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From Hanoi: 2-Day Halong and Lan Ha Bay La Pandora Cruise

1. From Hanoi: 2-Day Halong and Lan Ha Bay La Pandora Cruise

La Pandora Cruise 2 Days/1 Night (Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay) (01 night on La Pandora cruise) Day 01: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay – Lan Ha Bay (L/D) 08:15 – 08:45: Hotel or private address pick up with our shuttle bus. Short break half way. 11:45 – 12:00: Arriving Tuan Chau marina, transferred by tender of La Pandora cruises. 12:45 – 13:00: Welcome aboard the cruise. Refresh with our welcome drink. Meet the captain, crew in the cruise briefing, safety instruction. 13:00 – 13:15: A special lunch in Vietnamese cuisine of fresh seafood and an assortment of appetizing favorites are served while sailing through Islets of Con Vit. 16:00: The Cruise sails through Lan Ha Bay. The area is surrounding of extraordinary limestone karsts landscapes. We progress to Ong Cam Area of Lan Ha Bay- a separate part of Ha Long Bay. This is a quiet tourist paradise in Vietnam, enjoy kayaking and/or enjoy swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Bay. 17:30: Back to La Pandora Cruise, drop anchor for staying overnight. Enjoy cooking demonstration (teaching you how to make our speciality, Spring rolls) and the complimentary Sunset Party on the sundeck with local wine and fresh fruit. 19:00: Dinner is served in the restaurant. Enjoy delicious local food prepared and served for you by our wonderful onboard catering staff. After dinner, retiring to your cabin or join the fishing excursion, watch a movie, have a drink at the bar, wifi access or play exciting games. Overnight on board. Day 02: Dark & Bright Cave – Ha Long Bay – Hanoi (B, L) 06:00: Enjoy sunrise and admire the never-ending miraculous scenery of the Bay. Practice an invigorating Tai Chi session on the sundeck. 06:30: Light breakfast, coffee and tea served. 07:00: Visit Dark & Bright Cave and islets by local rowing boats which is a wild and mysterious beauty in the middle of the World Heritage. 09:15: Back to our La Pandora Cruise, relax before checking out. 10:00: Lunch is served on board. 12:00: Disembark at the Tuan Chau marina by tender. Take our shuttle bus to return to Hanoi 15:00 – 15:30: Arrival back at your hotel or home. Included: •Welcome drink, cold handkerchief, fresh fruits basket, two bottle of mineral water in each cabin. •Full furnished deluxe en-suite cabin with A/C, hot water. •Hi – class A/C shuttle bus (round trip). •All meals on board (02 Lunches, 01dinner, 01 breakfast). •Complimentary morning tea and coffee. •Cooking demonstrations. •Entrance and sightseeing fees. •Kayaking, Tai chi exercise, Local rowing boat, swimming (if the weather permits), Squid fishing. •English speaking tour guide. Excluded: •Beverages, tips, and gratuities. •Personal expenses Note: •The itinerary may be changed upon the weather condition.

Hanoi: 3-Day Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise & Private Balcony Room

2. Hanoi: 3-Day Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise & Private Balcony Room

Day 1 Get picked up at your hotel in Hanoi's old quarter. Transfer to Tuan Chau marina, welcome aboard to cruise. Refresh with a welcome drink. Meet the captain, crew, and join the briefing and learn safety instructions. Have lunch in the luxury dining room indoors. Continue cruising through Con Vit islet, Thumb islet, and Gia Luan harbor which belonged to the Cat Ba area. Discover the lagoon natural area belonging to Lan Ha bay. Kayak or swim or just simply sunbathe on the cruise. Enjoy a sunset party — the ideal time to make new friends or just relax. Join a short cooking demonstration. Dinner is served with a fresh food menu. After dinner, reward yourself with a large selection or enjoy one of the onboard activities like squid fishing. Day 2 Join a Tai Chi session for the early risers on the sun deck. Have a light breakfast with a panoramic view of the world heritage site. Transfer to a boat cruise for a full day trip and relax while taking in views of Lan Ha Bay. Enjoy lunch before boarding a smaller boat to explore some of the areas that the main boat cannot go through. Head to Viet Hai Village and take a bicycle ride to enjoy the scenery along the village roads and rainforests. Visit a local family’s house to see the daily life of local people. Back to the boat, continue cruising further into Lan Ha Bay. Arrive at a natural beach area for swimming. Back onboard the cruise, take time to refresh or relax in the sleeping area. Dinner is served with a different menu. After dinner, enjoy the landscape of the bay at night. Enjoy on-board activities like squid fishing, and watching movies in the restaurant. Day 3 Join a Tai Chi session on the sundeck for early risers before enjoying a light breakfast. Depending on the weather, try kayaking and swimming at Ao Ech. If there's time, visit a cave in the area. Take the option of either exploring the cave by yourself on a kayak or comfortably on a boat rowed by the locals. Check out the room. Vietnamese cuisine is served. Disembark from the cruise as the crew says farewell. Transfer by ultra-luxurious limousine (if you book our transfer). Arrival back at your hotel at approximately 3:00 PM.

