Cat ba island and Lan Ha Bay, land of Kong - Local insights into floating Homestay 2 days 1 night
Tour code: SOI010
Day 01: Hanoi – Haiphong – Catba – Lan Ha Bay - Land of Kong ( Lunch & Dinner included)
7:00 am Depart from Hanoi (by bus or private transport) to Cat Ba Island.
11:45am: Arrive at Cat Ba Island where our staff will meet you. a short bus ride to Beo pier where a little boat takes you to a floating house at the corner of Lan Ha Bay. Afterward, we relax on the comfortable draft house, just above the fish nets, while fresh lunch (vegetarian menu available) is prepared. Pm: After learning basic paddle strokes and paddling routes from your certified kayaking guide, it’s your time to grab the paddle and make your own strokes, go passing floating villages, lagoons and private beaches. You are observing local daily life on your cool kayak, paddling in ways nature lovers have been dreaming of. Overnight in basic room in a floating village home-stay.
Day 02: Lan Ha Bay – Hai Phong – Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch included)
8:00Am: Coffee, green tea and breakfast at floating home stay to warm up the morning dew for another stunning day ahead in the serene bay. After breakfast you continued paddle to Three Peaches Island which is famous for crystal waters and natural beaches. Paddling around to visit and enjoy the natural beautiful of the bay around Cat Ba Island. Paddling back to floating house home stay to having lunch then make the check out. Catch the Bamboo Boat (water taxi) to transfer back to Ben Beo pier then keep going to the Bus station to take the bus to Hanoi, drop at your hotel . End of our service
Including: Kayaking, Meals as listed above, Entrance fees, local guide, basic Room in local floating homestay in a floating village.
Our fleet of sea kayaks
Kayaks have been a traditional form of transport in many marine cultures all over the planet for thousands of years. There is a very good reason for this: these versatile, streamlined little boats are a fantastic way to get about on the water. Our fleet comprises of single and tandem kayaks, well maintained and seaworthy.
Recycled Plastic Skimmer single touring kayak. Made in South Africa.
Ideal single kayak for water-confident paddlers doing day or overnight trips.
Adjustable foot operated rudder, (rear seat on doubles).
Closed cell foam seat.
Deck lines and bungees for securing deck items.
Hassle Free from Hanoi
Daily express bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island. There are two options to get from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island.
Pick up: At your hotel in Hanoi’s old quarter 6:30
Hanoi – Cat Ba 7:00 & 14:00
Cat Ba – Hanoi 9:00 & 16:00
Travel time estimate: 3 hour and 40 minutes
Cost: $19/person/per way. Includes Hai Phong – Cat Ba Hydrofoil tickets
The express bus to Cat Ba departs Hanoi and you are driven to the ferry dock in Hai Phong where you board the ferry and take the 40 minute ride to Cat Ba Island. Once there you get on another bus that takes you into Cat Ba Town where we meet you to start your adventure.
02/ Private transfer
Pick up: Flexible schedule
Travel time estimate: 3 hour and 40 minutes
Cost: 4 seat car $98US; 7 Seat Car $115US;
16 Seat Mini Bus $125US; 29 Seat Bus $165US /one way
Hai Phong – Cat Ba hydrofoil ticket. $15/per person/per way.
Noi Bai Airport pick-up or Drop Off add: $26 US per vehicle.
We would recommend you to let us to book and reserve the tickets to you Please fill out the form below and we will arrange accordingly the tickets for you.
Mix and match your adventures
Make you trip to Cat Ba complete, Join us for a day of Sailing, Kayak to an isolated beach and camp over night. Mountain bike and trek through Cat Ba National Park and spend the night at the Cat Ba Temple house, you have time to relax and experience the amazing landscape of this UNESCO World Heritage site at your own pace.
Cat Ba Accommodation
On Cat Ba Island we have three different ways to say with us. Our 100 year old Cat Ba Temple House is situated near the Cat Ba National Park and an easy bike ride to the port. Our Private island Beach Bungalows offer a fun way to get away from it all and sleep next to the beach. Also we have exclusive Beach camping with tents and all the supplies for our kayaking adventures.
Conservation of the bay
Our efforts to keep the bay clean and protect the environment of Cat Ba and Lan Ha Bay to preserve this unique world treasure.
Go green with Sails of Indochina
The Sails of Indochina team try and do our best to help preserve the magic of Cat Ba and surrounding areas. All our activities are as carbon neutral as you can get, with your own body power propelling you through sea, jungles or up cliff faces. Kayaking, sailing, climbing and mountain biking – great for the environment and a hell of a lot of fun!
+ We only use our engines on the boats in case of calm sea, timing, emergency or customer’s demand such as power on boat. We compost all our organic waste and use that yummy compost in our veggie garden. Those yummy veggies and herbs then get used in our trip meals.
+ We minimize the amount of packaging on everything we purchase. We recycle all our bottles, cans, paper etc. We use electronic formats rather printing fancy brochures or posting out advertisements, saving heaps of trees in the process.
+ We welcome any ideas for future action from forward-thinking, consciousness folk who have a love for the environment and a passion for adventure. If we don’t have what you want, or there’s something you’ve always wanted to do and need some help or advice, contact us and we’ll reply as soon as we can.
Supporting Local Communities
We support the local community by providing jobs to local fishermen and purchase all our supplies from local producers to reduce waste. Contact us now to learn more about our sailing, kayaking and mountain bike adventures and home-stay & beach camping on Cat Ba island and Ha Long Bay
Having been traveling and guiding people for the last 15yrs in the area, I have seen how fast Halong Bay has been pursuing unsustainable development and wholesale commercial tourism. The bay is now over-used by nearly 300 mega “5-star” junks, which weave everyday through the well-worn mass tourism routes of the once emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. However, in the far southern end of Halong Bay, the forgotten National Park island of Cat Ba is awakening. With its sleepy Lan Ha Bay and a multitude of beaches, caves and jungle terrains, the island is starting to change but still remains largely wild and untouched.
So we at Sails of Indochina Adventure decided to pursue low-impact eco-tourism to try and do our bit to keep the island’s very special purity as long as possible by offering more green outdoor activities for nature lovers from around the world.
Sometimes when travelling, you can feel like there’s nothing you can do to stop the environmental destruction going on around you. It feels all too hard and you don’t believe anything you will do will really matter or change anything. But eco-tourism in itself is a very new concept in Vietnam that needs your support to convince the authorities and other mega tourism operators that there is an alternative to McDonalds-style tourism. Once people see the value in our environment, they will do more to protect it, and that’s where you can make a difference.
We believe low-impact eco-tourism has the power to change the mindsets of business people greedily pursuing profits at any cost. I believe we can all make a difference and I invite you to join Sails of Indochina in spreading the word in northern Vietnam
Well there is nothing better than hearing it from the people who have travelled with us !!!
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