Vietnam tailor made tour in 5 days

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Nature always has the mystery to challenge people to explore, discover and experience, Vietnam islands too. If you are planning a tailor-made tour in Vietnam for 5 days, do not forget the following suggestions:

Tuan Chau islet- Quang Ninh province

Tuan Chau is known as the “golden spot” for the northern sea tourism, 160km from Hanoi with great scenery, long stretches of white and smooth sandy.

From the end of April to October, the weather is cool, pleasant and suitable for tourism especially swimming, this is considered as an ideal time to travel Tuan Chau.

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Tuan Chau island

From Hanoi, you catch the bus to Bai Chay. From Bai Chay with a small road linking Bai Chay to Tuan Chau, you can rent motorbike or taxi for the convenience and safety to go to Tuan Chau Island.

If you travel Tuan Chau from Ho Chi Minh City you should land at Cat Bi airport then move to Tuan Chau Island.

Tuan Chau island resort has an area of 220ha, built by gentle hills. There is a concrete road about 2km long connecting the island to the mainland. From the entrance gate you will pass through a hilly area with villas with infrastructure of international standards.

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Resort in Tuan Chau island

The next is a culinary street with five restaurants and roundhouses designed in the beautiful royal architecture can serve over 1,000 guests with Europe, Asia, and ethnic dishes made by famous foreign and domestic chefs. In the center area, visitors will be overwhelmed by dolphin, lion and seal performing clubs transformed modernly and uniquely.

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Water sports in Tuan Chau

In Tuan Chau Island, visitors can take part in many water sports activities such as high-speed jet skiing, windsurfing, fishing in Ha Long sea ; rowing; touring Ha Long Bay by ballon or climbing, camping.

Nam Du island- Kien Giang province

In your Vietnam tailor made tour, you should travel in the dry season from December to March every year. The most beautiful weather is in the range from January to March because the sea is quite calm. The seasick will also be reduced.

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Nam Du island

After reaching Rach Gia – Kien Giang, you can take a speed boat  to go to the Nam Du island of (about 2 hours).

To explore the islands around Hon Lon (Lon islet) and visit some beautiful places, you should hire boats to move. There is some boat for rent. (if you can not rent you can go to the pier, find any fishing boats of the locals, bargain the price and places to go).You can rent motorbikes in the boarding house area for about 150,000 – 200,000 per day.

These days, there are diverse types of hostels and even homestay, you can also set up the camping tents right on the beach on the island.

Where to go in Vietnam? It’s Nam Du. Nam Du is a pristine island with 21 large and small islands cleverly arranged. The largest island is Nam Du Island with a height of over 300m. Nam Du Island has many small islands and beautiful beaches with clear water all year.

  • Men islet

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Men island

It is a beautiful bay in the Gulf of Thailand. Men islet is considered as the most beautiful beach in the Nam Du island. The green coconut tree rows are up to 70 – 80 years old. You can dive to catch squid or view colorful coral.

  • Nam Du Lighthouse

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Nam Du lighthouse

Nam Du lighthouse is located on the top of Hon Lon in An Son commune. This is considered as the highest lighthouse in Vietnam thanks to location on the 300-meter hill above sea level.

  • Dau islet (Hòn Dầu)

Hon Dau is relatively large compared to other islands because it contains primary forest occupying about 90% of the area. There are many coral reefs on the shore. The sea is clear and clean.

There are some gentle coconut trees facing the sea, you can lie on it and take a nap in the cool breeze.

Nam Du is also a seafood paradise with a variety of dishes such as:

  • Nhum (cầu gai) ( sea urchin):

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Nhum dish

  • Grilled scallop with onion: Scallop is a must-try dish when going to Nam Du. With white meat, not sickly, not tough, it’s suitable for baking or steaming.

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Grilled scallop with onion

  • Baby squid: Baby squid is popular seafood on the beach, baby squid is not only delicious but also very nutritious.

Four- islet tour in Nha Trang

Nha Trang is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. There are 19 large and small islands with hundreds of pristine beautiful beaches. Among them, 14 islands are being exploited for tourism development.

Conquering all these islands is the wish of many visitors. Four- islet tour of Nha Trang, a journey to return to the sea and sky, wild nature, splendid corals and hundreds of attractive seafood … will help you make your dream come true.

  • Mun islet (Hòn Mun):

Only about 1.2 km2 but Hon Mun contains many wonderful things. This is a very rich marine ecosystem with more than 1500 species of hard, soft coral and marine.

Hon Mun

  • Mot islet (Hòn Một)

Hon Mot – A small fruit orchard in the middle of the ocean. Hon Mot has surprised many first- time visitors thanks to a small island (less than 1 km2) but it has a beautiful beach, a peaceful fishing village and fruit orchard which is no less than Southern Vietnam.

