Cat Ba and Lan Ha Bay Cruise

(Hanoi – Hai Phong – Lan Ha Bay – Cat Ba island - Hanoi)


Lan Ha Bay is Halong Bay’s sister seascape; an extension of the otherworldly natural masterpiece of jungle-topped mountains and waterway networks. The difference is Lan Ha Bay sees only a fraction of the visitors of its world-famous relative while still matching its aesthetic grandeur. On this cruise you’ll hike through Cat Ba National Park, swim and kayak through the bay, and join a rowboat to explore the deepest depths of the water caves.


Day 1: Hanoi to Lan Ha Bay and Cat Bat island

Jump in the lounge chair limousine and head to Hai Phong, just over an hour from Hanoi and significantly closer than Halong Bay. Welcome aboard! Check in to your cabin and get accustomed with your cruise ship. Tuck into an onboard lunch then disembark on Cat Ba, the bay’s largest island and national park. Explore an island cave before hiking a portion of the park to understand more about the flora and fauna of the area. Enjoy a swim and a kayak in the bay and then dinner and overnight on the cruise ship. Not ready for bed? Enjoy some late-night squid fishing to see what’s biting in the watery depths of the bay.

Day 2: Hai Phong to Hanoi

Wake up in the bay, setting your alarm a little earlier than normal if you want to enjoy an onboard sunrise. Board the tender and explore a local fishing village before coming back to the cruise ship for breakfast. Then take to a bamboo row boat and head to the Dark & Bright Cave, one of Halong Bay’s most atmospheric water caves. Look out for monkeys on the jungled shores, sometimes visible in the gaps between the trees. Head back to the cruise ship before slowly cruising back to Hai Phong. Disembark and head back to Hanoi – you’ll arrive by the early evening.


  • Kind of trip: Joining tour
  • Departure from: 09:00am to 09:30am from your hotel in Hanoi
  • Finish at 14:30 – 15:00 at your hotel in Hanoi
  • Duration: 2 Day/1 Night
  • Activities: Cruising, kayaking, walking, swimming
  • What to bring: A backpack for overnight ; Hat; sun cream; ; sun glasses; shorts & T-shirt for hot season and light windbreaker jacket for cold season


  • Professional English and Vietnamese speaking tour guide on board
  • 2-way shuttle bus from Hai Phong to Hanoi and vice versa
  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner (Day 1), Breakfast & Brunch (Day 2)
  • Shared twin cabin (single supplement on request with additional charge)
  • Entrance fee to the cave, Cat Ba island and Lan Ha bay
  • Double shared kayak


  • Travel insurance
  • Other services not indicated as inclusive