OFF THE BEATEN TRACK CRUISES IN LAN HA & HALONG BAYS 2 days 1 night
Tour code: SOI007
Highlights of Cruise:
+ Admire the beauty of UNESCO's heritage
+ Enjoy a fantastic view from a summit in Cat Ba Island
+ Overnight on a private deluxe junk in Halong Bay
+ Kayaking & swimming in Lan Ha Bay
+ Visiting a local fish-farms
+ Get an excellent insight into life on water
Pick up and drop off: 245 Cai Beo Street; Cat Ba island, Hai Phong
Day 01 : CAT BA ISLAND - LAN HA BAY - HALONG BAY ( Lunch, Dinner included )
12:00 - Get on your private Vintage Junk at 245 Cai Beo Street, enjoy welcome drink, move around to learn about the boat and check into your cabin before cruising.
12:30 - Pull up the anchor and start your cruise. The junk firstly winds its way by a fishing village toward Lan Ha Bay. Not much different from Halong Bay, featured with hundreds of limestone islands and islets. Lan Ha is smaller but the karst formations gather close together, this makes Lan Ha Bay become the best place for kayaking and swimming activities. The beaches are tiny but there are more than in Halong Bay.
13:30 - Anchor is dropped in the middle of the bay for lunch time. If the weather is nice, your lunch will be served on the top where you are able to enjoy the scenery the best.
14:30 - After the lunch, the crews will help you on the kayaks. You will spend 1hr paddling around to explore some corners of the bay. Get closer to the feet of the islands, explore a natural lake which is surrounded by sheer rock walls which can be accessed by only one tunnel-like cave. Jump off your kayaks for a swim when you wish.
15:30 - Anchor is pulled up for the cruise toward Halong Bay. After a turn where you can view the open sea, you will reach Halong Bay. It gets a bit wider but you could not see a lot of tourist boats as you are still in a remote part of the bay. The junk is gently moving toward the night place.
17:30 - Get back on the top-deck for an interesting cooking demonstration during the sunset. The chef will show you how he makes the Vietnamese popular fried rolls. Of course, after the samples, you will have a go, then enjoy your work right after.
19:00 - Enjoy set-menu dinner and stay overnight on the junk.
Day 02: HALONG BAY - LAN HA BAY - CAT BA ISLAND - HAIPHONG - HANOI (Breakfast, Lunch included)
For early risers: The summer sunrise is about 6:00 AM; Winter sunrise is about 6:30 AM (Ask your captain for better information on the day). Otherwise, you can remain in your cabin untill the breakfast time.
07:15 - The engine is started for the day.
07:45 - Breakfast is served while the junk is cruising back to Lan Ha Bay.
09:30 - Visit a fish-farm & learn the variety of fish grown in the farm. Try your luck with local fishing technique by the farm.
10:30 - Check out of the cabin. Start cruising back toward the wharf while an early lunch is served.
11:45 - Bid farewell to the crews and disembark. Drive back to Hanoi.
15:30 - Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi old quarter. End of service.