Lan Ha Bay cruise

Right at the southern part of famous Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay is known as the twin of Halong with an intense concentration of limestone mountains which partition the sea surface into smaller bays and gulfs.

Why Lan Ha Bay

Lan Ha Bay is less famous than its twin and still under tourists’ radar; therefore, this bay remains its pristine nature with many untouched lagoons, bays, and caves. Then coming to Lan Ha Bay, you will have a chance to get closer to local fishing life and are less likely to see as many tour boats and ships passing, never need to worry about the crowd.

The bay has up to 139 golden sandy beaches, small but pretty and isolated as “blue straits” inviting tourists to explore. Many sandy beaches stretching between two rocky mountains, quiet with no big waves, are really the ideal beaches.

 

Getting to Lan Ha Bay from Hanoi

Lan Ha Bay is about 134 kilometers from Hanoi, to visit this isolated bay you have to access Cat Ba island and start exploring from the port in Cat Ba island

Distance: ~134 kilometers

Route:

  • Hanoi – Hai Phong (Got pier or Binh harbor) by land transport (~ 2-4 hours)
  • Hai Phong – Cat Ba island by speedboat (~ 10 minutes)
  • Cat Ba island – Cat Ba town by bus (~ 40 minutes)
  • Visit Lan Ha Bay by boat from Cat Ba island

There are some options for you to visit Lan Ha Bay.

Sharing tourist bus (~3.5 hours)

The most popular and easiest way is to book a bus from Hanoi. A recommended company is Good Morning Cat Ba bus.

As information shown on their website:

  • Departure: Daily guarantee
  • Time pick up from Hanoi to Cat Ba : 8:00 / 11:00 / 14:00
  • Time pick up from Cat Ba to Hanoi : 9:00 / 12:30/  16:00
  • Pick up from hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter and drop off at hotels in Cat Ba Island
  • Duration : 3 hours – 3,5 hours
  • Cost : 14 USD/person/one way

“It is the daily departure transfer package Bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba island only 14$ and Cat Ba to Hanoi only just 13$ included BUS – SPEED BOAT – BUS, pick up at Hotel in Hanoi old quarter and drop off at Hotel in Cat Ba Island”.

Toursits bus Hanoi - Hai Phong to Lan Ha Bay Public bus (~4.5 hours)

Book ticket with Cat Ba Express (~590.000vnd/roundtrip), Hoang Long (~225.000vnd/way), Inter Bus Lines (~150.000vnd) or with local tour operators to Dinh Vu port. Then get on a speedboat (hydrofoil) to Cai Vieng port on Cat Ba Island (~30 minutes). Cat Ba is the access point, from there you can continue your Lan Ha trip.

This is the schedule of Cat Ba Express as shown on their website:

  • Departure: Daily guarantee
  • Time pick up from Hanoi to Cat Ba
  • Pick up from hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter & drop off at hotels in Cat Ba Town.
  • Duration: ~ 3 hours/way
  • Price: 26USD ~ 590.000VND/ person/ round trip (bus and speedboat

Hanoi to Cat Ba island – bus timetable:

Pick up time Hanoi – Got pier Got pier – Cai Vieng port

(speedboat)

Cai Vieng port – Cat Ba town

(bus)

Arrival time

 

7:30 – 8:00 ~ 2 hours ~ 10 minutes ~ 40 minutes 11:15
10:45 -11:15 ~ 2 hours ~ 10 minutes ~ 40 minutes 14:30
14.00 -14.30 ~ 2 hours ~ 10 minutes ~ 40 minutes 17:30

Cat Ba island to Hanoi – bus timetable:

Pick up time Cat Ba town – Cai Vieng

(bus)

Cai Vieng – Got

(speed boat)

Got – Hanoi Arrival time
 9:00 – 9:30 ~ 40 minutes ~ 10 minutes ~ 2 hours 12:30
 12:30 – 13:00 ~ 40 minutes ~ 10 minutes ~ 2 hours 16:30
 15:45 -16:15 ~ 40 minutes ~ 10 minutes ~ 2 hours 19:30

Local bus Hanoi - Hai Phong to visit Lan Ha Bay Private van

Take you only ~2 hours thanks to Hanoi-Haiphong Expressway. This is a recommended option for a big group or family with kids. ~2.600.000VND/way. When you arrive Got pier, follow the rest of the route with speedboat to Cai Vieng Port then bus to Cat Ba town.

