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3D2N 4-Star Cruise | Lan Ha Bay & Trip to Cat Ba **Private Balcony Rooms

By UniCharm Cruise

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You're looking for a more differentiated itinerary, and like to take time exploring Cat Ba Island by bicycle.


3 days 2 nights
Group trip (30 travellers per group)
This is a 3D2N Cruise around the UNESCO Halong Bay region, taking the slightly less touristed Lan Ha Bay route. All the rooms on the boat have their own private balcony so you can have a full view of the bay! Enjoy cruising on Lan Ha Bay discovering the quieter route of the Tonkin Gulf. Whilst there you will paddle through narrow lanes formed by limestone karts to fishing villages where you will get to learn more about the fishermen's daily life at the sea. This trip allows you to see more of Cat Ba Island where in addition to visiting Viet Hai Village you will also be able to see Canon Fort and trek up to Ngu Lam Peak for a great view!

Trip Highlights

Visit Cat Ba Island
Three Peaches Islet (Ba Trai Dao)
Floating Village
Viet Hai Village
Ngu Lam Peak
Cat Ba National Park
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What's included

From US$ 330 7,669,755 VND per person
  • Roundtrip shuttlebus transfer via Expressway from Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Professional English Speaking Guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Biking, Swimming, Kayaking, Snorkeling
  • Trekking, Cooking class.
  • Meals on board: Morning snack, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
  • Welcome Drink
  • 2 bottles of water
  • Tea & Coffee for breakfast
  • On-board insurance
  • All taxes & service charges
  • One Extra Bed (For families with a child aged between 5-9)
  • Beverage
  • Tips
  • Other personal expenses
  • Surcharge of 10 USD/person during Vietnamese New Year (Tŕ_Ët) Holidays
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Your accommodation in Hanoi Old Quarter


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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 - Lan Ha Bay
Hanoi - Lan Ha Bay

Today you will cruise to enjoy the spectacular seascapes of the bay via a unique route

Accommodation: Unicharm Cruise - Uni-Balcony Deluxe

  • 07:45 – 08:15 Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter
  • 12:30 UniCharm crew warmly welcome you on board. Board the boat, check-in the room and enjoy your first fresh lunch on the boat (We can cater Vegetarian or vegan food on your request).
  • Lunching and cruising into the bay: pass by Cap Bai Islet, Ngon Tay Island (Finger Islet), Sung Sot cave and Titop peak… (now we are in the middle of the World Heritage site of Ha Long bay).
  • Continue towards Lan Ha Bay on the hidden route for different amazing sightseeing, pass by Dark and Light cave, Ao Ech lagoon (Frog Lagoon), Ba Trai Dao (three-peach beach), Hon Dua (the Stick Islet).
  • On a 2-seat kayak, the guide will lead you to paddle through narrow lanes of the karst mountains to fishing villages. Paddle under a tunnel grotto to a stunning lagoon (depending on the tide sometimes). Here you can dip into the emerald waters. Enjoy the sunset on the bay. Back to the boat for cooking class (the guide will show you how to make some famous Vietnamese traditional dishes that you can easily demonstrate at home for your family after this trip). Enjoy Dinner and overnight on the lovely peaceful bay.
  • Overnight on board
Day 2: Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba National Park - Lan Ha Bay
Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba National Park - Lan Ha Bay

Today you will trek up to Ngu Lam Peak, discover the wilderness of Cat Ba Island and Lan Ha Bay.

Accommodation: Unicharm Cruise - Uni-Balcony Deluxe

  • 8:00 Enjoy breakfast (Set menu)
  • A local motorized boat will take you 40 minutes through Lan Ha bay pass by floating fishing villages of Cai Beo to Cat Ba island then a car drive up to the centre of the park for trekking
  • 10:00 A moderate trek into the park up to Ngu Lam Peak (the trek up and down takes 2,5-3 hours). At the summit, you will obtain a universal view of Cat Ba Island – Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay.
  • Trek down, visit the Hospital cave, the cave was used to be the hospital in the war (if you are not interested, you can skip or change to visit Trung Trang cave).
  • 13:00 Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant
  • Car back and up to the mountain for a visit to Cannon Fort – the old battle base of the island. Here you will not only see the ruin relics of the war but also a great view to Lan Ha bay and Cat Ba coastal town.
  • Afterwards boat back to the cruise
  • You can enjoy more kayaking or swimming from the Cruise.
  • 20:00 Enjoy Dinner and overnight on boat. You may try fishing the local way at night too.
  • Overnight on board.
Day 3: Lan Ha Bay - Viet Hai Village - Hanoi
Lan Ha Bay - Viet Hai Village - Hanoi