This is also the only sea area of Vietnam that can develop both aquaculture and perennial industrial crops.

  • Tranh beach (Bãi Tranh)  

Tranh beach is one of the highlights of Nha Trang Bay with friendly nature closing to people – an interesting destination with unique games.

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Tranh beach

With sand stretches wrapping around the island, set foot on the island, visitors will feel relaxed with natural scenery and cool air. On the island you are free to explore, dive or enjoy water sports.

  • Tri Nguyen Fish lake

Tri Nguyen fish lake is located on Bong Nguyen island, also known as Hon Mieu (Fish Island) in Nha Trang Bay, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province. The lake contains hundreds of rare and beautiful marine life as a living museum of the sea.

The visitors will see the open-cast lake containing a variety of fish such as tuna, mackerel … behind the cave is the giant squid or giant lobster with the weight up to 3kg

Let’s come and experience the beauty of Nha Trang islands in your Vietnam tailor made tour!

Conquer Chàm Islet as a native Vietnamese | Here is how

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As you may beware, Danang does not take too much time to prove you how stunning and worthwhile it is to cost you a couple of days for a relaxation here. This Central metropolitan city gets to ever stay high in the list of best tours in Vietnam. Hence, it is simply so easy to find out what to do in Danang from both local and former outlander visitors who paid a visit to this domain before that is spread widely on the Internet. Today’s picked talk is about what you should do to be a truly smart local in a highly-visited area such as Danang, and the answer is Chàm Islet.

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Chàm Islet

Lied roughly 15 kilometers away from Hoian Old Quarter by sea, Chàm Islet or Cù Lao Chàm in local given name contains 7 natural small islands known as Lao Islet, Dài Islet, Lá Islet, Khô Islet, Tai Islet, Mồ Islet and Nồm Islet. Over here, besides immersing yourself in the primitive beaches formed by the vast white sand, deep blue sea under a high clear sky or enjoying a fully satisfying seafood treat, our local advice below is other hidden highlights you can get to be offered when taking a South Vietnam group tour to Chàm Islet.

Chàm Islet is covered with layers of the ecosystem and enclosed with ancient civilization background. This is the second sea preservation of the country following the initial one located in Môn Islet, Khánh Hoà Province. Chàm Islet is known to own a suitable climate standard for the system of flora and fauna such as birds, porcupines, pythons, monkeys, snakes, swallows and stone crabs.

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If you are a sea lover or even a scuba diving fan, you can choose to pitch a tent on the seashore and feel the fresh air of Chồng Islet, one of the most pristine spots at this site. Paying a visit here, sailing on a glass-bottom boat, partaking in a scuba diving tour to observe the tropical colorful coral reefs, witnessing the natural habitats of swallows, conquering the giant sand dunes and joining sporty activeness such as jet skiing, paragliding, surfing, kayaking and a lot more will be expected to be impeccable activities during your trip to Chàm Islet. Are you down for a day like this? Contact a Vietnam local tour operator right away!

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Diversified activities

In addition, most locals visiting Chàm Islet will visit Hải Tạng Pagoda at least once in a lifetime. Most of the constructions here were fortunately remained untouched, which gives out a fact that religious life is seen as an essential part of the islet dwellers.

Notably, when picking Chàm Islet as your next destination in your Central Vietnam excursion, you may somehow live in a warm welcome of these native fishermen and sailormen and get to smell an utmost authenticity like the way it is. An opportunity to taste Chàm exotic seafood such as squid, shrimp, fish, abalone, Cellana, stone crab and wild veggies will fulfill your empty stomach. Or else, you can choose to live like a real local with a night trip catching squid in the middle of the ocean and up all night chit-chat around a night campfire. Find the finest customized South Vietnam tour like this and travel when no one else knows!

A few words above do not seem to wholly illustrate how admirable Chàm Islet can be. The best thing to know why Vietnam is such a country that you cannot skip when visiting Southeast Asia is to reach there on your own. If you are a fan of the high blue sky or a wild wind chaser, do not forget to stop over Chàm Islet for a couple of days. They say visiting Danang without a short stop-over to Chàm Islet is such a big mistake. Internationally recognized beaches such as Mỹ Khê will somehow make you forget lesser-known primitive spots, and that is the reason why the presence of a Vietnamese local or at least an attendance in the best South Vietnam group tour will give you a chance to travel in a way that only the Viet locals know how to.

Vietnam off the beaten track tours and top things to do on Gam Ghi Island

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Besides Phu Quoc Island, Gam Ghi Island is a flawless place for your Vietnam off the beaten track tours.

Where is Gam Ghi Island?

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Odd shaped rocks gam ghi island

Gam Ghi Island, one of the untouched islands in Vietnam, has recently become famous to tourists all around the world. Perhaps, its long seashore, clear blue sea water, and green trees growing everywhere are the reasons why. Gam Ghi Island will be a perfect destination for your vacation this summer.

