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Ha Noi – Lan Ha Bay – Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Eco Lodge ( 03 Days 02 Nights)

30Aug

Day 1: Hanoi – Cat Ba island via Hai Phong city (L,D)

07:00 AM: Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi for journey to Hai Phong city the largest harbor in Red River Delta. The bus ridding on free way N05 also bring you a good view of rice field and local village.

10:00 AM: Arrive in Hai Phong city and aboard speed boat to Cat Ba island. Following speed boat is the lovely ride of 20 minutes to Cat Ba town which mostly giving you the sea view and jungle smell of Cat Ba National Park

12:00. Get on a traditional wooden junk boat, check-in procedures.

In the afternoon:
1.00 p.m: Lunch with fresh seafood is served (vegetarian and kids menus available). We are slowly getting off the classic cruising routes, keep admiring the amazing kasts with different formations on the way. Limestone rock formations will parade around us for about 1 hours before our first stop.

14:00 AM:  Start kayaking around Lan Ha bay and Cat Ba National Park for visiting local fish farm, secluded beaches and secret lagoon. You will kayak through the beautiful scenery of the bay and  tide permitting, will be able to paddle right into Dark Cave and Bat Cave.

Amongst the many ways to explore this legendary stone world, kayaking has been emerging as a new, exciting and adventurous way that can lead tourists to the most primary parts of the bay.

After one/one and a half hour kayaking, we get back on boat, and then the afternoon is perfect for some diving, swimming, fishing, sunbathing or snorkeling….Relax on the sundeck, enjoy fuits and drinks.

7.00 p.m: A romantic dinner embraced by one of the most spectacular sunsets in the world will warm up every sense and passion of yours, and the evening will be full of surprise with party on boat and night squid fishing, relaxing, enjoy music.

Staying overnight in a cozy air-conditioned cabin with en-suite bathroom facilities is also a favorite of many visitors.

Day 2: Lan Ha Bay – Cat Ba Island.

In the morning:
7.00 a.m: Coffee, tea and fruit will be served from 7.00 a.m. Wake up smoothly while witnessing the silence of beautiful misty bay, energize your body and soul or just allow yourself some idle time on a sunbath with a cup of coffee

Then you Sailing to Three Tunnels Lagoon and Cave for some more kayaking, you will want to see more and more of the incredible scenery here!

10.00 a.m: Upon return to the boat you will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing.

12.00: Have lunch on Three Peaches Island which is famous for crystal waters and natural beaches.

14.00 Pm: More kayaking, more swimming, more sandy beaches, more floating houses, pear farm, more local cuisine, definitely a “cruise++”…A multi-course lunch will be served mid-day

16.00: Pm:  Toward  to Cat Ba town before sunset. Overnight in Cat Ba Eco Lodge .

Day 3: Cat Ba Island – Hanoi (B, L)

8:30 am: After breakfast,pick you up and van transfer to Cat Ba national park for the day out trek and hike which leading you the top of Ngu Lam peak offering a great view of the whole island and its biosphere reserve.

Following the hike and trek,we’ll visit Hang Quan Y(know as Army Hospital cave)- a amazing man – made building in American war 1962 which playing an important role as bomd shelter and rescue center for locals and soldiers.

Back to the hotel for lunch and then you’ll catch the transport back to Ha noi.Trip ends at around 19:00 in Hanoi.

Ha Noi – Lan Ha Bay ( 02 Days on Cruise)

30Aug

Day 1: Hanoi – Cat Ba island via Hai Phong city (L,D)

07:00 AM: Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi for journey to Hai Phong city the largest harbor in Red River Delta. The bus ridding on free way N05 also bring you a good view of rice field and local village.

10:00 AM: Arrive in Hai Phong city and aboard speed boat to Cat Ba island. Following speed boat is the lovely ride of 20 minutes to Cat Ba town which mostly giving you the sea view and jungle smell of Cat Ba National Park

12:00. Get on a traditional wooden junk boat, check-in procedures.

