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3D2N Cat Ba Cruise & National Park Trek (Return transport from Hanoi)

By Vietnam Insider Travel

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You're looking for a luxurious cruise to take on Cat Ba in - huge cabins, fresh produce, and authentic experiences... like hiking in Cat Ba's Jurassic Park?


3 days 2 nights
Group trip (17 travellers per group)
Spend the first night on the cruise and enjoy an abundance of water activities. You will kayak to hidden lagoons, cruise among the limestone karsts of different formation and even visit a local fishing village. Return to Cat Bat Island for a little exploration on the second day and you will wrap up the trip with a trek to the butterfly valley in Cat Ba National Park.

Trip Highlights

Floating Village
Cat Ba National Park
Bright & Dark Cave
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What's included

From US$ 190 4,415,854 VND per person
  • 1 night aboard Dao Ngoc Cruise
  • ½ day trekking in Cat Ba National Park
  • 1 night in a bungalow at Eco Lodge
  • 2 breakfast / 3 lunches / 2 dinner
  • Onboard insurance, taxes and service charges
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Transportation to and from Hanoi
  • English speaking guide
  • Kayaking
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Other Notes

The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.


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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 Island - Lan Ha Bay
Hanoi - Cat Ba Island - Lan Ha Bay

Today you will kayak among the limestone karsts, and visit local fishing village.

  • 7 am: Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi to Hai Phong City.
  • 10 am: Arrive in Hai Phong city and board speed boat to Cat Ba island. Following speedboat is a 20 minutes bus ride to Cat Ba Town.
  • 12 pm: Get on a boat, check-in procedures.
  • 1 pm: Lunch with fresh seafood is served (vegetarian and kids menus available). The boat will slowly get off from the pier. admire the amazing karts with different formations on the way.
  • 2 pm: Start kayaking around Lan Ha bay and visit a local fish farm, secluded beaches and secret lagoon. You will kayak through the beautiful scenery of the bay and tide permitting, will be able to paddle right into Dark Cave and Bat Cave. After one/one and a half hour kayaking, return to the boat, to enjoy some fruits, swim or snorkel is available upon request.
  • 7 pm: Party on the boat, enjoy night fishing if you'd like to try. Overnight on the junk.
Day 2: Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba Island
Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba Island

You will enjoy the early morning scenery in Lan Ha Bay, return to the island to further explore Cat Ba on land.

  • 7 am: Coffee, tea and fruit will be served. Enjoy the silence of the beautiful misty bay, with a cup of coffee.
  • 7.30 am: After breakfast, continue cruising to a local fish farm.
  • 10.20 am: The junk will begin its journey back to Cat Ba Island.
  • 1 pm: You will be transferred to Cat Ba Ecolodge. You can explore around or take a bicycle to check out the surroundings.
  • 7 pm: Dinner and overnight at Cat Ba Ecolodge.
Day 3: Cat Ba Island - Cat Ba National Park - Hanoi
Cat Ba Island - Cat Ba National Park - Hanoi

Today you will trek to a hidden valley and village in Cat Ba National Park.

  • 8.30 am: Breakfast at the lodge then gear up for the trekking to butterfly valley. It will take just around 40 minutes on a single trail into Cat Ba National Park which is used to carry freshwater by the local in the past but now it’s just for farming of litchi, sweet potatoes and pine forest. At the end of the trek is a small beautiful village of Liên Minh where is quite isolated from the main island. The valley is pretty with a very green field for cows and buffalos. You will visit a local family to learn how the locals live.
  • 12.30 pm: Back to the hotel for lunch and then you’ll catch the transport back to Hanoi.
  • 5.30 pm: Arrive in Hanoi.

Meet your guide

Vietnam Insider Travel

Kien and his partners opened Vietnam Insider Travel to facilitate more authentic travel experiences around Cat Ba. The company also reduces negative impact of the rapid-growing tourism by supporting sustainable tourism practices: food sourced from the local market, collecting trash from the sea whenever possible, educating travellers about the endangered Langur monkeys in Cat Ba. Besides that, the team contributes back to the community by offering weekly free kayaking trip for the locals.
8 years experience
Fluent English

What others are saying

5.0 out of 17 helpful reviews
Lizy W
07 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
Excellent cruise - two days and one night through the beautiful bay of Lan Ha. During the cruise we could see other boats but no comparison to ours - it was so luxurious! The facilities and cabins were fabulous - The cabin was very large, even bigger than most hotel rooms I have stayed in Vietnam. - Very good, authentic and varied food with seafood, fish, meat, vegetables etc. - The cruise itself is incredible, you cannot stop looking at the landscape and how beautiful it is. - The kayak ride through the caves and lagoons, one of the best experiences we have had in Vietnam. We were the only the cruise passengers (just 5 of us) and the two guides. Indescribable tranquility and beauty, you have to live it! - At night we went kayaking again to see the bioluminescence. It was not the best night to see it, but our guide tried hard to find the best places for us to enjoy the experience. - Small squid can be caught at night. A fun and recommended activity! - The guides speak excellent English and are very friendly - Lan Ha Bay is so much quieter than Ha Long bay (I have done both)There are almost no boats around you and it is equally beautiful and special. -Good quality - price! - Highly recommended!--
Cyril Gonella
22 Oct 2019 on Facebook
We had a really good time with Vietnam Insider travel for the boat tour on Lan Ha. The team was so nice and friendly. They cooked the best fried spring rolls that I ever tasted the rest of lunch was just perfect! The tour and differents spots were amazing No doubt, I recommend ! Thank you so much
Joan H
08 Oct 2019 on TripAdvisor
The bus pick up from our hotel was on time and everything fell into place on this well organized tour. Our guide Mong spoke very good English and was full of interesting information on just about any topic you asked him about. We started with a boat tour through the floating fishing villages and then ended up on a remote beach to start our Kayaking tour. We got to see hidden jungles, beaches, interesting rock formations and even hidden coves! We stopped on a beach for swimming and then had an amazing lunch back on the boat. After lunch we had more swimming, but only after crawling through a narrow cave into a completely hidden jungle and out the other side to a secret beach! I highly recommend this trip!
Christopher V, Vietnam
06 Oct 2019 on TripAdvisor
Small group of max. 12 people (we were 11). Picked up by a bus and transfered to the harbour in the south. They took us on a 30-40 minute drive into Lan Ha Bay, before we starting the kayaking. The guide - His name is Mong - did a very good job. Good english, very connecting (He tried to talk to everyone during the trip). We visited a local fisher, a lagoon and a sandy beach. Lunch was included in a price of 25$. We didn't expect too much, but were overwhelmed. The chef/captain used a 1m2 kitchen to mysteriously prepared a "feast". I can totally reccomend this agency to book a kayak tour within Lan Ha Bay
tuby_tuby, UK
10 May 2019 on TripAdvisor
I had an excellent boat & kayaking trip with Ken and his team. It was the highlight of my trip in Vietnam. The service from the team is just excellent. The trip is done with a small amount of people so very good value for money. Kayaking experience was just brilliant! Ken was also great and he makes sure everyone is having a great experience & time. Gives info during the trip. I also loved when we stopped to visit one of the locals and his lovely home at the fishermen's village. The food was also amazing. It wasn't some Pasta and salad as you would expect from this sort of trips. Many varieties, papaya salad, oysters.. just yummy . I strongly recommend this trip and Ken's and his team's customer service.

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As Vietnam Insider Travel 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.
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You may also change your trip date once up to 3 days before your trip starts. Any date change are subject to availability.

Other Things to Know

Packing list for the trip
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Covered shoes (for trekking)
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