3 days Real Lan Ha Experience starts from $ 295 | $ 98 per day
Promotion till 31st July 2020 - 265 $USD/per person
all incl. + transfers + join-in tour + cruise + kayaking + meals + biking + non-touristic route
This is a unique tour for 3 days on our secret route!!
Friends Travel Vietnam - organized this unique cruises experience nobody else will do of cruising around all Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay on a unique non-touristic route.
Unique experiences for the unique adventure
We will pick you up from Hanoi for drive to Hai Phong, all the way to Cat Ba Island, for 3 days & 2 nights explore the fascinating and breathtaking peaceful view on this unique location, start cruising through the karst islands on a non-touristic route and enjoy our special feast of Vietnamese Cuisine.
Escape the throngs of tourists that Halong Bay has become infamous for with this exclusive cruise!
Lan Ha bay is the best kept secret of the Cat Ba region, and our luxury junk is the perfect way to explore this hidden gem. You get all of the sights of Halong Bay, with none of the hassle! With our Sapphire or Maya Cruise we are able to provide our guests with breathtaking sights, authentic Vietnamese experiences and exceptional accommodation, all without breaking the bank. We pride ourselves on the fact that this cruise is perfectly suited to all types of travellers - Whether you are young or old, travelling alone or with friends, this cruise will have something for you!
Join us as you trade in the hustle and bustle of Hai Phong harbour for the comfort and serenity of our lovely on board accommodations. We set sail for Lan Ha bay, taking in the jaw-dropping sights, as hundreds of karst limestone islands pass by. Admire the view from our pristine sundeck or enjoy it from the comfort of our bar - the choice is yours. Later, you can enjoy the enviable sight of Lan Ha Bay at night from your table in our restaurant or with a cocktail in hand. Then retire to your room with private balcony for a good night’s rest, before waking to a Tai Chi sunrise session on our sundeck. Explore all that this magical landscape has to offer with amazing activities, including kayaking, swimming in these pristine waters and exploring the captivating Dark & Bright cave!
The experience on the cruise is not one easily eclipsed, but that’s exactly what we strive to do as we disembark at Viet Hai Village. In this remote village you’ll be able to experience the Real Cat Ba without having to sacrifice your own comfort. This self sustaining community is perfect for the conscientious traveller, employing various eco friendly and green solutions.
Experience the warmth and hospitality of Vietnamese culture first hand as you are welcomed to our exclusive bungalow homestay! Here you’ll be able to explore the rural vietnamese lifestyle; walk through paddy fields being ploughed by farmers with buffaloes, explore the surrounding indigenous forest for a short hike to one of the amazing view points of Cat Ba where nobody comes, or relax next to the pond while reading a book. The traditional vietnamese breakfast, lunch, and dinner served at the homestay has been a highlight of many a traveller. Including a tour to a close by cave and going kayaking at night - an experience we really recommend because of the chance of encountering luminescent plankton lighting up the small coves and bays... Truly a once in a lifetime experience!
Finally, it’s time to say goodby as a speedboat comes pick you up and takes you to Cat Ba Town. What more fitting way to end a memorable experience than to speed by the tranquil floating fishing villages surrounding Cat Ba harbour? Then it’s onto Cat Ba island proper, as we say goodbye to this enchanting island.
But don’t fear, your journey needs not end here!
From Cat Ba you can arrange transport and tours to anywhere that your heart desires! From the chaotically beautiful streets of Hanoi, to the serene pastures of Ninh Binh, also known as “Halong Bay On Land”, or mesmerizing mountains of Sa Pa and Hai Giang, with Friends Travel Vietnam the possibilities are limitless!
Friends Travel Vietnam’s - premium selected budget cruise trips combine the meaningful small-group travel experiences we’ve made famous with a little more polish. Start cruising and enjoy the romantic waves of Lan Ha Bay with 3D2N option : 1 night on cruise & 1night homestay at Viet Hai Village.
Explore & overnight in your own private cozy luxury cabin with a fascinating and breathtaking peaceful view on this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded with thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and sizes.
We know our stuff over the years and we don’t mince our words.
And if a cruise in Halong Bay isn’t up to scratch you won’t find it on our selections list, you're just going to have to join us & enjoy!
Are you ready for a unique & unforgettable experience and memories you will treasure forever?
|Option to depart directly after your trip from Cat Ba:
- Directly to Ninh Binh (Tam Coc) by bus and ferry. Arriving time time Tam Coc +/- 6pm now only +18$USD/p.
