Ninh Binh, Cat Ba & Halong Bay Tour

NB07 | 4 Days | Private Tour | All Year Around | Can be tailored to suite your requirements


This is one of our best seller! The destinations are both recognized as Unesco's world heritages which are featured with towering limestone cliffs. Ninh Binh is stunning with Trang An Complex - A natural & cultural heritage, it will amaze you with a sampan boat ride along a little river & a gentle bicycle ride on back roads of rice fields and sheer mountains. Halong is amazing with its bay of limestone islands, spreading out on the smooth green water-surface. The best way to explore the area is by cruising on a small-size boat, meandering in between the islands & spend the night on boat...

day-to-day itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi - Ninh Binh
Day 2: Ninh Binh - Cat Ba Island
Day 3: Phu Long Mangrove - Lan Ha Bay
Day 4: Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba Island - Hanoi

This is just our suggested itinerary for your consideration. It could be adjusted and made changes to meet your travel expectation. Please send a request and let us know, our consultation is totally free of charge!


DAY 1: HANOI - NINH BINH (tam coc & bich dong)

7:30 a.m. Get picked up at your hotel in Hanoi and take 2,5 hour drive through the fertile land of the Red River Delta, you will arrive at Tam Coc boat operation place in Ninh Binh.
On arrival, take 2 hr sampan boat ride on a small river and through 3 tunnel-like caves. (This area is considered as “Inland Halong Bay” featured with karst formations.)
An easy walk in between the limestone mountains to visit Thai Vi temple (which dedicated to a Vietnamese heroic dynasty.)
A Vietnamese lunch is served at a local restaurant.
Afternoon 1.5 hr bicycle ride along the back roads through beautiful scenery of towering karsts on the ground of ponds, rice paddies and rural villages. (On the bike, we will have as many stops as you want to take photographs.)
Visit Bich Dong Pagoda, an important religious place for the locals in the region.
4:00 p.m. Check in your hotel and take it easy before dinner.


After the breakfast at your hotel, take a short transfer to Hang Mua and start the morning with 500-step hike to the summit of Ngoa Long Mt. From there, you are able to get a marvelous panorama over the karsts. Take some photos before going downhill for the rest of the morning trek on flat roads through a village, through farm land and along the towering mountains.
Lunch at a local restaurant. The afternoon drive takes you to Cat Ba Island where you will check into a bungalow for dinner and stay overnight.


This morning you will get off the beaten track to explore the green mangrove forest of Phu Long by a small fishing boat.
The boat will take you along a river which goes inside the forest. The scenery along the way is lovely with the background of the rock mountains afar.
Get off your boat and take a walk along a small path to visit a limestone cave, named Thien Long.
Back to the bungalow for a refreshment. Check out and heading to the other side of the island for the an overnight private boat trip of Lan Ha Bay.

Embark the boat by noon time. After a welcome drink and get a briefing introduction of the boat, you start the cruise to Lan Ha Bay.
After one hour cruise, have a stop by a small beach for lunch on boat. After lunch, you can take a swim to the beach from the boat, and enjoy the stunning scenery of the bay. From here, your boat will make its way to a remote place in Halong Bay for the night.

Anchor dropped off, dinner and stay overnight on boat.


Breakfast is served on boat. 

This morning the boat will take you to a place called Kiem Lam area where you will spend over one hour to paddle your kayaks through a cave to discover a hidden lagoon. Jump off your kayaks if you would like to take more swim if you wish. 

Back to the boat and heading back to Lan Ha Bay. 

Check out off your cabin before an early lunch on boat. 

By 12:00 PM, bid farewell to the crews and get ready for the afternoon drive back to Hanoi. 

After nearly 4-hour drive, you will arrive in Hanoi. The trip ends at the door of your hotel.

Tour Inclusions

  • Private A/c transportation with all entrance per itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Vietnamese meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners.
  • Accommodation: 1 night at a hotel, 1 night at a bungalow, 1 night on a private boat.
  • Sightseeing tickets & permit
  • Sampan boat-ride in Ninh Binh
  • Kayaks in Lan Ha Bay
  • Bottled water on the vehicle
  • Private cruise package in Lan Ha Bay

Tour Exclusions

  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks and other meals
  • Hotel in Hanoi (Optional)
  • Visas and airport transfers (Optional)
  • Any flight tickets
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses and others not mentioned clearly above. 

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This is a sample itinerary that has been enjoyed by many of our past travelers to the region. It can be custom-made to meet your expectation. The prices very much depend on your group size and type of accommodation. Please send us a quote request and we will get back to you with the detail.