2-Day Traditional Cruise to Lan Ha Bay & Cat Ba Island

3. 2-Day Traditional Cruise to Lan Ha Bay & Cat Ba Island

Day 1: Ha Noi - Cat Ba Island - Lan Ha Bay Start your 2-day adventure with a convenient pick up from your hotel in Ha Noi's old quarter. At your accomodation you will have a short meet and greet with your driver before being transferred to Cat Ba. You will first take a short and scenic drive to God Harbour (Hai Phong city), from here, you will board your speed boat for the island of Cat Ba.  Once you arrive at the dock in Cat Ba you will be taken on a scenic drive through National road until you reach the main city centre of Cat Ba. Here you will check into your cruise.  After a morning of transit you will have worked up an appetite! Enjoy lunch at a local and recommended restaurant with seafood and vegetables. For the rest of the day you will get to see such sights as Monkey Island, Twin Beach and Ben Beo floating village.  After lunch you will first stop in the Hang Ca area, here you will be able to paddle along hidden lagoons and tunnels. At sunset your cruise will anchor overnight at three peaches island. Here you will be able to swim and enjoy cocktails at the bar before spending the evening on the ship. Day 2: Lan Ha Bay - Viet Hai Village - Cat Ba Island After you enjoy your delicious breakfast you'll be ready to start your second day of adventure. Continue on your cruise to Ha Long Bay - you will have the choice to either take a walk along the beach or ride a bicycle to Viet Hai Village. Once you reach the Viet Hai Pier you will start your 6-km cycle to a remote village in the middle of Cat Ba. Once here you will get a chance to see how the locals live.  After your cycling adventure you will head back to your cruise ship and travel back to Lan Ha Bay. Enjoy an early lunch on your boat surrounded by beautiful views and check out of your cabin. From here you will visit a fishing village on a boat through hundreds of islands at Lan Ha Bay. After this you will return to Beo harbour before being transferred via bus back to Ha Noi. 

Bai Tu Long Bay: 3-Day & 2-Night Swan Cruises

4. Bai Tu Long Bay: 3-Day & 2-Night Swan Cruises

On the first day, you will be picked up from your hotel and head to the northeast of Vietnam. On arrival at 12:30 PM, you will be transferred to the cruise. Then, enjoy a welcome drink, and listen to a safety briefing before checking into your cabin. At 1:30 PM, enjoy a delicious Vietnamese set menu while leisurely cruising to the core of Bai Tu Long Bay. Arrive at Cap La Island, the beautiful area in Bai Tu Long Bay, at 3:00 PM. Enjoy swimming, relaxing, or kayaking through the karst and the breathtaking nature. At 5:30, arrive back to the boat and enjoy a sunset party while sailing to the overnight anchorage. At 7:00 PM, indulge in a sumptuous set-dinner onboard. Then, at 8:30 PM, enjoy free time and join in with games, or try your luck at squid fishing.  Your second day will start at 6:30 AM with Tai Chi on the Sundeck. At 7:00 AM, a Western-style breakfast will be served with traditional Vietnamese food. At 8:30 AM, explore the well-hidden Thien Canh Son Cave. Your tour guide will explain the history of Ha Long Bay and this cave, made by Mother Nature. At 9:30 AM, you'll cruise past several floating hamlets including Cap La and Vung Ha, and enter the center of the pristine Bai Tu Long Geology Park. On arrival, enjoy a whole day of fun and relaxation with more kayaking, swimming, and sandy beaches. Be back to the boat for a delicious hot lunch at noon. At 2:00 PM, spend more time relaxing, kayaking, cave visiting, and swimming. Then, return to the main boat at 4:30 PM and enjoy a sunset party. Again, dinner will be served at 7:00 PM and then you can enjoy free time at 8:30 PM to join in with games, or try your luck at squid fishing.  On the third day, start at 6:30 AM with a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck. At 7:00 AM, a Western-style breakfast will be served with traditional Vietnamese food. At 9:30 AM, finish packing and check out of your cabin. At 10:30 AM, a Vietnamese cooking demonstration will take place on the boat. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese brunch at 11:00 AM before disembarking at 12:00 PM. At 12:30 PM, it is time to say farewell to Halong Bay and then return to Hanoi. You will be dropped back to your hotel at around 5:30 PM. 

Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay 5-Star Cruise Tour with Activities

5. Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay 5-Star Cruise Tour with Activities

Day 1: Ha Long Bay and Kayaking Start with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi. From there you will drive through the green fields on the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Once having arrived at the harbor, you will check in for your cruise on the Ha Long, which will begin with a welcome drink and cruise briefing. Enjoy lunch while cruising to Ha Long Bay. Explore the Eo Ech area where you can do some kayaking around limestone islets or some swimming in the sea. Enjoy a picturesque sunset on the sundeck for watching the sunset. Enjoy Happy Hour on board with some cakes and fruit. Watch a cooking demonstration, and have the chef help you prepare Vietnamese spring rolls. Enjoy a seafood set menu onboard. Then make your way to the bar with a large selection of cocktails. Or choose to take part in some onboard activities: squid fishing, or simply relax in your cabin for the night. Day 2: Dark Cave and Bright Cave Watch the sunrise with a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Enjoy a light breakfast before setting off exploring. Visit the beautiful Dark Cave and Bright Cave on a local bamboo boat or by kayaking to the caves. If you prefer, visit the Ba Trai Dao beaches and enjoy a relaxing day kayaking or swimming. Arrive at the picturesque lagoon, surrounded by magnificent mountains. Upon return to the boat, tuck into a buffet brunch. Return to shore, and be transferred back to Hanoi.

Hanoi: Ninh Binh Tour and Ha Long Bay Cruise 3-Day Trip

6. Hanoi: Ninh Binh Tour and Ha Long Bay Cruise 3-Day Trip

Experience the beauty of Ninh Binh and Ha Long Bay on a multi-stop 3-day trip from Hanoi. Ride a traditional bamboo boat, kayak to scenic caves, join a Vietnamese cooking class, and go squid fishing. Most meals, entry fees, and overnight accommodation are also included. Day 1: After morning pickup in a spacious and climate-controlled bus, relax on the scenic drive through the countryside on the way to the ancient capital of the Lê dynasty at Hoa Lu.  Get free time to climb to the Hang Mua Viewpoint to capture pictures before sitting down for lunch. Later, experience traditional travel with a bamboo boat ride. Explore one of the pristine karst caves in Tam Coc before checking in to the ecolodge. Swim in the lodge pool, try more local food, or rent a bike to explore the village during your stay (costs not included). Day 2: Hop on the shuttle bus in the morning and transfer from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay (no guide during the transfer). Pause for a 15-minute rest stop at the Hai Duong Province and arrive at the cruise ship in the early afternoon. Enjoy a welcome drink once you board the boat. Sample fresh, local seafood for lunch while cruising through Ha Long Bay. Admire views of Incense Burner Island, Fighting Cock Islet, and the Stone Dog rock formation. Soak up some sun onboard or go kayaking to marvel at sights like the Limestone Mountains, the Luon Grotto, and Titop Island. Join a sunset party onboard the ship and pick up some new skills with a Vietnamese cooking class. As day turns to night, indulge in a set-menu dinner of Vietnamese food. Afterward, join a squid fishing outing with the crew. Get hands-on while cooking fresh squid with the cruise chef. Continue the fun onboard with activities like card games or sing your heart out during karaoke. Sleep overnight in a cozy cabin. Day 3:  Wake early and admire the sunrise over the bay from the sundeck. Take in the morning views of Halong Bay with a cup of tea or coffee and a hearty breakfast. Transfer by boat to Surprise Cave, the biggest cave in Halong Bay. Dig into a traditional Vietnamese lunch while cruising back to the pier before being transfered back to your accommodation in Hanoi.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Luxury 5-Star Lan Ha Bay Cruise