Today you will cycle in the countryside of Cat Ba Island

  • 07:00 Light breakfast
  • 07:30 Tender boat to Cat Ba Island, Viet Hai dock for a bicycle trip to Viet Hai village.
  • Ride a bike for 30 minutes on the shadowed paths, enjoying the landscape on the way to the village located in a beautiful valley of the National Park of Cat Ba. Visit a local house to get to know about the local people as well as their daily life of work or visit the island school.
  • 09:00 Return to the cruise. Take the time to relaxe onboard or go swimming.
  • 10:30 Check out and start cruising on another route throughout thousands of limestone islands and islets, also enjoy a delicious lunch.
  • 12:00 Arrive back at Gia Luan dock.
  • 12:00 – 12:30 Disembark UniCharm Cruise for another drive on the free-way AH5B back to Hanoi.
  • Estimated arrival time in Hanoi at 16:00 – 16:30 – end the trip at your hotel

Meet your guide

UniCharm Cruise

With more than 20 years experience in organizing trips to Halong Bay, but still in the crowd of 500 cruises, the team realized that they need to get off the classic Halong route. Travellers who go with UniCharm will be introduced to a different area of Halong Bay with far less boat traffic. Their new sailing route ill be satisfying for travellers with a passion for discovery.
2 years experience
Fluent English

What others are saying

5.0 out of 43 helpful reviews
Marty N
11 Feb 2020 on TripAdvisor
Amazing Experience! Uni charm exceeded my expectations! Amazing boat and staff with a beautiful room overlooking the water. Activities were really fun (kayaking, bike ride and hiking). The meals provided were delicious and we certainly made the most of the happy hour! Thanks so much to our guide Hieu! Super fun and knowledgeable guy who made the whole experience extra special. Would definitely recommend UniCharm! :)
09 Feb 2020 on TripAdvisor
Fantastic, do it! Excellent, well-organized company, had a great time. Clean boat with all amenities you need. Do the 3 day/2 night otherwise the trip is too quick as it's quite a bit of travel time to get to and from Ha Long Bay. Very happy. Our guide Hugh was very personable and a fantastic guide, excellent English. Kayak on day 1, hike in forest on day 2, bike ride on day 3. Would strongly recommend this trip.
Sue M
08 Feb 2020 on TripAdvisor
We were a group of 7. Booking and communication was excellent. We were picked up promptly from our hotel. The trip didn't seem too long as it is broken up by a quick coffee stop, a ferry crossing and a beautiful drive on Cat Ba Island. The coach was full, so around 24 people on the boat which I think is pretty much the maximum. But at no point did it feel crowded. Quite the opposite, there was so much space in the bar, restaurant and sun deck, so it felt quite peaceful and exclusive. We opted for the one night stay and enjoyed all the activities. The cabins were lovely, and it was great to wake up to the views in the bay. The food was all good and the drinks and cocktail selection was great. Quang was our guide, he was fun and engaging and he looked after us really well. I was so pleased that we picked Unicharm. Leaving from Cat Ba Island meant avoiding all the chaos. Also I saw no pollution in the area we were sailing in. The weather wasn't too good for us, quite cold and dull, but nothing could take away the beauty of this place. I would not hesitate in recommending Unicharm to anyone going to Halong Bay.
07 Feb 2020 on TripAdvisor
Our Unicharm cruise experience was amazing. We stayed overnight on the boat and were impressed with every aspect of the cruise. Firstly, our tour guide Hai was so helpful and accommodating and educated us on everything there was to know about Cat Ba and Halong Bay. The boat itself was impressive, with good food and great rooms. The activities of kayaking, bike riding and cooking were lists of fun. Would 100% recommend this Unicharm if you are looking to do a cruise in Halong Bay as they take you to the less occupied and quieter area of Cat Ba Bay which allows for an authentic and enjoyable experience.
Vanity Goldmaedchen
01 Feb 2020 on TripAdvisor
Amazing 24 hours. Absolutely worth the money. A friend told us to go with unicharm cruise and we would recommend it to anyone as well. Pumpkin, our tour guide, was lovely, he spoke perfect English, had good Information and even helped us to plan our next day at cat ba (taxi, restaurant,...) When kayaking he sang a traditional Vietnamese song for us which was emotional. Bike tour (very slow-paced) was worth getting up, you don't need to be sporty to manage it;) Also the crew on the boat was very lovely and service was perfect. The room was great with an amazing view and the bed was very very comfortable. Boat was very new, so was the interior of the room (nothing broke or ruined). If the sun is out you should relax at the rooftop and enjoy the view. Food was yummy, little cooking lesson was ok.

UniCharm Cruise Policies

Child Pricing
Infants (age 0 - 4) will not be charged. Children (age 5 - 9) will pay a discounted price
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Strict Cancellation Policy
As UniCharm Cruise 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.

Other Things to Know

Packing list for the trip
Change of clothes
Dry bag
Passport (required for check-in)
Slippers/ sandals
Wind jacket, outerwear (for the evening)

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