In the afternoon:
1.00 p.m: Lunch with fresh seafood is served (vegetarian and kids menus available). We are slowly getting off the classic cruising routes, keep admiring the amazing kasts with different formations on the way. Limestone rock formations will parade around us for about 1 hours before our first stop.

14:00 AM:  Start kayaking around Lan Ha bay and Cat Ba National Park for visiting local fish farm, secluded beaches and secret lagoon. You will kayak through the beautiful scenery of the bay and  tide permitting, will be able to paddle right into Dark Cave and Bat Cave.

Amongst the many ways to explore this legendary stone world, kayaking has been emerging as a new, exciting and adventurous way that can lead tourists to the most primary parts of the bay.

After one/one and a half hour kayaking, we get back on boat, and then the afternoon is perfect for some diving, swimming, fishing, sunbathing or snorkeling….Relax on the sundeck, enjoy fuits and drinks.

Accommodation: Overnight in  Private Cabin of the Junk.

Day 2: Lan Ha Bay  – Hanoi (B/L/-)       

In the morning:
7.00 a.m: Coffee, tea and fruit will be served from 7.00 a.m. Wake up smoothly while witnessing the silence of beautiful misty bay, energize your body and soul or just allow yourself some idle time on a sunbath with a cup of coffee

Then you Sailing to Three Tunnels Lagoon and Cave for some more kayaking, you will want to see more and more of the incredible scenery here!

10.00 a.m: Upon return to the boat you will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing. Please remove all of your belongings from the cabins, you may leave heavy luggage outside of the cabins.

Have lunch on Three Peaches Island which is famous for crystal waters and natural beaches before heading back to Ben Beo to catch the transport back to Hanoi

Hanoi – Lan ha bay – Cat Ba Mangroves – Eco Lodge – Hanoi

28Aug

Hanoi – Lan ha bay – Cat Ba mangroves – Eco lodge resort – Hanoi (03 Days 02 nights – 01 night on boat + 01 night at resort)

Day 1 : Hanoi – Cat Ba Island – Lan Ha Bay (L/D) – Overnight on Boat.

7h30 : Catba Travel Island tour guide will pick up you from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter area and transfer to Hai Phong city .

10h30 – 11h00: Arrive Dinh Vu harbor (Hai Phong City), get on speed boat to get Cat Ba Island.

11h30am: Welcome to get on board. The junk will cruise to take you to pass by the floating village.enjoing beautiful life in the floating house. Have lunch on boat in Lan Ha bay with many dilicious seafood. Keep cruising to the most scenic areas of the bay with hundreds of beautiful islands. Continue cruising further to see the unique Halong bay. Kayak through the narrow lagoons and tunnel caves called Hang Ca (the Bat Cave).  Cruise to Bai Trai Dao beaches. Free for swimming and relax to enjoy the sunset on the bay. Anchor at a calm water area for dinner and experience the peaceful night on the junk among beautiful mountains. Overnight on Boat.

Day 2 : Cat Ba Island – Biking at Ecolodge Resort ( B/L/D)

7h00 : Wake up to see the dawn on the bay and then have breakfast. The boat takes you to see some other parts of the bay. Visit the floating fish farm. You will learn how the local people there make their livings. Transfer back to Beo Habour in Catba island.

The car pick up you  Passing through Cat Ba national park by bus, sightseeing the beauty of tropical flowers, green trees and limestone mountains.

12h00 : Arrive Catba Ecolodge resort and have lunch.

In the afternoon , Biking around the Xuan Dam Village.

