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1 Day Cruise (4-Star) | Lan Ha Bay **Visit Historic War Cave on Cat Ba

By Arcady Cruise

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You would like to take a day trip that will give you a chance to see Hospital Cave on Cat Ba Island as well as learn how to make spring rolls!


1 day
Group trip (30 travellers per group)
Sail away on Arcady's rustic boat to the quieter part of the Gulf of Tonkin - Lan Ha Bay. In addition to enjoying some peaceful kayaking and a spring roll making class, this trip will give you a brief insight into local and international history as you visit Hospital Cave on Cat Ba Island, a bomb-safe shelter used by the Viet Cong during the war.

Trip Highlights

Explore Caves
Bamboo Boating
Vietnamese Cooking Class
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What's included

US$ 65 1,510,897 VND per person
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • WiFi on board
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Kayaking
  • Round trip shuttle bus transfer from Hanoi Old quarter via expressway
  • Alcohol and other beverages
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Hotel in Old Quarter area
Hotel in Old Quarter area


Trips available daily
Feb 26
Feb 27
Feb 28
Feb 29
Mar 01
Mar 02
Bookings should be made at least 3 days 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: Hanoi - Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi
Hanoi - Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi

Today you will explore hospital caves and explore Lan Ha Bay by kayak.

  • 7h15 - 7h45 You will be picked up at the hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter and then travel to Got ferry station.
  • 9h30 Welcome aboard Arcady Cruise, refresh with a welcome drink. Start the journey into the Bay.
  • 11h30 Visit Hospital Cave: Arrive to Cat Ba Island and head out to Hospital cave. Explore the cave is known as a secret bomb-proof hospital and safe house for the VC leaders was built inside a cave, high up on one of the many limestone karsts which dominate the island.
  • 12h30 Lunch Time: Pick up by bus, return Arcady Cruise. Enjoy the typical local Lunch will be served with fresh seafood and Vietnamese cuisines while leisurely cruising to the faraway islands of Ha Long Bay.
  • 13h30 Kayaking: Arrive at Ong Cam area, situated on the border of Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay - south side of Hạ Long Bay, this is the best choice for kayaking, photoshoots, with all four sides enclosed by vertical cliffs.
  • 14h30 Swimming: The boat depart for swimming. Take this time to jump off the boat and enjoy swimming in the crystal water.
  • 15h30 Tea Break On Sundeck: Enjoy tea break with cookies, tropical fruits, tea, and coffee, while the boat cruising through hundreds of islands in Lan Ha Bay
  • 16h30 Cooking Demonstration: Join a cooking class and make Nems by yourself, then enjoy the achievement that you made (Nem is The Vietnamese fresh spring roll)
  • 17h00 Transfer back to Hanoi: Disembark in Got pier, get back to the bus for transfer to Ha Noi.
  • 19h00 - 19h30 Drop-Off Time to hotel in Old Quarter Hanoi.

Meet your guide

Arcady Cruise

Arcady Cruise is dedicated to providing the best quality one day Lan Ha Bay trip. Arcady Cruise constantly strives to improve the quality of its service and bring absolute satisfaction to customers and partners.
2 years experience
Fluent English

What others are saying

4.9 out of 45 helpful reviews
CarlisleLori, Canada
09 Feb 2020 on TripAdvisor
We enjoyed our day out with Arcady Cruise. it seems that all the boats do a very similar tour and the only difference would be the standard of the boat and meal. This was fine for our budget as we didn't require luxury and were more interested in the views than what was on the boat. Our guide was good and handled everything with ease. I would use this company again.
16 Jan 2020 on TripAdvisor
We spent Christmas day on Ha Long Bay with Arcady Cruise and had a great time. I would highly recommend the express transport option offered by Arcady Cruise (having also done the National route), it doubled the time spent on Ha Long Bay and made the day a lot more comfortable. The cruise on the bay was fantastic, the boat was very well kept and organised. Our tour guide, Hiep, was brilliant, one of the best I've experienced. Hiep was full of enthusiasm and ensured the day ran smoothly from start to finish. Hiep's knowledge of the local area along with Vietnamese and regional history was fantastic and his highly proficient english language skills made it all very easy to take in. The team at Arcady Cruise were able to cater to everyone's dietary requirements without issue while still ensuring everyone was well fed. We had the opportunity to kayak, bamboo boat and swim in Ha Long Bay, as well as visiting a formerly secret arm hospital cave, located on an island in the bay. Hiep also hosting a delicious cooking class onboard the boat. Overall, I would very highly recommend Arcady Cruise on Ha Long Bay to any tourist looking to have a relaxing, picturesque and interesting day in Vietnam! Thanks Hiep and your team! :)
07 Jan 2020 on TripAdvisor
We were a family of 7 on this group day cruise. Pick up was prompt. We had a stop along the way at a very modern rest stop area (for restroom, food, stretch). The stop at Hospital Cave was extremely eye-opening. Ha Long Bay in December had mist, which made if more magical. We canoed and had a swimming stop. The water was clean. The water was a little cold for Texans, but that did not stop people from jumping in to swim. Some of the young people on the ship started an impromptu dance party, and the staff was very accommodating by providing them with music from a sound system. The scenery is absolutely stunning. I highly recommend a day cruise as a perfect balance of tour experience and budget, and I highly recommend Arcady's itinerary.
RossOntario, Canada
30 Dec 2019 on TripAdvisor
I was looking for tour that would take us to an area that has less tourists. The hotel staff recommended Lan Ha Bay by Arcady Cruise. We had a small group of 20. Our guide Kong picked us up on time. The coach ride to the cruise was not that long while Kong telling history and culture of Vietnam. We boarded a fairly new and clean cruise boat. We were served welcome drinks. I was surprised that the food was plentiful and delicious. There were even oysters. The scenery enroute to Lan Ha Bay was surreal and tranquil. There weren't too many other cruise boats. And actually, there were no other boat where we stopped for swimming. We had a good time kayaking. We were the only group there. After all the physical activities, they taught us how to make summer roll( Vietnamese spring rolls) to fed our hungry tummy. At the end of the tour ,they took us to visit the Hospital cave. It was a chilling reminders of the war time. We thoroughly enjoyed the Lan Ha Bay tour with Arcady Cruise.
TT1216, Singapore
25 Dec 2019 on TripAdvisor
Had an awesome day in Halong Bay. The boat looked pretty new, and I enjoyed sitting on the sun loungers at the upper deck to take in the breeze and views. Our guide Cong was knowledgeable about Vietnamese history and funny. Lunch was pretty good too and I enjoyed the oysters. We also had fun making our own spring rolls during the cooking demonstration.

Arcady Cruise Policies

Strict Cancellation Policy
As Arcady 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
Backup batteries and charger
Cash (for purchasing drinks or tips)
Hat (it gets sunny!)
Hiking shoes
Insect repellent
Passport (required for registration on the boat)
Umbrella and/or light rain jacket

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