Located in the South side of An Thoi Town, Kien Giang Province, beside the Gulf of Thailand, Gam Ghi is one of the 17 small islands of Phu Quoc Islands. There are not many people living on it so the island is still undamaged and beautiful. For those who love the charm of the ocean and want to engage with nature, Gam Ghi will be a great option.

How to get there?

The only way to get to the island is renting a boat in An Thoi or Bai Sao Port. If you travel in groups, renting a large boat is the best idea to have a safe ride. It takes only about 20 to 30 minutes to arrive at the Island. Along the ride, you will be able to see the wonderful beauty of the ocean.

Where to stay?

Gam Ghi Island is considered a secret paradise, which is completely unexploited by the human. So there is no hotel or homestay here. In case you want to sleep on the island at night and return in the next morning, you can set up a camp or stay in some locals’ house. Otherwise, the only choice is to have fun on the island by day and return to An Thoi Port before 6 pm.

What makes the island so captivating?

There are many reasons why the trip to Gam Ghi Island can be your best tour in Vietnam. The first one is definitely the sea water, which is extremely blue and clear. Also, because the other islands around it make a perfect shield, you will only find small waves while taking sea-bathing. Therefore, the island is ideal for tourists who don’t know how to swim to have a pleasant time.

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Coral reef gam ghi island

Gam Ghi beaches are more magnificent than ever with coral reefs. They surround the whole island and stay very close to the seashore. Because the island is one of the nature reserves of Phu Quoc Town, the coral reefs here are very thick. You can see them just by facing down the water surface.

Another thing which makes the island so special is the large and odd-shaped rocks. They appear in large numbers on beaches and under the water, making an impressive scenery. When the waves crash against them, churning the water to foam, the scene looks even more imposing. Due to the coral reefs and beaches, Gam Ghi Island is often considered a miniature of Bali in Vietnam.

Top things to do for your trip

There are not many entertaining activities on the island so you will have to be creative. One exciting suggestion is snorkeling to see the coral reefs. You will be stunned by the marine world as well. Although snorkeling is easy, it is recommended to have an instructor if you have never done it before. He will give you directions and help you in case anything happens.

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Sea urchin Gam Ghi island

After a few swimming hours, you can borrow a fishing-rod from some fisherman and start fishing. That is how you have your lunch. If you travel to Vietnam with your friends, it will be the best seafood party that you can ever attend.

In case you travel with your boyfriend, girlfriend, or family, walking on the beach or sunbathing are some appropriate activities. Just lie on the beach, listen to the sound of trees and the ocean and all of your sorrows will disappear.

Some notifications for your Vietnam off the beaten track tours

  • Because Gam Ghi is not only an island but also a coral reserve, remember not to hit the coral reefs so hard or try to break them. They get only 1 centimeter longer every year so it is best to protect this masterpiece of Mother Nature. 
  • If you want to take part in a fishing tour, you have to make sure that you don’t have seasick.
  • You should go sightseeing only in tourist spots and avoid forbidden forests as well as places which are too remote and neglected.
  • Sea-bathing is a great thing to do. However, you should not swim too long or at the time when the sun is at its highest. It is easy to get sunstroke or catch a cold.

Have a tourist visa into Vietnam in the easiest way

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Traveling to Vietnam is getting more and more popular in travelers’ eyes worldwide. Almost any type of topography and experiences can be found across the length of the country. However, how can you have an opportunity to try all of these kinds of Vietnam tours if not having a permission to enter the country? The post below will walk you through each step in details to obtain a single entry tourist visa into Vietnam.

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A classic Vietnam

There are currently three ways to obtain a tourist visa into Vietnam updated in 2018:

Getting your visa done directly through Vietnamese Embassy or Vietnamese Consulate in your country of residence. In this case, as a tourist you are required to submit:

  • Entry permit form
  • Two photos (usually 4cm x 6cm or 3cm x 4cm)
  • Your original passport (at least six-month validation)

Processing duration: four or five working days.

Visa fee: varies based on different offices’ policies.

Getting your visa done online, which is commonly referred to as E-Visa. In this situation, you can choose to submit an online form by filling out a secure form requiring personal details such as name, passport number, arrival date and designate your preferred online payment method. After submitting, your application letter will be processed within five working days (or less depending on whether it is an urgent visa application or not). Then, you will be sent a pre-approved visa letter via email and required to print the PDF attached file and prepare two photos as mention above in section 1. Upon arrival, you are accordingly expected to fill in a simple form and present your passport, photos and printed E-Visa form along with an extra stamping fee.