18h30 : Have diner and overnight at Ecolodge resort

Day 3 :  Cat Ba island –  Phu Long mangrove forest – Hanoi (B, L)

An early day start with Yoga lesson on quiet and romantic pine hill at Cat Ba Eco Lodge (06:00 AM; optional)

08:30 Having breakfast with Cat Ba Eco Lodge style

 09:30 Joining our chef for cooking class or tree planting

11:30 Check out and having lunch

13:00 Van pick up and driving to Phu Long mangrove forest (30 minutes away), aboard local fishing boat for short canal riding to Thien Long cave – one of the most beautiful cave in the island. The walking from canal dock to Thien Long cave, through fish farm and tunnel of mangrove tree could be the highlight of the day.

16: 00 Take the boat back to speed boat station for the journey back to Hanoi

19:15 Trip ends in Hanoi

 

How To Get To Cat Ba Island

30Jul

How To Get To Cat Ba Island Vietnam

There are many ways to get to Cat Ba Island.  All the routes suffer seasonal (and sometimes random) changes in departure times so we keep this page updated.

The easiest, cheapest and most reliable route to Cat Ba Island is the public bus from Hanoi City but it is also relatively easy to arrive from Haiphong or Halong City

It is very easy to get to Cat Ba Eco Lodge from Cat Ba town, or anywhere on the island. We have two free daily shuttles that go to Cat Ba town and return to the lodge. If you are using the shuttles to arrive at the lodge, please call or email us 1 day in advance to confirm your spot.

How to get to Cat Ba From Hanoi

Bus Goodmorning Cat ba from Hanoi (recommended)

More infomation Bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island and Bus Cat ba to Hanoi

  • Departure: Daily guarantee
  • Time from Hanoi : 07:30 and 13:30 From Hanoi to Cat ba ,
  • Time from Cat ba : 08:30 and 15:30 From Cat ba to Hanoi
  • Duration: 3,5 hours
  • Cost:   18 USD/person/one way

Hotline: +84 914607571
Email: info@goodmorningcatba.com

Private van – hydrofoil package (recommended if travel with children)

This route from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island is more scenic, more comfortable, faster and it avoids the need to find the bus station since the van will pick you up at your hotel.

Hotel Pick Up

Departure times:   6:30 AM;   7:30 AM

Duration:   3,5 hours

Cost:   $80 USD for the van (max 10 people)  +  $10 USD per person for the hydrofoil

Notes:   Purchase tickets in advance – this route can sell out.  The easiest way to buy the ticket in advanced  We can help to purchase your tickets and have them delivered to your hotel for a charge of $2.00 USD per ticket.

Return from Cat Ba to Hanoi:   7:15 AM;   9:15 AM;   1:15 PM;   3:15 PM

How to get to Cat Ba From Hai Phong

Hydrofoil

There are several companies that offer a hydrofoil boat service between Hai Phong and Cat Ba Town.  They all go from Ben Binh Pier in Hai Phong to the center of Cat Ba Town and offer a similar service.  This trip is a bit more scenic than the speed boat from Hai Phong.  All tickets can be purchases at the Ben Bihn Pier or in Cat Ba.

 

Hydrofoil Schedule from Hai Phong to Cat Ba

Departure Time Duration Cost Transportation Company
9:00 0:45 200,000  VND Cat Ba Island Resort and Spa
9:15 1:00 200,000  VND Mekong Hoang Yen
N/A 0:45 200,000  VND Cat Ba Island Resort and Spa
N/A 1:45 120,000  VND Thong Nhat 05
13:00 1:00 130,000  VND Thong Nhat 05
N/A 0:45 200,000  VND Cat Ba Island Resort and Spa

 

Hydrofoil Schedule from Cat Ba to Hai Phong

Departure Time Duration Cost Transportation Company
08:00 0:45 200,000  VND Cat Ba Island Resort and Spa
N/A 1:45 120,000  VND Thong Nhat 05
13:00 1:45 120,000  VND Thong Nhat 05
14:00 0:45 200,000  VND Cat Ba Island Resort and Spa
N/A 1:00 200,000  VND Mekong Hoang Yen
16:00 0:45 200,000  VND Cat Ba Island Resort and Spa

 

Alternative Routes from Hai Phong to Cat Ba

There are additional bus / speedboat options that go between Hai Phong and Cat Ba Town.  This route is slower than the hydrofoil and not as scenic.  The advantage is that it departs more frequently.  Tickets cost between 140,000 and 150,000 VND and can be bought at the point of departure for all companies.