7. From Hanoi: 2-Day Luxury 5-Star Lan Ha Bay Cruise

Day 1: Start with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi. Arrive at Tuan Chau pier and board the boat. Enjoy the buffet lunch while the boat is cruising towards North East of Ha Long Bay. Cruise next to the Dark and Bright Caves, the ideal place for you to get up close to Ha Long Bay by bamboo boat or kayak. Then enter a less populated area at Tra Bau - Lan Ha Bay. Select the option to discover Ba Trai Dao Beach, which is ideal for kayaking and swimming. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the green emerald water. Onboard you may join a cooking demonstration as you learn about Vietnamese dining culture. The chef and staff will instruct you in making a traditional dish from Vietnam. Enjoy happy hour at the bar while watching the view of the bay at sunset. Sit for a deluxe dinner made with the freshest ingredients in a sophisticated space with elegant French neoclassical style and traditional oriental touches. Admire the beauty of the bay at night. You may want to try your luck with squid fishing or watch a movie in the restaurant. Day 2: Rise early in the morning for a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Enjoy breakfast at the restaurant while continuing the cruise. Take part in a kayaking tour in the Ao Ech area, before checking out of your cabin. Brunch will be served at the restaurant on the 2nd deck. Return to Tuan Chau Marina for your transfer back to Hanoi.

From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

8. From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a full-day trip to Ha Long Bay and get immersed in the beauty of the stone mountains, caves, sandy beach, and more. Board a vehicle from the hotel and enjoy a scenic drive through the green fields. Arrive at the Tuan Chau Habour and cruise through the turquoise waters and amazing rock formations. Soak in the beauty of the surroundings while enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch on board. Next, you will continue to explore the beautiful Sung Sot cave. Admire the shimmering stalactites embodying countless strange and unique shapes. Take a kayak or bamboo boat to spend some time in the water and discover the stunning Luon Cave. Feel the warmth of the sunshine as you pass by Titop island. Take a refreshing dip in the water or trek to the Titop peak for photos with a panoramic view of the bay. Relax for a while before going back to the boat to enjoy a sunset party with red wine, french fries, cakes, and fruits. After reaching Ha Long harbor, the driver will transfer you back to Hanoi. 

Ha Long - Bai Tu Long Bay 2-day Cruise & Activities

9. Ha Long - Bai Tu Long Bay 2-day Cruise & Activities

Day 1: You'll be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi at 8:00-8:30 AM Drive to Ha Long City through the green fields of the Red River Delta. Stopover on the way for a refreshment break. You'll embark at Ha Long wharf and there will be some time for a break and photography. Enjoy a welcoming drink on board as well as a cruise briefing. Have some lunch while cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations along the way. Transfer to Thien Canh Son Cave. The tour guide will take you to a huge cave with many interesting stalactite and stalagmite formations. After about half an hour visiting, you will go back to the boat by tender. Then, return to the cruise vessel for some leisure time. You'll also have half an hour for kayaking to discover the Bai Tu Long Bay landscape. After you return to the boat, join a cooking class with the onboard chef. A Vietnamese style set dinner is served on board. Take some time to enjoy chatting at the bar or enjoy some night fishing. Stay overnight on the boat. Day 2: Have some breakfast at around 7:30 AM and enjoy the sunrise on the bay. Visit the Cong Do & Cap La areas by kayaking. You'll not only be immersed in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of the this area, but, on your way, also be surrounded by the rocky mountains in a small bamboo boat as you go to and from the Cong Do & Cap La. When it's time to check out, pack your luggage and check out and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay. Have lunch while cruising back through Ha Long Bay to the pier. Disembark at Ha Long wharf and say goodbye to the crew. Return from Ha Long to Hanoi with a short stopover on the way for a refreshment break before you arrive.

