Halong Bay for backpackers

Boat - Private room · Nguyễn Trường Tộ, Trúc Bạch, Hanoi, Vietnam

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Day1: Hanoi – Halong (L,D)

Pick up at your hotel between 7:30 - 8:30 AM for 3-hour driving by shuttle bus to Ha Long city. Short break in Hai Duong province (20 mins). Arrive in Halong around 11:45
Lunch served while cruising and visitation of the largest cave of Halong Bay, Sung Sot cave. One hour of kayaking around Titop Island. Anybody who doesn’t choose to kayak can climb stairway to the top of Titop Island for a panoramic view of the Bay. Return to boat to rest and enjoy a Vietnamese seafood dinner. Spend a quiet night on the boat.

Day 2: Halong bay - Cat Ba (B,L,D)
Enjoy breakfast and cruising south towards Lan Ha bay with transfer boat. You are then free and easy for swimming in Lan Ha bay. Short break for lunch.
In the afternoon, we will cycle 5 km through jungles to Whisper of Nature Bungalow, Viet Hai village.
Short trek inside Cat Ba National Park. Cycling through 5km back to the Barbour. Boarding transfer boat again and then heading to monkey island - the isolate island is now the home to wild monkeys and rare white headed languor. Late afternoon the bus takes you to hotel in CatBa town.
Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day 3: Cat Ba - Halong Bay - Hanoi:(B,L)

After breakfast, our bus will pick you up in the hotel at 7:30 – 8:00am to the wharf for cruising back to Ha Long city. Arrive in Ha Long city at approx. 12.00. After lunch in a local restaurant, drive back to Ha Noi. Short break in Hai Duong province about 20 minutes. Arrive in Ha Noi at approx. 16.30.

- Vehicle (A/C): transport with 16 to 29 seats
-Driver: proficient, enthusiastic, experienced
-Hotels 2/3 stars in Cat Ba Island
-English speaking guide: enthusiastic and experienced
-Entrance fees
-Vietnamese seafood and hygienic meals
-Junk (A/C): safe, clean and beautiful

Exclusion: Insurance, drinks, telephone, tips for guide and others not mentioned.

- children from 1 to 3 year old: free of charge.
- children from 4 to 6 year old: charge 50%.
- children from 6 to 9 year old: charge 75%.
- children from 9 year old: charge 100%.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 16+
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $89 / night after the first guest
Check In: 8:00 AM
Check Out: 6:00 PM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • The trip was very well orgnanised and the tour along Halong bay was great. The boat was very decent and the food fairly good but watch out at the end when paying as the bill was well over what we had consumed, (phone number hidden) d over actually.
    Also, wake up on Cat Bab islanz was a 6 to leave at 6.45 am, a bit early!
    Appart from that it was a very good time

    September 2013
    Response from Do:

    Thank you very much for your very helpful review. Can you leave me the private email to explain more about the food there? Please remember that all the drinks you have to pay, we offer the set menu, if you order more, you have to pay also and the prices for everything on the boat, floating on the sea, it is more expensive than normal.
    Thank you again and hope to hear from you via email
    Best regards

  • This is for the Aurora boat, 2 day tour.

    We were generally pleased with the stay and tour. However, the boat is not as it appears in photos. The accomodations were more rustic and rudimentary than appeared in photos. The common areas were much nicer than the rooms. It was fine, since we weren't in the bedroom much, but manage your expectations.

    Otherwise, the guide spoke English well and the activities were short, but fun. The tour operator we booked with told us there would be internet on the boat - that was not the case.

    Halong Bay is fantastic and the 2 day tour (really just 24 hours there) went by very quickly. If you have the time, I'd recommend looking into the 3 day/2 night version.

    August 2012
  • This being my first trip to the country of Vietnam I wasn't sure what to expect, but Vietnam Home was really wonderful and provided everything they promised. Halong Bay is gorgeous and our guide was a sweet as could be (I wish I could remember her name to say "thanks again"). Food was delish, and my room was cozy and comfortable. Be advised that you may not get the exact boat that is in the pics, however like the pics ours was a truly cool old traditional junk that was the best way to cruise around the calm waters of this amazing place. I wish I could have stayed longer! I highly recommend Vietnam Home, they were great!!

    February 2012
  • My father and I had a great time! Thanks Luan for all the help in booking our sailing cruise and all the other travel arrangements you helped us with.

    I highly recommend the adventure across Ha Long Bay and throughout the islands.


    February 2012
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