 

Hadeco Speed Boat – Bus Schedule

How to get to Cat Ba From Halong City

Halong city is not highly recommended as it is filled with tourist scams and mafia.   There are two routes from Halong City to Cat Ba Island.  The first is a Tourist Junk to Shuttle bus.  It leavesHalong city at noon every day and costs 250,000 VND.  Tickets can be bought at Bai Chay Departure Pier.  Beware of scams.

The second route leaves from Tuan Chau Island and Resort (7 Km away). The ferry departs Halong City to Cat Ba at 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM, (return Cat Ba to Halong City 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM) but is sometimes cancelled.  The ferry costs only 50,000 VND, but transportation from Halong City to the depature point costs extra.  Also this ferry goes to the isolated northern tip of the island where there are no hotels (or anything).  A public bus is supposed to pass every 90 minutes (30,000 VND) but most tourists get scammed into taking a heavily over priced private van into town.So please contact us to book the private pick up which costs you 400.000 VND/car/one way

Hadeco is our recommended transport company because there is only one transfer instead of two. These tickets cost 150,000 VND and depart from Ben Binh Pier.  The journey takes 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Hai Phong to Cat Ba

7:00;  8:00;  10:00;  13:00;  15:00;  16:00

Cat Ba to Hai Phong

7:00;  8:00;  10:00;  13:00;  15:00;  16:00

Cat Ba Transportation Service Bus – Speed Boat – Bus Schedule

Cat Ba Transportation Service will pick you up at Ben Bihn Pier in bus to take you to another ferry port.  Bus > Boat > Bus.  These tickets cost 140,000 VND and depart from Ben Binh Pier.  The journey takes 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Hai Phong to Cat Ba

6:30;  8:20;  9:30;  13:20;  15:10;  16:25

Cat Ba to Hai Phong

6:00;  8:00;  9:00;  12:30;  14:30;  16:00

Hoang Long Bus – Speed Boat – Bus Schedule

Hoang Long Bus > Boat > Bus service departs from #4 Le Thanh Tong st. in Hai Phong.  These tickets cost 150,000 VND and the journey takes 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Hai Phong to Cat Ba

9:20;  10:20;  14:20;  16:20

Cat Ba to Hai Phong

7:15;  9:15;  13:15;  15:15

 

Note:Be careful with some over priced tickets scams at the pier

How To Get To Cat Ba Eco Lodge Resort

30Jul

How To Get To Cat Ba Eco Lodge Resort

Once you arrive on Cat Ba Island, getting to our lodge is very easy.  We have two free daily shuttles that go to Cat Ba town and return to the lodge . If you are using the shuttles to arrive at the lodge, please call +84 313 688 966 or email : info@catbaecolodge.com us 1 day in advance to confirm your spot.

It is also easy to arrive at the lodge by taxi, bicycle or motorbike.

map-to-cat-ba-eco

Free pickup:

When you book rooms from our resort, you will have free pickup on these days. When you arrive Cat Ba town, please find our office at 265 Nui Ngoc, Phuc Hung Hotel, from there, our staffs will give you motor bikes to go our resort, and the day you leave our resort, you can leave your motor bikes at our office also in Cat Ba town.

Getting to Cat Ba Eco Lodge

Cat Ba Eco Lodge is located 13 km from Cat Ba town on the south-eastern side of the island near the town of Xuan Dam.  We have a free shuttle that picks up guests from the big arch in Cat Ba town 11:30 AM and 4:00 PM.  Please notify us at least 1 day in advance to confirm your spot in the shuttle.  If no one is coming, the shuttle will not run

cat-ba-town

If you will not be arriving into Cat Ba town (ie the ferry from Halong City may drop you at the northern tip of the island), or you would like to be picked up before or after 4:00 PM please send us an email and we can arrange a taxi to pick up your group for a cost of $20 USD.