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Mekong Delta

Notwithstanding given the fact that what if after all these processes, your tourist visa application gets rejected without you giving a clue about it? If so, asking for a favor from charismatic Vietnam tour operators may be needed. You can choose to contact a visa agency in your homeland, yet Vietnamese locals always get to know their country inside out. Hence, I do recommend you to consider a help from these operators and agencies and all you need to do is packing your bags and wait until the day your start exploring this tropical East Asian country. In addition, you may be able to scan through their list of available Vietnam tours and get the whole packages ready-made beforehand.

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Save more time to fully explore Vietnam

This type of visa is known to as Visa On Arrival, or VOA. All you are expected to do is handing to these travel agencies an archive of documents. On arriving at Vietnam international gateways or airports, such as Nội Bài in Hanoi, Tân Sơn Nhất in Saigon or Đà Nẵng Airport, you just need a stamp and that is everything.

Required documents and details handed to Vietnam travel agencies include:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Occupation
  • Passport number
  • Arrival and departure dates

In case you are an overseas Vietnamese, you may need to provide some extra information as stated below:

  • Year, reason and transportation upon your Vietnam’s emigration.
  • Contact information of your Vietnamese relatives in Vietnam.

Vietnam tour operators will then hand you back the approved letter from Vietnam Immigration Department. As said, after arriving at any International airport, you will get a stamp on your original passport by providing the available approved letter, two photos (4cm x 6cm) taken within the latest six months and a stamping fee in cash.

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Tân Sơn Nhất Aiport panorama

From then on, you can embark your lovely time across the country without worrying about any further issues arising. Seeking for a help from a local Vietnam travel agency provides you not only a deep insight about need-to-know terms and policies regarding the country’s immigration department but also an advice and assistance on typical questions such as accommodation, destinations, and activities. After entering the country, do not hesitate to reach out the best Vietnam travel guides in order to fully taste and feel Vietnam in the most authentic and local way.

5 ideal routes for Vietnam trekking tours

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After trekking through the terrain with many things on your back, you will have a chance to enjoy the endless beauty of the majestic nature. Vietnam trekking tours today will introduce you 5 recently routes that are extremely attractive to domestic and foreign travelers.

Ta Nang – Phan Dung

The trekking route through the three provinces of Lam Dong – Ninh Thuan – Binh Thuan is attracting people who are interested in exploring in the south. Starting from Ta Nang Commune or Da Quyn Commune, Duc Trong District (Lam Dong Province), it takes about 3 days and 2 nights to experience nearly 60 km of passing forests, climbing hills and wading streams. Visitors will move from a height of 1,100 m to 500m above sea level.

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Green grass hills in Ta Nang – Phan Dung

The most impressive sight is the vast grass hills, the sparse rows of pine trees, the floating clouds far away, a beautiful scenery like peaceful pictures. It is worth to be in top places when trekking Vietnam.

Ta Lien Mountain

Ta Lien Mountain (also known as Co Trau Mountain) belongs to Ta Leng Commune, Tam Duong District, Lai Chau Province. It has the altitude of 2,993m above sea level and a spectacular mountain landscape along with a primitive forest. Obviously, you cannot miss trekking this mountain in the list top things to do in Vietnam.

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Pristine forest on the way to Ta Lien Mountain

You need 3 days 2 nights to climb to the top of Ta Lien. At mid-day of the 1st day, you will start your trip with the road which is a complete path of the villagers. You can have the night at a rock cave that people go or climb to jungle since there is almost no camp on the road. You need to find a flat place near water source before dark. On the first day, it takes 3-4 hours to climb up to 1,900 m. On the next day, climbing to the peak of 2.993 m before 14h to be able to return to the resting place before dark. On the third day, going down the mountain until at noon, you will arrive the edge of the forest and then transfer to Sa Pa before sunset.

Lao Than Mountain

Lao Than Mountain, known as Y Ty roof, is located in Bat Xat District, Lao Cai Province. It is the ideal place to combine trekking and “hunting” clouds for 2 days and 1 night.  For those who are nature lovers, this mountain is suitable for your Vietnam tours.

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The breath-taking view of Lao Than Mountain

Moving to Y Ty, you can park your motorbike in a large vegetable farm at the entrance of Phin Ho village (the military airport of the France colonial Period) and begin the journey to reach to the 2800m of Lao Than. Be careful to ask the villagers for guidance as well as bring enough dry food for the journey.

Lung Cung Mountain

Lung Cung Mount is named after a village located in the harshest mountain in Nam Co commune, Mu Cang Chai district, Yen Bai. To explore Lung Cung, you take approximately 2 days and a night in the forest to reach the top and go down the mountain. You can climb from 3 different directions are Chao Chua Chai, Lung Cung or Tu San. The journey will go through a primary forest with beautiful scenery, so you can encounter the unique flora or the branches of maple leaves.