- Back to Hanoi by bus and ferry. Arriving time time Hanoi +/- 4pm now only +15$USD/p.
- Promotion price until 1st Jan 2020 : 265$USD/person
Single traveller: 380$USD/person
|Group||Cabin setup||Price for||Price per pax|
|- From 2 people||Private room on cruise + private room at homestay (Double/ Twin/ Triple )||1 pax||295 $USD|
|- Single Traveller||Single room||1 pax||380 $USD|
* As we would like to surprise you about our quality & services all our tour prices are included as mentioned in our itinerary. Our pricing is only applicable as individual or group bookings as mentioned in our price table, in general, you only need some pocket money for your personal expenses as for your drinks.
FRIENDS TRAVEL VIETNAM’S LOUNGE WAITING AREA & SERVICES
As special privilege for our clients Friends Travel Vietnam has his own private Lounge waiting area at our Office in Hanoi, just for your convenience to relax or to get refreshed.
Free services: Breakfast service, drinks, shower service, internet, computer & print service, lounge coaches/beds, secure lugage storage room, Hanoi City map, trekking shoes & gear
Extra Services: Laundry service.
AIRPORT PICK UP & DROP OFF SERVICE
Friends Travel Vietnam offers wide range of transportation services for all over Vietnam especially car rental service with private driver & Airport Transfer Services.
We specially take care from your moment of arrival until leaving. We pay attention to detail & understand your expectation. We do not simply provide transportation services, we aim to be your travelling companion.
More info or book directly airport transportation click here...
IMPORTANT TO KNOW ABOUT HALONG BAY BEFORE YOU BOOK WITH US
Please note that Friends Travel Vietnam, tries at all time to give an accurate illustration of the proposed itinerary for 3 days & 2 night on Lan Ha Bay. This is our strenght to be open and honest and to be clear in information to our clients with our reputation during the time we operate, you are traveling to most popular touristic destination in Vietnam. Our intensions are not to create over expectation of your trip, that’s why we would like to share joining a trip like this give you a great experience and a caught a glimpse of breathtaking Halong Bay.
But we would like to highlight that Halong Bay will be popular touristic destination as doing the activities and visiting the caves or islands during day 1 and 2, if your schedule allow we advise you to join the option for 3 days & 1 nights on Halong Bay this all for a more better holiday experience, where on the 2nd day you will discover Halong Bay on a non-less-touristic way on a smaller cruise cruising around, to incorporate experience from past travellers' comments and our own research. We just want you in the right mindset before booking & visiting breathtaking Halong Bay.
CANCELATION POLICY FOR HALONG BAY CRUISE BOOKINGS
- More than 30 days prior to check-in: free of charge
- From 30 to 7 days prior to check-in: 25% of total rates
- From 6 to 3 days prior to check in: 50% of total rates.
- Less than 3 days prior to check-in: 100% of total rates.
- No-Show: 100% of total rates.
Cancellation notice must be send to us via email. Refunds will be processed in between 48 hours or directly at our office during openings hours.
CANCELLATION DECISION MADE BY MANAGEMENT BOARD OF HALONG BAY
When cancellation decision are made by Management Board of Halong Bay on the day of the trip in case of bad weather conditions or other safety matters. In such case, we will make alternative travel arrangement for you on request or offer refund in accordance with the cruise policy on the non joined services following your itinerary. Refunds will be processed directly at our office during openings hours.
This information has been compiled with care and good faith. They give an accurate illustration of the proposed arrangements for this holiday. Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research.
The information given in your itinerary may be slightly different on the day of your departure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Itinerary & Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans, we always handover before your departure our latest updated itinerary. If you have any queries, please contact us directly we are here to help you!
While we operate successful different options for our “Halong Bay Cruise” trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries. Circumstances beyond our control such as changes in local conditions, inclement weather to timetables and transport routes or other reasons could force us to make changes to this itinerary. Any costs shown are subject to change, though are an accurate reflection of costs at time of writing.
This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Please also note that visa requirements are subject to change and are the responsibility of the traveller and not that of Friends Travel Vietnam.
To secure your booking, you have settled your down-payment with us. The balance due is payable upon your arrival in Hanoi at Friends Travel Vietnam office at 62 Hang Buom street, on the day before your scheduled departure. It’s possible to settle by cash or credit card (settle by card there might be an applicable transaction fee).
Be aware that our prices are not inclusive of transfer fees levied by your bank and oversea bank - please ask your bank to transfer the sum prior deduction or any shortfall.
