Trekking Cat Ba National Park and Kayaking Lan Ha Bay, Ha Long Bay

Routing: Hanoi - Hai Phong - Cat Ba - Ha Long - Hanoi

Trip Duration:

4 days 3 nights


SightSeeing, Kayaking, Trekking, Nature Explore, Moutain Climbing, Homestay,

Physical Grading:

This tour offers you true meaning of adventure. Starting with hydrofoil trip to Cat Ba Island, we have some time to enjoy the quiet town with beautiful beaches, fine sea food and beer. The next day is a big challenge since we 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. After the trek we camp on a quiet beach to round up an adventure day. The next day is great paddling time, as you will paddle our unique route to explore Lan Ha Bay and continue to Halong Bay where we will spend the last night on a deluxe overnight junk. This tour offers flexibility in activity levels while still combining the best of sea kayaking. It is a good tour for both novice and experienced kayaker alike with a little more time to spare.

Tour Highlights
  • Amazing limestone formations of Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay
  • Inclusive junk for overnight
  • Camping on deserted beach 
  • Great trek in jungle

Day by Day Program:

Day 1: Transfer to Hai Phong – Hydrofoil to Cat Ba
Day 2: Trek jungle 
Day 3: Kayaking Halong Bay – Overnight on junk
Day 4: Cruise and back to Hanoi


(Valid until Dec 2016)
1 person: US$ 885
2 persons: US$ 530 
3-4 persons: US$ 440
5-6 persons: US$ 365
Single Supplement : US$ 160

Services and Activities included:

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

Tour Exclusions:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa process and stamp
  • Tips and gratitude
  • Personal expense
  • Personal trekking gear protections
  • Other not mentioned
Note: we use private support boat when kayaking to explore hidden and less touristy corners of Halong Bay. That makes our itinerary different from those organized by other operators who just use massive kayaking packages offered by the overnight junks.  Our trips are for true and different kayaking experience in Halong Bay.


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    Day 1: Hanoi – Hai Phong – Hydrofoil to Cat Ba

    Vietnam adventure guide collects you at 5.30 am from your hotel for harbor city, Hai Phong. We depart early today to catch up with the very first hydrofoil schedule at 09.00AM from the harbor. The drive from Hanoi to Hai Phong costs you about 2.5 hours. We arrive in the city and have some spare time for breakfast then take 1-hour hydrofoil to Cat Ba Island.
    Cat Ba is the largest island of Halong bay so it is automatically the biggest one over the whole north Vietnam. The island bears on it a dense jungle and several small but clean, lovely beaches. We will check them all from today then two next days. Upon arrival, we check in hotel and head out straight to clean lovely beach. Overnight on Cat Ba Island.
    Activities:   Free at leisure
    Transportation: 2.5 hours drive and 40 minutes hydrofoil
    Meals:    Breakfast
    Accommodation:  Hotel on Cat Ba Island

    Day 2: Trekking Cat Ba National Park – Viet Hai village ~ 5hrs trekking

    Breakfast in the hotel before taking a beautiful bus ride along the coast to reach to the edge of Cat Ba National Park. Start our Cat Ba trekking trip from here, our guide will follow you all the time of hiking for guiding and maximizing your experience with his guidance from what is suitable speed, ascending and descending hills but dont hurt your muscle to a small tiny technique such as lacing your shoes. That feature classifies us always outstanding from other operators and makes your tour real trekking experience.

    We are going to have a long trek across dense jungle of Cat Ba island to reach the peaceful village of Viet Hai, with a short break at Frog Lake. Have lunch in a local house at Viet Hai village - the most beautiful village in Cat Ba before keep hiking to our bungalows facing to Lan Ha bay where we stay overnight. You can spend the rest of the day for relaxing to get energy back for our kayaking adventures tomorrow. Dinner and overnight at Cat Ba island.
    Trekking:   5 hrs - Moderate grade 
    Transportation: Bus, Boat
    Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation:  Bungalows in Viet Hai

