We arranged both our transfer from Hanoi to Cat Ba and back, as well as a one day tour of Lan Ha Bay. The logistics for the transfers were perfect, and the one day tour of Lan Ha Bay was magical. Our boat was quite small, with a maximum of 12, and only 7 people the day we booked. This makes it much nicer than mass tourism in Ha Long Bay. We enjoyed visiting the floating villages and crawling/swimming to the "secret" beach, the kayaking with great equipment was superb, the surroundings gorgeous and totally uncrowded, and the lunch was ridiculously good, including oysters!! Our guide was super interesting and spoke very good English. Overall a great choice, absolutely recommend!! And by the way, when you arrive at the office in Cat Ba for departure or when you return, they have great coffee!
I chose an 8 hour boat trip with some kayaking around Lan Ha Bay. I had a wonderful day!
If you don't enjoy huge groups of tourists or tours with guides giving you the same robot-like information about surroundings, this is perfect tour for you! Our guide (whose name I forgot to ask) was really knowing about the history and geography of surroundings of Cat Ba. He told interesting stories about daily life of fishermen living on floating villages and mixed it up with cool facts of nearby islands and so on. I loved his passion in the stpries he told and he clearly enjoyed doing his job. And all this was done for a tiny group of people (me + one elder couple).
On the boat we enjoyed an amazing lunch prepared by our boat captain. It was nothing short of restaurant quality dinner! We must have had atleast 6-7 different dishes and each of them were more delicious than the last one. Before the trip they asked about allergies and food preferences so they truly care about their customers.
All in all, I had a wonderful, memorable day that I will definitely recommend for other tourists too, whether you are travelling solo like me, or with a bigger group or with your family. Truly a must-do trip if you are visiting Cat Ba!
We went on a boat sightseeing and kayak tour throug floating villages. It was very well planned, and the kayaking was beautifull throug tunnels to quiet lagunes, endong up with a delicius lunch on the boat.
I can warmly recomend a daytrip with ninh outgoing from Ecolodge/ Cat Ba island.
We did the 2day/1night cruise on Lan Ha Bay which was so amazing. We ended up having the 3 cabin boat to ourselves which we loved. The boat was clean and rooms were bigger than expected! There is a great deck where you can lay out on and enjoy the incredible views. The bay is MUCH less crowded than Ha Long Bay. The food was INCREDIBLE. We had an amazing variety of food each meal and felt stuffed afterwards each time.Our guide was really nice and helpful while taking us out kayaking where we were lucky enough to see monkeys. Definitely worth the money!
Travelled with Kien a few years ago and it was an amazing experience. He knows all the best places and can show you the real Vietnam. Well organized, flexible, fun to be with, professional. We never worried about a thing and had the best trip ever.