Arriving by Car, Motorscooter or Bicycle

There are many places in Cat Ba Town that rent motorcycles for $5 – $6 US (100,000 – 120,000 VND) per day.

Leave Cat Ba Town and follow the road always to the left.  After 12 km you will go down a small hill into tiny town (Xuan Dam) and a large agriculture valley.  When you first get to the valley take a hard right off the main road and follow the cement road (which turns into dirt) for about two kilometers.  We are at the end of the road!

Hanoi – Cat ba Ecolodge – Hanoi (Free & Easy)

30Jul

Hanoi – Cat ba Ecolodge – Hanoi (Free & Easy) – 03 Days 02 Nights

Day 1 : Ha Noi – Cat Ba Island – Lan Ha Bay (L/D)

7h30 : Catba Travel Island tour guide will pick up you from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter area and transfer to Hai Phong city .

10h30 – 11h00: Arrive Dinh Vu harbor (Hai Phong City), get on speed boat to get Cat Ba Island.

11h00 – 11h30 : The car takes you going through Catba National Road to Catba town. Then Have Lunch at restaurant. Check in hotel .

12h30 – 13h00 : The car will take you to Beo habour and get on the boat to visit Lan Ha Bay. Boat trip though CB fishing village, keep cruissing around Lan Ha bay,enjoying wonder nature,seeing fish farm,beautiful beaches,more visiting ,swimming or Kayking ,climbing at the Monkey island.

15h30 : The boat will take you back to Beo habour then transfer back to Catba Ecolodge Resort . Have dinner and overnight at Resort .

Day 2 : Catba Ecolodge – Free

Day 3 : Catba Ecolodge – Hanoi

7h00 : Have breakfast then the cả will take you to Good Morning Catba.

9h00 : Get on the bus back to Ha Noi

12h30 : Arrive in Ha Noi . End Tour

 

Hanoi – Lan ha bay – Cat ba National Park – hanoi

30Jul

Hanoi – Lan ha bay – Cat ba National Park – hanoi (02 days 01 night at Cat ba Ecolodge resort)

Day 1 : Hanoi – Cat Ba Island – Lan Ha Bay (L/D)

7h30 : Catba Travel Island tour guide will pick up you from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter area and transfer to Hai Phong city .

10h30 – 11h00: Arrive Dinh Vu harbor (Hai Phong City), get on speed boat to get Cat Ba Island.

11h00 – 11h30 : The car takes you going through Catba National Road to Catba town. Then Have Lunch at restaurant. Check in hotel .

12h30 – 13h00 : The car will take you to Beo habour and get on the boat to visit Lan Ha Bay. Boat trip though CB fishing village, keep cruissing around Lan Ha bay,enjoying wonder nature,seeing fish farm,beautiful beaches,more visiting ,swimming or Kayking ,climbing at the Monkey island.

15h30 : The boat will take you back to Beo habour then transfer back to Catba Ecolodge Resort . Have dinner and overnight at Resort .

 

Day 2 : Cat Ba National Park – Hospital Cave – Ha Noi (L)

 8h00 : Have breakfast at your hotel .

9h00 : Driver pick up at office.First visit cannon Fort,enjoying nice view, Visit the museum, let to know special history during american&french war.Visit hospital Cave,the most beautiful cave,look like Military Base and hospital in the war.visit CB National park,treckking through

Kim Giao forest,up to the Ngu Lam peak,enjoying nice view around  . Cat Ba island at the highest limestone moutain.

13h00 : Back to hotel and have lunch.

15h30 : Our tour guide and car will take you back to Ha Noi.

19h00 – 19h30 : Arrive in Ha Noi. End tour.