The booking is only confirmed when full payment is completed on at least a day before your departure or if agreed others by email. We reserve the right to release part or full booking if the full payment is not completed as deadline. Payment in Vietnam Dong is to be made equivalent to the amount in United States Dollars at the official exchange rate of the VietcomBank at the time of your booking.
We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field.
The information below on your itinerary and details are intended to assist you as you consider your travel options for Vietnam with Friends Travel Vietnam. In addition to the detailed itinerary each tour has been supported with some useful information to provide you with an overview of your accommodation & meals, all things as money, passports, visas, vaccinations, insurance, clothing, personal equipment and much more to help you with your travel preparations.
DAY 1: HANOI - HAI PHONG – LAN HA BAY - HALONG BAY (Lunch/ Dinner)
09:00 – 09:30
Our air-conditioned transfer vehicle will collect you from our office / your hotel in Hanoi and convey you to Hai Phong at approximately 11.30 AM.
You will be taken by our support vessel and travel from the wharf via the bay to our luxurious craft, Sapphire Cruise. You will be welcomed aboard and greeted with a complimentary drink. Our friendly and professional crew will conduct a compulsory safety procedure session and then you are free to check in your cabin and freshen up. We encourage you to explore our luxuriously-appointed ship then watch the magical landscape cruise past.
A special lunch of fresh seafood and an assortment of appetizing delicacy will be served. You will be enchanted when decadently dining on our luxury junk, our lavish interpretation of traditional Vietnamese boat. Imagine savoring and relaxing in such atmosphere! We then set sail for Lan Ha Bay, passing Da Chong islet where you can see an ancient lighthouse built by the French over a century ago.
The final part of the cruise takes us through the Cua Van area to Lan Ha Bay. The 300 or so karst islands and limestone outcrops of Lan Ha are stunning with their pristine, snow-white beaches. You can explore Ba Trai Dao beach via kayak or immerse yourself in the crystal clear waters.
It’s time to return to your lavish liner and cruise to your evening accommodation.
17:30 – 18:30
Happy hour? We offer an extensive drinks list including special offers such as two for one drinks.
You can spoil yourself with a unique dinner in our distinctive restaurant.
20:45 - 12:00
It is now time to relax with an exotic cocktail and drink in the evening landscape. Our bar offers a wide range of wine, beer and liquors and is always a welcome sight for guests after a day sailing on the Bay. You can order an indulgent spa service, watch movies, go squid ﬁshing or simply relax on the roof top deck under a brightly illuminated sky.
DAY 2: DARK & BRIGHT CAVE – TRANSFER TO VIET HAI VILLAGE
The morning is the best time of the day on Lan Ha Bay. You might want to join our daily Tai Chi sessions on the upper deck or relax with an early morning cup of tea, coffee or juice to watch the stunning scenery unfold in front of you.
A light breakfast of pastries, tea and coffee will be served in our restaurant.
Arrange your luggage and get ready for check out before go to visit Dark & Bright Cave.
7:40 - 9:15
The final stage of your trip is to be taken through the mysterious caves and amongst the remote islets via local rowing boats. The breath-taking beauty of this World Heritage region will certainly impress you. Following this, you will journey back to the main ship.
It’s time to say goodbye to the cruise, you will board on our transfer speed boat and head to Viet Hai Village.
Arrive at a local island, where a pretty small village nestles and waits for you to explore. Our host will be waiting at the harbor and the electric cart is ready to bring you to the homestay.
Arrived at our Homestay - check in your room. Free time to explore the area, In the village, you can visit old houses, take pictures of forest trees or see people, buffaloes working on the green fields.
Enjoy lunch at the homestay and Take some rest & relax.
13:30 - 17:00
Our guide will lead you into the forest for hiking & exploring a mysterious cave.
Enjoy dinner at the homestay.
20:00 - 21:30
After dinner, join the kayaking tour to paddle into small areas for nature enjoying- nature feelings and PLANKTON watching. Stay overnight at the homestay.
Day 3: Viet Hai Village - Cat Ba Island (Breakfast/Lunch)
08:00 Breakfast served at homestay, after which you have free time to visit the village to see daily life of the local people (making rice wine, farming..)
10:45 Farewell brunch served at the homestay before taking boat to Beo Pier.
11.20 Leave Viet Hai Village by speed boat.
11.40 Arrived in Beo Pier, Cat Ba Town. Our host will get a taxi for you to go to the drop off point in Cat Ba Town where you can take the connection bus to Hanoi or Ninh Binh.