From Hanoi: Ha Long & Bai Tu Long Bay 3-Day Cruise with Food

10. From Hanoi: Ha Long & Bai Tu Long Bay 3-Day Cruise with Food

Experience a cruise and discover the Bai Tu Long and Ha Long Bay area. Kayak all around the island, swim on the beach, visit a fishing village by bamboo boat, and try night fishing on this multi-day adventure. Day 1: Hon Gai Pier – Bai Tu Long Bay – Cong Do – Cap La 07.45 – 8:30: luxury limousine or shuttle bus will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi and start a trip to explore the most amazing bay in the North of Vietnam. On the way, we will have a quick stop in the middle of the way to rest. 12.30: Arrive in the office at Hon Gai Pier, you will have a bit of time to relax and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee. Wait for the captain to finish the registration and transfer by tender to our boat. 12.45: Enjoy a welcome drink and spend a couple of minutes to briefing about safety on the boat and activities included then we check in the cabin. 13.30: Delicious Vietnamese set menu will be served while leisurely cruising further into Bai Tu Long Bay. 15.00: Arrive in the kayaking area – that is Cap La Island. Enjoy kayaking through the karst and breathtaking nature, swimming, and relaxing. 17.30: Get back to the boat and enjoys a Sunset party while our cruise sailing to the overnight anchorage. 19.00: Sumptuous set dinner on board. 20.30: Free time to challenge yourself in Vietnamese puzzle games, or gathers your group/family for a board game; try your luck with squid fishing or simply have a cocktail and enjoy the quiet night on the bay. Day 2: Vung Vieng Village – Cong Dam – Cong Do 06.00: Start your day with a Tai Chi routine on sundeck or catch a morning view of the stunning bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. 07.30: Breakfast will be served in Western style, familiar to you to fulfill your strength, and ready for another exploring day. 09.00: Transfer to a day cruise, we cruise passing several floating hamlets including Cap La and Cong Dam, we enter the Centre of pristine Bai Tu Long Geology Park. There, we will visit Vung Vieng fishing village to interact with local people. 12.00: Back to the boat for a delicious hot lunch at noontime 14.00: Spend more time kayaking and swimming at Cong Dam, or relaxing on the boat. If the weather allows, we can take a glance at Thay Cave before back to the anchor point. 16.30: Return to the main boat and enjoy the sunset party afterward 19.00: Dinner will be served. 20.30: Free time for joining Games, you may also try your luck with squid fishing. Day 3: Thien Canh Son Cave – Hon Gai Harbor 06.30: Start early Tai Chi demonstration on sundeck. 07.30: Breakfast will be served in Western style and furthermore with Vietnamese traditional food. 08.00: Explore the well-hidden Thien Canh Son Cave and enjoy a white sandy beach at Hon Co Island. The tour guide will provide some interesting stories of Ha Long Bay and this cave, made by Mother Nature. 09.00: Back to the boat to pack and check out of your cabin. Prepare to join in a traditional cooking demonstration. 10.30: Vietnamese cooking demonstration on boat. 11.00: Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch. 12.00: Disembark in Hon Gai pier. Farewell Halong Bay then returns to Hanoi 15.00: Finish your excursion

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With our guide, Sunny, it was an incredible experience, she helped us with everything, her command of English was excellent, and she did not stop helping us at all times. The La Pandora experience was the best option we could take, especially because of the way they celebrated her birthday, the whole crew sang the mornings with oil lamps and prepared a cake for the occasion, in order to make everything perfect. The activities had everything necessary, the room was in the best conditions and the experience exceeded all expectations. Thank you very much, Pandora.

Great communication from the start. My partner and I had special travel arrangements that the tour company was very accommodating about. At no point was I unsure about the plan for pickups and drop-offs. The itinerary for the day was well-planned and the crew made sure everything ran as smoothly as possible. Special shoutout to our guide, Ken, for being such a wonderful host. He was very informative and very funny

Fantastic Tour and Guide. Asia Fun Adventures is a great travel agency. Easy to connect, quick response, very flexible and helpful. My experience Fantastic. Thank you.

Fantastic cruise, Thuy our host was great and very welcoming. Highly recommend.

Wonderful tour. The guide was excellent and we love it!