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At the peak of Lung Cung Mountain

Swallow Cave (Hang En)

In the previous year, Son Doong area, Tu Lan or Hang En were very popular spots. Hang En is the third largest cave in the world with its flourishing and unique ecosystem. Many adventurous people who have not registered to Son Doong tour can choose this place to conquer.

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The entrance of Hang En – the third largest cave in the world

From Dong Hoi city, you go along Ho Chi Minh highway in the west about 35km and keep move more than 8km to Hang En cave. The road has many sloping segments through Rao Thuong Stream, Doong Village, and a small village of Van Kieu people located in the core area of ​​Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. Going deep into the cave, you will admire the Rao Thuong stream flowing S-shaped again. When you go deeper inside, you will observe the stalactites of various shapes or nests.

Experience the first sunlight in Vietnam

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From the crossroads of historic Vung Ro, take a motorbike driver to get to Mui Dien or you can call Dai Lanh lighthouse. This is recognized as the easternmost point of Vietnam. Due to the higher terrain, Mui Dien is also considered as the first place to receive the first sunlight of Vietnam. So that it deserves to be one of the top must-go destinations  in Vietnam.

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Panoramic view of Dai Lanh lighthouse

1/The ideal time

The weather in the easternmost is the same as Khanh Hoa province with two seasons: the rainy season and the sunny season. The rainy season lasts from September to December, from January to August is the dry season. If possible, you should arrange the time to conquer the easternmost at the beginning of the year (from January to May). At this time the weather is cool, no rain so it will not make you too tired or hard for walking.

2/ Things need to be prepared for tourist of Vietnam all-inclusive packages

  • Tents, sleeping bags, knives, flashlights, lighters (if you camp overnight at the beach).
  • Food, water. Each person needs at least 2 liters (daytime) or 3 liters (overnight).
  • Sports shoes, trousers, sun visors, wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen
  • Medicines and medical devices, mosquito repellants, insect repellent.
  • Electronic devices (phones, GPS monitors, cameras) and extra batteries if you want to stay in the Easternmost.

3/ Accommodation

For an interesting trip, you should spend at least 2 days. The night before, you can stay right at Dam Mon (this place only a single guest house). If you come in groups, you can have a BBQ party on the beach and early the next morning to move to the easternmost point, picking up the first rays of sunlight on the land of Vietnam.

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You should not forget to bring tents to sleep

4/ Journey to conquer Easternmost

From the foot of the lighthouse, you have to walk more than 1km to get the place in the Vietnam all-inclusive packages. The path leads up to the lighthouse with its crooked stone steps and white fence make the tourist feel the peacefully of listening to the waves of the sea.

Dai Lanh Cape is a tributary of the Truong Son range that pierces the sea. The border guards here said that, a few years ago, before the asphalt road leading to the lighthouse, here is completely isolated with residential areas, want to go to the market also have to walk 16 km, so a week they only go to the market once.

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The Easternmost of Vietnam

The electricity must run by the electric machine and light up only about 2 hours a day because the transportation of oil is very difficult. Weekly, the water must buy under the lighthouse, then they self-carry them up the hill or hire the workers.

5/ The best place to watch the sunrise

Visitors usually come to the lighthouse of Dai Lanh to see the sunrise. But according to the local people here, the most beautiful spot is on the mountain slope to the left, just go along Route 29 will see a wide range without trees obscured sight. From there, we can see the light of the lighthouse of Dai Lanh lighthouse in the night sky, below the many fishing boats of fishermen catching in the soon morning, sparkling like white spots from far away.

At 4 am, the moon is still a crescent-shaped hanging overhead. At the horizon of the east, amidst the area of rosy light, the clouds get together into strange shapes. The sun has not risen yet, fishing boats are on the way to come back to the village. There is no picture more peaceful than that.

In the calm morning, only the winds rustle the leaves of the forest and the sea waves mingled into Bai Mon Beach, creating an interesting nature symphony that tourists can easily immerse. The dawn is about 5 minutes, then the red sun slowly rising out of the sea.

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Enjoy sunrise moment in Dai Lanh

Dawn is the start of a new day, the first rays of the sun symbolize the new beginning. This trip is purely for travel purposes, it is also a stress reliever after a period of “running” with daily life. Standing in front of the dawn sunlit beyond, your soul as washed away the worries. All the space was the sound of the wind, there is no the noises of the road, no smoke, no motorcycles, absolutely quiet. Taking a deep breath, the fresh feeling of freshness pervades both the outer and inner spirits. This will be an amazing experience for tourists who travel to Vietnam.

Guide to Cat Ba Island from Hanoi

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Planning a trip to Lan Ha Bay or Cat Ba National Park? Let catbaisland help you with the information on guide to Cat Ba from Hanoi below.

