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Kayaking Halong Bay & Trekking Cat Ba National Park 5 days

Nothern Vietnam kayaking tour: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Cat Ba National Park - Hai Phong - Hanoi

This Nothern Vietnam kayaking offers a great combination of kayaking and trekking. Kayaking in the wonderland of karst topography with 3,000 limestone islets and trekking through the national park with great view of Halong Bay from mountains’ summits. We will paddle amongst islets, visit hidden caves, lagoons, unspoiled beaches, floating fishing village and talk with local fish-man. On Cat Ba Island we will trek through jungle and have a chance to see the panorama of Halong Bay from one of the mountain summits we would conquer during the trek. Before heading back to Hanoi via Hai Phong we would have a half day to relax on the beach of Cat Ba.

Day 1: Cruise Halong Bay

Leave Hanoi for Halong Bay at 8.30am. On the way we will have a short break for refreshment at a handicraft centre. Upon arrival in Halong City we board a junk for a fine seafood lunch and a short cruise to Sung Sot Cave. After a short exploration of the cave we enjoy a beautiful cruise through an amazing area of limestone islets. We will pass a floating village to reach a beautiful cove where we anchor for the night. Dinner and overnight on the junk.

Summary:

  • Transfer Hanoi – Halong:  3.5 hrs
  • Transportation:   AC vehicle, Boat, Kayak
  • Activities:    Cruising
  • Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:   Twin shared cabin

Day 2: Kayaking Halong Bay

After breakfast we kayak to Luon Cave and Trong Cave, the exploration of these cave takes us the morning. After lunch on the support boat we paddle to Van Chai Floating village, the biggest comunity of fishmen in Halong Bay. Wre will visit to the village school and local family before we continue paddling to Dark Cave. Tide permitting, we explore this amazing cave by kayak. The cave is a 200m long, dark tunnel thrusting through a limestone mountain. The tunnel is the only entry to a secluded and beautiful lagoon. Lunch on support boat in front of the cave. Cruise back to mother boat for dinner and overnight.

Summary:

  • Kayaking:   5 hr - moderate grade
  • Transportation: Boat, Kayak
  • Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:  Twin shared cabin

Day 3: Kayaking and transfer to Cat Ba Island

Breakfast on boat. Transferred by support boat to Ho Ba Ham, a deep grotto with three inland "lakes". The grotto is accessible only at low tide by kayak. There are beautiful beaches around, where we could stop for swimming. Lunch in Ho Ba Ham area. In the afternoon if time and weather permits we can paddle in Lan Ha Bay and paddle to Cat Ba Island. Bus transfer from Cat Ba Dock to hotel. Check in hotel and free at leisure. Overnight on Cat Ba Island.

Summary:

  • Kayaking:   5 - 6 hrs - moderate grade
  • Transportation: Boat, Kayak, Bus
  • Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation:  Hotel on Cat Ba Island (harbour view)

Day 4: Trek Cat Ba National Park

Breakfast in the hotel before taking a beautiful drive to Cat Ba National Park. Trek thru the park (4 hrs) to Viet Hai Village where you have lunch in a local house. After lunch you walk to the dock and transferred by boat back to Cat Ba town around 5 pm. Overnight on Cat Ba Island.

Summary:

  • Transfer Hotel – National Park:  30 mins
  • Trek:     4 hrs – moderate grade
  • Meals:      Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation:    Hotel on Cat Ba Island (harbour view)

Day 5: Cat Ba Island – Hai Phong City – Hanoi

Breakfast in the morning and free at leisure. In the afternoon, we take hydrofoil to Hai Phong City. We meet our bus in Hai Phong and transfer back to Hanoi. Trip completes.

Summary:

  • Hydrofoil to Hai Phong:  45 mins
  • Transfer Hai Phong – Hanoi: 2 hrs
  • Meals:     Breakfast

Tour Cost 

Private Tours

Class/Group size

Price per pax (adult) in US Dollars

2 pax

3-4 pax

5-7 pax

8-10 pax

11-14 pax

Single Sup

Deluxe

669

599

539

479

429

25%

  • 25% surcharges applies for Christmas, New Year and Tet Holidays 

Tour cost includes: 

  • AC vehicle
  • Twin shared cabin on junk
  • Twin shared hotel room on Cat Ba Island
  • Private support boat as paddling
  • Sit-in kayak (single or double kayak depending on availability)
  • Dry bag
  • Hydrofoil to Hai Phong
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • First-aid kit
  • Water & Snacks
  • Entrance and sightseeing fee

Tour cost excludes: 

  • Travel insurance
  • Vietnam Visa
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses 

Note on client safety: 

We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.