Village
Monkey Island
Bright & Dark Cave
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Trip Inclusions

US$ 25 580,917 VND per person
  • All entrance fees
  • Kayak rental
  • Sailing boat
  • Transfer to the pier
  • Lunch
  • Mineral water
  • Dry-bags
  • English speaking guide
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Your accommodation in Cat Ba Town.
Your accommodation in Cat Ba Town.
Other Notes

If you don't need to be picked up, please meet Cat Ba Smiles at 7:25am at their office at The Ireland Hotel, 51 Nui Ngoc, Cat Ba Town. From there, you will be transferred to BEO Harbour.


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Bookings should be made at least 1 day in advance. View the full calendar to request other dates.


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 - Cat Ba
Cat Ba - Lan Ha Bay - Halong Bay - Cat Ba

Today you will hike to see panoramic views of the bay, kayak and explore caves

  • 7.45 am: Meet at the office/ be picked up from your hotel before that.
  • 8.30 am: Starts cruising to the Floating Fishing Village and to the border between Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay. Enjoy kayaking (one and half an hour) through some caves named BRIGHT CAVE -DARK CAVE-BAT CAVE to explore the beauty of the nature in hidden lagoons.
  • Move to a private swimming zone in the middle of Ha Long Bay named Cam lagoon where there is tranquil area and you can swim in clear, blue water, jump from the deck of the boat.
  • 12 pm: Lunch. Savour local Vietnamese food.
  • 1 pm: You can blow off some steam by sleeping in the boat or sitting on the deck of the boat en route to Monkey Island.
  • 2.30 pm: Hike up to Monkey Island, enjoy a panoramic view.
  • 4.30 pm: Get on to the boat and return to Cat Ba Town.
  • 5 pm: Estimated arrival time on the island.

Meet your guide

Cat Ba Smile Tours

Cat Ba Smiles Tour have been pleasing travellers with their hospitality and well-organised trips for a few years. Du and his staffs are very responsible, responsive and do their absolute best to make sure travellers have the most enjoyable way of seeing the archipelago.
2 years experience
Fluent English

What others are saying

5.0 out of 40 helpful reviews
Uhriczech, Czech Republic
05 Dec 2019 on TripAdvisor
Perfect day with Smile tours! Everyone was very helpful, we had been everywhere before most of the tourists arrived and the food was just amazing. There were also only 7 people + crew on the boat, so a lot of space for everyone. The office is just a bit difficult to find: go to Ireland hotel at: 51 Nui Ngoc, Cat Ba Island
04 Dec 2019 on TripAdvisor
The trip was great value for money and was one of the best tours we’ve booked. The entire crew was amazing & our tour guide Johnny was well informed and made our trip really special. The trip covered as much or more than the cruises we was going to book at half the price and wasn’t rushed. The lunch served on the boat was delicious as well!
01 Dec 2019 on TripAdvisor
We had a great time exploring La ha bay, Halong bay and Monkey island. We had a good time with our guide Tar, he now how to avoide the croud from the other tours so we had enough time to enjoy the area with our small group. The food was amazing, it was betther than the food what i ate in the town. So i can really recimend this tour
01 Dec 2019 on TripAdvisor
We started at 7:30 and were brought to the boat by bus. Then went past an old fishing village to a place to Kayak, it was beautiful and you even had the chance to go through a few small caves. After Kayaking you get to swim a little in the water but it was pretty exhausting cause you had to constantly swim against the stream. Food was freshly cooked on the boat and was ready to be eaten shortly after, also very delicious. Last but not least we visited the Monkey Island where you, indeed, are able to see some monkeys and feed them and especially hyke up the path. (good shoes recommended) The path can sometimes be pretty hard the further you get but it's worth it and if you can't do it you can always go down again. You arrive home at around 5pm and even get one free beer (which is what I'm doing right now) so all in all great experience, can recommend. Price: 500k
30 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
We had an amazing day with Smile Tours! Because we left early, we avoided the big crowd and we enjoyed beautiful views. Tar, our guide, was also very nice and accompanied us on all the activities, showing us the best spots. He also took some nice pictures which he sent to us afterwards. Highly recommend this tour!

Other Things to Know

Cancellation and Exchange Policy
While we understand that plans change, we also have to be fair to each supplier, who needs time to prepare logistics for your trip such as manpower, food, permits, and more.
Strict Cancellation Policy
As Cat Ba Smile 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.
Flexible Date Policy
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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