Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Halong Bay, Cat Ba Island for 4 Days
updated: August 13, 2015
By Minh Hoang
With limestone “karsts” that tower above the surrounding waters like skyscrapers, Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the country’s most famous attractions for people who travel in Vietnam. Traveling an extra 45 minutes or so to the sleepy island of Cat Ba affords you not only a more tranquil place to lay your head at night, but also a bevy of other sights to see before or after you cruise the karsts. Cat Ba is the largest of the 366 islands spanning 260 km² that comprise the Cat Ba Archipelago, which makes up the southeastern edge of Ha Long Bay in Northern Vietnam
Day 1 : Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Ha Long – Overnight Cruise Trip (-/L/D)
After having breakfast at hotel, our motorbikes and tour guide will pick you up at hotel to go to Halong Bay. En route, you’ll have a chance to experience the fascinating landscapes of countrysides, rice fields, villages. Additionally you’ll stop by a Humanity Center where we are nursing & training the disabled children to do simple handicraft products like the embroideries, lacquers. They are exactly the Agent Orange’s Victims left behind the war.
12h45: Arrive in Halong Tourist Wharf. Halong Bay has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1994. The islands in Ha Long Bay are mainly limestone and schist islands most lying in the two main areas: the southeastern part of Bai Tu Long Bay and southwestern part of Ha Long Bay. They are the result of many times of rising and lowering processes of the continent to form a karst. The process of nearly full erosion and weathering of the karst created the unique Ha Long Bay in the world. In 2000, UNESCO recognized it as the World Heritage for the second time for its geographical and geomorphologic values.
12h50: Transfer to our Cruise by the charming tenders. Then you’ll be welcome by fresh drinks, cruise briefing & safety instructions before getting a check-in for your Cabin
13h30: Vietnamese sea-food lunch will be served on board, while cruising towards the Surprising Cave
15h30: Explore the mystery of Sung Sot cave – one of the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay,kayaking with Heritage Cruise where you have chances to see stalagmites & stalactites created million years ago with your own eyes.
16h30: Arrive at Titiov Island, free time for swimming and then do kayaking through Luon cave. Enjoy the exciting feelings of swimming, sunbathing and kayaking among the World Natural Wonder. All make you feel like being in a different world, which likes in your dream.
21h30: Leisure time, enjoy the comfort in your cabin on our Cruise.
(NOTE: There will be 1 free complementary bottle of wine arranged on the cruise for our clients)
Day 2 : Ha Long Motorbike Tour to Cat Ba Island (B/L)
06h30: Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
07h30: Have breakfast with Sunrise while cruising to Titov Island – surrounded by luxuriant trees and high stone walls.
09h15: Back to Cruise and continue to explore the Bay & visit Hoa Cuong Fishing Village. Passing Ba Hang Fishing Village, Ga Choi Island, Dinh Huong Islet.
10h00: Join Vietnamese Cooking Class.
10h30: Lunch will be served on board whilst the Cruiser keeps on its route through the Bay back to Halong Pier.
11h30: Disembark at the harbor, Halong City. Time to say Good Bye to the Crew.
12h00: Our motorbikes are at the disposal to take you to Tuan Chau island where we’ll take a ferry to Gia Luan harbor in Cat Ba island.
Upon getting to Gia Luan, you’ll jump on your bikes & keep riding throughout Cat Ba jungle to Cat Ba town. You’ll be then helped to check in at hotel.
The rest of time, you’ll be free on your to laze on the beach
Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Motorbike Discovery Tour in Cat Ba Island.(B/-/-)
After breakfast in hotel, we will have a short but great motorcycle tour around Cat Ba island.
(Cat Ba is the largest of the 366 islands spanning 260km2 that comprise the Cat Ba Archipelago, which makes up the southeastern edge of Ha Long Bay in Northern Vietnam. Cat Ba island has a surface area of 285 km2 and maintains the dramatic and rugged features of Ha Long Bay. It is commonly used as an overnight hotel stop on tours to Ha Long Bay run by travel agents from Hanoi. This island belongs to Haiphong city – the most famous city of industry in Vietnam.
Cat Ba is the largest island in the Bay and approximately half of its area is covered by a National Park, which is home to the highly endangered Cat Ba Langur. The island has a wide variety of natural ecosystems, both marine and terrestrial, leading to incredibly high rates of biodiversity. Types of natural habitats found on Cat Ba Archipelago include limestone karsts, tropical limestone forests, coral reefs, mangrove and sea grass beds, lagoons, beaches, caves, and willow swamp forests. Cat Ba Island is one of the only populated islands in Ha Long Bay, with roughly 13,000 inhabitants living in six different communes, and 4,000 more inhabitants living on floating fishing villages off the coast. The large majority of the population can be found in Cat Ba town, which is located at the southern tip of the Island (15 km south of the national park) and is the commercial center on the Island. Since 1997, Cat Ba town has grown rapidly and has become a tourist hub for both the Island and greater Ha Long Bay.)
The motorbike ride will offers you some peaceful villages located between the National park and the ocean and some beautiful caves. We should finish the motorbike tour at noon at the hotel in order to spend another half day at some beautiful beaches nearby hotel.
Overnight in Hotel – Cat Ba town.
Day 4. Cat Ba Motorbike Tour back to Hai Phong and Hanoi (B/-/-)
Free in the morning until we take 2 ferries named Vieng and Dinh Vu back to Hai Phong via Cat Hai town We will finish the great Vietnam motorbike tour to Ha Long bay and Cat Ba island at 4 PM in Hanoi.
+ Motorbike(s) (Honda or Yamaha)
+ Driving gears
+ Gasoline on tour
+ English speaking guide
+ Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary (based on Double/Twin shared room)
+ Meals as indicated in the itinerary
+ Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees
+ boat trip
+ Bottled water, coffee and fruits on tour
+ Double/twin shared cabins on the overnight cruise in Halong