Vietnam has always been a charming destination for international travelers. Our Vietnam tailor-made tours today will give you some good suggestions for the upcoming vacation.
Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay
Morning: Hitting the road and checking in the hotel
Ha Long Bay
It does not take much time to go from Hanoi to Halong Bay City because there are only about 170 kilometers. Hence, your Halong Bay tour can start anytime. You can wake up a little early and get the first coach of the day
Traveling by coach will take 3-4 hours to get to Halong Bay. My Dinh or Luong Yen Station are ideal places to start from. Buying a ticket will cost 100,000 to 200,000 dongs ($4.39-$8.77) so prepare yourself.
In case you use your private vehicles, such as a car or motorcycle, you will have to drive within only 2-3 hours to arrive at Halong Bay at noon. It is much more convenient than a coach but you will need to be completely wide awake for driving.
Hotels in Halong Bay are easy to find and Google Maps will be your best friend in this situation. If you have a reservation beforehand, there is no need to worry about checking-in.
Some nice and good-price accommodation in Halong Bay:
- Banana and Rose Homestay: 950,000 dongs/night/room ($41.68)
- Halong Ginger Homestay: 200,000 – 500,000 dongs/night/room ($8.77-$21.94)
- Momento Halong: 200,000 – 800,000 dongs/night/room ($8.77 – $35.10)
- Ruby Halong Homestay: 100,000 – 360,000 dongs/night/room ($4.39 – $15.79)
Afternoon: Enjoying the ocean waves
Sea-bathing is just one of many interesting activities in Halong Bay City. Besides having limestone-mountains recognized as a World Natural Heritage, the city is famous for large amusement parks and malls. And these are often the main places of interest for tourists while visiting the city.
Sun World Halong Park will be perfect if you like something eventful. There are over 30 leisure games for you to kill your time and it takes 300,000 dongs ($13.16) to play all of them. In case you like shopping, Halong Marine Plaza or Bai Chay Mall are the most appropriate places.
You can find all types of goods and products suitable for a wide range of age there. Especially, seafood sold in Bai Chay Mall is incredibly fresh and reasonable-priced.
After a long day hanging around, dipping your feet into the sea water is the best feeling. Bai Chay Beach, whose sea water is fresh and warm, will satisfy you. 5 pm seems to be an ideal time because you will get to see the sunset and the beach is also less crowded at that time.
Evening: Taking advantage of the quiet time
Although Halong Bay is eventful by day, it looks a bit quiet by night. The streets are less crowded and you can even listen to the sound of the waves if you stay in a hotel by the sea. This is often the lazy time of the day. In case staying in the hotel room is too boring, taking a night cuttlefish-fishing-tour will be a nice idea.
Paying about 300,000 – 500,000 dongs/person ($13.16 – $21.94), you will have the most exciting time ever. Just lay the bait and have a little patience. Cuttlefishes will follow the lights on your boat and swallow the bait. Some even sprinkle water while being lifted up. This small tour will be a whole new experience for both of you and your family.
Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Island
Morning: Quang Ninh Museum is a great choice
Cat Ba beach
You will spend the morning of the second day in Ha Long Bay so Quang Ninh Museum will be a perfect fit. In many people’s mind, museums are unexciting places and often not on the list of Vietnam tours. However, Quang Ninh Museum is completely different.
It is a unique construction of art, inspired by the exclusive mineral of Quang Ninh, coal. That is why the museum does not look like typical ones. It has three stories in total, revealing the most basic traits about Quang Ninh Province according to time and space order.
The museum is opened from 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays except for Monday. You will have to pay only 30,000 dongs/person ($1.32) and it is reduced a half if you bring your valid student card. It is going to take 1-2 hours to finish visiting the museum. Thus, you should start no later than 8 am in order to pack your things for the trip to Cat Ba Island.
Afternoon: On the way to Cat Ba Island and checking in the hotel
If you travel by private vehicle, you can take a ferryboat from Tuan Chau Island to Cat Ba Island. The last one leaves the port at 3 pm so make sure to come on time. One thing to note is that the number of tourists from Halong Bay to Cat Ba Island is usually very high. Therefore, it is recommended for you to come early to buy tickets. It takes 60,000 – 360,000 dongs/ride ($2.63 – $15.79) depending on what vehicle you use.
Another way for you to travel to the island is by paying to have a boat ride. It means that you will go with other travelers. Instead of booking an entire tour like them, you just have to pay 170,000 dongs ($7.46) for the boat ride. A disadvantage of this means of transportation is that there is only one boat leaving the port in a day.
Hence, you should contact some travel agency first and get to the port which has been fixed for you 10-15 minutes before the boat sails away. It is going to take only over 1 hour to arrive at Cat Ba Island.
You will have a great number of options for an accommodation while visiting the island. These are some of the best ones for you to reserve:
- Central Backpackers Hostel: 100,000 – 300,000 dongs/night/room ($4.39 – $13.16)
- Hai Son Hotel: 160,000 – 380,000 dongs/night/room ($7.02 – $16.67)
- Cat Ba Family Hostel: 400,000 dongs/night/room ($17.55)
Evening: Watching the sunset and walking along the beach
Sunset in cat ba
Sunset is always extremely romantic, especially on Cat Ba Island. After checking in the hotel, you can take some rest or go sea-bathing before heading to Canon Fort to watch the sunset. Standing on it, you will be able to see the whole Cat Ba Town from above.
The moment that the golden light starts fading in the horizon, leaving the sun only a little dot in the sky will probably be one of the most magnificent scenes that you have ever witnessed.
While activities during the day are quite ebullient, nightlife on Cat Ba Island is not so unusual. Therefore, besides bars and pubs, walking along the beach is something that you will love. Otherwise, you can rent a bike or tandem and have a tour around the town. The peaceful atmosphere will make you fall in love with this beautiful island.
Day 3: Cat Ba Island – Hanoi
Morning: Kayaking to see marine life
If you come to the island without trying a kayak tour, you are missing a fascinating experience while traveling to Vietnam. The kayak can take you everywhere you want, from Monkey Island to Lan Ha Bay. The feeling of being by yourself in the ocean is definitely both fearful and enjoyable.
Renting a kayak takes about 200,000 – 300,000 dongs ($8.77 – $13.16) and you can ride it as long as you want. Also, the price is going to be lower and it is much safer if you travel in groups. So finding some other travelers who want to kayak like you will be an excellent idea. Remember to borrow a waterproof bag from the kayak owner and put on a life jacket to protect yourself.
That is everything for Vietnam tailor-made tours. We hope that you will have the best trip after this.