Getting to Cat Ba island from Cat Bi Airport

  • Distance: 28,5 kilometers
  • Timing: ~ 35 minutes
Route:
  • Cat Bi – Binh harbor by land transport (~ 35 minutes)
  • Binh harbor – Cai Vieng pier (Cat Ba island) by speedboat (~ 10 minutes)
  • Cai Vieng pier – Cat Ba town by bus (~ 40 minutes)
  • Visit Lan Ha Bay by boat from Cat Ba island

Take a taxi (~100.000VND on the meter) or motorbike taxi (~80.000VND) to Binh harbor from the airport. From Binh harbor, take a speedboat to Cat Ba. Below are some options for you:

Mekong Hoang Yen speedboat

– Type of ship: 01 ship with 200 seats

– Departure time:      + Binh harbor – Cat Ba: 9:00

+ Cat Ba – Binh harbor: 14:00

– Retail price:

+ Adult: 200,000 VND / person /way.

+ Children under 05: free of charge

+ Children from 05 to under 10 years old = 1/2 adult ticket.

+ Children aged 11 and over are considered as adults.

Binh harbor – Cat Ba Port: Catba Island speedboat

– Type of ship: 01 ship with 220 seats, 01 ship with 80 seats

– Departure time:      + Binh harbor – Cat Ba: 9:00, 13:00, 15:00

+ Cat Ba – Binh harbor: 10:00, 14:10, 16:00

– Retail price:

+ Adult: 180,000VND / person / way.

+ For children:

Height ≤1,1m: Free

1m <height ≤1,5m: price = ½ adult ticket

Ship 08 (Viptour)

– Type of ship: 01 ship with 155 seats.

– Departure time:      + Binh harbor – Cat Ba: 10:00, 16:00

+ Cat Ba – Binh harbor: 7:00, 13:00

– Retail price:

+ Adult: 180,000vnd / person / way.

+ For children:

Height ≤ 1,1m: Free

1m < height ≤ 1,5m: price = ½ adult ticket.

Speedboat to Cat Ba island Lan Ha Bay

Taking an overnight cruise on Lan Ha Bay

You can book a Lan Ha bay package tour with a boat company and transfer included. Getting directly from Hanoi to Lan Ha Bay to check in cruise is just 2 hours by limousine van. Perla Dawn Sails is proud to offer you an overnight cruise, discovering Lan Ha Bay, the untouched area of Halong Bay:

  • Saving transfer time (1.5 hours instead of 4 hours to Halong), by Limousine van
  • Unique cruise routes in the primitive Lan Ha Bay
  • Various activities: swimming, kayaking, bamboo boat ride, fishing village visit, cycling, cooking demonstration, Tai Chi, etc.
  • Exceptional traditional Vietnamese cuisine served in different styles: set menu, barbeque and buffet; and a special sparkling top- deck dinner
  • Traditional musical performance

Suite cabin on overnight cruise Lan Ha Bay

What to experience in Lan Ha Bay

  • Kayaking to explore Lan Ha Bay: your kayak empowers very close access, through karst into covered lagoons, pristine shorelines and skimming angling corners where other big boats can’t get to.
  • Swimming in crystal water of Lan Ha Bay and relaxing on many beautiful wild beaches in the area
  • A bamboo boat ride into Bright Cave: In a Lan Ha Bay 2 days 1 night on Perla Dawn Sails, on a bamboo boat with a local rider cruising to Bright Cave, you will see an angled passageway prompting the cave at the water level.
  • Trekking & Cycling in Viet Hai village which was absolutely secluded from the outside world with around 80 households maintaining their self-supply life as the ancient humans just a few years ago.

Kayaking in Lan Ha Bay

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