Go directly from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island

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Cai Beo Village, Cat Ba Island (Source: Internet)

Cat Ba Island is the home to Lan Ha Bay, the Ha Long Bay in small scale, and Cat Ba National Park, a favorite destination for many trekkers. These are the top places to visit in the North Vietnam. The only way to get to the island is by boat. If your starting point is Hanoi, the best tips when traveling to Cat Ba is to purchase the whole trip, including both bus and boat fare. First, you hop on a bus to Hai Phong City, this trip takes about 2.5 to 3 hours, followed by a minibus to Dinh Vu Port, then you will have 40 minutes on a hydrofoil to Cai Vieng harbor, take another bus and you are at Cat Ba Town. One such ticket costs around 250.000 VND; you can purchase it at Luong Yen Bus Station on the day of departure.

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The ferry to Cat Ba (Source: Internet)

Hoang Long is the main operator that service Ha Noi-Cat Ba route. Their buses leave at 5.20, 7.20 and 11.20 and return from Cat Ba town at 7.15 a.m. 9.15 a.m, 1.15 p.m and 3.15 p.m from May to September. Between October and April, the bus departs in Ha Noi at 7.20 a.m and 11.20 a.m.

For the return trip, most hotels and tour operators in Cat Ba can help you book the same bus-boat-bus ticket at similar price. The buses run from 6.00 to 16.00.

Stopover at Ha Long Bay

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This route is suitable for those who want to include Ha Long Bay in their trip. Take a bus to Tuan Chau, and then take a 45-minute ferry to Gia Luan pier. The ticket is around 80.000 VND (100.000 VND with a motorbike). From the pier, there are two options; one is to take the bus that usually shows upon the ferry arrival; the other one is taxi. From May to September, the ferry leaves at 7.30, 9.00, 11.30, 13.30 and 15.00 and return at 9.00, 11.30, 13.00, 15.00, and 16.00.

Another option is to book a tourist boat from Ha Long City. You cannot purchase such ticket at Bai Chay Pier so the only choice is to go for a tour operator. The price ranges from $18 to $25, including the fee to enter the bay. Be sure to check the schedule carefully since the boat might stop at some spots on the way for kayaking and sightseeing. Such trip can take up to 6.5 hours.

There are several and affordable ways to reach Cat Ba Island from Hanoi. If you find any other options, please let catbaisland know by leaving comments.

Best local tour guide for your summer vacation in Cat Ba Island

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Among the best places to travel in Vietnam, Cat Ba Island is an outstanding destination. Situated 60km from central Hai Phong, the island has recently become the top choice for summer vacations in northern Vietnam with its stunning sunshine, pristine nature, and nearly untouched beaches.  

What is the best time to travel Cat Ba, Vietnam?

Cat Ba is cool all year round so you can travel to Cat Ba Island at any time and in any season. October and November are the best months of the year to come to this beautiful island when the climate is pleasant and the number of tourists is quite small compared to the duration between May and August. Travelling off-season will be a great option to enjoy your holidays without being annoyed by the noise of tourists.

How to get access to Cat Ba?

Traveling by bus seems to be the most common way to reach Cat Ba Island. From Hanoi, tourists are able to book a ticket for a price of $10 and get to bus stations near Hanoi Old Quarter to transfer to Hai Phong’s bus station. Then, tourists can get on a hydrofoil to get to Cat Ba Island. See more information at Guide to Cat Ba Island from Hanoi.

A highly recommended alternative choice is booking a Halong Bay package that makes a stop at Cat Ba Island. It is a much economical option for anyone planning to take part in a Halong – Cat Ba tour. For about $22, tourists are offered many services including picking you up from your hotel and transferring you to the destination. 

Where to stay in Cat Ba?

With the development of tourism, there are more and more hotels and accommodations in Cat Ba town, especially near the coast. The cost of midweek stay (from Monday to Thursday) is half cheaper than weekend stay (from Friday to Sunday). Hence, if you are on a tight budget, try spending at least two days during the week for your Cat Ba travel to avoid crowds and save some cash for your accommodation.

Here are some well-rated resorts which are equipped with air conditioners, private bathrooms, and sea view.

Cat Ba Sunrise Resort

Cat Ba Beach Resort

Whisper Nature Bungalow & Resort

Cat Ba Eco Lodge

Cat Ba Island Resort & Spa

Monkey Island Resort

Cat Ba Sunrise Resort

Cat Ba Sunrise Resort at night (Source: Internet)

What to do in your travel?

1. Go swimming at Cat Co Beach

There are 3 most popular beaches in Cat Ba: Cat Co 1, Cat Co 2 and Cat Co 3. Cat Co 1 beach is surrounded by stone cliffs, attracting many tourists to sunbathe and go swimming. You can reach to these beaches from the town by taking an electric car or local bike taxi (xe om).

