THE KARST LANDSCAPES
Duration: 04 Days
Travel Route: Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Cat Ba Island - Lan Ha Bay - Halong Bay - Hanoi
Private Tour | Operate all year around | Can be tailored to suite your requirements
Day 1: Hanoi - Tam Coc (Ninh Binh)
Depart from Hanoi at 8:00 AM. After 2,5-hour drive, you arrive at Tam Coc Tourist Spot. This morning, you will visit Tam Coc - "Three Caves" by sampan boat. A villager will row you along a little river which winds in between sheer limestone cliffs. The ride takes you through 3 different tunnel-like caves. This lasts almost 2 hours. After the amazing boat ride, the car will transfer you to Xuan Ang Ngoai Village where you will take a short hike on farm path to a restaurant in a hidden valley. After lunch and rest, continue on hiking to enjoy the landscape of mountains, farms and villages. End the day with 500 steps up to the summit of Ngoa Long Mountain in Hang Mua . From the top, you are able to enjoy the stunning 360-degree view over the karst area. If the weather is nice enough, the guide will time it well for you to enjoy the sunset from the top.
Overnight in Ninh Binh
Approx. 5km hiking/ 2 hour boat riding
Day 2: Ninh Binh - Cat Ba Island - Halong Bay
Today, we take an early departure from the hotel (7.00 AM) to catch up with 3 hour drive and 1-hour speed boat to Cat Ba Island.
12:00 Pick-up at Beo Tourist Wharf, Cat Ba island. Embark the private junk with friendly greetings by the crews and enjoy the welcome drink. 12:15 Check-in and start cruising to visit Lan Ha Bay. The junk firstly cruises through a busy fishing village. Lunch is served while you are gently winding through the beautiful landscape of Lan Ha. After lunch, you will arrive Vung Kiem Lam area where you will get off the boat for padding your kayaks through tunnel-like caves and discover the hidden lakes and swimming off your kayak. In this area, if you are lucky enough, you may witness some normal monkeys or other type, called Cat Ba langur (primate species). Get back on your boat and carry on the cruise to Cha Bau area. This is a remote corner of the World Heritage. Get the anchor dropped as you are spending the night here. Take more swim of the boat or just relax on the open deck while waiting for your fresh dinner. Overnight on board.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay
Wake up early for the sunrise and fresh air from the top deck if you wish otherwise you are able to remain on bed until breakfast time (around 8:00AM). After breakfast, continue on cruising Halong Bay to Rang Dua area and Ngon Tay Islet. Turning backward to Lan Ha Bay for the rest of the morning cruise. The boat will stop by Ba Trai Dao beaches for you to take the swim of day before lunch. In the afternoon, transfer to Viet Hai dock where you will embark on a scenic cycling ride into a part of the national park, visit Viet Hai village, the only one community allowed to stay in the park area. Get some local interactions with the assistance of your guide and learn about the local life. Ride back to the boat and head to the night place in Lan Ha Bay. Dinner and overnight on boat.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Cat Ba Island - Hanoi
This morning, after the breakfast. The junk will meandering in between the sheer cliffs toward Monkey Island whose beach is sandy and ideal for the last swim.
Here, the guide will hike you up to a viewpoint on the mountain where you can get a beautiful bird-view from the high.
Get back on boat and get ready for the brunch. Check out of your cabin (10:00 AM) on the way back to Beo Wharf.
11:30: Disembarkation at Ben Beo Wharf.
End of service.
Meals included: Breakfast, Brunch
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Private A/C vehicle per itinerary
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Accommodation with daily breakfast (1 hotel night in Ninh Binh & 2 nights on boat.)
Sampan boat ride in Tam Coc
English speaking tour guide
Sightseeing tickets and entrance fee
Public speed boat tickets
Kayaking & Bike ride on Cat Ba Island
Packaged cruise in Halong Bay
Bottled water on the vehicle
Drinks & other meals
Hotel in Hanoi (On request)
Tips and other personal expense.
All other services not mentioned above
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