    Day 3: Kayaking Lan Ha of Halong Bay Full day ~ 5-6hrs kayaking

    We suggest you should take a biking trip to get from Viet Hai to the quay because of its beautiful biking paths. End up our trek to Cat ba island here and change to a new but must done challenge - Halong bay kayaking.
    You are provided with professional, sit-in kayaks, paddles, life vests and dry bags. Our guide will help you with some warming-up exercises. We get on the support boat and transfer to Lan Ha bay where we start Halong kayaks to reach to Ba Chai Dao Beaches. Lunch on the support boat which follows you all kayaking time. Our Support boat is to help us get deeply into remote and untouched parts of the bay. That is the way we get our tours into true adventure level. 
    In the afternoon continue paddling to Dark Cave. If tide permitting, we explore this amazing cave of Halong bay by kayak. The cave is a 200m long, dark tunnel thrusting through a limestone mountain, opening to a secluded and beautiful lagoon. After the exploration, take kayak to Halong Bay where our mother cruise anchors. Dinner and overnight on the junk.
    Kayaking:   5-6 hr – Moderate grade 
    Transportation: Boat, Kayak
    Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation:  Twin shared, AC cabin 

    Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi

    Breakfast on the junk after a nice Tai Chi on the sundeck for taking deep breaths of pure morning over the bay. 
    Check out and clear bill while the cruise is navigating through amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay to get back the dock. Lunch on the junk before being collected by our driver to back to Hanoi. This Vietnam tour with Cat Ba island and Halong bay ends upon hotel arrival
    Contact for extending your tours in Vietnam with ActiveTravel Asia or connecting to tours in Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.
    Transfer Halong – Hanoi:  3.5 hrs 
    Transportation:  AC vehicle, Junk
    Activity:    Sightseeing
    Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch

    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.
    Group size Price guide (USD/person)
    • Kayaks mostly sit-in, hard cell, double by 
    • WINNER: manufactured in China with specs as follows:
      • Length: 5.11mtrs; Width: 0.68mtrs; 
      • Height: 0.35mtrsNet Weight: 36.5kgs
      • Max weight capacity: 210kgs
      • Cockpit inside: 85×40×34cm
      • 2 Paddles
      • Bow & stern rubber hatch covers made by EPDM rubber
      • Bow & stern carry handles  
      • Deck rigging & Perimeter lines
      • Mesh bag
      • Rudder with adjustable footrest steering system
      • Soft cushion
      • Backrest
      • Special for customer exceeding 200kg, we suggest you should take Sit on top, single kayak
    • Dry bags for your electronic items
    • Lifevest manufactured in Vietnam
    • ATA first-aid kit: Available on any ATA trip 

    Waterproof covers for your electronic items
    Several long pants and short
    Long sleeve and short sleeve T-shirts
    Light jackets (for winter usage)
    Personal torch
    Flip flops/string-back sandals
    Anti-insect repellent 
    Sun block or sun cream to protect your skin (SPF 25++ up)
    Rain coat
    Original passport to check in overnight boat
    Camera - optional
    Travel insurance
    Visa process and stamp
    Tips and gratitude
    Personal expenses
    Personal kayaking protection
    All meals, which are indicated in the itinerary, are included in the price of this trip. Since we are in the sea our meals are mainly dominated by fresh seafood. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirement.

    Hotel on Cat Ba Island
    On Cat Ba Island we use the best 3-star hotel.

    The junk  
    The beautiful Chinese junk functions as a hotel and we would share it with other travelers. We will get twin shared cabin with AC and restroom. 
    The next day when we go kayaking a smaller wooden boat will support us the whole day. 

    Our tour guide
    The tour will be guided by one of our tour guides who are experienced in guiding kayaking tours in Halong Bay. He has been carefully trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding by the government. In addition, he has been trained in first-aid by SOS International and he knows how to deal with difficult situations. You will have a great time traveling with him.

    The kayak
    On this trip we use mainly hard-cell, single kayak. However, due to the limit number of the single kayak, the double kayak can be used as alternative. Paddle, life-jacket and dry bag are available.            

    The kayaking day
    A typical kayaking day starts at about 8.00 am after breakfast. Lunch will be served on support boat. At the end of a kayaking day, we would return to the junk by 5 pm or 5.30 pm.

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