At Incredible Asia Journeys, we recognize that all travelers to Vietnam have a different budget and time restrictions but are all subject to the irresistible allure of the same places. Lan Ha Bay has a very special pull, being an off-the-beaten-track destination that exemplifies Northern Vietnam’s wonderful limestone karst scenery alongside the much more popular Halong and Bai Tu Long bays. Our selection of Lan Ha Bay budget cruises is designed to get the most out of your time in the unblemished bay.
With a stronger emphasis on activities, each of our Lan Ha Bay budget cruises is perfect for visitors who want to get out and see the beautiful bay at ground level. Kayaking and swimming are championed on these kinds of cruises and free time to relax on the beach is highly prioritized, too. Of course, you can pick and choose what activities in which you would like to engage, meaning you can tailor your own experience while on the cruise itself.
The 3-star quality amenities offered on a Lan Ha Bay budget cruise gives you a great alternative to the heavy flow of excursions. Sundecks are wide and spacious, with sun loungers facing out to a calm and traffic-free sea. Food is plentiful and tasty, while cabins afford you a good standard of living, with private bathrooms throughout our range and the option of a private balcony for those quiet, contemplative moments in Lan Ha Bay.
The highly trained staff know Lan Ha Bay well, along with Cat Ba Island, where many of them live. They know the importance of your time in Lan Ha Bay and will do everything to facilitate your stay with friendly, attentive service. They welcome your company during the evening time as we settle on twinkling waters, but also understand your need for privacy and will respect that completely.
Below is an example itinerary of a budget cruise in Lan Ha Bay.
Day 1: Hanoi - Hai Phong - Lan Ha Bay (L/D)
09h10 Our driver will collect you from your hotel lobby in Hanoi and transfer you to Got Harbour in Hai Phong.
12h15 Board your Lan Ha Bay budget cruise as we set off amongst the karst landscape along its quiet canals.
12h40 Sit down for lunch in the dining room as we glide past famous forested mountains.
15h00 Our first stop is Ba Trai Dao, a relaxing area where we can unwind on the beach or take a dip in the water, either by swimming or kayaking.
18h30 We will start happy hour upon returning to your Lan Ha Bay budget cruise, so head to the bar and take a cocktail over to the kitchen for a quick cooking demonstration.
19h30 A local dinner is served in the gently shimmering bay.
21h30 You can relax into the evening however you like. We have board games as well as the opportunity to go squid fishing with the crew.
Day 2: Lan Ha Bay Discovering (B/L/D)
06h00 We have an onboard Tai Chi master who will show you the ancient ways of invigorating your body in the new morning light across the bay.
08h30 Join us on the day boat as we cruise to Cat Ba Island and visit Viet Hai Village. There is much to do here this morning, including cycling along country paths and through rainforests before we relax in the village and talk to some of the residents.
13h30 We will dine on a lovely lunch on the day boat before cruising over to Ba Ham Lake. The limestone spires here completely encircle this lake, giving it a hidden feeling and providing the most tranquil aura as we take to the water via kayak.
16h00 Returning to your Lan Ha Bay budget cruise, we resume sailing around Lan Ha Bay before settling in our overnight area. Take a cocktail from the bar during Happy Hour.
19h30 Sit down once more in our dining room for a special dinner with the bay sparkling outside. A movie night will be on offer tonight in the restaurant, so join us here or retire to your cabin early to enjoy the solitude of the bay.
Day 3: Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi (B/L)
06h00 Enjoy another Tai Chi session up on the top deck as we serve a light breakfast downstairs.
07h30 A local rowing boat will show us around the Dark and Bright Cave. Here we can see two contrasting caves that open up onto a wonderful garden of forested mountains.
10h00 Return to your Lan Ha Bay budget cruise for the final time to check out on the sail back to the mainland.
10h30 Have a final brunch and take your final photographs.
11h35 Step off the cruise and wave goodbye to the crew.
For guests looking to get the most out of a trip to an untarnished bay full of sustained natural beauty.
For active guests willing to try lots of activities.
For guests with time and/or budget constraints.
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