Cat Co Beach

Cat Co Beach is surrounded by forest mountains (Source: Internet)

2. Discover Lan Ha Bay

Once setting your foot on Cat Ba, you should spend a whole day on it, hire a boat to explore the pristine beauty of Lan Ha Bay. Surrounded by limestone karsts, Lan Ha shares many things in common with one of the World Natural Heritage Sites, Halong Bay.

If you have a taste for adventure, a kayaking trip in Lan Ha Bay is a must. Kayak rental services are offered by most cruises so you can easily hire a boat to experience the natural beauty of limestone and caves on your own.    

Lan Ha Bay

Lan Ha Bay with untouched beauty (Source: Internet)

3. Explore Cat Ba National Reserve

Famous for its biodiversity, Cat Ba National Park is the habitat of many exotic species of animals including endangered species such as golden-headed langurs. If you are interested in observing the wildlife, there are many ecotours available to help you explore the mysterious forests and take you to some caves such as Trung Trang Cave and Bat Cave. For anyone who loves outdoor activities, hiking and trekking day tours are highly recommended.

Cat Ba Nature Reserve

Cat Ba National Reserve is a perfect place for outdoor activities (Source: Internet)

4. Enjoy local seafood

When visiting Cat Ba Island, you should not miss these must-eat local dishes: vermicelli with shrimps, mantis shrimp soup, steamed horseshoe crab, grilled Pacific geoduck, and steamed groupers. These ocean specialties are not only delicious but also nutrient-rich. There is nothing better than enjoying a BBQ party by the beach after a day of adventure!    

Beyond the island’s gorgeous beaches and forest-covered mountains, the biodiversity of Cat Ba Island is also unsurpassed. catbaisland.net hope that our Cat Ba Island local tour guide may help you to have unforgettable experiences in this stunning island!

Enjoy a sweet couple tour in Cat Ba Island Vietnam

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Travelling with the one you love is a rewarding time when everything is done together. As it is a great opportunity to get closer to each other, couple tours have become popular worldwide. Many of them lead their ways to Vietnam – a country with romantic scenery and unique Eastern culture.

If you have a strong desire to get your couple tour boomed with ecstatic joy, going on a Cat Ba Island couple tour is not bad an idea!

Couple tour in Catba Island

Couple tour is getting more and more popular (Source: Internet)

I’m going to point out some vital criteria which should be taken into account to finalize the best plan of traveling.

How would a couple tour in Cat Ba Island be like?

Nestled in Halong Bay – a new Wonder of the World, Cat Ba Island holds a huge appeal for tourists. The island possesses spectacular landscapes and seascapes with dense tropical jungle, magnificent beaches, and majestic limestone caves. Cat Ba has also been recognized as a Word Biosphere Reserve thanks to its biodiversity. It is considered one of the best tourist attractions in Vietnam.

Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba is a perfect destination for honeymoon and couple tour (Source: Internet)

Having a Cat Ba Island Couple Tour, travelers will have a chance to get the best of the romantic landscape of the island. Discovering the beautiful beaches and climbing the rocks are definitely must-do activities for every Cat Ba Tour. There are many beautiful beaches on the island which are fascinating to explore such as Cat Co 1, Cat Co 2, and Cat Co 3. You can dive into the cool seawater and watch the colorful coral reefs. Also, it would be amazing to walk hand-in-hand with your lover in the white and softy seashore and watch the sunset together. Or you can choose to go aboard a cruise to spend your nights on the ocean to enjoy the fresh air and watch the romantic night sky.

Watching sunset on Lan Ha Bay

Watching the sunset on Lan Ha Bay is a romantic activity (Source: Internet)

Exploring the rainforest in Cat Ba Island is another interesting activity. You will walk through the dense jungle, come across streams, and see different types of flora and fauna of a tropic region. Couples may climb up rocky mountains and visit some marvelous limestone caves on the island as well. Not only does the cave look wonderful but the surroundings are also incredibly beautiful.

Kayaking on Lan Ha Bay

Kayaking on Lan Ha Bay (Source: Internet)

A special thing to do in Cat Ba is to go kayaking. Travelers can rent a couple kayak to visit the local floating fish farm, secluded beaches in Lan Ha Bay. Furthermore, they can use a kayak to pay a visit to some tunnel lagoons and discover the beauty of karst caves.

What makes Cat Ba Island Couple Tour more attractive is that the seascapes look extraordinarily marvelous in photos and videos. It is wonderful to record all the sweet moments of you and your lover in that fascinating destination.

What is the best time to travel to Cat Ba Vietnam?

