Cat Ba Island
To move further away from the flocks of tourists, Cat Ba Island is your place. It is the biggest island in Ha Long Bay. This island is famous for its National Park, which is abode to the highly endangered Golden Headed Langur. This place has a few caves which you can explore with the help of a local guide or buy a map and explore some through the woods yourself. You will find rocky cliffs along the coastline and some small fishing villages. This can be an excellent way to interact with the locals and get to know their culture and simple lifestyle. Some parts of the island are considerably deserted and are ideal to get out the explorer in you. You can also indulge in some rock climbing activity.
Lan Ha Bay
Second Day As the day breaks, you are invited to join a Tai Chi demonstration taking place on the top deck of the vessel. Enjoy a buffet breakfast on the main vessel before being transferred to our day-boat, Paradise Explorer, which will take you to Bai Tu Long Bay, one among the many wonderful natural wonders with beautiful islands and long, white-sandy beaches. Winter Program (Oct 1st - Apr 30th) The winter will see you land on Cat Ba Island, the largest island in Halong bay, to explore by bicycle or motorbike and visit a local village. After transferring to Cat Ba, enjoy a gentle cycle or motorbike ride along a stunning coastal road before turning inland to snake through rice fields surrounded by dense jungle. 5km inland, stop at Viet Hai Village to take in the tranquil atmosphere and beautiful surroundings. Our guide will explain about life on the island and you will have the chance to visit the local school and chat to the friendly and welcoming villagers. Return to the Explorer for a well-deserved lunch. Summer Program (May 1st - Sep 30th) The summer means a visit to Vung Vieng, one of the largest floating villages in Halong bay, a ramshackle collection of buildings that include a school, museum and almost a hundred dwellings where the fishermen and their families reside all year round. This unusual way of living only on water and in relative isolation has encouraged a completely unique culture not seen anywhere else in Vietnam. Transfer from the Explorer to a small rowboat to quietly paddle through the village and interact with the locals who reside here. Stop at the largest floating area, which contains the small school and museum where you can learn about everyday life in the village, how this unlikely situation came about and why the locals are fiercely protective over this unique way of living. Then, row to Tung Sau pearl farm and discover the intricate methods of oyster and pearl cultivation.
Sung Sot Cave
As you can see, Pete is rather enjoying the chaos, but I’m finding the beeping and the difficulty of crossing the road a bit overwhelming! Last night was also the start of the ‘Autumn Festival’ in Hanoi, a special celebration of the seasons especially for kids. This meant the streets were absolutely chocca block with people, jostling against the bikes for space! I got a bit stressed out by the heat and the inability to move, but it was cool to see. There were three caves in total, each one bigger than the last. The final one was like an enormous hall with a curved ceiling – stalagmites and stalactites everywhere, and rainwater running down the walls. It was absolutely incredible – and from the outside completely invisible! It was such a great surprise.
Hang Sửng Sốt
The 'Hang Sun Sot' or the Surprise Cave houses a popular symbol of fertility, a phallic rock illuminated by a bright pink light. It is interestingly known as 'Cock Rock' and the overexcited guides will be happy to explain the formation to you. The entrance and transfer to the caves is always covered by your boat cruise so make sure you have a confirmation.
It takes at least 45 km. to leave behind the haze of Hanoi and greet the ocean breezes of Halong Bay. We luxuriously filled our lungs with the fresh sea air. We had been away from the ocean for too long. The further we sailed from the coast the slower the pace got and four hours later we landed on remote Quan Lan Island. We explored the end of the island opposite the ferry pier, past women digging clams and men breaking up road rock by hand. Continuing on for miles to the end of the road we happened on a couple of tiny remote villages. A leisurely walk amongst the fields, through the family cemetery, and along the beach is an interesting way to catch everyone in action on Quan Lan; tending the crops, collecting seafood along the shore, and making brooms or large briquettes from the coal-tar in nearby Cua Ong. The genuine friendliness and laid-back ambience of this quiet island makes it a must-visit for anyone with some extra time.
early morning go for kayaking return to cruise then after breakfast go for shells tour. Then cruise will return to dock nd bus will drop you by 5pm in Hanoi.Then catch a train to Dong hoi from Hanoi station i have booked this ticket earlier had a great experience you should go. I got tckt for 2100. It was 4 by 4 soft bed.