Bus Options (Not included)
1. Cat Ba - Hanoi | Depart at 12:00 PM - Arrive in Hanoi at 16:00 PM. Drop off in Hanoi Old Quarter Area | 15 $USD per person
2. Cat Ba - Ninh Binh | Depart at 13:00 PM - Arrive in Ninh Binh at 18:00 PM. Drop off in Ninh Binh City or Tam Coc Center | 18 $USD per person
- The tour is daily departure from Friends Travel Vietnam at 62 Hang Buom street in Hanoi.
- It’s Not possible to pay by credit card on the cruise or Island, please pay by cash.
- As special privilege for our clients Friends Travel Vietnam has his own private Lounge waiting area at our Office in Hanoi, just for your convenience to relax or to get refreshed. Free services: Breakfast service, drinks, shower service, internet, computer & print service, lounge coaches/beds, secure lugage storage room, Hanoi City map
- You are not allowed to bring you own BYO drinks, there is drink service on the boat and the island.
- Any BYO drinks can be confiscated and returned upon return to Hanoi.
- There are no mosquito net availble on the the cruise
- Timing and Itinerary are subject to change with or without prior noticed.
- There isn’t a doctor or pharmacy on board.
We departure every day at 9:00AM, you will be required to be at our office 8:45 AM for briefing, not being on time will be seen as not showing up, in that case there will be no refund. We are strict about our departure times.
- If you are not present at that time, we regard it as non-attendance.
- You will be not able to join the tour, and will NOT be refunded!!
- From "Friends Travel Vietnam's" office
- Address Hanoi Old Quarter at 62 Hang Buom street.
Not being on time or being present is seeing as non-shown up!
Keep in mind to arange and plan your travel accordingly to your itinerary. For example if you arrive at Hanoi airport at 9:30AM, it will be too late for a cruise departing on the same day. Similarly, any onward flight or train trip from Hanoi will need booked to be later than 7PM so that you can avoid all the hassle involved.
Please ask for advice if needed or if you are not sure about it.
WHAT TO BRING
Most of the cases, Halong Bay will be a side trip from your grander voyage to Vietnam. If possible, leave your luggage with a hotel (if trusted) and bring only day pack with you to best enjoy the trip. Take into account that you will need to carry them onto the shuttle bus, then onto the deck, then from the deck back to land. The lighter you pack, the better. Below are a few tips for you to pack smartly.
Travel documents: These are essential and you may be denied boarding without valid documents such as passport and visa.
Clothes: You will need at least 3 set of clothes: for casual day wear, for evening wear and for swimming if you plan to do so. If you travel between May and October, it is fine to bring shorts and skirts and short sleeve shirts. For the rest of the year, bring extra sweaters since Halong Bay can get quite cold. In December and January for example, bring some light jackets.
Water bottles: Although the cruise will have water ready for you, some shuttle bus will not have them. Keep yourself hydrated all through out the trip to best enjoy it. Please note that water will not be complimentary.
Footwear: Sandals and walking shoes are both fine though the frequent exposure to water may make your feet wet and stinky with high capacity shoes. Sandals, on the other hand, may make you feel uncomfortable walking insides the caves or when you climb the rock to the top of some grotto's.
Electronic device: Camera is another essential item on your to-pack list. Charge the battery to full before you leave Hanoi and always leave them charged when you are in the cabin. There are so many things in Halong Bay to capture photos of and you do not want to miss the opportunity. Bringing the laptop or expensive device with you to Halong Bay may be better than leaving them at the hotel back in Hanoi. Always keep an eye on your personal belongings to minimize the risks. Unless otherwise noted, all cruises on our website are equipped with wifi facility for you to keep in touch with friends and relatives.
Others: A raincoat will be helpful in rainy summer months. The cruise will have umbrella ready but it does not hurt to bring your own. Sunglasses and sunscreen also work great for the sunbathing moments on the top deck of cruise and junks. Bring your medication if required by doctor. If you are seasickness, stock up on pills. Waterproof backpack.
What not to bring:
Below are what you should not bring with you on board – some are prohibited by the cruise:
Firearms, in-flammables, sharp objects, Illegal drugs and substances, Irons, hot plates and kitchenware, Alcoholic beverages, Pillows, Blankets & Towels those are already provided on board.
DIETARY OR SPECIAL FOOD REQUEST
In order to take care of your special food request we would like you to inform us by email in advance. firstname.lastname@example.org
ADVANCED REGISTRATION WILL BE REQUIRED
Please provide us your passport information (name, date of birth, passport number, visa validity) prior to departure.