Though everyone says summer is the best time of the year to go to the beach, I’d say autumn, which is from September to November in Vietnam, is the most suitable time. The weather in summer in tropical countries are extremely hot with a high percentage of humidity. Of course, it is great to go swimming but not so ideal for other activities. Also, a large number of visitors make their ways to the beaches in the summer so it would be a little bit unpleasant for those who want to enjoy a tranquil atmosphere. On the contrary, the weather from Sep. to Nov. is much more pleasant. Not too cold to swim, and not too hot to go to the jungle. And local visitors do not often visit the island in that season.

In winter, the temperature drops sharply, while it is very wet in spring. Hence, it is recommended that travelers should not pay a visit to the island in these seasons.

How to travel to Cat Ba?

Speed boat to Cat Ba

Speedboat to Cat Ba (Source: Internet)

You need to go to Hai Phong before getting aboard to Cat Ba Island. Some kinds of boats are available to choose and a high-speed boat is recommended. Speedboat from Binh Port in Hai Phong to Cat Ba Island is about VND 250,000 ($12). It takes only 45 minutes to reach the island, but the price is quite high.

Where to stay in Cat Ba?

Resort in Cat Ba

Resort in Cat Ba (Source: Internet)

The rapid development of tourism industry leads to the rise in the number of hostels and hotels built. The better the quality of the room is, the higher the price is. There are also resorts for visitors who want to get the best services.

Above are some notable things about couple tour in Cat Ba Island. Believe me, you will get unforgettable with your partner when having a trip to this island. Consider carefully and plan your trip right now! Share your moments with catbaisland.net by leaving your comment!

Top must-see attractions on Cat Ba Island

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Lying South of Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba Island is home to a cluster of about 367 islets of all shapes and sizes. Thanks to its karst topography, Cat Ba is a promise of astounding cave experiences and amazingly untapped landscapes. Wondering how to touch the sights and soul of Cat Ba? If you are in the middle of nowhere, take notice of my following top must-see spots on Cat Ba Island.

Beholding the world of Thien Long Cave

Thien Long Cave

Thien Long cave-Cat Ba (Source: Internet)

Cat Ba is known as a vantage point place appealing to those who love minutes of cave exploration. That’s why caves are part of Cat Ba’s soul and what could make a trip to Cat Ba complete without having you feel the marvel of stalactites. There is an array of grottoes for cave lovers but Thien Long Cave might be the number one, winning hearts of quite a few visitors.

Taking a 2-hour boat ride from Phu Long Wharf, you are welcomed by the ecstasy of a karst-clad world. Being discovered in 1997, Thien Long mostly keeps its original beauty, with countless nature-tailored stalactites and stalagmites. You’ll be blessed to come across tree roots rushing themselves down from the above, help to adorn the cave to become a masterpiece of the Nature Mother. You’ll be jaw-dropped when passing through the space full of magnificent kart shapes which are picture-perfect. What else could hide behind those artworks? Well, visitors will leave with real-life experiences of the karst landscape revolution. Your traveling sense is rousing, isn’t it?

Aha moment on Monkey Island

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Lovely monkeys (Source: Internet)

As in its name, your mind will be full of monkey images when thinking of Monkey Island. Is it all about monkeys? In recent years, the island has seen hordes of curious visitors flocking there to enjoy relaxing moments with the wildlife. Tourists will be stunned to encounter mischievous monkeys playing with each other or hanging themselves lovely around tree branches.

 At first, you might be stepping back at the idea of getting close to these cute hosts but you’ll then take advantage of every single chance such as feeding or taking photos with them. Feel at ease to relax with care-free langurs, your trip is much more awe-inspiring. If you are going to have a trip with your kids, Monkey Island is a sure hit to entertain them. It is just like taking the children to a theme park amid the green and fresh space of forest-dense outcrops.

Stepping out of the comfort zone with rock climbing

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Thrilling with rock climbing (Source: Internet)

Endowed with the unspoiled limestone landscape, Cat Ba opens to the world of thrillings that are perfect for adventure tourism lovers. If immersing yourself in nature, exploring marvelous grottoes, or taking a boat ride along the serene water is inspiring enough to end your tour in Cat Ba Island, then rock climbing will satisfy your inner adrenaline rush. Rocky and rugged karst mountains overhang the sea and the land will bring about off-record experiences for cliff climbing maniacs. If rock climbing is rousing your head, don’t forget to make your way to the butterfly valley where you are able to conquer the Hive. At the end of the day, it is too unwilling to leave say goodbye to Cat Ba Island.

A trip to Cat Ba Island will be never boring given a long list of things to do and places to visit. Versatile as it is, Cat Ba is a much-loved tick for those who are seeking for a place to kick back and to recharge their low batteries before getting back busy working days. Wondering how to enjoy a trouble-free trip to Cat Ba? Let catbaisland take the hassle and you take the comfort. Organized tours in Vietnam or Vietnam local tour package give you a variety of choices to get the best out of your trip.