Bike, Hike Kayak Lan Ha Bay

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Avoid the crowds of Ha Long Bay and take in the stunning scenery of Lan Ha Bay by bike, kayak and on foot on this multi-activity journey

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World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.


Hanoi to Cat Ba to Lan Ha Bay

It is an early departure, at about 6.30am, as we go by road to the coast. We arrive in Cat Hai around 8.30am and catch the speedboat to Cat Ba Island. After a 10-minute transfer, we reach our destination, get off the boat and get on the bikes! We start a 20-kilometer ride across the island. The route is going up and down along mountains and rice fields and it is very scenic. Before reaching the town, we veer off on a small alley to enter a private lush garden with a beautiful ancient house set in it. We are welcomed by a couple of charming hosts, with whom we will share our lunch. After lunch, we ride another 5 kilometers to Beo pier, where our kayaking adventure is going to begin. Here we drop off the bikes, get the life vests on and start paddle to the large Beo floating village. We exit the maze created by all these floating house and hit the open sea. We kayak for about 2 hours until we reach a secluded creek of fine sand. Now it's time to check-in your wooden bungalow, and rest and relax on the beach. Total driving distance: 140km Total cycling distance: 25km / sealed road / minor but numerous elevation changes Total kayaking distance: 6km Accommodation: Cat Ba Sandy Beach Resort or similar

Lan Ha Bay to Viet Hai village

Today starts with an easy morning, we are not in a rush. Enjoy the quaintness of Lan Ha bay. Lan Ha is Halong bay’s twin sister, without the hundreds of boats and the crowds. In the mid-morning, we get the kayaks afloat and keep paddling deeper into Cat Ba cove. There is plenty of time to explore this tranquil bay and get that great outdoor feeling being surrounded by the grandeur of the limestone peaks. Lunch will be served on our support boat. In the afternoon, we reach Viet Hai pier. There we get some simple bikes and ride about 5 kilometers on a concrete road entering the jungle of Cat Ba National Park. The road leads us to the remote Viet Hai village, where our simple but nice little nature lodge awaits. Here we check-in to our private bungalows ad have time for a drink and a rest before dinner. Total kayaking distance: 9km Total cycling distance: 5km / sealed road / flat with two short climbs Accommodation: Whisper of Nature bungalows or similar

Trek in Cat Ba National Park, transfer to Hanoi, trip concludes

We get up early to have breakfast and make ourselves ready to depart. This morning, we are going to hike from Viet Hai village across the jungle of the National Park to the other side of the island. The trek is about 9 kilometers, with three hills to climb up and down. Very few people venture on these trails, it remains pretty wild. We should exit the forest after about 3 and a half hours, with another extra 30 minutes on a small road to get to the main entrance gate of the National Park. From here we hop on our vehicle and transfer nearby to a place where we can have lunch and a shower. In the afternoon, we drive back to the pier, catch a speedboat and return to Hanoi. Arrival in Hanoi is expected in the early evening, trip concludes. Total driving distance: 140km Total hiking distance: 9km

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Discover picturesque Lan Ha by kayak, bike and on foot as this succinct, exciting journey takes you from Hanoi to Cat Ba National Park. Kayak around the limestone cliffs and through the turquoise waters of magnificent Lan Ha Bay, equally as beautiful as the bustling Halong Bay but without the crowds. Take in the sights and sounds cycling across the stunning Cat Ba Island. Spend time hiking the jungle trails of lush Cat Ba National Park while enjoying bungalow accommodation at nature lodges. Stay active while experiencing the cuisine, culture and scenery of Vietnam.


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